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NBA coach Nancy inspired by Muhammed Ali

By Danny Caro, November 12, 2009

The NBA’s first female head coach spoke this week of how Muhammad Ali inspired her to reach the top.

Nancy Lieberman, 51, the first woman to play pro basketball with men, has been placed in charge of Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Development League.

Speaking exclusively from her home in Plano,Texas, she said she saw the world heavyweight champ on TV when she was nine.

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Katz on song

November 12, 2009

Maccabiah wonder kid Sam Katz scored a try and two conversions as Newbury RFC thumped Manchester 59-0 in National League 1.

The fly-half recently joined Newbury and is looking to complete the season with them before he starts at Loughborough University next year and is set to play in National League 2 North with the only university team in the league.

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Paul Kelmsley buys New York Cosmos

November 12, 2009

Paul Kemsley, the former vice-chairman of Tottenham Hotspur, is reported to have bought the New York Cosmos.

Kemsley, whose £500m empire imploded in June, plans to turn the team into a global lifestyle brand with retail, leisure and musical arms. Brazilian legend Pele will be president of the company while Simon Greenberg, the departing director of Communications and Public Affairs director at Chelsea, is also said to be on board.

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Hapoel Tel Aviv on the cusp of Europa League joy

November 12, 2009

Hapoel Tel Aviv need a point from their last two games to qualify for the last 32 of the Europa League after claiming a stunning victory against Rapid Vienna in Austria.

A 13th minute opener from Avihay Yadin together with second half strikes from Gil Vermouth and Bebars Natcho were on target in a 3-0 win that saw them complete the double over the former group leaders.

Hapoel boss Eli Gutman said: “Just like I said in Israel [a fortnight ago after our 5-1 win], if you would have told me we’d get a result like this, I would have accused you of being drunk.”

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Top table clash ends in disappointing draw for Faithfold

November 12, 2009

FaithFold A 2-2 Redbridge Jewish Care A

Daryl Phillips, the assistant-manager of Faithfold A, felt that poor finishing prevented the Superhoops from taking maximum points in the top of the table clash against title rivals Redbridge A.

In a game in which Faithfold hit the woodwork twice and had a goal disallowed, Phillips reflected: “We’re disappointed not to have three points as we had the better chances. It was a good game between two good sides.”

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Shahar Peer will be seeded for Australian Open

By Simon Griver, November 12, 2009

A strong finish to the season has seen Shahar Peer climb to 31st in the WTA rankings, a position that ensures she will be seeded for the Australian Open.

Peer, 22, began the year ranked 38 but slumped to 70 in the spring before enjoying an excellent second half of the year, winning tournaments in China and Uzbekistan.

Last week she reached the last eight of the Tournament of Champions in Indonesia.

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London's new Jewish futsal team make flying start

By Danny Caro, November 12, 2009

The recently formed London Maccabi Futsal Club has made an excellent start in the Futsal Superleague Division North.

Formed by three Maccabi League footballers, the club was set up to help improve England and Great Britain’s chances of silverware at future Maccabi Games competitions.

Having represented their country at futsal on the big stage, James Steele, Greg Corin and Motti Colman entered the team into a league that feeds directly into the National league. LMFC has made a solid start, lying third in the table with seven wins from 11 matches.

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Maccabi sink in water polo final

November 12, 2009

After a dazzling run that saw them brush aside the best teams in London, Maccabi Water Polo UK met a watery end in a thrilling final of the London League Referee's Cup.

Four goals from former British national player James Kattan kept Maccabi in the running until the very last quarter. But ultimately, they were unable to secure victory against a strong Bexley in Croydon.

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Keterman leads the way as NW Neasden go top

By Danny Caro, November 12, 2009

North West Neasden A are three points clear at the top of the JC MSFL Premier Division following a 4-1 victory over Glenthorne United A.

TJ Keterman (2), Jake Gottlieb and Scott Shindler eased them home in a top against bottom clash.

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HMH run riot

November 12, 2009

Adam Ellis (3), Oliver Tuch (2), Aaron Benjamin (2), Joel Baruch, George Goldberg, Samuel Leader, Josh Levy, Sol Schlagman and Daniel Kanfer eased HMH Purple to a 13-1 victory over Hendon Hawks in the Maccabi GB Primary League Under 13 Division. Joshua Resnick (3) and Jonathan Korn gave Hendon Hawks B Under 10s a 4-3 victory over Alyth Belsize.

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