In Sports News: the Czech football team get off to a good start in their bid to reach Euro 2008, with two debutants shining in a 2:1 win over Wales, though Wales manager John Toshack believes match officials made serious mistakes; Sparta Prague appoint their 16th boss in 13 years - former star player Michal Bilek; two Czech singles players start the second week at tennis's US Open; and Czech women's record holder Barbora Spotakova wins the javelin at the last Golden League meeting of the season.
In Sports News: the Czech Republic beat Finland 4:3 in a dramatic World Cup qualifier; reigning champions Zlin keep themselves in the semi-finals of the ice hockey Extraliga with a playoffs win over Vitkovice; Czechs Novak and Stepanek are through to the fourth round at the Miami Masters; and Olympic medallist Rudolf Kraj wins his first professional boxing match.
In Sports News: the Czech Under 20 team is knocked out of the ice hockey World Championships; Jiri Novak is taking January off and misses the Australian Open, while Martina Navratilova says she is still "damn good"; Sigma Olomouc goalkeeper Martin Vaniak becomes unofficial world champion in saving free kicks.
In Sports News: new Czech tennis star Nicole Vaidisova, 15, wins her second WTA title; Czech men's number one Jiri Novak quashes speculation he is planning to retire this year; Sparta beat Slavia in the Prague 'S' football derby and are now looking forward to a Champions League match at home against Man United; Josef Musil becomes the first Czech ever inducted into the volleyball Hall of Fame.
In Sports News: as the Czech football team prepare for their opening game at Euro 2004, experienced midfielder Vladimir Smicer tells us even though their opponents on Tuesday are the unfancied Latvia, the first game is always very difficult. In ice hockey, goaltender Dominik Hasek looks set to join Ottawa and Czech tennis number one Jiri Novak has recorded his best ever placing on grass, just a week before Wimbledon.
As the Czech Republic's men's tennis team prepares to face Spain in Brno this weekend in the first round of this year's Davis Cup, two of Spain's star players have dropped out. The Czech ice hockey team will also be in action this weekend, in the Swedish Games, the last competition of the Euro Hockey Tour. Meanwhile, Czech Extraliga club Kladno have loaned goaltender Zdenek Orct to Russia's Kazan for the rest of the season.
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?