In other sports

  • Itay Gershon, first Israeli to sign with Glory Kickboxing, earns unanimous win in debut fight (7/14/2017)
    Washington State star Gabe Marks awaits NFL draft (4/27/2017)
  • Tampa Bay Buccanners guard Ali Marpet is learning to play center (4/22/2017)
  • Israel’s Or Sasson (100kg) and Yarden Gerbi (63kg) return home with bronze medals in judo (8/16/2016)
  • Olympic gold-winning swimmer Katie Ledecky has a Jewish grandmother who lost relatives in the Holocaust (8/10/2016)
  • After retiring from the NBA, Amar’e Stoudemire — a self-described Hebrew Israelite — is moving to Israel. He will play for Hapoel Jerusalem, a team he co-owns (8/6/2016)
  • Two Jewish athletes will be playing for the U.S. Olympic rugby team in Rio: New England Patriots safety Nate Ebner, and rugby veteran Zack Test (8/1/2016)
  • Daniel Berger, 23, won the Fed Ex St. Jude Classic in Memphis on June 12, becoming first Jewish golfer to win a PGA title since Jonathan Kaye in 2004. He was named the PGA tour’s Rookie of the Year in 2015 (6/21/2016)
  • U. of Pennsylvania’s Sam Mattis tossed a discus 221′-3″ in March, the longest in the world so far in 2016. The second-place competitor threw 184′-9″ (5/11/2016)
  • Former Arizona State University quarterback Mike Bercovici signed as an undrafted free agent with the San Diego Chargers, and former Vanderbilt offensive guard Jake Bernstein signed with the Kansas City Chiefs (5/4/2016)
  • The Chicago Bears drafted 177-lb. former Western Michigan wide receiver Daniel Braverman in the 7th round of the 2016 draft. Sports Illustrated says he has a strong Jewish identity (5/2/2016).
  • Only four players in the NBA this season are shooting 50% from the floor, 40% from three-point range, and hitting at least one triple per game: Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard and Israel’s Omri Casspi (1/10/2016)
  • Patriots’ wide receiver Julian Edelman explores his Jewish heritage in Israel. 
    “They’re like an underdog, and I like underdogs” (8/28/2015)
  • College soccer coach recalls a young winger now known worldwide as Daily Show host Jon Stewart ***
  • NBA M.V.P. Stephen Curry isn’t Jewish, but mother Sonya Curry said this week that a “trip to Israel five years ago transformed her and sparked her interest in learning Hebrew” ***
  • A documentary about Jews and Arabs playing American football in Israel is making the rounds of Jewish film festivals (5/27/2015) ***
  • Our condolences to the family of Justin Zemser, a 5’8″ wide receiver on the U.S. Naval Academy’s sprint football team who died in last week’s Amtrak crash (5/18/2015) ***
  • Pro surfer and Hawaii native Makuakai “Makua” Rothman is ranked #1 on the World Surf League’s 2015 Big Wave Tour. Check out his website here *** (5/10/2015) ***
  • The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected 6’4″, 307-pound offensive lineman Ali Marpet in the 2nd round of the NFL’s 2015 draft. The 61st overall pick, Marpet is an unlikely selection, having played for Hobart College, a Division III school in upstate New York with just 2,400 students (5/3/2015) ***