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GB juniors ready to fly the flag

By Danny Caro, July 6, 2009

Team GB have named Talya Curtis, Joel Barnett, Richard Goodman and Jemma Lawrence as junior flagbearers for the opening ceremony at the Maccabiah Games.

The junior athletes have been selected alongside senior players Jo Ankier, David Kyte and Michael Bibring at Ramat Gan on July 13.

Girls basketball player Talya Curtis is seen as a role model for younger players. Competing in her first Maccabiah, Curtis has played an active role in fund-raising for both the boys and girls basketball teams. She warmed up for the event by running MaccabiGB’s 10k fun run.

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MAL edge out Belmont and Edgware in thriller

By Danny Caro, July 6, 2009

BECC II 197-8, MAL 201-7. MAL won by 3 wickets

MAL consolidated their position at the top of the Maccabi Sunday League, with a three wicket against Belmont & Edgware.

After inserting BECC, opening bowlers Yoav Lebens and Tony Wise started well, with both swinging the ball and extracting bounce.

Alex Ziff was soon back in the pavilion for a duck, as Wise trapped him in front. He was quickly followed by Simon Durban, bowled by a cracker from Lebens who sent leg stump flying out the ground.

Daniel Geey joined Warren Averbuch with the score on 16-2, and set about a rebuilding job.

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Stars will be in shop window, scouts honour

By Danny Caro, July 2, 2009

If you think that there were a lot of scouts at the recent European Under 21 Championships in Sweden, you ain’t seen nothing yet. With the Maccabiah Games just days away, players from all nations should remember that four years ago, two silver-medal winning American players were spotted and signed up by two leading clubs.

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Glancy hope

By Danny Caro, July 2, 2009

Eighteen teams will contest the 70th Glancy tournament this weekend as the annual competition to find the best Jewish golfer and team takes place at Potters Bar Golf Club.

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Israel looks to the future

By Danny Caro, July 2, 2009

Israel will name a 12-man squad for the Under 18 Future Stars International Junior Tournament at Kingston College from July 10-12.

Coached by Danny Franco, the squad is competing at the competition for the first time. They line up in a group alongside Russia, Lithuania and Italy.

Franco said: “The event is very important to the development of Israeli basketball as we lack high level international games. Our players need better competition than they get in the Israeli league.

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Happy returns

By Danny Caro, July 2, 2009

Dudi Sela will climb into the world’s top 30 for the first time after making the last 16 at Wimbledon.

The unseeded Israeli’s fairytale run ended in the fourth round with a straight-sets defeat against fourth seed Novak Djokovic on Court 3 on Monday.

Having beaten two seeded players along the way, including Spain’s Tommy Robredo (15), the brave Sela, 24, was not outplayed by the Serb with the pair producing some entertaining rallies to keep a boisterous crowd on the edge of their seats.

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Keep faith in Furman

By Danny Caro, July 2, 2009

Dean Furman has become the second Jewish player to join League 1 Oldham Athletic in just over a week after signing a two-year contract.

The South African born midfielder rejected a new contract with Scottish champions Rangers who agreed a compensation package with Simon Corney’s club.

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GB boys hold their own against Radlett

By Danny Caro, July 2, 2009

Team GB’s Junior Cricket team gave a good account of themselves in their final warm-up match against Radlett CC.

A dramatic weather change – that saw the pitch submerged in water on the Saturday night - was played in glorious sunshine on a road of a track with both sides intent on playing cricket the right way and in a fabulous spirit.

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Fialka's statement in full

By Exclusive by Danny Caro, July 2, 2009

Michael Fialka explains why Pinnacle are no longer bidding for Southampton.

'Yesterday, myself and my Consortium publicly withdrew from being the front runners for our proposed takeover of Southampton Football Club.

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Fialka: Why I dropped Southampton bid

By Exclusive by Danny Caro, July 2, 2009

READ FIALKA'S STATEMENT IN FULL

The future of Southampton remains uncertain after a takeover bid from Michael Fialka’s Pinnacle group was withdrawn.

The property company boss was this week locked in talks with League officials in an attempt to salvage the bid after administrators set a Friday deadline.

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Game over for Israelis

By Danny Caro, July 1, 2009

Israeli involvement ended at Wimbledon on Tuesday after Andy Ram was eliminated in the third round of the men’s doubles.

Together with Max Mirnyi, the fourth seeds were beaten in a five-set thriller by unseeded pair Simon Aspelin and Paul Hanley in a match held over from Monday.

The singles competition featured a personal best for Dudi Sela, 24. He expects to climb up the world rankings to 35 after reaching the last 16.

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Southampton deal still on, insists Fialka

By Exclusive by Danny Caro, July 1, 2009

The Pinnacle group remain locked in talks with the Football League as they look to buy Southampton, the JC understands.

The Football League ruled that Pinnacle - which includes ex-Saints player Matt Le Tissier - must waive any right to appeal against a 10 point deduction after their parent company entered administration.

Pinnacle, who reportedly settled outstanding players' wages, in the region of £500,000 last week, saw its period of exclusivity as bidders end on 19 June without agreement being reached as the takeover bid stalled over the 10-point issue.

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Nomads destroy Belmont and Edgware

By Danny Caro, June 29, 2009

Casual Nomads recorded an emphatic 10-wicket Maccabi League win against Belmont & Edgware at Shenley.

Electing to bat on a humid afternoon, Belmont & Edgware made a solid start with Phil Mayer (49) and Cliff Horowitz (31) punishing the occasional short or wide delivery.

But the Nomads bowlers maintained tight control throughout the innings, with Oscar Brodkin (3-15) and Simon Renshaw (3-30) the main destroyers as the visitors were bowled out for modest but competitive 162 in the 38th over.

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Vale go to Pot

By Danny Caro, June 29, 2009

Old Nepotists 220-7
LMV 2nd XI 179
LMV lost by 41 runs

A young London Maccabi Vale team performed admirably in a friendly against Old Nepotists.

Winning the toss and bowling first on a very damp Rowley Lane pitch, LMV took the field with 8 players 18 or under, surely one of the youngest teams ever to take the field for LMV.

Benjamin Lederman and Adam Morris, two 14-year-olds opened the bowling and despite some lusty blows from the Nepotists openers bowled a tidy opening 10 overs, with Adam gaining a well deserved wicket .

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Heroic Sela bows out against fourth seed

By Danny Caro, June 29, 2009

Dudi Sela's Wimbledon fairytale ended with a straight sets fourth round defeat against fourth seed Novak Djokovic on Court 3 on Monday afternoon.

Having beaten two seeds en route to the last 16, the brave Israeli was not outplayed by the Serb with the pair producing some entertaining rallies to keep a boisterous crowd on the edge of their seats.

In the end, Djokovic's booming serve, unerring consistency and accuracy proved decisive against a hard-working Sela.

Defeat saw Sela, 24, improve on last year's first round exit at his first Wimbledon.

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Jewish property man fronts bid to buy Southampton FC

By Danny Caro, June 26, 2009

Former teammates of Michael Fialka, the man purportedly at the centre of the Pinnacle Group’s bid to buy Southampton Football Club, have expressed shock over his potential takeover.

Property company boss Fialka, 32, appeared on Sky Sports on Thursday night and informed reporters that he was hopeful the bid would be accepted. He confirmed that outstanding players' wages, in the region of £500,000, have been settled.

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Levine through to round three

By Danny Caro, June 26, 2009

Jesse Levine marched into the third round of the men’s singles at Wimbledon after wining a five-set thriller against Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas.

Having beaten 14th seed Marat Safin in the opening round, Levine, 21, won 6-2, 6-1, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3.

He is scheduled to meet Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland in the third round on Saturday.

The winner will meet third seed Andy Murray or Viktor Troicki.

Dudi Sela flies the flag for Israel with a clash against Tommy Robredo on Court 3.

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Israel will be the dream ticket for sports fans in July

By Danny Caro, June 25, 2009

While the Maccabiah Games is a sporting extravaganza in its own right, participants of next month’s Jewish Olympics are in for a treat with two other major events taking place in Israel at the same time.

The Davis Cup quarter-final against Russia will feature the leading lights of tennis at the Nokia Arena from July 11-12.

A few days later, Maccabi Haifa host Glentoran in a Champions League qualifier. The Team GB football squads will be staying just a few blocks away and I expect to see a large number of fans kitted out in official team gear.

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Oldham delighted to grab Joe

By Danny Caro, June 25, 2009

Joe Jacobson has joined Jewish-owned Oldham Athletic from League One rivals Bristol Rovers.

Having missed large chunks of last season through injury, Jacobson 22, was released by Rovers after making 84 appearances.

“I feel great and cannot wait to get training with the lads,” Jacobson said. “New manager Dave Penney has a reputation of getting the best out of players, that suits me fine. I can’t wait to show the fans what I can bring to the party.”

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Sloma rescues GB

By Danny Caro, June 25, 2009

Team GB Open football came from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 against Wingate & Finchley at Rowley Lane.

In their second warm-up match ahead of the Maccabiah Games, goals from Mitch Hahn (2) and captain Sam Sloma completed the comeback. Hahn and Danny Berg spurned chances to win the game.

GB manager Jonathan Kestenbaum said: “The scoreline didn’t reflect the balance of play, particularly in the second half. The team felt that we should have won but these games are all about what we learn in preparation for the tournament and we have learned a great deal.”

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