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The Israel Basketball Association has petitioned the High Court of Justice against Culture and Sports Minister Limor Livnat and Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz, who decided that basketball will not be one of the sports represented on the Sports Betting Council. The council, which overseas the allocation of funds raised by the Toto and other legal forms of sports gambling, is required by law to name representatives from three major sports - in addition to soccer - to its board. The council decided to add representatives from the gymnastics, judo and sailing associations. According to the IBA, Livnat informed the Sports Betting Council that the main criteria for acceptance to the board is accomplishments in Olympic competition and that, according to this criteria, basketball is not considered one of the major sports in Israel. (Maayan Efrat )

Several English teams are reportedly in the running to secure the services of Israeli youngster Omri Altman, who is being described in the British press as "the new Yossi Benayoun." Altman - the 16-year-old Maccabi Tel Aviv midfielder who already has broken into the senior squad - already has been given a trial by Liverpool, but both Arsenal and Newcastle United are said to be interested in signing him, too. According to Alon Hazan, who coaches the Maccabi youth teams, Altman has massive potential and "all the elements you look for in a player of the highest levels." (Haaretz Sports Staff )

Maccabi Petah Tikva striker Rubil Sarsour, who only returned from injury two weeks ago, has torn his anterior cruciate ligament and looks likely to miss the rest of the season. Sarsour was injured during his team's 4-1 Toto Cup victory over Bnei Yehuda last night, some seven minutes after scoring the opening goal. In last night's other Toto Cup matches, Hapoel Ramat Gan edged Hapoel Petah Tikva 4-3, Beitar Jerusalem thrashed Ashdod 8-0, and Hapoel Ashkelon got the better of Hapoel Be'er Sheva, running out 3-0 winners. (Haaretz Sports Staff )

Swimmers in the women's 200m breaststroke heats at the European Swimming Championships in Budapest on August 12, 2010.Credit: Reuters

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