A basketball coach, bank president and former Ulster County clerk have been selected by the Ulster County Italian American Foundation as the top Italian-Americans of the year and will be feted at the annual Rondout waterfront festival on Oct. 7. Les Lombardi, a high school and college basketball coach who was named a MAAC honoree for the 2016 Baske...

Gene Pingatore still can’t quite believe that in November he’ll be among the inductees into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. “I am totally honored and extremely humbled,” he says. “When you think about it, I’m a high school coach. And here I go to the hall of fame with all my heroes who are there — Joe DiMaggio, Rocky Marciano. It...

Italian-born sharpshooting forward Nicolo Melli has reportedly received interest from the Brooklyn Nets and the Atlanta Hawks. After taking home All Euroleague 2nd Team honors in 2017, there were reportedly several teams interested in signing the 6-foot-8 forward. He declined an offer from the Hawks last season. Atlanta was also interested back in...

The Arizona Wildcats’ recruiting is back among the nation’s elite. The nation’s top 2019 point guard, Phoenix Pinnacle’s Nico Mannion, announced he will play for the Wildcats in 2019-20, giving Arizona its first five-star commit since its projected powerhouse 2018 class was severely compromised by a federal investigation into college basketball. Th...

Nico Mannion is just seventeen years old, but he waits for no one. When trying to outline a story that has only just begun, it’s actually easiest to start from the end, or more accurately, from its most recent chapter. Nico Mannion’s journey as a basketball player is in its infancy, but his recent decision to reclassify from the class of 2020 to 20...

Alessandro Gentile will be in training camp with the Rockets next month, as the player himself revealed on Italian La Stampa. Houston owns the rights of the 25-year-old swingman after acquiring them in a draft night trade in 2014, when Gentile was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 53rd pick. Gentile, who spent the previous season with...

Ryan Arcidiacono has agreed to a new one-year, partially-guaranteed contract with the Chicago Bulls, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports. Last season, he started in all 37 of his appearances for the Bulls‘ affiliate in the G-League, the Windy City Bulls, averaging 13.9 points, 8.5 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 1.7 steals. The American-Italian i...

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have signed guard Marco Belinelli. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not announced. Belinelli, 6-5/210, previously spent two seasons with the Spurs from 2013 to 2015, helping San Antonio capture the 2014 NBA Championship. Belinelli averaged 10.4 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 24.0 m...

"The Michael Jordan of Delaware" moniker attached to new Milwaukee Bucks draft pick Donte DiVincenzo wasn't something that started during his high school days in Delaware, though he did win two state titles and became unquestionably the state's best player at the time. The reference is far more recent, perhaps as recently as early 2017, and comes f...

Yes, the two-headed monster of Sylvia Fowles and Maya Moore led the Lynx to a bounce-back win over the New York Liberty on Saturday — Fowles with a team-high 25 points, Moore chipping in with 20. In the end, though, coach Cheryl Reeve found herself wanting to talk about Cecilia Zandalasini more than anything else. Zandalasini, a relative unknown ar...