Czech ice hockey has experienced an unprecedented and somewhat strange turn of events this week, with the news that three clubs in the domestic league are to be docked points over a bureaucratic error: the failure to properly register new players before the season began. Critics say the affair makes a laughing stock of Czech hockey, but officials say that rules are rules.
In Sports News this Monday: Slavia Prague win the Prague ice hockey derby after scoring twice against Sparta in under 30 seconds; young Czech goaltender Ondřej Pavelec appears for Atlanta in his first game since collapsing on the ice earlier this season; soccer league leaders Viktoria Plzeň bounce straight back after their first defeat this term; and cyclo-cross world champion Zdeněk Štybar comes first for the eighth time in nine races this season.
In Sports News: Viktoria Plzeň are an unprecedented 12 points clear in the Czech league with only 12 games played; stuttering Sparta Prague need to get to grips with their problems, says defender Brabec after a home defeat to Teplice; Baroš scores two before exiting the pitch in pain on his return for Galatasaray; and Czech goaltenders Vokoun and Neuwirth enjoy positive starts to the NHL season.
The Czech national football team secured a comfortable win over Liechtenstein on Tuesday to keep its campaign for the European Championship, to be held in Poland and Ukraine in 2012, on track. The win saw goals from up-and-coming talent; nevertheless, some on the team are ruing the fact that the Czechs could have even been further ahead in their group.
In Sports News this Monday: Josef Váňa wins the Grand Pardubice steeplechase for the seventh time at the age of 57, though his latest triumph is not without controversy; the Czech Republic’s footballers put their campaign to reach Euro 2012 back on track with a win over Scotland in Prague; and Phoenix and Boston thrill fans as the NHL comes to the Czech capital for the second time.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czechs enjoy their biggest success in decades at the women’s basketball world championships, finishing second – it’s a miracle, says most valuable player Hana Horáková; the Czech men’s volleyball team make the quarter-finals in their world championships in Italy; and the Czech soccer squad assemble in Prague ahead of a crucial Euro 2012 qualifier against Scotland.
In sports news this Monday: the women’s basketball world championship gets underway in the Czech Republic; in football, Galatasary’s Milan Baroš scores a hat-trick and gets injured in a single game; and at home, Plzeň set a league record as they establish a convincing lead at the top of the Gambrinus liga.