During a final respite from the NFL grind 5,000 miles away from his new life in Minnesota, John DeFilippo gazed out at the splendor of the Amalfi Coast atop one of the highest peaks in Positano, Italy. The Vikings offensive coordinator savored this time, which would be among his last football-free moments for months. It was easy to get lost staring...

Michael Casinelli of Shelton did all he could to make his Gael football team the best it could be. In earning All State, All-Walter Camp, All-Southern Connecticut Conference, as well as USA Today All USA Connecticut honors, Casinelli put in his time in the weight room and went over video of opponents. He was as diligent with his studies. Casinelli...

The book: Looming concerns about the long-term health effects of playing football — most notably, the prevalence of the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE — have led some to question the future of America’s most-watched sport. In 1st and Forever (Post Hill Press), Bob Casciola ’58 makes an earnest and personal argument that foot...

The Atlanta Falcons signed kicker Giorgio Tavecchio to a contract, the team announced Monday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed for Tavecchio, who was released by the Oakland Raiders earlier this month. Tavecchio will battle Matt Bryant for the kicking responsibilities with the Falcons. The 28-year-old Italian replaced Sebastian Janikowski in 20...

As a kid, Rick Lovato was a fine pitcher and a good passer, but he was always too big to play quarterback. His teams needed him on the offensive line. Lovato knew he'd be too light to play lineman in the NFL, so he took his big frame and strong arm and become a long-snapper. Now 6-2 and 249 pounds, Lovato replaced magical fan favorite Jon Dorenbo...

Merritt Paulson knew something was up when he saw a new face manning the grill. Earlier this year, the Portland Timbers were hosting a cookout for players and their families at their training facility when the club’s owner/CEO – puzzled that someone other than team chef Richard Meyer was at the barbeque – asked why outside help had been hired for t...

College Gameday is the hub for all things college football every Saturday in the fall. From celebrity guests to hoards of fans clamoring for their wild sign to get on TV, it marks the start of another day of football around the country. With all due respect to guys like Rece Davis, Desmond Howard and Kirk Herbstreit, it is Lee Corso who stands abov...

Minnesota Vikings offensive line coach Tony Sparano has died unexpectedly at the age of 56, the team announced Sunday afternoon. "I am at a loss for words with Tony's sudden passing," Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said in a statement. "Tony loved the game of football and his players. More importantly, he was a strong man of faith who treasu...

Joe Tacopina has been considerably busy these days, and understandably so. The renowned lawyer has represented celeb clients that range from A-Rod to Jay-Z throughout his career. As one of Meek Mill’s attorneys in his most recent incarceration, they lost many battles along the way but won the war in April, a big W for hip-hop and prison reform than...

There isn’t much NFLPA certified agent and Salem native Sean Stellato didn’t accomplish during his athletic career. Stellato quarterbacked the Salem High football team to a Super Bowl appearance in 1994, helped lead the Witches boys basketball team to a state championship in 1995, earned a Division I scholarship to Marist and played professionally...