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West Ham warns fans of zero-tolerance policy on ‘Yid’ chants

West Ham has warned its fans they will be banned from matches if they are involved in anti-Semitic abuse during the London derby against Tottenham in the English Premier League today. Last year’s match at White Hart Lane was marred by West Ham fans performing Nazi salutes. Tottenham, which has a strong Jewish fan base, has been targeted by anti-Semitic insults for years. West Ham said on Friday the club will implement its “zero-tolerance” policy and “any fan found to be acting inappropriately - including racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic behavior - will be punished to the full extent of the law and banned from attending matches.” Tottenham fans could also be arrested if they use the word “Yid” in their chants, although British Prime Minister David Cameron said last month they should be allowed to employ the term, which they use to describe themselves. (AP)

Nadal to be No. 1 after reaching China final

Rafael Nadal will supplant Novak Djokovic atop the rankings after advancing to the final of the China Open yesterday when Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic retired with a back injury. The Spaniard was a break up at 4-2 in the opening set of their semifinal when Berdych retired soon after taking an injury timeout. He could face Djokovic on Sunday, as the Serb played Richard Gasquet of France in the other semifinal later Saturday. Nadal, who improved to 27-0 on hard courts this season, will return to the top ranking for the first time since July 2011. Djokovic has been No. 1 for 101 weeks. (AP)

Israel hopes to host European swimming championships

Israel will once again vie to host the European Short Course Swimming Championships. The European Swimming Union’s decision to move the championships from December 2014 to January 2015 means that a new host nation must be chosen. Also hoping to host the event are Poland and Italy. If Israel gets the nod, the championships will take place at the Wingate Institute, near Netanya. (Rami Hipsh)

Mixed fortunes for Israel’s national volleyball teams

There were mixed fortunes for Israel’s men’s and women’s volleyball teams over the weekend. While the men were losing to Romania in the qualifying tournament for the World Cup, their female counterparts were taking apart Montenegro. The women’s team won 3-0 in their second-round clash and will snag one of the three places in the next stage if they can beat Switzerland today and Hungary tomorrow. The men, meanwhile, have lost both of their opening games in the tournament and stand little chance of progressing. (Rami Hipsh)
A-Rod files suit against Yankees team doctor, NYC hospital
Alex Rodriguez has expanded his assault on the baseball establishment with a lawsuit accusing the Yankees team physician and a New York City hospital of mishandling his medical care during the 2012 Major League Baseball playoffs. In a suit filed late Friday in New York Supreme Court, lawyers for Rodriguez say he was given an MRI on Oct. 11, 2012, that revealed an injury to his left hip joint. The suit said Yankees physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad did not inform him of the tear and cleared him to play, and accused them of medical malpractice. As a result, the suit claims, Rodriguez further injured himself and “sustained great pain, agony, injury, suffering, disability, hospitalization and emotional distress.” The suit also names New York-Presbyterian Hospital as a defendant. (AP)