Half a year after his last appearance for Gilboa/Galil, Gal Mekel is returning to the basketball club. The 21-year-old point guard signed in the middle of the 2007-8 season for Maccabi Tel Aviv, but during his first season did not get any time on the floor and the following summer was loaned to Gilboa/Galil. Last summer he returned to Maccabi, but received an average of only 12 minutes per game in the Premier League, and only one minute in Euroleague competition, and asked to play for another team. Maccabi's management agreed to the request, and the player has been loaned again to Gilboa/Galil until the end of this season. Meanwhile, injured American power forward Tony Gaffney has been released by Gilboa/Galil, which is now looking for a tall contract player to take his place. (Arie Livnat)

The Israel Football Association will hold a general assembly today at 4 P.M.. On the agenda: selecting a new IFA chairman and management committee. IFA chairman Avi Luzon is expected to announce that the elections will be pushed up to January 2010, a move that will probably be ratified. The Hapoel faction is to meet this morning, before the assembly, to decide on agreed candidates for the management committee and the coveted IFA chair. Hapoel will also make an official decision regarding its support of Luzon, who heads the Maccabi faction in the IFA. Hapoel faction head Haluba Shtern will continue to function as IFA management vice chairman and treasurer. (Moshe Boker)

The Netanya municipality will publish on Friday a tender for a building contractor who will take on the task of restarting the city's new sports stadium, which stalled mid-construction. The winner will commence work after the Passover holiday, and is due to complete the project by December 2011 - three and a half years after the stadium's originally projected opening date. (Elad Ze'evi)