In Sports News this Monday: the NHL’s Patrik Eliáš scores in a penalty shootout to down the Winnipeg Jets; the Česká pojišťovna hockey playoffs have gotten underway; football’s Baroš clinches hat-trick for Baník Ostrava; Čech’s misreads key play in FA Cup quarter-final; tennis player Petra Kvitová makes it to the final 16 at Indian Wells.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic pick up five medals at the European Indoor Athletics Championships – including gold for Pavel Maslák in the 400m; a win in the Malaysian Open gives Karolína Plíšková her first WTA title; and Viktoria Plzeň see their lead in the Czech league shrink to one point as they prepare to face Fenerbache.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic advance to the semi-finals of the Fed Cup after a home victory over Australia; nearly 70,000 turn out for the first three days of the Biathlon World Championships; Sparta face Chelsea and Plzeň play Napoli in the Europa League; and Milan Baroš is close to a return to Ostrava.
In Sports News: Czech figure skater Michal Březina clinches bronze at the European Figure Skating Championships in Zagreb; speed skater Karolína Erbanová improved her own Czech record at the World Sprint Speed Skating Championships in Salt Lake City; in tennis Radek Štepánek will miss the opening round of the Davis Cup; Prague football club Slavia celebrates 120th anniversary.
The Czech Football Association has suspended an investigation into a dispute that began four months ago, when Sparta Prague accused Viktoria Plzeň, at present its chief rival, of having bribed referees to influence a game. On Wednesday, the FA decided to wait for the results of a police investigation into the case before it takes a position. It has also said that it will no longer carry out its own inquiries into any such cases and will refer them to the police. I spoke to a reporter from the daily Sport, Pavel Kalouš, about the latest development
Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych, seeded 5th at the Australian Open, hit a wall on Tuesday in the form of world No. 1 Novak Djokovic. Although he showed moments of inspiration, he lost two sets very lopsidedly, twice giving Djokovic easy leads. Berdych hung on briefly in the fourth, trying to claw his way back into the match, but it wasn’t enough.