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The week in Jewish sports

(Statistics as of Feb. 2)

Benny Friedman in a 1929 photo
Benny Friedman in a 1929 photo

Top of the week: The Los Angeles Lakers are having one of their worst seasons in team history, but they’re still thinking of their fans. The team signed 18-year-old cancer sufferer Yitzi Teichman of Baltimore to a one-day contract on Jan. 31 for their game against the Charlotte Hornets. He was given a jersey with the number 18, the Hebrew symbol for life, for the game. Teichman, who had a brain tumor removed several months ago, was joined at the Staples Center arena by his parents and seven siblings.

Best of the rest: Omri Casspi averaged 15 points and six rebounds over two games for the Sacramento Kings.

Birthday greetings: Houston Astros pitcher Scott Feldman turns 33 and Oakland Raiders safety Taylor Mays turns 28 on Feb. 7…. Andre Burakovsky of the NHL’s Washington Capitals, 21, on Feb. 9…. Olympic and Maccabiah Games champion Mark Spitz, 66, on Feb. 10.

Also this week: Seventy-three years after playing in his final game, Benny Friedman is elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Sources: JTA, Day by Day in Jewish Sports History 

For the latest news on Jewish sports, visit Kaplan’s Korner on Jews & Sports.

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