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  • You Heard It at the Jcc: Indiana Baller Going Pro

    It wasn’t the yarmulke-wearing, Shabbat-observing Tamir Goodman — once dubbed the “Jewish Jordan” by Sports Illustrated — at a Jewish community center news conference telling the world he was heading to the NBA. Rather it was Eric Gordon — a 6-4, black, non-Jewish shooting guard from Indiana University — who sat before 300 friends, family… More ▸

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    Tamir Goodman is returning from Israel to play in the United States. Goodman, the Orthodox player who was nicknamed the “Jewish Jordan” by Sports Illustrated during his junior year at Baltimore’s Talmudical Academy, has signed with the Maryland Nighthawks of the new Premiere Basketball League. He most recently moved up to play professionally with Maccabi… More ▸

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    Ryan Braun became baseball’s first Jewish Rookie of the Year. Braun, the slugging third baseman for the Milwaukee Brewers, picked up the award Monday in the National League. In the voting by the Baseball Writers of America, Braun edged Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, 128-126. Called up from the minor leagues in May, Braun batted… More ▸

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    Two top Israeli tennis players who have received the support of American Jews want to raise money for disadvantaged American Jewish children. Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich, a doubles pair ranked sixth in the world, are trying to start a foundation that would provide grants to young American Jews for their athletic training. The Jewish… More ▸

  • Israeli Tennis Stars Unveil Initiative to Help American Jewish Athletes

    In the philanthropic equivalent of a return volley, two top Israeli tennis players who have received the support of American Jews want to raise money for disadvantaged American Jewish children. Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich, a doubles pair ranked sixth in the world, are trying to start a foundation that would provide grants to young… More ▸

  • Miracle Victory Kicks off Pro Baseball in Israel

    In an atmosphere that was both ceremonial and heimesh, pro baseball made its debut in Israel. The visiting Modi’in Miracle defeated the Petach Tikvah Pioneers, 9-1, in the opening game Sunday night of the Israel Baseball League’s inaugural season. An unexpectedly large and mostly English-speaking crowd of 3,112 more than filled the temporary bleachers and… More ▸

  • Players at Israeli Tournament Learn More Than Just Basketball

    As the pony-tailed Polish point guard tried to dribble past a towering Chinese defender, rooters in a cacophony of languages cheered from the bleachers. Russian, Greek, Arabic, Hebrew, Serbo-Croatian — they all could be heard as Poland and China battled in the women’s championship game of the second annual Friendship Games. Poland would go on… More ▸

  • As Israel Baseball League Drafts Its Players, Charities Draft League

    The inaugural player draft for the Israel Baseball League started with a 22-year-old Jewish prospect and ended with a 71-year-old Jewish Hall of Famer. With the first selection in the six-team draft on April 26, the Modi in Miracles chose Aaron Levin, a power-hitting outfielder from Contra Costa Community College in California. The Miracles had… More ▸

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    Jewish baseball player Shawn Green reportedly pledged to make a donation to a Jewish group based on his statistics. The Forward reported that Green, an outfielder who was traded to the New York Mets last season, said he would donate $180 — or 10 times chai — to the UJA-Federation of New York for every… More ▸

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    A basketball coach who made what some saw as anti-gay and anti-Semitic remarks will not have his contract renewed. The Continental Basketball Association’s Albany Patroons parted ways Wednesday with Micheal Ray Richardson, a former NBA player. Richardson was suspended March 28 for the team’s last two playoff games, a day after he told the Albany… More ▸