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Omri Casspi earns praise for NBA performance

February 25, 2010

Omri Casspi scored 13 points as the Rookies beat the Sophomores 140-128 at the NBA All-Star Challenge.

The Israeli forward, 21, said: "I'll have to work very hard to come back here. It was a good experience to go out there and play. I don't want it to stop.

"There's no time to get tired of it. When I get tired of it, I just keep thinking to myself, 'This is where I wanted to be all the time."

Casspi earned praise from NBA star Kobe Bryant who said: "I think he's surprised Sacramento. I think he's doing phenomenally well."


Harmen thrown out cup after unregistered player

By Danny Caro, February 25, 2010

Southgate Harmen A have been thrown out of the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup for fielding an ineligible player.

The Division One title hopefuls fielded new player Alan Hart in the 8-4 win over Red Sea but he had not been registered in time.

The club admit overlooking the rule that 'any player registered with the club after February 1 may not play in the cup'.


David Dein president of England World Cup bid

February 25, 2010

World cup David Dein has been appointed International president of England's 2018 World Cup bid.

The former Arsenal vice-chairman has been brought in invigorate the project which is being rivalled by Russia, whose campaign is being bank-rolled by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.

A former G14 chairman, Dein is acknowledged as one of the game's biggest power brokers. He will be given a free hand to lobby Fifa's executive committee which makes its decision on who will host the global tournament.


Yuri Foreman gets top boxing trainer Steward

By Mike Sinclair, February 25, 2010

Yuri Foreman has hired legendary trainer Emanuel Steward to help him prepare for the first defence of his WBA world light-middleweight title against Miguel Cotto.

The Brooklyn-based Jewish fighter will link up with Steward at his famous Kronk gym in Detroit.

Foreman's manager Murray Wilson said: "It's official. Manny is going to help. It will only be for a couple of weeks, three at most."

Steward, who trained Britain's former world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, is currently working with Wladmir Klitschko, holder of the WBA and IBF heavyweight titles.


Ten-man Hendon defeat Catford and Bromley

February 25, 2010

A stunning late comeback from Hendon United B averted a shock in the Peter Morrison Trophy as they beat Catford & Bromley 8-4.

Joel Isaacs, Leo Brownstein, Craig Edwards and John Keller had put the Cats in a strong position. Hendon, who were missing eight regulars, lost their keeper after 15 minutes and played much of the tie with 10 men due to injuries, hit back through Gav Noe (3), Chaim Gothold (2), Amit Dinowitz, Gideon Lipman and Martin Smulovitch.

Cats boss Lester Jacob lamented: "I watched my team simply self-destruct to concede six goals in the last quarter."


Glenthorne United recliam league top spot

February 25, 2010

Glenthorne United A regained top spot in Division One after beating Faithfold 2-1 with goals from Sid Shaw and Greg Morris. Steven Moss replied for Faithfold.

And an Adam Lee goal was all that separated London Maccabi Lions ions from North London Raiders. The win lifted Lions into third.

Norstar Old Boys' Division Two title hopes were dealt a blow as they were held 3-3 by Ashlodge. Geoff Green, Max Witriol and Steve Bogen struck for Ashlodge with birthday boy Bruce Brent claiming a hat-trick for NOBs.


Neasden win cup tie on penalties

By James Martin, February 25, 2010

North West Neasden A 3-3 Brady Maccabi AET (NWN won 4-2 on penalties)

Treble-chasing Neasden showed that practice makes perfect as they came from behind to deny Division One Brady Maccabi a giantkilling in a JC Cyril Anekstein Cup tie settled by a penalty shootout.


Top 15 is the next target for Shahar Peer

By Simon Griver, February 25, 2010

Shahar Peer has risen to 20 in the world rankings after her best-ever performance in a major tournament last week.

Despite stifling security measures to protect her, Peer reached the semi-finals of the Barclays Dubai Championships, one of the biggest non-grand slam tournaments, with victories that included top seed Caroline Wozniacki, world No. 10 Li Na and No. 15 Yanina Wickmayer, before succumbing to eventual tournament winner Venus Williams. She had gone into the tournament without a victory over a top 20 player since last March.


US skater takes silver at Winter Olympics

By Danny Caro, February 25, 2010

American student Charlie White took silver in the figure skating free dance at the Vancouver Winter Olympics.

White, 22, paired up with Meryl Davis put in an eye-catching display on Day 11 at the Pacific Coliseum.

It could have been even better for the duo who showed incredible speed on the ice but they received a one-point deduction for exceeding the time limit on one of their lifts.

White said: “We're so proud of what we were able to do out there, to come so prepared and be able, under the pressure of the Olympics, skate three amazing programs is such a joy.”


Renzhin disappoints at Winter Olympics

By James Martin, February 24, 2010

Skier Michael Renzhin finished a disappointing 55th in the men's giant slalom at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Crossing the tape in a combined time of 2:53:81, the Israeli finished nearly 16 seconds behind champion Carlo Janka of Switzerland. America's Bode Miller, who has already won three golds, was eliminated from contention after skiing off-course during his first run.

Laura Spector raced the final leg for the USA in the women's 4x6 biathlon relay, but was unable to prevent the team finishing a disappointing 17th, out of an entry of 19.