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Team of the week: 21st January 2010

By Danny Caro, January 21, 2010

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Israel to invest £8m in Olympic squad

By Danny Caro, January 21, 2010

Israel is investing £8 million on an Olympics squad that will make the 2012 Games the country’s best-ever, pledges the man who will make it happen.

Efraim Zinger, the Secretary-General of the Olympic Committee of Israel says he hopes to take at least 40 athletes to London.

Zinger believes that the nation’s best hopes of silverware will come in judo, wind-surfing and gymnastics.

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Odesnik reaches round two in Melbourne

By Danny Caro, January 18, 2010

Wayne Odesnik reached the second round of the Australian Open after beating Blaz Kavcic in four sets on Monday.

Ranked 89 in the world Odesnik, a naturalised American, came from behind to win 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 in Melbourne.

The 24-year-old from Johannesburg will meet 27th seed Phillip Kohlschreiber or Harcio Zeballos in round two.

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Maccabi GB launch 2010 Sports Awards

By Danny Caro, January 15, 2010

Maccabi GB have started the search to find the community’s top Jewish sportsperson.

In partnership with UJIA, MGB are inviting nominations for people who have had a major achievement or advancement within their chosen sport in the past two years.

The awards offer an opportunity for the community to honour and reward outstanding Jewish athletes dedicated to their sport. These will be the ninth awards to have taken place since they started in 1993.

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Peer reaches Hobart final

By Danny Caro, January 15, 2010

Shahar Peer warmed up for next week’s Australian Open grand slam by reached the final of the Hobart International.

Peer, 22, dismantled Sar Errani 6-2, 6-0 in 78 minutes in the semi-finals to reach her seventh WTA final.

The Israeli has started 2010 in excellent form, winning seven out of eight matches.

She will be seeded 29 in the Australian Open and plays Lucie Safarova (65) of the Czech Republic in the first round.

In the men’s singles, Dudi Sela will play one of the qualifiers.

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C’mon Rafa – do one

By Danny Caro, January 14, 2010

Rafa, Rafa, Rafa. Where did it all go wrong?

If I knew the answer to that I could make millions, but here are a couple of pointers.

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Yossi Benayoun breaks a rib

By Danny Caro, January 14, 2010

Liverpool’s Yossi Benayoun faces four weeks on the sidelines after breaking a rib in Wednesday’s FA Cup defeat against Reading, according to reports.

Benayoun, 29, spurned a golden opportunity to take the tie to penalties when he was thwarted in a one-on-one by Reading keeper Adam Federici in extra time. It is believed that he picked up the injury following a hefty challenge in the last minute.

The injury is the attacking midfielder’s second of the season. In November, Benayoun received the controversial placenta treatment to help cure a hamstring injury.

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It’s hard to believe but Becks could actually be our saviour

By Danny Caro, January 14, 2010

He helped secure the 2012 Olympics and resurrected an ailing 2018 World Cup bid — so what chance that David Beckham becomes the saviour of the Jewish football season?

With the bad weather showing no sign of letting up and MSFL matches falling by the wayside, putting the season in turmoil, the majority of players, managers and officials have hit rock bottom.

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De Ridder’s move to Hapoel on hold

By Danny Caro, January 14, 2010

Talks have stalled over a move that could see Wigan Athletic midfielder Daniel de Ridder join Hapoel Tel Aviv.

The 25-year-old right-sided midfielder has yet to play for Wigan this season and appears to be out of favour at the DW Stadium under manager Roberto Martinez.

He joined the Latics under former boss Steve Bruce in July 2008 and has made 18 appearances but has failed to feature under Martinez who replaced Bruce last summer.

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Ra’anana and Betar reach Toto final

By Danny Caro, January 14, 2010

Hapoel Ra’anana will face Betar Jerusalem in the final of Israel’s Toto Cup.

Ra’anana pulled off a major shock on Wednesday night, defeating league leaders Maccabi Haifa 3-2 at the Ramat Gan National Stadium.

They did it the hard way, coming from behind after Mohammad Ghadir had put last season’s league champions ahead. But a 45th minute penalty from Itai Tuef saw them go in level at the break.

Lior Rafaelov restored Haifa’s advantage on the hour but they held the lead for just two minutes as Ra’anana’s Davit Dighmelashvili equalised.

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Neasden cup hopes hang in the balance

By Danny Caro, January 14, 2010

North West Neasden A’s hopes of becoming the first Jewish team to win five trophies look destined for failure after it emerged that they are close to pulling out of at least one competition to ease their fixture backlog.

The Maccabi League giants are three matches away from earning a place in the final of the prestigious Sunday FA Cup at Anfield and more than £2,000 in prize money.

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Proud Peer finally beaten

By Danny Caro, January 8, 2010

Shahar Peer’s run at the ASB Classic in Auckland finished at the semi-final stage where she was beaten by third seed Yanina Wickmayer.

In a competition marred by anti-Israel demonstrations, Peer, 22, bowed out 6-4 7-5 against Yanina Wickmayer from Belgium.

Following one of the tightest matches in the competition, Peer, who is preparing for the first grand slam of 2010, the Australian Open, broke her silence on the protestors who have disrupted her matches.

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Greenberg looks to the Klitschkos for inspiration

By Danny Caro, January 7, 2010

Roman Greenberg is scheduled to make his long-awaited return to the ring next month in the Ukraine.

Back in full training in Kiryat Motzkin, near Haifa, the Israeli-based heavyweight has been reunited with David Porat, his original coach, and is likely to be fighting in a co-promotion by his manager Robert Waterman and K2 East Promotions, a company owned by the Klitschko brothers.

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North West Neasden close call

By Danny Caro, January 7, 2010

North West Neasden A were given an almighty scare by Division Three side UJS Norstar A in the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup.

Last season’s double champions, who included Maccabiah star Matt Stock and Daniel Stanton, were expecting an easy run-out but they were taken to the wire by Phil Peters’ troops.

Going into the closing seconds, NWN led 5-4. Norstar missed a great chance and with that went their hopes of taking the match to extra time as NWN scored on the counter.

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Pitching up for action, we received a frosty reception

By Danny Caro, January 7, 2010

I’m not sure how many people it needs to carry out a pitch inspection in professional football but I counted 25 at Bricket Wood last weekend.

This was Sunday morning amateur football at its best. North London Raiders A’s match against Red Sea was cancelled on Saturday night, after Shabbat had gone out, as the Seacats were unable to raise a team. News had also reached our secretary, Jonny Blain, who is also our top-scorer, that Southgate Harmen’s match against North West Neasden B had fallen victim to the cold snap.

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Maccabi boss: Don't abandon matches

By Danny Caro, January 7, 2010

The chairman of the JC Maccabi Southern Football League has pleaded with teams to ensure that the season is completed.

After another 12 matches fell victim to the weather last weekend, David Wolff described the situation as “a bit of a nightmare”. And in true Delia Smith style, he made an, albeit more measured, rallying call to players to postpone matches only as a last resort.

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Team of the week: 6th December 2009

By Danny Caro, January 7, 2010

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Bomb scare halts Shahar Peer

By Danny Caro, January 5, 2010

The Auckland Classic women’s WTA event was halted when police were forced to evacuate the stadium after a bomb scare amid anti-Israel demonstations.

Play on Tuesday was halted after the alarm as a small group picketed the event.

Protesters denied any link to the scare and police said they had found the owner of an unattended bag that sparked the evacuation, and that normal procedure had been followed.

Play recommenced 20 minutes later after the all-clear was given. The scare delayed the appearance of Israel's Shahar Peer, who went on to beat Slovenian Polona Hercog.

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When the season re-starts we’ll all be playing catch-up

By Danny Caro, December 30, 2009

Maccabi League footballers return to action after the two-week winter break. Managers across the MSFL hope that their players return with no sign of a hangover or over-indulgence as a result of end-of-year celebrations.

As the oldest representative present at the North London Raiders Chanucah party, I made sure that the players were on their best behaviour. It was Diet Cokes all round although it’s clear that B team manager Rob Richman was a bit more daring during his recent stag weekend in Tenerife where he spent one day dressed up as Mickey Mouse.

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Team of the week: 30th December 2009

By Danny Caro, December 30, 2009

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