Israel’s surprising World Baseball Classic run ends with loss to Japan

(JTA) — Team Israel saw its Cinderella run at the World Baseball Classic end with a loss to Japan in Tokyo.

Japan snapped a scoreless tie with five runs in the sixth inning on the way to an 8-3 victory on Wednesday before more than 40,000 fans packed into the...
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Team Israel suffers first loss in World Baseball Classic

(JTA) — Israel’s surprising squad in the World Baseball Classic lost its first game in the tournament, dropping a rematch with the Netherlands, 12-2.

Israel is now 1-1 in the second round of the 16-team quadrennial tournament and 4-1 overall. Israel likely must defeat powerhouse Japan on Wednesday to advance...
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Israel upsets Korea in first game of World Baseball Classic

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Team Israel defeated Korea in the first game of the World Baseball Classic.

Israel topped Korea 2-1 in the 10th inning on Monday in Seoul. Team Israel had 8 hits to Korea’s 7 in the hard-fought game.

The Israeli team is scheduled to play the team from Chinese Taipei...
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NBA’s Omri Casspi to be traded to Pelicans

(JTA) — Omri Casspi, the first Israeli to play in the National Basketball Association, reportedly is being traded from the Sacramento Kings to the New Orleans Pelicans.

The trade, which is set to be announced later on Monday, is part of a five-player  trade which will see All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins...
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Kushner family in talks to buy Miami Marlins

(JTA) — The family of presidential adviser Jared Kushner is in talks to purchase the Miami Marlins baseball team, The New York Times reported.

The Kushners, a New York area real estate Jewish family, regard the team’s $1.6 billion price tag as too high, the Times reported Thursday.

The negotiations,...
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Super Bowl to feature teams with Jewish owners for first time in 5 years

(JTA) — Super Bowl LI will feature teams with Jewish owners for the first time since 2012.

Robert Kraft will see his New England Patriots, the American Football Conference champions, in the big game for the seventh time since 2000. He bought the club, which will be making its record...
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Major leaguers visit Israel to learn about team they represent in World Baseball Classic


PETACH TIKVAH, Israel (JTA) – For questions about Israeli food and culture, Corey Baker and Jeremy Bleich were their teammates’ go-to guys.

Baker and Bleich, pitchers in the minor leagues and members of the club representing Israel in the World Baseball Classic, are the only ones who...
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2 Boston-area schools scrap hockey season over players’ anti-Semitism

(JTA) – Two Boston-area high schools canceled the hockey season for their joint boys team over what faculty said was anti-Semitic comments and actions by players against a teammate.

Officials at Keefe Regional Technical School and Marian High School in Framingham, a suburb of Boston situated 25 miles east of...
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Israel’s World Cup soccer match in Albania moved over terror threat

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s World Cup soccer qualifier match against Albania will be moved to a different stadium in the Muslim country after warnings of a possible terrorist attack.

The game scheduled for Saturday will now be played in Tirana, the country’s capital, after being scheduled for the northwestern town...
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OP-ED: Cubs fans, like the Jews, now face the challenge of success


(JTA) — For years, I’ve told anyone who would listen that the Cubs were the team of the Jews. I’ve written two blog posts about it during the past month alone.

Long suffering. Faithful. Bound to tradition. Hoping for redemption, to no avail. It was all there.

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