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Iran removes national team players after they competed against an Israeli team

(JTA) — Iran reportedly has removed two players from its national soccer team after they competed against an Israeli team. Haji Safi and Masoud Shojaei play for the Greek soccer club Panionios, which last week competed against Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv team in a Europa League qualifying round in Greece....
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Matisyahu shown pushing teen fans offstage at JCC Maccabi Games opening

(JTA) — Jewish reggae star Matisyahu is seen in a video pushing two teenage athletes off the stage at a concert in Alabama during the opening ceremony of the JCC Maccabi Games.

The incident took place Sunday night at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Bartow Arena, The Jerusalem Post...
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Philadelphia 76ers draft pick to play for Maccabi Tel Aviv

(JTA) — Jonah Bolden, a second-round pick by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2017 NBA draft, will play in Israel for Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Bolden, 21, a 6-foot-10 forward, made the announcement Friday that he had signed a three-year deal with the most prominent basketball team in the Israeli Premier...
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Chicago Cubs’ Wrigley Field going kosher

(JTA) — Kosher hot dogs are coming to Wrigley Field, the home of the 2016 World Series champion Chicago Cubs.

A kosher food stand will open up at the 103-year-old ballpark on Friday featuring Romanian hot dogs, Romanian Polish sausages, pretzels and drinks, Tablet magazine first reported.

A subsidiary of...
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Omri Casspi, first Israeli to play in NBA, signs with champion Golden State Warriors

(JTA) — Omri Casspi, the first Israeli to play in the National Basketball Association, signed a one-year contract with the 2017 champion Golden State Warriors.

Casspi, 29, and the Warriors agreed to the contract early Wednesday morning, according to reports. He is expected to provide some offense off the bench...
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Amar’e Stoudemire unsure if he will play basketball again in Israel next year

(JTA) — Amar’e Stoudemire returned to Miami from Israel but does not know if he will be back to play basketball despite applying for citizenship.

Stoudemire and his Hapoel Jerusalem club won the Israel Premier League championship last week.

“It felt amazing after a long season to lift up the...
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Jewish pitcher Brad Goldberg makes his White Sox debut

(JTA) — Relief pitcher Brad Goldberg, who is Jewish, made his Major League Baseball debut with the Chicago White Sox.

Goldberg, 27, was called up from the minors, the Triple-A Charlotte Knights, over the weekend, after pitcher Michael Ynoa was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right hip...
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Omri Casspi signs with NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves

(JTA) — Omri Casspi, the first Israeli to play in the National Basketball Association, was signed as a free agent by the Minnesota Timberwolves, his third team in the last month and fifth since joining the NBA in 2009.

Casspi was waived at the end of last month by the...
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Campaign to build baseball stadium in Israel takes off after World Baseball Classic

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Plans to build the first regulation baseball stadium in Israel have gathered steam in the wake of Team Israel’s surprisingly strong performance in the World Baseball Classic.

Members of Team Israel participated in the groundbreaking for the complex in Beit Shemesh, a city located near Jerusalem with...
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Israel’s surprising World Baseball Classic run ends with loss to Japan

(JTA) — Team Israel saw its Cinderella run at the World Baseball Classic end with a loss to Japan in Tokyo.

Japan snapped a scoreless tie with five runs in the sixth inning on the way to an 8-3 victory on Wednesday before more than 40,000 fans packed into the...
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