In Sports News this week: after her best season yet, Czech women's tennis number one Nicole Vaidisova is not too disappointed about missing out on the elite WTA Tour Championship; six-time winner Karel Loprais will miss the Dakar Rally due to injury; some of the world's leading football managers are in Prague for a conference; and Slavia Prague's players are in the spotlight after chanting "death to Sparta".
In Sports News: after a poor start Sparta Prague are closing in on football league leaders Slovan Liberec, though Sparta's manager says it's too soon to get excited; Liberec defender Tomas Zapotocny says he's keen to leave the Czech league after receiving a record fine from the football association; Tomas Kaberle scores his first hat trick in ice hockey's NHL, while Jaromir Jagr leads the players' points table; and Katerina Neumannova begins her final season in cross country skiing.
In Sports News: Czech tennis star Tomas Berdych is now in the world top ten for the first time, though he experienced a torrid time in Madrid after winding up the local fans following his victory over local favourite Rafael Nadal; football goalkeeper Petr Cech could be released from hospital this week, not long after an emergency brain operation; and the Czech teams in the UEFA Cup had a mixed time of it in the opening group stage games.
On Wednesday October 18th, the Czech-born tennis legend, Martina Navratilova, celebrates her 50th birthday. Just a few weeks ago, she finally announced her retirement after winning the mixed doubles final with Bob Bryan at the US Open, bringing her Grand Slam titles tally to an incredible 59. But Martina is involved in many other activities, including arts. An exhibition titled Art Grand Slam is now underway in the Czech capital, featuring paintings co-created by the legendary tennis player and a Slovak artist.
Earlier this week Antonin Charouz - the controversial Czech businessman and former race car driver - proposed a new project for Prague that has apparently gained backing of a number of city officials, including Mayor Pavel Bem: that Prague see the construction of a prestigious new racing circuit. On Monday Mr Bem attended a presentation by the businessman at city hall, the new track in Prague but also a hockey arena, a hotel, shopping venues, and more. Could it become a reality?
Not only Czech football fans but fans of football from around the world will no doubt welcome news that Chelsea keeper Petr Cech's condition has reportedly improved following surgery in Oxford. At the weekend the star keeper underwent emergency surgery after suffering a skull fracture from a collision between Cech and Reading's Stephen Hunt in the English Premiership. Fans are wishing the keeper a speedy and full recovery.
Netminder Cech undergoes operation for skull fracture; Czechs draw 1:1 against Ireland in Euro 2008 qualifier; Sparta third in domestic league; Vaidisova comes close but fails to reach final of Kremlin Cup; Czech authorities consider F1 circuit in Prague; Jagr, Havlat top players' point standings in NHL.
In Sports News: the 116th Velka Pardubicka steeplechase is a success from a Czech perspective - and for 53-year-old trainer-jockey Josef Vana; it's mission accomplished as the Czech Republic beat lowly San Marino to make it three winds out of three in their campaign to reach football's Euro 2008 - and strikers Baros and Koller are back together, and back among the goals; and ice hockey coach Vladimir Ruzicka is set to decide whether to leave crisis-hit Slavia Prague.
In Sports News this week: there are no Czech teams in football's Champions League this season but a record three have reached the group stage of the UEFA Cup, including Mlada Boleslav, who scored a famous victory over Marseille - we hear from the former's manager; Jaromir Jagr is back - and scoring again - after a shoulder operation in June; and last season's finalists Slavia Prague are bottom of the Czech ice hockey league.