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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Matisyahu shown pushing teen fans offstage at JCC Maccabi Games opening

(JTA) — Jewish reggae star Matisyahu is seen in a video pushing two teenage athletes off the stage at a concert in Alabama during the opening ceremony of the JCC Maccabi Games.

The incident took place Sunday night at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Bartow Arena, The Jerusalem Post...
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Philadelphia 76ers draft pick to play for Maccabi Tel Aviv

(JTA) — Jonah Bolden, a second-round pick by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2017 NBA draft, will play in Israel for Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Bolden, 21, a 6-foot-10 forward, made the announcement Friday that he had signed a three-year deal with the most prominent basketball team in the Israeli Premier...
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Chicago Cubs’ Wrigley Field going kosher

(JTA) — Kosher hot dogs are coming to Wrigley Field, the home of the 2016 World Series champion Chicago Cubs.

A kosher food stand will open up at the 103-year-old ballpark on Friday featuring Romanian hot dogs, Romanian Polish sausages, pretzels and drinks, Tablet magazine first reported.

A subsidiary of...
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Omri Casspi, first Israeli to play in NBA, signs with champion Golden State Warriors

(JTA) — Omri Casspi, the first Israeli to play in the National Basketball Association, signed a one-year contract with the 2017 champion Golden State Warriors.

Casspi, 29, and the Warriors agreed to the contract early Wednesday morning, according to reports. He is expected to provide some offense off the bench...
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Amar’e Stoudemire unsure if he will play basketball again in Israel next year

(JTA) — Amar’e Stoudemire returned to Miami from Israel but does not know if he will be back to play basketball despite applying for citizenship.

Stoudemire and his Hapoel Jerusalem club won the Israel Premier League championship last week.

“It felt amazing after a long season to lift up the...
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