The coronavirus took the game away from Lisa Birocci Banse in early March. The Des Moines native had flown to Guatemala from her home in State College, Pennsylvania, to play in leagues there. The Iowa softball legend is a member of the Italian Olympic national team. “I wanted to pitch some games and get some live at-bats,” Banse said. The virus had...

With no baseball games to manage, Joe Girardi is leaning into one of his biggest hobbies. "I love to cook so I've kinda broadened what I cook," Girardi told Mike Missanelli late last week. "I've been making this Nutella pizza, the simplest thing to make." Qué? "You just buy the dough that's pre-made," the skipper said. "You cook it for about seven,...

Arizona freshman Nico Mannion is entering the 2020 NBA draft, he told ESPN on Tuesday. Mannion, the No. 14 prospect in the ESPN Top 100, is considered one of the top point guards in this draft class, averaging 14 points and 5.3 assists per game for the Wildcats this season while being named to the All-Pac-12 second team. "Nico is an exceptional tea...

The package that Italian skier Federica Brignone anxiously awaited while in isolation wasn’t from Amazon or the local supermarket. Amid a worldwide suspension of sports events because of the coronavirus pandemic, the heavy trunk held something every bit as precious: trophies honoring a season full of racing and emotions. The special delivery late l...

You know, amid this Coronavirus carnage here in Italy over the past couple of months it got me thinking about New York boxing great Cus D’Amato. A boxing titan who’s family originally hailed from Italy. My thoughts have been with the good people of New York in recent weeks during this devastating time for humanity over there. Cus was a proud New Yo...

What do Marcell Ozuna, Martin Prado, Marwin Gonzalez, and Carlos González have in common? Drew Butera, known for his strong arm as one of the game's best defensive catchers, struck out all four MLB stars while pitching on the mound. In the April 6, 2020 episode (#127) of the Talkin' Baseball podcast with Jake, Jomboy, and former teammate Trevor Plo...

During his pro-wrestling heyday, Bruno Sammartino sold out Madison Square Garden 188 times, was named the world’s strongest man and held the WWE Championship Belt for 2,803 consecutive days. Arnold Schwarzenegger called Bruno's life "one of the greatest immigration stories that anyone can think of."  But that life of triumph almost didn't happen. B...

L’attività internazionale del baseball al momento è ferma. Tutti, dalla MLB ai campionati nazionali sparsi per mezzo mondo, hanno dovuto presto fare i conti con la pandemia di coronavirus. Andiamo a vedere in questa sede alcuni nomi di giocatori italiani futuribili che hanno deciso di intraprendere il cammino verso gli Stati Uniti, in particolare q...

In total, 19 Italians have graced Major League Soccer with their presence. Some of those players have gone on to win championships and trophies during their spells in the American top flight, while others have failed to have an impact. But which are the greatest Italians to have played over the 25 years of MLS? Here is our list of the top five Ital...

Wyoming Area senior baseball player Ryan Petrucci has committed to continue his academic and athletic careers at Lebanon Valley College. Petrucci batted a team-high .423 with two doubles, 11 RBI and 11 runs scored as a junior for the Warriors. He played first base and catcher, the position he expects to play in college. Along with Lebanon Valley, P...