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Avram is the man for Israel chief Luzon

By Simon Griver, September 10, 2009

Avram Grant, the former Chelsea manager, is the favourite to replace Dror Kashtan as head coach of the Israel national team, following the catastrophic home defeat to Latvia that realistically ended the team’s hopes of qualifying for World Cup finals.

Grant, 54, is the preferred choice of Avi Luzon, the Israel FA chairman, who made it clear that Kashtan will not continue for the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.

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Israel handed World Cup lifeline

By Danny Caro, September 10, 2009

Israel were handed a World Cup lifeline as a late goal from Moldova in Greece saw the group’s bottom team claim an unlikely draw, a result which keeps the group, and Israel’s hopes, alive.

Even after Israel’s 7-0 win over Luxembourg last night, it looked as though the writing was on the wall for Dror Kashtan’s men following Saturday disastrous home defeat against Latvia.

Now, Kashtan is looking for a football miracle next month. Israel finish with matches at home to Moldova on October 10 followed by a trip to Switzlerland four days later.

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World Cup: Israel thrash Luxembourg

By Danny Caro, September 9, 2009

A hat-trick from Elyaniv Barda steered Israel to a 7-0 win over Luxembourg in Wednesday night World Cup qualifier in Ramat Gan.

Beaten 1-0 at home by Latvia at the weekend, Dror Kashtan's men led 4-0 at the break, with Genk striker Barda helping himself to a first-half hat-trick.

Barda opened the scoring after nine minutes. Aviram Bruchian doubled the lead six minutes later before Barda made it 3-0 midway through the half.

The striker, who was recently linked with a move to the Premiership, completed his treble two minutes before the break.

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Southgate frustrated

September 9, 2009

Southgate & Belmont & Edgware 2nd played out a draw in the Maccabi Sunday League. Needing two to win off the last ball, Southgate’s sixth wicket pair scampered a single to leave the sides level on 215. Clive Hart (75) and Ashley Smokler (69) were the star men of the Southgate innings. Stephen Altmann-Richer (45), Warren Averbuch (37) and Harvey Samuels (37) impressed for BECC.

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Europe bowled over in maiden Israel win

September 9, 2009

Israel are the European Division Three champions after a dramatic last day in Spain when the hosts collapsed to defeat.

A Spain victory over Isle of Man at Sporting Alfas would have given them the championship but, after bowling out the IOM for 211, they were dismissed for 111.

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Maccabi Sunday League cricket round-up

By Danny Caro, September 9, 2009

Southgate & Belmont & Edgware 2nd played out a draw in the Maccabi Sunday League. Needing two to win off the last ball, Southgate’s sixth wicket pair scampered a single to leave the sides level on 215. Clive Hart (75) and Ashley Smokler (69) were the star men of the Southgate innings. Stephen Altmann-Richer (45), Warren Averbuch (37) and Harvey Samuels (37) impressed for BECC.

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Andy Ram into last four at US Open

By Danny Caro, September 9, 2009

Andy Ram and Max Mirnyi have reached the semi-finals of the men’s doubles at the US Open at Flushing Meadow.

The fifth seeds came from a set down to knock out second seeds Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic 6-7, 6-4, 6-0 in the quarter-finals.

The pair line up against thirds seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles in the last four.

Shahar Peer bowed out at the third round stage in the ladies singles. She went down 7-5, 6-1 against sixth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia.

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London Lions in HSCL pole position

By Danny Caro, September 8, 2009

A Matt Stock double and one from Daniel Levenfiche gave London Lions a 3-1 win over Hertford Heath to send them clear at the top of the Herts Senior County League.

Lions opened the scoring after 16 seconds and ran out worthy winners to make it 16 from 18 points.

Manager Tony Gold was forced to make several changes, including a new back four, to the starting line-up that had defeated Mill End the week before.

The Rowley Lane club had Danny Berg, Aron Barnes, Michael Sacks and Guy Morris unavailable and the in-form Lee Cash.

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MSFL week one review

By Danny Caro, September 8, 2009

There were goals galore on the opening weekend of the JC MSFL season.

Daniel Levenfiche, last season’s Player of the Year, scored four times at defending champions North West Neasden A hammered Glenthorne United A 5-0. Danny Cohen claimed the other.

Joint-manager Daniel Fox told JC Sport: “It’s good to start the season with a win, and that's exactly what we did. The team played well and we were confident that, even though it was goalless at half time, when we got the first the floodgates would open.”

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Shulton joins Pinner

By Danny Caro, September 8, 2009

Team GB star Scott Shulton has joined the coaching team at Pinner JFC.

The Ebbsfleet United midfielder will be responsible for developing the club’s Under 16 and 18 squads.

As an energetic box-to-box midfielder, Shulton began his career at Watford before joining Wycombe Wanderers at the age of 12. He signed professional forms at Adams Park in 2008 and spent part of his learning curve on loan at Hendon during the 2007-08 season.

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