Danny Caro

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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I was singing for England alone, in a dark quiet room ...

By Danny Caro, June 24, 2010

It wasn't pretty, but we're through, that's the main thing. There have not been many positives to take out of England's displays in the group stages, but there were clearly signs of improvement in the nail-biter against Slovenia on Wednesday.

The early goal from Jermain Defoe helped calm the nerves of a nation on a knife-edge. Superstition prevented me from watching the game with my work colleagues.

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Levine out of Wimbledon

By Danny Caro, June 24, 2010

Jesse Levine was unable to repeat his heroics of last year although he took 22nd seed Feliciano Lopez to four sets on Court 14.
Having qualified for the main draw as one of seven lucky losers, Levine, 22, said: "I played well but at the crucial moments, he came up with some big shots. It was a tough match but I felt like a did a good job."

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Landau takes on 'longest cricket' challenge

By Danny Caro, June 24, 2010

MAL vice-captain Mark Landau will be looking to rewrite the history books when he takes part in The Lord's Taverners' 'Hit for 60' event on July 17.

Landau, 31, will join the likes of former England captain Mike Gatting, TV presenter Chris Tarrant and representatives of the Surrey County Cricket Club at Wellington College in Berkshire.

The event is an attempt on the British record for the longest continuous cricket match. Starting on July 17 at 8am, the cricketers will play day and night until 8pm on July 19.

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Five-a-side finish for National Maccabi

By Danny Caro, June 24, 2010

Players from Manchester Maccabi and Leeds Maccabi joined their London counterparts at the Maccabi GB National Primary League Outdoor five-a-side tournament in Mill Hill.

The nine age groups featured 600 players and 75 teams in a World Cup- themed competition.

League chairman Laurence Thorne said: "If only we could bottle up the annual success of this tournament and move it on to building the future of junior Jewish football, but alas well over 60 per cent of today's entrants do not play in the Maccabi Sunday League, but if they did, the league would move on leaps and bounds.

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Shindler ready for new start at Fortune

By Danny Caro, June 24, 2010

Having helped North West Neasden A win a hat-trick of league and cup doubles, central defender Scott Shindler has moved to pasture new after dropping down two divisions to join Temple Fortune.

Shindler believes that his winning ethic can be a key factor and help Fortune bridge the gap after they finished sixth in Division Two.

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Saperstein lines up British title challenge

By Danny Caro, June 24, 2010

Laura Saperstein is targeting a crack at the British featherweight title after defeating Bulgarian Borislava Goranova at York Hall, Bethnal Green.

Saperstein had been frustrated after several opponents dropped out but she had no problems extending her unbeaten professional record to 10 after the six round contest.

"I started preparing for someone a lot taller and heavier followed by someone lighter and shorter," said Saperstein. "For once, I'd been struggling with my weight and in the end it became really stressful."

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Feilhaber steers USA into round two

By Danny Caro, June 24, 2010

Benny Feilhaber helped the USA keep their World Cup dream alive after coming off the bench to steer them past Algeria and finish top of England’s qualifying group.

A strike from Jermaine Defoe looked to have sent England through as group winners, but playmaker Feilhaber, who came on at half time after replacing striker Herculez Gomezat the Loftus Versfeld Stadium, and played his part as a stoppage time strike from Landon Donovan took the USA through to the second round in South Africa.

Feilhaber said: "It’s unbelievable. We definitely never doubted it was possible.

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Sela goes down fighting against 13th seed

By Danny Caro, June 23, 2010

Israel No. 1 Dudi Sela was unable to repeat his heroics of 2009 after going down in four sets against 13th seed Mikhail Youzhny on Court 8 on day two at Wimbledon.

Having reached round four and ousting former top 10 player Marat Safin last year, a resilient Sela gave the powerful Russian a run for his money.

He lost the first two sets before battling back to win the third. The baseliner failed to capitalise on two sets points in the fourth before eventually losing the tie-break, going down 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-7 (2-7).

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LMV unstoppable

By Danny Caro, June 22, 2010

London Maccabi Vale 2nd returned to winning ways as they put Belmont & Edgware 1st to the sword, winning by six wickets in the Middlesex Sunday League Division Three.

BECC went into the game on the back of a defeat against MAL, and they were unable to stop LMV in their second tight finish in a week at the Met Police Ground in Bushey. BECC skipper Ashley Connick won the toss and elected to bat first. His side got off to a strong start with an opening partnership of 60 between Alex Goodman, who went on to make 63, and Dan Abrahams.

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Peer eases into round two at Wimbledon

By Danny Caro, June 22, 2010

Shahar Peer's quest to reach the ATP top 10 gathered momentum as she beat former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic on Court 5 late on Monday evening on Day One at Wimbledon.

Seeded 13, Peer was forced to wait for a court but it did not affect her performance and she prevented Ivanovic from showing the form that took her to the semi-finals at SW19 in 2007.

The Israeli Peer capitalised with a solid if unspectacular performance that earned a 6-3 6-4 passage.

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Cricket Scoreboard

By Danny Caro, June 21, 2010

MIDDLESEX SUNDAY LEAGUE

DIVISION TWO

Bharat Olympians 184

London Maccabi Vale 1st 185-8 Jerome Roith 60, Paul Buxton 35

LMV won by 2 wickets

DIVISION THREE

Belmont & Edgware 194-9 Goodman 63, Averbuch 36*; Lederman 5-35
London Maccabi Vale 2nd 195-4 Nigel Rothband 53, Jeremy Harris 40

Vale won by 6 wickets.

REPRESENTATIVE MATCH

Lindow CC 37

NJCL 38-3

NJCL won by 7 wickets

FRIENDLY

Newlands & Northwood 246-3 Darren Cohen 108 not out, Ben Wolpe 57, Charles Perrin 45 not out

Woodlands 215-9 Jon Mymin 3-31, Mark Roma 3-38

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Experience paves the way for LMV 2nds victory

By Danny Caro, June 21, 2010

London Maccabi Vale 2nd returned to winning ways as they put Belmont & Edgware 1st to the sword, winning by six wickets in the Middlesex Sunday League Division Three.

BECC went into the game on the back of a defeat against MAL, and they were unable to stop LMV in their second tight finish in a week at the Met Police Ground in Bushey. BECC skipper Ashley Connick won the toss and elected to bat first. His side got off to a strong start with an opening partnership of 60 between Alex Goodman, who went on to make 63, and Dan Abrahams.

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Feihaber makes World Cup bow

By Danny Caro, June 18, 2010

Benny Feilhaber came off the bench to help the USA come from 0-2 down to draw against Slovenia at the World Cup on Friday afternoon.

Having missed out in the 1-1 draw against England last weekend, the former Derby County and Maccabiah star was thrown on at the start of the second half by coach Bob Bradley, replacing Robbie Findley.

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Israelis handed tough draw at Wimbledon

By Danny Caro, June 18, 2010

Shahar Peer’s hopes of reaching the world’s top 10 received a blow when she was given a tough first round match against former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic at Wimbledon.

Seeded 13 for the grand slam, which starts on Monday, Peer will be looking to avoid her second consecutive first-round defeat following her elimination from the ATP AEGON tournament at Eastbourne.

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Thanks for the memories Yossi, but bad luck at the Bridge!

By Danny Caro, June 17, 2010

As a Liverpool fan, I'm, absolutely gutted about Yossi Benayoun's move to Chelsea. I can't say that I blame him, although I would have preferred him to wait a little longer to find out who the next manager would be.

Despite Rafa Benitez's poor management of him, Yossi was arguably Liverpool's best player last season. He needs to be playing Champions League football and it's clearly a clever piece of business by Chelsea, who need to replace the outgoing Joe Cole.

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BECC 2nd edge home

By Danny Caro, June 14, 2010

Belmont 2nds came through in a nail-biting finish in a friendly against North Harrow.

Upon losing the toss, things started badly for BECC in the field with runs coming quickly, but once Gideon Mendel found the perfect line and length the tide turned.

Phil Mayer took a smart catch at mid-wicket to remove the dangerous opener off Mendel, who then proceeded to take two more wickets including a good catch at mid-off by newcomer Jason Mann, and one behind the stumps by Ryan Monk. Mendel ended up with 3-39.

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Middlesex Sunday League Division Three

By Danny Caro, June 14, 2010

Inspired displays from brother Yoav and Gavriel Lebens steered MAL to a seven-wicket victory in an all-Jewish affair in the Middlesex Sunday League

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