Those who go against the grain, who push for change, who question the status quo are not the sort who are universally cherished. Making a difference can be a struggle. It can divide, it can offend, it can cast you aside. "It's still lonely," says Hope Solo, arguably the greatest female goalkeeper in history, of life as a plain-speaking fighter for...

Some of the best Rugby players in Italy and Ireland will compete in Chicago in November as part of a Rugby Weekend hosted by USA Rugby and TLA Worldwide in conjunction with Chicago Sports Commission and Soldier Field. All matches will take place at Soldier Field on Nov. 3 The USA Women’s Eagles will open the match line-up against the 2017 Women’s R...

MLB ambassador John Franco and former Italian Baseball League veteran Mark Cardillo have joined forces to work with Team Italy U15 manager Roberto De Franceschi on two clinics to help the young and talented baseball squad at the Acqua Acetosa Sport Center in Rome on July 19, 2018 and Steno Borghese Stadium in Nettuno on July 20, 2018. John FRANCO p...

St. Louis FC’s Joey Calistri was living the dream. Born and raised in the Chicago suburb of Deerfield, Ill., Calistri grew up playing for the Chicago Fire Juniors and Fire Academy. While attending nearby Northwestern University, he spent summers playing in the Premier Development League for the Chicago Fire Under-23s. “The summer before my senior s...

On June 24th each year, Florence's main square turns into an arena for a sport which is a brutal combination of rugby, football, and wrestling. The Local explores the history of the unique tradition. Calcio Storico (Historical football) is a game thought up by 16th-century Florentines and as the name suggests, it's an early - and very violent - for...

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...

When someone says “synchronized swimming,” do you picture ladies with flowered caps moving languidly through the water? You better not, says Ruby Remati, the 2017 U.S. national champion in the solo and figures categories. “It’s an extremely demanding sport, and it requires a lot of hours of training,” the 15-year-old says. “There are some people wh...

You don’t have to be a whiz at bocce, the Italian lawn game, to enjoy Bocce USQ, the new pizza-driven, indoor/outdoor cafe that’s taken over the Union Square Pavilion. While a few customers toss balls in a tiny gravel court, many more happily wolf down crowd-pleasing pizza ($16 to $20) and share plates ($12 to $21). The Pavilion has had its ups and...

After 11 months in business and roughly 30,000 meatballs later at DeLuca's in Tottenville, Rob DeLuca announces the Italian restaurant's expansion. "I added about 60 seats with the outdoor dining with room to add more," said Rob. It debuts this weekend with the regular ala carte menu. And DeLuca built a bocce court, a springboard from which he will...

There isn’t much NFLPA certified agent and Salem native Sean Stellato didn’t accomplish during his athletic career. Stellato quarterbacked the Salem High football team to a Super Bowl appearance in 1994, helped lead the Witches boys basketball team to a state championship in 1995, earned a Division I scholarship to Marist and played professionally...