Czech judoka Lukáš Krpálek won silver in the over 100 kg category at the Grand Slam in Tokyo on Sunday. The Olympics gold medallist from Rio in the -100 category fought valiantly for the gold but succumbed to Japan’s Yusei Ogawa for whom it was the first gold medal at a grand slam. Krpálek had been out for five month because of a knee injury.
In football, Viktoria Plzeň booked a place in the next stage of the Europa
League after beating Romanian club FCSB at home 2:0 on Thursday night.
The win secured the Czech club second place in the group. Slavia Prague also increased its chances of further European football with an away 2:0 win against Israeli club Maccabi.
Zlín already with a slim chance of progression out of the group stage, lost 1:0 to Tiraspol and cannot go through to the play-offs.
Former West Ham manager Slaven Bilič could be lined up as the new coach of
Sparta Prague, Czech news sites reported Thursday.
The web site Seznam reported that Bilič’s agent is due in Prague next week for talks with club bosses about the possible engagement of the Croat.
Sparta are currently fifth in the Czech top league with 25 points. That’s a massive 17 points adrift from league leader Viktoria Plzeň on 42 points. The current manager of the team is Italian Andrea Stramaccioni, whose squad has failed to shine in spite of heavy spending in the transfer market.
The Czech soccer league leaders Viktoria Plzeň beat Slovácko 4:0 away on
Saturday evening. The result saw the West Bohemians take revenge after
Slovácko dumped them out of the domestic cup and equaled a club record of
16 wins in a row set two seasons ago. They also extended their Czech record
of wins from the start of this season to 14 in succession.
Despite the fact their nearest challengers also won, Plzeň are 13 points clear of the rest of the pack and a senior figure at current champions Slavia Prague recently congratulated them on “winning the league.”
Czech star forward Jaromír Jágr scored his first goal with the Calgary
Flames on Thursday against the Detroit Red Wings and also assisted on Mark
Janowski's first NHL goal. Jágr, 45, described first goals for any
team as "special, especially in Canada". The first goal puck was
scooped out of the net by Johnny Gaudreau for the Czech to save as a
In goal for the Red Wings was netminder Petr Mrázek.
The Flames defeated the Red Wings by a score of 6-3.
Czech hockey forward Jaromír Jágr returned to the line-up on Tuesday
night for the Calgary Flames, but did not get on the scoreboard. He had
been recovering from a minor lower-body injury. The forward played a total
of 13 minutes. The Flames were even 3:3 against the Vancouver Canucks, but
the match slipped away in 38 seconds when the Canucks got back-to-back
goals in the third period.
Montreal Canadiens’ forward Tomáš Plekanec got an assist on the opening goal of the night for the Habs against newcomers the Vegas Golden Knights on their first ever visit to Montreal’s Bell Centre.
The Habs edged Vegas by a score of 3:2, their third straight win.