Top of the week: Professional soccer player Gal Mesika will be the first Israeli to participate in a tryout attended by pro football scouts when he attends the free agent specialists combine in Arizona starting March 14, according to Steve Leibowitz, president of American Football in Israel, the sport’s governing body there.
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft recommended Mesika, who kicked for an Israeli national American football team last summer, for the tryout.
Best of the rest: Omri Casspi missed Sacramento Kings’ first game back from the All-Star break on Feb. 19 because of a wisdom tooth extraction. Fellow Israeli and former NBA player Gal Mekel scored 21 points, with six assists, and five rebounds to lead Maccabi Tel Aviv to its seventh straight State Cup tournament. The team beat Maccabi Ashdod, 83-75, on Feb. 18.
Sign on the dotted line: Veteran pitcher and Yale graduate Craig Breslow, 35, agreed to a minor league deal with the Miami Marlins. Breslow, who has played for six teams in 10 seasons, appeared in 522 straight games as a reliever before making two starts at the end of September for the Boston Red Sox. Josh Zeid, 28, who made his debut with the Houston Astros in 2013, signed a minor league deal with the Anaheim Angels. He spent 2015 with the Detroit Tigers’ farm club, the Toledo Mudhens.
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