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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 hurt in the fire, but the trophy room and the office of property caretaker Meir Harush were heavily damaged. “The...

Cav’s Omri Casspi courting possibilities of contributing

By HILLEL KUTTLER

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 uses the time to prepare for whenever he is summoned to participate — now or the next game or the...

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 for Panama through his church, said Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, the executive vice president of the interdenominational rabbinic group.

“Mariano is...

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, which vaulted him from fourth place to first.

He and second-place finisher Ross Miner will make their world championships debut...

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 the 125 names on the eligibility list and reached the final 15.

Modell, who was Jewish, died last Sept. 6.

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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 don’t call it a “Hail Mary” (at least not in this newspaper).

Any Jewish conversation about the San Francisco 49ers...

Fans and family of Art Modell pray for Ravens Super Bowl victory

By CHAVIE LIEBER

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 gathers for a “purple Shabbos,” when they wear Ravens jerseys under their suits, eat Ravens-inspired food from a purple menu...

Bears hire Marc Trestman as new head coach

NEW YORK (JTA) — The Chicago Bears hired a Jewish head coach, Marc Trestman, to improve their pigskin prowess. Trestman, 57, a longtime NFL assistant, was named Wednesday to his first head coaching post in the league. The 57-year-old Minneapolis native will be the only Jewish head coach in the National Football League.

Over the past five seasons he served as head coach of the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football...

Adam Greenberg signs minor league deal with Baltimore Orioles

(JTA) — Jewish player Adam Greenberg will resume his professional baseball career after signing a minor league deal with the Baltimore Orioles. Greenberg, 31, signed a minor-league contract with the Orioles and will work to get a spot on their Class AAA farm team in Norfolk, Va.

Chosen by the Chicago Cubs in the ninth round of the 2002 draft, Greenberg was beaned in his only Major League at-bat, as...

Youkilis not only a Yid, but now a Yankee

(JTA) — The New York Yankees have reportedly reached an agreement with Jewish player Kevin Youkilis to sign him for a one-year, $12 million contract. The deal has not officially been announced, and it reportedly is pending a physical.

Youkilis, a three-time All-Star for the Boston Red Sox before being traded to the Chicago White Sox in June, is expected to play third base, replacing Alex Rodriguez, who is expected to...