Saturday, April 19, 2014 Nisan 19, 5774
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Jared Shelly
Tom Kleinman couldn't help himself. After just a year of hosting the women's professional softball team -- the Philadelphia Force -- at his quaint ballpark in Allentown, Pa., the team was ready to fold. Owner Bill Thompson was facing health problems and needed to sell the team to keep it afloat. Kleinman -- who has worn hats as diverse as...
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Jared Shelly
Athletes from Lebron James to Donavan McNabb have described the "moment" they knew -- that time, often at young age, when they realized they possessed the athletic gifts that could carry them to the professional ranks. Dan Arnstein knew he wasn't one of those kids. "I'm a really, really awful athlete," said Arnstein, a 20-year-old junior at Haverford College. "I...
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Jared Shelly
Nobody can accuse Ran Nakash of taking the easy road. A career soldier in the Israel Defense Force, he has seen plenty of combat action. During peacetime, the 29-year-old is the IDF's head trainer of Krav Maga, an Israeli fighting system. Tougher still, however, may be Nakash's other career -- professional boxer. Using his heavy-handed punching style, he has been...
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Jared Shelly, Jewish Exponent Feature
Sixty years ago, there was a center on the Overbrook High School basketball team wowing the crowds and breaking Philadelphia scoring records with his dominating play inside. No, it wasn't Wilt Chamberlin, the 7-foot, 1-inch monster who would become one of the greatest players in the National Basketball Association. He came later. A few years earlier, in 1947, one of...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Before professional basketball players squared off inside state-of-the art arenas, earned millions of dollars and had a wide-ranging fan base, Eddie Gottlieb was on a mission to raise the profile of the game in the American consciousness -- and then make it a success. Taking on assorted roles, such as player, coach, owner and promoter, Gottlieb repositioned Philadelphia pro ball...
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