Everton have signed Switzerland Under-21 forward Shani Tarashaj on a four-and-a-half-year deal. Toffees boss Roberto Martinez told his club’s official website: “Shani is an enormous young talent in Swiss football who, without a doubt, will have a great future. We’re delighted to have found a young player who believes that our club is the perfect step for him to enhance his quality and to grow his career. “He fits in really well to our style and the way we want to play the game. He is a family boy, hungry and he is desperate to fight for his place in our talented young squad.” Tarashaj has scored eight goals in 18 games for Grasshoppers this season. The player told evertontv: “It is a dream for me to sign here at Everton. I am proud and so happy to be here.” The 20-year-old joins from Grasshoppers and will be loaned back to the Zurich club for the remainder of the 2015-16 season to allow him to complete his national service. No fee was announced by Everton but it has been reported as being £3million. Press Association
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Excuse rookie forward Jason Pominville for not remembering the last time the Buffalo Sabres scored 10 goals. It hasn’t happened in almost 13 years, when Pominville was a 10-year-old growing up in Quebec. He won’t forget this one. Pominville, with a natural hat trick, and Jochen Hecht scored three goals apiece in Buffalo’s 10-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night. Jeff Cowan, scoring late in the first period, had the lone goal for the Kings, who gave up 10 goals for the first time since a 10-3 loss to Washington on Feb. 13, 1993. The margin of defeat matched the Kings’ worst since a 9-0 loss to Montreal in the 1975-76 season opener. “They walked all over us,” Kings captain Mattias Norstrom said. “A loss like this you start to talk about pride. As a team, as individuals, we got embarrassed out there.” Goalie Mathieu Garon, coming off a 6-0 win at Boston on Thursday night, had the toughest night. Garon allowed four goals on 10 shots and was pulled twice, the final time after Hecht scored on a screened shot from the right circle midway through the first period. Drury made sure to remind everyone that this was only one game, while noting the Sabres prepare to open a six-game road swing, their longest of the season. “It’s nothing to gloat about,” Drury said. “It’s two points and we’ll move on.” It didn’t help that the Kings are a banged up team. Pavol Demitra missed his fourth game with a leg injury while Lubomir Visnovsky, second among NHL defenseman with 45 points (13 goals and 32 assists), did not play because of flu-like symptoms. No excuses, Kings coach Andy Murray said, who did not address his team after the game. “I said most of my things after the first and second periods,” Murray said. “I said my piece and it was time for them to come up with an explanation. … We just weren’t very good.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “It’s awesome,” Pominville said. “It doesn’t happen too often. So it’s fun to see the team work hard and have it finally pay off.” Hecht also will have fond memories of the game after recording the first career three-goal game in his six-year NHL career “Happy to get it out of the way, but it’s also great for `Pommer’ to get his first one, too,” Hecht said. Chris Drury had a goal and three assists, Ales Kotalik had a goal and two assists and Jay McKee and Daniel Paille also scored. Tim Connolly and Mike Grier had three assists each for Buffalo, which built a 5-0 lead 17 minutes in. The 10 goals were the most the Sabres scored since a 10-7 win over Detroit on Feb 24, 1993. The Sabres also snapped a two-game winless streak (0-1-1), their longest since losing four straight from Nov. 2-9.