Sport: Did Joey Eat?

Jai-alai's Jewish superstar devours all opponents

Joey Cornblit is a nice Jewish boy from Miami, and his mother has a complaint. Her son the jai-alai player is the hottest betting commodity in town. Not only is he the first American to equal the Basque masters of the sport, he is, at 22, a reigning champion. Since around $350,000 is wagered each performance in the fronton where Joey holds sway, Mrs. Cornblit, a metalworker's wife, has been besieged by telephone calls: "Did Joey eat his breakfast?" "Did he sleep well?"

Her answers are reassuring, but the emphatic reply comes on court. Last year Cornblit...

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