The paper is involved in several sports and has organised the Giro d’Italia bike race since 1909.
The newspaper, publishing on pink paper, has a wide readership in Italy and reaches international audiences with its awards.
Since 1979 the paper has selected a European player of the year in Women's Basketball.
The first winner of the award was Soviet Union star, Uljana Semjonova (Uļjana Semjonova/Ульяна Ларионовна Семенова) who actually hails from Latvia.
She won the gold medal twice at the Olympic games while playing for the national team from the Soviet Union (USSR) in 1976 and 1980.
At 2.13m she is one of the tallest women to have played basketball at the highest level.
The 2009 winner is 22-year old Sandrine Gruda (left) from France.
The newspaper selects an international jury of players, coaches and journalists. The winner is the player that comes out with the most votes:
Gruda collected 38 points by the specialist jury to beat Anete Jekabsone-Zogota and Evanthia Maltsi who came second and third respectively with 27 and 25 votes each.
Gruda is only the third French player to win this award since its creation in 1979.
The two previous French winners were Isabelle Fijakowski (1997) and Cathy Melain (2000).
Gruda succeeds five-time winner Ann Wauters.
European Women Basketball Player of the year recipients