Tomas Berdych has won the Golden Canary for best Czech tennis player for the second year in a row. The 21-year-old reached the world top ten for the first time in 2006, as did Czech women's number one Nicole Vaidisova; she came second in the poll run by Tenis magazine and the Czech tennis union. Jiri Novak received a special award at Saturday's Golden Canary ceremony - Novak, who is 31, recently played his final top-level tournament.
The Czech volleyball team have lost their opening two games in the last-8 group stage at the Volleyball World Championships in Hiroshima, Japan. The Czechs were beaten 3:0 by France in their first group match and by the same score-line by Brazil in their second.
The Czech speed skater Martina Sablikova has come third in her preferred distance of 5,000 m at a World Cup meeting in Moscow. In Holland two weeks ago Sablikova reached the podium in the competition for the first time in her career, again with third place, in the 3000m.
Czech cross country skier Katerina Neumannova finished fourth in the 10 km classic in a World Cup event in Finland's Kuusamo on Saturday. Neumannova is also fourth overall in the World Cup standings, with four of 27 races completed.
There are three Czech football teams in the group stage of the UEFA Cup; Slovan Liberec still have a chance of reaching the knock-out stage - they beat Grasshopper Zurich 4:1 at home on Thursday, and have four points from three matches. Meanwhile, Mlada Boleslav's 1:1 away draw with Rapid Bucharest gave them their first point in two games. But Sparta Prague have almost zero chance of going through: a 0:0 home draw with Ajax Amsterdam on Thursday gave them their first point in three outings.
Back in the Czech domestic league, Sparta are now three points clear of the pack, after a 1:0 win over Plzen on Sunday. Liberec - who are second - drew 1:1 with Banik Ostrava, while third-placed Mlada Boleslav were held 2:2 at home by bottom-of-the-table Slovacko.
Next weekend's league games are the last before the winter break. Sincerest apologies for a mistake last Monday when I said it had already begun - it was merely the half-way point in the season, not the break. Sorry.
One player who won't be changing clubs during the winter break is Jan Koller. Sparta Prague are interested in luring the giant forward from Monaco. But Koller, currently making a comeback from injury, says he intends to see out the next 18 months of his two-year contract.
In the Czech ice hockey Extraliga the Liberec White Tigers went top in the 27th round of the season on Sunday. They beat Karlovy Vary 6:2. Ceske Budejovice were dislodged from top-spot after losing 2:1 to Trinec.
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