In Sports News this week: the Czech cross country skiing relay team make history with their first ever World Cup win; Slavia Prague go into the winter break as Czech football league leaders; Rosicky scores for Arsenal but ends up on the losing side, while Nedved secures three points for Juventus; Milan Hejduk notches up three goals and three assists for Colorado in an NHL game against St Louis; and the Czech Republic is chosen as the venue for the 2010 women’s basketball world championships.
Tomas Plekanec scored his 9th goal of the season in NHL ice hockey action
on Thursday, helping lift his team the Montreal Canadiens over “Original
Six” rival, the Boston Bruins. The Canadiens won 4:2, their 7th match in
a row against Boston.
Toronto, meanwhile dumped the New York Rangers 6:2 with Leaf’s defenseman Pavel Kubina getting an assist. The Rangers’ Jaromir Jagr failed to get on the board.
The Montreal Canadiens squandered a 3-goal lead in NHL ice hockey action on Saturday, ultimately losing their game against the Nashville Predators 5:4 in a penalty shootout. The Predator’s comeback was clinched by Czech forward and former Hab Radek Bonk in the 3rd period: he scored with just 46.8 seconds remaining to take the game to extra time. Bonk scored again in penalties, as did Martin Erat, winning the match for Nashville.
The board of governors of the NHL, North America’s national ice hockey league, is to decide over the next two days on the start of next year’s regular season, including whether or not the organisation will stage an exhibition game in the Czech capital. This year the NHL saw two such games in London between the Anaheim Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings. Czech business managers have reportedly been discussing the possibility of a Prague game with NHL representatives, reportedly lobbying for the New York Rangers to play in the Czech capital; New York is home to Czech star Jaromir Jagr.
In Sports News: the Czech national football teams finished first in their qualifying group for Euro 2008 and learned their opponents in the World Cup 2010 qualification; Brno beat Sparta Prague in top football division; skiers Sarka Zahrobska and Lukas Bauer came in second in their World Cup events; as well as the latest in Czech ice-hockey.
On the anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, the Czech Republic’s national football team defeat Slovakia in Euro qualifying; in NHL ice hockey, the New York Rangers are on roll – Detroit’s Hasek suffers slump; boxer Konecny, injured in training, misses chance to fight for World Championship belt in November; speed skater Sablikova sets new Czech record for the 3,000 metres in Calgary.
The Canadian daily the Toronto Star has reported that Toronto Maple Leafs rookie Jiri Tlusty was mortified after revealing photos of him made their way onto the internet. On Tuesday it came to light that the photos of the 19-year-old player – the Leafs’ 13th overall draft pick for 2006 – had been posted on some pages. Tlusty has since spoken about the incident with reporters, explaining the pictures were taken by cell phone last year and posted privately on Facebook for a female friend he had met over the internet. The player, who has gotten off to a good start with Toronto this season, said he now hoped to put the incident behind him, to focus on the game.
In Sports News: world javelin champion Barbora Spotakova is named Czech Athlete of the Year for the first time; world speed skating champion Martina Sablikova wins her first World Cup race of the season; Czech footballer Radek Sirl scores the goal that seals the Russian league title for Zenit St Petersburg; and Czech league leaders Slavia Prague drop two points at Zizkov after conceding a goal in time added on.
Tampa Bay forward Vaclav Prospal was named the first star in a game
between the Sharks and the Washington Capitals in NHL ice hockey action on
Saturday. Prospal scored one goal and notched up two assists in his
team’s 5:2 win.
In other action, Martin Erat lifted Nashville over Columbus by scoring the final penalty in a 4:3 shoot-out.
Over 1,000 skeletons discovered during renovation of Kutná Hora “bone church”
Language exams for foreigners seeking permanent residency permit to become tougher
Why are Russian and Chinese spying activities in Czech Republic so intense and how exactly do they do it?
Prague’s historical Koh-i-noor factory to be converted into residential area
The history of the “German Czechs”