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  • Swimming for Israel in Rio: More than just fun and games

    August 3, 2016 | 2:49 pm

    Olympic swimmer and Los Angeles native Andrea “Andi” Murez swims to win, but winning is not the only thing she cares about. 

    During qualifying races for the Summer Games in Israel — where she made aliyah in 2014 and became a citizen — her times were good enough for her to...

  • Highly touted baseball prospect Alex Bregman to make MLB debut for Astros

    July 26, 2016 | 3:26 pm

    Alex Bregman, a Jewish player and one of Major League Baseball’s top prospects, has been called up by the Houston Astros.

    Bregman, 22, will make his debut on Monday night against the New York Yankees after being promoted the night before from Houston’s Triple A Fresno minor...

  • New Jewish sports camp pairs prayer with play

    By Leslee Komaiko

    July 13, 2016 | 12:11 pm

    On a recent summer morning, about 30 campers sat surrounded by posters of elite Jewish athletes: Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson, figure skater and Olympic silver medalist Sasha Cohen, and Major League Soccer player Kyle Beckerman. 

    As a group, they recited the Birkat ha-Mazon,...

  • With Euro Cup brawl and Olympics doping scandal, Russia deepens its sense of isolation

    July 11, 2016 | 10:57 am

    In authoritarian political systems, sports take on outsized importance. After all, national greatness is part of the bargain: a measure of democratic freedom is traded for strength and victory, whether on the battlefield or in the stadium. That logic holds for Vladimir Putin’s...

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  • Jewish ex-major leaguer trying to get back to baseball’s big show

    June 30, 2016 | 3:03 pm

    Taking a seat on the dugout bench of the Portland Sea Dogs, Nate Freiman politely dismisses the premise that he pines to return to the major leagues.

    Maybe it’s a defense mechanism now that he’s two seasons and three organizations removed from his last appearance in the bigs. But...

  • Jewish coach leads Colombia soccer team to 3rd place in Copa tournament

    June 27, 2016 | 9:36 am

    Colombia’s national soccer team finished third in the prestigious Copa America Centenario tournament led by its Jewish coach, Jose Pekerman.

    Colombia defeated the United States, 1-0, on Saturday in the bronze medal match at University of Phoenix Stadium. Sixteen countries...

  • Ban champ Tyson Fury from boxing over anti-Semitic comments, ex-titlist Wladimir Klitschko says

    June 23, 2016 | 11:05 am

    Former world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko called for his successor to the crown, Tyson Fury, to be banned from boxing over anti-Semitic, homophobic and sexist comments.

    On Thursday, Klitschko described the remarks in May by Fury, who took the Ukrainian’s title in...

  • Give fired coach David Blatt a championship ring, Israeli lawmaker urges Cavs’ Jewish owner

    June 22, 2016 | 8:41 am

    An Israeli lawmaker reportedly has written to the Jewish owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers asking him to give a 2016 NBA championship ring to David Blatt, the team’s former head coach.

    Nachman Shai of the Zionist Union party sent the letter Tuesday to Dan Gilbert, The Jerusalem...

  • Meet the Orthodox ‘American Ninja Warrior’ training to be a rabbi

    June 21, 2016 | 11:41 am

    Like his fellow competitors on “American Ninja Warrior,” 25-year-old Akiva Neuman pushed himself to his physical limits — climbing, jumping and running through an intense obstacle course — in the hopes of making it to the national finals in Las Vegas.

    But unlike the dozens of...

  • Los Angeles Dodgers sign Israeli in Major League first

    June 17, 2016 | 12:59 pm

    Dean Kremer became the first Israeli to sign a contract with a Major League Baseball team.

    The Los Angeles Dodgers signed Kremer, a 20-year-old Israeli-American Tuesday. The team drafted the right-handed pitcher in the 14th round of this month’s 2016 MLB draft.

    Kremer, a...

  • Finding Pickleball’s sweet spot

    By Leslee Komaiko

    June 15, 2016 | 2:24 pm

    Marshall Pura, 73, had never heard of the fancifully named sport of pickleball when he came across a story about it six years ago in an AARP publication. 

    Sometimes described as pingpong on steroids, the game is played with short, square-headed paddles and a perforated plastic...

  • David Blatt to interview with Sacramento Kings for head coaching job

    May 2, 2016 | 10:32 am

    David Blatt, the Israeli American who was fired this season as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, reportedly will interview with the Sacramento Kings for the same position.

    The NBA team reportedly has interviewed several candidates with head coaching experience,...

  • A California dream-come-true as Rams take QB Jared Goff

    April 29, 2016 | 1:56 pm

    Quarterback Jared Goff was less than a year old when the National Football League Rams left Los Angeles in 1995.

    Now the California native and No. 1 pick in Thursday's NFL Draft will be a face of the franchise when it returns to Los Angeles, after 21 seasons in St. Louis.

    Goff,...

  • Israeli-American coach David Blatt reportedly on potential list for Lakers post

    April 26, 2016 | 8:28 am

    David Blatt, the Israeli American who was fired this season as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, reportedly is under consideration for the same post with the Los Angeles Lakers.

    Blatt was listed this week in an ESPN report, citing unnamed league sources, as one of 10...

  • Israeli-American basketball coach David Blatt in running for Knicks post

    April 12, 2016 | 8:16 am

    David Blatt, the Israeli American who was fired this season as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, reportedly is under consideration to take the New York Knicks post.

    Blatt is in the running for the job currently being filled on an interim basis by Kurt Rambis, ESPN reported...

  • Baseball, Jews and the American dream

    By Jared Sichel

    April 7, 2016 | 11:08 am

    In 1903, the Yiddish-language Forverts published a letter from a Russian immigrant, who’d written to say he didn’t understand the point of the game of baseball, the sport so beloved by all Americans.

    “What is the point of a crazy game like baseball?” the perplexed reader asked....

  • Baseball’s back: Here’s a look at 8 Jewish major leaguers and a manager

    April 4, 2016 | 9:51 am

    Will Joc Pederson rebound from his second-half struggles of last season? Can Kevin Pillar build on his strong 2015 campaign? Will injuries derail one-time MVP Ryan Braun?

    These are some of the questions to be answered as these Jewish players and others get set for the...

  • American Jews stay in the game with Israeli sports

    By Batsheva Pomerantz

    March 4, 2016 | 11:21 am

    Forget all the jokes you’ve heard. On Feb. 25, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles hosted a panel of accomplished Jewish athletes to share stories about competing internationally and, in the process, debunk the myth that Jews can’t jump. 

    Just ask 35-year-old Los Angeles...

  • Israeli soccer player earns tryout with NFL

    February 17, 2016 | 3:31 pm

    An Israeli professional soccer player will be trying out for the National Football League as a kicker.

    Gal Mesika will be the first Israeli to participate in a tryout attended by pro football scouts when he attends the free agent specialists combine in Arizona starting March 14,...

  • Patriots owner Robert Kraft to receive honorary doctorate from Yeshiva University

    February 4, 2016 | 1:03 pm

    New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, a noted philanthropist, will receive an honorary doctorate from Yeshiva University.

    Kraft, a noted philanthropist, also will deliver the keynote address at the New York Jewish school’s 85th commencement ceremony at Madison Square Garden in...

  • Sheldon Adelson in talks to build Las Vegas stadium for Oakland Raiders

    February 1, 2016 | 11:12 am

    Sheldon Adelson met with the owner of the Oakland Raiders team owner to discuss the casino mogul’s plan to build a billion-dollar stadium for the NFL team.

    On Friday, the same day of the meeting, Mark Davis also toured the site of Adelson’s proposed 65,000-seat stadium on the...

  • David Blatt made Israelis the biggest Cavs fans outside of Cleveland. Now what?

    January 26, 2016 | 2:03 pm

    It’s hard to be a Cleveland sports fan.

    We’ve had our share of disappointments. We haven’t had a championship for any major team since 1964. But they are our teams and we love them.

    When I made aliyah 15 years ago, Cleveland wasn’t on the radar for most Israelis. But when...

  • Firing of Cavs’ Blatt has Israelis losing sleep – but not to watch late-night games

    January 26, 2016 | 1:11 pm

    Restless sleep often prompted Tel Aviv resident Mike Bargman to flick on his bedroom television to watch Cleveland Cavaliers’ games.

    “You get a thrill when he’s running up the court,” said Bargman, the managing director of a public-relations firm in the city.

    Bargman was...

  • For ex-baseball players, Israel a place to learn and teach

    December 28, 2015 | 10:12 am

    Out of baseball after four years playing in the minor leagues, Brent Powers, a Christian from Texas, took a tour of Israel last year with his wife. He was smitten with the country and considered how to return.

    The Masa Israel Journey will provide his path.

    Powers and about a...

  • Dolph Schayes, Jewish basketball star, dies at 87

    December 11, 2015 | 2:37 pm

    American Jewish basketball pro Dolph Schayes, a 12-time All-Star voted one of the 50 greatest players in National Basketball Association history, has died.

    Schayes, who had terminal cancer, died on Thursday in Syracuse, New York, at the age of 87, the New York Times reported.

    ...
  • Yuri Foreman, ex-boxing champ and now ordained rabbi, scores victory in return to ring

    December 7, 2015 | 12:10 pm

    Yuri Foreman, the former junior middleweight boxing champion and a newly ordained Orthodox rabbi, ended his two-year hiatus from the ring with a victory.

    Foreman, 35, won in a unanimous decision over Lenwood Dozier at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on Saturday night. All...

  • Jewish gymnast Aly Raisman has her eye on Rio 2016

    November 20, 2015 | 9:46 am

    Once the music started playing — not the “Hava Nagila” tune that made her the Jewish poster child of the London Games, but something equally folksy — Aly Raisman tumbled right out of bounds. On her first bit of gymnastics at her comeback World Championships here last month, she had...

  • New SoCal Jewish sports camp hopes to hit it out of the park

    By Ryan Torok

    November 18, 2015 | 11:05 am

    Sports and Judaism are coming together next summer in SoCal — and it has nothing to do with Joc Pederson playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    An overnight camp focused on athletics called 6 Points Sports Academy California is set to open June 21 at Occidental College under the...

  • Israel looks to the United States for baseball tutors

    November 10, 2015 | 10:32 am

    Baseball is known as the national pastime of the United States. The same cannot be said in Israel, but a new program enlisting American Jewish ballplayers is aimed at honing the skills of Israeli hopefuls and elevating the game there.

    The Israel Association of Baseball (IAB) is...

  • Sitting shivah for Grantland

    By David Suissa

    November 3, 2015 | 2:58 pm

    Human beings get attached to all kinds of things. We have our favorite cafes, our favorite parks, our favorite shows, our favorite people. Take them away and something inside of us dies.

    I lost my favorite website this past week, Grantland.

    Grantland was a quirky, literary,...

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