In Sports News this Monday: Czech footballer Milan Baroš could be out for two months after breaking a bone in his foot in a game for Galatasaray, while Marek Jankulovski is set for ankle surgery; Teplice remain on top of the Czech football league, despite dropping two points at České Budějovice; skier Šárka Záhrobská takes nul points from her first slalom event of the season; and after 20 rounds Třínec lead ice hockey’s Extraliga.
Hockey forward Aleš Hemský shined for the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday in the team’s match-up against Columbus in the NHL. The forward earned one goal and four assists. Edmonton took the victory by a score of 6:4. In other action, Aleš Kotalík scored once and got one assist for the Rangers against New Jersey to tie the game at two apiece after two periods. In the third period, though, the Devils struck back, scoring twice to take the game.
A dream came true this season for ice hockey fans from Brno, myself included. Kometa Brno, the most successful Czech hockey club in history, returned to the top division after long 13 years. But the joy did not last long – the “Blue and White Aristocrats” lost the first eleven matches in a row, which has put many fans'passion for Kometa to a serious test.
Kometa Brno fired its coach Vladimír Kýhos on Wednesday over the team’s poor performance and results in the first four rounds of the Czech hockey top division. Kometa, which bought the rights to play in the Extraliga, lost all four games and is last with zero points. On Tuesday, Kometa lost 4:0 to Kladno.
Hockey forward and two-time Stanley Cup winner Petr Sýkora has signed with the Minnesota Wild in the National Hockey League (NHL), agreeing to a one-year contract. The 32-year-old Sýkora spent the last two seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins, winning the Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 2009, before becoming a free agent. His earlier Stanley Cup win came with the New Jersey Devils in 2000.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic’s Lukáš Dlouhý and India’s Leander Paes take the doubles title at the US Open, their second Grand Slam of the year; Tomáš Rosický scores on an impressive return for Arsenal – former international team-mate Vladimír Šmicer tells us he hopes Rosický can avoid injury all season; Czechs Barbora Špotáková and Jaroslav Bába take silver medals in the javelin and high jump at the World Athletics Final; and Vítkovice top the table after three rounds of the new Extraliga season.
In Sports News this Monday: Czech hopes of reaching the 2010 World Cup recede further after a 2:2 draw with Slovakia; striker Jan Koller retires for good after a disappointing game in Bratislava; the unseeded Petra Kvitová takes a big “scalp” at the US Open – world number one Dinara Safina; and the Czech ice hockey squad start an “Olympic” season by winning their first Euro Hockey Tour competition in many years.
In Sports News: after a top-flight career lasting over two decades, the great Czech rower Václav Chalupa goes out in style; the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Petr Sýkora presents ice hockey’s Stanley Cup to fans in Plzeň; the Czech soccer squad gather ahead of a crucial World Cup qualifier against Slovakia; and three months after being photographed buying drugs, Roman Bednář is back – and scoring again – for West Brom.
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”