In Sports News this Monday: tennis player Radek Štěpánek wins his first tournament of the year, and the third ATP title of his career; Nicole Vaidišová is no longer Czech number one; Olympic javelin champion Barbora Špotáková is named Czech sportsperson of the year; and Martina Sáblíková makes a great comeback to take bronze at the European Speed Skating Championships.
In Sports News this Monday: last season’s winner of cross country skiing’s Tour de Ski, Lukáš Bauer, comes 11th this time out, his hopes of at least a top five finish ending with an asthma attack in the penultimate race; Šárka Záhrobská finishes third in a slalom event in Zagreb; the Czech Republic end up coming sixth at ice hockey’s junior World Championship in Canada; and truck driver Aleš Loprais receives help from a Czech rival on day two of the Dakar Rally.
In Sports News: ahead of the Tour de Ski’s arrival in Prague, last year’s winner Lukáš Bauer gets off to a less-than-ideal start in the first stage in Germany; the Czech Republic are demolished by hosts Canada in their first game at ice hockey’s World Under 20 Championship, before narrowly losing to the US; goaltender Stanislav Neruda makes a splash in the Extraliga at the age of 34; and striker Roman Bednář gets his sixth goal of the season to help West Brom beat Spurs in the Premier League.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic’s ice hockey players come third in Moscow’s Channel One Cup, with a show of indiscipline costing them dear in their closing game against the Finns; goaltender Milan Hnilička takes a break from the Extraliga due to exhaustion; New Jersey’s Patrik Eliáš extends his points streak to nine games; footballer Milan Baroš scores another hat-trick for Galatasaray to take his league tally to 14, while Roman Bednář’s goal for West Brom sinks Man City.
In Sports News this Monday: heartbreak for the Czech Republic as they lose in a game to decide third spot in the Floorball World Championship in front of over 13,000 fans in Prague – their coach says they can be proud of their participation in the “best championship in history”; skier Šárka Záhrobská records her second best finish of the season in the Slalom World Cup; and Czech football legend Pavel Nedvěd dismisses reports he is preparing to sign a new deal that would keep him at Juventus for one more season.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic come close to a famous result in Ostrava at the Floorball World Championships, eventually succumbing to the near-invincible Swedes; despite something of a fall in the world rankings, Tomáš Berdych gets the Golden Canary award for Czech tennis player of the year; and a motor rally in Prague ends in tragedy.
The Czech Republic is hosting a sports world championship from Saturday until the end of next week, though it’s quite possible you may not be familiar with the sport – floorball. Floorball was only invented three decades ago, but its popularity is spreading fast, and the world championship being held in Ostrava and Prague is set to be the biggest ever.
Fans in the capital on Monday were treated to some exciting tennis between Czech Davis Cup representative Radek Štepánek and the world’s former No. 1, retired legend Pete Sampras. Sampras remains unrivalled as a champion, having won a record 14 Grand Slam titles during his career. Even in retirement, he is still largely on top of his game.
In Sports News this Monday: Skier Šárka Záhrobská wins the first World Cup slalom event of her career; reigning World Cup winner Lukáš Bauer comes second in his second race of the season; Slavia Prague enter the winter break with a six-point lead in the Czech football league; and goalkeeper Daniel Zítka is (literally) dropped after breaking his leg in a game for club Anderlecht.