ROVERS

London Rovers celebrate winning the Division Three title

IF ONE TEAM deserves to be crowned champions this season, London Rovers merit that accolade. The consummate professional outfit, the side exude an approach and commitment that belies their Division Three status. Fourteen wins from 15 games, one league loss to their name (with one game to go) and having scored 62 goals, you’d be hard pressed to find an argument against them winning the title and a team of more worthy winners.

IT SEEMS that everyone wants a piece of Avram Grant – including royalty. Fresh from leading Ghana to the final of the African Cup of Nations and on the back of Paul Lambert being sacked at Aston Villa, it seems the midlands side’s most famous supporter, Prince William, asked Grant if he’d take over the hot seat at Villa Park. Grant’s deadpan reply – only if you become chairman.

WHILE CHELSEA will fancy their chances of progressing past PSG into the quarter-finals of this season’s Champions League, their 1-1 draw in Paris on Tuesday night was the second successive season they’ve failed to win in France, letting slip a first half lead in the process. However, they are in good company. The Parisians have an enviable home record in European competition. Not since November 2006 have they suffered a home defeat, the victors in that UEFA Cup Group Stage match? Itzhak Shum’s Hapoel Tel-Aviv who came away from the Parc des Prince with a 4-2 win.

AND PEOPLE say the British can’t deal with snow. There can’t have been too many instances over the years when an Israeli sporting fixture has been postponed due to wintry conditions. However, Tuesday afternoon saw the Israel Basketball Association postpone their showpiece event, The State Cup final between Hapoel Jerusalem and Maccabi Tel Aviv, due to the forecast of stormy and snowy weather in Jerusalem. And that’s an indoor event.