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  • Helping the disabled, Robbie Williams in Arabic, a soccer surprise and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    2 weeks ago

    A big blow to Israeli soccer

    Last Monday was a shameful day for Israeli soccer. During the 33rd minute of the derby between Hapoel Tel-Aviv and Maccabi Tel-Aviv at Bloomfield Stadium, with the score tied at 1-1, a Hapoel fan jumped out of the stands and ran onto the pitch to...

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

    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

    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...

  • LeBron returns, Blatt bests former team as Cavs cruise past Maccabi Tel Aviv

    October 6, 2014 | 10:23 am

    The Cleveland Cavaliers in LeBron James’ return to his hometown NBA team routed Maccabi Tel Aviv in a game that pitted the Cavs’ new coach, David Blatt, against his former squad.

    On Sunday, James scored 12 points in playing only the first half of the 107-80 victory over the 2014 ...

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  • NBA Hawks’ owner to sell control of team, cites racially insensitive remarks

    September 8, 2014 | 11:05 am

    The owner of the Atlanta Hawks announced on Sunday he would sell his controlling interest in the National Basketball Association franchise because of racially insensitive remarks he made, in an echo of a scandal involving the former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers NBA team.

    ...
  • Bruce Levenson: Worse — and better — than Donald Sterling

    September 8, 2014 | 10:15 am

    Read the email that cost Bruce Levenson his ownership of the NBA franchise the Atlanta Hawks. It’s ten times less raw and salacious than Donald Sterling’s racist rant to his mistress. At the same time, its ten times worse.

    This wasn’t a man allegedly suffering dementia, telling...

  • For ex-WNBA chief Donna Orender, NBA breakthrough for women a show of respect

    August 15, 2014 | 11:32 am

    As a former WNBA president who played in what is considered the first U.S. professional basketball league for women, Donna Orender has been eager for a trailblazing female to join the National Basketball Association in a prominent role.

    So she was plenty pleased last week when...

  • Sterling’s last bid to halt L.A. Clippers sale blocked by court

    August 14, 2014 | 10:28 am

    Former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling lost his final chance to block the $2 billion sale of the NBA team to former Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer, when a California appeals court refused on Wednesday to halt the deal.

    The three-judge panel rejected...

  • Sterling marriage ‘stress’ at issue as L.A. Clippers trial nears end

    July 24, 2014 | 5:32 pm

    Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's bid to block the $2 billion sale of the NBA team in a probate trial entered its final stretch on Wednesday when his attorneys sought to prove his estranged wife improperly seized control of the franchise.

    Sterling's attorneys called...

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

    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...

  • The Pixies, NBA history, award winning T.V series and more…This week from Israel.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 23, 2014 | 11:34 am

    Starbucks embrace new Israel technology

    Talk about a major BDS fail! Tables in Starbucks coffee shops are to be outfitted with Israeli-developed Powermat charging pad technology, where customers can place their compatible devices and charge them wirelessly. The Powermats are...

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

    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...

  • David Blatt, ex-Maccabi Tel Aviv coach, meeting with NBA’s Cavaliers

    June 16, 2014 | 12:06 pm

    David Blatt, who resigned as the coach of Euroleague champion Maccabi Tel Aviv, is set to meet with the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers.

    Blatt, 55, will interview Wednesday with the Cavaliers for their vacant head coaching position, Yahoo Sports first reported Sunday, citing what it...

  • Shelly Sterling to seek court backing as Clippers owner

    June 10, 2014 | 3:32 pm

    Shelly Sterling will seek an emergency court order confirming her as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers in a bid to block her estranged husband from having any say in the team's $2 billion sale, a source with knowledge of the matter said on Tuesday.

    Donald Sterling, 80, was banned...

  • Donald Sterling says Clippers not for sale, after all

    June 9, 2014 | 9:44 pm

    Basketball franchise the Los Angeles Clippers is not for sale, owner Donald Sterling said on Monday, vowing to fight to keep the team he built, NBC News reported, in the latest salvo of his battle with the league.

    Sterling, who was banned for life by the National Basketball...

  • Maccabi Tel Aviv’s David Blatt on NBA radar for coaching slots

    June 9, 2014 | 3:18 pm

    David Blatt, who guided Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv to the Euroleague basketball championship, is rumored to be in the mix for several coaching jobs in the NBA.

    The Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly have contacted Blatt for their vacant head coaching post, The Associated Press...

  • Sterling agrees to Clippers sale, will drop NBA lawsuit

    June 4, 2014 | 4:59 pm

    Donald Sterling, the embattled owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, has agreed to sell the team for $2 billion and will drop his lawsuit against the National Basketball Association, his lawyer, Maxwell Blecher, said on Wednesday.

    Sterling, 80, has been banned for life and fined...

  • Sterling purchase of the Clippers among top investments in memory

    June 2, 2014 | 9:59 am

    Donald Sterling, forced to sell his National Basketball Association team after a lifetime ban for making racist comments, is not going to be remembered as a "visionary," "icon" or "oracle" – terms attached over the years to renowned business personalities such as Bill Gates, Steve...

  • NBA moves on Clippers sale, Sterling sues for $1 billion

    June 2, 2014 | 9:52 am

    The National Basketball Association said on Friday that it has reached an agreement with the estranged wife of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling to sell the team, opening a new chapter for the franchise after 33 years under Sterling.

    Sterling, 80, was banned for life by...

  • NBA’s Clippers defy gravity with team’s record sale price

    May 30, 2014 | 2:12 pm

    Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's record $2 billion deal to buy the Los Angeles Clippers shows that star forward Blake Griffin and his monster slam dunks aren't the only things that defy gravity.

    When the National Basketball Association first hit Clippers owner Donald Sterling...

  • Local Iranian-American convicted of defrauding former NBA, NFL exec in Ponzi scheme

    By Jared Sichel

    May 30, 2014 | 1:46 pm

    Shervin Neman, the Los Angeles man arrested last year after allegedly targeting Iranian Jews and other investors in a Ponzi scheme, was found guilty on May 16 of defrauding two people out of a total of $3 million — one of the victims being a former NBA and NFL executive, according...

  • NBA wants vote on Sterling despite Clippers sale pact

    May 30, 2014 | 12:41 pm

    The NBA said Friday it will go ahead with a vote on terminating Donald Sterling's ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers, although it signaled that a proposal by Sterling's wife to sell the franchise was its preferred course.

    The National Basketball Association said in a statement...

  • Donald Sterling’s reverse lawyer-up: Will fight NBA to keep L.A. Clippers

    May 28, 2014 | 4:57 pm

    Donald Sterling said the NBA has no basis for stripping him of ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers.

    Sterling’s representatives said the infamous recording in which he can be heard making derogatory remarks about blacks to his girlfriend were recorded illegally “during an...

  • NBA takes steps to terminate Sterling’s ownership rights

    May 20, 2014 | 2:46 pm

    The National Basketball Association filed paperwork to terminate Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling of all ownership rights in the franchise.

    Sterling has until May 27 to respond to Monday’s filing. He will be allowed to make a presentation at a special Board of Governors...

  • Sterling to fight NBA life ban, fine

    May 16, 2014 | 10:35 am

    Donald Sterling reportedly is threatening to sue the NBA for his life ban for making racist remarks in a private conversation.

    Sports Illustrated reported Thursday that Sterling’s lawyer, Maxwell Blecher, wrote the NBA to say that Sterling, who owns the Los Angeles Clippers,...

  • Magic Johnson shrugs off criticism from embattled Clippers owner [VIDEO]

    May 14, 2014 | 10:00 am

    Basketball great Earvin "Magic" Johnson shrugged off the latest character assault leveled at him by Donald Sterling, calling the Los Angeles Clippers owner "delusional" and suggesting Sterling acted out of desperation to keep the NBA from seizing his team.

    "He's reaching. He's...

  • Clippers owner apologizes, says he was ‘baited’ into racist comments

    May 12, 2014 | 1:47 pm

    Two weeks after he was banned by the NBA for racist comments, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling broke his silence with a televised apology for his "terrible mistake" while insisting he was "baited" into making the remarks.

    In an interview to be aired in full later on...

  • Sterling apologizes in first interview since racist rant [VIDEO]

    May 12, 2014 | 9:32 am

    Donald Sterling, the Los Angeles Clippers owner banned for life from the NBA for making racist comments, publicly apologized in his first interview since the remarks were made public.

    “I’m a good member who made a mistake and I am apologizing and asking for forgiveness,” Sterling...

  • Now the Real Work Begins

    May 6, 2014 | 1:34 pm

    After days of enduring endless airings of the most repulsively racist audio recordings in recent memory, most of us rejoiced when National Basketball Association Commissioner Adam Silver swiftly delivered a lifetime ban upon Donald T. Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles...

  • Donald Sterling’s dollars: Charities face dilemmas with tainted donors

    May 5, 2014 | 2:25 pm

    When Donald Sterling’s racist rant hit the news last week, you could practically hear the jostling at the microphone by those eager to denounce the Los Angeles Clippers owner.

    For the beneficiaries of Sterling’s largesse, the denunciations took on a special imperative as a means...

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