18-year-old Canadian ice hockey star Sidney Crosby is vacationing in the Czech Republic, following an invitation from a former Czech team-mate from the junior league in Rimouski, Quebec. Crosby arrived in Prague from Riga, Latvia, following the end of the 2006 World Ice Hockey Championship, where Team Canada finished outside the medals. The Czech Republic finished with silver. Crosby - last year's No. 1 draft pick in the NHL - has said he hopes to spend a few days in the Czech Republic 'incognito'.
In Sports News: the Czech ice hockey team come second in the World Championships in Riga, a result being seen by many as a real achievement for a young team; Dominik Hasek is keen to continue at Ottawa; Radek Stepanek loses in an ATP final but rises to a career-best 11 in the world rankings; and as the World Cup draws near Milan Baros says he is unworried that a number of Czech footballers had seasons they will want to forget.
Back home in Canada, popular mythology holds that hockey brings people together. Tim Hortons, a ubiquitous chain of coffee shops and a virtual Canadian icon, was probably the first to popularize this message in countless television commercials showing wives and husbands, fathers and sons bonding around the rink over large double-doubles. After all, hockey is our number one national pastime.
In Sports News: the Czech ice hockey team have secured a place in the last eight at the World Championships after an impressive win over Canada; the last weekend of the Czech football league is mired in controversy, as Mlada Boleslav reach the Champions League and Plzen narrowly avoid relegation; Karel Bruckner announces the Czech squad for the World Cup; Robin Vik wins tennis's Prague Open; and Kenyan-born runner Hasan Mubarak Shami wins the Prague Marathon.
The Czech Republic has won its first match in the qualifying round at the Ice Hockey World Championship in Riga, Latvia. Norway took an early one goal lead in the first period but the Czechs came back in the 2nd on a goal from Jan Hlavac, while Jaroslav Balastik got the winner in the third. Petr Tenkrat scored a final goal for the Czechs late in the third to secure the win. The Czechs next face Canada on Sunday.
In Sports News: not the best of starts for the Czech Republic's ice hockey team at the World Championships in Riga; former Czech tennis number one Jiri Novak returns to action, while Martina Navratilova returns to Prague; and footballer Jan Koller is fit again but plans to leave Borussia Dortmund in the summer, while the future of several other Czech internationals is also unclear.
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