1. A Stanley Cup Hangover? It's Not on Sidney Crosby's Agenda

    Two games out of an 82-game schedule won't tell many tales about how good a team will actually be in the long run. So a couple of early-season victories over New York for the Pittsburgh Penguins hardly prove that the 2009-10 edition will be a success...

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  2. New York Islanders 3-4 Pittsburgh Penguins: Game Two Ratings

    Not even 24 hours after the Pittsburgh Penguins recorded their first victory of the season, they headed to Long Island for a showdown with the new-look Islanders...

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  3. Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 New York Rangers: Opening Night Ratings

    Free ticket giveaways. The "Trib Tron" in action during the regular season. The last Opening Night at the Mellon Arena, also known well as the Igloo...

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  4. 2009-10 Pittsburgh Penguins: What To Do For An Encore?

    There are 29 teams in the NHL that spent their summers wondering "What went wrong last year?" The Pittsburgh Penguins were not one of them...

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  5. Ray Shero and the Pittsburgh Penguins Go Fishing in Waivers Lake

    While the regular season doesn't begin until Friday for the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Penguins have already trimmed their roster down to sufficient size. But the some of the cuts seem a bit, well, fishy...

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  6. Roger Federer's $1,500 Proves the ATP Fines Are a Joke

    After Serena Williams' ghastly threats against a line judge following a foot fault call, most tennis fans thought they had seen the last of the ugly side of tennis. With both finals to come, spectators only wanted to see a great display of sport...

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  7. Adebayor and Bystrov: A Tale of Two Players Who Left for Greener Pastures

    On July 18, Arsenal star forward Emmanuel Adebayor decided to sign with cash-rich Manchester City for a reported £25 million, a contract that would keep him with City for five years...

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  8. Penguins Preseason: What To Expect from the Defending Champs Against Columbus

    It's been almost three months to the date since the Penguins won the Stanley Cup in Detroit. In that time, a fair amount has changed. Departed are veterans Rob Scuderi, Petr Sykora, Miroslav Satan and a few others...

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  9. Champions League Group F: Don't Sleep on Rubin Kazan

    Group F of the Champions League might just turn out to be the best of them all. A powerful threesome, led by defending champion Barcelona and Lionel Messi. The group also consists of perennial contender Internazionale, and Dynamo Kiev...

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  10. U.S. Open 2009: The Melanie Oudin Media Machine Slams Into a Brick Wall

    Over 23,000 fans showed up at Arthur Ashe Stadium for the women's quarterfinal to see Georgian phenomenon Melanie Oudin in action, as she went for her fourth consecutive upset. Oudin Mania was everywhere...

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  11. U.S. Open 2009: Women's Quarterfinal Preview and Picks

    The defending champion. The Belgian mother of Pearls. The Chinese Prayer. The Great Dane. The Teen. And...Yanina Wickmayer? Not your everyday cast of quarterfinalists...

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  12. U.S. Open 2009: An Absolute Nightmare End for Vera Zvonareva

    In sports, there are many different ways to lose and still draw positives. Losing with style. Learning a lesson while losing. Losing while leaving everything you have on the field. Losing huge...

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  13. U.S. Open 2009: Women's Fourth-Round Preview and Picks

    The 2009 Edition of the U.S. Open has been filled with a lion's share of upsets. Heading into the fourth round, many of the top names are done, leaving the field wide open. Sort of. Wide open after the Williams sisters, of course...

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  14. U.S. Open 2009: Caroline Wozniacki Breezes Through Against Petra Martic

    There aren't many players in the U.S. Open Women's Draw who come in on more of a hot streak than Caroline Wozniacki. After her second straight New Haven title, Caroline is peaking at just the right time...

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  15. U.S. Open 2009: Safina's Unemphatic Victory Proves Her End As No.1 Is Near

    At approximately 3:15pm, Eastern Standard Time, world No. 1 Dinara Safina smacked a forehand winner with three match points, effectively completing her third-set comeback against 18-year-old Australian Olivia Rogowska...

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  16. FC Khimki-Zenit St. Petersburg: Blue Skies For Zenit

    When Vladimir Bystrov found out that he was heading back to Zenit after a four-year stay with archrival Spartak Moscow, he must have been humming a familiar tune. I see skies of blue, clouds of white, Bright blessed days, dark sacret nights...

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  17. Vladimir Bystrov Returns To Zenit St. Petersburg After Four-Year Hiatus

    When Vladimir Bystrov left Zenit in 2005, the move left many supporters incredibly confused. It wasn't so much that Bystrov had moved on after playing his entire career to date in St. Petersburg...

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  18. UEFA Europa League Preview: Zenit St. Petersburg-CD Nacional (Leg Two)

    The objective for Zenit St. Petersburg is simple really. Win, or they are out of the UEFA Europa League. After falling 4-3 in Madeira to Portuguese side CD Nacional, they are not exactly attempting to overcome Himalayan mountain...

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  19. The Many Faces of Zenit's Szabolcs Huszti

    When Zenit St. Petersburg signed Hungarian winger Szabolcs Huszti from Hannover before the 2009 Russian Premier League season, they expected to get a playmaker who could possibly replace Andrei Arshavin...

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  20. World Cup Qualifying: All Hands on Deck for Russia, Says Guus Hiddink

    Peter the Great once told us that, "A ruler that has but an army has one hand, but he who has a navy has both." The Russian national team will pull into the port city of St...

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  21. Zenit St. Petersburg-Lokomotiv Moscow: Did He Honestly Do THAT?

    Zenit St. Petersburg have come to a point in the season where every point counts, and wins are absolutely necessary at home if they want to finish in the top three...

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  22. Zenit Falters in Madeira: Still Have Many Reasons to Smile

    As the pigeon flies, St. Petersburg lies nearly 3,000 miles to the east of Funchal. By a long shot, the distance marks the farthest Zenit has had to travel in a European league in some time...

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  23. UEFA Europa League Preview: CD Nacional-Zenit St. Petersburg

    First Leg Kick-Off: August 20, 2009. 21:30 CET, Estadio de Madeira, Funchal, Portugal. It's only been 15 months since Zenit St. Petersburg won the UEFA Cup in Manchester last May, but the team is considerably changed since then...

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  24. Former Inter Boss Roberto Mancini Holds the Key to Zenit's Future

    Oh, how quickly fortunes can change in the world of club football. Only a few weeks ago, Zenit St. Petersburg were dead and buried, sitting 10 points back of Rubin Kazan in the Russian Premier League...

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  25. Amkar Perm-Zenit St. Petersburg: Semshov the Spectacular

    Zenit St. Petersburg had a very emotional Friday morning, as players and fans gave former manager Dick Advocaat a heroes' send off. Thousands of fans gathered at Pulkovo Airport to see him off, and they showered the "General" with song...

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