QPR lends Ben Haim to MLS’s Toronto

Israeli defender Tal Ben Haim has been loaned from Queens Park Rangers to Major League Soccer’s Toronto FC, where he rejoins former QPR teammate Ryan Nelson. The 31-year-old Israeli made six appearances since signing in January with QPR. Nelson retired as a player in January to become Toronto’s coach. Ben Haim played for Maccabi Tel Aviv, making his pro debut in 2001, and went on to Bolton, Chelsea, Manchester City, Sunderland, Portsmouth and West Ham. He has made 71 appearances for Israel. The loan was announced yesterday. ‏(AP‏)

Benayoun slags off anti-Semitic slur sent to him on Twitter

Israel international soccer player Yossi Benayoun was the victim of verbal anti-Semitic abuse this week on his Twitter account. A day after he thanked his followers for their birthday wishes, another Twitter member sent him a three-word message − two expletives bracketing the word “Jew” − on Monday. Chelsea’s Benayoun kept his calm, retweeting the message and declaring on Tuesday, “Some nice people in this world ...” ‏(Steve Klein‏)

Castro enters record book in Players debut

Roberto Castro made his debut in The Players Championship by joining Fred Couples and Greg Norman in the record book. Castro did everything right on a gorgeous Thursday at the TPC Sawgrass and had a 9-under 63 to tie the course record. He missed a birdie putt from just outside 12 feet. For someone who had never played the Stadium Course, Castro made it look easy. His 9-iron onto the island green at the 17th settled a foot away, and he hit a 4-iron to a foot on the 18th. Morning conditions were ideal for scoring, with several players taking advantage. Hunter Mahan had a 67. Rory McIlroy, who had never broken par in three previous times playing this event, finished six under, tied for second with Zach Johnson. ‏(AP‏)