In 1984, when Kobe Bryant was 6, his father, Joe, uprooted him and his family to Italy to eke out a few more paychecks after an eight-year NBA career. A 6-foot-9 forward, Joe “Jellybean” Bryant had played for the Philadelphia 76ers, the San Diego Clippers and the Houston Rockets, and had now accepted an offer to play for Sebastani Rieti, based in t...

In the chapel of a small hillside sanctuary in Porretta Terme — a handsome town in central Italy known for the healing powers of its thermal waters — a single basketball-shaped window, its panes curved like seams, poured light on walls filled with basketball jerseys. On a table, a notebook contained pages of devotionals, including gratitude for a h...

Dick Vitale announced that he would be taking a break from announcing games on ESPN, on the advice of his doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital. He used one of his signature commentary lines to make the announcement via ESPN’s public relations site. In the release, Vitale revealed that his doctor at Mass General, Dr. Steven Zeitels, diagnosed h...

The year 2021 is ending and for Italian sport it will remain the most beautiful year in its history. After a beginning without great satisfaction, from July onwards the tricolor flag began to wave all over the world thanks to the amazing victories of the Azzurri in every sport and on every continent. It all started with the victory of the European...

The battle between the two best players in college basketball, and perhaps the sport’s two best teams, didn’t disappoint late on Friday night. If we’re lucky, the contest in Las Vegas was just a preview of what will make for a tremendous deep NCAA tournament battle come March. Potential top draft pick Paolo Banchero and No. 5 Duke held on to knock...

When Jerry Colangelo was 7 years old, he was given his first basketball, a simple act that ignited the fuse to an extraordinarily successful career in national and international sports. “I smelled the leather, and it was the beginning of a love affair that has lasted a lifetime,” Colangelo tells Fra Noi in a wide-ranging interview about his life an...

The national women's deaf basketball team climbs onto the roof of Europe. In the final of the European Championships, the Italian team defeated a solid and prepared Russia 63-61, after a hard-fought match, and climbed onto the highest step of the podium. "It's a circle that closes - says Beatrice Terenzi - because at home we presented ourselves at...

The long wave of the great Italian summer does not stop, on the contrary. This time it was the national basketball team with athletes with Down's syndrome that triumphed. In front of a friendly crowd in Ferrara, they won the European Championships, beating Turkey in the final. 21 - 12 the final result, which awarded the boys coached by Giuliano Buf...

Most freshmen athletes have the typical first-year jitters adjusting to the pace and style of a college basketball game, but American University sophomore guard Lorenzo Donadio had to adjust during a once-in-a-century pandemic. The entire experience was atypical, Donadio said.  “Last season was the hardest one that I’ve ever had,” Donadio said. “We...

Arizona men's basketball has hired Riccardo Fois as an assistant coach. Fois was previously a player development coach for the Phoenix Suns during the past two seasons. Prior to that, he spent five seasons working at Gonzaga with Wildcat head coach Tommy Lloyd. "Coach Lloyd and I have developed a close relationship over the years, going back to my...