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  • At ‘Jewish March Madness,’ Hillel students gather for basketball and kibitzing

    April 1, 2014 | 4:18 pm

    Dribbling blurs across four parallel basketball courts, the players who came for the Shabbaton that was the National Hillel Basketball Tournament filled a football field-size gymnasium in a marathon of games.

    Forty-one teams and 300 players from colleges across the United States...

  • Contrite Bruce Pearl bringing his spirited style to Auburn basketball

    March 25, 2014 | 8:53 am

    Shortly after assembling the players trying out for the American squad he’d be coaching at the 2009 Maccabiah Games, Bruce Pearl brought them to Sabbath evening services at the Heska Amuna Synagogue in Knoxville, Tenn.

    The passionate and gregarious Pearl, a veteran of reading the...

  • Bruce Pearl tapped as Auburn basketball coach

    March 19, 2014 | 1:51 pm

    Bruce Pearl, who led the U.S. team to the gold medal at the 2009 Maccabiah Games, was hired as the head coach of the Auburn University men’s basketball team.

    The former coach at the University of Tennessee, Pearl was hired Tuesday to replace Tony Barbee, who was fired last week....

  • Aaron Liberman’s kippah makes basketball history

    January 6, 2014 | 12:04 pm

    On Jan. 5, Aaron Liberman of Northwestern checked in for the final minute of action against Michigan in the Wildcats’ 74-51 men’s basketball loss in Ann Arbor. In the process, the redshirt freshman made history twice:

    According to the Big Ten News Network, Liberman was the first...

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  • Ossie Schechtman, scored first basket in NBA, dies at 94

    July 30, 2013 | 3:31 pm

    Ossie Schectman, who scored the first basket in the league that would become the NBA, has died.

    Schectman, a New York native who made the historic layup while playing for his hometown Knicks, died Tuesday. He was 94.

    The Knicks were playing the Toronto Huskies on Nov. 1, 1946...

  • Penn State’s Jewish community weighs how to move forward

    July 24, 2012 | 11:24 am

    One unlikely venue for fallout from the Penn State University sex abuse scandal is the campus Hillel, for which now ousted university president Graham Spanier—the school’s first Jewish leader—was a fundraiser and vocal supporter.

    On Monday, the Penn State community was stunned...

  • Following basketball controversy, press is on Texas school group to be more inclusive

    April 3, 2012 | 2:10 pm

    Comments by the head of a Texas school association at the center of a controversy over Sabbath accommodations is fueling a drive by its members to be more open to the needs of Jewish and Muslim schools.

    Edd Burleson, the director of the The Texas Association of Private and Parochial...

  • Pa.’s Jake Cohen aims to lead Davidson to upset of Louisville

    March 15, 2012 | 10:31 am

    Jake Cohen, a junior forward, will lead his Davidson College squad into the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament in its upset bid against Louisville.

    Davidson (25-7), which is seeded 14th in the West Region, takes on the Big East Conference tournament champion Cardinals (26-9), the...

  • Political March Madness

    By Marty Kaplan

    February 13, 2012 | 10:57 am

    Will Hillary be Obama’s running mate, with Biden going to State if they win? Will Romney wrap things up on Super Tuesday, or will there be a brokered Republican convention, with Ron Paul as kingmaker? Will Democrats take back the House but lose the Senate?

    Who knows? Who cares?

    ...
  • Alabama’s secret Jewish weapon celebrates grid title

    January 10, 2012 | 3:57 pm

    After the University of Alabama won the Bowl Championship Series football crown by dominating top-ranked Louisiana State University, much of the attention and credit has gone to Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban.

    But what about Robert Levin?

    Pediatrician by day, Levin has been...

  • Jews reeling in wake of Penn State scandal

    November 16, 2011 | 10:46 am

    Rabbi David Ostrich, who leads the lone congregation in State College, Pa., couldn’t bring himself to sermonize last Shabbat on the scandal that’s on everyone’s mind.

    For one thing, it’s all too raw and too much remains unknown, said the religious leader of Congregation...

  • Tennessee reportedly sends Bruce Pearl packing

    March 21, 2011 | 5:30 pm

    Bruce Pearl, who guided the University of Tennessee men’s basketball team to unprecedented success and the U.S. men’s squad to the Maccabiah Games gold medal, has been fired by the university, according to ESPN.com.

    Pearl, 51, was informed of his dismissal on Monday, sources said....

  • College Finals Test Gymnasts’ Mettle

    By Carin Davis

    April 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Two Jewish gymnasts, University of Denver's Ashley Shible and University of Florida's Orley Szmuch, are tumbling toward success at the NCAA's National Collegiate Women's Gymnastics Championships, held April 15-17 at UCLA's legendary Pauley Pavilion.

    For Szmuch the competition is...