Lewis heads for Israel

The pre-season planning of the London Towers has been disrupted by the news that American Danny Lewis has cashed in his recently acquired British passport by joining the Bosman route to Israel, writes Richard Taylor.

The pre-season planning of the London Towers has been disrupted by the news that American Danny Lewis has cashed in his recently acquired British passport by joining the Bosman route to Israel, writes Richard Taylor.

Lewis is reported to be joining Maccabi Ramat Gan, following the lead of fellow American Tony Dorsey who has left Manchester Giants to sign for Hapoel Jerusalem after also being given a British passport this summer.

Lewis has spent six seasons with the Towers, earning All-star honours each season as well as leading the club to a succession of trophies.

While the Towers general manager, Rick Taylor, said: "I haven't heard anything from Danny," the player's representative, Gross Zeev, confirmed the player has signed for the Israelis.

Towers continued with the organisation of their pre-season tournament at Crystal Palace on 2 and 3 September by announcing that Bree, of Belgium, and Sweden's Norkopping will be playing at the event. The tournament will be the first home game for Towers under their new head coach, Nick Nurse.

The former Olympic javelin champion, Tessa Sanderson, has become a director of the Brighton Bears. The Bears hope to benefit from Sanderson's involvement in UK and international sporting circles.

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