In Sports News: the Czech Republic lose in the final of the Under-20 World Cup, though they certainly will not be returning home in disgrace; tennis ace Radek Stepanek completes his comeback from injury with a win in the Los Angeles Classic - only the second title of his career; climber Libor Uher becomes only the second Czech to conquer K2; ice hockey star Petr Nedved leaves the NHL after 15 years for Sparta Prague; and is footballer Radoslav Kovac bound for the big league and Inter Milan?
In Sports News: Tomas Berdych climbs back into the top ten in tennis's world rankings after reaching the quarter-finals at Wimbledon; Nicole Vaidisova says goodbye to the All England Club at the same stage, but has more to regret; football goalkeeper Petr Cech is set to wear a special protective helmet for another season; Vladimir Smicer scores on his 'debut' for Slavia Prague; and Dominik Hasek receives a better contract from Detroit Red Wings, while Robert Lang leaves the NHL club.
Czech star goaltender Dominik Hasek, still showing top form at age 42, agreed to terms Friday with the Detroit Red Wings on a new one-year National Hockey League contract. The deal, reportedly worth more than two million dollars, makes the six-time Vezina Trophy winner as top NHL netminder a Red Wing for his 15th NHL season.
Czechs take three golds at the kayak slalom World Cup in Prague; goaltender Dominik Hasek is close to singing a new contract with Detroit Red Wings while his brother, footballer Martin Hasek, is retiring. Midfielder Vladimir Smicer is likely to sign with Slavia Prague as well as start his new TV career. Cyclist Pavel Padrnos will not be taking part in this year's Tour de France, while in athletics, Katerina Badurova overcomes the Czech pole vault record at the Golden Spike in Ostrava.
Lukas Pesek sees disappointing 18th place in 125cc British Grand Prix; in ice hockey, 19 year-old Jakub Voracek was the first European chosen in this year's NHL draft; goalie Tomas Vokoun is headed for Florida after 9 years with the Nashville Predators; and, English jockey Paul Eddery has won the 87th Czech Derby at Prague's famous Chuchle racetrack.
Czechs out of European Under-21 Championships following 3:1 loss to Italy; Pavel Nedved keeps secret whether he will return to the pitch for Italy's Juventus; Berdych wins first grass title; Hilgertova becomes oldest European medallist in kayak slalom, while Czech duo win silver in canoe; ice hockey's Dominik Hasek ready to negotiate new season with the Detroit Red Wings.
With the temperatures soaring to 30 degrees in the Czech capital these days, ice hockey is probably the furthest thing from many peoples' minds, mopping their foreheads at work, ticking off the days before their holidays start. All of the year's big tournaments have wrapped up and the Czechs didn't do too well in any: at the Ice Hockey World Championship in May they struggled through three losses before finally giving up the ghost. Likewise, this year was the first in a while that saw no Czechs win North America's Stanley Cup. True, at least there
This week in Sport News: Czech Republic draws against Wales in Euro 2008 qualifier; Nicole Vaidisova reaches last eight in French Open; in the second Czech football division, Bohemians 1905 lose their home match while Viktoria Zizkov, having already won the second league and moving on to the first, sign up a new coach. Nymburk beats Prostejov in the final series of the basketball league; and Jaromir Jagr comes home for the summer.
In Sports News this week: Roman Sebrle falls short of a record six straight wins in the decathlon at Austria's Gotzis, while Tomas Dvorak - briefly - reminds spectators of his glory days; its D-Day the Czech football league, with Sparta Prague closing in on the double; Karel Poborsky plays his last game; and has ice hockey legend Dominik Hasek played his?
In ice hockey, the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night ending the team's run for this year's Stanley Cup finals. Detroit - home to star Czech goalie Dominik Hasek - were defeated 4:3 in their final game of the series. The Ducks dominated most of the match, holding on for the win even as Detroit mounted a comeback. 42-year-old Detroit goalie Dominik Hasek, who had an excellent season, will now announce in several weeks time whether he will retire or come back.
Language exams for foreigners seeking permanent residency permit to become tougher
Gunman kills six patients in Ostrava hospital, two more fighting for their lives
Czech teenager builds second-largest ever Millennium Falcon LEGO model
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