In Sports News: Vaidisova and Berdych are the best of the Czechs at tennis's US Open, though once again no Czechs make it through to the second week at a Grand Slam tournament; the national football team's chances of reaching next year's World Cup suffer a setback with a 2:0 defeat to Romania, while several players are set to miss Wednesday's game against Armenia; the Czech Republic takes two medals at the World Rowing Championships; and the country's ice hockey team come third in the Ceska pojistovna Cup
Just over a year ago the Czech Republic lost one of its great sports heroes. Former hockey player and later national team coach Ivan Hlinka was killed in a car accident - at the height of his fame. A year on, an exhibition has opened in Prague as a tribute to the man who led the Czech hockey team from one victory to another.
In Sports News: the Czechs get off to a poor start at the World Athletics Championships, but Cechlova-Pospisilova and Sebrle are hopeful of medals in the next few days; ice hockey star Hejduk extends his contract at Colorado; Sparta Prague begin the new football season with a win, while Slavia drop two points at home; and American basketball player Maurice Whitfield makes his debut for the Czech Republic.
Two Czech hockey stars have reportedly signed on to play for the NHL's New York Rangers. Forward Martin Straka and defender Marek Malik, who during the NHL lockout have played in the Czech Elite League for the Plzen and Vitkovice teams respectively, are to join their national team mate Jaromir Jagr, who now plays in Russia. During the 2003-04 season, the last before the lockout, 71 Czechs were playing in the NHL.
Jaromir Jagr, perhaps the most successful Czech ice hockey player of all time, has just taken a break from training ahead of the new season to try his hand in a new profession: acting. However, his role in a Czech Television serial shouldn't be too taxing for the megastar forward: he is playing himself.
In Sports News: Czech record holder Jaroslav Baba takes gold in the high jump at the European Under 23 Athletics Championships; in the Intertoto Cup Sigma Olomouc achieve a valuable 1:1 away draw against Borussia Dortmund, thanks to an own goal from Czech striker Jan Koller; Sparta Prague give troubled Jan Simak a new contract - on condition he treats a drinking problem; and the NHL agreement may not be all bad news for the Czech elite ice hockey league.
In Sports News: Vaclav Chalupa's long reign as the number one Czech rower comes to an end, as he symbolically hands his oar to youngster Ondrej Synek; world famous Czech football goalkeeper Petr Cech plays host to Chelsea colleagues in the centre of Prague, while Milan Baros welcomes Liverpool's Dudek to his home village; tennis player Klara Koukalova wins her first title; and Czech ice hockey captain David Vyborny leaves Sparta Prague, saying some teammates resent his World Championships success.
Several football clubs are said to have expressed an interest in picking-up Liverpool striker Vladimir Smicer; delegates in the Czech-Moravian Football Association have once again failed to elect a new chairman; the Czech men's handball team ekes out a 1-goal win against Portugal; ice hockey's Jaromir Jagr is set to return to Russia's Omsk.
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