Sparta Prague emerge victorious from the ice hockey Extraliga title playoff series against local rivals Slavia; Devils' Patrik Elias is on form as injury threatens Jagr's part in the playoffs; Petr Cech misses out on English Premiership team of the year 2006; Skacel up for Scottish football award; Jankulovski makes his mark in Milan; Tomas Enge to race in the Indy Japan 300. All this in this week's sport roundup.
The Czech ice hockey star Jaromir Jagr has failed to rack-up additional points in the NHL this season, meaning he finishes 2nd on the overall leaders list. Final NHL games wrapped up on Tuesday. Jagr had recently led on the table, which combines points from goals and assists but was overtaken in the last few games before the playoffs. His one assist in New York Rangers 5 - 1 defeat of Los Angeles on Tuesday was not enough to regain the lead. Jagr finishes with 123, just 2 points behind Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks.
Slavia edges Sparta 3:2 to keep ice hockey championship hopes alive; in the NHL Ottawa's Dominik Hasek remains uncertain to start in Stanley Cup playoffs. In football, Liberec edge closer to the league title with a 1:1 tie against Plzen; Chelsea keeper Petr Cech suffers minor injury as Chelsea down Everton; Aston Villa striker Milan Baros twice finds the back of the net in Birmingham derby. In basketball, Prostejov bounce Usti nad Labem 128:70.
As you may know, the two major sports in the Czech Republic are football and ice hockey. You also may be aware that Sparta and Slavia are the two biggest clubs in Prague in both of these sports. This past weekend, the clubs squared off in both sports, and Radio Prague's Yon Pulkrabek was there and now brings us this report.
In Sports News: away from the Prague derbies, the Czech Republic's tennis players easily beat Morocco to reach the playoffs for the Davis Cup world group; ice hockey star Jaromir Jagr sets a new record for his club, after previously admitting a goal attributed to him was scored by a team-mate; and swimmer Kvetoslav Svoboda makes an impressive return after injury.
In ice hockey action, Czech forward Jan Bulis scored his 19th goal this season for the Montreal Canadiens in their eighth straight win. On Thursday the Habs downed Ottawa 5-2; the Senators were without their high-profile Czech goaltender Dominik Hasek. Montreal is currently in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, vying for one of four remaining play-off spots.
In NHL hockey on Friday Czechs were instrumental in the Columbus Bluejackets' win over the St Louis Blues. Jaroslav Balastik scored while David Vyborny and Jan Hrdina both notched up assists. The Bluejackets are currently 13th in the Western Conference, well out of play-off contention, as are the Blues in 15th.
In Sports News: Lukas Pesek becomes the first Czech to reach the podium in a motorcycling Grand Prix for 35 long years, while Jan Kopecky equals the best ever result for a Czech in the World Rally Championship; speed skater Martina Sablikova sets her first senior world record; Liberec edge ever closer to winning the Czech football league; Tomas Rosicky shines for Dortmund; it's semi-finals time in the Czech ice hockey league; and Radek Stepanek reaches the fourth round in Miami.
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