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...

Secondo oro mondiale per Valentina Greggio. Sulla pista di Idre, in Svezia, la ventiseienne di Verbania è stata ancora la più veloce di tutte con un picco di 171,50 chilometri orari, sufficienti per mettersi alle spalle la francese Karine Dubouchet Revol che non è andata oltre i 170,76 km/h. Bronzo alla svedese Lisa Hovland Uden con 169,18 km/h. Or...

These are hectic days for Lauren Carlini, living with one foot in her former life and one stepping toward her future. Carlini, who completed her storied University of Wisconsin volleyball career in December, still is a regular around the UW Field House. Three days a week she arrives at 6:15 a.m. for workouts with her former teammates. She’s also ca...

Joe Tacopina has a square jaw, slicked-back hair and a muscular torso threatening to explode through his tightly fitted shirt. There's more than a hint of Steven Seagal about him. The 50-year-old American has a reputation as a storyteller. The first time I walk into his office, he speaks for 26 minutes before interrupting himself with the realisati...

Soccer is a favorite Italian pastime. For anyone even slightly familiar with Italian or Italian-American culture, you know that soccer, or calcio as they say in Italian, is something of a passion. It’s embedded into the culture. Most everyone has a favorite team whether it be the famous Serie A teams like AC Milano, Juventus, AS Roma, Napoli, or th...

Leone Jacovacci (a.k.a. John Douglas Walker and Jack Walker) was born in 1902 in the village of Pombo in the then Belgian Congo (now Democratic Republic of the Congo), the son of an Italian man and a Congolese woman. He was raised in Italy which was rough for him, given that he was bi-racial, and as a result, in his late teens, found himself in Eng...

Cari Italians, Dear Friends, You are invited to the second NBA Italian night with Marco Belinelli with the Charlotte Hornets! The first 50 will participate the Fan Tunnel at the beginning of the game and at the end will be meeting with Marco for a meet and greet. Here the details.: When: April 4, 2017. Time: 7pm - but please arrive a little bit ear...

Joe DiMaggio was the greatest, but he was not the first neither the last; hundreds of Italian Americans and some Italians pursued like him the dream of a better life by hitting a ball. DiMaggio came in with an incredible impact on the lives of the American people, on the pages of glossy magazines: he was a modern star, the new hero of the Land of O...

Things appear to be better than expected for outfielder Brandon Nimmo. Nimmo pulled a hamstring last weekend playing for Italy in the World Baseball Classic, but on Wednesday, he was back in Port St. Lucie, ready to test it. Nimmo said his hamstring felt fine and that it had improved over the past two days, with the saving grace that he was shut do...