Omri Casspi signs with NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves

(JTA) — Omri Casspi, the first Israeli to play in the National Basketball Association, was signed as a free agent by the Minnesota Timberwolves, his third team in the last month and fifth since joining the NBA in 2009.

Casspi was waived at the end of last month by the...
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Campaign to build baseball stadium in Israel takes off after World Baseball Classic

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Plans to build the first regulation baseball stadium in Israel have gathered steam in the wake of Team Israel’s surprisingly strong performance in the World Baseball Classic.

Members of Team Israel participated in the groundbreaking for the complex in Beit Shemesh, a city located near Jerusalem with...
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Israel’s surprising World Baseball Classic run ends with loss to Japan

(JTA) — Team Israel saw its Cinderella run at the World Baseball Classic end with a loss to Japan in Tokyo.

Japan snapped a scoreless tie with five runs in the sixth inning on the way to an 8-3 victory on Wednesday before more than 40,000 fans packed into the...
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Team Israel suffers first loss in World Baseball Classic

(JTA) — Israel’s surprising squad in the World Baseball Classic lost its first game in the tournament, dropping a rematch with the Netherlands, 12-2.

Israel is now 1-1 in the second round of the 16-team quadrennial tournament and 4-1 overall. Israel likely must defeat powerhouse Japan on Wednesday to advance...
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Israel upsets Korea in first game of World Baseball Classic

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Team Israel defeated Korea in the first game of the World Baseball Classic.

Israel topped Korea 2-1 in the 10th inning on Monday in Seoul. Team Israel had 8 hits to Korea’s 7 in the hard-fought game.

The Israeli team is scheduled to play the team from Chinese Taipei...
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NBA’s Omri Casspi to be traded to Pelicans

(JTA) — Omri Casspi, the first Israeli to play in the National Basketball Association, reportedly is being traded from the Sacramento Kings to the New Orleans Pelicans.

The trade, which is set to be announced later on Monday, is part of a five-player  trade which will see All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins...
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Kushner family in talks to buy Miami Marlins

(JTA) — The family of presidential adviser Jared Kushner is in talks to purchase the Miami Marlins baseball team, The New York Times reported.

The Kushners, a New York area real estate Jewish family, regard the team’s $1.6 billion price tag as too high, the Times reported Thursday.

The negotiations,...
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Super Bowl to feature teams with Jewish owners for first time in 5 years

(JTA) — Super Bowl LI will feature teams with Jewish owners for the first time since 2012.

Robert Kraft will see his New England Patriots, the American Football Conference champions, in the big game for the seventh time since 2000. He bought the club, which will be making its record...
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Major leaguers visit Israel to learn about team they represent in World Baseball Classic


PETACH TIKVAH, Israel (JTA) – For questions about Israeli food and culture, Corey Baker and Jeremy Bleich were their teammates’ go-to guys.

Baker and Bleich, pitchers in the minor leagues and members of the club representing Israel in the World Baseball Classic, are the only ones who...
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2 Boston-area schools scrap hockey season over players’ anti-Semitism

(JTA) – Two Boston-area high schools canceled the hockey season for their joint boys team over what faculty said was anti-Semitic comments and actions by players against a teammate.

Officials at Keefe Regional Technical School and Marian High School in Framingham, a suburb of Boston situated 25 miles east of...
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