August 14, 2013 |
Three Big Five schools - St. Joseph's, Temple, and Penn - will be taking part in men's basketball tours in Italy this month, and what's more amazing is that none of the three knew about the others before booking the trips. "It's absolutely coincidental," St. Joseph's athletic director Don DiJulia said. "When we found out the other two were going, we were stunned. " The NCAA allows a team to take a foreign trip every four years. This is St. Joseph's first overseas trip since coach Phil Martelli took the Hawks to Italy in 1999.
August 2, 2013 |
Two weeks before flying to Europe, the Temple men's basketball team held the first of 10 NCAA-sanctioned practices Wednesday to prepare to play four games in Italy from Aug. 14 to 23. The closest the current crop of Owls had ever gotten to going overseas was a trip to the 2011 Puerto Rico Tip-Off, where they finished third. At the time, Will Cummings was a freshman and looking up to Khalif Wyatt, Ramone Moore, and Juan Fernandez. Now in his junior season, Cummings said his mind-set has changed.
August 1, 2013 |
The St. Joseph's men's basketball team had its first official practice Tuesday at Hagan Arena in preparation for its four-game tour of Italy from Aug. 11 to 21. But senior guard Langston Galloway was a bit on edge. He has never been to Europe, and the travel plan has left him apprehensive. "I'm a little nervous with the flight. That's the only thing I'm worried about," said Galloway, who is from Baton Rouge, La. "I've been on many flights. But going over the water is a different story.
July 26, 2013
THE SAINT JOSEPH'S basketball team will not only get a 10-day trip to Italy from Aug. 11 to 21, but, per NCAA rule, coach Phil Martelli will get to oversee 10 full practices starting July 30 before the team departs. The Hawks will start the trip in Rome before going to Florence, Venice and Como. They will play four games and are planning to visit the Colosseum, St. Peter's Basilica, the Accademia Gallery in Florence, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Grand Canal in Venice, and Lake Como.
July 26, 2013 |
The St. Joseph's men's basketball team has scheduled a 10-day tour of Italy, from Aug. 11 to 21, during which it will play four games in four cities. The Hawks, who also traveled to Italy in 1999, will begin the trip in Rome and proceed to Florence, Venice, and Como. St. Joseph's returns 10 players, including starters Langston Galloway, Ronald Roberts Jr., and Halil Kanacevic, from last season's team that went 18-14 and played in the NIT.
July 20, 2013 |
ROME - A former CIA base chief in Italy who was convicted in the 2003 abduction of an Egyptian terror suspect from a street in Milan has been detained in Panama, the Italian Justice Ministry said Thursday. An Italian official familiar with Italy's investigation and prosecution of Robert Seldon Lady said the former CIA official entered Panama, traveled to Costa Rica, and that officials there sent him back to Panama where he was detained. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because only Italy's Justice Ministry was publicly discussing the case.
July 20, 2013 |
Female TV cops have come a long way since Angie Dickinson's Police Woman and that 1980s staple Cagney & Lacey . Witness Irene Huss, a detective in the Violent Crimes Unit in the Swedish city of Gothenburg. Sure, she's a dependable wife and mom - she's married to a chef and restaurateur with whom she has twin teenage girls. But she's also a former European jujitsu champion who can disarm, take down, and restrain a muscle-bound biker in the blink of an eye. Based on a series of novels by Helene Tursten, Detective Inspector Irene Huss is a brilliant Swedish TV series produced by the same company that brought us Wallander and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo . Each feature-length episode is a mini-saga with several narrative lines, embroiling Huss in complex, sometimes horrific crimes.
June 26, 2013 |
MILAN - Silvio Berlusconi, Italy's flamboyant former premier, was sentenced to seven years in prison and banned from politics for life Monday for paying an underage prostitute for sex during infamous "bunga bunga" parties and forcing public officials to cover it up. It was the most damaging setback yet for Berlusconi, 76, who has been tried numerous times for his business dealings but never before for his personal conduct. Still, he vowed that his days as a political force are not over.
June 26, 2013 |
OTTAVIO PARENTI was just a humble tailor, his family said. Yeah, sure. Here was a man whose life was periodically devastated by catastrophe, but through grit and determination wound up in Philly making suits for the likes of Wilt Chamberlain. A remarkable life for a humble tailor just trying to make a living. He had become a master tailor in his native Italy, married a local beauty and was doing just fine when the first disaster struck. World War II, when Italy made the mistake of becoming part of the Axis gang of Nazi Germany and Japan, left the country and its economy in shambles, with its dictator, Benito Mussolini, hung upside down with a meat hook.
June 21, 2013 |
LOS ANGELES — James Gandolfini's lumbering, brutish mob boss with the tortured psyche will endure as one of TV's indelible characters. But his portrayal of criminal Tony Soprano in HBO's landmark drama series "The Sopranos" was just one facet of an actor who created a rich legacy of film and stage work in a life cut short. Gandolfini, 51, who died Wednesday while vacationing in Rome, refused to be bound by his star-making role in the HBO series that brought him three Emmy Awards during its six-season run. "He was a genius," said "Sopranos" creator David Chase.