Jewish Journal

  • For a Jewish baseball purist, Cuba beckons

    by Hillel Kuttler, JTA

    December 29, 2014 | 10:02 am

    To the dismay of baseball fan Kit Krieger, future travels to Cuba will no longer include get-togethers with ex-Washington Senators pitcher Connie Marrero.

    Marrero, who played for Washington from 1950 to 1954, died in Havana last April at age 102, a few months after Krieger’s last...

  • Gal Mekel back in NBA with New Orleans Pelicans


    December 8, 2014 | 2:37 pm

    Gal Mekel, the second Israeli to play in the NBA, has signed with the New Orleans Pelicans.

    Mekel played for the Pelicans on Saturday in a 120-100 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, a day  after his signing was announced. He missed his four shots and went scoreless, but the 6-3...

  • Retiring Donovan gets one last taste of victory

    by Simon Evans, Reuters

    December 8, 2014 | 10:22 am

    Landon Donovan ended his career with a third title in four years as the LA Galaxy enjoyed a 2-1 extra-time win over the New England Revolution in Sunday's MLS Cup and said he would struggle to replace the joy of victory.

    Donovan, the all-time top scorer in Major League Soccer and...

  • In football-crazed Alabama, a respite from the world’s ills

    by Richard Friedman, JTA

    December 2, 2014 | 2:57 pm

    On Thanksgiving at my son’s house, I found myself at the end of a long dinner table, some in-town family members on my left. They were chatting about college football, especially the Alabama-Auburn game that would be played two nights later.

    No surprise there — that’s what people...

  • Jewish NBA owner’s ‘Yiddish’ snafu

    by Julie Wiener, JTA

    October 28, 2014 | 12:30 pm

    Talk about auto-correct fails.

    In an email to team employees, the Jewish owner of a pro basketball team said he wanted to learn “hoodish.” He apparently meant to write “Yiddish.”

    Golden State Warriors co-owner Peter Guber sent out a follow-up email clarifying that the use of...

  • Hoops guru David Thorpe connects with players on and off the court

    by Hillel Kuttler, JTA

    October 21, 2014 | 11:17 am

    Rodney Glasgow catches a pass, pivots, takes one dribble and lays the ball in the basket.

    David Thorpe, Glasgow’s coach and trainer for a couple of weeks this summer, steps in to offer some pointers, instructing the former Virginia Military Institute guard to look up after making...

  • Amar’e Stoudemire scoring for United Hatzalah

    by Hillel Kuttler, JTA

    October 13, 2014 | 1:19 pm

    In this season of good deeds, Amar’e Stoudemire is making a point.

    In the upcoming NBA season, United Hatzalah is hoping the New York Knicks’ standout scores plenty of them.

    Stoudemire, 31, has launched Amar’e Saves to promote a campaign that encourages youngsters to contribute...

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