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Wales call-up for Jacobson

By Craig Silver, May 23, 2008

Bristol Rovers defender Joe Jacobson will fulfil a childhood dream if he gets to play for Wales  in friendly matches against Iceland and Holland next week.

The 21-year-old left-back received a letter from the Welsh FA confirming his first senior call-up for the national team, having made 13 appearances for the Under 21 side.

“It’s a brilliant moment for me,” said Jacobson. “Obviously, I have got into the team on merit for the season I’ve had with Rovers. It is a big chance for me to impress manager John Toshack.

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French test for Peer

By Simon Griver, May 23, 2008

Shahar Peer is looking to dig herself out of the biggest crisis of her career and get back on track in the French Open, which starts on Monday.

The clay at Roland Garros in Paris is usually Peer’s favourite surface but her preparations for the second grand slam of the year have gone awry after a shoulder injury forced her to withdraw from last week’s Berlin Open and this week’s Strasbourg tournament.

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Grant sacked by Chelsea

By Danny Caro, May 23, 2008

Avram Grant has had his contract terminated with immediate affect just three days after his Chelsea team were beaten in the Champions League final by Manchester United and finished the campaign without a trophy.

Following two days of meetings between club officials and the manager, a statement on the Chelsea said: "We would like to thank Avram for his contribution since taking over as manager last September.

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Bruno delievers the knockout blow for Neasden

By Craig Silver, May 23, 2008

A second-half hat-trick from Bruno Frankel took Neasden B to within one win of Premier Division football as they thumped relegation threatened Faithfold 5-1 at Bricket Wood.

The teams will meet again on Sunday in what will be a nail-biting finale to the JC MSFL season with Neasden needing maximum points to leapfrog second place Montana Boca United A, while Faithfold must win to survive.

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Supergirl Nyman shines on elite stage

May 23, 2008

Lara Nyman finished 11th in a top-class field at the Corus Elite Triathlon Sprint in Reading.

With more than 40 British and international contenders on the start list including the current European junior silver medallist, the European Under 23 champion and Olympic qualifiers, the 16-year-old’s aim was to be the first youth over the line and hopefully, in the process, finish in the first quarter of the field.

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Wise is too clever for Southgate

May 23, 2008

A Tony Wise inspired display helped MAL maintain their 100 per cent start to the Barratts Maccabi Sunday League with a comfortable
victory over Southgate.

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Stalwart Corin departs

May 23, 2008

MAL paid a fitting farewell tribute to its most distinguished cricketer, Melvyn Corin, who after more than four decades with the club, is making aliyah next week.



Mel Corin and Gavriel Lebens

In a thrilling Twenty20 match in Finchley to mark his departure, the wicketkeeper-batsman skippered a veteran MAL XI to a last-ball win over a current MAL team.

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Gershfield off to live the American dream

By Craig Silver, May 23, 2008

Wingate & Finchley starlet James Gershfield is following in the footsteps of David Beckham after making a move to America to join Fort Lewis College on a four-year soccer scholarship in Colorado.


Scholar: James Gershfield

The 19-year-old from Stanmore will fly out to join the college side, nicknamed the Skyhawks, in August  where he will begin pre-season training and aim to lead the team to the NCAA championships whilst studying Business Management.

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Schoolgirl goes from park to Premiership

By Craig Silver, May 23, 2008

She was spotted having a kickabout in the park and now plays for a Premier League club: that is the story of 13-year-old King Solomon student Shoshana Field who is now celebrating winning league titles and cups at Tottenham Hotspur.

Field “never would have thought” she would play for a top club but that all changed when she was spotted by a Spurs scout whilst playing in Valentines Park in Gants Hill, Essex.

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Betar take the double

By Simon Griver, May 23, 2008

Betar Jerusalem completed the league and cup double for the first time after claiming a 3-0 home victory over second-placed Maccabi Netanya.

But club owner Arkady Gaydamak, who missed the match because he was in Moscow on business, said that watching his son Alexandre’s team, Portsmouth, lift the FA Cup at Wembley earlier in the day gave him more pride than Betar’s achievement. “From the sporting point of view the FA Cup final is obviously a much bigger event,” said Gaydamak.

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