Danny Caro

Maccabi prize guys hold their breath as red carpet awaits

By Danny Caro, March 11, 2010

The culmination of two years of Jewish sporting achievement will be recognised at the Maccabi GB awards on Sunday evening.

The Junior, Senior and Team accolades features a healthy spread of sports on the list of nominees. For me, the Junior category is the most intriguing with some top-class candidates in the reckoning.

Track & Field star Richard Goodman looks a good bet after putting himself on the map over the past two years. If you remember, he was my star of the 18th Maccabiah Games after bringing home double gold and only last week he became the Under 17 National Cross Country.

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JC Cyril Anekstein Cup: the quarter finals

By Danny Caro, March 11, 2010

London Maccabi Lions A, Lions B, Oakwood and Montana Boca United A have booked their places in the last eight of the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup.

Goals from Mike Pearson (2) and Ricky Kennet helped Lions A past Redbridge B. Lions B overcame top-flight rivals Hendon B 3-2. Ben Kon and an own goal put Hendon in the box seat, but Jonathan Green, James Stanley and Ricky Rinder sent Lions through.

Oakwood hotshot Anthony Kintish destroyed South Manx, claiming eight goals in a 12-2. Rob Davidson, Vic Librae, Dan Ash and Dan Geey grabbed the others to set up a trip to Faithfold A.

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Team of the week: 11th March 2010

By Danny Caro, March 11, 2010

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Spurs' Harry Redknapp: There’s no good young players

By Danny Caro, March 11, 2010

Harry Redknapp, the Spurs manager, has expressed his fears for the future of the English game.

He told a Jewish Care business breakfast: “Good, young British footballers are a dying breed. We’re seeing more and more foreign players and foreign owners. Soon it will come to the point where every Premiership club has foreign players and owners. They come from a background where they are all winners but the only problem is that there can only be one winner.

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Peters appointed GB manager for EMFT

By Danny Caro, March 8, 2010

Phil Peters, manager of UJS Norstar A, has been appointed manager of Team GB, who will be looking to retain their European Maccabi Football Trophy competition in Torremolinos in May.

Peters and his assistant Jamie Slavin will spearhead the squad at the fifth European EMFT from the May 27-30 that will see teams from a number of Maccabi organisations all over Europe take part in a 'festival of football'.

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The pitch is ok — so why was game called off FOUR days ago?

By Danny Caro, March 4, 2010

The life of a Sports Editor isn't always the bed of roses many people think it is, especially during the bad weather. On average, I compile an 8,000-word Maccabi League preview during the week. I find it hugely frustrating when a match is postponed and my work goes to waste.

My working week is more 24/6 than it is Monday to Friday. Looking at last Sunday for example, my children, who double up as my alarm clock, had me up at an unearthly 6.30am. I say unearthly as the team I manage had no game and I was looking forward to a rare lie-in.

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Cole names JC MSFL Rep team against Turkey

By Danny Caro, March 4, 2010

Jamie Cole, manager of the JC MSFL Rep team, has named a 21-man squad for next week's London Inter-League Cup opener against the Turkish Federation League.

Ahead of next Thursday evening's match at Brimsdown Rovers FC in Enfield, Cole said: "We've never beaten this team in this competition so there's a massive incentive for players."

Daniel Stanton has been named captain. London Maccabi Lions defender Louis Basger missed out on a place as he is unavailable. Brady Maccabi striker Paul Hakim, who is the only player from outside the Premier Division is doubtful due to injury.

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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.

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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'.

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Cup competitions completely devalued by no shows

By Danny Caro, February 25, 2010

Cup giant killings in Jewish football could be a thing of the past if a worrying trend continues. At the start of any season there is a real buzz when one of the minnows pulls out a plum draw against one of the big boys. A team's season can be shaped by causing a major shock. But it appears that as the season wears on, the lower league teams lose their enthusiasm and the fear factor creeps in that a heavy defeat could lead to a slippery slope.

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Team of the week: 25th February 2010

By Danny Caro, February 25, 2010

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US skater takes silver at Winter Olympics

By Danny Caro, February 25, 2010

American student Charlie White took silver in the figure skating free dance at the Vancouver Winter Olympics.

White, 22, paired up with Meryl Davis put in an eye-catching display on Day 11 at the Pacific Coliseum.

It could have been even better for the duo who showed incredible speed on the ice but they received a one-point deduction for exceeding the time limit on one of their lifts.

White said: “We're so proud of what we were able to do out there, to come so prepared and be able, under the pressure of the Olympics, skate three amazing programs is such a joy.”

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Team GB name 35-man squad for JCC Games

By Danny Caro, February 22, 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 participated in the event for 16 consecutive years with more than 1,000 young people taking part in the largest event for Jewish teen athletes in the world.

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Israeli ice dancers close to Olympic medal

By Danny Caro, February 22, 2010

Israel's ice dancing team at the Winter Olympics are in 10th place following the first two rounds of the figure skating in Vancouver.

Roman and Alexandra Zaretsky, who performed a tango on Friday night in which they gained a score of 34.38, performed ‘Hava Nagilla’ in last night's original dance, scoring 55 points.

They are 15 points off the medals, going into tonight’s final round, in which they will dance to music from Schindler's List for their free dance routine.

Americans Tanith Belbin and Benjamin Agosto, who is Jewish, are in fourth place.

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The Maccabi Awards: In full

By Danny Caro, February 18, 2010

Maccabi GB have drawn up the list of nominees for their Sports Awards on March 14 in London.

Defending champion Joe Jacobson, who won the Senior award in 2008, has been shortlisted again, as has triathlete Lara Nyman, winner of the JC Junior accolade. Here are the others:

Senior

● Daniel Field, 21 (Blind cricket) Made his debut for England against Sri Lanka in 2006. In 2008 he achieved his highest score of 126 not out in Australia. Daniel holds the record for most England caps for a wicketkeeper, currently 21.

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Playoffs would brighten up Maccabi League season

By Danny Caro, February 18, 2010

There has been speculation this week that the Premier League is considering the introduction of a playoff system to determine the fourth club to qualify for the Champions League.

There is nothing more exciting than a playoff and I suggest it is something that the MSFL adopts in a bid to keep the season alive. With two teams having folded from the Premier Division, league chairman David Wolff informed all clubs at a recent league meeting that there would be no relegation from the top-flight.

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Team of the week: 18th February 2010

By Danny Caro, February 18, 2010

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Peer reaches round 3 in Dubai

By Danny Caro, February 16, 2010

Shahar Peer is into the third round at the Dubai Open following an easy victory this morning over 24th seed Virginie Razzano.

Having beaten Yanina Wickmayer in round one, Peer, ranked 22 in the world, beat Razzano of France 6-2, 6-2 in just 64 minutes.

The Israeli is scheduled to face either Danish No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki or Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova tomorrow's.

She has also the second round of the ladies doubles where she partners Kazakhstan's Galina Voskoboeva.

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Luger Rosen impresses at Winter Olympics

By Danny Caro, February 16, 2010

Team GB's AJ Rosen finished 16th in the men's singles luge at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Going into the fourth and final run in 15th, Rosen, 25, would have made history as the highest placed British slider in the luge in Olympics history. But he missed out after going round the course in 48.856 seconds. His 16th place finish equalled his performance at the Turin Olympics four years ago.

“There have been some ups and downs, but overall I'm really happy with my performance. “The times are so close between the sliders, it was just fractions of a second.”

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Peer reaches round two in Dubai

By Danny Caro, February 15, 2010

Shahar Peer has reached round two of the Dubai Open after beating Belgian rival, Yanina Wickmayer.

Competing in the competition for the first time, Peer won 3-6, 6-2, 7-5.

Peer, seeeded 22, will meet the winner of the match up between France's Virginie Razzano and Tunisia's Salima Sfar.

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