Sports Shorts

The national women's basketball team will host Hungary today in its third game of the EuroBasket '07 Additional Qualifying Round. The team needs two wins to clinch a spot at the European championship in Italy. Should Israel win this afternoon but lose to Bulgaira Saturday, its fate will be determined by scoring differential. Currently, Israel and Bulgaria are both at minus-7. Two losses would send the team to the relegation tournament. "Hungary is the best team in the group, with its experienced players, but a win could happen," said Israel coach Eli Ravi. (Arie Livnat)

Shaul Ladany, Israel's greatest race-walker ever, and Uri Afek, former director-general of the Olympic Committee of Israel, received yesterday the Pierre de Coubertin Medal for outstanding service to the Olympic movement. The committee cited Ladany as a special person with "unusual outstanding sports achievements during a span covering over four decades." Ladany still holds the world record in the 50-mile walk (7:23:50), and the national record in the 50-km walk (4:17:07). A survivor of Bergen-Belsen, he also escaped the 1972 massacre at the Munich Olympics by jumping out a window. Ladany said he would set up a NIS 10,000 Olympic race-walking fund and offer NIS 1,000 to any Israeli who can complete the 50-km race in less than five hours. (Rami Hipsh)

The Texas Rangers downed the Detroit Tigers 11-6 yesterday. Detroit fell four games back of the Yankees in the wild card race with the loss. (Haaretz Sports Staff)