Czech ice hockey coach Slavomir Lener has bagged some big names from the NHL for his squad for the World Championships while the Czechs have finally broken their "Russian curse" at the tenth attempt. Tomas Repka has not been recalled to the Czech football squad ahead of a friendly against Turkey and Denisa Chladkova has pulled out of the Czech women's tennis team just days before a tough Fed Cup clash with the United States.
2003 marks something of a personal milestone for me - a decade since I left the country of my birth, Canada, which I love and will always consider my home, for my adopted country the Czech Republic, which I adore, especially the capital Prague, but also the forests and hills of Sumava, and the medieval city of Cesky Krumlov. Nevertheless, ten years is ten years, so it's probably not surprising lately I've caught myself thinking about what I miss most about Canada, something I was recently able to discuss with Martin Hrobsky, my fellow Canadian
The Czech Republic's football team scored a comfortable and impressive victory over Austria to continue their successful Euro 2004 campaign - we hear from two-goal hero Jan Koller. The president of the Czech Tennis Union is not at all happy about leading player Daja Bedanova's possible adoption German citizenship and Slavia Prague have made it to the finals of the ice hockey Extraliga finals for the first time.
After 16 years without a Czech medal in individual competition, two Czech biathlonists made it to the podium at the sport's World Championships in Siberia on Saturday. The Czechs took only one medal at the European Indoor Atheltics Championships in Birmingham, when Roman Sebrle scored a disappointing bronze. The line-ups for the ice hockey Extraliga play-offs have been decided, and in football Sparta stay in front with a win over Stare Mesto.
In today's Sports News: Czech skier Martin Koukal adds a 5th place finish to a successful week at the cross country skiing world championships in Italy; Czech football side Slavia get set for the second leg of the UEFA Cup last sixteen; and Jaromir Jagr and Petr Sykora both shine in team wins in NHL ice hockey action.
In sports this week: Slavia victorious in UEFA Cup action. Prague teams tied for top spot in Czech football league. Katerina Holubcova comes in third at world biathlon championships, Martin Koukal sixth at cross country world cup. The race for last spots in Hockey playoffs heating up. And, Martin Straka, Milan Hejduk, and Robert Reichel carry their teams to victory in NHL action.
The Czech Republic's plans to host the 2004 world ice hockey championships are in serious doubt, as a dispute arises over the building of a necessary new arena. The Czechs get off to a losing start at the Swedish Games, but good news for hockey fans comes in the form of Jaromir Jagr's 500th NHL goal. The draw is being made for this weekend's hotly anticipated Davis Cup tennis clash with Russia, and Ludmila Formanova is beset by fresh health worries.
Recent snowfalls have improved conditions ahead of the tough Jizerska padesatka cross-country skiing competition in north Bohemia. Katerina Holubcova has come third in the 7.5 kilometre biathlon sprint at the world cup in Oberhof, Germany. In ice hockey, Vsetin have been stripped of three points in the Extraliga after fielding a player who had been suspended after a sending-off in the previous round. And record six-time winner of the Paris to Dakar rally Karel Loprais will not be winning a seventh trophy, at least not this year, after his Tatra
The Czechs were knocked out in the semi-finals of tennis's Hopman Cup, but not without Jiri Novak taking a major scalp in the form of world number one, Lleyton Hewitt. Martina Navratilova is still going strong, and has just set a new world record. Sparta Prague's Jiri Jarosik has made a big-money transfer to CSKA Moscow football club, and stands to become the biggest star in the Russian league. And the leading Czech women's football player has made a historic move to the United States.
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