In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic have a couple of injury problems ahead of their first World Cup qualifier, but the good news is Marek Jankulovski is fit; former Czech manager Karel Bruckner gets off to a flying start in his new job as Austria beat France 3:1; the Czech Republic has taken four medals, including two golds, at the Paralympics in Beijing; and there are 12 members of the legendary 1998 Olympic winning team in the Czech ice hockey league this season.
The Czech Republic is one of five candidates for the World Ice Hockey Championships in 2014, it was announced on Wednesday. The Czechs, who unsuccessfully applied to hold the contest in 2013, are up against Belarus, Ukraine, Hungary and Latvia for 2014’s championships. The Czech Republic last hosted the tournament in 2004, and should the 2014 bid succeed, then the competition would be staged in Prague for the 10th time in history. The host of the 2014 championships will be announced next year in Switzerland.
It isn’t an unusual practice: a well-known sports celebrity sets up a line of sports clothing. From a marketing perspective, the idea seems perfect: capitalize on the name-recognition of said sportsperson and either open a bar, sports-shop or even set up a line of clothing. Dominik Hašek, former ice-hockey legendary goalkeeper did the latter. But now it seems that his business venture has hit some bumps in the road. DJ reports:
Legendary Czech ice-hockey player František Tikal has died just days after his 75 birthday following a long illness. Mr Tikal played during the 1950s and 60s and was regarded at the time as one of the best defenders in the game. He represented his country in seven world championships and two Olympic Games and also played for the Prague teams Sparta and Tankista Praha.
One man was killed in a four-vehicle collision near Hradec Kralové on Thursday morning. The news website novinky.cz reported that the crash – involving two cars, a truck and a van – may have been caused by former Czech ice hockey international Ladislav Lubina. Police were reported to be searching for Mr Lubina, who fled the scene. The man who died is believed to have been the father of former football international Vratislav Lokvenc.
Hockey’s Jaromír Jágr is bound for Russia after an illustrious career in the NHL; future Hall of Famer Dominik Hašek touches down in Czech Rep; Football’s Saturn Moscow eye Czech striker Václav Svěrkoš; the Czech Olympic team readies for Beijing; Kreuziger 37th after first two stages of cycling’s Tour de France.
In Sports News this Monday: Radek Štěpánek is so frustrated at going out in the third round at Wimbledon that he breaks six rackets; Nicole Vaidišová enjoys something of a return to form at the tournament; Jaromír Jagr is considering his future as his contract with New York Rangers comes to an end; and the Czech football association make an embarrassing claim that Gerard Houllier wants the job of Czech coach, while Klaus Toppmoller’s wage demands could rule him out.
Czech star Jaromír Jágr is reportedly weighing his options on his hockey future, although where he will play is undecided yet. He could continue with the New York Rangers in the NHL or play in the Russian Super League for Omsk, a team where he spent much of the 2004-2005 NHL lockout, or elsewhere. The New York Post reported on Friday that Jágr had been offered 35 million dollars for a three-year-contract. While not making a decision yet, the 36-year-old player, who can become an unrestricted free agent on Tuesday, has indicated he would like to play at last two more years abroad before returning to his original team Kladno in the Czech Republic.
In Sports News: the search for a new Czech soccer manager goes on after the widely respected Ivan Hašek turns down the job, citing differences with the leadership of the Czech football association; the Czech ice hockey team, by contrast, have got a new boss, after Vladimír Růžička is given a contract that should see him at the helm until after the 2010 Winter Olympics; and Roman Kreuziger’s win in the Tour of Switzerland is one of the Czech Republic’s greatest successes in cycling.
Just a week ago the Czech ice hockey player Jiří Hudler celebrated the greatest success of his career, when his club the Detroit Red Wings won the NHL’s Stanley Cup. Hudler, who is 24, is now looking forward to showing the coveted trophy to fans in his home town of Olomouc during the summer. Soon after he arrived at Prague Airport on Wednesday morning, I spoke to the young star about his Stanley Cup success, and the retirement (announced on Monday) of team-mate Dominik Hašek.
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