The ice hockey Extraliga season starts on September 14, with Kometa Brno
the favourite, having won the past two seasons. Among the other clubs in
the 14-member Extraliga with solid prospects this year are 2018 season
finalists Oceláři Třinec and semi-finalists Bílí Tygři Liberec.
Sparta Praha, which finished in the bottom half last year has taken on a new coach, German former defenseman Uwe Krupp, are tipped as likely strong contenders, as are Škoda Plzeň, which won the championship in 2013, finished last season in third place, and also has a new coach, Ladislav Čihák.
Slavia Prague have replaced Viktoria Plzeň at the top of the Czech soccer
league after a 4:0 victory over reigning champions in the capital. In a
dramatic game the hosts opened the scoring after just three minutes through
Souček and were awarded two penalties, converting one. The visitors had
defender Hubník sent off five minutes before half-time.
Previously Plzeň had taken the maximum points in the opening six round of the league and Slavia are only in front of them on goal difference.
The Czech football league leaders Slavia Prague dropped points for the
first time this season on Saturday. After taking the maximum 12 points in
four rounds, Slavia were beaten 2:0 by Jablonec. The home side missed a
penalty when the score stood at 1:0.
On Tuesday the Prague side suffered a 2:0 away defeat to Dynamo Kyiv which meant they lost the third qualifying round of the Champions League 3:1 on aggregate.
Medals for Ogrodníková, Drahotová and Vrabcová Nývltová at the European Athletics Championships in Berlin, including historic result for latter in marathon; top three in soccer league make it maximum 12 points in four outings; and Slavia with work to do against Dynamo Kyiv in Champions League playoffs.