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Olympic call-up for boxer Laura Saperstein

August 20, 2009

Laura Saperstein believes that the decision to allow women’s boxing at the 2012 Olympics will give the sport a major boost.

Saperstein, 37, is not allowed to compete at the London Games as she is a professional but she hopes to play a leading role behind the microphone as a commentator.

“It will bring a lot of attention to the sport,” Saperstein said. “I’m pretty sure that if I was in line then I’d be going so I’m slightly rueful of the timing.

“There is no doubt in my mind that this will change attitudes about women’s boxing 100 per cent.

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Israeli striker Barda in Premiership move

By Simon Griver, August 20, 2009

Israel striker Elyaniv Barda will be a Premiership player by the end of the month, the JC understands.

Barda enhanced his chances of a big money move with a goal in last week’s friendly against Northern Ireland, his fifth for Israel in 16 international appearances.

His Israeli agent is confident of clinching a move before the transfer window closes. Speaking from his Antwerp office, David Koren said: “I’d say the chances of Elyaniv moving to England in the coming days are 70-30 in favour.

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Haifa beat Salzburg in Champions League

By Danny Caro, August 20, 2009

A late strike from supersub Shlomi Arbeitman helped Maccabi Haifa take a huge step towards the group stage of the Champions League after they beat Red Bull Salzburg 2-1 on Wednesday night.

Playing on an artificial pitch in Austria, the visitors made a dream start to the play-off round first leg when Israeli Under 21 star Mohammed Gadir headed home.

Salzburg, who have won three out of their first four matches in the Austrian Bundesliga, gradually fought their way back into the contest with Alexander Zickler levelling on 57 minutes, then squandered a host of half-chances.

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NJCL round-up

By Zevi Saunders, August 17, 2009

Champions South Manchester Maccabi beat Bury & Whitefield by three wickets as the Northern Jewish Cricket League season drew to a close.

Bury (122) never got going as South, who used nine bowlers, shared the wickets around. Veteran Harry Rosenblum picked up 2 as did Akiva Lieberman.

The South reply got off to a terrible start losing four wickets with 58 on the board. Wickets continued to tumble around Elliot Shiers (25) as South plummeted to 63-7.

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MAL suffer rare defeat

By Mark Landau, August 17, 2009

MAL suffered only their fourth defeat of the season, with a severely weakened side soundly beaten by a strong Octopus CC.

Featuring five debutants, MAL’s total of 142 saw only three players reached double figures, though good fight was shown throughout the order, particularly given that there were two 13-year-olds and a 14-year-old in the line up.

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Colts see LMV 2nd home

By Jonathan Lederman, August 17, 2009

Lower order batsmen Andrew Greenwall Cohen and Gideon Gale maintained London Maccabi Vale 2nd’s Middlesex Sunday League Division Three status with a gripping two-wicket win over West Middlesex.

Skipper Jonathan Lederman won an incredible 11th toss out of 12 this season, and duly inserting West Middx, in the knowledge that LMV had a lizard's tail (twice as long as it's body apparently).

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Wingate make their point

By Paul Lerman, August 17, 2009

Wingate & Finchley claimed a point at Redbridge on the opening day of the Ryman League Division One North season.

Two similarly matched teams shared the spoils in a tentative clash where chances were few and far between.

A contest featuring two well-organised defences saw Redbridge’s only attempt of the first half came after a long throw down the line to Carl Bruce. He volleyed on the turn from the angle but Wingate keeper Gavin King was well positioned to parry the ball behind.

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Cricket round-up

By Danny Caro, August 17, 2009

A half century from Jerome Roith helped Casual Nomads beat Thespian Thunders by 74 runs.

Roith (54) and captain Richard Ferrer (44) were the mainstays of the Nomads innings which ended on 171.

The father and son team of Andy (3-12) and Nick Landesberg (3-20) kept TT on the back foot as they were dismissed for 91.

Ferrer said: “We looked 30 runs light at tea but some fabulous bowling - particularly from Andy Landesberg (3-12) and his son Nick who took five between them - saw us home with plenty to spare.”

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Lions make flying start

By Danny Caro, August 17, 2009

London Lions got the new season under way with a firm and tidy performance to beat Sandridge Rovers 3-1 in the Herts Senior County League Premier Division.

Victory came courtesy of goals from Guy Morris, Adam Stolerman and debutant Daniel Levenfiche for last season's runners-up.

Defender Guy Morris registered Lions first goal of the brand new season as Tony Gold’s men ensured a scoreline which reflected their superiority.

But they had to be patient and persistent to unlock a Sandridge rearguard which looked especially solid in a eventful first half.

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Silver lining for Israel

By Danny Caro, August 17, 2009

Israel were runners-up at the Game On quadrangular tournament at the 02.

They were beaten 85-69 by eventual winners Turkey in their opening fixture but improved as the competition wore on, beating Poland 86-72 and whipping boys Great Britain 79-69.

The competition was a warm-up for the forthcoming Eurobasket.

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