Sparta Prague ice hockey club celebrated its 100th year anniversary this year, making it one of the oldest sports clubs in Europe. It was in January 1904 that the club formed its first ice hockey team, which met on frozen lakes and ponds around Prague. Now a new book has just been published, documenting Sparta's long and very interesting history.
In Sports News: Petr Cech continues to impress, with the Czech international goalkeeper keeping his 14th clean sheet of the season for Chelsea on Sunday; Porto are chasing Tomas Rosicky, while Marek Jankulovski is linked to glamour club AC Milan; Tomas Vokoun departs the Czech ice hockey league for Helsinki, while Jan Caloun notches up nine goals in six games after a stint in Russia; almost 100 "hardy fellows" brave the Vltava river for the annual St Stephen's Day swim.
In Sports News: Olympic gold medallist Roman Sebrle is named Czech Sportsperson of the Year, while the widow of Ivan Hlinka receives the Emil Zatopek Sporting Legend award on behalf of her late husband; Milan Baros plays a blinder for club Liverpool; sacked Sparta Prague manager Frantisek Straka says he will sue a newspaper over cocaine allegations; the Czech Republic come third in the Rosno Cup ice hockey tournament in Moscow.
The Czech Republic have finished second in the Rosno Cup ice hockey tournament in Moscow, after losing 1:0 to hosts Russia in their last game on Sunday. The Czechs had previously beaten Sweden and lost to Finland in the competition. The results leave the Czech Republic third in the four-nation Euro Hockey Tour.
In Sports News: Czech ski jumper Jakub Janda wows the home crowd in the north Bohemian resort of Harrachov, reaching the podium for the third weekend in a row; in football Slavia Prague avert a crisis, finding the money to pay players threatening a mass walkout; Patrik Elias is set to leave the Czech ice hockey league, where Ladislav Lubina sets a new appearances record of 847 games.
In Sports News: just a few days before a World Cup qualifier against Macedonia, Czech striker Milan Baros scores the first hat trick of his senior career; in the Czech football league, second-placed Teplice are still unbeaten this season after a win over Olomouc, who are third; the Czech Republic finish third in ice hockey's Karjala Cup, while Jaromir Jagr is finding the training regime tough at new club Omsk.
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.
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