Bruce Pearl coaches Auburn to its first NCAA men’s basketball Final Four


(JTA) — Bruce Pearl has won plenty of accolades and championships in a basketball coaching career spanning nearly three decades, including guiding the U.S. men’s team to the 2009 Maccabiah Games title. Now, however, he’s on the precipice of college hoops nirvana.

On Sunday, Pearl’s Auburn University...
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Alex Bregman is baseball’s newest Jewish star


WEST PALM BEACH, FL. (JTA) – Sitting on a couch near his locker at the Houston Astros’ spring training facility here in mid-March, Alex Bregman is reflecting about an encounter his father had at the World Series last fall.

It was in Los Angeles, between innings of...
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Omri Casspi, first Israeli in the NBA, waived by Memphis Grizzlies

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

Casspi, 30, who signed a one-year contract with the Grizzlies during the off season and played in 36 games this season, has not played in recent games following surgery for...
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Julian Edelman shaves beard during taping of ‘The Ellen Show’

(JTA) — New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman arrived on set to tape a segment of “The Ellen Show” sporting his big, bushy beard and left mostly clean-shaven. Ellen Degeneres, you see, made him an offer he could not refuse.

She said she would donate $10,000 to the Boys...
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Julian Edelman is Super Bowl MVP

(JTA) — Wide receiver Julian Edelman was named Most Valuable Player as the New England Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta.

The Patriots Jewish owner, Robert Kraft, also earned a kiss on the lips from quarterback Tom Brady as their team celebrated its 13-3...
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Patriots owner Robert Kraft visits Tree of Life synagogue before game


(JTA) — New England Partriots owner Robert Kraft travelled to Pittsburgh ahead of his team’s game against the Steelers to visit the Tree of Life  synagogue building and attend Shabbat services.

On Saturday morning Kraft visited the building in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood where 11 worshippers were...
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Israel has a bobsled team, and it wants to compete in the Olympics


NEW YORK (JTA) — In the span of just a couple days, Chaim Raice went from never having been on a bobsled to being a contender to represent Israel in the 2022 Winter Olympics. And it all started with a Facebook post.

Raice, a house builder based...
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Spanish sports minister apologizes for canceling of water polo match against Israel due to boycott

Israeli player Lior Ben David, front, shown at a match at the Baku 2015 European Games at the Water Polo Arena in Baku, Azerbaijan, June 15, 2015. (Matthias Hangst/Getty Images for BEGOC)

(JTA) — Spain’s minister for sports apologized for the canceling of a water polo match in Barcelona against...
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European soccer lifts ban on airing World Cup games in Jewish settlements

JERUSALEM (JTA) — In a reversal, Israel’s public broadcaster will be allowed to air the preliminary games of the World Cup and Euro 2020 soccer tournaments, including in West Bank settlements.

The Union of European Football Associations, or UEFA, walked back its original decision not to allow Kan to air its games...
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Moe Berg, catcher who became a spy, gets an exhibit in Baseball Hall of Fame

(JTA) — Moe Berg is going into the Baseball Hall of Fame – as a spy, not a catcher.

The shrine to the national pastime in Cooperstown, New York, recently opened an exhibit on the Jewish player, who gained more attention for his espionage than a 15-year career in which...
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