Americans love sports!  Though the same could be said truthfully about elsewhere, it is especially true here.  The reasons for this are manifold.  The fact that television, which gave spectator sports to the masses, was invented and first popularized here no doubt played a large part.  Capitalism may have been a Dutch invention but crass Capitalism...

The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent K Giorgio Tavecchio, the club announced Wednesday. Tavecchio has spent time with the Raiders in the each of the last three training camps, including the 2015 and 2016 offseason program, and has connected on a combined 6-of-7 field goal attempts in preseason action for the Silver and Black. The 5-foot-10, 1...

Flying is not Michigan running back Ty Isaac’s favorite thing to do. “I hate flying,” he said recently. He has spent some time strategizing how he will handle the nine-hour flight from Detroit to Rome when the majority of the team travels on Saturday for a unique sightseeing and educational trip that will also include the Wolverines’ final three sp...

Stony Brook Football was getting ready to fly up to Maine for a game that weekend. The team lugged several trunks filled with extra uniforms, helmets, cold weather gear, tape for trainers — the standard haul for a road game. But the team was to fly on a smaller plane than they are accustomed to and would therefore not take all the trunks that they...

A few days ago while scrolling through Twitter, I saw that Special Teams Coordinator Brock Olivo will be hosting a football camp in Italy, where he coached earlier in his career. For me, that connected some dots in the worlds of literature and football. I knew that Olivo majored in literature at the University of Missouri, so at his introductory pr...

Salem native and motivational speaker Sean Stellato will speak in the Wax Academic Center Auditorium at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 30, at Endicott College, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Stellato was a quarterback during his time at Salem High School and is currently a National Football League sports agent, entrepreneur and author of "No Backing Down." His boo...

Sharp eyes from AL.com’s Matt Zenitz resulted in a rundown of the new jersey numbers for Alabama’s early enrollees and a few switches for returners. It’s fairly routine stuff, except for one number reservation that jumped out at me. Najee Harris, a freshman running back coming off a meniscus tear and a recent 5-star recruit, was given No. 22. Recen...

When we think of Italians, certain things come to mind: food, wine, romance, coffee, conversation, etc. Seldom do we think of professional athletes as part of everyday Italian culture, but things are a bit different for Chicago Bears tight end and Delaware native Justin Perillo. Justin’s parents grew up in Wilmington, but his family’s roots can be...

The Italian Federation of American Football (FIDAF) held its electoral National Assembly last month in Rome with the Secretary General of the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) Dr. Roberto Fabbricini in attendance. The Hon. Leoluca Orlando retained his role at the helm of FIDAF with 71% of the votes. Dr. Fabbricini gave an important speech d...

Robert Carey, the president of NFL Properties Inc., spoke at the Versilia tournament, pledging his interest to Italian leaders in promoting the game in Italy. In March 1978 a contract was signed, under which the NFL committed to designing the logos of Italian teams, reserving all rights with respect to the latter outside Italy, and allowing the new...