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Gerrard hails brave Yossi

By Danny Caro, April 22, 2009

Steven Gerrard hailed the bravery of Israel captain Yossi Benayoun after his double kept Liverpool in the Premier League title race in Tuesday night’s 4-4 draw against Arsenal.

A thrilling contest saw Arsenal take a first-half lead before two goals in 11 minutes at the start of the second half from Fernando Torres and Benayoun, a diving header, put Liverpool ahead.

Andrei Arshavin scored twice in quick succession to put Arsenal 3-2 up before Torres levelled again. Arshavin looked to have sealed the points before Benayoun tapped home deep into stoppage time.

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Youngsters to gatecrash Maccabi open

By Danny Caro, April 21, 2009

This weekend sees the annual Maccabi GB Open Table Tennis Championships taking place at the new Harefield Sports Academy with up to 100 players competing for various categories of title.

This key event in the Jewish sporting calendar caters for all standards, ages and genders but ultimately on the day all eyes will be focused on the cornucopia of highly-rated and talented players in the men's open category of which many are nationally ranked and in some cases inside England's top 100.

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Crumpsall set up cup double whammy

April 21, 2009

Crumpsall will meet Westdene 1st in the Feldman Trophy final after both sides won high-scoring semi-finals in extra time.

Crumpsall beat South Manchester Maccabi 2nd by the odd-goal in seven with Uri Stienberg (3) and Matt Jacobs on target. Darryl Leigh, Jonny Pressman and Andrew Levy replied.

This gives Crumpsall two final appearances within the space of five days in May.

Westdene beat league champions Leeds JNF J-Uni 5-3 with Daniel Amram (2), Dan Selwyn, Yochai Zorno and Jordan Gold on target. Josh Rubin , Alex Hirschman and Anthony Hayman replied.

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Four-midable Thornes deal Raiders another title blow

By Jeremy Silverstone, April 21, 2009

In the Maccabi Masters League Division 1, Glenthorne United A dealt North London Raiders’ title chances a hammer blow with a 4-3 win thanks to goals from Jason Levy (3) and Sid Shaw. Kevin Lotzof (2) and Neville Roach replied for Raiders.

And having been unbeaten up to the point of winning the Division 2 title a fortnight ago, Clayhall A lost for the second successive weekend, going down 3-1 to Pel City. Perry Somers (2) and Ashley Marks gave Pel the spoils, whilst Clayhall’s solitary response came from a Brian Deal penalty.

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Lions arrest the champions

April 21, 2009

Herts Senior County League Prem Division:
London Lions 2 Met Police (Bushey) 0

London Lions secured a mammoth three points on Saturday beating recently crowned league champions Met Police 2-0 at Rowley Lane.

It was the kind of performance that showed exactly what the Lions are capable of when practically everyone is fit and available.

Lions have now given themselves a huge chance of promotion should they beat Evergreen in their last game and Baldock, with three games to go, drop at least one point.

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Ankier just the ticket

By Danny Caro, April 16, 2009

Team Great Britain’s squad for July’s Maccabiah Games has been boosted by the addition of long-distance runner Jo Ankier.

Ankier, 27, was snubbed by the British Olympic Committee last year when she missed out on qualification for the 3,000 metres steeplechase at the Beijing Games by a matter of seconds. In the end, the runner who was chosen ahead of her did not compete due to a stress fracture.

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Greeks to be punished over laser show

By Simon Griver, April 16, 2009

The Greek FA will face a Fifa disciplinary committee in May after a fan repeatedly shone a laser beam into the eyes of Israel goalkeeper Dudu Awat during the World Cup qualifier in Crete on April 1. Video evidence shows the beam blinding Awat as Giorgos Samaras stepped up to score a vital penalty and seal a victory that took Greece four points clear of Israel.

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Pleat could treat Israel

By Danny Caro, April 16, 2009

David Pleat would be willing to help Israel find a new manager should they decide to part terms with current incumbent Dror Kashtan.

Having managed Spurs, Sheffield Wednesday, Leicester City and Luton Town, Pleat is well qualified to offer guidance in identifying a candidate who could help guide them to the finals of a major competition.

Now working as a commentator for ITV, Pleat said: “It is an intriguing situation. If I was asked to help in any way, or even in a consultant capacity, I would be fascinated and would love to help them identify a top coach.

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Faithfold flying high after Taylor-made victory

By Danny Caro, April 16, 2009

Goals from Alex Taylor (2) and Alex Levack lifted Faithfold A into second place in the Premier Division after they beat Redbridge JC 3-1.

Jamie Kent (3) and Adam Littess egded South Manx A a step closer to the Division One title after beating Brixton Old Boys 4-2. Paul Allen and Adam Kaye replied.

Southgate Harmen A clinched an immediate return to Division One after wrapping up the second division title. Russell Becker, Lloyd Becker and top-scorer Alex Bourne were on the mark in a 3-2 win over Holy Mount Zion. Guri Singer and Mickey Stirton replied.

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Zilesnick top of the table again

April 16, 2009

Zak Zilesnick is the national Under 15 table tennis champion.

Seeded No. 1, he claimed a thrilling five-set win over nearest rival Lewis Gray in the final to win the cadet title in Loughborough.

Zilesnick, 14, marched into a two-set lead before Gray fought back to level. But Zilesnick, who has only been playing the sport for three years, was not to be denied as he hit back to take the decider 11-9.

Zilesnick, together with Reece Tan, also progressed to the Cadet final before losing in four sets. He also reached the last 16 of junior event.

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