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Kyrie Irving says ‘I take responsibility’ for antisemitic tweet, will donate $500K to anti-hate causes

By JACOB GURVIS

(JTA) — In a joint statement with the Brooklyn Nets and the Anti-Defamation League Wednesday night, Kyrie Irving said he took responsibility for his tweet last week promoting an antisemitic film.

He and the Nets will each donate $500,000 “toward causes and organizations that work to eradicate hate and intolerance in our communities,” and both will work with the ADL to “develop educational programming that is inclusive...

In wake of workplace scandal, Dan Snyder looks into selling the Washington Commanders

By JACOB GURVIS

(JTA) — Dan Snyder, the Jewish owner of the Washington Commanders who is ensnared in a scandal involving sexual harassment in the team’s workplace, announced today that he and his wife and co-owner Tanya Snyder are exploring a possible sale of the NFL franchise.

The Commanders released a statement Wednesday saying that the Snyders have hired Bank of America Securities to “consider potential transactions.” The release did...

NBA star Kyrie Irving defends decision to promote antisemitic movie

By PHILISSA CRAMER

(JTA) — Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving is defending his decision to promote a movie that argues that Jews were responsible for the transatlantic slave trade, despite criticism from his team’s owner.

“I’m disappointed that Kyrie appears to support a film based on a book full of anti-semitic disinformation,” Nets owner Joe Tsai tweeted on Friday, shortly after Irving tweeted a link to the Amazon listing for...

Astros manager Dusty Baker hopes matzah ball soup will give his team a playoffs boost

By MATT SAMUELS

(Jewish Herald-Voice, Houston via JTA) — If the Astros make it to the World Series later this month, fans can thank team manager Dusty Baker — along with a fresh baked challah and several quarts of matzah ball soup.

Baker stopped by Kenny & Ziggy’s New York Delicatessen here just before Yom Kippur ended to load up on food to help Jewish star Alex Bregman break the...

At relaunched Tel Aviv tennis tournament, Israeli doubles star Jonathan Erlich retires, Schwartzman loses early but vows return

By JUAN MELAMED

(JTA) — The Tel Aviv Open, a tournament in the high tiers of the pro tennis circuit, returned for the first time since 1996, and it brought emotional moments for multiple Jewish players.

Jonathan Erlich, a 45-year-old Argentine-Israeli who was known as one of the better men’s doubles players in the world during his prime, was set to play his last tournament alongside a famous friend and...

Israel’s Deni Avdija is back for a third year with the Wizards

By HOWARD BLAS

– Listening to Deni Avdija answer questions at Washington Wizards Media Day last week provided a reminder of just how much the likable 21-year-old Israeli forward has accomplished—and endured—in his two seasons in the NBA. And he has a lot to look forward to. 

The only Israeli in the NBA is about to kick off season 3 with the Wizards, but first he has to...

Jewish NBA, WNBA owner cites ‘faith’ and ‘atonement’ in announcing decision to sell teams

By JACOB GURVIS

(JTA) — Robert Sarver, the Jewish owner of the NBA’s Phoenix Suns and WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, announced Wednesday that he will seek buyers for the two franchises as he serves his one-year suspension for misconduct.

Sarver, a real estate businessman with a net worth of nearly $1 billion who purchased the teams in 2004, received the NBA’s maximum fine of $10 million after an investigation found a...

ESPN documentary focuses on Holocaust and Munich Olympics survivor Shaul Ladany

By JACOB GURVIS

(JTA) — Frank Saraceno has worked for ESPN since 1994 and has produced hour-long documentaries on some of the biggest stars in sports for the cable channel’s Emmy Award-winning “E:60” series.

But he thinks working on the episode airing Tuesday night might have been the most powerful experience with the show he has had since its inception in 2007.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been more gratified...

A timeline of Jewish basketball star Sue Bird’s legendary career

By JACOB GURVIS

(JTA) — Sports fans are obsessed with legacy. The term GOAT — greatest of all time — is thrown around more than a baseball during little league practice. Whether it’s LeBron vs. Jordan or Serena vs. Court, the sports world is consumed by debates and superlatives. 

Sue Bird is a part of those conversations.

The Jewish basketball star’s playing career has come to an end, as her...

Listen to legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully’s classic call of Sandy Koufax’s perfect game

By JACOB GURVIS

(JTA) — In the pantheon of beloved sports broadcasters, Vin Scully stands alone. 

The legendary voice of the Dodgers, who died Tuesday at 94, helped generations of fans fall in love with baseball, from his first season with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1950 to his final call in Los Angeles in 2016. 

Scully was not Jewish. But over the course of a 67-year broadcasting career with the...