In Sports News: former world champion Šárka Záhrobská comes fifth in a slalom World Cup event in Zagreb; Lukáš Bauer does well in the Tour de Ski’s 15 km classic, but is left frustrated after an unusually poor showing in the sprint; and Czech driver Tomáš Tomeček is forced to pull out of the Dakar Rally after his Tatra truck crashes in the opening stage.
Patrik Eliáš notched up three assists as his club New Jersey Devils beat Minnesota Wild 5:3 in an NHL game on Saturday. Eliáš, who will captain the Czech ice hockey team at the Winter Olympics next month, was voted second most valuable player after Jamie Langenbrunner, who scored a hat-trick for New Jersey.
Meanwhile, the Czech Republic beat Austria 7:1 at ice hockey’s World Under 20 Championship in Canada on Tuesday. However, after defeats to Sweden and Finland in their opening two matches, the Czechs’ chances of advancing in the competition are slim. They now need to beat Russia in their last group game, and hope that other results go their way.
Coach Vladimír Růžička has announced the Czech ice hockey squad for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver in February. Among the 23 players called up are seven based in Europe. Jaromír Jágr, who plays in the Russian league, is the only player remaining from the Czech team that won the Olympics in Nagano, Japan in 1998. There has been some surprise at the omission of the likes of Jaroslav Špaček, Václav Prospal, Jiří Hudler and Milan Hajduk.
The Czech Republic lost 3:2 to Finland in its second game of the U20 Hockey World Championship in Canada on Sunday. The Czechs built up a lead of 3:0, but the Finns came back in the third period, scoring the winning goal just two minutes before the end of the game. This is the Czech team’s second defeat meaning it will now have to beat both outsider Austria and favoured Russia in order to be able to advance to the event’s quarterfinals.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czechs get off to a very poor start at the ice hockey Under 20 World Championship in Canada, being hammered by Sweden and squandering a three-goal lead against Finland; anticipation mounts ahead of the announcement of the Czech hockey squad for the Winter Olympics; and Slavia Prague have now lost eight games out of 10 in the Czech Extraliga.
Czech strikers Robert Lang and Martin Hanzal, of the Phoenix Coyotes, helped to match their team’s record of nine straight home wins after beating the Los Angeles Kings 3:2 on Saturday. Martin Hanzal scored one goal and Robert Lang registered one assist in the game. Both players were named the stars of the game.
The Czech Republic lost 10:1 to Sweden in the opening game of the U20 Hockey World Championship in Canada on Saturday. The Swedes, who are defending silver from the previous championship and are one of the tournament’s favourites, clearly outmatched the Czechs who conceded four goals in the first period alone. The Czech Republic is next playing Finland on Sunday, hoping to secure a chance of advancing from the championship’s preliminary stage.
A group of professional betters on the night from Monday to Tuesday won 500 million Czech crowns using a combination that according to them is unusual but not illegal. The group bet on a goal to fall in an NHL game, the odds of this happening were 2.7:1. The professionals placed low bets of only five Czech crowns but repeated the bet many times on the same ticket, so that the actual amount they bet for was much higher. Should the national gaming association decide that the system of betting the group used is legal, the gamblers could win 500 million Czech crowns.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic have a mixed time of it at ice hockey’s Channel One Cup, taking points in all of their games but never the maximum three; David Bakeš notches up a career-best fourth in a Snowboardcross Cup event in Colorado; and the erratic Czech footballer Jan Šimák has been shown the door by Stuttgart.
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