1. Could the Russian Premier League Hold the Key to Portsmouth's Future?

    I'm not letting any jungle cat out of the bag here. Portsmouth is in a major predicament and are running out of time to fix it...

    Sergey Zikov Written by Sergey Zikov about over 4 years ago 480 reads 34 comments

  2. 2010 Winter Olympics: Russia Floors Latvia but Has Much Room To Improve

    A very light mood surrounded the Russian men's hockey team before their opening game with Latvia. Smiles, jokes, and grins all around from the moment they got together, Head Coach Slava Bykov ...

    Sergey Zikov Written by Sergey Zikov about over 4 years ago 704 reads 6 comments

  3. Sergei vs. Sergey: A Complete Analysis of the Russian Olympic Team

    The board is set, the pieces are moving, and the day has finally come when Team Russia hits the ice in Vancouver in search of their first Olympic Gold medal since the Unified Team in 1992...

    Sergey Zikov Written by Sergey Zikov about over 4 years ago 791 reads 0 comments

  4. 2010 Winter Olympics: The 10 Most Impactful NHL Players in Vancouver

    When you think of an impact player, you think of someone who can change the outcome of a game, playing his best hockey when the stakes are at their absolute highest...

    Sergey Zikov Written by Sergey Zikov about over 4 years ago 1,950 reads 9 comments

  5. NHL Trade Deadline: Pittsburgh Penguins Edition

    Should I stay or should I go? The NHL's imaginary tennis ball is now in the Pittsburgh Penguins' court after the blockbuster move that brought sniper Ilya Kovalchuk to New Jersey...

    Sergey Zikov Written by Sergey Zikov about over 4 years ago 1,788 reads 33 comments

  6. Economic Crisis: FC Moscow Leaves the RPL for Financial Concerns

    It's true, nobody is immune from the current economic crisis. The favorite club of Moscow's mayor Yuri Luzhkov, FC Moscow, has pulled out of the Russian Premier League with immediate effect...

    Sergey Zikov Written by Sergey Zikov about over 4 years ago 303 reads 2 comments

  7. How the Penguins Can Solve Shortcomings with Quiet Yet Effective Moves

    As Benjamin Franklin once told us, there are only two certain things in life - death and taxes. In Pittsburgh, a third can be added to that list, with that being a bold trade deadline move by Penguins' General Manager Ray Shero...

    Sergey Zikov Written by Sergey Zikov about over 4 years ago 533 reads 12 comments

  8. Seven Things the Pittsburgh Penguins Have Learned Since Game Seven

    On Sunday, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings met for the first time since June 12, 2009, when the Penguins dethroned the Red Wings to earn the title of Stanley Cup Champions...

    Sergey Zikov Written by Sergey Zikov about over 4 years ago 370 reads 7 comments

  9. Could Zenit Take Advantage of Lazio's Failure to Sell Cristian Ledesma?

    Sometimes during the transfer window, opportunities just seem to fall into place. Lazio midfielder Cristian Ledesma, who has been rumored to be on his way out of the Roman club, has run into a brick wall in negotiations with powerhouse Inter Milan ...

    Sergey Zikov Written by Sergey Zikov about over 4 years ago 465 reads 7 comments

  10. Does The Pittsburgh Penguins' Abysmal Power Play Have Any Hope?

    We've all heard this story before. The Pittsburgh Penguins' power play currently sits at 26th in the NHL while featuring a handful of world-class players at the same time...

    Sergey Zikov Written by Sergey Zikov about over 4 years ago 838 reads 10 comments

  11. The 10 Best Unofficial Line Names in the NHL

    With the advent of the salary cap, teams have had a much more challenging time keeping productive lines together. If a line manages to stay together for a year or two now, the GM is doing something right...

    Sergey Zikov Written by Sergey Zikov about over 4 years ago 6,234 reads 11 comments

  12. Kerzhakov and Lumb Sign for Zenit, Igor Korneev Promises Two or Three More

    After a rather slow beginning to the winter transfer period in St. Petersburg, the activity has understandably skyrocketed since Friday when manager Luciano Spalletti arrived...

    Sergey Zikov Written by Sergey Zikov about over 4 years ago 359 reads 4 comments

  13. Alexander Pechurskiy Didn't Win the Game, but He Won Many Hearts

    I have absolutely no idea what was going on. I woke up on Saturday morning confused as ever, because I had a strange dream. It was so fantastic yet unbelievable, it just couldn't be real. "Wake up!" I yelled to myself...

    Sergey Zikov Written by Sergey Zikov about over 4 years ago 907 reads 0 comments

  14. Zenit St. Petersburg Transfer Rumors, Edition Two

    The transfer market is beginning to heat up for Zenit, who has not made an impact signing so far this winter despite many needs. Rivals Dynamo Moscow and CSKA have already shelled out money to bolster their roster...

    Sergey Zikov Written by Sergey Zikov about over 4 years ago 1,017 reads 10 comments

  15. State of the Academy: The 15 Finest Young Players in the Russian Premier League

    Over the past two Russian Premier League seasons, a new trend has been spreading at tremendous speed. Club records are falling like dominoes, many club records that have stood for decades...

    Sergey Zikov Written by Sergey Zikov about over 4 years ago 2,916 reads 14 comments

  16. CSKA Moscow Winter Transfers: What Does Leonid Slutskiy Need?

    It's usually not a great thing when the best way to describe a season is turbulent, but that's exactly how CSKA Moscow's 2009 campaign went...

    Sergey Zikov Written by Sergey Zikov about over 4 years ago 710 reads 6 comments

  17. Zenit St. Petersburg Winter Transfers: What Does Luciano Spalletti Need?

    The calendar year 2009 had many ups and downs for Zenit St. Petersburg. Disaster struck the club early on, as fan favorite and star forward Andrei Arshavin left for the riches of England...

    Sergey Zikov Written by Sergey Zikov about over 4 years ago 750 reads 6 comments

  18. Luciano Spalletti Joins Zenit St. Petersburg, But Is He the Right Man?

    The waiting is over. The suspense is history. After nearly a half year since Dick Advocaat was fired by Zenit management, the largest question surrounding the club has been answered...

    Sergey Zikov Written by Sergey Zikov about over 4 years ago 554 reads 7 comments

  19. 12 Days of Penguins: The Top Ten Moments of the Decade

    There have been no shortages of special moments for the Pittsburgh Penguins in the past decade. Despite financial troubles, incredibly poor performances and low attendance in the middle years ...

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  20. Chicago Blackhawks Edge Pittsburgh Penguins in OT, But Much Left To Be Desired

    Last February, the Pittsburgh Penguins found themselves in a predicament. With a new head coach, they faced a five game road trip that would essentially make-or-break their season. That road trip began at the United Center in Chicago...

    Sergey Zikov Written by Sergey Zikov about over 4 years ago 158 reads 1 comments

  21. Matt Cooke Hit With A Two-Game Suspension, But Where Is The Consistency?

    Last night, the Pittsburgh Penguins demolished the New York Rangers 8-3 at the Mellon Arena. It was the largest goal total the Penguins had put on the board since a 9-2 obliteration of the other New York-based team that dated back to nearly a year ago...

    Sergey Zikov Written by Sergey Zikov about over 4 years ago 1,857 reads 5 comments

  22. 10-Man Zenit Gun Past Spartak Moscow into The Champions League

    Chelsea-Arsenal. Real Madrid-Barcelona. Two matchups that would make any true football fan salivate profusely. Four of the world's best clubs going head-to-head...

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  23. ATTENTION NHL: Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin Are Hitting Full Stride

    Take it to headquarters - "Air Raid, Mellon Arena." This is not a drill. I repeat, this is not a drill. We need your undivided attention...

    Sergey Zikov Written by Sergey Zikov about over 4 years ago 593 reads 2 comments

  24. What I'm Grateful for This Thanksgiving: Pittsburgh Penguins Edition

    As Thursday and Thanksgiving approaches, it's a time to give thanks for the things we have in life—in the work place, at school, at home, and in the world of sports...

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  25. Is Mike Rupp the Missing Piece on the Pittsburgh Penguins' Power Play?

    "...Gonchar lugs the puck out of the Penguins' end, tries to run the gauntlet through center ice. He dumps the puck in around the wall for Sidney Crosby, Crosby to Malkin. Malkin works his way up the half wall, back to Gonchar...

    Sergey Zikov Written by Sergey Zikov about over 4 years ago 754 reads 10 comments