1. Roland Garros 2009: Hey Kid, Just Shut Up and Play

    Across the world, in many different countries, there are young boys and girls who love the game of tennis. They grab a racquet and head over to a local court to hit with friends...

    Sergey Zikov Written by Sergey Zikov about over 6 years ago 830 reads 26 comments

  2. Roland Garros 2009: Honestly, Teimuraz Gabashvili Gave It His Best

    For the Georgian, his second round French Open match followed the same story as so many others had facing Rafael Nadal in his House of Horrors...

    Sergey Zikov Written by Sergey Zikov about over 6 years ago 569 reads 13 comments

  3. Roland Garros 2009: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Powers Past Julien Benneteau

    Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won his first career match at Roland Garros, and it sure did not come easy. Countryman and good friend Julien Benneteau gave the Boxer all he wanted in a first-round skirmish...

    Sergey Zikov Written by Sergey Zikov about over 6 years ago 486 reads 8 comments

  4. Roland Garros 2009: Caroline Wozniacki To Duel at High Noon

    One shot. One set. Tomorrow, it's sudden death at high noon for young Dane Caroline Wozniacki and Russian Vera Dushevina on Court Two. A position the No...

    Sergey Zikov Written by Sergey Zikov about over 6 years ago 458 reads 19 comments

  5. French Open Nursery Report: WTA Day One

    The first flurry of action from Roland Garros is in the books. Some top seeds had to get through adversity to advance while several unknowns made a name for themselves. Let's take a look at some of the rising stars...

    Sergey Zikov Written by Sergey Zikov about over 6 years ago 189 reads 3 comments

  6. Pittsburgh Penguins Player Ratings: ECF Game Three

    The Pittsburgh Penguins took a commanding three games to none lead in their best-of-seven game series with the Carolina Hurricanes, defeating the homestanding Canes 6-2 at the RBC Center...

    Sergey Zikov Written by Sergey Zikov about over 6 years ago 533 reads 0 comments

  7. Home Sweet Dirt? This Dane Thinks So.

    Don't mention April 2008 to Caroline Wozniacki under any circumstances. In a season that was full of bright spots for one of the WTA's rising young stars, the showers and green clay didn't put too many smiles on her usually grinning face...

    Sergey Zikov Written by Sergey Zikov about over 6 years ago 187 reads 5 comments

  8. Young Guns of the WTA Set To Crash Roland Garros Party

    It's almost that time again, folks. A Slam is finally here again! I will be attempting to keep you up to speed on how the "Young Guns" of the WTA fare this time around...

    Sergey Zikov Written by Sergey Zikov about over 6 years ago 424 reads 9 comments

  9. 2009 French Open Preview: 10 Questions on the Women's Side

    For every 100 previews of the French Open, 99 of them will tell you that Rafael Nadal will easily hoist his fifth consecutive Coupe des Mousquetaires. The lonely other one is probably written by either the BBC or a hopeless Roger Federer fanatic...

    Sergey Zikov Written by Sergey Zikov about over 6 years ago 1,409 reads 14 comments

  10. Can We Please End the Brandon Moss Project?

    Only a season ago, the Pittsburgh Pirates fielded what many considered the most productive outfield in baseball, with Jason Bay, Nate McLouth and Xavier Nady. Now they field one of the most puzzling...

    Sergey Zikov Written by Sergey Zikov about over 6 years ago 190 reads 3 comments

  11. The "Greatest" Tennis Debate Ends Here

    It's ok. You are forgiven. You have all debated who the greatest tennis player of all-time is. Was it Pistol Pete Sampras, with his ATP-record 14 Slam titles? My great-grandpa could beat him on clay...

    Sergey Zikov Written by Sergey Zikov about over 6 years ago 1,458 reads 55 comments

  12. FK Rostov 2-1 Zenit St. Petersburg: Rostov Dumps Powder Blues

    ROSTOV: Zenit St. Petersburg suffered its first defeat of the season at Rostov, giving up a late goal by Moldovan Alexandru Gatcan in the 86th minute...

    Sergey Zikov Written by Sergey Zikov about over 6 years ago 124 reads 2 comments

  13. Zenit St. Petersburg's Difficult Path to Russia's Cup

    SAINT PETERSBURG—Zenit St. Petersburg jumped back into second place in the Russian Premier League after a 4-2 domination of cellar-dwellers Khimki...

    Sergey Zikov Written by Sergey Zikov about over 6 years ago 104 reads 12 comments

  14. Giant Killers: 1944 Zenit Leningrad

    When I heard about the "Giant Killers" series, I felt that I could contribute a new angle to this delicious topic. So, I thought this was an upset story that not many realized...

    Sergey Zikov Written by Sergey Zikov about over 6 years ago 596 reads 6 comments

  15. The 10 Most Lopsided Grand Slam Finals in Men's Tennis

    There are one-sided victories in the world of tennis every week, but to see them in a Grand Slam final is a little more. You don't expect it, because the players are supposed to be evenly matched...

    Sergey Zikov Written by Sergey Zikov about over 6 years ago 2,633 reads 41 comments

  16. Is Rafael Nadal the Best Player on Clay Ever?

    It's that wonderful time of year again, where all the world's finest tennis players dash from the pavement to the sandboxes in an instant case of age regression...

    Sergey Zikov Written by Sergey Zikov about over 6 years ago 395 reads 67 comments

  17. Why Andy Murray Will Be Second Best Before The French Open

    For the last two to three years, men's tennis has been graced by the presence of two greats, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. The older Swiss racqueteer dominated for many years, until his arch-nemesis and kryptonite, the Raging Bull came along...

    Sergey Zikov Written by Sergey Zikov about over 6 years ago 1,576 reads 102 comments

  18. B/R Fantasy Baseball: Goon Squad Week Two Recap

    Week Two: Leftfield Lunatics 9, End of the Bench 1 Press Conference with Loons GM Sergey Zikov and Manager Lloyd McClendon THE MODERATOR: Questions, please...

    Sergey Zikov Written by Sergey Zikov about over 6 years ago 152 reads 3 comments

  19. The Ten Greatest Single Seasons in Men's Tennis

    In the world of competitive sports, there are players who have great careers and then there are awe-inspiring single season performances. Here are my Top Ten greatest seasons in Men's Tennis...

    Sergey Zikov Written by Sergey Zikov about over 6 years ago 3,055 reads 45 comments

  20. "The Zone" with Vera Zvonareva: Bats, Throwing Racquets, and Pranks

    The Zone: Thanks for tuning in today to the program, we've got a very special show for you today. We're planning on blabbing a little tennis, and a few other things with Russian sensation Vera Zvonareva...

    Sergey Zikov Written by Sergey Zikov about over 6 years ago 501 reads 10 comments

  21. Pirates Acquire OF Delwyn Young From the Dodgers

    PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired switch-hitting outfielder Delwyn Young from the Los Angeles Dodgers for either two unnamed minor league players or cash...

    Sergey Zikov Written by Sergey Zikov about over 6 years ago 349 reads 2 comments

  22. You'll Be Saying "Wow!" When You Hear About These Loons' Promotions

    Dear Loyal Goons Fan, Welcome to a new season of Leftfield Loons' baseball, and we hope to see you all out at the ballpark at some point! We have a number of new promotions coming up this week as we face the 2nd Place team, End of the Dugout...

    Sergey Zikov Written by Sergey Zikov about over 6 years ago 291 reads 4 comments

  23. Mother Russia Shines Upon the Ranks of the WTA

    In the rich and storied history of tennis, some traditions just seem to stand out; the all-white attire at Wimbledon, the walk through the hallway of Champions at Rod Laver Arena before entering the court, the razzle-dazzle of the US Open...

    Sergey Zikov Written by Sergey Zikov about over 6 years ago 254 reads 16 comments

  24. The Tale of Roddick Hood and The Men in Whites

    Once upon a time, in a Kingdom kind of far away, a nation is plagued by excessive parity on it's tennis courts. A Crusade is ordered by King Roger the Lionheart, to go out and bring dominance to these foreign lands...

    Sergey Zikov Written by Sergey Zikov about over 6 years ago 268 reads 34 comments

  25. B/R Fantasy Baseball: Loons Week One Press Conference

    Week One: Leftfield Lunatics 8, LB's Maniaxs 2 Press Conference with Loons GM Sergey Zikov and Manager Lloyd McClendon. THE MODERATOR: Questions, please. Question: Congratulations on the win, first of all...

    Sergey Zikov Written by Sergey Zikov about over 6 years ago 75 reads 1 comments