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Henen keeps Boca alive

By Danny Caro, May 21, 2009

A late strike from Trevor Henen ensured that Montana Boca United As battle against the drop goes to the last game as they kept North West Neasden As title celebrations on ice with a hard earned point.

Gary Cohen gave Montana a shock lead in the JC MSFL Premier Division clash only for a goal in each half from Daniel Levenfiche and captain Lee Cash to put NWN within minutes of retaining the title.

But a cool finish from Henen into the roof of the net left NWN ruing a series of missed chances.


Furman top of City list

May 21, 2009

Stuart McCall is hoping for a big favour from former manager Walter Smith in his bid to sign Rangers midfielder Dean Furman on a permanent basis.

Furman, who was named Most Consistent Player, spent the season on loan at Valley Parade and the Bradford manager wants to keep him, but Rangers could demand a compensation fee that the Yorkshire club cannot afford as the South African is only 20.

McCall said: “I know Rangers are offering him a new deal, but at this moment in time it’s not guaranteed he’s going to accept it.


Stiller and Panovka boost GB charge

May 21, 2009

Team GB has named its three basketball squads competing at the 18th Maccabiah Games Chai in Israel in July.

A men’s Masters (over 40s), an Under 18 women and an Under 16 men’s team feature 35 players aged 14-62. Players of American, Israeli and South African origin feature.

The Masters team includes ex-England internationals, Sam Stiller and Steve Panovka, as well as former Israeli national league players.

The women’s and junior squad are made up predominantly of players from London. The teams have been training for the past nine months and competing in local leagues.


Stakes high for Salita

By Mike Sinclair, May 21, 2009

Dmitriy Salita knows he is taking a gamble with his world title ambitions when he fights Raul “El Torro” Munoz on Sunday.

Defeat against a 33-year-old veteran who last fought more than two years ago looks unlikely but it would wreck the unbeaten light-welterweight’s dreams after being named as No. 1 challenger to WBA world champion Andreas Kotelnik.

The 27-year-old Ukraine-born, Brooklyn-based Salita is hoping to fight the winner after Kotelnik makes a voluntary defence against British star Amir Khan, the 2004 Olympic silver medallist, at London’s 02 Arena on June 27.


Champs in top form as Nomads crash

May 21, 2009

An unbeaten 70 from Yoav Lebens helped MAL maintain their winning start to the season as they eased past title rivals Casual Nomads in the Maccabi Sunday League.

In a match moved to Mill Hill after Shenley was deemed unplayable due to the rain, Nomads were asked to bat first. Openers Mark Aziz and captain Richard Ferrer started well until the latter was run out by Lebens with the score on 39.


LML romp

May 21, 2009

London Maccabi Lions romped home in the Under 15 National Cup final after running out 8-1 winners against Leeds Maccabi at Wingate & Finchley.

The Londoners scored twice early on with Yoav Kestenbaum playing in Sam Lewis to fire home.

The impressive Joel Grayson set up goal three with a pinpoint cross headed home by Samuel Marchant.

Inspirational captain Jake Yudelowitz got in on the act with a fantastic shot from 30 yards out that went in off the post.

There was still time for Lewis to complete a first-half hat-trick as the Lions went into the break 5-0 up.


Pinner power home

May 21, 2009

A brace from captain Jeremy Ben-Nathan earned Pinner JFC the Watford Friendly League Under 11 seven-a-side red division title after they beat leaders Panathaniakos 2-1.

The blues knew that only a win would secure the championship but they had the worst start possible when an early goal conceded suggested that they would finish the season both league and cup runners-up.

Pinner also picked up the WFL Fair Play Award while Ben Graham claimed the Golden Boot with 26 goals.


It’s success on a plate for Brady

May 21, 2009

Brady Maccabi clinched the Watford Friendly League’s Spring Plate after beating HMH 5-1 in the final at Sun Postal in Watford.

Having already beaten their opponents twice this season, confidence was high in the Brady camp. Cheered on by around 150 supporters, Barry Warren’s youngsters took the game by the scruff of the neck with Max Kaye, Jake Mullem and Daniel Mattey taking control.


Ram takes it to the Max

By Simon Griver, May 14, 2009

Israel’s most successful sporting partnership has split up. Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich have won 13 titles culminating in last year’s Australian Open but Ram has decided to stay with new partner Max Mirnyi rather than reunite with Erlich who recently returned from an eight-month injury absence.

Ram said: “Yoni thought I should be there for him regardless, but I don’t see why I should give up all the money, prizes and points in the middle of the season when we wouldn’t stand a chance.”


GB tough nuts crack Finchley

May 14, 2009

Team GB’s rugby team had a successful warm-up game against Finchley, running out comfortable 48-5 winners.

Playing together for the first time since the squad was finalised, the coaching team was happy with the overall performance, although head coach Simon Culley felt that there was still a lot of work to do before the Games. He took a lot of positives from the match and was impressed by the way the team gelled and followed his game plan.