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Gal Mekel back in NBA with New Orleans Pelicans


2 weeks ago

Gal Mekel playing with the Dallas Mavericks in 2013.

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... read full article

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    by Tess Cutler

    September 19, 2014 | 2:56 pm

    At 5-foot-3 and 135 pounds, Michael Greenberg was the lightest sumo competitor at the 14th annual U.S. Sumo Open on Sept. 20 — by a lot. But according to the young Jew from Long Beach, his svelte frame is one of his biggest assets.

    “I think a lot of people are going to...

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