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The Invisible Italian-American Prize Fighters

The Invisible Italian-American Prize Fighters

To the untrained eye, it seemed that prior to the 1920s there were few noteworthy American boxers of Italian origin – and a limited presence in the decades that followed. But behind many Irish boxing names, there frequently stood an olive-skinned, dark-haired fighter with a hidden identity. More than one thousand Italian professional boxers went by Irish pseudonyms. Italian immigrants entered boxing…

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Dear Room, Meet Elephant

Dear Room, Meet Elephant

The World Cup of Soccer is an unparalleled spectacle of international unity. A trend has developed, however, whereby Italian soccer fans have had to face antagonism from rival fans. Nearly 2053 years after Julius Caesar defied German disbelief by constructing a precisely engineered bridge in just 10 days (to cross the Rhine), his Mediterranean descendants (Italians) continue to mock detractors…

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Canadian Bobsledder Giulio Zardo Is the World’s Fastest Brakeman

Canadian Bobsledder Giulio Zardo Is the World’s Fastest Brakeman

Hurdling down an icy mountainside in a metal contraption with almost no control might appear somewhat ludicrous, if not altogether foolhardy, to the uninitiated or the uninspired. But this is Canada, and anything which can be turned into a winter sport will sooner or later yield world class athletes. Usually dominated by the Europeans, bobsledding is making news on this…

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