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Haifa suffer more Champions League anguish

By Danny Caro, November 26, 2009

Maccabi Haifa lost their fifth consecutive Champions League match as they were beaten 1-0 by Bayern Munich in Germany on Wednesday night.

The Israeli champions have failed to hit the target in 450 minutes and look a pale shadow of the team that is nine points clear and has a 100 per cent record in the Israeli Premier Division.

In a match dominated by the Germans, a 62nd minute strike from Ivica Olic was all that separated the teams, although Munich were missing star men Frank Robery and Arjen Robben.


Avram Grant is new Portsmouth manager

By Danny Caro, November 26, 2009

Portsmouth have confirmed today that Avram Grant will be their new manager.

The former Chelsea manager returned to Fratton Park in October, for a second spell as Director of Football, but he unable to start the role as he awaited a work permit.


Andy Ram's World Tour Finals hopes fade

By Danny Caro, November 25, 2009

Andy Ram and Max Mirnyi’s hopes of winning the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals doubles suffered a blow when they were beaten by Lukasz Kubot and Oliver Marach.

Having beaten Bob and Mike Bryan in their opening group match on Monday, Ram and Mirnyi knew that victory would book a place in the last four.

But they failed to capitalise on three match points against their Group B rivals. The Israel-Belarus duo won the first set 6-4 at the 02 Arena in London. Kubot and Marach levelled the tie after taking the second 6-4 before winning an epic deciding set 16-14.


New chairman for Team GB

By Danny Caro, November 25, 2009

The GB Maccabiah and European Organising Committee have appointment of Darryl Lee as chairman and Adam Solomons as vice-chairman of both the European and Maccabiah Games GB football teams.

In addition Maccabi GB announced that the pair will hold the same positions for the GB football teams at the Pan American and Australia Games.

Lee and Solomons will be responsible for overseeing the management and coaching of teams for the selected international Maccabi competitions concluding with the 19th Maccabiah Games in Israel in 2013.


London Lions maintain top spot

By Danny Caro, November 25, 2009

London Lions maintained top spot in the Herts County Premier League with a 4-1 win over Lemsford.

Daniel Stanton, a brace from Adam Stolerman and young Ben Ellis ensured another three points were secured.

Lions manager Tony Gold was once again without several regulars which meant handing Adam Hakimi his first team debut at the heart of defence.


FC Team edge closer to London FA Junior Cup

By Danny Caro, November 24, 2009

FC Team cruised into the last 16 of the London FA Junior Cup after beating Racing Chiswick 3-0.

After receiving a walkover in the previous round, FC Team came into the game seeking a victory that would put them into the last 16 of the LFAJC for the first time. They were up against a team in form in the shape of Racing Chiswick - who were on a unbeaten run stretching back to February in the West End AFA Premier Division – so were under no illusions as to the size of their task.


Salita targets Khan’s ‘vulnerable chin’

By Danny Caro and Mike Sinclair, November 24, 2009

The big fight might be over a week away but Dmitry Salita has started the mind games after saying that he intends to take advantage of Amir Khan's vulnerable chin ahead of the WBA light-welterweight title fight on December 5.

Ukrainian-born Salita wants to follow Breidis Prescott's example from 2008 by knocking out Khan in the bout at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle.

"His chin is definitely an area of vulnerability," Salita said. "It's not just because of Prescott that he's vulnerable. He has been knocked down a whole bunch of other times.”


Top Northern Jewish Cricket League award shared

By Danny Caro, November 23, 2009

Simon Williams and Akiva Lieberman are the joint winners of the Northern Jewish Cricket League’s Senior Player of the Year.

The top junior award went to Andrew Williams.

The accolades were presented at the league’s AGM where chairman Jonny Wineberg, the Vice-President of the Jewish Representative Council, stepped down after four years. Steven Glicher, the co-captain of South Manchester Jewish, is the league’s new chairman.


Andy Ram makes winning start at ATP finals

November 23, 2009

Andy Ram and Max Mirnyi made a flying start at the Barclays ATP World Tour finals at the 02 Arena in London.

The Israel-Belarus team beat brothers, Bob and Mike Bryan of America 6-4, 6-4.


Maccabi GB appoints three new directors

By Danny Caro, November 23, 2009

Michael Bibring, David Kyte and Gary Phillips have been appointed directors at Maccabi GB.

A former player at Wingate and in the MSFL, Bibring brought home gold and silver in cycling and the triathlon from the 18th Maccabiah Games. He is strategically involved in the MWB Group Plc hotel operations, and is also a Partner in the Alternative Hotel Group, owners of the De Vere and Village Hotel brands.