In Sports News: Czech tennis players Berdych, Záhlavová off to winning start at Australian Open; Czechs suffer disappointing Dakar Rally; goalkeeper Per Čech confident Chelsea are recovering from slump; Hamrlík & Plekanec score for the Canadiens in the NHL; ski jumper Jan Matura clinches best result of career.
They started out with dreams of positions on the winners’ podium but for many the most tangible souvenirs are broken bones and trips to the hospital. Many Czech competitors in the gruelling Dakar rally went out with a bang. But for one of the best hopes of a winning place, Tatra lorry driver Aleš Loprais, it was more like a whimper.
In Sports News: Martina Sáblíková is crowned the women’s European Speed Skating Champion for 2011; cross-country skier Lukáš Bauer clinches the bronze medal in this year’s Tour de Ski; Zdeněk Štybar wins the Czech championship in Cyclo cross for the fifth time; Czech Tatra truck racer Aleš Loprais clinched his second stage win in this year’s Dakar Rally; Sparta stumble again in the domestic hockey league.
In Sports News: Top domestic league hockey clubs Pardubice and Kometa face off under an open sky; the Czech U20 hockey team staves off Germany at Worlds; cross-country skier Lukáš Bauer falls to 21st spot after three Tour de Ski events; football’s Aston Villa score late goal against Čech’s Chelsea to draw; Czech quad rider Josef Macháček takes an early lead in the Dakar Rally underway in South America.
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.