Sports Shorts

Sahar gets his chance

Ben Sahar, who left England for a chance to get more minutes, got his wish with his new team, De Graafschap. He started in his first game yesterday with the Dutch club, which hosted Turkish team Sivasspor in an international soccer friendly. Sahar was replaced after the first half, while his team won 1-0, thanks to a goal by Steve De Ridder. Pini Balili, Sivasspor's Israeli striker, missed the game because of an injury, but commented afterwards that "Sahar played well" and created some scoring opportunities. (Uzi Dann)

Israeli doubles teams advance down under

Shahar Peer and her Danish partner Caroline Wozniacki advanced to the second round of the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand, after defeating Betina Jozami of Argentina and Shikha Uberoi of India, 6-2, 6-3. They are scheduled to face the American team of Julie Ditty and Carly Gullickson today. On the men's side, Andy Ram and Michael Youzhny of Russia defeated the Czech duo of Radek Stepanek and Tomas Berdych, 4-6, 6-2, 11-9. (Rami Hipsh)

Local soccer legend Ben Dror dies at 85

Shmuel Ben Dror, the first captain of the Israeli national team, died yesterday at age 85. Ben Dror scored Israel's first goal in 1948 in a match against the U.S. He played for Maccabi Petah Tikva and served on the board of the Israel Football Association, which announced his passing. (Rami Hipsh)

Nigerian to try out with Maccabi Haifa

Nigerian defender Anderson West is expected to land in Israel tomorrow to try out with Premier League soccer team Maccabi Haifa. The team is reportedly looking into a Colombian player if West doesn't work out. (Yaniv Kubovitch)