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BAS­KET­BALL Is­rael re­cov­ered from a close-fought open­ing game de­feat to Mon­tene­gro in the Eurobas­ket 2015 qual­i­fy­ing tour­na­ment and top Group B af­ter vic­to­ries over Bul­garia and Hol­land.

Ham­pered by having to play home games in Cyprus due to the Gaza con­flict, Is­rael strug­gled to beat Hol­land 66-57 be­fore ham­mer­ing Bul­garia 100-84 in Sofia with NBA stars Omri Casspi and Gal Mekel scor­ing 19 points and 16 points re­spec­tively.

Is­rael coach Erez Edel­stein said: “Bul­garia was a tough match that could have gone ei­ther way, but we made it easy for our­selves with a strong de­fence and good pass­ing.”

Is­rael is one of eight coun­tries that has bid to host the fi­nals af­ter Ukraine was stripped of the event.

ATH­LET­ICS Shaftes­bury Bar­net Har­rier Lia Radus, 12, recorded a near-per­sonal best of 5:11.7 for 1,500m when sec­ond in the East­ern Young Ath­letes League at Bed­ford.

Rachel Ayrton, com­pet­ing for Har­row AC, cel­e­brated her 15th birth­day by set­ting two per­sonal bests in the South­ern Ath­let­ics League at Hemel Hemp­stead. She recorded 69.4 for 400m and 87.7 for 400m hur­dles, fin­ish­ing sec­ond in the B event in both races.

SWIM­MING The Is­rael men’s 4x100 freestyle re­lay team fin­ished sixth in the Euro­pean Swim­ming Cham­pi­onships in Ber­lin.

David Gam­burg, Tom Kre­mer, Nim­rod Shapira Bar-Or and Li­ran Kono­valov set a record Is­raeli time of 3min 18.43 secs beat­ing their record of 3. 18.95 secs set when fin­ish­ing sev­enth in the semi-fi­nal.

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