Jay Williams, Former Duke Basketball Star, Calls Himself the ‘Black Jewish Jordan’

(JTA) — Jay Williams wants you to know he stills go hard. These days, though, he doesn’t ball in the NBA — he plays in “Jewish leagues” and calls himself the “black Jewish Jordan.”

The former Duke University basketball star, who sustained career-altering injuries from a motorcycle accident and played a nondescript couple of years in the pros, recently made the revelations on sports columnist Bill Simmons’ self-titled podcast.

Williams was the point guard on Duke’s national championship team in 2001, and was picked second overall in the 2002 NBA Draft by…

Argentina’s National Soccer Team Cancels Match With Israel

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — Argentina’s national soccer team canceled this week’s friendly match with Israel after pressure from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

After two months of pressure, the Argentinian team’s players late on Tuesday announced the cancellation of the match scheduled to be held on Saturday night at Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem. The match was to be held just one week before the start of the World Cup in Russia.

Early in April, a boycott campaign sponsored by BDS Argentina was launched using the motto “Argentina don’t go” to Israel, or #ArgentinaNoVayas. BDS stands for the boycott,…

This Jewish player won the World Series of Poker’s $8.15 million with a pair of 2’s

(JTA) — Scott Blumstein admits it: He never expected to get the card he needed to become the World Series of Poker champion.

Blumstein, 25, of Brigantine, New Jersey, pulled a deuce on the river — the final card of a poker round — to win with a pair of twos in a dramatic finish Sunday to poker’s most prestigious event.

The Temple University graduate — with a degree in accounting — took home the $8.15 million prize in the…

Team Israel baseball gear a home run with kvelling American Jewish fans

TEL AVIV (JTA) — A couple weeks ago, Adam Atkins didn’t know Israel had a baseball team.

But since the squad started winning games last week in the World Baseball Classic, he has become a fan. Atkins and his friends wanted team caps, but were frustrated to discover they were sold out online.

“The only thing available was a youth size, and I considered if my head was small enough to fit! That’s how bad I want a hat,” Atkins, a 33-year-old renewable energy consultant based in New York, told JTA. Israeli baseball “is definitely in the air.”

Team Israel’s…

Israel blasts Chinese Taipei 15-7 in second game of World Baseball Classic

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Team Israel blasted Chinese Taipei in its second game of the World Baseball Classic.

Israel overwhelmed the Chinese Taipei team 15-7 early Tuesday in Seoul for its second straight win in the country’s first appearance in the tournament.

Israel defeated Korea 2-1 in ten innings on Monday. It is scheduled to play the Netherlands on Wednesday.

This is the first year that the Israeli team has qualified for the quadrennial baseball tournament, in which 16 countries are represented. In 2012, Israel’s inaugural WBC team narrowly missed making the tournament.

The top two teams from each of the…