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Smith joins LA Galaxy

By Danny Caro, July 8, 2010

Scott Smith hopes to follow in the footsteps of David Beckham after scoring twice on his debut as a striker for the LA Galaxy Under 20 team.

Smith, 19, was selected for a trial at the end of last year after impressing in the youth team at Barnet. From a pool of around 1,600 footballers, Smith, the son of football agent Jon Smith, went on to make the final cut of 26.

Smith said: "The standard is really good but the problem has really been the heat which is quite intense and the length of the trials which ran for almost a month.

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Bad sport? Not me. I just want the best for my children

By Danny Caro, July 8, 2010

Having launched the JC Daniel Sacks Award for outstanding sporting achievement for 11-16-year-old's last week, I was somewhat shocked by what I saw at my children's sports day this week.

In my day, a sports day was just that – a day of sport. Running races, high jump, long jump, we did the lot. The egg and spoon and wheelbarrow races were a little more relaxed while the tug of war separated the men from the boys.

Far from being a pushy parent, nothing would make me prouder than if my children progress to a high level in a chosen sport.

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Israel youth player joins Scots

By Danny Caro, July 8, 2010

Football Gil Blumenshtein has joined Scottish Premier Division Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Blumenshtein, a former Israel youth international midfielder, was signed by manager Terry Butcher, the former England defender, from Hapoel Beer Sheva on a one-year contract.

Blumenshtein said: "Terry is a very good coach and manager. I think that I can learn a lot from him."

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Rack appointed GB tennis chairman for EMG

By Danny Caro, July 6, 2010

Maccabi GB have announced their plans for tennis at next summer’s 13th European Maccabi Games in Vienna.

Greg Rack has been appointed Chairman. He will be assisted by Jan Feldman.

Rack has been involved with MGB for a number of years and last summer he Chaired the largest ever Maccabi GB tennis squad to travel to Israel for the Maccabiah Games.

Although the squad did not experience much success Rack believes that better times lie ahead with a number of promising junior and senior players coming through the ranks.

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Maccabi Table Tennis championships review

By Danny Caro, July 6, 2010

Defending champions Ashley Stokes retained the men’s title at the Maccabi GB Table Tennis Open Championships after beating Eli Baraty in the final.

More than 80 competitors of all ages, some of whom are highly nationally ranked, battled it out for various titles.

In its second year at the Harefield Academy, top seed, Zak Zilesnick spectacularly crashed out in the first round, thus ending his dream of making history by being the first and youngest player ever to win every male event available to him at this prestigious event.

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Borehamwood & Elstree win Twenty20 debut match

By Danny Caro, July 5, 2010

Borehamwood & Elstree won its first midweek Twenty20 match, beating Stanmore by 20 runs in an Inter-Synagogue match.

With both teams featuring players from London Maccabi Vale and Belmont & Edgware, the quality of play was always going to strong.

Missing injured skipper Joel Sager, stand-in Skipper Harvey Samuels tossed up with his opposite number and was pleased when Stanmore decided that BESCC should bat first.

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Harris and Lederman sparkle in LMV success

By Danny Caro, July 5, 2010

LMV secured their third league win of the season, and in doing so scored their highest total and their biggest winning margin since joining the Middlesex Sunday Cricket League.

WM won the toss and somewhat surprisingly asked LMV to bat first in this Division Three contest. David Freedman and the in-form Benjamin Lederman opened the innings which got off to a bad start when the in-form Lederman was bowled off an inside edge by the fifth ball of the match.

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Lebens leads MAL home

By Danny Caro, July 5, 2010

MAL’s impressive debut season in the Middlesex Sunday Cricket League continued with a 67 run away win over Haryom CC at JFS on Sunday.

Skipper Gav Lebens won the toss and elected to bat on what looked to be a poor pitch. Quite how poor it was came to light early as Mark Landau and Russ Corin struggled to get the ball away.

Some loose bowling and a number of wides saw the scoreboard tick over, and a couple of imperious Corin boundaries meant that after 10 overs MAL were 39-0. Corin soon perished going for one ambitious shot too many, bowled for 18.

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Harrow late show stifles Belmont

By Danny Caro, July 5, 2010

Belmont & Edgware were beaten by 50 runs as Harrow St. Mary’s maintained their unbeaten record with a 50-run victory.

HSM arrived at the Met Police Ground an hour late and after winning the toss, Belmont & Edgware captain Ashley Connick invited them to bat first.

In a match reduced to 35 overs a side, Daniel Geey and Warren Averbuch opened the bowling, before Neil Myeroff and Connick took over to stem the flow of runs in the middle overs.

Myeroff was miserly as ever, conceding only 20 from his seven overs and picking up two wickets, whilst Connick, bowling off-spin, took 3-36.

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Niman inspires Salford

By Danny Caro, July 5, 2010

A decisive burst from stalwart Andrew Niman helped Salford end Manchester Maccabi’s 20-match unbeaten run as they claimed a 39-run victory in the NJCL.

On a cold and breezy day at Scholes Field in Cheadle, Salford captain Josh Henry lost the toss to Ray Tammam and Salford were invited to bat first. Andrew Niman opened with Glynn and the two mixed attack and defence to good effect, making 12 and 8 respectively.

Young pace bowlers Daniel Franks and Ashley Landes both looked good however, taking three wickets each as Salford struggled to 56-6 at the break.

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Why World Cup agony should come as no surprise

By Danny Caro, July 1, 2010

We've had a sorry from the captain, a sorry from the manager and even a sorry from the FIFA President, but no number of apologies could put the smile back on the faces of the Caro boys after England's World Cup exit.

Disappointment more than surprise was my initial reaction, although my four-year-old son still cannot understand how Frank Lampard's 'ghost goal' was not awarded. In fact he's so adamant about the fact that he won't let me change the two to a one on his World Cup wall chart.

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Wimbledon interview: Ester Goldfeld

By Danny Caro, July 1, 2010

Celebrating her 17th birthday on American Independence Day, there was always going to be something special about wonder kid Ester Goldfeld.

The American this week reached the round of 32 at Wimbledon on her debut in the girls junior competition. Goldfeld accounted for Brit Katy Dunne 6-4, 6-2 in the first round but went down 6-4, 6-4 to Clothilde di Bernarde of France, despite gaining a better first serve percentage and serving more aces than her opponent in a match that last just over an hour.

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GB Maccabiah duo step down

By Danny Caro, July 1, 2010

Darryl Lee and Adam Solomons have resigned from their posts on the GB Maccabiah and European Organising Committee.

Lee was chairman and Solomons vice-chairman of both the European and Maccabiah Games GB football teams as well as for the Pan American and Australia Games. Appointed last November, the pair stepped down due to work commitments, although Lee will remain on the Maccabiah Organising Committee in an advisory capacity.

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Why Hodgson is the man to save the Reds

By Danny Caro, July 1, 2010

Roy Hodgson is a popular choice to replace Rafa Benitez as the manager of Liverpool.

Having led the calls for Rafa’s head in October, my first choice would have been Jose Mourinho but Real Madrid got in there first. For whatever reason, Guus Hiddink could not be tempted while it appears that Harry Redknapp has bigger fish to fry, should the England job become available.

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England take note

By Danny Caro, July 1, 2010

After a dismal World Cup campaign, the aptly named Goodluck Jonathan, President of Nigeria, has banned the country's football team from international competition for two years.

David Cameron take note.

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Maccabi GB appoints basketball management team

By Danny Caro, June 29, 2010

Maccabi GB have appointed Marc Diner and Craig Harris to take charge of developing basketball at next year’s European Maccabi Games in Vienna and looking further forwards, the Maccabiah Games in 2013.

Diner and Harris have both competed at numerous Maccabiot including last year’s Games where Marc was Chair of basketball and Craig managed the boys’ basketball squad. Craig has also led teams to the JCC Maccabi Games in North America.

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LMV 2 reach cup semi-finals

By Danny Caro, June 29, 2010

London Maccabi Vale 2nd breezed into the semi-finals of the Maccabi National Knockout Cup after defeating Chigwell by nine wickets.

Chigwell won the toss and decided to bat in beautiful sunny conditions at Rowley Lane. Simon Renshaw continued his excellent form with an early wicket, which was soon followed up at the other end as Jonathan ‘The Vet’ Lederman held onto an excellent catch in the slips off Adam Morris's bowling (1-20 from six overs).

Andrew Greenwall Cohen took over from Morris and produced another brilliant display of miserly bowling, take 1-9 from his eight overs.

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Israelis ousted at Wimbledon

By Danny Caro, June 29, 2010

Israeli involvement at Wimbledon ended on Monday when Andy Ram was eliminated from the men’s doubles and mixed doubles.

Seeded eight with Austrian partner Julian Knowle, Ram was beaten in round three of the men’s doubles by 11th seeds Marcel Granollers and Tommy Robredo of Spain. They went down 6-2, 7-6 (7-2), 1-6, 7-6 (7-5)

A few hours later, Ram and his Russian partner Elena Vesnina were beaten in straight sets by Kim Clijsters and Xavier Malisse 6-3, 6-2.

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NJCL round-up

By Danny Caro, June 28, 2010

Manchester Maccabi moved to within five points of top spot after beating Bury & Whitefield by nine wickets.

On the hottest day of the year so far, it was home side Bury who really felt the heat as in-form Maccabi, who put them into bat, reaped early rewards.

Saunders was first to go - well bowled by Adam Goldstone and Shimon Harris managed to steady the ship for the next dozen overs with Stuart Levington but stuggled to score from the accurate bowling of Goldstone, Dan Franks, and ‘Volcanic’ Ash Landes.

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Wimbledon doubles delight for Ram and Levine

By Danny Caro at Wimbledon, June 25, 2010

Andy Ram and Julian Knowle, the 8th seeds, beat America’s Eric Butorac and Rajeev Ram 6-7, (3-7), 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.

Ram and Knowle take on Spain’s Marc Lopez and David Marrero on Court 19 at 1pm today.

Jesse Levine and compatriot Ryan Sweeting overcame Stephane Robert and Rogier Wassen 2-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-2.

Levine and Sweeting take on Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau on Court 8 at noon on Friday.

Dudi Sela and Michal Przysiezny are on court next. They take on John Isner and Sam Querrey.

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