Friday, December 26, 2014 Tevet 4, 5775
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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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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
When next football season rolls around, Andrew Goodman might have to tackle his greatest challenge yet. The 18-year-old senior hopes to go from captain of the George Washington High School football team to earning a spot on the roster at Penn State University. Making such a celebrated squad as a walk-on will take a lot of time in the gym...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
The life of an up-and-coming boxer is often filled with weekends that Ran "Sweet Dreams" Nakash is finding all too familiar: traveling to a different city, sleeping at a ragged motor inn, and pummeling an opponent and dazzling the crowd -- all while ultimately losing money. Yes, Nakash, 29, improved his professional record to 11-0 last week with a dominant...
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