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Jack Hughes.
NHL star for the New Jersey Devils, Jack Hughes

GYMNASTICS

Medals for Israel

ISRAELI men’s artistic gymnast Andrey Medvedev won a bronze medal at the world championships held in Kitakushu, Japan.

Medvedev – the oldest athlete in the men’s apparatus finals – posted scores of 14.533 and 14.766 to come third in the vault, just behind Japan’s Hidenobu Yonekura, and winner Carlos Yulo from the Philippines.

“I’m 31 … it took me a long time to get this medal, and it makes this achievement even sweeter,” Medvedev said.

ICE HOCKEY

Jews galore in NHL

THE new NHL season stars a historically high number of Jewish players to follow with pride.

Former Toronto Maple Leafs player Zach Hyman is a top winger who has just been snapped up by the Edmonton Oilers on a seven-year contract worth $38.5 million.

The Hughes brothers are also ones to watch. Quinn, 21, is a promising defender for the Vancouver Canucks, where his younger brother Luke was drafted last year, while middle brother Jack (pictured) is a proven goalscorer for the New Jersey Devils.

Other names to remember are Jason Tucker (Pittsburgh Penguins winger), Josh Ho-Sang (Toronto Marlies forward), Mark Friedman (Penguins defender), Luke Kunin (Nashville Predators centre), Jakob Chychrun (Arizona Coyotes defender), and Nate Thompson (Philadelphia Flyers centre).

BASEBALL

It’s ‘Joctober’ again

JEWISH big hitter for the Atlanta Braves, Joc Pederson, is playing so well in the MLB playoffs, his fans have renamed this month Joctober.

The 29-year-old, who won last year’s World Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers, scored a couple of home runs against his old team last week to help the Braves seal a 4-2 League Championship Series win.

He also captured attention lately by wearing a pearl necklace while playing, just for the heck of it.

The Braves, who also feature Jewish pitcher Max Fried, began their best-of-seven game World Series against the Houston Astros on October 27.

The Astros, who include Jewish batter Alex Bregman, qualified by defeating the Boston Red Sox by four games to two.

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