When folks across the state recall Dick Fossa’s remarkable career as a high school football coach, they easily identify it with the 15 seasons he spent as Narragansett High’s head coach, which included four Super Bowl appearances, two Division IV championships, and four Providence Gridiron Coach of the Year honors. But what some people tend to forg...

Known as The Raging Bull, or “the Bronx Bull for his aggressive fighting style, Giacobbe LaMotta grew up in the Bronx where he honed his boxing skills. The son of Sicilian immigrant Giuseppe LaMotta and Elizabeth LaMotta, Asa child, he was encouraged by his father to fight other neighborhood children as adult spectators would throw change into the...

The latest biography of Yogi Berra, “Yogi: A Life Behind the Mask,” could be titled “Beyond the Witty Quips and Rings.” Author Jon Pessah discloses many obstacles the entertaining New York Yankees Hall of Fame catcher overcame from his childhood in “The Hill” neighborhood of St. Louis to skeptical perceptions about his talent to eventually settling...

I am honored to have been recently elected president of the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. It is a 45-year-old organization of which I have been greatly involved. The founder and former president, George Randazzo, died unexpectedly. I was chosen to lead the group, charged with fostering his legacy and his dream. Now, one of my dream...

After the successful launch of the Italian American Baseball Foundation (IABF) Facebook Livestream with 2019 IABF Achievement Award winner Frank Catalanotto, IABF Spaghetti and Baseballs co-hosts Chris Colabello and IABF Executive Board Director Natalie Spedaliere did not disappoint last week with Chicago Cubs coaches Mike Napoli and Anthony Iapoce...

Can a football match unite a divided nation, cement people of different ages, convince one nation to be stronger than another, remain in the memory of future generations, become a scene told for decades by writers, intellectuals, poets, filmmakers? Yes, it can. It happened on June 17th, 1970, 50 years ago, in Mexico. The protagonists were Italy and...

The Maserati brand has achieved international fame for the design, style and performance of its unique cars. With a tradition and history of successes on the roads and circuits all over the world, Maserati’s victories have made it a standard-bearer for Italian excellence. In fact, racing has always been in Maserati’s DNA: it was in competition that...

Italy national football team, nicknamed the Azzurri, are considered to be one of the giants of international football with 4 FIFA World Cup and 1 UEFA Euro. Two of their World Cups came early into the World Cup era under their legendary head coach Vittorio Pozzo, in 1934 and ’38 respectively. Thus, Italy became the first European side to win the WC...

Italian tennis federation president Angelo Binaghi said Friday he was confident that the ATP and WTA Rome clay-court tournament could now be played in September. This year's edition had been scheduled to start at the Foro Italico on May 11, but was called off because of the coronavirus pandemic. "I think that, barring major upheavals, we are going...

Poggio Mirteto, Cantalupo, Casperia, Vacone, Configni, Stroncone. Hilltop towns in the ancient land of Sabina, calling to each other across parched patchworks of vineyard and cornfield. Woods, orchards, olive groves. You could drive to these places, of course. But my experience is, when you arrive on foot they are different. They are better. And be...