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Israel-born sculptor Omri Amrany carves out a niche in American sports


BALTIMORE (JTA) – Needing a gift for retiring New York Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera, the Baltimore Orioles pitched their idea for a sculpture to the Israel-born artist Omri Amrany.

No surprise there, even though Amrany knows nothing about baseball. The 59-year-old Amrany, now living in the Chicago area, has become the go-to guy for sculptures of athletic giants.

A week after the Orioles put in their request,...

Book on Jewish sports stars strikes Ryan Braun from cover

(JTA) — A Jewish publisher pulled a photo of Ryan Braun from the cover of a children’s book about Jewish sports stars.

Braun, the Milwaukee Brewers outfielder suspended  in July for the remainder of the season for violating Major League Baseball’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, was removed from the cover of Kar-Ben publisher’s “Sports Stars: Athletic Heroes Past and Present” by David J. Goldman, which is set to be released...

For a big-hearted camp owner, death of ‘The Dream’ hits hard


BALTIMORE (JTA) — Dean Meminger sat in owner Irv Bader’s office at Camp Seneca Lake and talked of his girlfriend, her battle with lupus and their plans to marry.

Meminger, known as “The Dream” as a star guard at Marquette University and a key reserve for the New York Knicks’ 1973 championship team, had just finished a four-day stint late last month at a basketball camp at...

Nate Freiman’s big year: Slugging for Israel to chasing a pennant in the big leagues


BALTIMORE (JTA) – Last September, first baseman Nate Freiman was doing his best to help Israel secure a spot in the World Baseball Classic. Despite some super hitting from the towering slugger, the team fell short.

Fast forward a year. Freiman, 25, now finds himself in another playoff chase. Only this time it’s as a rookie in the big leagues, splitting time at first base for the...

Yarden Gerbi takes gold at Worlds, first for Israeli judoka

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Yarden Gerbi became the first Israeli to win a gold medal at the Judo World Championships.

Gerbi, 24, of Netanya, defeated France’s Clarisse Agbegnenou, the European champion, to take the under-63 kilo category in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, last week. Agbegnenou finished the bout with a dislocated shoulder.

Gerbi scored five knockouts in the tournament.

Israeli Alice Schlesinger won a bronze medal at the World Championships in...

Braun said specimen collector was anti-Semite to drum up support in ’12

(JTA) — Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun during his appeal of a drug suspension in 2012 told players on opposing teams that the collector of his urine sample was an anti-Semite.

Braun, the son of an Israeli-born Jewish father, was suspended in July for the remainder of this season for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement for his connection to the Biogenesis clinic, which provided performance-enhancing drugs to more...

Refusal to play on Yom Kippur costs Israeli Davis Cup team

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israel Tennis Association will have to pay more than $13,000 for refusing to play a Davis Cup match on Yom Kippur.

The Israeli national tennis team had been scheduled to face Belgium in Antwerp on Sept. 14, which is Yom Kippur, in the international tournament.

The Belgian Tennis Association turned down Israel’s request to postpone the match, but the International Tennis Federation, which sponsors the Davis...

Israel’s Peer nets first tennis tourney win in four years

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Shahar Peer won her first Women’s Tennis Association tournament in four years.

Peer defeated China’s Saisai Zheng, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3, in the finals of the Caoxijiu Suzhou Ladies Open in China on Saturday for her sixth career WTA tournament victory.

The Israeli, who was seeded third, picked up $125,000 by beating the 19th-seeded Zheng and now has won $5 million for her career.

With the victory,...

NOLA contingent making mark at Maccabi Games

Orange County is the place to be for the youth members of the NOLA contingent who arrived in Irvine, CA on Sunday to take part in the Maccabi Games there. Because many contingents could not populate an entire team for certain sports, many members of the New Orleans contingents found themselves paired with other cities’ representatives.

Here’s the breakdown from the first three days of play:

SUNDAY Girls Soccer Metro...

Soccer star Lionel Messi visits Western Wall on ‘peace tour’

(JTA) — The Argentinian soccer star Lionel Messi visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem  and met with Israeli leaders.

Messi was in Israel with the Spanish soccer team Football Club Barcelona as part of the team’s “peace tour,” which included hosting skills clinics and games with Israeli and Palestinian children to promote peace.

On Sunday, the team donned yarmulkes to visit the Western Wall. In Jerusalem, they posed for a...