In Sports News this Monday: Czech speed skater Martina Sáblíková cements her lead in the World Cup standings and takes gold as part of the Czech team in the World Cup Team Pursuit; Zdeněk Štybar has mixed feelings about coming second in the Cyclocross World Championships two years in a row; and Jaromír Jágr disappoints Czech ice hockey fans by pulling out of the squad for the Swedish Games due to illness; Czech football league leaders Slavia Prague lose another key player; and Radoslav Kováč joins West Ham on loan.
The ice hockey star Jaromír Jágr is in the Czech Republic’s squad for the Swedish Games, part of the four-nation Euro Hockey Tour. Czech coach Vladimír Růžička said Jágr’s availability was excellent news as it gave his team a greater chance of winning their first event on the tour this season. The Omsk forward’s first international tournament since 2006 is also good news for Czech hockey officials, who can expect a considerably bigger gate for a game against Finland at Prague’s O2 Arena next Thursday.
In Sports News this Monday: tennis player Radek Štěpánek wins his first tournament of the year, and the third ATP title of his career; Nicole Vaidišová is no longer Czech number one; Olympic javelin champion Barbora Špotáková is named Czech sportsperson of the year; and Martina Sáblíková makes a great comeback to take bronze at the European Speed Skating Championships.
Robert Holík has broken Jaromír Jágr’s Czech record for the number of games played in ice hockey’s NHL. New Jersey’s centre, who is 38, played his 1274th game on Friday, a 4:0 defeat to Atlanta. Jágr had played one fewer game before leaving the NHL for Omsk in the Russian league. Holík could have set a new Czech record some time ago, except for breaking a finger in October, an injury which meant he missed 18 games.
In Sports News this Monday: last season’s winner of cross country skiing’s Tour de Ski, Lukáš Bauer, comes 11th this time out, his hopes of at least a top five finish ending with an asthma attack in the penultimate race; Šárka Záhrobská finishes third in a slalom event in Zagreb; the Czech Republic end up coming sixth at ice hockey’s junior World Championship in Canada; and truck driver Aleš Loprais receives help from a Czech rival on day two of the Dakar Rally.
In National Hockey League action, Czech forward Michal Frolík scored the final goal for Florida on Saturday in the Panther’s 6:1 romp over Pittsburgh. The forward scored in the 45th minute, his 7th goal of the season. Czech goalie Tomáš Vokoun was not in net for Florida in the win; goaltending duties in the match were instead covered by Craig Anderson.
The Czech Republic has suffered defeat at the hands of Russia in the quarterfinals at the world junior hockey championship in Ottawa, Canada. The Czechs were beaten on Friday by a score of 5:1. The game was tied a goal apiece after two periods, but the Russians exploded in the final period for four goals. It is the fourth year in a row that the Czech juniors will finish outside of the medals. Russia now faces Canada, while Sweden will face Slovakia in the semi-final round.
In Sports News: ahead of the Tour de Ski’s arrival in Prague, last year’s winner Lukáš Bauer gets off to a less-than-ideal start in the first stage in Germany; the Czech Republic are demolished by hosts Canada in their first game at ice hockey’s World Under 20 Championship, before narrowly losing to the US; goaltender Stanislav Neruda makes a splash in the Extraliga at the age of 34; and striker Roman Bednář gets his sixth goal of the season to help West Brom beat Spurs in the Premier League.
The Czech national team suffered a staggering defeat by the host, and title defender Canada 1:8 on Friday in their first game at the Under-20 Ice Hockey World Championship. The Czechs couldn’t keep up with the home team and only managed to score two minutes before the end of the match with Canada eight goals ahead. The Czech team will next face the United States on Monday.
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