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Clean sweep

Posted on: August 5th, 2013 by Ron Kaplan

Going through the mailbox to clean up the dust-bunnies that accumulated during my trip to the SABR convention (more on which later).

MACCABIAH

* Maccabiah Games close in Jerusalem with Israel topping medal count (Cleveland Jewish News)

* After accident, athlete returns to Maccabiah triumphant (JWeekly.com)

* SoCal athletes find fulfillment at Maccabiah Games (Jewish Journal)

* For ESPN broadcaster, Maccabiah ends just as it was getting started (St. Louis Jewish Light)

BASEBALL

* Enough Of Ike Davis — New York Mets Should Let Josh Satin Start Everyday (RantSports)

* Ike Davis Is Batting .317 Since All Star Break, But… (MetsMerized)

* Ryan Braun, Disgraced Jewish Baseball Player? (ReformJudaism.org) Personally, although this is a shande and fodder for those anti-Semitic knuckleheads who live for this stuff, I think Braun’s religion is totally irrelevant. Few seem to bring that up for Andy Pettitte, a self-proclaimed Christian who admitted using HGH and testified at the trial of former teammate Roger Clemens.

* A pitch to report cyber hate (Jewish Week)

* Op-Ed: A Tisha B’Av Message for the All-Star’s (IsraelNationalNews) Still interesting, even though I overlooked posting this at the appropriate time.

* Ryan Braun is a Major League Baseball Star. So, Why Haven’t Jews Embraced Him? (Tablet) The same can be said for this piece, which fell through the cracks prior to Braun’s suspension.

FOOTBALL

* Listen to Gabe Carimi (JoeBucsFan)

* Carimi pushes for spot on Bucs line (Tampa Bay Times)

* Bucs OL coach helping Carimi with transition (Tampa Tribune)

* Tempers flare at Jets camp (Newsday re : Antonio Garay). To use the name of a regular Pardon the Interruption segment, “something or nothing?”

* Bengals’ strong safety position up for grabs? (NBCSports re: Taylor Mays)

* Schwartz faces ‘different’ pass-rush moves (ClevelandBrowns.com)

* Bears rookie punter faces daunting challenge (Chicago Tribune, re: Adam Podlesh)

BASKETBALL

* The Dallas Mavericks want Gal Mekel to show up to camp early, and Israel’s coach isn’t happy (Yahoo Sports)

* Mekel chooses to sit out EuroBasketl (Jerusalem Post)

* Israel national coach Arik Shivek blasts Mavericks for putting Gal Mekel in impossible situation (Dallas Morning News) Hey, at least it’s not a Yom Kippur dilemma thing.

* New Maverick Gal Mekel not worried about transition to the NBA: Basketball is basketball (Dallas Morning News) “A rose is a rose…”

* Growing up as the ‘Jewish Jordan’ (ESPN.com re: Tamir Goodman)

BASKETBALL
* Soccer star Lionel Messi visits Western Wall on ‘peace tour’ (JTA)

* Egyptian agrees to play in Israel for Swiss soccer squad (JTA)

MISC

Jews and Cricket (Jerusalem Post)

* German industrialist (and IOC member) Berthold Beitz dies at 99 (ESPN.com)

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