Roma President James Pallotta will be named Commander of the Republic “for special merits in the world of business.”The honour is to be bestowed by Head of State, Sergio Mattarella, after he was nominated by Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni. According to news agency Ansa, Giallorossi directors Umberto Gandini, Mauro Baldissoni and Monchi were all pre...

As has been the case since Chris Beard was hired back in 2016, the Texas Tech men’s basketball staff continues to be aggressive on the recruiting trail throughout the year. Davide Moretti, an experienced, high-level guard from Bologna, Italy, visited the Red Raiders over the weekend as part of a four-school, 11-day trek to the United States. The 19...

One of the biggest stories at the end of this season of European football involved Francesco Totti playing his last game for Roma. The Italian gladiator has played for Roma since 1992 (for reference, longer than I’ve been alive!). However, after receiving limited game-time from manager Luciano Spaletti, the Italian has decided to move on. After lea...

History and literature buffs often speak of 19th century writer Horatio Alger, whose characters rise from obscure poverty to great esteem. For a sporting twist, the 2005 film “Goal! The Dream Begins” and its sequels follow a fictional soccer player from undocumented immigrant struggles to professional stardom. Anyone who appreciates those narrative...

HerrinFesta Italiana reaches it peak this weekend. The week-long festival features big name bands, great food, and plenty of other things to do. One thing has always been a favorite at the Italian festival: bocce. It's the oldest game known to mankind. HerrinFesta Italiana has made bocce a staple for a quarter century. Travis Caliper has played for...

It was a celebration tinged with tears, fear and love. Francesco Totti bid an emotional farewell to Roma after a remarkable 25-season career with his hometown club, contributing to a 3-2 win over Genoa in Serie A that secured the Giallorossi a spot in the Champions League. Almost 60,000 fans inside the Stadio Olimpico stood up and cheered when 40-y...

The third annual "Giro del Lago di Como"  5K Fun Run and Walk will be held on Sunday, August 20 at 9:00 AM. The Start Line is on the east side of Lake Como in Saint Paul. This is a fun event for individuals and families. All participants will be given shirts. There will be prizes awarded to the first two finishers in both the Run and the Walk. Come...

For the first time in five years, the rain held off, and the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) was able to hold its Fifth Annual Congressional Bocce Ball Tournament outdoors. The tournament, held in memory of former NIAF Board Member and Chair of the Foundation’s Government Relations and Public Policy Committee Mark Valente, featured 10 t...

  This summer the Metro East will play host to a camp conducted by a professional European soccer team with a long and storied tradition. Juventus FC camp will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 5-9 at Wood River Soccer and Skate Park, 2551 Rock Hill Road in Wood River. The camps are for male and female soccer players ages 5 to 17.  A storied...

The Italian American (IA) Charity Golf Association is pleased to have completed the second installment of their three-year, $150,000 pledge to UPMC Chautauqua WCA with a $50,000 check, proceeds from their 2016 golf tournament and other fundraising activities. This was the second installment of the IA’s three-year, $150,000 pledge to enhance local...