In Sports News: Viktoria Plzeň are an unprecedented 12 points clear in the Czech league with only 12 games played; stuttering Sparta Prague need to get to grips with their problems, says defender Brabec after a home defeat to Teplice; Baroš scores two before exiting the pitch in pain on his return for Galatasaray; and Czech goaltenders Vokoun and Neuwirth enjoy positive starts to the NHL season.
The Czech ice hockey player Ondřej Pavelec has been released from hospital, days after collapsing during a game between his club Atlanta and Washington. In a statement on their website, Atlanta said preliminary results had suggested the 23-year-old goaltender had had a neurocardiogenic syncope episode, which is a kind of fainting spell. Pavelec suffered concussion when his head hit the ice during the season opening game. His club said he would undergo more tests this week for precautionary reasons.
In Sports News this Monday: Josef Váňa wins the Grand Pardubice steeplechase for the seventh time at the age of 57, though his latest triumph is not without controversy; the Czech Republic’s footballers put their campaign to reach Euro 2012 back on track with a win over Scotland in Prague; and Phoenix and Boston thrill fans as the NHL comes to the Czech capital for the second time.
Czech right-winger Radim Vrbata scored twice to hand the Phoenix Coyotes a 5-2 victory over the Boston Bruins as the National Hockey League continued its European season-opening tour in Prague on Saturday. The 29-year-old Vrbata sent the 15,000 crowd frantic eight minutes into the game with the opening goal, adding an assist and then finding the empty net two minutes from the end. The teams will meet in Prague again on Sunday, then move back to America for the rest of the season which started simultaneously in America and Europe on Thursday.
Atlanta Thrashers goaltender Ondřej Pavelec is doing well, but is concussed after collapsing and losing consciousness in Friday's game against the Washington Capitals. The Thrashers said in a statement that the 23-year-old was fully alert and doing well, but he would remain in the hospital to undergo further testing. Pavelec said in an interview for the online daily Novinky.cz that a brain scan and cardio tests had not revealed anything amiss and doctors wanted to subject him to stress tests as well.
Atlanta Thrashers Czech goaltender Ondřej Pavelec is said to be in stable condition in hospital after collapsing on the ice during the opening minutes of a National Hockey League game on Friday. The 23-year-old from Kladno fell backwards and lost consciousness during the opening minutes of the game between Atlanta Thrashers and Washington Capitals. Medics worked over him for ten minutes before he was wheeled off the ice. The team said in a release shortly after that initial tests had come up negative as to a possible cause of the collapse and that Pavelec would be kept in hospital for observation. After a delay of twenty minutes, Atlanta went on to win the game 4-2.
The Liberec "White Tigers" hockey team faced off against the Boston Bruins on Tuesday evening in a friendly match at home. The Czechs lost the match 7 to 1, with four of the goals scored within four minutes in the third quarter. The Bruins will be staying in the Czech Republic to play the Phoenix Coyotes in Prague’s O2 Arena in a meeting that will mark the beginning of the new NFL season championship.
In Sports News this Monday: the biggest Czech team ever at the European Rowing Championships takes home a bagful of medals, with gold for Ondřej Synek confirming his dominance this season; football league leaders Viktoria Plzeň wallop Ústí nad Labem in front of their first sell-out home crowd in years; and a battle of two Czech ice legends sees Jágr’s Omsk beat Hašek Spartak Moscow.
Czech hockey forward Martin Hanzal has signed a two-year contract worth 3.6 million dollars with the Phoenix Coyotes in the NHL. His first three-year contract ran-out in the summer and the signing of a new deal was reportedly delayed for a number of reasons, including financial difficulties at the club. Other teams that had expressed an interest in the player included Edmonton and clubs in Russia. Last season the Czech player racked up 33 points: 11 goals and 22 assists. Hanzal – who hails from České Budějovice – could now play in two back-to-back NHL exhibition games in Prague in October when Phoenix will face the Boston Bruins.
After winning his debut in hockey’s KHL, goalkeeper Dominik Hašek and Spartak Moscow lost to Avangard Omsk, home to another legendary Czech player, Jaromír Jágr. The final score was 4:3. Jágr was unable to score in the game but Czech defenseman Martin Škoula did get a point, assisting on the winning goal.
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