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Evans steers Belmont to comfortable win

May 27, 2009

Jon Evans took three wickets and smashed an impressive 54 not out to steer Belmont & Edgware CC to an emphatic nine-wicket victory over Bharat Olympians.

Saul Weitzman helped himself to impressive figures of 3-29 as Belmont started off on fire in the field. One wicket apiece from Gideon Restan and Neil Myeroff put them in command.

After two more wickets, courtesy of Richie Wienburg, Evans finished the pick of the Belmont attack with figures of 3-17 to reduce Bharat to 137 all out.

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Fight to release the monster

By Simon Griver, May 27, 2009

Israel FA officials have failed in their bid to recruit one of the world’s most promising Jewish footballers, 19-year-old Argentinian striker Eial Strahman.

River Plate have refused to release Strahman to represent Israel in the Euro 2011 under-21 qualifier away to Bulgaria on June 10.

Strahman joined River Plate from Velez Sarsfield in April for $2 million — a huge fee by Latin American standards — with Velez entitled to 40 per cent of any future transfer fee to a European club.

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Kastor bows to Kenyans

May 27, 2009

Deena Kastor, 36, (left) was third lady in the 98th annual Bay to Breakers 12K race in San Francisco, beaten by two Kenyan athletes.

Despite ongoing GCSE exams, Richard Goodman equalled his personal best of 1:59.6 in winning a closely fought 800 metres race in the Southern Young Athletes League at Enfield.

Manchester’s Ellie Edwards, 12, recorded 10.5 for 75 m in the Northern Young Athletes League, placing her in the top 20 in the UK under-13 rankings.

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Win gives Salita a title shot

By Mike Sinclair, May 27, 2009

Dmitriy Salita cleared what he hopes will be the final hurdle before a world title shot with a clear points victory over veteran Raul Munoz in Nevada.

Now unbeaten in 31 fights, Salita had put his status as official number one challenger to WBA world light-welterweight champion Andreas Kotelnik on the line but never looked in danger. Two of the three judges at Buffalo Bill’s Casino and Resort in Primm gave the 27-year-old Brooklyn-based Jewish boxer every round.

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Rule change lifts Haifa’s Uefa hopes

By Simon Griver, May 27, 2009

Maccabi Haifa will represent Israel in next season’s Uefa Champions League after clinching the Premier League title for the 11th time.

A 2-0 away win over Maccabi Netanya gave the Greens an unassailable lead over second-placed Hapoel Tel Aviv with one game remaining.

The title is a major triumph for manager Elisha Levy in his first year in charge.

Goals from Thembinkosi Fanteni and Biram Kiyal were enough to seal Maccabi’s fourth Israeli crown in six years and their first since winning three in a row between 2003 and 2006.

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Hendon fall short, Faithfold fall down

By Richard Jaye, May 21, 2009

Faithfold B 2-3 Hendon united B

Hendon United B’s title charge fell agonisingly short despite winning the JC MSFL Division One end-of-season showdown to send Faithfold B down.

Going into the game, Hendon knew that a three-goal victory would see them pip South Manx A to the title, while Faithfold B needed a draw to leapfrog Brixton Old Boys.

A gripping contest played in wintry conditions saw Faithfold dominate the opening stages and they deservedly went ahead on 12 minutes when Richard Baum’s free-kick slipped through the fingers of keeper Nicky Rosenthal.

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A-teams to meet in cup final

By Mike Perkin and Danny Caro, May 21, 2009

North West Neasden A and Hendon United A will meet in the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup final after coming through their respective semi-finals on Wednesday night.

Hendon overcame cup holders London Maccabi Lions A on penalties after twice coming from behind in normal time.

Although Lions had beaten Hendon in a league double-header on Sunday, it was the visitors who started the better.

Two well-taken strikes from Michael Pearson were cancelled out by Hendon supersub Saul Conway, with his second coming seconds before the final whistle.

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Cool Dudi in bid to end Israeli drought on clay

By Simon Griver, May 21, 2009

Dudi Sela goes into Monday’s French Open boosted by the news that he has risen to a career high ranking of 55. But the 24-year-old Israeli will not be encouraged by his form on clay as his preparations for Roland Garros ended prematurely with a first-round defeat at the Austrian Open.

Playing on his least favourite surface, Sela hopes to improve on his last two performances in Paris when he has failed to progress beyond the first round.

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Klinging on

May 21, 2009

Michael Klinger has been named captain of Australia’s Maccabiah team after missing out on the Ashes squad, writes Danny Caro.

The Sheffield Shield star, 28, was overlooked despite one of his best season’s with the bat for South Australia Redbacks. He finished as leading scorer with 1,203 runs, the most by an SA batsman in one season, and won State Player of the Year.

Klinger will captain Australia’s 13-man squad although his availability to play in Israel for the first time since 1997 depends on potential state or international commitments.

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Brighton in Bloom

By Danny Caro, May 21, 2009

Brighton & Hove Albion have become the envy of football clubs across the country following an £80 million injection from internet gambling entrepreneur Tony Bloom.

Dividing his time between Sussex and Melbourne, the club’s new chairman marks a third generation to have a member on the board.

His uncle, Ray, is a club director and Harry, his grandfather, was vice-chairman when the club reached the old first division in 1979.

Almost all of the funds from the high stakes poker player will be absorbed by the club’s new Falmer Stadium.

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