In Sports News: the Czech ice hockey team have secured a place in the last eight at the World Championships after an impressive win over Canada; the last weekend of the Czech football league is mired in controversy, as Mlada Boleslav reach the Champions League and Plzen narrowly avoid relegation; Karel Bruckner announces the Czech squad for the World Cup; Robin Vik wins tennis's Prague Open; and Kenyan-born runner Hasan Mubarak Shami wins the Prague Marathon.
The Czech Republic has won its first match in the qualifying round at the Ice Hockey World Championship in Riga, Latvia. Norway took an early one goal lead in the first period but the Czechs came back in the 2nd on a goal from Jan Hlavac, while Jaroslav Balastik got the winner in the third. Petr Tenkrat scored a final goal for the Czechs late in the third to secure the win. The Czechs next face Canada on Sunday.
In Sports News: not the best of starts for the Czech Republic's ice hockey team at the World Championships in Riga; former Czech tennis number one Jiri Novak returns to action, while Martina Navratilova returns to Prague; and footballer Jan Koller is fit again but plans to leave Borussia Dortmund in the summer, while the future of several other Czech internationals is also unclear.
Sparta Prague emerge victorious from the ice hockey Extraliga title playoff series against local rivals Slavia; Devils' Patrik Elias is on form as injury threatens Jagr's part in the playoffs; Petr Cech misses out on English Premiership team of the year 2006; Skacel up for Scottish football award; Jankulovski makes his mark in Milan; Tomas Enge to race in the Indy Japan 300. All this in this week's sport roundup.
The Czech ice hockey star Jaromir Jagr has failed to rack-up additional points in the NHL this season, meaning he finishes 2nd on the overall leaders list. Final NHL games wrapped up on Tuesday. Jagr had recently led on the table, which combines points from goals and assists but was overtaken in the last few games before the playoffs. His one assist in New York Rangers 5 - 1 defeat of Los Angeles on Tuesday was not enough to regain the lead. Jagr finishes with 123, just 2 points behind Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks.
Slavia edges Sparta 3:2 to keep ice hockey championship hopes alive; in the NHL Ottawa's Dominik Hasek remains uncertain to start in Stanley Cup playoffs. In football, Liberec edge closer to the league title with a 1:1 tie against Plzen; Chelsea keeper Petr Cech suffers minor injury as Chelsea down Everton; Aston Villa striker Milan Baros twice finds the back of the net in Birmingham derby. In basketball, Prostejov bounce Usti nad Labem 128:70.
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.
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