Only a few dozen Czech ice hockey fans came to Ruzyne airport on Sunday to greet the Czech national team returning from the Ice Hockey World Championship in Helsinki. After Canada beat the Czech Republic 8-4 in the semi-final on Friday, the Czechs faced their former federation partner Slovakia in Saturday's bronze-medal match.
Czech ice hockey coach Slavomir Lener has bagged some big names from the NHL for his squad for the World Championships while the Czechs have finally broken their "Russian curse" at the tenth attempt. Tomas Repka has not been recalled to the Czech football squad ahead of a friendly against Turkey and Denisa Chladkova has pulled out of the Czech women's tennis team just days before a tough Fed Cup clash with the United States.
The Czech Republic's football team scored a comfortable and impressive victory over Austria to continue their successful Euro 2004 campaign - we hear from two-goal hero Jan Koller. The president of the Czech Tennis Union is not at all happy about leading player Daja Bedanova's possible adoption German citizenship and Slavia Prague have made it to the finals of the ice hockey Extraliga finals for the first time.
After 16 years without a Czech medal in individual competition, two Czech biathlonists made it to the podium at the sport's World Championships in Siberia on Saturday. The Czechs took only one medal at the European Indoor Atheltics Championships in Birmingham, when Roman Sebrle scored a disappointing bronze. The line-ups for the ice hockey Extraliga play-offs have been decided, and in football Sparta stay in front with a win over Stare Mesto.
In today's Sports News: Czech skier Martin Koukal adds a 5th place finish to a successful week at the cross country skiing world championships in Italy; Czech football side Slavia get set for the second leg of the UEFA Cup last sixteen; and Jaromir Jagr and Petr Sykora both shine in team wins in NHL ice hockey action.
In sports this week: Slavia victorious in UEFA Cup action. Prague teams tied for top spot in Czech football league. Katerina Holubcova comes in third at world biathlon championships, Martin Koukal sixth at cross country world cup. The race for last spots in Hockey playoffs heating up. And, Martin Straka, Milan Hejduk, and Robert Reichel carry their teams to victory in NHL action.
The Czechs were knocked out in the semi-finals of tennis's Hopman Cup, but not without Jiri Novak taking a major scalp in the form of world number one, Lleyton Hewitt. Martina Navratilova is still going strong, and has just set a new world record. Sparta Prague's Jiri Jarosik has made a big-money transfer to CSKA Moscow football club, and stands to become the biggest star in the Russian league. And the leading Czech women's football player has made a historic move to the United States.
Skier Katerina Neumannova is one step closer to a pair of belated Winter Olympic medals, after two disqualified Russian skiers lose an appeal. Meanwhile, with Neumannova on a career break to have a baby, Lukas Bauer proves she is not the only Czech cross-country star of international quality. Tennis ace Jiri Novak has won the curiously-named Golden Canary award, and the Czech teams left in the UEFA Cup have an uphill battle in next week's third round second legs. All those stories and more are in Sports News.
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