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Heath Banta withdraws from MSFL

By Danny Caro, August 5, 2011

With less than a month to the start of the new MSFL season, Heath Banta have withdrawn from the league – leaving it with 50 teams.

Ben Nathan, manager of the Division Three team, informed league chairman David Wolff of his decision last night.

Nathan said: "Unfortunately, we have come to the conclusion that we are not going to be able to field a team for the season.

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Haifa face Genk in Euro tie

By Danny Caro, August 5, 2011

Maccabi Haifa will play Genk over two legs to earn a place in the group phase of this season's Champions League.

Having claimed a 3-2 aggregate win over Slovenian champions Maribor on Wednesday night, Haifa must now overcome a team that beat Partizan in the third qualifying round in the playoff round.

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Haifa reach Champions League knockout round

By Danny Caro, August 4, 2011

A first-half strike from Idan Vered enabled Maccabi Haifa to book a place in Friday's Champions League Knockout round as they beat Slovenian champions Maribor on Wednesday night.

Leading 2-1 from the first leg in Israel, Haifa took only 10 minutes to extend their advantage when Vered found the net in the third qualifying round second leg.

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Israel has nothing to fear, says Luzon

By Simon Griver, August 4, 2011

Avi Luzon believes that Israel has nothing to fear after his team were drawn against Portugal and Russia in their World Cup qualifying group for the finals in Brazil in 2014.

Although the draw looks tough, with only the top side qualifying automatically, and the runners-up facing a playoff, Israel FA chairman Luzon was quick to stress that Israel had been fortunate in avoiding the toughest team

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I can still do a job, says Grant

By Simon Griver, August 4, 2011

Avram Grant is determined to remain in English football despite becoming the first manager to achieve back-to-back Premier League relegations.

Grant took Portsmouth and West Ham down in consecutive seasons but he is looking for another opportunity.

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Haifa edge it

August 4, 2011

Maccabi Haifa have reached the playoff round of the Champions League after edging past Slovenian champions Maribor 3-2 on aggregate on Wednesday night.

Leading 2-1 from the first leg in Israel, Idan Vered gave Haifa the perfect start in the third qualifying round match, netting a crucial away goal after 10 minutes at the Stadion Ljudski.

Captain Marcos equalised for Maribor but Haifa held on

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Tony Bloom on Brighton's legacy

By James Masters, August 4, 2011

Tony Bloom has set his sights on creating a legacy for generations to come after leading Brighton & Hove Albion into their brand new home.

The 41-year-old, a gambler, property developer and poker player, has ploughed a hefty fortune into the south-coast club to aid their move to the state-of-the-art £93m Amex Stadium, pictured here.

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Olympic call

By David Gold, August 4, 2011

Two more Israelis have qualified for the London 2012 Olympic Games after excelling at the World Swimming Championships in Shanghai.

Teenager Yakov Toumarkin, the European Junior Gold medallist, broke the Israeli record in the 200m backstroke. Gal Nevo also secured his berth in the 200m individual medley.

Meanwhile, Adam Warner finished runner-up at the annual pier to pier race in Brighton.

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Dean Furman: Oldham can go all the way

By Danny Caro, August 4, 2011

Dean Furman is confident that Oldham Athletic can push for promotion in League 1.

Furman was appointed captain during the summer and he is looking forward to tomorrow's league opener at home to Sheffield United.

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Confident Goodman on the up

By Brian Sacks, August 4, 2011

Richard Goodman, 18, trimmed his 1,500m PB to 3:45.66 in the qualifying round at the Aviva Senior World Trials in Birmingham.

His performance demonstrated his renewed confidence and raised him to fourth in the UK Under 20 rankings for the distance.

Goodman said: "Although, as the fastest non-qualifier, I just missed out on the final, I wasn't disappointed at all in my performance.

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