News in Brief

Outgoing national coach Avraham Grant flew to England yesterday in efforts to land a coaching job with one of the country's second division teams. Grant, who has been looking for work with a European club after Lev Leviev's planned acquisition of Hapoel Tel Aviv failed, has turned his sights to England after having received a call indicating the possibility of coaching there. "Avraham has a contract with the national team until the end of June, and in any case he is not worried," a source close to Grant said yesterday. (Moshe Boker)

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig yesterday announced an investigation into steroid use by players after renewed allegations against slugger Barry Bonds and other players. Selig said the investigation would be headed by former U.S. Senator George Mitchell, a former federal judge and U.S. attorney. Mitchell said he was given full authority to pursue his investigation wherever it leads, with the findings to be made public. The probe was to begin immediately. Selig said he had been moved to act by a recent book outlining steroids use by Bonds and his connection to the Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative (BALCO), which was the subject of federal investigation in San Francisco. (Reuters)

Maccabi Tel Aviv hosts Hapoel Kiryat Ata in the second game of the volleyball finals today. Kiryat Ata leads the best-of-five series 1-0, and a win today give the club a chance to earn its third straight championship Tuesday. (Rami Hipsh)

Israeli guard Yotam Halperin yesterday signed a contract with the American player agent Jason Levine in an effort to strengthen his placement in this year's NBA draft. Among the players Levine represents are Hapoel Jerusalem's Mario Austin and Adonis Haslem of the Miami Heat. Several agents approached Halperin prior to his signing with Levine. Halperin, who is playing with Olimpija Ljubljana this season, is averaging 13.8 points a game. American and European analysts believe Halperin could be a number 30 draft pick, placing him somewhere between the first and second round. Another Israeli, Galil Elyon's Lior Eliyahu, is a potential NBA draft pick as well. (Vered Cohen)

Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich failed in their bid to advance to the men's doubles finals of the Nasdaq 100 Open in Miami yesterday. The Israeli pair lost to world No. 1 Mike and Bob Bryan of the United States, 6-2, 6-4. With two breaks in the first set and one more in the second, the Americans disposed of Ram and Erlich in 54 minutes. (Rami Hipsh)