Mac. TA hoopsters face Chalon; Hapoel Jerusalem falls again in Europe

While fans await the Super League basketball derby between Maccabi Tel Aviv and Hapoel Tel Aviv, Maccabi first has to get past Chalon in its Euroleague meeting tonight. Head coach David Blatt said Chalon is not the same easy team Maccabi met earlier this season, noting they beat Le Mans and are leading the French league. Last night, Hapoel Jerusalem dropped its fourth Eurocup contest in four games, losing at Budivelnik Kiev 84-77. The team will need a miracle to advance now. Jacob Pullen put Hapoel up 77-74 with 2:24 remaining but then missed his next three and was late defending Malcolm Delaney on a three for Kiev, which ran off 10 unanswered points down the stretch to claim the victory. (Arie Livnat )

Mac. Haifa wins third straight Super League basketball contest

In the Super League, Maccabi Haifa beat Maccabi Ashdod 80-74 for its third consecutive victory. Ashdod was without Chris Allen and Kenny Gabriel, who both left because of the Gaza conflict last week, and the injured Dror Hagag, yet still put up a fight. Haifa's Paul Stoll led all scorers with 25 points, including seven three-pointers. (Arie Livnat )

U.S. tennis star Fish will miss Australian Open due to heart problem

American Mardy Fish will miss the Australian Open in January as he continues to recover from health issues related to heart surgery, his agent said yesterday. The 30-year-old, who had an operation in May to correct a form of arrhythmia in his heart, is improving and plans to return to the ATP Tour in February at the SAP Open in San Jose, California. Fish has not played since the U.S. Open in September. (Reuters )