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Moe Berg, catcher who became a spy, gets an exhibit in Baseball Hall of Fame

(JTA) — Moe Berg is going into the Baseball Hall of Fame – as a spy, not a catcher.

The shrine to the national pastime in Cooperstown, New York, recently opened an exhibit on the Jewish player, who gained more attention for his espionage than a 15-year career in which he finished with a batting average of .243 and six home runs.

Berg, following his baseball days in the 1920s...

Israeli equestrian rider withdraws from world championships due to conflict with Yom Kippur

(Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli equestrian rider has withdrawn from next month’s world championships because the competition will take place on Yom Kippur.

The International Equestrian Federation event, which will take place this year in North Carolina, is a prelude to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, where Israel’s equestrian federation hopes to compete for the first time.

Israeli rider Dan Kramer sent a letter earlier this...

Alex Bregman wins baseball All-Star game MVP with tie-breaking home run

(JTA) — In a baseball All-Star game that set a record for home runs, Alex Bregman had the most important one.

Bregman, the Jewish third baseman for the Houston Astros, snapped a 10th-inning tie with his two-run shot to power the American League to an 8-6 victory over the National League on Tuesday night in Washington, D.C.

Playing in his first All-Star game, the third-year major leaguer was named the game’s Most...

Israeli soccer fans harassed at World Cup in Moscow

(JTA) — Soccer fans displaying Israeli flags at World Cup matches in Russia have been subjected to threats, harassment and violence.

In one incident, a man wearing an Israeli flag around his shoulders was filmed as he was being chased around Moscow’s Red Square by men shouting “Palestine,” including one wearing a Tunisian flag. The man wearing the Israeli flag, who was also wearing a kippah, was filmed walking away...

How geopolitics keeps Israel out of World Cup contention

By CHARLES DUNST 

NEW YORK (JTA) — On Thursday, Saudi Arabia and Russia opened the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament before 81,000 fans at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium amid concerns over the host’s human rights record.

While Saudi Arabia and Iran will serve as this year’s Middle Eastern hopefuls, Israel has failed to reach soccer’s quadrennial competitive mountaintop since 1970, in Mexico.

It’s not wholly for want of talent or trying, but...

Patriots’ Julian Edelman facing 4-game suspension over use of banned substances

(JTA) — New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman reportedly is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, but he is appealing.

League sources told ESPN of the suspension on Thursday, the sports network reported. One league source said Edelman was appealing, as he has never tested positive despite taking “hundreds of tests.”

Edelman, 32, missed all of last season after suffering a knee injury...

Why it’s a big deal that Argentina cancelled its soccer game in Israel

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — Israelis want nothing more than for their country to be considered normal.

That may have to wait.

A much-anticipated soccer game between the Argentine and Israeli national teams was canceled Wednesday because, Israeli and Argentine officials say, of physical threats made to the Argentine players — including megastar forward Lionel Messi. The exhibition game was set for Saturday night in Jerusalem, less than a week...

Argentina’s national soccer team cancels match with Israel

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — Argentina’s national soccer team canceled this week’s friendly match with Israel after pressure from the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.

After two months of pressure, the Argentinian team’s players late on Tuesday announced the cancellation of the match scheduled to be held on Saturday night at Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem. The match was to be held just one week before the start of the World...

Viviani wins Giro d’Italia for second day in a row; Dennis retains pink jersey

EILAT– For the second consecutive stage in a row, Italian cyclist Elia Viviani of the Quick-Step Floors team, won in a bunch sprint for the Stage 3 of the 101st Giro d’Italia, the last of the stages to take place in Israel. The long distance run of 229 km. (142.29 miles) ran from Be’er Sheva to Eilat resulted in Vivani’s victory over Sacha Modolo (Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale) and Sam Bennett...

Italians finish 1,2, but Dennis takes pink jersey

TEL AVIV– Elia Viviani, racing for the Quick-Step Floors team and the hot favorite for Stage 2, won an expected bunch gallop in Tel Aviv on the Mediterranean seaside, while Jakub Mareczko (Wilier Triestina – Selle Italia) gave Italians first and second place in Saturday’s results for the Giro d’Italia.

Despite their impressive showings, it was an Australian, Rohan Dennis of the BMC Racing Team, who moved into the...