Kevin Nagle, chairman and CEO of Republic FC, works out of an El Dorado Hills office filled with high-end sports art and memorabilia, the highlight of which has to be a large mural reproducing the famous image of Muhammad Ali standing over a vanquished Sonny Liston in their fabled “Phantom punch” title fight of 1965. It’s quite a sight in the waiti...

The phrase “Fall Classic” has only one real meaning for Maldonians in October of 2017 — “you are correct sir,” I’m talking about the Italian American Citizen’s Club Annual Bocce Championship Series Finals. This year it took Pete “Boss Of The Bocce Court” Robinson and his band of merry men five games to put this barn burner of a series to sleep for...

On October 30, Baseball Hall of Famer Mike Piazza (New York Mets) was interviewed at the newly renovated Stage 17 at the Cumulus radio station 77 WABC in New York City, as part of The Baller Series. 77 WABC's Mike "Gunz" Gunzleman, as heard on the Imus in the Morning program, served as the host. This event was moderated by Brandon Steiner, the CEO...

Chicago Cubs‘ All-Star Italian American first baseman Anthony Rizzo was presented the 2017 Roberto Clemente Award at Minute Maid Park prior to the start of game three of World Series between the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers on October 27, 2017. The Roberto Clemente Award, Major League Baseball’s prestigious award that recognizes sportsman...

Active until the end, Lewis D’Antoni just kept going. He once said that sports were what allowed him to live a life that spanned over a century. And the one sport with which he became synonymous was basketball. In a county rich in hoops tradition, he was the king. Lewis D’Antoni was the patriarch and everyone knew it. He may have shown signs of slo...

Gianluigi Buffon sent a message to Italy fans on the 20th anniversary of his debut for the national team, saying his international career "hasn't yet finished". The Juventus star first played for the Azzurri on 29 October 1997, when he came on as a first-half substitute in the first leg of a World Cup qualifier against Russia. An injury to first-ch...

In the south of Kansas City on a corner of 43rd Avenue there is an Italian restaurant called Cupini’s. Eddie Cupini and his father, Franco, have dedicated nearly 15 years to serving the best pasta in town – “Just like my mom used to make,” says Franco – and earning a few awards along the way. But soon they will be leaving behind the restaurant and...

If you’ve ever taken a drive in Belleville’s Branch Brook Park, around the cherry blossom trees, there’s a chance you’ve passed by the park’s bocce courts. And if that trip took place any day of the week between 2:30 p.m. and as late as 9 p.m. some days, chances are you’ve seen an diverse group of guys gathered at the courts, playing the game they...

Selected in the first round of the 2012 MLB draft by the New York Mets out of Barbe High School in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Gavin Cecchini was born to perform. He helped his South Lake Charles Little League team advance to the 2006 Little League Baseball World Series as the Southwestern Region Champion and pitched six scoreless innings in his squad...

Walking down Naples' narrow streets, they say you can taste football. Mix with the Neapolitan people, the fans, the shopkeepers and you can feel the city lives football. "If you see a 90-year-old lady in Naples, she is a supporter of the team," one local taxi driver tells Copa90. "Every young player who plays football here dreams of putting on the...