In Sports News this week: two Czech women's tennis players will compete in a Grand Slam quarter final for the first time in 22 years; ski jumper Jan Mazoch is still in a serious condition after an horrific fall; Petr Cech makes a return to action after a long lay-off with a head injury, and Slavia come out on top in Prague's ice hockey derby.
In sports news this week: Katerina Neumannova is named Czech sportswoman of the year, while Martina Navratilova is declared a Czech sports legend; Speed skater Martina Sablikova wins the European championships in Italy; and goalkeeper Petr Cech may make an early return to action after being sidelined with a fractured skull.
In Sports News: the Czech couple Berdych and Safarova are knocked out in the first round of tennis's Hopman Cup, while newly engaged Radek Stepanek makes a losing return from injury in Adelaide; ski jumper Jakub Janda is too far behind the leader to defend his Four Hills title, while cross country great Katerina Neumannova notches up her best sprint result in two years; Juventus declare an interest in Zdenek Grygera; and Slavia beat Sparta in the annual New Year's day old boys derby.
In Sports News this week: Libor Sionko scores for Glasgow Rangers while Celtic's Jiri Jarosik (heading for his fourth title in as many countries) needs stitches after a Scottish league clash; Petr Cech enjoys a rare Christmas at home in Plzen, as former Czech keeper Pavel Srnicek makes a return for Newcastle; ice hockey great Dominik Hasek puts in a brilliant performance for Detroit; and the Czech Davis Cup team will definitely be without world no. 19 Radek Stepanek.
In Sports News: the Czech women's cross country skiing team took their first relay medal in over two decades; the Czech ice hockey team come last yet again in a Euro Hockey Tour event; Jarosik and Sionko become the first Czechs to face each other in Glasgow's Old Firm derby; and two-time Olympic canoeing Martin Doktor becomes a doctor.
In Sports News: the leading Czech men's swimmer Kvetoslav Svoboda comes fourth in a major competition yet again; Czech ice hockey stars make a big impression on the NHL; Czech goalkeeper Jan Lastuvka has a difficult introduction to the English Premiership, conceding six goals in two games for Fulham; and which Czech league stars will be moving to greener pastures in the transfer window?
In Sports News: Sparta win the Prague derby in hockey, though their goaltender is slightly late arriving on the ice; Slavia, meanwhile, go top of the Czech football league, temporarily at least; with 72 shutouts, Dominik Hasek is closing in on a career milestone; and ski jumper Jakub Janda's season picks up, ever so slightly.
With the coming Christmas break football fans will have a chance to reflect on the past season - both on the domestic scene and on the international level, and many will no doubt be pleased to note progress by Petr Cech - the country's No. 1 keeper who was seriously injured in October. Cech suffered a skull fracture after a collision with Stephen Hunt in a Reading-Chelsea match, an injury that left a shadow over the player's career. Originally, it was thought that Cech could be out for as much as year before returning to the pitch. Now, the news
A special prize was presented to Jiri Novak on Saturday, at the Golden Canary awards for Czech tennis player of the year. The award was in recognition of all that Novak achieved during a long professional career, which recently came to an end when he played his last tournament, the Swiss Indoors in Basle.