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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Alex Bregman is the first Jewish player to win a World Series game with a walk-off hit

(JTA) — Houston Astros infielder Alex Bregman notched the first-ever walk-off hit by a Jewish player in the World Series when his RBI single drove home Derek Fisher to lead his team to an epic 13-12, 10-inning win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

After the five-hour and 17-minute game, the...
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FIFA, in final ruling on Palestinian request, says it won’t sanction Israel

(JTA) — The FIFA soccer federation said it would not impose sanctions on Israel and its teams from the West Bank, rejecting repeated requests to do so by the Palestinian Authority.

Israel’s six West Bank teams, which play in lower level leagues, are located in the settlements of Maale Adumim,...
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Israeli gymnast wins silver medal at World Championships

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli gymnast won a silver medal at the World Gymnastics Championships in Montreal

Artem Dolgopyat, making his first appearance at a world championships, finished second in the floor exercise finals over the weekend behind Kenzo Shirai of Japan. It marks the best finish ever by an Israeli at the...
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Top-ranked Israeli tennis player Dudi Sela leaves match early for Yom Kippur

(JTA) — The World Series is weeks away, but an Israeli tennis pro has conjured memories of Sandy Koufax.

Dudi Sela, his nation’s top-ranked male player, quit his quarterfinals match Friday in the third set of a Chinese tournament so he could begin observing Yom Kippur by the time the...
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This ex-Israeli soccer player is fighting two cancers, but still focused on helping others


SAVYON, Israel – When Tamir Gilat, a former goalkeeper for the Maccabi Tel Aviv soccer team, was diagnosed with two kinds of cancer in February 2011, his doctor advised him to put his affairs in order and cherish the remaining few months he had with his family.

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In first, Israeli gymnast medals in all-around competition at World Championships

(JTA) — Rhythmic gymnast Linoy Ashram became the first Israeli to win a medal in the all-around competition in the sport’s world championshipss.

Ashram, 18, ascended the podium in Pesaro, Italy, Friday to accept a bronze medal. Russian identical twins Dina and Arina Averina took the gold and silver...
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Israeli-Canadian teen beats Rafael Nadal at Montreal tennis tournament

(JTA) — Israeli-born teenager Denis Shapovalov upset top-seeded Rafael Nadal to advance to the quarterfinals of Montreal’s Rogers Cup tennis tournament.

Shapovalov, 18, is a Canadian who was born in Tel Aviv to parents who had immigrated from the former Soviet Union. He beat Nadal, the world’s number two-ranked player,...
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Iran removes national team players after they competed against an Israeli team

(JTA) — Iran reportedly has removed two players from its national soccer team after they competed against an Israeli team. Haji Safi and Masoud Shojaei play for the Greek soccer club Panionios, which last week competed against Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv team in a Europa League qualifying round in Greece....
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