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Black cats eye Grant

By Simon Griver, December 18, 2008

Sunderland’s largest shareholder, Ellis Short, wants to appoint a top foreign manager and Avram Grant is one of his preferred candidates.

But following the resignation of Roy Keane earlier this month, the US financier is in conflict with chairman Niall Quinn and his Drumaville Consortium who want to appoint a British manager.

If Short gets his way and Grant is appointed, then the Israeli could find himself once again backed by a foreign billionaire but unloved by the fans, media and with many enemies in the club’s hierarchy.

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Game over as Danes beat Israel

By Simon Griver, December 18, 2008

Israel will not host the Uefa Euro 2011 Under 21 Championships finals after being pipped to the post by Denmark.

Israel had been favourites to host the tournament as part of Uefa’s policy of supporting emerging footballing nations. However, with Europe still expected to be in recession in 2011, the effects of the credit crunch persuaded the executive to select Denmark, which has larger stadiums, and being in the heart of Europe, will attract more fans, maximising revenue from ticket sales and advertising.

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Zidane ref booked for Maccabiah

By Danny Caro, December 18, 2008

The Referee who sent off Zinedine Zidane at the 2006 World Cup final in Germany and Wayne Rooney at the 2004 Euro Championships, has been confirmed as a referee for next year’s 18th Maccabiah Games.

Argentinian Horacio Elizondo, 45, dismissed Zidane for headbutting Italy’s Marco Materazzi and Rooney for stamping on Ricardo Carvalho.

Confirmation of the appointment came following a meeting in Buenos Aires with Asaf Stolarz, Maccabiah Sports Department Director. Elizondo has agreed not to officiate at any matches involving Argentina.

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Coach Claire gives football a new face

By Danny Caro, December 18, 2008

Football-loving Claire Lewis has been appointed as an FA Ambassador.
Lewis, 27, joins the likes of former England international Viv Anderson, Paul Elliott, Brendon Batson and Hope Powell as figureheads for equality and spreading The FA’s message of Football for All.

Lewis said: “It’s a really exciting appointment for me and I can’t wait to get stuck in. The FA liked my enthusiasm and offered me the role on the spot. They liked my involvement with the Jewish community and see me as someone that can bring more girls and women into the football at grassroots level.

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Sport in brief

December 18, 2008

Shaftesbury Barnet Harrier Richard Goodman, 15, won the combined Under 17 and Under 20 North Thames Cross Country Championships in Kingsbury.

Competing against runners-up to four years his senior, Goodman of Stanmore finished 55 seconds clear of the rest of the field. “Before the race, former world record holder Dave Bedford told me that I could be the next Dave Bedford, and that I had the perfect physique for cross-country and middle-distance. That encouragement inspired me to run what I think is one of my best races.”

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Points make prizes as Foreman record win 27

By Mike Sinclair, December 18, 2008

Unbeaten light-middleweight Yuri Foreman took another step towards a world title fight with a convincing points victory over James Moore at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.

New York-based Foreman, ranked eighth by the WBC, cruised to his 27th successive victory over WBC No. 10 Moore by scores of 99-90, 99-91 and 100-90 on the cards of the three
judges.

Putting his North American Boxing Federation belt on the line, Foreman, an aspiring rabbi, consistently beat Moore, who had a big Irish-American following, to the punch for one of the most impressive victories of his career.

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Lions on top

By Craig Silver, December 18, 2008

London Maccabi Lions Under 15 thumped Enfield Rangers 9-2 in the Watford Friendly League Blue Division courtesy of goals from Harry Davis (2), Charlie Cohen (2), Nick Landsberg, David Nezri, Charlie Rubin and Max Wegoda.

Lions remain top of the White Division after winning 5-0 at Whetstone Wanderers Jaguars with goals from Yoav Kestenbaum (2), Sam Lewis, Samuel Marchant and Joel Greyson.

Jordan Nathan and Aaron Spalter earned Lions Under 11s a 2-1 win over Acorn in the West Herts League.

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Israeli duo double up

By Simon Griver, December 18, 2008

Harel Levy and Noam Okun will focus on their doubles partnership when the 2009 season starts next month.

The Israelis, both aged 30, have been unable to rediscover the singles form which saw Levy ranked 30 in 2001 and Okun reach 95 in 2002. Levy currently 248, and Okun, 430, will jettison their singles careers in favour of doubles success as they look to emulate their compatriots Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich, who won the Australian Open doubles title earlier this year and have each amassed more than $1.5 million in prize money.

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Katz serves up a treat

By Craig Silver, December 18, 2008

Former Maccabi GB Sports Personality of the Year Dov Katz helped the Brighton table tennis team to second place after the latest round of British League Division One matches in Devon.

Katz, who will be participating in his fourth Maccabiah in Israel next summer, rolled back the years with some fine victories as Brighton recorded wins over Progress (7-1), York Gardens (6-2) and Chippenham (7-1).

They lost narrowly against league leaders Urban Progress (5-3).

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Late strike stuns Manx

By Craig Silver, December 18, 2008

South Manx missed the chance to go clear in second in Division One of the Maccabi Masters League after they were denied by a late show from EDRS Stonegrove.

Nick Tromans, David Hyman and Darren Coon had put the Manx in the driving seat and despite a Paul Chilton goal, EDRS were still 3-1 behind with just five minutes remaining. They were given a lifeline by Phil Silver and the comeback was complete courtesy of a last-minute own goal.

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