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Team Israel alumnus Sam Fuld brings his analytics and people skills to new role as Philadelphia Phillies GM

By ROB CHARRY

(JTA) – Sam Fuld, the new general manager of the Philadelphia Phillies, says he’s just getting acquainted with one of his predecessors in the job, Ruben Amaro Jr., now a broadcaster for the club.

Their paths to the post are similar: Both have Jewish roots, attended Stanford and had an eight-year major league playing career.

“We’ve gotten to know each other a little bit,” Fuld said. “I’ve...

Diego Schwartzman becomes emotional after finally winning hometown Argentina Open

(JTA) — Diego Schwartzman, the 28-year-old Jewish tennis star, won his hometown Argentina Open on Sunday for the first time, beating a countryman in the final.

The top-seeded Schwartzman, who grew up in Buenos Aires, defeated unseeded Francisco Cerundulo in straight sets to win the $24,400 champion’s share. It was the first time a local player had won the tournament in 13 years.

“I’m very happy, I wanted to play...

Diego Schwartzman loses in third round upset at Australian Open

(JTA) — Argentine Jewish tennis star Diego Schwartzman lost in a surprising upset to Russian Aslan Karatsev in the third round of the Australian Open, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3.

At last year’s Australian Open, Schwartzman lost in the fourth round to eventual winner Novak Djokovic.

Schwartzman, who entered the top 10 for the first time in his career this past fall and played in last year’s ATP Finals, was seeded 8...

‘The ways of Torah are peaceful’: Why football presents a dilemma for American Jews

By GABE FRIEDMAN

(JTA) — Rabbi Josh Feigelson remembers the moment that football lost its magic for him.

It was Oct. 20, 2013, and Feigelson was eating dinner with his family at Ken’s Diner, a kosher restaurant in Skokie, the Chicago suburb where they live. A TV was playing a football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Cleveland Browns.

Feigelson, who grew up in the football-crazed college town...

Israeli teen Deni Avdija goes to Washington Wizards with 9th pick of NBA Draft, making history

By MARC BRODSKY

(JTA) — Deni Avdija, the 19-year-old Israeli basketball phenom, was taken by the Washington Wizards with the ninth overall pick of the NBA Draft on Wednesday night – the earliest an Israeli has been picked in league history.

Avdija, a lanky 6-9 forward for Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel’s top professional league, becomes the second player from the Jewish state to go in the first round. Omri...

Israel’s cycling team notches first-ever stage win at one of the sport’s biggest races

(JTA) — An Israeli professional cycling team won a stage of one of the three major international races for the first time ever on Saturday.

Alex Dowsett won Stage 8 of the Giro d’Italia for Team Israel Start-Up Nation, which was established in 2015 and joined the highest level of professional cycling only last year.

The Giro d’Italia is one of cycling’s three prestigious Grand Tour races, along with the...

2 Jewish stars helped power the Seattle Storm to a WNBA championship

By EMILY BURACK

(JTA) — In a sweep, the Seattle Storm defeated the Las Vegas Aces for the 2020 WNBA championship title on Tuesday night. Instrumental in that victory were two Jewish stars: starting point guard Sue Bird and starting forward Alysha Clark.

Bird, who made history in Game 1 of the series with a record number of assists, became the third-ever basketball player — male or female — to...

Diego Schwartzman beats Nadal and Shapovalov to advance to Italian Open finals

By EMILY BURACK

(JTA) — Tenth time is the charm: After previously losing to Rafael Nadal nine straight times, Diego Schwartzman stunned him in straight sets on Saturday.

The Jewish Argentine tennis star won 6-2, 7-5 in just over two hours in the quarterfinals of the Italian Open, which takes place on clay — the surface that Nadal is best on.

“For sure, it’s my best match ever,” Schwartzman said....

Major League Baseball’s official historian on Jews in baseball and making sense of the weirdest season of all time

By STEPHEN SILVER

(JTA) — From Hank Greenberg to Sandy Koufax to Alex Bregman, Jews and baseball go way back, to the 19th century. It’s not just players and fans — the participation even extends to the role of official baseball historian of Major League Baseball. 

The first man to hold the title, the legendary Chicago sportswriter Jerome Holtzman, was Jewish, and an inductee to the International Jewish Sports Hall...

Former Major League player Cody Decker says anti-Semitism is ‘rampant’ in pro baseball

(JTA) – Former pro baseball player Cody Decker said that anti-Semitism is “rampant throughout baseball” and that an Oakland Athletics coach should be suspended for making a Nazi salute after a game.

Decker, who played briefly for the San Diego Padres and for Israel’s national team in the World Baseball Classic, spoke candidly on the topic with TMZ Sports on Saturday. He detailed several instances over the course of his...