Former Dade North Falcons baseball coach Demie “Doc” Mainieri, who died on March 13 at age 90, always figured his life had been spared for a good reason, and he made the most of his time. The youngest of 11 children, Mainieri played baseball at West Virginia University. He earned master’s and doctorate degrees from Columbia, which is how he got his...

Sophomore guard Davide Moretti got quite a surprise before the Sweet 16 when his family was flown in from Italy to watch him play. He has responded with a strong weekend in Anaheim to send Texas Tech to their first Final Four in school history. Red Raiders coach Chris Beard asked Moretti to stand up in front of the team during a meeting on Wednesda...

A paradise for skiers, the Italian Alps of South Tyrol offer a more placid pastime that’s surging anew. A host of spas are sprouting up in isolated tracts among the highlands, and though there’s hiking, biking and access to some of the Alps’ easier ski slopes, sports are a mere afterthought here. The spas draw skiers and nonskiers alike to spend da...

My first foray into Italian mountain biking came in the spring of 2013 when my partner and I entered an eight-day XC stage race in Liguria’s Apennine mountains. The course stretched from the “Bay of Poets” in La Spezia, west across the entire region of Liguria, and ended a few kilometers from the French border. The race included stages with ascent...

“My head was messed up.” In a rare moment of clarity, these once were the words of former Houston Astros pitcher, Mark Lemongello, known for his frequent outbursts of self-assault, sometimes slapping himself after ineffective pitches or outings. Lemongello wore Astro orange from 1976 through 1978. Bizarre events and an encounter with the law haunte...

Charlotte is back in the International Champions Cup for the fifth time in six years. AS Roma of Italian Serie A will face English Premier League club Arsenal at Bank of America Stadium on July 20, Relevent Sports announced Wednesday. The tournament features top clubs from around the world playing in the U.S. as tune-ups for regular season play in...

The newest exhibit at World of Speed Motorsports Museum honors the most successful American race car driver of all time: Mario Andretti. "Mario Andretti is a household name because he won at every race he entered in," says David Pearson, the executive director of World of Speed. "He was a champion across all different disciplines of motorsports." I...

In the first of three afternoon exhibition games against a group of Oakland Athletics prospects, Team Italy tied the A’s minor league squad 5-5 at the Arizona spring training facility in Mesa on March 20, 2019. Azzurri manager Gilberto “Gibo” Gerali’s squad played well in the desert and nearly beat the prized Athletics. Team Italy showed strength a...

Last week, GreaterPatchogue published a story about a Ping Pong bar that could possibly come to Patchogue. Facebook commenters responded positively for Ping Pong —  yet some cried out for a bocce bar in the village. Sal Martinico asked, “How about a bocce ball bar too?” Nat Scaccianoce wrote: “Yes on a bocce bar … “ Well, Patchogue already has a bo...

Dorothea Wierer made history. Again. The two-time Olympic bronze medallist became her nation's first ever biathlon overall World Cupwinner. She was the first Italian woman to win a world title clinching gold in the mass start in Ostersund just seven days earlier. Wierer finished Sunday's mass start in Oslo-Holmenkollen, Norway in twelfth position,...