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Kennet joins Hapoel Bnei Lod on loan

February 18, 2010

Josh Kennet has joined Hapoel Bnei Lod from Maccabi Herzliya on a six-month deal.

Mill Hill born Kennet, whose contract with fellow Liga Leumit club Herzliya was due to expire this summer, rejected offers from two other Israeli clubs.

Josh's father, Eilon, who manages London Maccabi Lions A, said: "Unfortunately Josh has not had the best of luck with injuries this past year and has not played as many games as he would have liked.

"There will be an option for both Josh and Lod to look at extending the deal at the end of the campaign."


Jody Scheckter's fear of Formula One

By James Martin, February 18, 2010


Ex-Formula One world champion Jody Scheckter says he reached top despite fearing the high risks of one of the world's most dangerous sports.

The South African born Scheckter said: "The risks, which were high, were never going to stop me trying to make a career in motor sport. However, I didn't miss putting myself in danger when I retired. I lived with the risks but didn't like them."

Scheckter, who moved to London as a 21-year-old, said: "I had achieved everything I wanted to do in the sport when I retired.


MJSL Football Round-Up

February 18, 2010

Republic of Mancunia moved to within three points of top spot after thumping Sporting JLGB 6-2 in the Joan Collins Premier Division. Olly Basger (2), Jonny Lewis, Ben Blackston, Paul Basger and Darren Loofe were their scorers.

Josh Karpf, Oli Grant and David Cohen struck as Leeds J-New Uni beat Crumpsall. Sam Bentwood (4) and Daniel Cohen (3), Jake Glbert (2) and Ben Horn eased Oakhill Lions to a 10-0 success against Westdene 2nd. Daniel Linton and Ben Byer earned South Manchester Maccabi 2nd a point against Manchester Maccabi 3rd. Marc Sheldon and Greg Louca replied.


Maccabi Sports Programme sees rise in numbers

February 18, 2010

Following a record-breaking 2009, which saw the Maccabi GB Schools and Sports programme reach more than 3,000 young people, an increase of 20 per cent on the previous year, the Year 5 and 6 Primary Football tournament engaged 400 youngsters from 16 Primary schools.

The event featured 39 teams in total, making it MGB's largest school's sport tournament since they began over a decade ago.

Sinai beat Simon Marks in the final of the girls' tournament, winning against a strong Simon Marks team. Naima claimed the boys title after holding their nerve to beat HJPS in a penalty shootout.


Tony Adams to speak at Finchley star's testimonial

February 18, 2010

Football Wingate & Finchley defender Craig Ellis will be welcoming former Arsenal and England star Tony Adams to the Abrahams Stadium next month.

A star of last year's Maccabi Games, Ellis, who has been at the club for 13 years, is holding a testimonial dinner on March 7 and Adams will be guest speaker.

A club spokesman said: "Craig epitomises Wingate & Finchley. As a captain, a centre-half, the longest servant at the club and fanatical Arsenal fan, Tony Adams is the perfect guest of honour for this deserved tribute."


Peer reaches round 3 in Dubai

By Danny Caro, February 16, 2010

Shahar Peer is into the third round at the Dubai Open following an easy victory this morning over 24th seed Virginie Razzano.

Having beaten Yanina Wickmayer in round one, Peer, ranked 22 in the world, beat Razzano of France 6-2, 6-2 in just 64 minutes.

The Israeli is scheduled to face either Danish No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki or Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova tomorrow's.

She has also the second round of the ladies doubles where she partners Kazakhstan's Galina Voskoboeva.


Luger Rosen impresses at Winter Olympics

By Danny Caro, February 16, 2010

Team GB's AJ Rosen finished 16th in the men's singles luge at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Going into the fourth and final run in 15th, Rosen, 25, would have made history as the highest placed British slider in the luge in Olympics history. But he missed out after going round the course in 48.856 seconds. His 16th place finish equalled his performance at the Turin Olympics four years ago.

“There have been some ups and downs, but overall I'm really happy with my performance. “The times are so close between the sliders, it was just fractions of a second.”


Peer reaches round two in Dubai

By Danny Caro, February 15, 2010

Shahar Peer has reached round two of the Dubai Open after beating Belgian rival, Yanina Wickmayer.

Competing in the competition for the first time, Peer won 3-6, 6-2, 7-5.

Peer, seeeded 22, will meet the winner of the match up between France's Virginie Razzano and Tunisia's Salima Sfar.


Avram Grant charged by FA

By Danny Caro, February 12, 2010

Portsmouth manager Avram Grant has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association after squaring up to a referee during a Premier League match on Tuesday night.

Infuriated by several decisions by ref Kevin Friend, the Israeli stormed on to the pitch at half time in the match against Sunderland.

Grant saw his team denied two penalty claims and have a player sent off. He was forced to watch the second half from the stands.

He has until next Thursday to respond to the charge, which will be heard by 5 March.


Becker in final of Over 50 Championships

February 11, 2010

Harvey Becker reached the semi-finals of the Over 50 National Indoor Championships.

The unseeded Becker, 49, knocked out three seeds including the competition’s No. 3 seed in Dudley. He eventually succumbed to the top seed and world No. 5 in a tight three-setter, in which he took the first set.

He is aiming to get into the top 50 in the world and top two nationally.