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Birmingham target Itay Shecter

March 2, 2010

Birmingham City have started negotiations with Itay Shechter, according to reports.

The Hapoel Tel Aviv striker caught the eye after helping the Israeli club reach the last 32 of the Europa League.

It is believed that Birmingham manager Alex McLeish has also called former Aston Villa boss John Gregory, now the manager of Maccabi Akhi Nazareth, for a scouting report on Shechter.

Birmingham are also understood to be tracking Hapoel midfielder Gil Vermouth.


Maccabi Lions dominate Northwood

March 2, 2010

London Maccabi Lions Under 15s secured a further three points in the White Division of the Watford Friendly league through a convincing 3-1 victory against Northwood.

In difficult conditions, Lions opened the match strongly dominating the majority of the play but were unable to convert their many chances Adam Arnold slotted in a coolly taken penalty in the 24th minute to give Lions the lead but a combination of poor finishing and resolute defending from Northwood kept the score at 1-0 at half time.


Israel’s Davis Cup tie goes ahead in Chile

By Simon Griver, March 2, 2010

Davis Cup organisers have confirmed that Israel’s Davis Cup World Group match in Chile go ahead as scheduled despite last week’s devastating earthquake.

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) insisted that the tie geso ahead and even chartered a plane to bring the Israelis to Chile on Tuesday. The Israeli team was en route to Chile last weekend when the quake struck but the flight was rerouted to Miami.

Israel had planned to spend the week practicing on clay courts, although Chile's plans have been equally disrupted with their star players arriving home later than scheduled.


Israel Cricket wins development award

March 2, 2010

The Israel Cricket Association has won the Pepsi ICC Development Programme Annual Awards 2009 in the Spirit of Cricket category for their Cross Border Cricket project.

The project, the brainchild of ICA youth coach George Sheader, has been running for over 12 months, introducing young players in Bedouin towns in the Negev desert to the game, and then focusing on facilitating interaction between the Arabic-speaking Bedouin children and Hebrew-speaking Jewish children from other areas across Israel in which cricket cricket is coached through enjoying combined cricket acitivities together.


Hapoel Tel Aviv out of Europa League

By Danny Caro, February 26, 2010

Hapoel Tel Aviv bowed out of the Europa League after a goalless draw in Israel saw them ousted 3-0 on aggregate by Rubin Kazan.

The Israelis hit the woodwork twice in the Round of 32 second leg at the Bloomfield, but otherwise created few chances as Rubin advanced on the back of a convincing first leg display.

Hapoel made their intentions clear from the off Dani Bondarv’s powerful drive deflecting off Christian Noboa, only for the ball to rebound off the crossbar after two minutes.


Maccabi GB selects 35 for Denver Maccabi Games

February 25, 2010

Following a successful trip to San Francisco last year, Maccabi GB has selected a 35-man squad that will travel to Denver for the 2010 JCC Maccabi Games in August.

Team GB has taken part in the event for 16 years running with more than 1,000 young people taking part in the largest event for Jewish teen athletes in the world.


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.