In Sports News: the 116th Velka Pardubicka steeplechase is a success from a Czech perspective - and for 53-year-old trainer-jockey Josef Vana; it's mission accomplished as the Czech Republic beat lowly San Marino to make it three winds out of three in their campaign to reach football's Euro 2008 - and strikers Baros and Koller are back together, and back among the goals; and ice hockey coach Vladimir Ruzicka is set to decide whether to leave crisis-hit Slavia Prague.
In Sports News this week: there are no Czech teams in football's Champions League this season but a record three have reached the group stage of the UEFA Cup, including Mlada Boleslav, who scored a famous victory over Marseille - we hear from the former's manager; Jaromir Jagr is back - and scoring again - after a shoulder operation in June; and last season's finalists Slavia Prague are bottom of the Czech ice hockey league.
In Sports News: the Czech men's tennis team are back in the elite World Group in the Davis Cup after a resounding victory over the Netherlands; Mlada Boleslav are now two points clear in the Czech football league; Sparta fine Repka for giving the finger to Teplice fans, while disgraced former Zizkov boss Hornik is back in the game; and hockey goaltender Dominik Hasek wins on his return with the Detroit Red Wings.
South of Prague near the town of Pribram is a decommissioned military airstrip just off the highway. Before you see any sign of the airport you see the sky above filled with parachutes gently falling towards the earth. Welcome to the Pribram drop zone. The man in command of this place is checking a flight manifest - or passenger list - and scanning the skies with a high tech pair of binoculars.
In Sports News: Czech football champions Slovan Liberec have maintained their excellent start to the current season; Lukas Hartig makes a dream return to the Czech league - scoring two days after signing for Olomouc; the Czech Fed Cup coach welcomes a draw with "former brothers" Slovakia; and the Czech women's basketball team qualify for the knock-out stages at the World Championships.
In Sports News: Martina Navratilova's glittering career has come to an end with victory in the mixed doubles at the US Open - the tennis legend says she feels both joy and sorrow at retiring at the age of 49; Martin Damm wins the men's doubles at the US Open, taking his first Grand Slam title at 34; javelin great Jan Zelezny receives a standing ovation at his last international meeting; and Sparta Prague's new boss gets off to a winning start in a game of two halves.
Though I would say I am reasonably familiar with Czech culture and history, I must admit that I often have to scratch my head a bit - and consult the internet - whenever we feature a new question in our Radio Prague monthly quiz. The subject of the most recent competition - the remarkable prize-winning tennis, ice hockey and football player Karel Kozeluh - was certainly somebody I should have been familiar with, and I learned about his amazing career with fascination.
Bratislava was the venue on Wednesday night for a very keenly anticipated soccer game between former federal partners Slovakia and the Czech Republic. It was the first time the two countries had met for several years and there was a lot to play for, as both teams bid to reach the 2008 European Championships. The atmosphere was electric, and friendly, for the match, which the Czech Republic won 3:0.
Friday will see the start of an important annual road cycling race involving riders from seven countries, who will face a demanding three-stage circuit linking the south Bohemian town of Ceske Budejovice, Linz in Austria, and Passau in Germany. The event - known as the Peace and Friendship race - has a long tradition, dating back to the 1960s, a time when Austria, East Germany, and Czechoslovakia were of course separated by the Iron Curtain.
In Sports News: the Czech football team get off to a good start in their bid to reach Euro 2008, with two debutants shining in a 2:1 win over Wales, though Wales manager John Toshack believes match officials made serious mistakes; Sparta Prague appoint their 16th boss in 13 years - former star player Michal Bilek; two Czech singles players start the second week at tennis's US Open; and Czech women's record holder Barbora Spotakova wins the javelin at the last Golden League meeting of the season.