In Sports News this Monday: football league leaders Slavia come a cropper in Olomouc, losing for the first time in 20 games; midfielder Vladimir Šmicer, 35, contemplates retirement as he goes under the surgeon’s knife; Marek Jankulovski threatens to retire from international football, adding to the woes of the Czech national team; and Karlovy Vary and Slavia Prague are tied at 1:1 after the opening games of the ice hockey Extraliga finals playoffs.
The governing Civic Democratic Party’s biggest donor last year was hockey star Jaromír Jágr, the newspaper Mladá fronta Dnes reports. Mr Jágr, who currently plays for Avangard Omsk in Russia, donated over 4 million crowns (over 202,000 USD) to the centre-right party in 2008. The hockey star told the paper that this was his way of voicing his view as a Czech citizen. The opposition Social Democrats’ biggest sponsor last year was a former teammate of Jaromír Jágr, Jiří Šlegr. Mr Šlegr gave half a million crowns (25,300 USD) to the Social Democrats in 2008.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic’s footballers come in for some criticism after a toothless performance in a 0:0 draw away to Slovenia in a qualifier for the 2010 World Cup – but a win over Slovakia on Wednesday could see them make headway in an open group; Tomáš Verner comes fourth in the World Figure Skating Championships, after changing his approach to free skating; and Slavia Prague again face Karlovy Vary in the finals of the playoffs of ice hockey’s Extraliga.
In ice hockey, Slavia Prague booked their place in the extra league finals after taking a 4-1 lead in the semi-final play-off series against Pilsen on Friday night. The exhilarating match went to penalties after Pilsen star Martin Straka equalized at 5-5 in the last minutes. The star of the penalties was none other than Vladimír Růžička, the son of the Slavia team manager, who gave his team the 6-5 victory on the night.
Czech forwards Radek Bonk and Martin Erat shined on Thursday in their team’s match against the second-place San Jose Sharks. Their team, Nashville, was down 2-0 at the start of the 2nd period, but Erat and Bonk combined for two of three flash goals, which turned the game around in less than three minutes. Nashville went on to win the game by a score of 3-2. Nashville has now moved up to eighth place in the western division – with eight games remaining.
In Sports News this Monday: Peckhart (19) helps Slavia Prague to all three points for the second game in a row – have the Czech football league leaders found a replacement for wunderkind Necid?; Sparta’s ‘kop’ is ordered closed for three games after a ball boy is injured by a flare; it’s 1:1 between Slavia Prague and Plzeň after the opening games of their ice hockey Extraliga semi-finals playoffs series, but Slavia had to mount a real fight-back to take game two; and former world tennis number seven Nicole Vaidišová halts a rather alarming slide
The ice-hockey club of Karlovy Vary is ready to take part in the
Kontinental Hockey League’s next season, the Russian daily Sports
reported on Saturday. Officials of the Karlovy Vary hockey club, a
participant of the Czech top hockey division, are reportedly scheduled for
a final round of talks with the KHL’s directorate in Moscow on
The Kontinental Hockey League was founded in 2008 with participants from Russia, Belarus, Latvia and Kazakhstan. Czech Republic’s Jaromír Jágr currently plays for KHL’s Avantgard Omsk.
In Sports News this Monday: Czech speed skater Martina Sáblíková wins a third 5000 m world title in Vancouver, despite health problems and a collision with a competitor; Plzeň advance to the semi-finals in the ice hockey Extraliga playoffs after beating Pardubice in the longest game in the competition’s history; Slavia take another step towards retaining the Czech football league title; and Sparta offer to refund fans if they fail to score.
New Jersey Devils’ forward Patrik Eliáš scored a goal and earned one
assist against Montreal on Saturday to help his team clinch a 3-1 win. The
lone Canadiens’ goal came from Tomáš Plekanec – his 20th of the
season. The game was a special one for New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur:
was his 551st win in the National Hockey League, tying the record of
retired goaltending legend Patrick Roy.
In other action, Czech forward Micahel Frolík scored the opening goal for Florida against Tampa Bay, later adding an assist. Despite being down 3-1 at one point Tampa Bay managed to turn the game around, coming back to win 4-3 on penalties.
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