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Kayal agrees to Celtic move

By Danny Caro, July 23, 2010

Maccabi Haifa midfielder Biram Kayal has agreed a five year deal with Scottish giants Celtic.

The 22-year-old Israeli international is expected to fly over to Glasgow for a medical in the coming few days.

Peter Lawwel, Celtic’s chief executive, is reportedly in Israel and has discussed the deal with Maccabi president Jacob Shahar. The clubs are close to agreeing a fee in the region of £1.25m. Kayal is set to earn £350,000 in his first year at Parkhead with the option of an improved salary if he impresses.


Keinan joins Blackpool

By Danny Caro, July 23, 2010

Dekel Keinan has signed a two-year deal with Premier League new boys Blackpool – as we told you on July 12.

The deal was confirmed after the Israeli defender was awarded his UK work permit on appeal yesterday.


Barnet coach Michael Stone: Q&A

By Danny Caro, July 23, 2010

Sir Trevor Brooking's call for the FA to nurture more home-grown coaches was music to the ears of Barnet's Michael Stone.

Reviewing England's World Cup campaign, the FA's Director of Football Development has been quick to call for more English faces to rise through the ranks. And at 31, Stone fits the bill.

Recently appointed coach at League 2 Barnet, Stone, one of the most highly rated trainers in the country, has been charged with extra responsibility for individual player development.


Hapoel on course in Europe

By Simon Griver, July 22, 2010

Hapoel Tel Aviv remain on course to reach the group stage of the Champions League after being drawn against Aktobe in the third qualifying round.

Leading 5-0 from the second qualifying round first leg, the Israeli champions completed an aggregate win against Željezniar in Sarajevo on Wednesday night.

Hapoel will be strong favourites to reach the playoff round but they will be wary of Aktobe who, after a goalless first leg against Maccabi Haifa, led 3-0 in Israel before Haifa scored four times in the same round last year.


Israel tennis looks for a new leader

By Simon Griver, July 22, 2010

The Israel Tennis Centre (ITC) is looking for a new CEO after Janine Strauss stepped down.

Dani Gali, who is head of the tournaments department, has been appointed temporary CEO until a permanent appointment is made. One of Gali's first actions was to meet Dudi Sela, Harel Levy and Andy Ram to repair the rift between the players and the ITC.

Sela, who has been highly critical of ITC's programmes, said after the meeting that he felt that the players' views "are finally being heard".


Ellie, 13, is one in a thousand

July 22, 2010

Ellie Edwards had the opportunity of a lifetime when she attended a unique masterclass in Manchester.

Edwards, 13, received specialist coaching from sprint legends Tyson Gay, Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie, Kim Collins, Linford Christie and Felix Sanchez at the indoor athletics track at Sport City.

A Sale Harrier and Manchester High School athlete, Edwards had been invited to the session after winning the Manchester Street Sprints competition last year.

The stars were in Deansgate for the Great City Games which were held on Sunday at a specially constructed street track.


Ridder hope

July 22, 2010

Wigan midfielder Daniel De Ridder has reiterated his desire to stay in the Premier League. The Dutchman was loaned to Hapoel Tel Aviv for part of last season, helping them win Ligat Ha'al, but having entered the final year of his contract, he hopes to impress manager Roberto Martinez during a four-day training camp in Sweden.

Gai Assulin is undergoing a week-long trial at Blackburn Rovers.


Hapoel Tel Aviv close in on Champions League group stages

By Danny Caro, July 22, 2010

Hapoel Tel Aviv remain on course to reach the group stage of the Champions League after earning a 6-0 aggregate victory over Željezničar in Sarajevo on Wednesday night.

Leading 5-0 from the first leg in Israel last week, the Israeli champions earned a 1-0 win in the away leg with a 76th winner from Brazilian defender Douglas da Silva the icing on the cake.

New signing Ben Sahar, the former Chelsea striker, did not feature despite having recently signed a one-year loan deal from Espanyol. Nigerian keeper Vincent Enyeama, who has been linked with a move to Porto, was another absentee.


West Ham close in on Ben Haim

July 20, 2010

Updated: Reports that Tal Ben Haim’s failed a medical at West Ham today appear unfounded.

We understand that the Israeli defender in fact passed the tests at Upton Park. However, any possible deal remains incomplete as Ben Haim has yet to sign a contract due to the player and club failing to agree a salary.

Ben Haim hopes to be reunited with manager Avram Grant, whom he worked under at Portsmouth.

Ben Haim stayed on the bench during Portsmouth’a FA Cup final defeat against Chelsea after recovering from a groin injury.


LMV 2A edged out by West Harrow

By Danny Caro, July 20, 2010

London Maccabi Vale 3rd XI made its first appearance of the season but a team combining youth and experience were edged out by one wicket by West Harrow.

No matter what level you play your cricket, as long as the opposition are well-matched you can have a great contest; which is what we had on Sunday. A match that went the full 80 overs and finished just after half past eight was played in an excellent spirit on both sides and hopefully gave LMV's youngsters valuable experience of how to deal with pressure.