Ice hockey's Stanley Cup playoffs have been underway since early April with results leaving many Czech fans plenty to cheer about. Jaromir Jagr's New York Rangers, for instance, as well as Dominik Hasek's Red Wings have so far seen success. But in the Czech Republic the NHL playoffs aren't the only tournament worth watching: this Friday the Ice Hockey World Championship gets underway in Moscow and understandably many eyes will be on the Czech team.
Many listeners will probably have heard of the famous Iditarod sled dog race run in Alaska since the 1970s, recalling images of huskies pulling mushers across the frozen wastes. But they may be less familiar with the Iditarod Trail Invitational, a similar adventure race in which roughly 1,800 kilometres are crossed not using sled dogs but by going on foot, using cross-country skis, or mountain bikes. This year the mountain bike category was won by Czech rider Jan Kopka, a former road racer turned mountain biker with a passion for the extreme. At
In Sports News this week: Milan Baros says his alleged racist gesture to an opposing black player has been blown out of proportion, Liberec's footballers put pressure on Slavia and Sparta ahead of their eagerly awaited Prague derby on Monday, the Czech ladies' tennis team enjoy a resounding victory over Slovakia in the Fed Cup, and the Czech Republic's ice hockey players take third place in the Euro Hockey Tour ahead of this week's world championship.
Ice hockey's Sparta Prague defend championship title; Jagr's Rangers and Hasek's Red Wings take early 2:0 series leads in the Stanley Cup playoffs; Cech helps English football side Chelsea to FA Cup final against Manchester; in the domestic league Liberec draw 0:0 to fall five points behind second-place Sparta Prague who inched closer to top spot.
In Sports News this week: the Czech ice hockey Extraliga playoffs take a dramatic turn, with Pardubice beating Sparta in Prague to keep their hopes alive; in the football league, Slavia Prague go four points clear as they maintain their hundred percent record since the season resumed; Sparta Prague, meanwhile, are beaten and kick two players out of their A squad; and racing driver Tomas Enge is set to make a complete recovery after fracturing his elbow in a crash.
In Sports News this week: a useful away win keeps Slavia's footballers top of the Gambrinus League; ice hockey's final Extraliga playoff series is about to get underway; racing-car driver Tomas Enge is in a stable condition after crashing badly at the weekend, and Czechs take a bronze medal at the world track cycling championships in Spain.
One million crowns: that is how much the Czech national football team will have to pay as a fine for inappropriate conduct following the team's loss to Germany in a Euro 2008 qualifying match on Saturday. What apparently began as a meeting between players to discuss their disappointing loss at the team's hotel, turned into a party that lasted well into the early hours.
In Sport News this week: Czech footballers suffer a setback in their Euro 2008 qualifying campaign with a defeat at home to Germany; Ice hockey's Extraliga champions Sparta Prague edge closer to a second successive final, and cross-country skier Katerina Neumannova finally calls time on a glittering career.
Up to now, Czechs have always had to cheer on their Olympic heroes like Emil Zatopek and Jan Zelezny from afar, in such far flung places as Helsinki and Seoul. In the not-too-distant future, however, people from the Czech Republic may be able to enjoy the Olympic spectacle in their own backyard, as it looks increasingly likely that Prague may make a bid for the 2016 Olympics. But can the Czech capital really manage to host such a massive event?