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Five-star Masters ease into last four

By Danny Caro in Haifa, July 17, 2009

Masters Over 35 football – Game 3
GB 5 South Africa 1

Team GB’s Over 35 footballers romped into the semi-finals with an emphatic 51 victory over South Africa at Neve Shaanan on Thursday night.

Goals from Paul Linger (2), Darren Dryer (2) and Paul Lenchner completed an exhilarating display of fluid, attacking football on the same pitch that GB’s open team had lost against France 24 hours earlier.

Ex-Charlton midfielder Paul Linger opened the scoring early on with a superb curling free-kick into the top corner.

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GB skittled in Ashes defeat

By Danny Caro, July 17, 2009

Open cricket – match 2

Australia 215, GB 93, Australia won by 122 runs

Another batting collapse resulted in Team GB suffering their second consecutive defeat as they were humbled by 122 runs against Australia in the Ashes clash on Thursday.

Having lost their opener against South Africa, GB put the Aussies into bat on the Flix wicket at Hadar Yosef. They got off to a flyer and at 100-0 after 20 overs the signs looked ominous with brothers Brad and Majtlis setting solid foundations.

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Three cheers for Goodman

By Danny Caro, July 16, 2009

Richard Goodman added another gold and a bronze to his medal haul after impressing in the track and field competition at Hadar Yosef on Wednesday night.

Having taken the 1,500 metres title 24 hours earlier, the JFS pupil, 16, came home first in the boys junior 3,000m in 9:03 and took the bronze in the 800 metres in 1:58.

The Barnet Shaftesbury Harrier runner was set to contest the 4x400m relay but withdrew through injury.

Josh Solomon replaced him and helped Team GB junior boys to a bronze to ensure that every GB athlete won a medal.

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Jump start for teen’s Olympic ambitions

By Simon Griver, July 16, 2009

Dima Kroyter enhanced his credentials as a future Olympic medallist by leaping to gold in the high jump for Israel in the World Under-17 Athletics Championships in Italy.

The 16-year-old prodigy jumped 2.20 metres, one centimetre short of his personal best. “It was such a thrill to stand on the podium and hear the Hatikvah,” he said.

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Nakash inflicts ‘Storm’ damage

By Mike Sinclair, July 16, 2009

Cruiserweight prospect Ran Nakash extended his winning run to 19 fights with a fourth-round stoppage over American William “The Storm” Bailey in New Jersey.

Bailey was undone by Nakash’s body punches, causing the referee to step in 1 minute 49 seconds into the round at the Prudential Centre in Newark.

It was the hard-hitting Haifa boxer’s 15th inside-the-distance victory since turning professional three years ago. He has moved up to No 28 in the WBC world rankings.

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Davis Cup heroes make history

By Simon Griver, July 16, 2009

Israel reached the Davis Cup semi-finals for the first time with a stunning 4-1 victory over Russia in Tel Aviv at the weekend.

The 10,800 capacity crowd at the Nokia Arena went wild as Israel raced into a decisive 3-0 lead over the first two days of the tie.

Israel’s chances were improved by the fact that Russia — the Davis Cup champions in 2002 and 2006 — were without their two top-ranked players through injury. But no one expected 210th-ranked Harel Levy to sweep aside Igor Andreev (24) in four sets in the opening rubber.

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Highs and lows for Team GB bowling

By Danny Caro, July 16, 2009

It was a day of mixed fortunes for Team GB in Wednesday morning’s first event of the competition, the singles.

On very difficult conditions, only one bowler averaged over 200 with Mexico’s Isi Eskenazi winning gold with a total pinfall of 1232 (205.33 av). Eskenazi went one better than his silver medal in the same event in 2005, when he bowled as a 16 year old. Since 2005, he has been Mexican amateur champion, and currently bowl’s for Wichita State University in the USA.

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Haifa hit Glentoran for six

By Danny Caro in Haifa, July 16, 2009

Five second half goals helped Israeli champions Maccabi Haifa take a giant step into the third qualifying round after they hit Glentoran for six at Kiryat Eliezer Stadium on Wednesday night.

With national coach Dror Kashtan and his assistant Moshe Sinai in the stands, Maccabi were somewhat lacklustre in a tepid first half.

The broke the deadlock close to half time when Lior Refaelov coolly side-footed home from 10 yards.

Haifa must have received a half time grilling as they came out for the second half all guns blazing.

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Exit door opening up for Team GB football

By Danny Caro, July 16, 2009

Team GB’s hopes of reaching the quarter-finals of the Open football competition are hanging by a thread following a sub-standard performance in a 2-1 defeat against France at Neve Shaanan in Haifa.

Having drawn 1-1 against Argentina in their opening fixture, Jonathan Kestenbaum’s men were poor from start to finish. In order to progress from the group, they must beat Brazil by a couple of goals and hope results go their way elsewhere.

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GB Open Futsal loss is 'nerves'

By Danny Caro in Ramat Gan, July 15, 2009

Team GB open futsal manager Keith Herman believes that nerves played a part in his team's demise as they failed to claim a win in any of their first three matches.

Wednesday's 6-2 defeat against an Israel team ranked in the world's top 30 was the final straw following a 3-3 draw against Spain followed by a 5-2 defeat against Australia.

Israel opened the scoring inside 10 seconds and despite having a player sinbinned for a headbutt on James Steele, they roared into a 6-0 lead. The result could have been even worse were in not for the brilliance of keeper Jared Cohen.

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