My first reaction to hearing Ettore Messina's name connected with the Jazz coaching vacancy was: they want a Euro coach? Then I remembered I'd made this mistake before.   Twenty-four years ago, during a summer league game, I checked a New Jersey Nets roster to learn about Drazen Petrovic. The Croatian guy was a good player, but I figure...

Vincent Gagliardi brushed his mustache briefly with his finger, thought to himself and then looked over at his friend Andy DeLucia. "That guy right there is the glue that holds this whole team together," Gagliardi said about DeLucia. "He's the man."   The elder DeLucia, seated at a table overlooking the East Haven Italian American Club'...

Otto volte campione del mondo. Antonio Cairoli scrive un'altra pagina della storia del motocross confermandosi il numero uno di questa disciplina e cogliendo il sesto trionfo consecutivo nella classe regina dello sterrato la MXGP (fino allo scorso anno ribattezzata MX1).   Il 29enne pilota originario di Patti, alfiere del team KTM Red Bull,...

Juventus have clinched their fourth straight Serie A title with a 1-0 win at Sampdoria on Saturday afternoon. Arturo Vidal scored in the 31st minute of the game to send Juventus 17 points clear of second-placed Lazio with four games of the season left to play. The victory secured their 31st Scudetto in Massimiliano Allegri's debut season...

Bocce, Italian bowling, is for everyone, even the chronically feeble like myself. I came early to the game thanks to a high Catholic upbringing. Catholic education was responsible for my introduction to bocce, at the end of a trip to a shrine.  With hot weather came the Italian excuse for extended picnics: the holy pilgrimage. With myself as...

by Craig Davis   John Viola has been intently reading all of the news reports about his father's purchase of the Florida Panthers. What interests him most is found at the bottom of the articles online, where fans express their views and concerns about what this latest ownership change will mean to their team.   The oldest of new...

He is an anomaly, a contradiction of sorts in our "grass is always greener elsewhere" world of sports today. As others seek validation in a bigger paycheck, a different location or a more prestigious position, he has remained true to the ultimate bottom line: winning championships.   When it comes to that, no one has been more successful tha...

The Italian Cultural Center of Western Mass, Inc. is sponsoring its Second Annual Golf Tournament on July 13, 2013. The tournament will take place at St. Anne Country Club, 781 Shoemaker Lane, Feeding Hills, MA. If you are a golfer, mark this date on your calendar and spread the word. We are also looking for volunteers to help out in all phases of...

A beloved Dodger family member and icon, a renowned international baseball ambassador, and a very important ingredient to the Dodger brand, Tommy Lasorda bleeds Dodger Blue. When the club opened the new Tommy Lasorda Italian Trattoria at Dodger Stadium, it immediately became a fan favorite.   The legendary Hall of Famer worked together with...

Dalla moda al design, dall'arte ai motori, dalla gastronomia allo sport, la fama del Bel Paese in giro per il mondo ha raggiunto gli ambiti più diversi, e così gli eventi ad essa legati.   È il caso della terza edizione del Gran Fondo Italia, celebre manifestazione ciclistica che si è svolta a Beverly Hills il 28 settembre scorso e ha segnat...