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In her first at-bat for the University of New Mexico (UNM) Lobos against the USA Olympic Team in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Cathedral City, California on Thursday, February 20, 2020, Team Italy slugger Andrea Howard hit a home run over the center field fence to score the Lobos only run in the 10-1 loss to Team USA. Having a knack for dis...

The windows that NBA players operate in are as thin as the space between two fence posts. For the most part, completely clean looks exist only in theory. Defenders who make mistakes are still long and quick enough to make up much of the ground they might have ceded. Nicolo Melli struggled with this at first, but after a rocky start to his NBA caree...

Among the appealing lineup of films set to screen at 13th Annual NM Italian Film and Culture Festival, a full-length documentary stands out as the Special Feature Film for its historical, socio-political and cultural significance. The Innocents of Florence: the quest to save 600,000 children will be introduced by its maker, David Battistella, who w...

Joseph Philip Lombardi Joseph Lombardi is currently the quarterback coach of the New Orleans Saints. He is the grandson of Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi. Joe played Tight End at the Air Force Academy, where he graduated in 1994. During Saints Training Camp, he spoke on working with the unique Saints Quarterback situation of Drew Br...

Nicolo Melli already had his flight booked to the Bahamas when he found out he needed to tweak those plans. As the Pelicans wrapped up their final shootaround before the All-Star break Thursday, executive vice president David Griffin informed the Italian forward he’d been chosen as an injury replacement in the Rising Stars Game. At first, Melli tho...

AMERICAN TENOR RUSSELL THOMAS MAKES A DOUBLE DEBUT in Houston Grand Opera’s production of Aida, a sweeping tale of love and tragedy amid war written by Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi in 1871. It’s the first time he’s sung the male lead of Radames, and the first time he’s appearing with Houston Grand Opera. The Atlanta-based Thomas admits he’s feel...

Folk music has been at the root of August March’s studies, formal and informal, for nigh on 40 years now. Due to the influence of his father and mother, the dude grew up listening to Peter, Paul and Mary, The Kingston Trio, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and a host of other hippies and hipsters who went back to their roots—and the roots of their nation—i...

Former New Orleans Privateers baseball student-athlete and assistant coach, Johnny Giavotella will be the national honoree at the 35th Annual Louisiana American Italian Sports Hall of Fame Gala on Saturday. The event will take place at Harrah's New Orleans Hotel and Casino and begin at 5 p.m. Giavotella played 182 games for the Privateers from 2006...

When Nicolo Melli decided to make the jump from the EuroLeague to the NBA this summer, it did not take long to see just how athletic the players in the world’s best basketball league were. The Pelicans had a pair of 19-year-old rookies in Jaxson Hayes and Zion Williamson who could both jump out of the gym. “They’re different,” Melli said. “They’re...

With the city in the grip of what passes for winter, the Houston Symphony treated Thursday’s audience to an Italian holiday. Both guest conductor Jader Bignamini and the evening’s featured soloist, violinist Augustin Hadelich, are Italian-born. The repertoire included Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major, a technically flabbergasting monumen...

Come dressed to impress for a night to remember as we honor this year’s inductees into the Louisiana American Italian Sports Hall of Fame. The event will take place at Harrah’s Hotel and Casino New Orleans on Saturday January 25th, with cocktails and silent auction at 5 pm followed by dinner and presentation at 6pm. This year’s National Honoree is...

Andrea Bocelli’s throat must be electromagnetic. Commandingly masculine, his preternatural tenor channels emotions of such raw purity — joy, sadness, romantic yearning — us mortals are scarcely equipped to process them in such an elemental state. In concert, the effect is both awe-inspiring and a little intimidating. Human beings just aren’t suppos...