In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic’s ice hockey players come second in Sweden’s LG Hockey Games – decent performances by less well players will please coach Vladimír Růžička, after 25 NHL players declare themselves unavailable for the imminent World Championship; with Baník Ostrava and Sparta Prague playing out a 1:1 draw, only two points separate the top four teams in the Czech soccer league with three games to go; Iveta Benešová wins the second WTA title of her career; and pole vaulter Kateřina Baďurová retires at 27.
The Czech Republic’s ice hockey team came from behind to Russia 4:2 at the LG Hockey Games in Stockholm on Sunday. It was the first time they had beaten the Russians in regular time for over two years. That result left the Czechs second overall in the tournament and third overall in the four-nation Euro Hockey Tour. Their next competition is the World Championship, which begins in Germany on Friday.
The list of Czech players who will not be available for ice hockey’s World Championship in Germany next month is getting longer. Martin Erat of Nashville, Washington’s Tomáš Fleischmann and Martin Hanzal of Phoenix all have injury problems, while coach Vladimír Ružička also expects Phoenix’s Radim Vrbata will miss the tournament. Several other players, including Patrik Eliáš – who captained the team at the Winter Olympics – were already ruled out. On Saturday, the Czech Republic were beaten 4:1 by Finland at the Swedish Games in Stockholm, meaning they can not now win this year’s four-nation Euro Hockey Tour.
Alois Hadamczik has been selected as the new Czech ice hockey manager. Hadamczik, who recently helmed Pardubice to the Czech Extraliga title, will take over from Vladimír Růžička immediately after the World Championship in Germany next month. He will sign a two-year contract and return to a post he previously held for three years; Hadamczik led the Czechs to a silver medal at the 2006 World Championship and bronze at the Winter Olympics the same year.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czech women’s tennis team are trounced by Italy in the Fed Cup semi-finals; Patrik Eliáš and Petr Sýkora pull out of the Czech squad for next month’s ice hockey World Championship, while there are calls to call up Dominik Hašek (45); and reports Tomáš Rosický could return to the Bundesliga are denied.
The Czech hockey club Pardubice won the country’s Extraliga title on Thursday after beating Vítkovice 3:2 in overtime, sweeping their opponents 4:0 in the final best-of-seven series. In Thursday’s game, Pardubice were behind 2:1 just two minutes before the end of the match, but managed to equalize and score the winning goal in the first minute of overtime. The title, fifth for the east Bohemian club and first since 2005, is being lauded as a major achievement for 45-year-old goalkeeper Dominik Hašek, who, after a slow start in the beginning of the season, became a key factor in Pardubice’s success. He won his last Czech league title 21 years ago.
Pardubice are one step away from winning the playoffs final in Czech ice hockey’s Extraliga. A 5:2 away victory over Vítkovice on Wednesday night made it 3:0 to Pardubice on games in the best-of-seven series. It also extended the east Bohemian club’s freshly minted record to 11 playoffs wins in a row. If Pardubice score another victory in the series, it will represent a great personal achievement for 45-year-old goaltender Dominik Hašek; he last won the league title with Pardubice a full 21 years ago.
The Czech hockey club Pardubice are one step away from winning the playoff final in the Czech hockey league’s Extraliga. On Wednesday, the team, boasting legendary goalie Dominik Hašek in net, trounced opponents Vítkovice 5:2, to take a stranglehold on the best-of-seven series. One more win and they’ll sweep their opponents, winning the title for the first time since 2005. If they do, it will be Hašek’s first hometown title in 21 years, to add to earlier successes such as Olympic Gold and two Stanley Cup rings.
Pardubice have taken a 2:0 lead in games over Vítkovice in the final of the Czech ice hockey Extraliga. Veteran goaltender Dominik Hašek notched up a shutout as Pardubice again exploited home advantage to take the second game 1:0 on Sunday evening. The only goal in that encounter came from Daniel Rákos at the start of the second period. The next match in the best-of-seven series takes place at Vítkovice’s stadium in Ostrava on Wednesday.
In Sports News this Monday: Pardubice make home advantage pay to go 2:0 up in the Extraliga final, with young forward Daniel Rákos and veteran goalie Dominik Hašek making most headlines; Sparta Prague drop two points in the race for the Czech league title and have to see out season without goalkeeper Jaromír Blažek; and Czech javelin star Barbora Špotáková is named an “ambassador” for the new Diamond League.
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