In Sports News: reigning champions Hame Zlin pull off a remarkable comeback in the semi-finals of the Extraliga playoffs; runaway league leaders Sparta Prague are struck once again by the 'curse of Pribram'; former Czech captain Nedved faces old international team-mates Baros and Smicer in the Champions League; Jiri Welsch is warming the bench at the NBA's Cleveland; and Olympic champion Ales Valenta undergoes a spine operation.
In Sports News: the Czech Republic beat Finland 4:3 in a dramatic World Cup qualifier; reigning champions Zlin keep themselves in the semi-finals of the ice hockey Extraliga with a playoffs win over Vitkovice; Czechs Novak and Stepanek are through to the fourth round at the Miami Masters; and Olympic medallist Rudolf Kraj wins his first professional boxing match.
The ice hockey Extraliga play-offs have reached the semi-final stage - but the two big Prague clubs are conspicuously absent; cross-country skier Katerina Neumannova notches up another success to put her in second place at the end of the World Cup season; in football, Sparta's hugely successful season continues, while Slavia begins to waver.
In Sports News: Sparta are knocked out in the quarterfinals of the playoffs of ice hockey's Extraliga for the first time in a decade; Sparta football club are laughing, with a corruption investigation dropped and a huge lead in the league; skier Roman Dostal surprises many by winning gold at the biathlon World Championships; and cross country star Katerina Neumannova says she is confident she can hang on to second place in the World Cup standings.
In Sports News: Roman Sebrle takes gold in the heptathlon in Madrid, despite picking up an injury on the first day; Lukas Bauer wins the third World Cup race of his career in cross country skiing; the ice hockey Extraliga playoffs are in full swing; the Czech tennis team are hammered 5:0 by Argentina in the Davis Cup and face playoffs yet again; Chelsea's Petr Cech finally concedes a league goal; and boos at Sparta Prague, despite another win.
In the world of sport, this weekend marked the cancellation of the entire NHL ice hockey season. But North America's loss has been the Czech Republic's gain. Thanks to the lockout, more than 50 players from the NHL have joined clubs in the Czech Extraliga, nearly all of them Czechs returning to their home towns. But recently the first North American player joined a team in the Extraliga. His name is Jason Marshall, and Kate Barrette traveled to Plzen in the region of West Bohemia to meet him.
In Sports News: cross country skier Katerina Neumannova takes gold at the Nordic Skiing World Championships, while Jakub Janda comes second in ski jumping; Vaclav Kolousek makes an emotional return for Slavia FC after overcoming leukemia; and Kladno are the latest team to qualify for the playoffs of ice hockey's Extraliga.
The remaining games of the North-American National Hockey League season have been cancelled after players and owners failed to agree a new collective bargaining deal. This is the first time since 1919 that the NHL top prize - the Stanley Cup will not be awarded. Many NHL players already decided months ago -when the lockout began - not to waste time and moved to different national ice hockey leagues around Europe. I talked to sport reporter Karel Knap from the paper Mlada Fronta Dnes, and asked him what the latest news means for the Czech NHL players
In Sports News: internationals Petr Cech and Milan Baros discuss the new trend of Czech players joining English clubs; in-form strike Jan Koller equals the all-time international goals record and scores a goal a game for Dortmund; Sarka Zahrobska wins the first ever Czech medal at the Alpine ski World Championships - on her 20th birthday; and the Czech ice hockey team bounce back from defeat to come second at the Swedish Games.
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