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Major leaguers visit Israel to learn about team they represent in World Baseball Classic

By HILLEL KUTLER

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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Israel’s World Cup soccer match in Albania moved over terror threat

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s World Cup soccer qualifier match against Albania will be moved to a different stadium in the Muslim country after warnings of a possible terrorist attack.

The game scheduled for Saturday will now be played in Tirana, the country’s capital, after being scheduled for the northwestern town...
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OP-ED: Cubs fans, like the Jews, now face the challenge of success

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — For years, I’ve told anyone who would listen that the Cubs were the team of the Jews. I’ve written two blog posts about it during the past month alone.

Long suffering. Faithful. Bound to tradition. Hoping for redemption, to no avail. It was all there.

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How all the Jewish MLB players did in 2016

By RON KAPLAN

(JTA) — This season promised to be a banner year for Jewish Major League Baseball players — and by and large, the class of ’16 fared pretty well. Many had their best seasons in years and fans were introduced to a couple of promising newcomers.

As the...
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Italy’s national soccer team fined about $31,000 for anti-Semitic fan behavior

(JTA) – The international soccer governing body FIFA slapped a more than $30,000 fine on Italy’s national soccer team for the anti-Semitic behavior of some of its fans at a match in Haifa.

FIFA fined the Italian team 30,000 Swiss francs, or about $31,000, for the “improper and discriminatory” behavior...
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David Blatt, fired as Cavs coach, to accept an NBA championship ring

(JTA) — David Blatt, the Israeli American who was fired as head coach of the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers during the season, will accept a championship ring from the team.

Blatt was let go in January, halfway through the 2015-16 season. Under Blatt’s successor, Tyronn Lue, the Cavs became the...
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FIFA urged to nix Israel’s West Bank soccer games

(JTA) — A human rights group called on FIFA, the governing body of international soccer, to quit sponsoring matches in the West Bank held by Israel’s soccer association.

“By holding games on stolen land, FIFA is tarnishing the beautiful game of football,” Sari Bashi, Israel and Palestine country director for...
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Israel rallies to beat Britain in World Baseball Classic opener

NEW YORK (JTA) – Team Israel rallied for four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and went on to defeat Great Britain, 5-2, in its opener of the World Baseball Classic qualifying tournament on Thursday night.

Israel’s decisive inning included four hits, two walks and two sacrifice flies...
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Israel’s World Baseball Classic team expects to feel at home playing in Brooklyn

By HILLEL KUTTLER

(JTA) – What is likely the strongest squad of Jewish players ever assembled figures to have a home-field advantage, too, as Team Israel aims to reach the next round of the World Baseball Classic.

The club’s roster for the qualifying tournament includes nine major league veterans of...
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