The Czech Under 19 football team beat England on Sunday to win a semi-finals place at the European Championships. The Czech women's tennis team have made sure of their place in next year's Fed Cup World Group, thanks to a play-offs win over South Africa in Durban. Meanwhile, swimmer Yvetta Hlavacova says a whole year's hard work has gone down the drain, after coming 11th in Barcelona. Vaclav Chalupa has won the Czech rowing championships for the 15th year in a row and ice hockey forward Vaclav Prospal has signed a five-year, 17.5-million-dollar
Just one year after he hung up his goalie skates Czech star goaltender Dominik Hasek may soon be back in the NHL. There have been reports in the US press that the 38-year-old legend and 1998 Olympic gold medal winner has been talking to the Detroit Red Wings, with whom he won the Stanley Cup in his last season. Is Hasek still hungry for another shot at sport's oldest tournament trophy? Well, that's still a matter of speculation. But one thing is certain: a Hasek comeback would be welcomed by a great many fans, not least those in the Czech Republic.
Who ever said that European ice hockey players were not as tough as their North American counterparts? Although his career in the NHL is over, Dominik Hasek, who was one of the best goaltenders of all time, continues to compete in many sporting events here in his native Czech Republic. As Martin Hrobsky reports, the Dominator may have gone too far while playing in an in-line hockey game.
All of today's papers lead with the same story, the government's plans to reform the public finance system. Canada's victory over Sweden in the finals at the World Ice Hockey Championships also makes the headlines in most of the main dailies. On the international front, it's US President George Bush's dissatisfaction with his team in Iraq and the recent car accident that left three Czech soldiers injured in Basra, that make the front pages.
Only a few dozen Czech ice hockey fans came to Ruzyne airport on Sunday to greet the Czech national team returning from the Ice Hockey World Championship in Helsinki. After Canada beat the Czech Republic 8-4 in the semi-final on Friday, the Czechs faced their former federation partner Slovakia in Saturday's bronze-medal match.
The Czech ice hockey team, who ended fourth at the world ice hockey championships in Finland on Saturday, have received a warm welcome home. Several dozen fans applauded each team member as they emerged at the at Prague Ruzyne airport on Sunday. The Czechs won world title in three of the past four years. The president of the Czech Ice Hockey Union, Karel Gut, said the fourth place was still a great success and that replacing the national team's three couches was out of the question.
The Czech ice hockey team ended fourth at the world ice hockey championships in Helsinki, Finland, losing 2-4 to Slovakia on Saturday. The Czechs, world champions in three of the last four years, lost their chance to fight for another gold on Friday, when they were defeated by Canada 8-4 in the semi-finals.
The Czech ice-hockey squad face Canada on Friday evening in the semi-final of the world championships in Finland. The Czechs went through to the semis after defeating traditional rivals Russia 3-0 on Wednesday evening in their quarter final match. NHL goal scoring champion Milan Hejduk led the scoring for the Czechs, world champions in three of the last four years.
The Czech Republic's ice hockey start have got off to a winning start at the World Championships in Finland. The country's women's tennis team meanwhile have fallen victim to the power of the Williams sisters in the Fed Cup. Sparta Prague have gone further ahead in an exciting end to the Czech football season, Baros gets a brace for Liverpool and Arsenal are keen to sign Ostrava wunderkind Papadopulos.
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