As you may know, the two major sports in the Czech Republic are football and ice hockey. You also may be aware that Sparta and Slavia are the two biggest clubs in Prague in both of these sports. This past weekend, the clubs squared off in both sports, and Radio Prague's Yon Pulkrabek was there and now brings us this report.
In Sports News: away from the Prague derbies, the Czech Republic's tennis players easily beat Morocco to reach the playoffs for the Davis Cup world group; ice hockey star Jaromir Jagr sets a new record for his club, after previously admitting a goal attributed to him was scored by a team-mate; and swimmer Kvetoslav Svoboda makes an impressive return after injury.
In ice hockey action, Czech forward Jan Bulis scored his 19th goal this season for the Montreal Canadiens in their eighth straight win. On Thursday the Habs downed Ottawa 5-2; the Senators were without their high-profile Czech goaltender Dominik Hasek. Montreal is currently in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, vying for one of four remaining play-off spots.
In NHL hockey on Friday Czechs were instrumental in the Columbus Bluejackets' win over the St Louis Blues. Jaroslav Balastik scored while David Vyborny and Jan Hrdina both notched up assists. The Bluejackets are currently 13th in the Western Conference, well out of play-off contention, as are the Blues in 15th.
In Sports News: Lukas Pesek becomes the first Czech to reach the podium in a motorcycling Grand Prix for 35 long years, while Jan Kopecky equals the best ever result for a Czech in the World Rally Championship; speed skater Martina Sablikova sets her first senior world record; Liberec edge ever closer to winning the Czech football league; Tomas Rosicky shines for Dortmund; it's semi-finals time in the Czech ice hockey league; and Radek Stepanek reaches the fourth round in Miami.
In Sports News: Roman Sebrle takes bronze in the heptathlon at the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Moscow; ski jumper Jakub Janda is extremely close to taking an historic World Cup title, while cross-country skier Katerina Neumannova comes second in her second-last meeting of the season; Liberec lose, and lose goaltender Milan Hnilicka, in their opening game in ice hockey's Extraliga playoffs; and Slovan Liberec forge further ahead in the Czech football league.
Jan's guest in One on One is Zdenek Marek. Born in 1925 in the heart of Moravia, in the town of Prostejov - Zdenek Marek made his fame in the late 1940s playing ice hockey for some of Czechoslovakia's top teams, including Sparta Prague. More importantly, he was a member of the national team that won the 1949 World Championship in Sweden. The event changed his life. The occasion allowed Marek to escape from Czechoslovakia - where the Iron Curtain was descending - to start anew in the West. Jan spoke to Mr Marek - now in his 80s - via phone to New
In Sports, success in Scandinavia this weekend as ski jumper Jakub Janda returns to form in Finland while cross country skier Stanislav Rezac scores well at the Vasaloppet marathon in Sweden. The Czech ice hockey Elite League regular season moves into its final round, while Slovan Liberec extends its lead in the Czech soccer league and Jaromir Jagr reaches another milestone.
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