Jewish Journal

Here’s a Moneyball maven striking it rich for Athletics

by Hillel Kuttler, JTA

3 weeks ago

Scouting director Dan Feinstein, left, is part of the Oakland Athletics brain trust at the Major League Baseball draft along with GM Billy Beane, right, the architect of the Moneyball philosophy, June 2014. (Michael Zagaris)

As director of professional scouting and baseball development for the Oakland Athletics, Dan Feinstein scouts amateur players, evaluates the organization’s talent, is involved in contract... read full article

  • Colombia’s Jewish soccer hero: Jose Pekerman

    by Diego Melamed, JTA

    3 weeks ago

    A Jewish Argentinean has become a national hero in Colombia.

    Coach Jose Pekerman is leading Colombia’s national soccer team to its best-ever appearance at the World Cup.

    On Saturday the cafeteros (coffee makers) beat Uruguay 2-0 and reached the quarter final stage for first...

  • Can Israel’s Gal Mekel make his point in Dallas?

    by Hillel Kuttler, JTA

    June 26, 2014 | 1:56 pm

    Basketball analysts viewed the trade Wednesday between the Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks as preliminary maneuvering by both teams wooing the two darlings in this summer’s NBA free-agent class, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony.

    But a far-below-the-radar beneficiary may be...

  • Far away from the World Cup: Britain’s soccer wars

    by Jordan Novack

    June 24, 2014 | 10:58 am

    In London, an army is under fire.

    The Yid Army, the proud fan base of one of England’s top-tier soccer teams, Tottenham Hotspur, has come under scrutiny not only from England’s Football Association (FA) and opposing fans over its nickname and cheers, but also from local police.

  • Goodman, Sack: Blatt’s hiring ‘incredible’ for Jewish community

    by Bob Jacob, Cleveland Jewish News/JNS.org

    June 20, 2014 | 2:44 pm

    The Cleveland Cavaliers looked near and far during a five-week stretch for a head coach and they finally found their man – in Israel.

    David Blatt, who coached Maccabi Tel Aviv to the Euroleague and Israeli league basketball championships this year, struck a deal to become the...

  • David Blatt riding Tel Aviv’s Euro title to NBA dream job

    by Anthony Weiss, JTA

    June 20, 2014 | 10:40 am

    In 1981, David Blatt moved to Israel in pursuit of a path of lifelong worship — to play professional basketball.

    Now, more than 30 years later, Blatt is leaving Israel to make a different, and totally unprecedented, form of aliyah — to leave the ranks of Israeli basketball to...

  • ADL welcomes Redskins’ patent revocation

    by JTA

    June 20, 2014 | 8:39 am

    The Anti-Defamation League welcomed the cancellation of the Washington Redskins trademark by the federal patent office.

    “The decision by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office represents a significant step forward in fighting prejudice, discrimination and hurtful stereotypes,...

  • U.S. Patent Office cancels trademarks of NFL’s Redskins

    by Ian Simpson, Reuters

    June 18, 2014 | 12:31 pm

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the federal trademarks for the National Football League's Washington Redskins because they disparage Native Americans, the agency said on Wednesday.

    The decision by a Patent Office administrative tribunal followed years of...

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