Sports Shorts

Some, but not all families of Mac. Tel Aviv basketball team players return to U.S.

In the wake of the security situation, the families of some of the foreign basketball players on Maccabi Tel Aviv returned to the United States this week. Devin Smith's wife was about to leave but in the end stayed. Smith said that as long as his wife doesn't want to return, he has nothing to say on the matter. He says they feel fine here, and that they pray believe that nothing will happen to them. He added the team is trying to come together and focus on basketball. The team left yesterday for Italy to prepare for tomorrow's Euroleague game against Siena. (Arie Livnat )

A Europa League game between Israel's Hapoel Kiryat Shmona and Athletic Bilbao of Spain has been postponed for security reasons related to the Gaza Strip conflict, the ruling body UEFA said yesterday. The group I game was originally scheduled for Thursday in Haifa, but with fighting ongoing in the region, UEFA took no chances. "The UEFA Emergency Panel met today and decided to postpone the UEFA Europa League match between Hapoel Kiryat Shmona FC (Israel ) and Athletic Club (Spain ) which was scheduled to take place on Thursday 22 November at the Kiryat Eliezer Stadium in Haifa, due to the tense security situation in the region," UEFA said. "A decision concerning the rescheduling of the match will be made by the end of the week." (DPA )

Handball's Premier League postponed tomorrow's game between Kiryat Motzkin and Nes Ziona because the army called up three reservists on Nes Ziona - Barak Fried, Yuval Roash and Tamir Grossinger. The other scheduled match between Hapoel Rishon Letzion and Maccabi Ramat Gan is still on. (Arie Livnat )

A 9-year-old Utah girl who plays little-league football can now claim her own Wheaties cereal box. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Samantha Gordon of Herriman goes by the nickname "Sweet Feet." Gordon ran for more than 2,000 yards and scored 35 touchdowns last season for the Gremlin Division of the Ute Conference - football for little leaguers. The girl's performance has gone viral on YouTube, making her something of a sports celebrity. She appeared Wednesday on "Good Morning America" with her likeness on a custom-made box of Wheaties. Her coach Chris Staib calls the running back a tenacious young athlete. (AP )

Argentina's Figallo banned from rugby for three weeks for head-butting French captain

Argentina prop Juan Figallo was banned yesterday for three weeks for head-butting France captain Pascal Pape in his side's 39-22 loss on Saturday. He was cited after the match for an alleged strike of an opponent with his head and the charge was upheld by an International Rugby Board-appointed judicial officer, who found it to be at the mid-range of offending, a statement said. He will be suspended until midnight on December 9, although he had already been left out of the squad to take on Ireland on Saturday. (Reuters )