In Sports News this week: two Czech women's tennis players will compete in a Grand Slam quarter final for the first time in 22 years; ski jumper Jan Mazoch is still in a serious condition after an horrific fall; Petr Cech makes a return to action after a long lay-off with a head injury, and Slavia come out on top in Prague's ice hockey derby.
Ice hockey goalie Tomas Vokoun has won his second game since returning from injury, earning a 2:0 shut-out for his team the Nashville Predators against Columbus on Friday. Vokoun got a fair amount of help from fellow team mates, who kept Columbus' chances to a minimum, just 22 shots. Vokoun had missed 20 games during his recovery from a hand injury. His first match back, a less impressive performance by the keeper, Nashville edged Anaheim 5:4.
Czech ice hockey center Robert Lang helped his team the Detroit Red Wings spark a four goal third period comeback on Thursday to defeat Columbus 7 - 4. The Wings were trailing 4 - 0 early in the last frame but came back to win in part thanks to three assists by Lang to Cleary who scored a hat-trick.
In Sports News this week: Libor Sionko scores for Glasgow Rangers while Celtic's Jiri Jarosik (heading for his fourth title in as many countries) needs stitches after a Scottish league clash; Petr Cech enjoys a rare Christmas at home in Plzen, as former Czech keeper Pavel Srnicek makes a return for Newcastle; ice hockey great Dominik Hasek puts in a brilliant performance for Detroit; and the Czech Davis Cup team will definitely be without world no. 19 Radek Stepanek.
In Sports News: the Czech women's cross country skiing team took their first relay medal in over two decades; the Czech ice hockey team come last yet again in a Euro Hockey Tour event; Jarosik and Sionko become the first Czechs to face each other in Glasgow's Old Firm derby; and two-time Olympic canoeing Martin Doktor becomes a doctor.
In Sports News: the leading Czech men's swimmer Kvetoslav Svoboda comes fourth in a major competition yet again; Czech ice hockey stars make a big impression on the NHL; Czech goalkeeper Jan Lastuvka has a difficult introduction to the English Premiership, conceding six goals in two games for Fulham; and which Czech league stars will be moving to greener pastures in the transfer window?
In Sports News: Sparta win the Prague derby in hockey, though their goaltender is slightly late arriving on the ice; Slavia, meanwhile, go top of the Czech football league, temporarily at least; with 72 shutouts, Dominik Hasek is closing in on a career milestone; and ski jumper Jakub Janda's season picks up, ever so slightly.
In Sports News: Tomas Berdych is again named Czech tennis player of the year; the Czech volleyball team lose their first two games in the last-8 group stage at the world championships; speed skater Martina Sablikova again reaches the podium in a world cup event; cross country skier Katerina Neummanova finishes fourth in Finland; and Sparta Prague lead the Czech football league but have next to no chance of advancing in the UEFA Cup - or of signing Jan Koller.
Only a few days ago the Czech Republic's greatest hockey player Jaromir Jagr made history by becoming only the 16th player in the NHL to ever score 600 goals. Now, he's made history again. On Tuesday night when his New York Rangers beat Carolina, Jagr scored twice more, inching past Finnish legend Jari Kurri to become the greatest European-born scorer ever. Earlier Jan Velinger spoke to Pavel Barta, a specialist in ice hockey and reporter for the Czech newspaper Mlada Fronta Dnes.
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