Why: In the In Touch Weekly crossword, #33 across: "Jai alai or bocce"
PELOTAAnswer: (Spanish: "little ball")
Any of several games in which players take turns, using a glove or implement, hitting a rubber ball either directly at one another or off a wall. The latter version is related to handball and jai alai, which are played by two or four players on one-, two-, or three-walled courts using gloves, rackets, or bats. In Spain and elsewhere, pelota is a professional sport on which spectators wager.Source: Britannica Concise Encyclopedia
The More You Know: But wtf is jai alai? It was in the crossword last week, also, which leads me to believe that tptb at In Touch just found out about it.