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Cavaliers fire David Blatt, former Israeli coach

Cavaliers fire David Blatt, former Israeli coach

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Cavaliers fired Israeli-American head coach David Blatt, who led the team to the NBA finals last season and to the best record in the Eastern Conference.

Blatt confirmed that he was fired Jan. 22 in an announcement by his agency. He also released a statement thanking the Cavaliers.

Assistant coach Tyronn Lue will succeed Blatt, having agreed to a three-year deal, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 January 2016 12:02 )

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Woody Allen sidekick Tony Roberts reflects on film career

Woody Allen sidekick Tony Roberts reflects on film careerNEW YORK — There’s a memorable scene in “Annie Hall” when Woody Allen’s character, Alvy Singer, rants about finding anti-Semites everywhere he goes. “You know, I was having lunch with some guys from NBC and I said, ‘Did you eat yet?’ and [they] said, ‘No, Jew?’ Not, ‘Did you,’ but ‘Jew eat? Jew?’ Not ‘Did you,’ but ‘Jew eat?’” To which his pal Rob — played by the prolific stage and screen actor Tony Roberts — replies, “Max, you see conspiracies in ev...
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Israel's female athlete of the year is kickboxer, Nili Block

Israel's female athlete of the year is kickboxer, Nili BlockTHE “COVER photo” quote featured on 20-year-old Nili Block’s Facebook page says, “When My Body ‘Shouts’ Stop, My Mind ‘Screams’ Never.” The quote is on the mark. After a decade of blood, sweat and tears, the Israeli who moved to Maryland as a young child is now a women’s world champion in the rough-and-tough sport of kickboxing. In October, 2015, Block was crowned champion in the 60 kg (132 lb.) senior division (ages 19 and up) after winning four grueling three-round matche...
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Basketball for all in Jerusalem

Basketball for all in JerusalemJERUSALEM – Israel’s first ever basketball league for people with special needs was launched in Jerusalem on Monday, Jan. 11. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat started the game by leading the tip off. The unique league will enable Israeli basketball players with special needs experience for the first time an officially organized framework of competitive events and games.
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Modern twist on the ancient sin of lashon hara

Modern twist on the ancient sin of lashon haraTHIS BOOK, an exploration into lashon hara in contemporary culture, arrives at a very opportune time. The Jewish community has just gone through a fierce battle over the Iran nuclear treaty, in which civility has been the main casualty. Those on one side called the others “Quislings” and “Chamberlains,” and those on the other side called their opponents “warmongers” and “enemies of Israel.” Now that the fight is over and the issue has been resolved, we are faced with the task o...
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