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Ramat Hasharon will have to wait to advance

Ramat Hasharon suffered its first Eurocup defeat yesterday against Vologda-Chevakata, 80-59. The women missed their chance to qualify for the next round, but they can still finish first in their Group C division when they face last place Budocnost at home on Wednesday. Ramat Hasharon led 18-12 late in the first quarter, but Vologda ran off 18 unanswered points in a four-minute stretch, never looking back. Jia Perkins led the Israelis with 21 points. (Arie Livnat)

Ramle crashes in Dnipro

Elitzur Ramle blew a 20-point lead, collapsing in the secnod half and losing to last-place BSC Dnipro last night 71-67 in women's Eurocup action. Led by center Tangela Smith (28 points, 11 rebounds), Ramle went ahead 41-21 with 2:32 remaining in the first half. The team then went on a five-minute drought broken by Smith, by which time Dnipro had run off 14 points to get back in it. Dnipro took the lead for good with 3:26 remaining. (Haaretz Sports Staff)

New professional baseball league announced

Just a few months after the end of the first-ever professional baseball season in Israel, a competing league has been announced. Triangle Financial Services, based in Aventura, Florida, announced this week the establishment of the Israel Professional Baseball League, not to be confused with the Israel Baseball League, which held its first season over the summer. The IPBL is not the first foray into Israeli sports for billionaire Jeffrey Rosen, chairman of Triangle, who bought the Maccabi Haifa basketball club this past summer and also was an investor in the IBL. Triangle announced that the IPBL will be a six-team league and its first season will be played next summer. (Anglo File Sports Staff)