In Sports News: the Czech national football teams finished first in their qualifying group for Euro 2008 and learned their opponents in the World Cup 2010 qualification; Brno beat Sparta Prague in top football division; skiers Sarka Zahrobska and Lukas Bauer came in second in their World Cup events; as well as the latest in Czech ice-hockey.
On the anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, the Czech Republic’s national football team defeat Slovakia in Euro qualifying; in NHL ice hockey, the New York Rangers are on roll – Detroit’s Hasek suffers slump; boxer Konecny, injured in training, misses chance to fight for World Championship belt in November; speed skater Sablikova sets new Czech record for the 3,000 metres in Calgary.
The Canadian daily the Toronto Star has reported that Toronto Maple Leafs rookie Jiri Tlusty was mortified after revealing photos of him made their way onto the internet. On Tuesday it came to light that the photos of the 19-year-old player – the Leafs’ 13th overall draft pick for 2006 – had been posted on some pages. Tlusty has since spoken about the incident with reporters, explaining the pictures were taken by cell phone last year and posted privately on Facebook for a female friend he had met over the internet. The player, who has gotten off to a good start with Toronto this season, said he now hoped to put the incident behind him, to focus on the game.
In Sports News: world javelin champion Barbora Spotakova is named Czech Athlete of the Year for the first time; world speed skating champion Martina Sablikova wins her first World Cup race of the season; Czech footballer Radek Sirl scores the goal that seals the Russian league title for Zenit St Petersburg; and Czech league leaders Slavia Prague drop two points at Zizkov after conceding a goal in time added on.
Tampa Bay forward Vaclav Prospal was named the first star in a game
between the Sharks and the Washington Capitals in NHL ice hockey action on
Saturday. Prospal scored one goal and notched up two assists in his
team’s 5:2 win.
In other action, Martin Erat lifted Nashville over Columbus by scoring the final penalty in a 4:3 shoot-out.
Atlanta netminder Ondrej Pavelec humbled compatriot Tomas Vokoun of the Florida Panthers in a battle of Czech goalies on Friday night. In his third straight start, Pavelec stopped 36 shots by the Panthers and was declared the game’s first star. The Thrashers won 4:1. In other NHL action, Detroit goalie Dominik Hasek returned after a two week injury to lead the Red Wings 4:1 over Columbus. Detroit is currently atop the NHL standings.
Ice hockey goalie Milan Hnilicka - a former NHL player employed at Liberec - is bound for Russia. Hnilicka is leaving the Bili Tigri (White Tigers) for Russian team Ufa. The announcement was made on the team's website on Friday. At 34, Hnilicka is an experienced goaltender who won the World Championship three times. He was also 2nd backup keeper to Dominik Hasek on the national team which won the Nagano Olympics in 1998.
In Sports News: Slavia Prague go six points clear at the top of the Czech football league with a win over Teplice, though they lose captain Stanislav Vlcek ahead of a Champions League clash with Arsenal; Sparta are now second in the league after a 5:0 demolition of Most; Slavia Prague are also at the top of the Czech ice hockey league, after a win over Liberec; and Czech motorcyclist Lukas Pesek reflects on a "wild" season in which he finished fourth in the 125cc championship.
In NHL ice hockey action on Thursday defenseman Michal Rozsival helped his
team the New York Rangers by scoring the second goal in the Rangers' 2:0
win over Washington.
In other games: seasoned forward Martin Rucinsky notched up his first goal of the season for St Louis over Minnesota, as did Martin Erat for Nashville. Nashville won 3:0 over Vancouver.
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