Czech hockey forward Radim Vrbata has made an excellent start with his new team in the NHL, scoring three goals in three games. On Friday, Vrbata, who plays for Vancouver, scored in the 36th minute against Edmonton, slotting home a pass by Sedin. The goal proved the winner: the Canucks beat the Oilers 2:0.
In Sports News this Monday: After good start under returnee Beránek, Slavia lose five on trot – he says absence of key players made difference in latest defeat; Sparta’s Dočkal bags three points after regular taker Lafata declines spot kick; national team gather ahead of Turkey and Kazakhstan Euro qualifiers; and Kvitová and Berdych both lose in Beijing finals.
In Sports News this Monday: Czechs go straight through to second stage of Women’s Basketball World Championship, thanks in part to returnee Kulichová; Sparta win fourth Prague soccer derby in row; Litvínov have seven wins in seven in hockey’s Extraliga while reigning champions Zlín have no points so far; and Kvitova wins third title of season and qualifies for WTA Finals.
In Sports News this Monday: Czechs’ great run in Davis Cup ends with semi-finals defeat to France – question marks hang over future involvement of star men Berdych and Štěpánek; Brno-Zlín ice hockey game abandoned after 13 minutes due to fog as Extraliga resumes; and Sparta drop more points in football top flight.
In Sports News this Monday: Krpálek becomes first Czech judo world champion; Synek is again world champion in men’s single sculls; Kvitová fails to break US Open hoodoo with third round exit; Berdych through to last 16 at Flushing Meadows; Vaidišová plots comeback; and golden generation of hockey players pay tribute to coach Hlinka.
The ice hockey club Lev Praha has shocked fans – and players – by announcing it will most likely withdraw from the Kontinental Hockey League next season. Owners of the Prague club, which reached the finals of the Russian-centred league this year, say they have not been able to secure a budget for next season.
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