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Israeli soccer fans harassed at World Cup in Moscow

(JTA) — Soccer fans displaying Israeli flags at World Cup matches in Russia have been subjected to threats, harassment and violence.

In one incident, a man wearing an Israeli flag around his shoulders was filmed as he was being chased around Moscow’s Red Square by men shouting “Palestine,” including one...
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How geopolitics keeps Israel out of World Cup contention

By CHARLES DUNST 

NEW YORK (JTA) — On Thursday, Saudi Arabia and Russia opened the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament before 81,000 fans at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium amid concerns over the host’s human rights record.

While Saudi Arabia and Iran will serve as this year’s Middle Eastern hopefuls, Israel has failed...
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Patriots’ Julian Edelman facing 4-game suspension over use of banned substances

(JTA) — New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman reportedly is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, but he is appealing.

League sources told ESPN of the suspension on Thursday, the sports network reported. One league source said Edelman was appealing, as he has...
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Why it’s a big deal that Argentina cancelled its soccer game in Israel

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — Israelis want nothing more than for their country to be considered normal.

That may have to wait.

A much-anticipated soccer game between the Argentine and Israeli national teams was canceled Wednesday because, Israeli and Argentine officials say, of physical threats made to the Argentine players...
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Argentina’s national soccer team cancels match with Israel

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — Argentina’s national soccer team canceled this week’s friendly match with Israel after pressure from the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.

After two months of pressure, the Argentinian team’s players late on Tuesday announced the cancellation of the match scheduled to be held on Saturday night...
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Viviani wins Giro d’Italia for second day in a row; Dennis retains pink jersey

EILAT– For the second consecutive stage in a row, Italian cyclist Elia Viviani of the Quick-Step Floors team, won in a bunch sprint for the Stage 3 of the 101st Giro d’Italia, the last of the stages to take place in Israel. The long distance run of 229 km. (142.29 miles) ran...
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Italians finish 1,2, but Dennis takes pink jersey

TEL AVIV– Elia Viviani, racing for the Quick-Step Floors team and the hot favorite for Stage 2, won an expected bunch gallop in Tel Aviv on the Mediterranean seaside, while Jakub Mareczko (Wilier Triestina – Selle Italia) gave Italians first and second place in Saturday’s results for the Giro d’Italia.

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Meet the first two Israeli riders — both named Guy — to compete in Grand Tour of cycling

By BEN SALES    JERUSALEM (JTA) — When Guy Niv rides his bicycle around a wide curve in the western Galilee on Sunday morning, he’ll be traversing the same roads he did as a kid cycling through the woods with his dad.

Soon afterward, Guy Sagiv will speed down Israel’s...
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The anti-Semitism controversy surrounding NFL prospect Josh Rosen, explained

(JTA) — For most of last year, many predicted that UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen would be the first player chosen in the 2018 National Football League draft.

The sturdy 6-foot-4 signal-caller has racked up an impressive array of passing statistics since his freshman year in 2015, and analysts have...
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Golden State Warriors waive first Israeli NBA player Omri Casspi

(JTA) — Omri Casspi, the first Israeli to play in the National Basketball Association, was waived by the Golden State Warriors.

Casspi, 29, who signed a one-year contract with the NBA championship team in July, has not played in recent games due to an ankle injury.

He will not be able...
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