The Czech ice hockey team suffered defeat in their second Karjala Cup game in Helsinki on Saturday. They were defeated 2:3 after their game against Sweden went to a penalty shoot-out. This now puts them in second place behind the Swedes, and in order to win the competition they will have to beat the Russians on Sunday and hope that Sweden loses its Scandinavian derby against Finland.
Star winger Jaromir Jagr - the famous No. 68 - signs with Russia's Avangard Omsk; Stepanek goes down in defeat at the Paris Masters; Sparta Prague continues to dominate the Czech football league, though Teplice are now within three; and phenomenal Czech netminder Petr Cech earns his 9th clean sheet this season as his side Chelsea go top of the English Premiership.
The Czech star hockey player Jaromir Jagr has played his last game in the Czech league and signed with Russia's Omsk. Jagr reached agreement with the club on Saturday; Omsk is currently 12th in the Russian league. Jagr's last game for Kladno, where he had been playing due to the NHL lockout, saw the star forward help down opponents Liberec on a score line of 5-4.
In Sports News: Just three weeks after winning the sixth tournament of his career in Tokyo, Czech tennis number one Jiri Novak wins another title, and the biggest money prize of his career; Sparta Prague FC are seven points clear after beating second-placed Olomouc; Sparta ice hockey club are also leading the league; Jaromir Jagr supports the Civic Democrats, but is he thinking of entering politics himself?
Jaroslav Svoboda of the Dallas Stars agreed on Monday to play for a Czech hockey team, raising to 173 the number of National Hockey League players set to compete in Europe during the NHL lockout. Svoboda, a forward, will play for Olomouc. One hundred and seventy three NHL players have agreed to play for Euroean teams during the lockout; the Czech league will have nearly 50 NHL players, including Jaromir Jagr of the New York Rangers.
In Sports News: the Czech Davis Cup team beat Paraguay to stay in the World Group; Martin Kovar is the star of the Czech Paralympics team, with three golds in swimming; Jaromir Jagr scores a hat trick for 'home' club Kladno; Sparta win ahead of their Champions League game against Lyon in Prague; sparks are still flying over the circumstances of Pavel Nedved's retirement from international football; Josef Masopust says Petr Cech should be made Czech captain; decathlete Roman Sebrle ends a great season with another win.
In today's Sports News: the Czech Republic has got off to a good start at the Paralympics in Athens with two gold medals, though a third Czech was stripped of gold after a dispute about her disability categorisation; the highlight of the first weekend of ice hockey's Extraliga was the Prague derby, which was won by Slavia; in football, Sparta Prague extended their lead at the top of the table; several Czech athletes have ended the season with good results.
A long-standing dispute between players and owners in North America's National Hockey League came to a head on Thursday when the league locked-out players on a day they would have normally started training camp. The dispute has put the regular season — as well as next year's Stanley Cup play-offs — at threat, and as a result many European players have returned home to play in their national leagues.
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