In Sports News this week: Libor Sionko scores for Glasgow Rangers while Celtic's Jiri Jarosik (heading for his fourth title in as many countries) needs stitches after a Scottish league clash; Petr Cech enjoys a rare Christmas at home in Plzen, as former Czech keeper Pavel Srnicek makes a return for Newcastle; ice hockey great Dominik Hasek puts in a brilliant performance for Detroit; and the Czech Davis Cup team will definitely be without world no. 19 Radek Stepanek.
In Sports News: the Czech women's cross country skiing team took their first relay medal in over two decades; the Czech ice hockey team come last yet again in a Euro Hockey Tour event; Jarosik and Sionko become the first Czechs to face each other in Glasgow's Old Firm derby; and two-time Olympic canoeing Martin Doktor becomes a doctor.
In Sports News: the leading Czech men's swimmer Kvetoslav Svoboda comes fourth in a major competition yet again; Czech ice hockey stars make a big impression on the NHL; Czech goalkeeper Jan Lastuvka has a difficult introduction to the English Premiership, conceding six goals in two games for Fulham; and which Czech league stars will be moving to greener pastures in the transfer window?
In Sports News: Sparta win the Prague derby in hockey, though their goaltender is slightly late arriving on the ice; Slavia, meanwhile, go top of the Czech football league, temporarily at least; with 72 shutouts, Dominik Hasek is closing in on a career milestone; and ski jumper Jakub Janda's season picks up, ever so slightly.
In Sports News: Tomas Berdych is again named Czech tennis player of the year; the Czech volleyball team lose their first two games in the last-8 group stage at the world championships; speed skater Martina Sablikova again reaches the podium in a world cup event; cross country skier Katerina Neummanova finishes fourth in Finland; and Sparta Prague lead the Czech football league but have next to no chance of advancing in the UEFA Cup - or of signing Jan Koller.
Only a few days ago the Czech Republic's greatest hockey player Jaromir Jagr made history by becoming only the 16th player in the NHL to ever score 600 goals. Now, he's made history again. On Tuesday night when his New York Rangers beat Carolina, Jagr scored twice more, inching past Finnish legend Jari Kurri to become the greatest European-born scorer ever. Earlier Jan Velinger spoke to Pavel Barta, a specialist in ice hockey and reporter for the Czech newspaper Mlada Fronta Dnes.
In Sports News: it was a successful weekend for Czech skiing, with first place for Katerina Neumannova and third for the men's relay team at a meeting in Sweden; Sparta Prague lead the domestic football league into the winter break, despite conceding their first league goal in almost 800 minutes; Aston Villa's manager threatens Czech striker Milan Baros with the boot: and Jaromir Jagr has scored his 600th NHL goal.
In Sports News: Roman Sebrle is named Czech Athlete of the Year for the fifth year in a row, with Barbora Spotakova narrowly missing out on the crown; Martina Sablikova takes the first ever Czech medal at the Speed Skating World Cup; Sparta Prague top the Czech football league for the first time in 18 months; and a goal scored by Czechoslovakia's Oldrich Nejedly in the 1934 World Cup is finally acknowledged.
In Sports News: after a poor start Sparta Prague are closing in on football league leaders Slovan Liberec, though Sparta's manager says it's too soon to get excited; Liberec defender Tomas Zapotocny says he's keen to leave the Czech league after receiving a record fine from the football association; Tomas Kaberle scores his first hat trick in ice hockey's NHL, while Jaromir Jagr leads the players' points table; and Katerina Neumannova begins her final season in cross country skiing.
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