Three local standout athletes were among those honored at the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame Pittsburgh Chapter's 29th Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner held this past April. Monessen's Donna DeMarino Sanft was a Hall of Fame inductee while Louis "Bimbo" Cecconi of Donora received the Frank A. Santamaria Lifetime Achievement Award. B...

by Andrew Hood   Last month, when Giro d'Italia boss Mauro Vegni hinted that a possible North American start to the corsa rosa could still be in the works, the news was met with surprisingly positive feedback from within the peloton.   Despite the long distance — about an eight-hour flight from the East Coast to Milano — many ins...

by Ben Gladwell   Former AC Milan star Alessandro Nesta cannot wait to get to work at the North American Soccer League's Miami FC, saying it is an ideal opportunity to see if he can cut it as a coach. The 39-year-old has been given his first coaching opportunity by the new Florida club and he told La Gazzetta dello Sport that the United...

On Saturday, July 26, the Solon Italian Club will once again participate in the Solon Home Days parade, which will be held at a different time than previous celebrations, when the parade took place on Sunday afternoon.   Club members and their families are invited to join in on the float in this year's parade, and should be prepared to assem...

by Mayank Keshaviah "The most perfect imperfect man I ever met" is the description cub reporter Michael McCormick (Troy Whitaker) gives of Vince Lombardi (Bert Emmett) in Eric Simonson's play about the NFL coaching legend. The play, which ran on Broadway in 2010-2011, focuses on one week during the 1965 football season during which McCormick comes...

Jimmy Valvano is a name not widely known this side of the Atlantic. In America, he is revered as an extraordinary inspiration. It was as a college basketball coach of NC State Wolfpack that the brash Italian-American made his name.   After 10 years' coaching, "Jimmy V" arrived at State and told anyone who would listen he would win the Nation...

Super Sunday is the day when the National Football League celebrates the legend and legacy of its most iconic coach — Vince Lombardi. The Tiffany trophy presented to the winner is named for the coach who won five championships in the 1960s, including the first two Super Bowls with the Green Bay Packers. He died of colon cancer in 1970 at...

The National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame is proud to announce its inductees and honorees for the XXXVII Annual Induction Ceremony and Celebration to take place on Saturday, November 15, at the InterContinental Chicago - Magnificent Mile.   The NIASHF Class of 2014 inductees include John Andretti, Jean Lenti Ponsetto, Babe Parilli, S...

By Lorne Chan Spurs.com   Marco Belinelli is giving an interview in Italian, moments after the Spurs won the NBA title in June. He thanks his family for believing in him when his emotions take over. When he mentions his small hometown of San Giovanni in Northern Italy, Belinelli can no longer speak. The first Italian NBA champion wipes his...

Italian Wedding took the lead above the final fence and won the $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup Steeplechase by a length Thursday at Saratoga Race Course.   The 8-year-old gelding ridden by Bernard Dalton gave trainer Jonathan Sheppard his 14th win in this race. He also owns Italian Wedding and was rewarded with a $90,000 share of the pur...