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London 2012: Which Jewish athletes are in the running?

September 24, 2009

As anticipation starts to build for the London Olympics, the world’s greatest showcase of track and field athletics, now seems a good time to review the state of health of UK Jewish athletics.

Last month’s Maccabiah Games provided a telling indicator. It showcased the talents of two bright prospects — Richard Goodman, 16, of Stanmore, who won two golds and a bronze in the junior middle-distance events, and Jennifer Simmons, 18, of Manchester, who won gold in the senior 400m hurdles and bronze in the 400m flat.

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Birmingham ladies take golfing crown

September 24, 2009

Davina Greenspan, Evelyn Berman, Gillian Morris and Faga Speker formed the winning team at the Society of Jewish Lady Golf Captains’ annual competition at Shirley Golf Club in Birmingham.

A winning total of 76 points held off the challenge of Hilary Abramson, Oriol Phillips, Helen Land and Janet Cohen, who finished runners-up following a countback on the back nine.

Following the action, the SJLGC held their AGM before inaugurating Mrs Ruth Langdorf, the former lady Captain of Abridge, as Captain of Captains for the 2009-10 season.

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Levy: All is not lost for Haifa

By Simon Griver, September 24, 2009

Maccabi Haifa manager Elisha Levy is confident his team can get their Champions League plans back on track when they travel to Bordeaux on Wednesday.

The Israeli champions will look to bounce back from the 3-0 defeat against Bayern Munich in their opening Champions League group match.

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Greenberg set for boxing comeback

By Danny Caro, September 24, 2009

Roman Greenberg, the British-based Israeli heavyweight, is set to return to the ring towards the end of the year. Greenberg, 27, has not fought since suffering his first loss, a second-round technical knockout against Cedric Boswell last August.

He has since relinquished the IBO Intercontinental title and, during the past 12 months, has gone under the knife to repair a long-standing hand injury.

Robert Waterman, Greenberg’s promoter, says that his fighter is scheduled to have a comeback fight in November or December.

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South Mancunians fold after one match

September 24, 2009

South Mancunians B have folded just one game into the MSFL new season. Beaten 6-1 by L’Equipe on the opening week, a player shortage left them with no option but to disband their Division Three team.

Chairman Simon Davidson said: “Now we plan to concentrate on our A team and the Masters. I think it’s a good place to be. I feel a bit let down and am obviously sorry to have to let teams down.”

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Accrington Stanley appoint woman chairman

By Danny Caro, September 24, 2009

Marcelle Lazarus, the new co-chairman at Accrington Stanley, is confident of helping the cash-strapped club stay in business.

Stanley was served with a winding up order in May for unpaid taxes. An outstanding £308,000 bill must be paid by November and Lazarus, 47, a mother of six from Whitfield, has been looking to develop the club brand with her contacts in the sport.

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Haifa beat Hapoel

By Danny Caro, September 22, 2009

Defending champions Maccabi Haifa maintained their 100 per cent record in this season’s Israeli Premier Division with a 2-1 win over Hapoel Tel Aviv at the Bloomfield Stadium.

First half strikes from captain Yaniv Katan and Eyal Golasa gave them the upper hand and although Itai Shechter pulled one back before haif time, the Greens went on to record their fourth league win of the campaign.

Haifa made a dream start with ex-West Ham player Katan putting them ahead from the penalty spot after Omri Canada handled in the area a minute into the contest.

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Peer wins in China

By Danny Caro, September 21, 2009

Shahar Peer has won the Guangzhou Open in China, her first WTA singles title in three years.

Seeded five, Peer, 22, beat first-time finalist Alberta Brianti of Italy 6-3, 6-4 in the final.

The victory marked a fourth career singles title for the Israeli on the tour.

“I’m very happy to win this title,” said Peer. “It’s really important to me.

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Israel outclassed in Davis Cup semi

By Danny Caro, September 20, 2009

Defending champions Spain outclassed Israel to reach their seventh Davis Cup final after claiming an unassailable 3-0 advantage to spare in Murcia.

With Israel lining up in its first-ever Davis Cup semi-final, and Spain in the last four for the fifth time in 10 years, the odds were stacked against the visitors continuing their fairytale run.

On Friday, David Ferrer comfortably defeated Harel Levy. The pair, who are separated by over 100 places in the men's rankings, were a mismatch, with the Spaniard dropping just eight games in a 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 win.

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Spain lead Israel in Davis Cup semi-final

By Danny Caro, September 18, 2009

Hot favourites Spain were leading 1-0 against Israel in the Davis Cup semi-final in Murcia.

The defending champions were given the perfect start when David Ferrer beat Harel Levy 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 in one hour and 53 minutes.

Levy came out playing a more aggressive game than usual, hitting through his backhand rather than relying on his trusted slice.

Ferrer took the opening set in just 25 minutes. Levy broke serve midway through the second set to lead 3-1. But he was unable to sustain it against a natural clay-courter, and Ferrer eventually ground him down.

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