In Sports News: Czech tennis players Petra Kvitová and Tomáš Berdych give Czech Republic a 2-1 win over Bulgaria in their opening match-up in the Hopman Cup; Britain’s Andy Murray appoints 51-year-old tennis legend Ivan Lendl as his new full-time coach; ski jumper Roman Koudelka finishes in top 10 at Garmisch-Partenkirchen in the prestigious Four Hills Tournament; star hockey player Jaromír Jágr will, for the first time in his career, play in the NHL’s Winter Classic held outdoors under an open sky; the Czech squad at the World Junior Hockey Championship
Czech hockey star Jaromír Jágr led the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4:2 win on Thursday over his former club in the NHL the Pittsburgh Penguins (with whom he earned two Stanley Cup rings back in the early 1990s). The player scored what nhl.com described as a “stellar” goal against the Penguins in front of a tough and “energised” crowd. The Czech news site idnes, meanwhile, reported that Penguins fans booed the star Czech player but that Jágr joked after the game that he thought they were chanting they loved him. After scoring, the player skated to the glass where he ‘saluted’ – a famous gesture used in the past by Jágr that Penguins fans no doubt recognised.
The Czech national hockey team beat Russia 4:3 after penalty shoot-out to claim second place at the Chanel One Cup, the Moscow’s leg of the Euro Hockey Tour. The Czech took an early lead when Roman Červenka scored after 31 seconds of the game. But the Russians soon equalized, and were leading 3:2 by the end of the second period. With some 13 minutes to go, Tomáš Rolinek set the score at 3:3 and took the game to over time and penalty shootouts. There, Zbyněk Irgl converted all of his three penalties, ensuring the Czech team’s victory. The Czechs finished second at the Channel One Cup, and rank third in the overall standings of the Euro Hockey League.
The Czech national hockey team on Saturday beat Finland 5:1 in their second appearance at Channel One Cup, the Moscow leg of the Europe Hockey Tour. The Czechs had little trouble overcoming a second-rate Finnish team, and controlled the whole game. Defender Jakub Krejčík scored in his first appearance for the national team. After losing to Sweden 2:1, the Czech now rank second with three points in the tournament’s table, and third in the series’ overall standings. On Sunday, the Czech national team faces Russia.
In Sports News: Czech women’s floorball team wins bronze at World Floorball Championships; in the domestic hockey league, Tipsport extraliga Pardubice trounce Sparta; star Czech hockey forward Jaromír Jágr sets a new milestone scoring his 656 NHL goal, tying Brendan Shanahan as No. 11 all-time scorer; Czech ski jumper Hlava finishes 13th in Harrachov.
In Sports News: The national football squad draws Russia, Poland and Greece in Group A at next year’s Championships; footballers Sparta win final autumn match but club will see key changes in management; in hockey, Kladno snaps Sparta’s 10-game undefeated streak; downhill skier Bank finishes 46th at Beaver Creek.
In Sports News this Monday: Viktoria Plzeň see their first win in the Champions League; in tennis, Tomáš Berdych loses in the semifinal of the ATP’s World Tour Finals; in hockey, Czech hockey clubs refuse to form a joint Czech-Slovak league; and in motorsport, a Czech driver takes part in a Formula 1 event.
Czech hockey clubs have refused to admit two Slovak clubs into the top Czech hockey league. In a vote on Thursday, 13 out of 14 Czech top division clubs voted against admitting HC Košice and Slovan Bratislava in the Czech Tipsport Extraliga; one club abstained. The two Slovak hockey clubs applied to join the Czech top division earlier this year in an attempt to revive the former federal hockey league.
In Sports News: national football team captain Tomáš Rosický apologises for team over “Drulák” incident but squad receives two million crown fine; Liberec, Plzeň keep pressure on league-leaders Sparta with respective wins over Slovácko and Mladá Boleslav; Chelsea and Petr Čech fall 2:1 against Liverpool; in hockey, Sparta defeats Třinec to move to top of the league; Jágr readies for return after suffering minor injury; in tennis, Czech fans will have a chance to root for Tomáš Berdych, taking part in the final event of the season: the ATP World
Czech hockey player Martin Erat, back from injury, has shown fine form in recent matches including the Nashville Predators match-up on Thursday against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The player scored two goals in his team’s 4:1 win, and was named the game’s first star. In other action, Ottawa forward Milan Michálek notched up one goal and one assist in a 5:2 win over Edmonton, while the Montreal Canadiens’ Tomáš Plekanec earned two assists against the Islanders. However, the Habs were narrowly defeated 4:3.
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