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Israel all set for big cup test

By Simon Griver, July 9, 2009

TENNIS - Boosted by his Wimbledon performance and a record ranking of 33, Dudi Sela leads the charge as Israel hosts Russia in the Davis Cup quarter-final in Tel Aviv.

Having reached the last 16 at the Grand Slam, Sela said: “It’s very big for Israeli tennis and I’m very excited to play.

“Israel will have 10,000 people screaming every point, and although Russia are favourites, I believe in the Israel team. It’s very important to be united and I think we have a chance.”

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£75,000 Yossi is highest-paid Israeli player ever

By Danny Caro, July 9, 2009

National captain Yossi Benayoun has spoken of his delight after becoming the highest paid Israeli sportsman of all time, after committing to Liverpool until 2013.

Benayoun, 29, signed a new contract on Monday, agreeing a two-year extension on top of the two years remaining on his existing deal.

With earnings in the region of £75,000, he surpasses Tal Ben Haim as the highest paid Israeli sportsman. He has become the fourth highest paid earner at Liverpool after Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres and Jamie Carragher and on par with Daniel Agger and Dirk Kuyt.

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Competitors touch down for Maccabiah

By Danny Caro, July 8, 2009

Athletes have been arriving in Israel in their droves ahead of the 18th Maccabiah Games Chai.

The 500-strong British delegation was one of the first to arrive with some junior competitors flying out on Monday.

The majority of the Open participants landed on Tuesday while the Masters are scheduled to depart on Friday.

There was heartbreak for Team GB Masters futsal player Ollie Olsen. He suffered a fractured collarbone in the squad’s final training session last Sunday.

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Immanuel boys head of the class

By Danny Caro, July 7, 2009

Immanuel College dominated the Maccabi GB Interschool tennis tournament. The Year 8 Maccabi final was contested between two pairings from Immanuel with Oliver Donne and Sam Lipton facing Jack Reece and Josh Foley-Comer. Playing a year above his age group, Jack and Josh took the title.

The Year 10 boys title was also bagged by Immanuel with Sam Rosenberg and Josh Nathan claiming victory against a strong pair from JFS.

Year 7: Jake Norton, Jake Green, Gavriel Nussbaum, Jacob Alberga

Year 8: Jack Reece, Joshua Foley-Comer, Oliver Donne, Samuel Lipton

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Benayoun signs new Liverpool deal

July 6, 2009

Israel captain Yossi Benayoun has committed himself to Liverpool until 2013.

Benayoun, 29, signed a new contract on Monday, agreeing a two-year extension on top of the two years remaining on his existing deal. His improved salary is reported to be in the region of £85,000-a-week.

Having been linked with some of Europe's top clubs including Real Madrid, Benayoun said: "Hopefully, now I can concentrate on the hard work that needs to be done and try to play better and better and win some silverware."

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GB juniors ready to fly the flag

By Danny Caro, July 6, 2009

Team GB have named Talya Curtis, Joel Barnett, Richard Goodman and Jemma Lawrence as junior flagbearers for the opening ceremony at the Maccabiah Games.

The junior athletes have been selected alongside senior players Jo Ankier, David Kyte and Michael Bibring at Ramat Gan on July 13.

Girls basketball player Talya Curtis is seen as a role model for younger players. Competing in her first Maccabiah, Curtis has played an active role in fund-raising for both the boys and girls basketball teams. She warmed up for the event by running MaccabiGB’s 10k fun run.

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GB juniors ready to fly the flag

By Danny Caro, July 6, 2009

Team GB have named Talya Curtis, Joel Barnett, Richard Goodman and Jemma Lawrence as junior flagbearers for the opening ceremony at the Maccabiah Games.

The junior athletes have been selected alongside senior players Jo Ankier, David Kyte and Michael Bibring at Ramat Gan on July 13.

Girls basketball player Talya Curtis is seen as a role model for younger players. Competing in her first Maccabiah, Curtis has played an active role in fund-raising for both the boys and girls basketball teams. She warmed up for the event by running MaccabiGB’s 10k fun run.

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MAL edge out Belmont and Edgware in thriller

By Danny Caro, July 6, 2009

BECC II 197-8, MAL 201-7. MAL won by 3 wickets

MAL consolidated their position at the top of the Maccabi Sunday League, with a three wicket against Belmont & Edgware.

After inserting BECC, opening bowlers Yoav Lebens and Tony Wise started well, with both swinging the ball and extracting bounce.

Alex Ziff was soon back in the pavilion for a duck, as Wise trapped him in front. He was quickly followed by Simon Durban, bowled by a cracker from Lebens who sent leg stump flying out the ground.

Daniel Geey joined Warren Averbuch with the score on 16-2, and set about a rebuilding job.

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King David safety drive

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 2, 2009

A street awareness drive was launched in conjunction with Greater Manchester Police on Monday at King David High School.

Assistant Chief Constable Terry Sweeney addressed around 400 pupils at a special assembly to launch a joint partnership scheme with the CST and Maccabi Streetwise project. “This pilot could transfer to other areas of Greater Manchester,” he said afterwards.

Some 3,000 safety cards will be handed out to young Jews across the city offering advice on drugs, alcohol, bullying and internet safety. GMP has jointly funded the £10,000 project.

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Maturing colts ready to feel the heat out in the middle

July 2, 2009

The Team GB Youth cricket squad lost their final warm-up match against a more experienced side put out by Radlett Cricket Club. Radlett scored 235-7 in their 40 overs with Steven Allweis taking 3-44 and skipper Seb Schusman, Jake Reza Andrew Greenwall-Cohen and Daniel Cohen bagging a wicket apiece.

GB scored 183-6 with Jake Reza 44 not out and Alex Ziff 32 top-scoring. Joseph Greenwall-Cohen (31) and Scott Gerard made contributions.

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