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Israel edged out by Croatia

By Danny Caro, October 11, 2010

Two first-half strikes from Spurs’ midfielder Niko Kranjčar helped Croatia move two points clear at the top of Euro 2012 qualifying Group F as they beat Israel 2-1 at the Ramat Gan National Stadium.

Israel went into the game without captain Yossi Benayoun and Celtic midfielder Biram Kayal as the absence was felt as the visitors took the game by the scruff of the neck in the first 45 minutes.

The hosts were given an early warning when Ivan Rakitić fired a shot against the base of the post inside seven minutes.


Wrestling sensation Dar ready to rumble

By James Masters, October 8, 2010

Israeli teen wrestling sensation Noam Dar is getting ready to rumble as he plans to defend his tag-team title at this year's Maximum Impact.

The 17-year-old, who was born in Tel Aviv, is Scotland's youngest tag-team champion in the sport having doubled up with Liam Thomson to take the belt at the Breaking Limits event last May.

And he is now targeting another victory alongside Thomson on October 16 as the dynamic duo take on the men they deposed as champions, CJ Hunter and Johnny Starr.


Hawks show prey no mercy

October 7, 2010

Hendon Hawks Rangers youngsters secured another win with a hard fought 4-2 victory over HMH Negev in the Maccabi National League Under 11 Division.

Joel Leighton opened the scoring after neat interplay between Jamie Rosen and Joel Gottlieb.

But HMH Negev equalised soon afterwards with a corner too hot to handle for the Hawks keeper, who fumbled the ball into his own net.

Leighton restored the Hawks' advantage, by striking the ball into the roof of the net after a lay off from Gottlieb who grabbed his side's third after a fantastic shot past the keeper.


FC Team enjoying Park Life

October 7, 2010

Two goals from Richard Salmon helped FC Team maintain their 100 per cent start in the Middlesex County League Division One with a 5 -2 demolition of Regents Park.
Playing a 4-3-3 formation, Team soon found themselves 3-0 up. Salmon and Nigerian debutant striker Eddie Obinna terrorising the visitors.

Salmon smashed home goal four on the hour mark and scored a fifth either sides of Park goals.


Tenpin bowlers living life in the fast lane

October 7, 2010

Europe's top Jewish bowlers were in action at the fifth annual Maccabi Tenpin Bowling Tournament last week.

Held at the Airport Bowl, Maurice Baum came away with the Freddie Loberman Memorial Trophy after triumphing in the competition's new format.

A scratch division, a handicap division and a Scratch Final saw bowling of the highest quality from the two finalists, last year's runner-up Michael Loberman and opponent Gary Ellis.


Raiders in race for top

October 7, 2010

North London Raiders climbed joint-top of the Maccabi Masters League Division One after claiming an impressive 4-2 victory at Glenthorne United B.

A penalty from Ashley Davidson plus two from new signing Andy Miller and Kevin Lotzof sealed the win. Greg Morris and Lloyd Nugent replied for United.

South Mancunians came from two down to beat Hendon Harriers 5-2. Fara Moghim and Andrew Cohen gave Hendon the upper hand but two from Braham Hochenberg and Mark Powell plus another from Jonny Cohen completed the comeback.


Golden Graham looks like top serial striker

By Danny Caro, October 7, 2010

Defence is the best form of attack. That is the belief of Southgate Harmen A manager Dan Uzan who masterminded his team's 4-1 victory over defending champions North West Neasden A, Harmen's first-ever victory in the top-flight.

The Division One new boys were written off by many at the start of the season but they silenced their critics with midfielder Ben Graham blasting home a stunning hat-trick. Recent signing Kane Swerner completed the rout. Bradley Sharp grabbed a consolation for Neasden.


Brady back from the brink

October 7, 2010

Brady manager Josh Rosenfeld was a relieved man after his team avoided an upset in the Peter Morrison Trophy following a nine-goal thriller against a Norstar team from the division below.
It needed an own goal from Norstar debutante Jonny Pressman to put the Edgware club through in a tie full of gaffes.

Rosenfeld said: "We made some silly errors and that made it difficult in the first period. But in the second they barely got a look in. It's positive that we are fighting strongly in three competitions."


Drench warfare in Yorkshire

By James Masters, October 7, 2010

Hyde Park Rangers are facing a hefty fine from the Football Association after red mist descended over Yorkshire once again.

Not even a torrential downpour could dampen the tempers as the Leeds University side had yet another player sent off during their 2-0 over Westdene 2nds following Adam Fletcher's dismissal for two bookable offences.

Rangers have come under intense scrutiny in the past week after Bobby Abrahams and Jason Wise were red carded in their opening day win over Manchester Maccabi 3rds.


Jacobs goes crackers for gong

By James Masters, October 7, 2010

Gary Jacobs admits he was almost knocked out cold after being told he was being inducted into the Scottish Boxing Hall of Fame.

Glaswegian Jacobs retired from the ring in 1997 after an illustrious career which saw him become British, European and Commonwealth welterweight champion.