Steve Acunto, called the “dean of boxing,” known for his work with some of the sport’s most famous figures, has died aged 101. “I have never, in my entire life, met a more dedicated man in the field of boxing than Steve,” Rocky Marciano famously said of Acunto. Acunto was born on Staten Island in 1916 but moved to Mount Vernon at age 14 and lived t...

“They always told me to focus on school first, and then basketball,” Gabe Stefanini, a first-year on the men's basketball team recalled about advice his parents gave him growing up. That seems like pretty standard guidance from the parents of an aspiring college student-athlete, but for the Italian-born Stefanini, those two things laid the foundati...

The Olympic dream is a roving fantasy. It can drift to a Wyoming dairy farm, whisper in the ear of Rulon Gardner, the youngest of nine children, and take him to Australia to defeat the world’s greatest Greco-Roman wrestler. It can visit Mhardeh, Syria, and convince Ghada Shouaa, a basketball player, that heptathlon gold is her destiny. It can penet...

Before he blossomed into an All-American at Yale, before he shared the ice with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in Pittsburgh, before he was chosen to represent the United States at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Mark Arcobello worked as a busboy for an Italian restaurant in Bridgeport. But Arcobello, who was in high school at the...

"Giuseppe Rossi will be out for six months; the Italian striker has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee." As words go, none were more prophetic that those uttered by the disheartened Villarreal press officer in 2011. As if cursed, Rossi’s numerous debilitating injuries stuck like daggers into the hearts of Azzurri fans and footbal...

In one’s seventy-fifth year, one comes to realize that much of one’s more vivid life experience is just history – if not myth – to most other (read: younger) people. As I do every year, I reflected on this again on Sunday, when the Eagles were presented with the Lombardi trophy, professional football’s highest award. The trophy has borne that name...

The North American cycling community mourns the passing of longtime mentor and benefactor to cyclists Fred Mengoni. The Italian-American died February 2. He was 94. His love for cycling extended across decades, and was instrumental in kick-starting careers of several top-level pros as well as provided early funding for what eventually became USA Cy...

Barclays Center - 620 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, New York 11217. Sun, Feb 11, 7:00 PM. Join the New York Islanders for Italian Heritage Night on Sunday, February 11th when the Islanders face off against the Calgary Flames. All participants that purchase a special ticket will receive an exclusive New York Islanders Italian Please note, you must purchase...

As with most NFL coaches John DeFilippo’s road to Super Bowl LII began on a bus. The coach’s life is a peripatetic one. If you don’t like to pack and unpack choose another profession. DeFilippo was well aware of this long before he first boarded a bus in Harrisonburg, Va., in the spring of 2000, riding for seven hours to the Bronx to study film of...

Il wrestling è anche donna e regala emozioni a tantissimi fan. Da Jefferson nel New Jersey arriva l’italo-americana Deonna Purrazzo che ha voluto raccontarci la sua carriera tra Impact Wrestling, WWE e ROH in cui ha difeso con orgoglio anche le sue origini italiane. Ciao Deonna, raccontaci come vanno le cose sul Pianeta Purrazzo. Proprio adesso mi...