Teplice beat last year's finalists Celtic in the UEFA Cup on Wednesday night, but still went down 3:1 on aggregate; both club's managers give their verdict on the game. In the Czech football league, Liberec's Dosek scored a hat-trick against Zlin, while Ostrava have extended their lead at the top of the table. Pardubice are looking good in the ice hockey Extraliga playoffs and Czech star Petr Nedved has left the New York Rangers after six years at the club.
Czech football league leaders Banik Ostrava have been beaten by bottom of the table Blsany, while defending champions Sparta slipped up at Ceske Budejovice, allowing a resurgent Slavia to go second. Milan Baros has returned from injury in style with a goal in his first league game, while his Czech international team-mate Tomas Rosicky is out with a broken arm. In ice hockey, Pilsen whupped Kladno to take the last place in the playoffs and Czech star Robert Lang has gotten off to a great start at new club Detroit.
Czech teams had mixed fortunes in European football action this week, with Sparta Prague holding AC Milan to a 0:0 draw in the Champions League and Teplice taking a 3:0 battering from Celtic in Glasgow. The last round of the ice hockey Extraliga is promising to be dramatic, with Pilsen and Kladno going head to head for the final playoffs place. And cross country skier Martin Koukal has been in inconsistent form since returning from injury.
The Czech Republic have extended their unbeaten run to 20 games, with a draw in a friendly against Italy on Wednesday. The Czechs had to come from behind four minutes from full-time, though coach Brueckner says they could have won. With his 91st international appearance Karel Poborsky has set a new Czech caps record. Meanwhile, Pavel Nedved has - surprise, surprise - been named Czech Footballer of the Year. And the Ice Hockey World Championships will, after all, be shown live on Czech Television.
Ostrava Banik has opened the spring football schedule with 2-0 victory over Liberec, while Sparta Prague has kept pace by beating a feisty Opava side; ice hockey's Pilsen are still fighting to retain a play-off berth; Bobby Holik's 1000th game in the NHL was marred by a 6-2 loss; and skiing star Katerina Neumannova had to pull out of a world cup event after her trainer opted for the wrong skis.
Legendary ice hockey goaltender Dominik Hasek's season is over due to injury. At 39 can he ever return to the ice? Jaromir Jagr, meanwhile, has topped a table of the highest earning hockey players of all time. As the Czech football season resumes, international coach Brueckner will be missing several key players in a friendly against Italy next week. Young high-jumper Jaroslav Baba is in fine form, though in the biathlon Katerina Holubcova has had quite a comedown after becoming world champion last year.
The Czech Republic have been beaten 3:2 by Spain in the first round of this season's Davis Cup, after Czech number one Jiri Novak suffered a groin strain. Czech ice hockey coach Slavomir Lener says he was pleased with how his team played at the Swedish Games, the last tournament before May's World Championships. Cross country skier Katerina Neumannova has won yet another World Cup event, this time the 10 kilometre free in the French Alps. Athlete Roman Sebrle has started the season in style and Czech footballers made their mark in Europe at the
As the Czech Republic's men's tennis team prepares to face Spain in Brno this weekend in the first round of this year's Davis Cup, two of Spain's star players have dropped out. The Czech ice hockey team will also be in action this weekend, in the Swedish Games, the last competition of the Euro Hockey Tour. Meanwhile, Czech Extraliga club Kladno have loaned goaltender Zdenek Orct to Russia's Kazan for the rest of the season.
Martina Navratilova's last ever match at tennis's Australian Open ended in defeat in the mixed doubles final on Sunday. Another Czech sporting great, ice hockey forward Jaromir Jagr, played his 1,000th NHL game on Friday, though the game could have gone better for the famous no. 68. In football, Jiri Stajner has joined Sparta Prague on loan from Hanover, while other Czech players had mixed fortunes as the Bundesliga started again.
In football, Vaclav Kolousek has finally joined Slavia Prague, after weeks of negotiations. Tomas Rosicky, meanwhile, is staying at Dortmund, at least until the end of the season. Czech international coach Karel Brueckner has come second in a poll of the world's best managers in 2003. Ice hockey star Jaromir Jagr has been having mixed fortunes at his new club New York Rangers, and is it the end of the line for another Czech legend, Dominik Hasek?
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