In Sports News this Monday: Viktoria Plzeň see their first win in the Champions League; in tennis, Tomáš Berdych loses in the semifinal of the ATP’s World Tour Finals; in hockey, Czech hockey clubs refuse to form a joint Czech-Slovak league; and in motorsport, a Czech driver takes part in a Formula 1 event.
Czech hockey clubs have refused to admit two Slovak clubs into the top Czech hockey league. In a vote on Thursday, 13 out of 14 Czech top division clubs voted against admitting HC Košice and Slovan Bratislava in the Czech Tipsport Extraliga; one club abstained. The two Slovak hockey clubs applied to join the Czech top division earlier this year in an attempt to revive the former federal hockey league.
In Sports News: national football team captain Tomáš Rosický apologises for team over “Drulák” incident but squad receives two million crown fine; Liberec, Plzeň keep pressure on league-leaders Sparta with respective wins over Slovácko and Mladá Boleslav; Chelsea and Petr Čech fall 2:1 against Liverpool; in hockey, Sparta defeats Třinec to move to top of the league; Jágr readies for return after suffering minor injury; in tennis, Czech fans will have a chance to root for Tomáš Berdych, taking part in the final event of the season: the ATP World
Czech hockey player Martin Erat, back from injury, has shown fine form in recent matches including the Nashville Predators match-up on Thursday against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The player scored two goals in his team’s 4:1 win, and was named the game’s first star. In other action, Ottawa forward Milan Michálek notched up one goal and one assist in a 5:2 win over Edmonton, while the Montreal Canadiens’ Tomáš Plekanec earned two assists against the Islanders. However, the Habs were narrowly defeated 4:3.
In Sports News: The Czech Republic’s football squad downs Montenegro to boost its chances of reaching Euro 2012; Plzeň, currently in fourth spot in the Gambrinus Liga down 2nd league Sokolov in the 3rd round of the Czech Cup; Federer defeats Berdych in Paris; Russia has defeated the Czech Republic’s hockey team to win Karjala Cup.
Russia won the four-nation Karjala Cup on Sunday after Alexei Morozov scored in overtime to clinch a 4-3 victory over the Czech Republic. The Czechs led 2-0 with early goals from Jan Bulis and Pavel Brendl, but Russia equalized through Oleg Saprykin and Sergei Mozyakin in the second period. Danis Zaripov gave Russia a 3-2 lead in the third, before Jaroslav Bednar equalized with less than five minutes left.
In Sports News: In tennis, the Czechs win their first Fed Cup in 23 years; Football’s Slavia win third in row under new coach Frantíšek Straka; goalkeeper Petr Čech, who suffered a broken nose, may miss the upcoming Euro 2012playoff against Montenegro; hockey star Jaromír Jágr and the Philadelphia Flyers demolish Columbus.
Patrik Eliáš set up the tying goal in the third period and scored in the
penalty shootout in NHL action on Thursday to help his New Jersey Devils
down Philadelphia. The player was named the game’s 1st star. The final
score was 4:3 for the Devils.
In other action, goalie Ondřej Pavelec, who plays for the Winnipeg Jets, allowed no goals in his team’s win over the New York Islanders – his first shutout of the season. The final score was 3:0.
In Sports News: Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová caps best season with WTA Championship triumph; in football, Liberec & Viktoria Plzeň notch up victories while league leader Sparta slip; in the NHL, Montreal Canadiens Plekanec helps sink Bruins in their home-and-home series, while in the Extraliga Budějovice down Slavia.
Czech hockey veteran Jaromír Jágr has scored his first goals since returning to the NHL. In Monday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Philadelphia Flyers’ forward scored in the 17th minute on a break away during his team’s power play, and added the second goal in the 56th minute, ensuring the Flyers’ 4:2 win. The 39-year-old Jágr also got an assist and fired six shots on the net. Jágr’s breakout performance in front of 20,000 spectators came in his eight game for the Flyers.
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