Cavs’ Casspi undergoes appendectomy

NEW YORK (JTA) — Omri Casspi, the first Israeli to play in the NBA, had an appendectomy. The Cleveland Cavaliers forward had his appendix removed on Saturday night at the Orlando Regional Medical Center and stayed overnight at the hospital, CBS Sports reported Sunday, citing a team news release.

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Inspired by past Jewish olympic stars, champion skater Max Aaron eyes Sochi Olympics

NEW YORK (JTA) — With consecutive quadruple jumps at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Max Aaron launched himself not only to a gold medal and a national championship. The 20-year-old Arizonan also joined the ranks of Jewish athletes who have made it big.

For Aaron, that was even more exciting...
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Howie Lassoff, Israeli hoops star and Philly Hall of Famer, dies at 57

NEW YORK (JTA) — Howie Lassoff, who helped lead Maccabi Tel Aviv to six league titles and won Maccabiah gold with the U.S. squad, has died. Lassoff, a member of the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, died February 7 following a battle with cancer. He was 57.

The 6-foot-10...
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After hate speech charges, Jerusalem soccer club set afire

(JTA) — Arsonists set fire to the trophy room of the Beitar Jerusalem soccer team after the indictment of four fans for anti-Muslim hate speech. Assaf Evers, a fire department spokesman, was quoted by Ynet as saying that the fire was set deliberately early last Friday morning.

No one was...
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Cav’s Omri Casspi courting possibilities of contributing


BALTIMORE (JTA) — Even as he sits on the Cleveland Cavaliers bench, watching yet another game proceed without him, Omri Casspi is working to improve. He studies his teammates and his opponents, focusing on the player he’d likely be defending if he were on the court. Casspi...
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Yanks’ Rivera named Man of the Year by NY Board of Rabbis

NEW YORK (JTA) — New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera will be named Man of the Year by the New York Board of Rabbis and be given a guided tour of Israel.

Rivera, the record-holder for most career saves, was chosen because of his philanthropic efforts and extensive relief work...
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Figure skater Max Aaron advances to world championship

NEW YORK (JTA) — Jewish figure skater Max Aaron will represent the United States at the men’s ice skating world championships after winning the U.S. men’s national championship. Aaron, 20, was a surprise winner at last week’s event in Omaha, Neb., after landing two quads in the free skate program,...
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Art Modell, Ravens owner, falls short in Hall of Fame voting

(JTA) — Art Modell, the late owner of the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens, was eliminated in the first round of voting for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The first round of voting took place on Saturday. It was the first time that Modell had qualified as one of...
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Super Bowl Schmaltz

By ANDY ALTMAN-OHR, Managing Editor J-Weekly

All the coverage of the Super Bowl this week has failed to examine my favorite angle, the Jewish angle. That’s where this column comes in. In the following paragraphs, I drop back and throw a spiral of news and notes way, way downfield. Just...
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Fans and family of Art Modell pray for Ravens Super Bowl victory


NEW YORK (JTA) — Every Sunday during the football season, a group of 30 diehard Jewish Baltimore Ravens fans suit up in purple pants, jerseys, socks, face paint and don special Ravens tzitzit to watch the game together.

If the game falls on a Saturday, the club...
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