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Lions keep title hopes alive

By Jeremy Silverstone, February 16, 2009

London Maccabi Lions A overcame Faithfold by the odd goal in seven in Division One, with Immanuel Ezekiel (2), Adam Brand and Adam Lee giving them a 4-3 win. Adam Barton (2) and Jason Rich replied for Faithfold.

Glenthorne A saw off EDRS Stonegrove with Jason Levy, Adam Lennard and Sid Shaw contributing to a 3-1 win, and an own goal providing the solitary consolation for EDRS.


Yossi's friendly fire

February 12, 2009

A 76th minute strike from captain Yossi Benayoun gave Israel victory in an international friendly against Hungary in Ramat Gan on Wednesday night.

With temperatures dipping as low as 11 degrees, the Liverpool midfield diverted Omer Golan’s shot into the net.

The Liverpool midfielder made amends for shooting over an easy chance just three minutes before the goal. Roberto Colautti should also have scored in the 39th minute when he headed a simple chance over the bar.


Dan's aiming for the top

By Craig Silver, February 12, 2009

A boy racer from Essex has set his sights on becoming the next Lance Armstrong after joining a new team that will compete among the Premier elite.

Daniel Kogan, 20, from Redbridge, has been cycling for over four years and is now part of the BMC UK Racing Team.

Formed by riders from the Eastern regions, the team’s focus is on the development of young athletes and gives them the opportunity to race at the highest level in the UK, whilst supported by strong veteran leadership.


Organisation plans your next move

By Danny Caro, February 12, 2009

A new amateur football body has been set up that could help fast-track talented young Jewish players into the professional game.

The Non League Football Association enables players to take charge of their careers. Players register their details including a profile and playing history, before joining a website database accessible to prospective teams and managers.

Set up by Newport County manager Dean Holdsworth and directors Clive Pollard and Tony Marks, the NLFA also offers discounts on football boots, kit and merchandise.


Bruck’s on a high

February 12, 2009

Roger Bruck completed a hat-trick of wins by retaining his high jump title at the Southern Counties Masters Indoor Championships at Lee Valley Athletics Centre in Picketts Lock, North London.

Coached by John Barnett, Bruck is the current British Masters Pentathlon champion.

He celebrates his 50th anniversary in the senior athletics ranks this year. In 1959, he won his first county vest, took gold at the European Maccabi Games in Copenhagen and claimed the first of his 13 successive 100 metres sprint titles at Shaftesbury Harriers.


Katan puts Haifa clear

February 12, 2009

Maccabi Haifa moved six points clear at the top of the Israeli Premier Division after beating Hakoah Maccabi Amidar 2-0. Former West Ham striker Yaniv Katan and Gustavo Boccoli earned them their 11th victory in 19 matches.

Nearest challengers Maccabi Netanya needed a late strike from Snir Geuta to claim a point at Bnei Yehuda. Eliran Atar had opened the scoring.

Haim Megrelashvili and Scott Sealy were on the mark as Maccabi Tel Aviv won 2-1 at Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona. Guy Tzarfati replied.


Laura's glad to be back

By Craig Silver, February 12, 2009

Laura Saperstein will make her long-awaited return to a UK ring in March.

Having spent the past nine months training and fighting in Thailand, Saperstein has recently opened her own design business in boxingwear.

She will be back in the ring at the York Hall in Bethnal Green on March 22, where she will fight against a yet-to-be-named opponent, having recently signed up with Miranda Carter, England’s only female boxing promoter.


Magic Maccabi

February 12, 2009

Tel Aviv coach Pini Gershon believes that his team has room for improvement after claiming a comfortable victory over arch-rivals Hapoel Jerusalem. Following the 97-81 victory at the Nokia Arena, Gershon said: “I would have felt very bad had we won by less than 14 points.”


Top gong for in-form Klinger

February 12, 2009

Ashes hopeful Michael Klinger scooped the state player of the year award at the Alan Border Medal in Melbourne.

The South Australian batsman was the unanimous choice after receiving 60 votes. Tasmanian Brett Geeves was second with 18 votes.

Klinger said: “I’m very excited. It’s something I never would have expected three or four months ago when I moved from Victoria. To be in this position now is unbelievable.”


Inspired Peer can’t lift Israel

By Simon Griver, February 12, 2009

Israel are in danger of being relegated from the Federation Cup World Group II after being drawn to play away to Estonia.

A plucky performance was not enough to save them from defeat in the Ukraine last weekend when they went down 3-2, and they must now travel to the Baltic state in late April when they will again start as underdogs.

Shahar Peer (48) and Tzipi Obziler are set to take on Kaia Kanepi (23) and Maret Ani (109).