Seffi Magriso
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Modi'in and Tel Aviv clash Thursday at Baptist Village in the deciding game of their best-of-three Israel Association of Baseball Premier League final. Alon Leichman, who fanned 16 batters in eight innings last Thursday in Modi'in's 6-2 opening win, will take the mound for the first-place Miracle. Tel Aviv player/coach Dan Rothem said he hasn't decided yet who will start for his team. He said he'll most likely send out Josh Shulman, who has not pitched yet in this series, because "we're almost out of arms." He noted that the regular starting pitcher, Orr Gottlieb, is out of action with a sore elbow. "They're a very strong team," Rothem said of Modi'in - which went 5-1-1 against Tel Aviv during the regular season, "but we'll compete." (Steve Klein )

Maccabi Tel Aviv announced Wednesday it would not exercise its options to extend the contracts of Raviv Limonad and Gal Mekel. Limonad will receive $25,000 compensation from the Super League basketball club. Coach David Blatt, meanwhile, has approached Duke graduate Jon Scheyer, who despite leading his team to a national championship this year was not selected in the NBA draft. (Arie Livant and Vered Cohen )