Sports News

By Ian Willoughby

We start with football - and the main story at the weekend; Sparta Prague lost on Saturday but Viktoria Zizkov blew their chance to go top of the table.

Sparta - who play Real Madrid at home in the Champions League on Wednesday - went down 2:1 away to Bohemians. Sparta took the lead through a Labant penalty, before Bohemians - nicknamed Klokani or the Kangaroos - replied with goals from Melecky and Balaz, just after half time.

As well as winning three points, Bohemians also brought Sparta keeper Petr Cech's clean-sheet record to an end, after an incredible nine hundred and three minutes. Cech said he was actually more disappointed by the fact that his team had lost.

Sparta's defeat gave Zizkov the chance to go top - but it wasn't to be; Zizkov played away to Jablonec on Sunday and went down 1:0.

So - Sparta lead the table with 33 points, Bohemians are second - also with 33 points and Zizkov are third with 31.

Slavia Prague - now in sixth place after a poor start to the season - got a very frosty reception from their fans on Sunday. The supporters - unhappy with the situation at the club - kept silent during Slavia's nil all home draw with Olomouc, until the end of the game, when they booed their team.

Getting away from men's team sports for a moment, Czech gymnast Jana Komrskova came third in the Swiss Cup in Zurich at the weekend. Big things are expected of the 18-year old, who is still going to school.

Moving on to ice hockey now, and Pardubice continue to lead the Extraliga, following a 2:1 victory over Kladno. Second place Zlin beat fellow South Moravians Znojmo 6:3, and third place Sparta Prague went on a goal-scoring spree against Vitkovice - the final score, 8:1 to the Prague side.

And finally, one of Monday's tabloids carries a list of the highest paid Czech players in the NHL. Twenty-nine Czech stars are paid a million dollars or more a year - and the best paid player in the league is Jaromir Jagr, with ten million dollars a year. Ten million - a nice round sum, I'm sure you'll agree.