Danilo Gallinari's knee surgery wasn't as complex as anticipated, so he could return to the Denver Nuggets sooner than expected.   Gallinari tore his left ACL in a game against Dallas on April 4 and was expected to miss at least half of next season. He underwent surgery this week at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Vail, where he was operated...

New Jersey BOCCE Invitational will be held on June 21, 2014 at Colonial Park in Franklin, NJ. The start time is 10am. One of the founders of the New Jersey BOCCE Invitational, Frank Valanzola, was a lifelong HRC parishioner.   Nine years ago, he & Pat DeChirico had the vision to start the Invitational with the mission of supporting worth...

By Erik Dobratz   Branford High School social studies teacher and track coach Rich Biondi loves teaching and coaching, but boxing really fires him up, specifically Italian boxers from New Haven. "I never really thought I'd write a book, but I did it," he said.   Two books to be exact: "Pugilistic Paisani: A Concise History of the...

By Kirsten Fiscus In 1991 a 31-year-old Carlo Ferarri left Italy to backpack in the United States. At 32, he decided to complete his travels by bicycle. Now 55 years old, he has brought his wanderlust to Calhoun County. "When I first came to America to backpack I noticed a lot of travelers were on bicycles," Ferarri said Wednesday through his...

Road to Valor is the inspiring, against-the-odds story of Gino Bartali, the cyclist who made the greatest comeback in Tour de France history and who, between his Tour victories, secretly aided the Italian resistance during World War II. "This thoroughly documented biography is both inspiring and immensely enjoyable." - Publishers Weekly &nbs...

by David Gaulman   Late last week, Dick Vitale was yelling, and it wasn't just about the Duke-North Carolina basketball game. Vitale, the voice of college basketball at ESPN and a Lakewood Ranch resident, was expected about the prospect of receiving the fifth annual Hall of Honor Award given by the National Association of Basketball Coa...

The North American Soccer League (NASL) will expand in 2016, after Miami FC " co-owned by former Italy defender Paolo Maldini " was launched. Maldini, 46, has teamed up with president and co-owner Riccardo Silva to bring football to Miami, with the club to begin playing in the second-tier NASL next year, it was announced on Wednesday. Miami F...

Un posto d'onore tra gli italoamericani che hanno fatto la storia dello sport: il chairman rossoblù Joey Saputo è stato inserito nella National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame nell'ambito di una cerimonia che si è svolta all'Intercontinental Hotel di Chicago.   Il numero uno del club rossoblù fa parte della classe del 2015 insieme ad al...

PHOENIX — David Wright hit a two-out grand slam in the fifth inning and the United States beat Italy 6-2 Saturday night in the World Baseball Classic. The U.S. (1-1) meets Canada (1-1) in the final game of Pool D play on Sunday with the winner advancing to the second round. Ryan Vogelsong settled down after a shaky start to get the victory. The S...

Indian Wells (United States) (AFP) - Italy's Flavia Pennetta routed world number three Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 6-1 on Sunday to win the Indian Wells WTA crown.   Pennetta, 32, claimed the biggest title of her career, needing just one hour and 13 minutes to blow past Poland's second-seeded Radwanska, who was hobbled by a left leg injury. &n...