Team USA wins Maccabi Game in Soccer

Team USA remained undefeated in the semi-finals for Soccer,  finishing at 5-0 at the North American Maccabi Games in Mexico City today, July 14. They advanced to the Gold Medal match after defeating Brazil earlier.

The final score was Team USA 7, Mexico 2.

One of the youth...
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Alex Bregman aims to repeat as All-Star Game MVP after being elected a starter

(JTA) — Alex Bregman will have the chance to make it two in a row as Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game MVP.

The Houston Astros’ Jewish slugger was elected the starting third baseman last week to start the July 9 game in Cleveland, easily outdistancing Hunter Dozier of the Kansas...
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Teenager Jack Hughes is first Jewish player to be No. 1 overall pick in National Hockey League draft

(JTA) — Jack Hughes, even at 18, is no stranger to making history. And now he’s done it again, becoming the first Jewish player to be drafted No. 1 overall by the National Hockey League.

The New Jersey Devils picked Hughes, a Florida native who grew up in Ontario, Canada,...
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Israeli rhythmic gymnast Linoy Ashram takes 2 gold medals at 2019 European Games

(JTA) — Israeli rhythmic gymnast Linoy Ashram won two gold medals at the 2019 European Games in Minsk, Belarus.

She won gold medals in the Ball event and Clubs event, both held on Sunday.

She also won a silver medal during competition on Saturday.

Arsham, 20, of Tel Aviv, is...
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Ryan Braun breaks Hank Greenberg’s record for most home runs by a Jewish player

(JTA) — Ryan Braun now holds the record for most home runs by a Jewish baseball player.

The 35-year-old outfielder passed Hank Greenberg on Friday when he hit his 332nd career homer in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Braun, who has spent his entire career with the Milwaukee Brewers...
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Bruce Pearl coaches Auburn to its first NCAA men’s basketball Final Four


(JTA) — Bruce Pearl has won plenty of accolades and championships in a basketball coaching career spanning nearly three decades, including guiding the U.S. men’s team to the 2009 Maccabiah Games title. Now, however, he’s on the precipice of college hoops nirvana.

On Sunday, Pearl’s Auburn University...
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Alex Bregman is baseball’s newest Jewish star


WEST PALM BEACH, FL. (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...
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Omri Casspi, first Israeli in the NBA, waived by Memphis Grizzlies

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

Casspi, 30, who signed a one-year contract with the Grizzlies during the off season and played in 36 games this season, has not played in recent games following surgery for...
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Julian Edelman shaves beard during taping of ‘The Ellen Show’

(JTA) — New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman arrived on set to tape a segment of “The Ellen Show” sporting his big, bushy beard and left mostly clean-shaven. Ellen Degeneres, you see, made him an offer he could not refuse.

She said she would donate $10,000 to the Boys...
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Julian Edelman is Super Bowl MVP

(JTA) — Wide receiver Julian Edelman was named Most Valuable Player as the New England Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta.

The Patriots Jewish owner, Robert Kraft, also earned a kiss on the lips from quarterback Tom Brady as their team celebrated its 13-3...
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