In Sports news today: Czech tennis superstars keep their world rankings ahead of the BNP Paribas Open; FC Viktoria Plzeň’s victory against Sparta sees both it and Liberec eyeing Sparta’s top spot in the Gambrinus Liga; HC Oceláři Třinec have to face PSG Zlín for a fifth time in the ice hockey Extraliga playoffs and Sýkora’s hopes of celebrating in style his 1000th professional match end in disappointment.
Sports News: In football, Jablonec, Liberec and Plzeň all secure wins to inch closer to league leaders Sparta Prague; Chelsea – with Petr Čech – lose 1:0 against QPR; hockey goalie Chábera earns a shut-out against Sparta, while in the NHL Vokoun notches up his sixth straight win with the Washington Capitals; and, Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová will face tough opponents in her group in the WTA Championships.
Decathlete Roman Šebrle finishes in disappointing 13th place in the World Athletics Championships; pole-vaulters Jiřina Ptáčníková and Jan Kudlička advance to finals; Judo wrestler Lukáš Krpálek wins the bronze medal at the world championships in Paris; in football Lafata earns second-straight hat-trick; Man U destroy Arsenal.
Football goalkeeper Petr Čech proves key in the Czechs’ draw against Peru in the Kirin Cup; Liechtenstein upset Lithuania in Euro 2012 qualifying to boost the Czech Republic’s own tournament chances; Viktoria Žižkov is promoted to the top flight, joining four other Prague clubs; tennis legends Mečíř, Novotná edge Lendl, Mandlíková in mixed-doubles in Prague; hockey goalie Hašek takes time off to hit the singletrack but plans to return in 2012/2013 season.
Viktoria Žižkov have been promoted to the first division of the Czech soccer league. The Prague side secured a return to the top flight after a two-year absence with a 1:0 win over Most in the penultimate round of the season on Saturday. With Dukla Prague already promoted, there will be five teams from the Czech capital in the top tier next season, including Sparta, Bohemians 1905 and Slavia.
In Sports News this Monday: young Czech defender Jan Šimůnek wins the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg; with Slavia having taken the Czech league title attention has turned to the fight for second place, with Sparta currently edging it over Liberec; Robert “Bobby” Holík retires after 18 seasons in ice hockey’s NHL; and Czech handball star Filip Jícha puts his club Kiel ahead in the final of the sport’s Champions League.
Slavia Prague have won the Czech football league for the second time in a row, after beating Viktoria Žižkov on Monday evening. For decades they have had been accused of being věčně druhý (forever second), overshadowed by the country’s richest club, Sparta Prague. So do Slavia’s two titles in two seasons represent a real power shift in Czech football?
In Sports News this Monday: Roger Federer beats Radek Štěpánek in the third round of what has been a disappointing US Open for the Czech Republic; Sparta stay in front in the Czech league after a home win over Viktoria Žižkov; Milan Baroš will be hoping a move to Turkey’s Galatasaray can revive his career; and Czech motorcyclist Lukáš Pešek notches up his best MotoGP finish since moving up to 250 CC.
In Sports News: Czech boxer Konečný says he was slighted by judges in title fight; football’s Sparta edge closer to being crowned season champions; Chelsea draws level with Man United in English Premiership; Jágr’s Rangers in a 2-0 hole in their series against Pittsburgh in the NHL playoffs; Czech women’s team through to elite World Group in tennis’ Fed Cup.