Meet the first two Israeli riders — both named Guy — to compete in Grand Tour of cycling

By BEN SALES    JERUSALEM (JTA) — When Guy Niv rides his bicycle around a wide curve in the western Galilee on Sunday morning, he’ll be traversing the same roads he did as a kid cycling through the woods with his dad.

Soon afterward, Guy Sagiv will speed down Israel’s...
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The anti-Semitism controversy surrounding NFL prospect Josh Rosen, explained

(JTA) — For most of last year, many predicted that UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen would be the first player chosen in the 2018 National Football League draft.

The sturdy 6-foot-4 signal-caller has racked up an impressive array of passing statistics since his freshman year in 2015, and analysts have...
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Golden State Warriors waive first Israeli NBA player Omri Casspi

(JTA) — Omri Casspi, the first Israeli to play in the National Basketball Association, was waived by the Golden State Warriors.

Casspi, 29, who signed a one-year contract with the NBA championship team in July, has not played in recent games due to an ankle injury.

He will not be able...
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Does QB Josh Rosen want to play in NY over Cleveland because there are more Jews?

(JTA) — Top NFL quarterback prospect Josh Rosen would prefer playing in New York rather than Cleveland because of its larger Jewish community, two ESPN radio shows suggested.

The radio discussions were first highlighted by The Big Lead, a Gannett sports blog.

Stephen A. Smith, speaking Wednesday on his ESPN show,...
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Alex Bregman is baseball’s next Jewish star

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (JTA) – Sitting on a couch near his locker at the Houston Astros’ spring training facility here in mid-March, Alex Bregman is reflecting about an encounter his father had at the World Series last fall.

It was in Los Angeles, between innings of the opening...
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Kenyans win Jerusalem Marathon

(JTA) — Kenyans dominated in the Jerusalem Marathon, with Kipkosgei Shadrack winning his third consecutive race and Emily Chepkemoi Samoei taking her second straight among the women.

Shadrack’s time Friday of 2 hours, 21 minutes and 25 seconds was about four minutes longer than his 2017 record. The second and...
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Aly Raisman calls out her abuser Larry Nassar in a powerful speech: ‘The tables have turned’

(JTA) — If there were Olympic medals for court testimony, Aly Raisman might have just won gold.

The Olympian gymnast testified in court today against Larry Nassar, the former U.S.A. gymnastics national team physician who’s been accused of sexual abuse by more than 140 women, including some of the...
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Aly Raisman says Olympic team doctor molested her

(JTA) — Six-time Olympic medalist Aly Raisman said that she was sexually abused by the women’s gymnastics national team doctor.

Raisman, who is Jewish and is one of the most accomplished gymnasts in U.S. history, made the allegation against Dr. Larry Nassar in an interview scheduled to air Sunday...
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Gabe Kapler, ex-major leaguer with a Jewish star tattoo, is named Phillies manager

(JTA) — Gabe Kapler, a major league outfielder for 12 seasons and a coach for Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic, was named manager of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Kapler, who played for seven teams, has been the head of player development for the Los Angeles Dodgers organization since 2014.

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Bregman, Houston Astros win World Series

The Houston Astros won the World Series for the first time in its 56-year-old franchise late on Wednesday night with a 5-1 Game 7 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. One of the post-season players heralded for his outstanding play was third baseman Alex Bregman, the former LSU standout.

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