by Tiler Dunne   Inside this cafe off North Broadway, nobody recognizes Giorgio Tavecchio. At Green Bay's Kavarna Coffeehouse, he sips coffee, reads books on faith, on psychology and relaxes between practices.   As the visits mounted and Tavecchio became a regular, two employees began to wonder. The tan skin. The hidden accent. They c...

The New England Patriots selected Jimmy Garoppolo with the 30th pick in the second round (62nd overall) during the NFL Draft on Friday.   Garoppolo, a 6-foot-2-inch, 226-pound righthanded passer played college football at Eastern Illinois. As a senior in 2013, he broke Tony Romo's school records for career passing touchdowns, yards and passi...

By David Barron Longtime Lamar football coach Tom Nolen was honored Saturday by the Texas Italian-American Sports Foundation at its annual scholarship luncheon.   Nolen, whose 2012 team advanced to the 2012 Class 5A Division I title game against Allen, has 255 victories at Lamar since 1985 and coached four TCIL championship teams at Strake...

BY TEREZ A. PAYLOR   The Broncos have hired away Brock Olivo to be their special-teams coach, a source told The Star on Thursday. Mike Klis of Denver 9 News reported it first. Olivo has been the Chiefs' assistant special teams coach for the last three years. He replaced Kevin O'Dea, who left Chiefs coach Andy Reid's staff in Januar...

With the Azzurri set to lock horns with Joe Schmidt's Ireland on Sunday evening in a crucial Pool D encounter at London's Olympic stadium, we take a look at some of Italy's greatest sporting names. And no, Mario Balotelli is not one of them...   1. Valentino Rossi The 36-year-old multiple MotoGP World Champion is responsible for a marked sur...

by Susanna Squellerio   Living in Green Bay has a very peculiar dimension. Nature is overwhelming and spectacular. From the first moment here, I very much appreciated the close contact with this magnificence. Spring awaits to arrive but then, it explodes in jubilation and repays for those long cold winter days. Here, deadlines...

By Michael Bergmann   In the NFL, Some of the all-time greats have been Italian-American. Vince Lombardi, the namesake for the NFL's Super Bowl trophy, Joe Montana, who won four Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers, Dan Marino, who led the Miami Dolphins to the playoffs 10 times in his 17 year career, and Vinny Testaverde, a Heisman...

by Amy Lamare   In February 2013 the Baltimore Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII in the Harbaugh Bowl that pitted head coaches John and Jim, real life brothers, against each other for the NFL's ultimate prize. When the clock ran out, John Harbaugh and the Ravens emerged victorious. Another big winner on the day was 53 year old Ravens owner Stephen...

Patrick DiMarco comes from a successful sports family. His father Mitch was a high school football standout and his uncle is well-known PGA golfer Chris DiMarco.   His grandfather, Richard DiMarco, played basketball at St. John's University, and his cousin, Steve DiMarco, was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 1990.   Read more...

Six coaches from Italian American football club teams have spent valuable time this summer serving as volunteer coaches with six NCAA Division III colleges in the United States as part of the Global Football International Coaching Exchange initiative.   Global Football matched the Italian Football League (IFL) coaches with NCAA Division III...