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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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NBA’s Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf inducted into Basketball Hall of Fame

(JTA) — Jerry Reinsdorf, who as owner of the Chicago Bulls has won six NBA championships, was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Reinsdorf was officially enshrined in the Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Thursday, alongside players including Allen Iverson, Yao Ming, Sheryl Swoopes and...
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Argentine boxer Carolina Duer wins world bantamweight title on return to ring

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — Argentine Jewish boxer Carolina Raquel Duer won the interim International Boxing Federation’s world bantamweight title in her return to the ring after two years.

Duer, 38, nicknamed “The Turk,” knocked out Aline de Casia Scaranello of Brazil in the sixth round Friday in Quilmes, a...
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Amar’e Stoudemire says he turned down ‘a lot of money’ to play in Israel

(JTA) — Amar’e Stoudemire, the former NBA star whose two-year deal with the Israeli team Hapoel Jerusalem was announced last week, said he could have stayed in the NBA, but elected to play in the Jewish state instead.

“I turned down a lot of money in the NBA to play...
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Israeli driver on track to make NASCAR history 

(JTA) — Alon Day could make history as the first Israeli to drive in a NASCAR national series race. Day, a 24-year-old from Ashdod, Israel, is poised to make his debut in the NASCAR Xfinity Series on Aug. 13 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, USA Today reported Saturday. The...
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