In Randall's Island, the US national team is preparing for the World Cup in Brazil. These are exciting days, a little underestimated by the rest of the country: soccer in the Fifties is an ethnic sport discipline, little space in the media, few means available. In the group of athletes led by coach Bill Jeffy there are five Italian Americans: Nicho...

Paul Pierce rightfully had his No. 34 placed in the Garden rafters Sunday, in large part because of his role in bringing a championship to the Celtics. But there was a guy at the gymnasium on Causeway Street last night who had a hand in three Celtics titles, and what I want to know is when is someone going to raise a banner for Dick Vitale? Yes, th...

Three winters ago, Alabama head women’s golf coach Mic Potter and his assistant, Susan Rosenstiel, attended the ANNIKA Invitational, a top-flight junior event in Reunion, Florida, to watch and meet potential prospects. While there, they met Stefano Sardi, the manager of the Italian girls' national team, who had accompanied one of his players, Carol...

Tito Francona, a former All-Star who played for 15 seasons in the major leagues and was the father of Terry Francona, the Cleveland Indians’ manager, died on Tuesday night at his home in New Brighton, Pa. He was 84. The Indians announced his death. Francona played for Cleveland for six seasons. A left-handed-hitting outfielder and first baseman, Fr...

Lazio Marines Thomas Habakkuk Baldonado has become historic after committing to study and play football on a full scholarship at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the first Italian player to join the NCAA Div. I as a freshman. The 6’5″, 230 lb defensive end from Rome, Italy who turns 19 this year, left Italy  last August to attend Clearwater Acad...

Arianna Fontana jumped out to an early lead in the 500 meters speeding skating final. An Olympic silver medalist in 2014, the Italian never relinquished her advantage to any of the other four skaters. One finalist tumbled into the sideboard. Cheered on by the home crowd, the South Korean skater tried to overtake Fontana. Within seconds it was over....

“What’s your next step?” My grandma would always ask me this question whenever we discussed my career. She was a librarian and an avid reader who enjoyed great storytelling. My next step is The Athletic. Chris Sheridan, my mentor, and friend, always said I’d never know when a call would change my life. That call ultimately came from Paul Fichtenbau...

The Minnesota Lynx today announced the team has re-signed forward Cecilia Zandalasini and has signed free agent forwards Lynetta Kizer and Endy Miyem. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not released. “We appreciated Cecilia joining us late in the season last year,” said Lynx Head Coach and General Manager Cheryl Reeve. “She is coming off an e...

Marco Belinelli has committed to signing with the Philadelphia 76ers, league sources told ESPN. The Sixers were one of several playoff teams and contenders to offer Belinelli, a savvy veteran shooting guard, a roster spot for the balance of the season. As they push to make the playoffs for the first time in five years, the Sixers recruited Belinell...

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...