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Abrahams takes his place in running's hall of fame

October 29, 2009

Harold Abrahams, the most celebrated of all Anglo-Jewish athletes, has been inducted into the England Athletics Hall of Fame.

The 1924 Olympic 100 metres champion received a posthumous honour at an awards ceremony in Birmingham. Athletics writer and selection panel member Mel Watman spoke of Abrahams’ “massive and varied services to British and international athletics”.


Grant hands England historic doubles win

October 29, 2009


Daniel Grant has helped England to their most successful world championships of all time.

Part of a 12-man squad competing in Portland, Oregon, Grant, 24, partnered Ady Lee to win the One Wall Big Ball doubles title.

The Rugby Fives pairing defeated the Eton Fives duo of Pete White and Pete Cohen to ensure England’s first piece of silverware from a World Handball Championship.


Redbridge fail to seize hand of Gid

By James Martin, October 29, 2009

Temple Fortune 4-1 Redbridge Jewish Care C

Michael Winehouse watched in horror as his Redbridge Jewish Care C side missed a vital penalty-kick and lost their chance of getting back into the game.

With 30 minutes left and 3-1 down in this Cyril Anekstein Cup match, RJC were given a lifeline when Temple Fortune’s Gideon Wetrin was sent-off for deliberate handball on the line.

But Michael Konzon blasted the penalty against the post and with it went his side’s chance of forcing extra-time against a team two divisions higher.


FC Team draw with FC Baresi

By James Martin, October 29, 2009

FC Team gained a hard-earned draw in their Middlesex County League Division One match against FC Baresi.

Richard Sternberg, playing right back, played a ball down the line to striker Irvine Howson, who skipped past two defenders, ran down the line and crossed to the on-rushing Adam Rone, who slid home his first of the season.

Richard Salmon had a seemingly good goal ruled offside. That proved crucial as an FC Baresi equaliser shortly before half-time brought them level.


Maccabi Lions out of the London Sunday FA Cup

October 29, 2009

London Maccabi Lions B crashed out of the London Sunday FA Cup at the third round stage after they were hammered 5-1 by Lord Stanley. Sam Rosenthal claimed a consolation.

After a number of late dropouts, which led to several ‘C’ team players being drafted in, the Lions were left having to use manager Gavin Stollar, their sole player on the bench, as a second-half substitute after Raanan Firmin went off injured.


Tel Aviv hope for Rapid rise

October 29, 2009

Hapoel Tel Aviv will move into the knock-out rounds of the Europa League, if they beat Rapid Vienna next Thursday.

Eli Guttman’s side, who recorded a 5-1 home win over Vienna last week, are joint top of their group.

Maccabi Haifa face Juventus at home in the Champions League next Tuesday night looking to exact revenge after losing in Turin last week. Avishai Levy’s side have yet to gain a point.


Yossi creates havoc for United

October 29, 2009

Liverpool midfielder Yossi Benayoun continued his impressive start to the season with an assist in his side’s crucial league win over Manchester United on Sunday.

Playing right-midfield in place of the injured Steven Gerrard, the Israel captain gave United left-back Patrice Evra a torrid afternoon with his surging runs.

With his side having lost four successive games, Liverpool’s title hopes were on the line until Benayoun fashioned a defence-splitting pass for Fernando Torres who scored the side’s opener in the 65th minute.


Doubts over Portsmouth's Israeli backer

By Simon Griver and James Martin, October 29, 2009

An Israeli businessman reportedly interested in backing Portsmouth has had three of his businesses placed in receivership.

Levi Kushnir attended Portsmouth’s Premier League match at Hull City last weekend as a guest of Ahmed Al Faraj, brother of Portsmouth’s latest owner Ali Al Faraj, leading to speculation that Kushnir and Hong Kong-based businessman Balram Chainrai were about to loan cash-strapped Portsmouth £15m to help pay off their debts.


Salita: God will help me win fight against Khan

By John Jeffay and Paul Berger, October 29, 2009

Dmitriy Salita believes he will take the WBA light-welterweight title from Amir Khan with the help of prayer.

Salita, an Orthodox Jew who puts his tefillin on every morning before training, said: “I’m going there to win. I 100 per cent pray for success in the ring. One day you can be champion of the world, the next you’re beaten up by some amateur.


Europa League: Hapoel hammer Rapid Vienna

By Danny Caro, October 23, 2009

Hapoel Tel Aviv are joint top of Europa League Group C after thumping former leaders Rapid Vienna 5-1 on Thursday.

Following the disappointment of Maccabi Haifa’s third consecutive defeat in the Champions League, the Reds registered their biggest victory in European football courtesy of four second half strikes in Israel.

Hapoel’s second victory of the group stage came in a match they went ahead in after 30 minutes, courtesy of an own goal from Andreas Dober.

But the Israelis were ahead for less than two minutes, however, as Steffen Hofmann’s free-kick found the net.