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Maccabi’s final jump

July 2, 2009

Manchester Maccabi produced one of the shocks of the season to set up a clash against holders Bury and Whitefield in the NJCL Cup final on September 6.

A 31-run victory saw league leaders South Manchester defeated for the first time this year. Opening pair Anthony Gellman (29) and Simon Jeffries (34) did most of the damage, putting on 82 for Maccabi’s first wicket. With Akiva Lieberman grabbing 3-37 runs, Maccabi set South a target of 160 to progress.

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Glancy hope

By Danny Caro, July 2, 2009

Eighteen teams will contest the 70th Glancy tournament this weekend as the annual competition to find the best Jewish golfer and team takes place at Potters Bar Golf Club.

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It’s a first for Casspi

By Simon Griver, July 2, 2009

Omri Casspi is the first Israeli to be chosen in the first round of the NBA draft. The 6ft 9” forward was selected in 23rd place by the Sacramento Kings.

Four other Israelis were previously selected in the second round of the draft but did make a single appearance in the NBA.

Maccabi Tel Aviv star Casspi described the news as “a dream come true. It is a great day for me, my family and Israeli basketball.”

In America to negotiate his contract, Casspi, 21, surprised officials by choosing the number 13 shirt - his lucky number.

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Israel looks to the future

By Danny Caro, July 2, 2009

Israel will name a 12-man squad for the Under 18 Future Stars International Junior Tournament at Kingston College from July 10-12.

Coached by Danny Franco, the squad is competing at the competition for the first time. They line up in a group alongside Russia, Lithuania and Italy.

Franco said: “The event is very important to the development of Israeli basketball as we lack high level international games. Our players need better competition than they get in the Israeli league.

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Happy returns

By Danny Caro, July 2, 2009

Dudi Sela will climb into the world’s top 30 for the first time after making the last 16 at Wimbledon.

The unseeded Israeli’s fairytale run ended in the fourth round with a straight-sets defeat against fourth seed Novak Djokovic on Court 3 on Monday.

Having beaten two seeded players along the way, including Spain’s Tommy Robredo (15), the brave Sela, 24, was not outplayed by the Serb with the pair producing some entertaining rallies to keep a boisterous crowd on the edge of their seats.

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Keep faith in Furman

By Danny Caro, July 2, 2009

Dean Furman has become the second Jewish player to join League 1 Oldham Athletic in just over a week after signing a two-year contract.

The South African born midfielder rejected a new contract with Scottish champions Rangers who agreed a compensation package with Simon Corney’s club.

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GB boys hold their own against Radlett

By Danny Caro, July 2, 2009

Team GB’s Junior Cricket team gave a good account of themselves in their final warm-up match against Radlett CC.

A dramatic weather change – that saw the pitch submerged in water on the Saturday night - was played in glorious sunshine on a road of a track with both sides intent on playing cricket the right way and in a fabulous spirit.

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Fialka's statement in full

By Exclusive by Danny Caro, July 2, 2009

Michael Fialka explains why Pinnacle are no longer bidding for Southampton.

'Yesterday, myself and my Consortium publicly withdrew from being the front runners for our proposed takeover of Southampton Football Club.

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Fialka: Why I dropped Southampton bid

By Exclusive by Danny Caro, July 2, 2009

READ FIALKA'S STATEMENT IN FULL

The future of Southampton remains uncertain after a takeover bid from Michael Fialka’s Pinnacle group was withdrawn.

The property company boss was this week locked in talks with League officials in an attempt to salvage the bid after administrators set a Friday deadline.

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Fialka and Southampton: What the fans say

By Jessica Elgot, July 1, 2009

Fans have been quick to have their say on Fialka and his Southampton bid.

The talkboards have been buzzing with our story after the Southern Daily Echo picked up on our exclusive story and posted it on their site.

Here's a selection from the fans:

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