Dick Vitale has been honored with awards with sports announcers (Curt Gowdy and Keith Jackson) in their titles, a coach (John Wooden) and a clown who pitched hamburgers (Ronald McDonald). He’s in 14 halls of fame, one devoted to ethnicity (National Italian Sports Hall of Fame), four city specific (Elmwood Park and East Rutherford, New Jersey, Saras...

As one of the players moved in the infamous Paul George deal, Danilo Gallinari has yet to find a long-term home in the NBA. Stints in New York, Denver, Los Angeles, and (now) Oklahoma City, it seems Galo has always been used as a pawn for teams to acquire someone better than him. This season, however, the tables have turned. Galo makes for a valuab...

When Nicolo Melli decided to make the jump from the EuroLeague to the NBA this summer, it did not take long to see just how athletic the players in the world’s best basketball league were. The Pelicans had a pair of 19-year-old rookies in Jaxson Hayes and Zion Williamson who could both jump out of the gym. “They’re different,” Melli said. “They’re...

The dream of coaching women’s college basketball was never even a remote thought in 1961 for Geno Auriemma, age seven, confused, and journeying to a multiethnic, changing America from the town of Montella, located in southern Italy, in the Campania region.  Geno’s humble life, as he knew it then, originated from the poor beginnings of a backward, l...

In his second year, Gianmarco Arletti sets the pace for Holy Cross Prep. An international student from Italy, the 6-foot-6 point guard dictates much of what the Lancers do. He’s more confident and comfortable on the floor than a year ago, and so far his play has shown it. "Last year was a little strong for me," the University of Delaware commit sai...

Niccolò “Nico” Mannion è in questo momento il cestista italiano con più margini di crescita, che fa sognare un’intera nazione. Ha il talento da predestinato. E, conoscendo i genitori, si puó capire il motivo. Buon sangue non mente. Papà Pace Mannion è stato una stella: ha disputato più di 200 partite in NBA, prima di diventare grande anche in Itali...

Graffignana is a rural Italian city about 25 miles south of Milan. It has a population of about 2,500. But less than two decades ago, it was closer to 2,000, and Thunder forward Danilo Gallinari was one of them. “Everybody knows each other,” Gallianari said about his hometown. “It’s in between hills and trees and a lot of land.” Gallinari’s father,...

Union-Endicott graduate Sonny Spera is one of five who will be honored at the 55th annual Syracuse University LetterWinner of Distinction event Nov. 1 at the OnCenter. Joining Spera will be Rob Edson, Gordon Gronkowski, Brad Kotz and Kerri Potts. Those to be honored succeeded athletically and after graduation from SU. On the court, Spera averaged 2...

One of the top incoming players or the 2019-20 season, according to Sports Illustrated, the Italian born sensation Nico Mannion is ranked No.6. He will be the leader for Arizona Basketball this upcoming season and will look to take the Wildcats on a deep run in March. Only a freshman, expectations will be high for him but great players live up for...

The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has signed free agent forward Nicolò Melli. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Melli, 6-9, 235, joins the Pelicans after a successful 12-year professional career in Europe with stops in Italy (Reggiana, Olimpia Milano, VL Pesaro), Germany (Brose Bamberg) and most recently Tu...