Inter Milan 1/3 to beat Udinese in Saturday’s Serie A clash

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Competition: Serie A Market: Inter Milan to beat Udinese Odds: 1/3 @ Bet365 Serie A returns this weekend with another huge round of games to whet the appetite of the fans of Italian football. The last cluster of matches saw a number of exciting games, as this round will likely herald the same, with a […]

Ozil to choose between Man Utd and Barcelona

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Catalan media outlet Sport is reporting that Manchester United and Barcelona lead the chase for Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil. The German midfielder has decided to leave the Gunners as his contract is due to expire and his agent is already speaking to interested sides. Manchester United seem keen to bring Ozil to Old Trafford, but […]

Iker Casillas on the move

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Portuguese daily newspaper A Bola is reporting that Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas has decided to leave FC Porto. The 36-year-old recently lost his starting place to Jose Sa, and he is determined to leave the club in search of first team football. According to reports, Casillas will inform the club chiefs of his desire in […]

Crystal Palace eyeing Diego Lopez

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Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace are ready to launch an attack of out-of-favour Espanyol goalkeeper Diego Lopez, Daily Mirror understands. The Eagles sit in 17th place in the standings and have thus far conceded 28 goals in 17 matches. In attempt to improve their defensive record, Crystal Palace are said to be keen to add […]

Klopp reveals hamstring scare for Liverpool star Salah

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will assess Mohamed Salah ahead of Wednesday’s Premier League match against West Brom after the Egypt international suffered a hamstring scare in the Merseyside derby. Salah has enjoyed a flying start to life at Anfield and his brilliant opening goal in Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Everton was his 19th in all […]

Cristiano Ronaldo tells Real Madrid to sign Andre Silva

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Spanish media outlet Diario Gols is suggesting that Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has urged the Los Blancos management to sign AC Milan forward Andre Silva. Ballon d’Or winner is said to be against his club’s plan to go for Mauro Icardi and would rather have his compatriot Silva join the Santiago Bernabeu outfit. Real […]

Zarley Zalapski passes away

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Zarley Zalapski, who played for Canada at the 1988 Olympics in Calgary, died on Tuesday at age 49. The cause of death was undisclosed.

The puck-moving defenceman from Edmonton, Alberta made headlines when he was drafted fourth overall in the 1986 NHL Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins. However, Zalapski opted to put his international career first, playing for the Canadian national team under head coach Dave King for three seasons.

It was a big leap for a teenager coming out of Tier-II hockey with the AJHL’s Fort Saskatchewan Traders, but he made the best of it. His achievements included being named Best Defenceman at the 1987 Izvestia Tournament in Moscow, where Canada upset the favoured host Soviets, and adding three assists at the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship that year as his nation came fourth in Vienna.

Canada again placed fourth when it hosted the Winter Games for the first time in 1988, with Zalapski notching a goal and three assists. He then joined Pittsburgh for the remainder of the 1987/88 season.

Zalapski cracked the NHL All-Rookie Team in 1988/89 with 45 points. However, he missed out on winning the Stanley Cup with the Mario Lemieux-era Penguins since he was traded on 4 March 1991 to the Hartford Whalers. The blockbuster deal also saw John Cullen and Jeff Parker going to Hartford in exchange for Ron Francis, Ulf Samuelsson and Grant Jennings.

In Hartford, Zalapski peaked as an NHL points producer. Known for his power play skills, he had a career-high 20 goals and 57 points in 1991-92, and then jumped to 65 points in 1992-93, making the NHL All-Star Game that season. He would also play for the Calgary Flames, Philadelphia Flyers, and Montreal Canadiens before ending his 12-year NHL career in 1999/2000 with 384 points in 637 games.

But there was more to come for the 186-cm, 102-kg veteran. After suiting up for several IHL teams, he took his talents to Europe, playing in Germany, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, and Austria. He became a Swiss citizen through marriage in 2006 and spent six seasons in the top-two Swiss leagues. Zalapski’s final stint in the Swiss National League B proved most rewarding, as he won championships with Lausanne HC in 2009 and 2010.

Tuesday’s news prompted an outpouring of sympathy around the hockey world. Calgary Flames president CEO Ken King said in a statement: “We are deeply saddened with the news of Zarley’s passing. We are proud that Zarley wore the Flames jersey; made Calgary his home following his playing career; represented our alumni executive; and we will always remember him as a member of the Flames family.”


Montreal Impact sign Raitala, Edwards

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MLS side Montreal Impact have announced the arrival of Finnish defender Jukka Raitala and Canadian midfielder Raheem Edwards in the expansion draft ahead of the new season. Aiming to improve the overall quality of the team the club management decided to trade defender Laurent Ciman for a pair of players who were initially selected by […]

Peter Crouch reveals he almost killed Dirk Kuyt with a go-kart (VIDEO)

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Stoke City veteran striker Peter Crouch is defying age this season to beat a number of Premier League records and write his name in the history books of this glorious competition. A loveable figure both on and off the pitch, the 36-year-old took part in FourFourTwo’s One-on-One interview during which he spoke of some less […]

Like father, like son – Enzo Zidane with some serious tekkers (Video)

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The 22-year-old Deportivo Alaves midfielder Enzo Fernandez is more known as the son of Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane. Enzo is building a name for himself in the football world and we already know his father’s football gene has been passed on to him. Alaves midfielder just once again demonstrated it by displaying unbelievable tekkers […]
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