Israeli Sports

Israeli sports hold a significant niche in the competitive world of European sports and Israel's sports stars, as well as, Jewish athletes from around the world are presented and celebrated for their contributions and achievements. Sports enthusiasts will love the section Israeli sports for the best of Jewish sports stars and their achievements.

Chess

The Queen's Gambit inspires Israel's 40th chess championship

Deni Avdija

Israeli athlete Deni Avdija named to NBA’s Rising Stars team

By ROB CHARRY/JTA
Israeli NBA player Deni Avdija

Washington Wizards beat LA Clippers 119 to 117

AFTER AN extended absence, Omri Casspi is once again healthy and will be back in Maccabi Tel Aviv’s lineup for a pair of key Euroleague games this week.

Eilat impressive in conquest of Mac TA

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
Judo - Women under 57kg - Paris International Grand Slam judo tournament - AccorHotels Arena, Paris, France - February 8, 2020 - Timna Nelson Levy of Israel in action.

Tel Aviv Grand Slam gold medalist Timna Nelson-Levy living her best life

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
MACCABI TEL AVIV and Hapoel Beersheba battled in the State Cup round-of-32 this week, with the yellow-and-blue emerging with a narrow 1-0 conquest to advance.

Maccabi Haifa edges Hapoel Umm Al Fahm

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
IRANIAN SAIEID MOLLAEI, who fled his country after ignoring orders to drop out of a match in 2019 to avoid facing Israeli judoka Sagi Muki, won a silver medal over the weekend at the Tel Aviv Grand Slam at the Drive-In Arena.

Israeli judokas capture 4 medals at Tel Aviv Grand Slam

MACCABI HAIFA players celebrate on the pitch at the end of the Greens 3-0 victory over Beitar Jerusalem in Israel Premier League action at Teddy Stadium.

Leader Maccabi Haifa overwhelms Beitar

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
MACCABI TEL AVIV big man Othello Hunter throws down an alley-oop on a pass from John DiBartolomeo during the yellow-and-blue’s 100-81 victory over Holon .

Maccabi Tel Aviv rediscovering its rhythm

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
HAIM GOZALI (right) defeated John McAllister in his debut fight in Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship’s Knucklemania last Friday night.

Israeli MMA fighter Haim Gozali wins in dramatic comeback

By ALAN ZEITLIN
Moshe Hogeg with Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa al-Nahyan

Beitar Jerusalem FC withdraws sale to UAE Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa

By ITSIK ITZHAKI/MAARIV/SPORT1
AHEAD OF their State Cup semifinal clash tonight, (from left) Maccabi Rishon Lezion coach Guy Goodes and guard Nimrod Tishman pose with the trophy next to Hapoel Jerusalem center Idan Zalmanson and coach Dainius Adomaitis.

State Cup Final Four all ready to tip off

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
TEAM MASCOTS simply don’t have the same effect when there are no fans attending games for them to rev up, as has been the case for the past year.

When will fans be allowed to come back?

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
IN A creative nod to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Tel Aviv Marathon will take place this month, albeit with a modified format and all participants being registered via a newly unveiled app.

New format announced for Tel Aviv marathon due to coronavirus

MACCABI TEL AVIV’S defense stood tall on Monday night at Turner Stadium, leading the yellow-and-blue to a 1-0 away victory over Hapoel Beersheba.

Maccabi Tel Aviv defeated Hapoel Beersheba 1-0

MACCABI TEL AVIV Scottie Wilbekin sizes up the Hapoel Tel Aviv defense during Sunday night’s Winner League derby at the Drive-In Arena. The 27-year-old point guard scored a game-high 23 points in Maccabi’s 85-69 conquest

Wilbekin powers Maccabi to TA derby Win

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
HAIM GOZALI will make his debut fighting with his bare knuckles on February 5

COVID forces Haim Gozali, Israeli MMA fighter, out of retirement

By ALAN ZEITLIN
Maccabi Tel Aviv plays a Europa League soccer game at Bloomfield Stadium in their home city last year. The novel uses soccer as a vehicle to tell complex stories about Israeli society

First Among Nations - A novel's complex view of soccer and coexistence

MACCABI TEL AVIV point guard Scottie Wilbekin scored 15 points to go along with 10 assists on Tuesday night, but his effort wasn’t enough to prevent the yellow-and-blue from falling to a 82-75 Euroleague defeat at Fenerbahce.

Mac TA, Hapoel Jerusalem lose in Europe

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
OMRI CASSPI (7) and Maccabi Tel Aviv are aiming to push their Euroleague record above .500 with a pair of games this week, starting tonight at Fenerbahce.

Israeli clubs face crucial continental clashes

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
Chess

Israel's ‘Queen’s Gambit’: Young female chess players of the Jewish State

ISRAEL START-UP NATION co-owner Sylvan Adams (left) and team newcomer and cycling legend Chris Froome ride together in training.

Israel Start-Up Nation geared up for season

By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
MAJOR LEAGUER and Israel Olympic National Team catcher Ryan Lavarnway (center) coaches young Israeli baseball players at the Baptist Village in 2019.

Field of Peace launched to unite Israeli and UAE youth

ISRAELI SPORTS FANS may be stuck at home for a bit longer, but they will be able to enjoy watching their favorite local teams on television.

Basketball and soccer leagues set to resume despite lockdown

By Uriel Sturm
NIMROD TISHMAN (30) and Maccabi Rishon Lezion were too strong for Tamir Blatt and Hapoel Jerusalem on Sunday night, pulling out a 79-73 Balkan League win.

Who is Dainius Adomaitis?

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
NIMROD TISHMAN (30) and Maccabi Rishon Lezion were too strong for Tamir Blatt and Hapoel Jerusalem on Sunday night, pulling out a 79-73 Balkan League win.

Rishon edges Jerusalem in Balkan League

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
A Lightweight Vehicles Prototype team, operated by Israelis, takes part in the Dakar Rally, Saudi Arabia January 13, 2021. Picture taken January 13, 2021.

Saudi Arabia hosts Israeli racers for Dakar Rally after new inroads

By REUTERS
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Israeli wrestler captures bronze medal at elite French competition

ODED KATASH left Hapoel Jerusalem this week to take over the coaching job at Greek club Panathinaikos, where he also spent time on the court 20 years ago at the end of his playing career.

A closing communique to the people’s coach - comment

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
Maccabi Tel Aviv's Scottie Wilbekin.

Maccabi Tel Aviv dealt tough home blow

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
Graffitti which was sprayed outside the home of soccer player Omer Atzili's parents' on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021.

Flash grenade placed outside Israeli soccer player's parents' house

Sagi Muki

Doha Masters: Judoka Sagi Muki wins bronze medal in Qatar

British cyclist Chris Froome.

Chris Froome samples hummus, tries out his Hebrew in preparation for 2021

THEO PAPALOUKAS still spends plenty of time on the basketball court, most of it helping to teach the next generation of Greek stars

Olympiacos icon molds young Greek players

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
Israeli NBA player Deni Avdija

Israeli NBA phenom Deni Avdija posts career-high night vs. Miami Heat

HAPOEL JERUSALEM guard Tamir Blatt [R] drives past Hapoel Gilboa/Galil’s Jehyve Floyd [L] during Jerusalem’s 80-65 victory over Gilboa in the State Cup quarterfinals.

Jerusalem, Mac TA, Rishon, Holon in semis

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
HAPOEL HAIFA midfielder Hanan Maman celebrates after his 82nd-minute goal – his second tally of the game – gave his team a 3-3 draw against Beitar Jerusalem (inset) on Saturday night in Premier League action at Teddy Stadium. (Danny Maron)

Hapoel Haifa mounts comeback in Jerusalem

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
AGNES KELETI receives the Israel Prize from Education Minister Naftali Bennett in Jerusalem

Jewish gymnast celebrates 100th birthday, honored by Olympic Committee

Chess

Israeli, Moroccan players compete in New Year's Eve chess tournament

ASHER ISO claimed first place in the Israel Men’s Masters this week in Caesarea.

Ethiopian-Israel golfer Iso wins Israel Masters

Washington Wizards at Minnesota Timberwolves

Avdija scores 11 points, Wizards snatch their first win of the season

WASHINGTON WIZARDS Israeli forward Deni Avdija drives past Chicago Bulls defender Otto Porter Jr. during the Bulls’ 115-107 victory over the Wizards late Tuesday night.

Deni Avdija, Wizards fall to 0-4 with loss to Bulls

By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
MACCABI TEL AVIV striker Aleksandar Pesic heads the ball toward the Hapoel Tel Aviv net during the yellow-and-blue’s 4-0 derby win on Monday night at Bloomfield.

Maccabi dominates Hapoel in Tel Aviv derby

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
AT 32 years old, Omri Casspi is healthy and working himself into form as one of Maccabi Tel Aviv’s leaders on and off the court.

Maccabi Tel Aviv edges Holon for cup title

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
DENI AVDIJA drives to the basket against the Orlando Magic's Aaron Gordon during Saturday night's 130-120 victory by Orlando over the Washington Wizards.

Avdija nets 5 points in 2nd game

By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
DENI AVDIJA (left) defends against Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons in his NBA debut for the Washington Wizards late Wednesday night in a game the Sixers won 113-107.

Avdija’s hoops evolution through the years - Commentary

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
IN A spirited Premier League duel, Maccabi Tel Aviv and Beitar Jerusalem played to a 0-0 draw on Monday night at Teddy Stadium in the capital.

Willi to stay on as National Team coach

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
Chess

Midwest Queen's Gambit: 200 chess players compete in solidarity with Israel

Moshe Hogeg with Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa al-Nahyan

'A historic and exciting day for Beitar Jerusalem'

MACCABI TEL AVIV guard John DiBartolomeo is working his way back into form as the club is also playing much better with its captain in the lineup.

Yellow-and-blue starting to build momentum

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
A exhibition in Jerusalem showcasing women's soccer was instead found vandalized, December 2020

Women's soccer exhibit in Jerusalem, meant to unite, is vandalized

Jerusalem mayor Moshe Lion lights the Hanukkah candles at Pais Arena before Hapoel Jerusalem’s 96-86 Winner League victory over Hapoel Holon.

Maccabi Tel Aviv advances to State Cup quarters

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
MACCABI TEL AVIV players celebrate at the end of their enthralling 4-3 comeback victory over Hapoel Haifa on Sunday night at Bloomfield Stadium.

Wild weekend of soccer action across the country

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
SUPPORTERS OF Beitar Jerusalem cheer for their team during a soccer match against Maccabi Umm el-Fahm  at Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem.

UAE sheikh buying half of Beitar Jerusalem signals bad news for bigots

NATAN LEVY is proud to represent Israel and will become only the third blue-and-white athlete to reach the UFC, mixed martial arts’ most famous competition.

Israeli MMA fighter’s future looks bright with the modern-day Maccabee

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
In an entertaining Premier League match in the capital, Hapoel Beersheba upended host Beitar Jerusalem 2-1 on Monday night at Teddy Stadium.

Hapoel Beersheba bests Beitar Jerusalem

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
Beitar Jerusalem co-owners Moshe Hogeg (center) and Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Nahyan (right) pose with the sheikh’s son, Mohamed, after signing their historic partnership agreement on Monday evening.

Beitar Jerusalem ushers in Israel-UAE era

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
Hapoel Holon forward Willy Workman hangs from the rim after a dunk in the second half of his team’s 79-76 victory over Maccabi Tel Aviv in Winner League action

Holon grabs maiden win by edging Maccabi Tel Aviv

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
BEITAR JERUSALEM players celebrate with Eliran Atar (center) after the forward scored on a 26th-minute penalty in his first match with the club to help the yellow-and-black beat Maccabi Haifa 2-0 last night in Israel Premier League action at Teddy Stadium

UAE's Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa purchases 50% of Beitar Jerusalem FC

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
ISN Training Camp 2020

Israel Start-Up Nation finalizes roster for 2021, appoints Pridham

Washington Wizards forward Deni Avdija speaks on a Zoom press conference after signing his rookie contract ahead of his first NBA season.

Deni Avdija acclimating to life in DC

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
WITH THE leadership and skill of savvy veterans Guy Pnini (left) and Gal Mekel (right), Israel has reeled off four straight victories in its EuroBasket 2022 qualifying campaign.

Israel breezes into EuroBasket in style

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
Deni Avdija, drafted by the NBA's Washington Wizards

Wizards' Deni Avdija: Fired up and excited to play in world's best league

 Israeli judoka medalists pictured alongside Canadian-Israeli philanthropist Sylvan Adams, Israeli Judo Association President Moshe Ponte and Culture and Sports Minister Hili Tropper.

Israel to host judo Grand Slam in Tel Aviv

HAPOEL HAIFA (in black) and Hapoel Beersheba played to an exciting 2-2 draw on Monday night in Premier League action at Teddy Stadium.

Maccabi Tel Aviv overwhelms Kfar Saba

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
Even at 37 years old, Guy Pnini is a big contributor to the Israel National Team, and it was his late three-pointer that helped ice Poland in last night’s 78-72 win

Israel clinches EuroBasket 2022 berth

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
Linoy Ashram

Israeli gymnast Linoy Ashram wins gold at European Championship

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Israel wins gold, silver at windsurfing European Championship

BEITAR JERUSALEM forward Levi Garcia (top) scored a pair of goals on Monday night in the yellow-and-black’s 3-1 home victory over Maccabi Netanya in Premier League action

Emirati royal in talks on buying Jerusalem’s Beitar soccer club

By JTA
Tamir Blatt helped lead the blue-and-white to their astonishing victory over Spain with a comeback in the second half.

Israel upsets Spain's national team 95-87 in second half comeback

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
ISRAEL WILL have former NBA player Gal Mekel running the point for its pair of EuroBasket qualifiers against Spain and Portland in Valencia this weekend.

Israel gears up for qualifiers vs Spain, Poland

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
AFTER UNDERGOING knee surgery early this year, Maccabi Tel Aviv forward Omri Casspi was back on the floor for Monday night’s 81-75 victory over Hapoel Haifa.

Casspi, DiBartolomeo return for Mac TA

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
BEITAR JERUSALEM defender Ori Magbo (left) – who scored his side’s lone goal – vies for the ball against Maccabi Netanya in the teams’ 1-1 draw on Sunday night.

Hapoel Haifa earns shock derby triumph

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
Peter Paltchik from Israel (blue) fights with against Gasimov Elmar (white) from Azerbaijan in the final of the under 100 kg weight category during the Judo Grand Slam 2018 in Abu Dhabi, on October 29, 2018

Israeli Judoka Peter Paltchik wins gold at European Championship

ISRAEL FORWARD Manor Solomon (10) celebrates with his teammates after scoring for the blue-and-white in its 1-0 victory over Scotland in the Nations League action on Wednesday night in Netanya.

Blue-and-white beats Scotland

By Uriel Sturm
Deni Avdija, drafted by the NBA's Washington Wizards

Deni Avdija heads to Washington to start NBA career

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
DENI AVDIJA took part in the 2019 National Basketball Association’s All Star-Borders Global Camp. Soon enough, the 19-year-old Israeli will be wearing a real NBA jersey.

How high will he go? Avdija’s big night

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
DENI AVDIJA has been projected as a top-10 NBA pick throughout the year, generally in the 4-8 range. More recently, however, there are rumblings that the 19-year-old Israeli will be selected closer toward the 2-5 range in next Wednesday’s draft

All eyes on Israeli hoops phenom Avdija

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
ISRAEL NATIONAL TEAM coach Willi Ruttensteiner and his players travelled to Norway before Wednesday's international friendly was cancelled at the last minute. They have upcoming League contests against the Czech Republic (on Sunday) Scotland

IFA irked after Norway-Israel friendly called off close to kickoff

By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
 ERAN ZAHAVI (left) and the Israel National Team have a busy week ahead of them, starting with tonight’s friendly at Norway and continuing with Nations League contests against the Czech Republic (on Sunday) Scotland (on November 18)

Blue-and-white visits Norway for friendly

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
 HAPOEL JERUSALEM FORWARD TaShawn Thomas converts an alley-oop dunk off a pass from teammate Tamir Blatt (unseen) during the Reds’ 91-82 victory over Ironi Nahariya on Sunday night at the capital’s Pais Arena.

Holon, Jerusalem, Mac TA off to good starts

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
DESPITE back-to-back losses to Italy and Spain at the European Baseball Championship in Germany, Israel still finished among the top five teams and will head to Italy for the WBSC Olympic Qualifier Europe-Africa tournament later this week

Former Cardinals pitcher wants to lead Israel's national baseball team

VERSATILE HOOPSTER Roman Sorkin is a threat both inside and outside the paint and Maccabi Haifa hopes to ride the Israeli big man to success this season.

A big step forward while remaining in place

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
MACCABI TEL AVIV guard Scottie Wilbekin led the yellow-and-blue to a 20-point conquest of Maccabi Rishon Lezion in their Winner Cup semifinal duel.

Mac TA downs Rishon, earns spot in final

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
BNEI YEHUDA FORWARD Amit Zenati kicks a penalty that he converted for the decisive goal in the 79th minute of his team’s 1-0 home victory over Ashdod SC on Sunday night in Israel Premier League action at Bloomfield Stadium.

Surprising standings early in campaign

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
Football / soccer ball

Israeli sports commentator fired after making racist remarks live on air

Israel Start-Up Nation riders at Vuelta a Espana

Dan Martin thrilled with Israel Start-Up Nation

By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
MACCABI TEL AVIV forward Oz Blayzer (left) scored a team-high 19 points in the team’s 83-74 Winner Cup victory over Hapoel Haifa.

Maccabi Tel Aviv downs Hapoel Haifa in Winner Cup

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
ITAY SHECHTER (right) and Maccabi Tel Aviv were able to generate a number of scoring chances against Hapoel Beersheba at Bloomfield Stadium on Sunday night, but neither team was able to find the back of the net in a 0-0 Premier League draw.

Israeli clubs back in action after hiatus

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
MACCABI TEL AVIV needs more production from center Ante Zizic (with ball), beginning with tonight’s Euroleague duel with Khimki Moscow in Russia.

Maccabi Tel Aviv aims to get back on track

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
PARTICIPANTS RIDE in the 2020 Courage in Motion event.

Courage in Motion ride not slowed by coronavirus

By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
ISRAEL START-UP Nation rider Dan Martin of Ireland in action during last month's Tour de France. The 34-year-old won the third stage of the Vuelta a Espana yesterday.

Israel Start-Up Nation’s Martin wins Vuelta stage

By REUTERS
Team Israel Start-up Nation at the 2020 Tour de France.

Team Israel Start-Up Nation paves a path to peace

MACCABI TEL AVIV continues its continental campaign tonight when it hosts Qarabag FK from Azerbaijan in the Europa League Group I opener at Bloomfield Stadium.

Maccabi Tel Aviv kicks off group stage vs Qarabag

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
MACCABI RISHON LEZION FORWARD Akil Mitchell (left) scored a team-high 25 points to help offset a strong game by Hapoel Beersheba’s James Banks (right) in Rishon’s 96-85 victory over Beersheba in Balkan League action on Saturday night.

Rishon beats Beersheba in Balkan battle

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
SCOTTIE WILBEKIN (1) and Maccabi Tel Aviv made a valiant rally after falling behind big to visiting Bayern Munich, but couldn't pull off the comeback in a narrow 85-82 Euroleague loss.

Bayern Munich holds off Maccabi Tel Aviv

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
ISRAEL STRIKER Eran Zahavi heads home the blue-and-white’s first goal early in the second half of its 3-2 comeback victory over host Slovakia in Nations League action.

Blue-and-white roars back to beat Slovakia

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
HAPOEL JERUSALEM guard Tarik Philip drives to the hoop during the Reds’ 103-96 overtime victory of Maccabi Rishon Lezion in Balkan League action

Jerusalem tops Rishon in Balkan League

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
Israel's Eran Zhavi vs Scotand

Over-reliance on Zahavi an issue for Israel

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
ISRAEL START-UP NATION rider Alex Dowsett celebrates his eighth-stage victory in the Giro d’Italia cycling race over the weekend

Israel Start-Up Nation wins historic Giro stage

By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
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