In Sports News: The Czech team readies for Norway in its opening game at the World Junior Ice Hockey Championship; in the Extraliga, league leaders Vítkovice battle back from three goals down against lowly Kladno; Jágr helps Avangard sink Dinamo Minsk in the KHL; cyclo-cross racer Radomír Šimůnek, jr. suffers collar bone break in World Cup race; more than 150 people take part in the annual polar bear plunge into the Vltava River.
Czech sport has had a pretty good year: a singles finalist at Wimbledon, gold medals in world and European rowing events as well as an ice hockey world title and surprise silver medal at the women’s world basketball championship hosted by the country. But there was little real suspense about who the sport’s personality for 2010 would be: speed skater Martina Sáblíková.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic’s ice hockey players get back on track with a solid display at the Channel One Cup; Ondřej Bank comes a sensational fifth in a giant slalom World Cup event in Italy; Sparta Prague draw Liverpool in the Europa League; and world tennis number one Caroline Wozniacki helps Prostějov win a Czech title.
The Czech first division football club Brno has not had a good season so far. After a series of humiliating defeats, which have left Brno second from bottom going into the winter break, the patience of the club’s owner is at an end. He has taken the extraordinary step of asking both players and the team’s manager to undergo voluntary lie detector tests.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czechs get revenge on Switzerland in the third place decider at the Floorball World Championships in Helsinki; Czech cross country skier Lukáš Bauer finishes third in the 15 km classic in Davos – his best result this season; Ondřej Bank makes a career-best seventh in the slalom in Val d’Isere; and snow and high winds halt a World Cup ski jumping meeting in Harrachov.
In Sports News this Monday: Mladá Boleslav could be expelled from Czech ice hockey’s Extraliga over allegations the club falsified a financial health statement; after collapsing on the ice at the start of the NHL season, Czech goaltender Ondřej Pavelec is now in the form of his life; will Tomáš Rosický leave Arsenal for Aston Villa?; and the Czechs beat Japan 25:1 at the World Floorball Championship.
In Sports News this Monday: Czech tennis star Tomáš Berdych fails to get past the group stage at his first ATP World Tour Finals, but says he is still happy after his best season to date; Aspen proves third time unlucky for Šárka Záhrobská in the slalom; Olympic speed skating champion Martina Sáblíková is still waiting for her first World Cup win this season; and Milan Baroš returns but ends up on the losing side in an Istanbul derby.
In Sports News this Monday: speed skating champion Sáblíková recovers from illness to reach the World Cup podium for the first time this season; Bauer also leaves his sickbed to perform well in the cross-country skiing World Cup; three Czech ice hockey clubs lose points for fielding unregistered players; and the gap at the top of the soccer league falls to four points on the last weekend before the winter break.
In Sports News this Monday: Six months after being crowned world champions, the Czech Republic’s ice hockey players fail to take a single point in their first tournament of the new season; the gap at the top of the Czech football league narrows, after leaders Plzeň are held to a draw and Sparta win; Olympic champion speed skater Sáblíková is for once halted by illness; and warm weather brings a high turnout for Prague’s Velká Kunratická cross country race.