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More firsts for Yeshiva U men’s basketball: 2 All-Americans and the National Coach of the Year

(JTA) — In a history-making season for the Yeshiva University men’s basketball team, here are a couple more firsts: two players named All-America, including one on the first team, and a coach chosen as national Coach of the Year.

The players are Ryan Turell, a sophomore guard from Los Angeles who was chosen as one of the top five players in the country, and Gabe Leifer, a senior forward from...

More firsts for Yeshiva U men’s basketball: 2 All-Americans and the National Coach of the Year

By MARC BRODSKY

(JTA) — In a history-making season for the Yeshiva University men’s basketball team, here are a couple more firsts: two players named All-America, including one on the first team, and a coach chosen as national Coach of the Year.

The players are Ryan Turell, a sophomore guard from Los Angeles who was chosen as one of the top five players in the country, and Gabe Leifer, a...

Yeshiva University wins second-round NCAA D3 tournament win, headed to Sweet 16

(JTA) — In a dose of spiritual medicine for a community hit by the coronavirus, Yeshiva University’s men’s basketball team continued its record-breaking season with a dominant second-round win in the NCAA Division III Tournament.

The Maccabees notched a 102-83 victory Saturday night over Penn State Harrisburg for Y.U.’s 29th straight win, behind a triple double from senior forward Gabe Leifer (10 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists) and a...

Yeshiva U men’s basketball team wins conference title to qualify for NCAA Division III tournament

By MARC BRODSKY

(JTA) — Yeshiva University’s men’s basketball team won the Skyline Conference championship game on Sunday to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament for the second time in three seasons.

The top-seeded Maccabees defeated third-seeded Purchase College, State University of New York, 86-74, at home in the title game to run its record to 27-1. Yeshiva has not lost since falling in its opener...

Yeshiva U president slams Brooklyn College athletes who knelt during Israeli anthem

– Yeshiva University president Ari Berman slammed the “disrespectful” decision by two Brooklyn College volleyball players to kneel during the playing of “Hatikvah,” Israel’s national anthem, at a recent match hosted by the university.

“It is unfortunate that some members of the opposing team disrespected Israel’s national anthem,” Berman told JNS. “We are proud to be the only university who sings both the American and Israeli national anthems...

Teenage Orthodox pingpong phenom may have to skip Olympics because trials are on Shabbat

(JTA) — An 18-year-old pingpong star may have to skip this year’s Olympics because the U.S. trials are scheduled for Shabbat and she is an Orthodox Jew.

While many Orthodox Jews will informally play sports on Shabbat, they generally do not take part in organized competition.

Estee Ackerman, who won the women’s division at the 2018 Table Tennis U.S. Open, reached out to USA Table Tennis via her father in...

Meet Mitchell Schwartz, the Jewish Kansas City Chiefs lineman heading to Super Bowl LIV

 (JTA) — Kansas City Chiefs lineman Mitchell Schwartz does more than start for perhaps the best offense in the NFL. The 6-5, 320-pound tackle is a star at his position and has been for much of his eight-year career since turning pro following a standout career at the University of California, Berkeley.

Powered by an attack led by the dynamic quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs will be making their first...

Amar’e Stoudemire calls for end of anti-Semitism among African-Americans

(JTA) — Former NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire called for an end to anti-Semitism among African-Americans.

In an Instagram post on Saturday, Stoudemire said he wanted to “address the situation that happened in Monsey, with the brother that had the attacks on the Jewish people. Anti-Semitic attacks.”

His video statement continues: “One thing we gotta realize is that African Americans are also Semitic people, being that they are from the lost...

Former NBA Commissioner David Stern is dead at 77

By ALAN SMASON

David Stern, the former NBA commissioner, succumbed to a brain hemorrhage on January 1, 2020, for which he had undergone emergency surgery more than two weeks earlier. He was 77.

Stern had been reportedly dining at Brasserie 8 1/2, a New York City classic French restaurant on December 12 when he suddenly collapsed. The gray-haired Stern was immediately rushed to Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital, where he...

David Stern, longtime NBA commissioner, undergoes emergency brain surgery

(JTA) — David Stern, the former NBA commissioner, underwent emergency surgery for a brain hemorrhage after collapsing at a New York City restaurant.

Stern, 77, was rushed to Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital on Thursday afternoon from the Brasserie 8 1/2 on Manhattan’s West Side.

During his NBA tenure from 1974 to 2014, he guided the basketball league from financial distress to extraordinary success.

Stern is a member of the...