Sports Shorts

Judo's Pollack, badminton's Zilberman crash out of Olympic

Israeli judoka Golan Pollack put up a good fight with his more experienced French opponent but ultimately fell in the first round of the -66kg category at the London Olympics on Sunday. David Larose beat Pollack by a point with a yuko three minutes into the match. Larose wasn't stunning, but he was able to preserve his advantage against Pollack, who joined the Israeli team on one of three youth tickets. Fellow countryman and badminton player Misha Zilberman was also eliminated from the Games after he lost his second match. Singapore's Derek Wong won the first set 21-9. Zilberman led in the second set but lost 21-15 to end his Olympic run. (Tal Ben Ezra and Uzi Dann )

Shooter Sergy Richter aims at Olympic medal for Israel

After a long year that included funding his Olympic training through a website and winning silver in the 2011 World Championship, shooter Sergey Richter gets his crack at an Olympic medal on Monday in the 10-meter air rifle. He will have to finish in the top eight among 54 competitors to advance to the final. Richter tried on Sunday to get some distance from his surroundings and the press. "I don't see anything different in his behavior," Guy Starik, his coach, said on Sunday. Starik said one never knows what'll happen because this is an unpredictable sport. He noted that Richter has beaten every other shooter in the Top 10 at least once, but has also lost to each of them. (Tal Ben Ezra )

Basketball's Maccabi Tel Aviv signs guard David Logan

Maccabi Tel Aviv's basketball team signed point guard David Logan to a two-year contract over the weekend. Logan, 28, played for Ramat Hasharon in 2005-2006, when the team was relegated to the second-tier National League. He enjoyed more success with Polish team Turow Zgorzele, leading the team to the Eurocup quarterfinals. Last season, he averaged 6.9 points per game with Panathinaikos in Euroleague play. David Blatt, Maccabi's coach, said this weekend that he was looking for an experienced guard with shooting ability, and Logan answers all these criteria. (Arie Livnat )