I've come today to the industrial town of Kladno, around 25 kilometres west of Prague. The first recorded mention of Kladno comes from the middle of the 14th century when it was a village owned by the Kladensky family. Centuries later it was bought by the Benedictine monks from the Brevnov monastery, who were its owners until 1848.
Martina Navratilova's last ever match at tennis's Australian Open ended in defeat in the mixed doubles final on Sunday. Another Czech sporting great, ice hockey forward Jaromir Jagr, played his 1,000th NHL game on Friday, though the game could have gone better for the famous no. 68. In football, Jiri Stajner has joined Sparta Prague on loan from Hanover, while other Czech players had mixed fortunes as the Bundesliga started again.
In football, Vaclav Kolousek has finally joined Slavia Prague, after weeks of negotiations. Tomas Rosicky, meanwhile, is staying at Dortmund, at least until the end of the season. Czech international coach Karel Brueckner has come second in a poll of the world's best managers in 2003. Ice hockey star Jaromir Jagr has been having mixed fortunes at his new club New York Rangers, and is it the end of the line for another Czech legend, Dominik Hasek?
The Czech ice hockey megastar Jaromir Jagr has left Washington for the New York Rangers. However, Jagr's first game for Rangers saw them being thrashed in a game the player described as a "kick in the behind". Jiri Novak bowed out in the third round of tennis's Australian Open, despite having led 2:0 on sets against Pavel of Romania. Katerina Holubcova has come second in a Biathlon World Cup event while Ales Valenta has won the second World Cup event of his career in freestyle aerial skiing.
The bad weather makes the front pages, although what's bad for some is not necessarily bad for others. MLADA FRONTA DNES shows a man cross-country skiing along the tram tracks in Prague's Bila Hora district, while LIDOVE NOVINY has a photo of someone snowboarding on Petrin Hill, with a snow-topped Prague Castle behind him.
Czech ice hockey megastar Jaromir Jagr has had mixed fortunes this season: after returning to form, the Kladno-born player is now out of action until the end of January after busting his thumb. Meanwhile, his Washington team-mate Robert Lang has returned to the top of the NHL points rankings. Czech football captain Pavel Nedved came fourth in the FIFA World Player of the Year awards, but will he get Europe's Golden Boot next week? And cross-country skier Katerina Neummanova is looking forward to experiencing pre-race nerves once again, after taking
Imagine coming home to your flat to find it has been invaded by 500 bats. No, that's not the latest horror movie - it is a real life story that happened to a woman in Plzen, west Bohemia. Who won the Man of the Year contest in the Czech Republic? And, the police in Pribram are investigating the theft of one of their colleagues - who may be gracing someone's garden. Find out more in this week's Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.
Czech ice hockey fans will have the chance to see the NHL's Stanley Cup up close on Sunday, when the New Jersey Devils Czech star Patrik Elias shows the trophy off in his home town. While Jiri Slegr considers his future, Jaromir Jagr looks set to stay at Washington. In football Slavia Prague have won away in their Champions League second qualifying tie against Bosnian side Leotar Trebinje.
In today's Sports News: Czech skier Martin Koukal adds a 5th place finish to a successful week at the cross country skiing world championships in Italy; Czech football side Slavia get set for the second leg of the UEFA Cup last sixteen; and Jaromir Jagr and Petr Sykora both shine in team wins in NHL ice hockey action.
The Czech Republic's plans to host the 2004 world ice hockey championships are in serious doubt, as a dispute arises over the building of a necessary new arena. The Czechs get off to a losing start at the Swedish Games, but good news for hockey fans comes in the form of Jaromir Jagr's 500th NHL goal. The draw is being made for this weekend's hotly anticipated Davis Cup tennis clash with Russia, and Ludmila Formanova is beset by fresh health worries.