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Jewish sports update, January 31, 2018

Posted on: January 31st, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

NBA

Omri Casspi and the Golden State Warriors (40-11) suffered a rare blowout loss, dropping this one by 30 points to the host Utah Jazz, 129-99. Casspi showed signs of rust, playing 11 minutes, scoring two points, but committing three turnovers and two personal fouls.

NHL

Jason Zucker scored his 20th goal of the year, connecting on one of the four shots he took as the Minnesota Wild (27-18-5) beat the host Columbus Blue Jackets, 3-2, in a shootout. It was the seventh consecutive game with a goal or an assist for Zucker, who played 16:31 and served a two-minute penalty for delay of game. The Wild host Brendan Leipsic‘s Vegas Golden Knights on Friday. Leipsic took one SOG in 10:29 as the Knights (33-12-4) beat the host Calgary Flames, 4-2.

David Warsofsky was a scratch as his Colorado Avalanche (27-18-4) fell to the host Vancouver Canucks, 3-2.

Tonight, Zach Hyman and the Toronto Maple Leafs host the NY Islanders while Andre Burakovsky and the Washington Capitols entertain the Philadelphia Flyers.

MLB

Alex Bregman is proud of his days at LSUis and vice versa.

The Jays Journal blog asks, “Is Kevin Pillar the next domino to fall to clear the outfield clutter?”

Ryan Braun is clearly on board with the direction his Milwaukee Brewers have taken.

Cardinals Brewers Baseball

MLB Commissioner Emeritus Bud Selig will explore the integration of America’s pastime and diversity in the game from 1945 through today during a discussion on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee. The program will be part of the museum’s new exhibit, “Allied in the Fight: Jews, Blacks and the Struggle for Civil Rights,” which is on view until March 25.

Misc.

JTA posted this piece on “5 Jewish storylines to watch” at the 2018 Winter Olympics, one to which the Jewish state will be sending its largest contingent to date.

 

 

Jewish sports update, January 17, 2018

Posted on: January 17th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

NBA

No game for Omri Casspi and the olden state Warriors last night. Tonight they face the Bulls in Chicago. Casspi has missed the last three contests but he should be available tonight.

NHL

Zach Hyman played 19:05 without taking a shot on goal as the Toronto Maple Leafs (25-17-4) fell to the visiting St. Louis Blues, 2-1, in overtime.

Brendan Leipsic was a scratch for the Vegas Golden Knights (29-11-3) in their 1-0 loss to the Nashville Predators.

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Jason Demers collected his 11th assist to put the Arizona Coyotes (10-28-8) on the board in the second period of a game they eventually lost to the visiting San Jose Sharks, 3-2. Jakob Chychrun played a team-high 23:25 without taking a shot on goal. How much longer will Demers (right) be on the team?

Another question: How long before the NY Islanders recall problem child Josh Ho-Sang?

No MOT games tonight.

MLB

How not to be an example: Kevin Pillar and the dangers of over-strenuous sneezing.

Tennis

At the Australian Open, Jonathan Ehrlich (Israel) and Daniel Nestor (Canada) lost to Radu Albot (Mondovia) and Hyeon Chung (S. Korea) in men’s doubles, 7-6, 6-3. Madison Brengle (USA) fell to Johanna Konta (United Kingdom), 6-3, 6-1. Denis Shapovalov (Canada)  fell to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France in a tough one: 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 7-6, 7-5.

Misc.

They made a movie about the Jamaican Olympic bobsled team. How about one an Israeli skeleton athlete?

Personal trainer sued for displaying swastika tattoo at Brazilian Jewish club

Lest we forget: Margaret Bergmann-Lambert

Posted on: July 26th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Margaret Bergmann-Lambert, the champion high-jumper who was banned by Hitler’s Germany from competing in the 1936 Olympics, died yesterday at the age of 103.

She achieved new notoriety several years ago when the Olympics were held once again in Germany

Ira Berkow, the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, wrote her obituary for The New York Times which noted “Ms. Lambert’s story was also told in a 2004 HBO documentary, “Hitler’s Pawn,” and, in partly fictionalized form, in the 2009 German film “Berlin 36.” A memoir, “By Leaps and Bounds,” was published in 2005.”

 

Deutschland Leichtathletik Gretel Bergmann (picture-alliance/dpa)

Israelis pull down medals at Paralympics

Posted on: September 13th, 2016 by Ron Kaplan

Rower Moran Samuel became the first Israeli to win a medal (a bronze) at the Paralympics, the set of games designed for “other-abled” athletes.

From left, szilver medalist Lili Wang of China, gold medalist Rachel Morris of Britain, and bronze medalist Moran Samuel of Israel pose with their medals in Rio,

Yesterday, Doron Shaziri won a bronze in men’s R7-50m Rifle 3 Positions, coming behind Laslo Suranji of Serbia, who took gold, and Abdulla Sultan Alaryani of the United Arab Emirates, who took silver.

Doron Shaziri, who won a bronze medal at the Rio Paralympics, September 12, 2016.  (Facebook, Israel Paralympic Committee)

Sour grapes?

Posted on: August 23rd, 2016 by Ron Kaplan

This, from the JTA. Unless Israel was the only country subjected to the “poor training conditions,” this comes across as just whining. I must admit, I don’t keep up with the serpentine world of rhythmic gymnastics, so I don’t know all the intrugue that goes on. But isn’t the “politics,” as inappropriate as it might be, a part of any sports organization?

Israel’s rhythmic gymnastics coach raps Olympic politics, poor training conditions

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The coach of Israel’s rhythmic gymnastics team said she never expected to win a medal, citing poor training conditions and politics as two reasons.

Ira Vigdorchik, whose contract with the national team expired at the end of the Olympics, told Israel’s Channel 2 that since Israel does not have a judge in the International Gymnastics Federation, there is no “neutralization of subjectivity.”

“Even if we were to do it without any mistakes, there is no chance to bring back a medal from the Olympic Games,” she said.

The team, which won a gold medal in the hoops and clubs discipline at the European Championships in June, finished sixth in the team competition in Rio on Sunday. Russia won the gold medal; Spain and Bulgaria tied for the silver.

Parents of the gymnasts have accused Vigdorchik of abusing team members verbally and physically, and drinking alcohol during training and competitions.

“I never changed how I looked at the girls, I never spoke to them or treated them differently. Everything in terms of training, attitude, belief and desire did not change” in the wake of the accusations, she told Channel 2.

Vigdorchik told Israel’s Channel 10 that her team’s poor training conditions at the Wingate Institute in central Israel prepared them for their practice in a “hot and wet tent” in Rio. She said all the teams that finished ahead of Israel in the final standings trained in the main gymnastics pavilion.

 

Israeli Olympic team complains about its Facebook treatment

Posted on: August 4th, 2016 by Ron Kaplan

From the JTA:

JERUSALEM —  The Israel Olympic Committee sent a letter of protest to Facebook after receiving complaints that Israel was unaccountably placed last in an alphabetical listing of countries and groups competing in the Rio Olympics.

A feature called Profile Frames, which allows users to add a national flag and the Rio 2016 logo to their profile picture, lists 206 countries and groups, such as refugees, competing in the Rio Games. Israel and its flag do not appear on the list in its alphabetical place; Israel appears at the end, after Zimbabwe, and features the flag of the Israeli Olympic Committee.

A number of other countries, including the United States and Great Britain, are also represented by their Olympic committee logos or other symbols.

The Israel Olympic Committee’s  letter of was in response to several messages on its Facebook page complaining of the omission, Ynet reported.

“What in the wide, wide, world of sports is going on here?”

Posted on: August 3rd, 2016 by Ron Kaplan

(HT to Facebook friend Frank V. for the reference.)

Is it just me or is the situation in Rio sounding more and more like the fake town in Blazing Saddles?

So many stories about facilities not being ready, inadequate infrastructure, etc. For example

I know it’s a real feather in a national cap to host the Olympics and countries have the best intentions when putting in a bid, but maybe some of them should be more realistic in not biting off more than they can metaphorically chew.

In the meantime, here are seven Jewish U.S. athletes to follow in the 2016 Games, courtesy of JTA.

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