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Assulin move to Man City in doubt

By Danny Caro and Simon Griver, November 19, 2010

Gai Assulin's hopes of reviving his top-flight career with Manchester City suffered a major setback on Wednesday evening when he was injured in the warm-up ahead of Israel's Under 21 friendly against Belarus in Rishon Lezion.

Assulin, 19, an attacking midfielder, was withdrawn from the starting line-up after twisting the knee on which he had surgery in September. However, he came on as a late substitute and showed a few flashes of brilliance as Israel ran out 2-1 winners.

Prior to the incident, we understand that City were going to make a decision on the Israel wonder kid by Sunday.


Klinger: Spin king Swann can win Ashes

By James Masters, November 19, 2010

Michael Klinger has tipped Graeme Swann to send Australia into a spin in this winter's Ashes.

The South Australia captain hit 38 during his side's draw with England in Adelaide last week and was suitably impressed with Andrew Strauss's tourists. The former Australia Under 19 skipper was dismissed by James Anderson in both innings.

Spinner Swann took four wickets during the rain-affected match but not even the poor weather could dampen Klinger's praise of England's top bowler.


Net gains for King Casspi

November 18, 2010

Omri Casspi has started his second NBA season in style. The first Israeli to play in the league, Casspi has helped Sacramento Kings to three straight victories.

He scored 10 in the 117-116 win over Minnesota Timberwolves on the opening day of the season followed by a 20-point haul against Cleveland Cavaliers. Fourteen more points followed against Toronto Raptors.

The Kings extended Casspi's contract for two more years at the start of the season.


JCC squad

November 18, 2010

Team GB have named their management team ahead of next summer's JCC Games in Philadelphia. The delegation will again be led by Brian Green and Helena Green. The Under 14 boys football team will be led by Matt Travers and Rob Richman, who led them to gold in Denver in August.

Other managers are Marc Outmezguine and Matt Smith (U14 boys basketball), Sam Cohen (tennis), Rachel Grunwerg (U14 & U16 boys/girls swimming), Amy Ansell and Claire Richman (U16 girls lacrosse).


Super Stock

November 18, 2010

Matt Stock's fourth goal in two game earned the Lions a share of the spoils against leaders Berkhamsted.

Lying third in the South Midlands League Division One, it was the Lions who drew first blood when Stock cut in from the left before firing home from 20 yards.

A lapse in the Lions midfield allowed Berkhamsted to equalise with Aaron Usmani curling a shot into the top corner.

Danny Berliner produced a couple of fine stops to keep the Lions on level terms with Stock and James Gershfield denied in the closing stages.


It's not all about front men, says Rosenfeld

November 18, 2010

Josh Rosenfeld, the manager of Brady Maccabi, was keen to play down the contribution of strikers Josh Hershman and Mark Smith whose hat-tricks helped maintain their promotion charge in a six-goal demolition of fellow high-flyers Camden Park.

Hershman was at his dazzling best in front of the JC cameras for the second time this season. Officially a winger, he has now bagged 15 in all competitions, and his form has led to Rosenfeld recommending him to Rep Team manager Danny Berg ahead of this week's get-together.


Kedem test

By Mike Sinclair, November 18, 2010

Eilon Kedem, 26, has been handed the chance to return to winning ways on the undercard of Dmitriy Salita's world title fight.

Kedem, an Israeli super-bantamweight from Herzliya, suffered his fourth defeat in 19 professional fights when he lost a majority points decision to Guyana's Elton Dharry at New York's Roseland Ballroom in April.

But Salita, who meets Mike Anchondo for the vacant IBA welterweight title at the same venue, has offered Kedem, who learned to box in the Israeli Army, the chance of redemption against an opponent to be named.


Hats off to Hendon, says Harmen boss

By Danny Caro, November 18, 2010

Dan Uzan, manager of Southgate Harmen A, wants Hendon United A to win the title after they hit his team for six to go top of the Premier Division.

A hat-trick from Yishai Last plus further efforts from Greg Corin (2) and Ben Kon sealed a 6-1 victory, with new dad Alex Bourne, the husband of Rachel Stevens, registering Harmen's consolation.


Israel beats Iceland in friendly

By Danny Caro, November 18, 2010

Two goals from debutant Omer Damari steered Israel to a 3-2 victory over Iceland at the Bloomfield Stadium on Wednesday night.

Played in front of only 4,500 spectators at the home of Hapoel Tel Aviv, Damari, a striker for Maccabi Petach Tikvah, marked his first international match with a goal inside five minute.

Damari put Luis Fernandez's men two goals up with another smart finish after 14 minutes.

It was 3-0 after 27 minutes when Maccabi Haifa's Lior Rafaelov fired home.

Iceland improved in the second half with two goals making the scoreline respectable at the final whistle.


Karren Brady: Avram Grant won’t be sacked

By Danny Caro, November 17, 2010

Karren Brady, vice-chairman at West Ham, has given under-fire manager Avram Grant some breathing space by confirming that his job is safe until Christmas at least.

Ahead of Saturday’s trip to Liverpool, there has been growing pressure on Grant following a disastrous start to the season which has seen West Ham take just nine points from their first 13 games.