1. Russian Premier League: Matchday 18 Preview

    As many other top leagues around Europe kick off this weekend, the Russian Premier League season is already more than halfway over. Matchday 18 throws all of the games into a "Big Sunday," including several very important matches...

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  2. Russia-Argentina: The Aftermath and 11 Things We Learned

    When manager Guus Hiddink signed up to play Diego Maradona's Argentina side in a friendly, he expected Russia to receive a very strong match...

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  3. Zenit and Racism's Impossible Question: He Who Hesitates Is Lost

    Recently, Zenit St. Petersburg has faced a remarkable amount of adversity. The departure of three star players; the firing of the most successful coach in club history; and of course, sitting in seventh place in the Russian Premier League...

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  4. Anatoliy Davydov Heads First Practice, Zenit Turns Attention To Spain

    Zenit St. Petersburg wanted to make sure the coaching concern was fixed immediately after Dick Advocaat was removed from his post on Monday...

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  5. Zenit St. Petersburg Removes Dick Advocaat As Manager

    When Dutch manager Dick Advocaat accepted the job of coaching the Belgian national team in June, he also set a final departure date from Zenit of Dec. 31, 2009. That date is now no more...

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  6. The Dick Advocaat Dilemma Needs a Solution Sooner Than Later

    It only took a month. But Zenit St. Petersburg's season is already hanging by a thread. When Zenit defeated Russian Premier League leaders FC Moscow 1-0 at the Petrovsky Stadium on July 12, their season looked to be headed in the right direction...

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  7. Atlantic 12: The Most Productive Forwards for the 2009-10 Season

    For the last three years, the Atlantic Division has been the most dominant division in all of hockey. The division consistently makes up half the teams in the Eastern Conference playoffs...

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  8. Can a Promotion/Relegation System Work in Major League Baseball?

    Maybe the better question might be, "Should a promotion and relegation system work in Major League Baseball?" In the world of baseball, there are a lot of things to admire and respect. But to say it is without fault would be embarrassingly wrong...

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  9. Of Guus Hiddink's 20 Men, Who Has Something To Prove Against Argentina?

    In two weeks time, Diego Maradona and his highly-skilled Argentina side will march into Moscow for what figures to be a major measuring stick for Russia...

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  10. Is Alessandro Rosina the Playmaker Zenit Has Badly Needed?

    Nearly ten days ago, Zenit St. Petersburg began negotiations with Italian side Torino about the transfer of their captain, midfielder Alessandro Rosina. With Torino's relegation from Serie A, it was unlikely Rosina would remain for another season...

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  11. Zenit St. Petersburg-Rubin Kazan: Wasted Opportunities

    It was a short week for Zenit St. Petersburg, but a busy one to say the least. After trudging out of Chechnya on Sunday with a 3-2 defeat to Terek Grozny at the last minute, the team headed back home...

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  12. World Cup 2010: New Powers Rise In the East

    For most fans, the world of football in the former Soviet republics is mostly an unknown. Most clubs don't attract much international attention. Most of the West finds a grayish haze shielding any land east of German borders...

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  13. Zenit St. Petersburg Will Be an Improved Side, Despite Many Losses

    For Zenit St. Petersburg, things have gone from grim to downright ugly over the past six months. Following a well-earned victory over FC Moscow, the wheels completely fell off for Zenit in the Chechen capital...

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  14. How Major League Soccer Is Just Too American for Its Own Good

    Let's face it. Football—or soccer, if you will—is at a high mark in the States. For a fan in America, there are a lot of reasons to be happy about the state of football...

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  15. Terek Grozny 3-2 Zenit St. Petersburg: Late Theatrics Slay Zenit Rally

    Week Two in the "second season" of the Russian Premier League saw a distinct match of contrasting identities: Zenit St. Petersburg has been the league's most dominant team at home, but one of its worst on the road...

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  16. Penguins Preview: Is Maxime Talbot's Setback a Gain for Janne Pesonen?

    Only a month ago, Penguins forward Maxime Talbot played the role every young hockey player dreams about. Scoring the game-winning goal in Game Seven of the Stanley Cup Finals...

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  17. Why Zenit St. Petersburg Need Lazio Striker Goran Pandev

    Zenit St. Petersburg and Serie A side Lazio apparently have a few things in common this summer. The Powder Blues from Peter's City have already unloaded striker Andrei Arshavin to Arsenal, midfielder/captain ...

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  18. Dispelling the Myths of "Rocket" Rod Laver

    August 25. A dreary day, marked with a few scattered showers. That hardly mattered though, as the tennis genius prepared to close out another Slam final. Leading 5-2 in the fourth set, the contest had not been competitive since the opening moments...

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  19. Wimbledon 2009: One, Two, Four?

    One. The lofty No. 1 ranking, that is currently occupied by the Slam-less and eternally underachieving Dinara Safina. It also represents the number of wins Safina needs to secure a place in her third consecutive Slam final...

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  20. The Pittsburgh Penguins Not Decade Team

    For many Penguin fans, it doesn't matter how many times you tell them that we're the Stanley Cup champions. It's just an unbelievable thought, even a couple weeks removed from Game 7 at Joe Louis Arena...

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  21. Wimbledon 2009: Caroline The Chameleon

    Bradypodion taeniabronchum, or commonly known as Smith's Dwarf Chameleon, is a master of disguise. The South African native lizard can use its ability to change colors to blend in with its surrounding scenery...

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  22. Where Were You When The Penguins Won The Stanley Cup?

    Tick. Tick. Tick. Seconds evaporate off the clock. Chris Osgood finds himself crouched on the Red Wings' bench, praying for a miracle. Only a year earlier, he was in the position that he needed to make a few saves to win the Cup...

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  23. Finland 0-3 Russia: Impressive Kerzhakov Strikes Twice in Helsinki

    Guus Hiddink and Russia had no problems putting away Finland last October. But that match was held in the ever-friendly confines of Dynamo Stadium in Moscow...

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  24. Russia-Finland: Sbornaja Look To Close the Gap on Germany

    Germany currently sits four points ahead of the Red Army in Group Four of World Cup Qualifying. That could change very soon. Russia has it's opportunity to put a tight squeeze on Germany's lead if they can come out of Helsinki with three points...

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  25. Zenit St. Petersburg: Chaos To Follow Advocaat Out The Door?

    It's no secret that Zenit has missed Andrei Arshavin's creativity and playmaking ability in the early stages of the 2009 campaign. The powder blues have played to a decent 5-3-3 record through the first 11, but are far from satisfied...

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