The Aleš Loprais crew, of the Czech Republic, has retired from the Dakar Rally after its Tatra Jamal truck got into a severe accident in the competition’s 9th stage. Racer Aleš Loprais was hospitalized with a spinal injury while one of the team’s mechanics who was driving at the time of the accident suffered a concussion.
In Sports News: Czech tennis players Kvitová, Berdych triumph in Hopman Cup; Sáblíková clinches fourth European Championship title in speed skating; Bauer comes in sixth at Tour de Ski; Stanislav Řezáč wins Jizerská padesátka cross-country skiing race; Jágr loses puck on key play in 6:4 Flyer loss against Ottawa.
In Sports News: Czech tennis players Petra Kvitová and Tomáš Berdych give Czech Republic a 2-1 win over Bulgaria in their opening match-up in the Hopman Cup; Britain’s Andy Murray appoints 51-year-old tennis legend Ivan Lendl as his new full-time coach; ski jumper Roman Koudelka finishes in top 10 at Garmisch-Partenkirchen in the prestigious Four Hills Tournament; star hockey player Jaromír Jágr will, for the first time in his career, play in the NHL’s Winter Classic held outdoors under an open sky; the Czech squad at the World Junior Hockey Championship
In Sports News: Czech women’s floorball team wins bronze at World Floorball Championships; in the domestic hockey league, Tipsport extraliga Pardubice trounce Sparta; star Czech hockey forward Jaromír Jágr sets a new milestone scoring his 656 NHL goal, tying Brendan Shanahan as No. 11 all-time scorer; Czech ski jumper Hlava finishes 13th in Harrachov.
Viktoria Plzeň rewarded fans at Prague’s Eden stadium on Tuesday with a match to remember against AC Milan in the Champions League. With just minutes remaining the Czech club scored not once but twice to earn a well-deserved draw. While not enough to advance, the club will at least continue in competition in UEFA’s Europa League in the spring.
In Sports News: The national football squad draws Russia, Poland and Greece in Group A at next year’s Championships; footballers Sparta win final autumn match but club will see key changes in management; in hockey, Kladno snaps Sparta’s 10-game undefeated streak; downhill skier Bank finishes 46th at Beaver Creek.
In Sports News this Monday: Viktoria Plzeň see their first win in the Champions League; in tennis, Tomáš Berdych loses in the semifinal of the ATP’s World Tour Finals; in hockey, Czech hockey clubs refuse to form a joint Czech-Slovak league; and in motorsport, a Czech driver takes part in a Formula 1 event.
The early 1950s in Czechoslovakia was a bleak period in the country’s history, but there was also some escape from politics. In 1952 the Summer Olympics were held in the Finnish capital Helsinki and the undisputed hero of the games was the greatest Czech runner of all time, Emil Zátopek. Despite his extraordinary style, with his face contorted, his head and torso swinging, and emitting sounds that earned him the nickname of “the Czech locomotive”, he went to Helsinki having already twice broken the world record over 20 kilometres. His dream at
In Sports News: national football team captain Tomáš Rosický apologises for team over “Drulák” incident but squad receives two million crown fine; Liberec, Plzeň keep pressure on league-leaders Sparta with respective wins over Slovácko and Mladá Boleslav; Chelsea and Petr Čech fall 2:1 against Liverpool; in hockey, Sparta defeats Třinec to move to top of the league; Jágr readies for return after suffering minor injury; in tennis, Czech fans will have a chance to root for Tomáš Berdych, taking part in the final event of the season: the ATP World