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Israeli Players Featured on New NBA2K Game for Playstation and Xbox

By Jspace Staff on 7/2/2013 at 4:14 PM

Categories: Israel, Sports

Israeli Players Featured on New NBA2K Game for Playstation and Xbox

The new anticipated NBA2K video game will include 14 Euroleague teams in the updated 2014 version. Amongst Barcelona, Moscow, and Olympiakos, and other top European teams to be featured in the popular game, Israel’s basketball powerhouse, Maccabi Tel Aviv, is included in the version that will be available for Playstation 3 and 4, and also on Xbox. That means that players could choose from Maccabi’s roster and pretend to be Lior Eliyahu, or Yogev Ohayoun, and other Israeli natives. Both Omri Casspi …More

Maccabi Haifa Wins Israeli Title

By Jspace Staff on 6/17/2013 at 4:33 PM

Categories: Israel, Sports

Maccabi Haifa Wins Israeli Title

Israel has a new basketball champion, after Maccabi Haifa beat Maccabi Tel Aviv in the final of the BSL last week. Despite a playoff series leading up to the final, the title was dependent on the results of just one game. The BSL adopted this structure a few years ago to allow teams other than Maccabi Tel Aviv, which has dominated Israeli basketball for five decades, a shot at wining the title. Maccabi coach David Blatt lost the local title for the first time in his many seasons with the team, as Brad Greenberg …More

Maccabi Tel Aviv Advances to Final as Blatt Gets Russian Honor

By Jspace Staff on 6/4/2013 at 5:54 PM

Categories: Sports, United States

Maccabi Tel Aviv Advances to Final as Blatt Gets Russian Honor

Israel’s basketball season is coming towards the end just as the final stages of the NBA Playoff’s reach the league’s final. Yesterday, the Miami Heat, owned by Jewish businessman Micky Arison, advanced to the Finals after beating the Indiana Pacers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals and will match up against the San Antonio Spurs for the title. In Israel, Maccabi Tel Aviv swept Hapoel Jerusalem in the semi-finals 3:0 to advance to the final series. Coach David Blatt’s team now …More

Basketball Season in Israel and the Diaspora

By Jspace Staff on 5/24/2013 at 2:47 PM

Categories: Sports, United States, Israel

Basketball Season in Israel and the Diaspora

The Eastern Conference Finals of the NBA began this week with defending champs the Miami Heat matching up against the Indiana Pacers. In a close game from beginning to end, the Heat gained the upper hand in the series, winning game one with a score of 103 to 102. With just 2.2 seconds to go, league MVP Lebron James took the winning shot at the buzzer, keeping the home court advantage in Miami, and making boss Micky Arison very happy. In Israel, as the final stages of the local basketball playoffs continue, there …More

Coach Guttman Pumps Match Against Honduras

By Jspace Staff on 5/14/2013 at 5:30 PM

Categories: United States, Israel, Sports

Coach Guttman Pumps Match Against Honduras

As Team Israel prepares for a friendly match against Honduras’ soccer team in New York on June 2, which will mark the first official Israeli appearance in the city in decades, head coach Eli Guttman held a phone press conference from Israel Monday afternoon. “We know a lot of Jewish people over there [New York] are waiting for us, and we want them to proud of the Israeli National team,” said Guttman. Israel’s soccer team is currently ranked 59th in the world, and second place in their …More

Casspi Discusses Down Season, Joining Team Israel

By Jspace Staff on 5/13/2013 at 3:32 PM

Categories: Sports, Israel

Casspi Discusses Down Season, Joining Team Israel

On July 23 the Israeli National Basketball team will start training for the European Championships in September. As the players met with Arik Shivak and the rest of Team Israel’s coaching staff, Omri Casspi took the opportunity to discuss his past season, scoring more DNP (Did Not Play) games than points. Ever since the native Israeli failed to replicate the beginning of his NBA career, there has been talk of him returning to play for Israel’s powerhouse, Maccabi Tel Aviv. The forward debunked those …More

Violence and Drama in Israeli Sports

By Jspace Staff on 5/13/2013 at 12:33 PM

Categories: Sports, Israel

Violence and Drama in Israeli Sports

While Yossi Benayoun has been suffering anti-Semitic abuse on Twitter, basketball and soccer fans in the holy land have continued to cross all lines, causing riots and interfering with police work. In Israeli soccer, Beitar Jerusalem’s fans are causing most of the commotion during bouts with Saknin. Beitar management has also been targeted by a violent group of racist fans that call themselves “La Familia” and are dedicated to “Keep Beitar Pure” as signs stated months ago in a match …More

Israel Makes Soccer Headlines

By Jspace Staff on 5/7/2013 at 5:54 PM

Categories: Israel, Sports

Israel Makes Soccer Headlines

Over 600 officers, including riot police with surveillance balloons and a helicopter were used to secure a match at Sakhnin's Doha Stadium as Saknin and Beitar Jerusalem faced off. "We will ensure that the match is held in a sporting manner, but we will need plenty of officers to do so," said Roni Atia, senior police commander in northern Israel. The reinforcements were necessary, as fans of the teams clashed. “These fans are not above the law,” said Minister of Sports Limor Livnat on Monday. Livnat …More

Jewish Athletes in the News

By Jspace Staff on 4/19/2013 at 4:18 PM

Categories: Sports, Israel, United States

Jewish Athletes in the News

Hall of Famer, Raisman Aly Raisman continues to make headlines and add achievements to her checklist. After a great Week 5 on “Dancing With the Stars,” she received more good news. The 18-year-old Jewish gymnast can now add “Hall of Famer” to her bio and personal archives. Raisman and her Fierce Five teammates--McKayla Maroney, Kyla Ross, Gabby Douglas and Jordyn Wieber--this summer will be ushered into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame. A wind of change for Casspi? Byron Scott has been …More

An Easy Game for Maccabi in Turkey, as Local Strike Continues

By Jspace Staff on 4/2/2013 at 11:02 AM

Categories: Israel, Sports

An Easy Game for Maccabi in Turkey, as Local Strike Continues

After a rocky Euroleague season thus far, Maccabi Tel Aviv smashed Besiktas in the “Top 16,” last week in Turkey. The game was pretty much over from the first five minutes of the first quarter, and ended in a crazy score of 101:58 for Maccabi. Coach Blatt said that Assistant Coach Goodes joked about having to now pay compensation to the Turks, referring to the recent change in the relations between Israel and Turkey due to PM Netanyahu’s apology to Erdogan. He also sent an arrow towards the …More

Headlines from the Holy Land: Wins, Losses, and Playboy

By Jspace Staff on 3/11/2013 at 3:31 PM

Categories: Israel, Sports

Headlines from the Holy Land: Wins, Losses, and Playboy

Shahar Peer Struggles to Regain Winning Streak Shahar Peer was eliminated from Indian Wells Tournament in the second round. The Israeli achieved her second win this year when she beat Marina Erakovic in the first round of the tournament, which is currently taking place in California. But on Friday, she lost 6-7, 6-2, 6-3 to Klara Zakopalova in the second round. Peer hasn’t progressed past the second round of a WTA tournament since reaching the third round in Doha in February 2012, and has now failed to …More

Hapoel Tel Aviv Stuns Maccabi

By Jspace Staff on 3/5/2013 at 4:25 PM

Categories: Sports, Israel

Hapoel Tel Aviv Stuns Maccabi

After an important win over Caja Laboral, keeping Israel in the race for the Euroleague Final Four, Maccabi Tel Aviv lost to its biggest and longest rival, Hapoel Tel Aviv for the first time in nine years. Maccabi faced Caja at the end of last week in Spain, and David Blatt’s team pulled itself together to beat the Spanish challengers. The team perhaps too focused on the next Euroleague match, to the point that they lost their game in the Israeli league against Coach Erez Edelstein and Hapoel Tel Aviv …More