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Win gives Salita a title shot

By Mike Sinclair, May 27, 2009

Dmitriy Salita cleared what he hopes will be the final hurdle before a world title shot with a clear points victory over veteran Raul Munoz in Nevada.

Now unbeaten in 31 fights, Salita had put his status as official number one challenger to WBA world light-welterweight champion Andreas Kotelnik on the line but never looked in danger. Two of the three judges at Buffalo Bill’s Casino and Resort in Primm gave the 27-year-old Brooklyn-based Jewish boxer every round.

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Rule change lifts Haifa’s Uefa hopes

By Simon Griver, May 27, 2009

Maccabi Haifa will represent Israel in next season’s Uefa Champions League after clinching the Premier League title for the 11th time.

A 2-0 away win over Maccabi Netanya gave the Greens an unassailable lead over second-placed Hapoel Tel Aviv with one game remaining.

The title is a major triumph for manager Elisha Levy in his first year in charge.

Goals from Thembinkosi Fanteni and Biram Kiyal were enough to seal Maccabi’s fourth Israeli crown in six years and their first since winning three in a row between 2003 and 2006.

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Hendon fall short, Faithfold fall down

By Richard Jaye, May 21, 2009

Faithfold B 2-3 Hendon united B

Hendon United B’s title charge fell agonisingly short despite winning the JC MSFL Division One end-of-season showdown to send Faithfold B down.

Going into the game, Hendon knew that a three-goal victory would see them pip South Manx A to the title, while Faithfold B needed a draw to leapfrog Brixton Old Boys.

A gripping contest played in wintry conditions saw Faithfold dominate the opening stages and they deservedly went ahead on 12 minutes when Richard Baum’s free-kick slipped through the fingers of keeper Nicky Rosenthal.

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A-teams to meet in cup final

By Mike Perkin and Danny Caro, May 21, 2009

North West Neasden A and Hendon United A will meet in the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup final after coming through their respective semi-finals on Wednesday night.

Hendon overcame cup holders London Maccabi Lions A on penalties after twice coming from behind in normal time.

Although Lions had beaten Hendon in a league double-header on Sunday, it was the visitors who started the better.

Two well-taken strikes from Michael Pearson were cancelled out by Hendon supersub Saul Conway, with his second coming seconds before the final whistle.

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Cool Dudi in bid to end Israeli drought on clay

By Simon Griver, May 21, 2009

Dudi Sela goes into Monday’s French Open boosted by the news that he has risen to a career high ranking of 55. But the 24-year-old Israeli will not be encouraged by his form on clay as his preparations for Roland Garros ended prematurely with a first-round defeat at the Austrian Open.

Playing on his least favourite surface, Sela hopes to improve on his last two performances in Paris when he has failed to progress beyond the first round.

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Klinging on

May 21, 2009

Michael Klinger has been named captain of Australia’s Maccabiah team after missing out on the Ashes squad, writes Danny Caro.

The Sheffield Shield star, 28, was overlooked despite one of his best season’s with the bat for South Australia Redbacks. He finished as leading scorer with 1,203 runs, the most by an SA batsman in one season, and won State Player of the Year.

Klinger will captain Australia’s 13-man squad although his availability to play in Israel for the first time since 1997 depends on potential state or international commitments.

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Brighton in Bloom

By Danny Caro, May 21, 2009

Brighton & Hove Albion have become the envy of football clubs across the country following an £80 million injection from internet gambling entrepreneur Tony Bloom.

Dividing his time between Sussex and Melbourne, the club’s new chairman marks a third generation to have a member on the board.

His uncle, Ray, is a club director and Harry, his grandfather, was vice-chairman when the club reached the old first division in 1979.

Almost all of the funds from the high stakes poker player will be absorbed by the club’s new Falmer Stadium.

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Henen keeps Boca alive

By Danny Caro, May 21, 2009

A late strike from Trevor Henen ensured that Montana Boca United As battle against the drop goes to the last game as they kept North West Neasden As title celebrations on ice with a hard earned point.

Gary Cohen gave Montana a shock lead in the JC MSFL Premier Division clash only for a goal in each half from Daniel Levenfiche and captain Lee Cash to put NWN within minutes of retaining the title.

But a cool finish from Henen into the roof of the net left NWN ruing a series of missed chances.

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Furman top of City list

May 21, 2009

Stuart McCall is hoping for a big favour from former manager Walter Smith in his bid to sign Rangers midfielder Dean Furman on a permanent basis.

Furman, who was named Most Consistent Player, spent the season on loan at Valley Parade and the Bradford manager wants to keep him, but Rangers could demand a compensation fee that the Yorkshire club cannot afford as the South African is only 20.

McCall said: “I know Rangers are offering him a new deal, but at this moment in time it’s not guaranteed he’s going to accept it.

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Stiller and Panovka boost GB charge

May 21, 2009

Team GB has named its three basketball squads competing at the 18th Maccabiah Games Chai in Israel in July.

A men’s Masters (over 40s), an Under 18 women and an Under 16 men’s team feature 35 players aged 14-62. Players of American, Israeli and South African origin feature.

The Masters team includes ex-England internationals, Sam Stiller and Steve Panovka, as well as former Israeli national league players.

The women’s and junior squad are made up predominantly of players from London. The teams have been training for the past nine months and competing in local leagues.

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