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Tchéquie - Canada, photo: CTK

The Czech Republic's ice hockey team have won all their games on the way to the quarter finals at the World Championships in Sweden. There was great drama in the Czech football league on Friday - now with one game to go there's only one point in it. And Czech internationals have been picking up winners' medals in some of Europe's top leagues. Sports News has all those stories and more.

Czechs win sixth game in a row at ice hockey World Championships

Czech Republic beat Canada 5:1,  photo: CTK
We're into the second week of the ice hockey World Championships in Sweden now, and the Czech Republic are getting better with every game - on Sunday they beat Canada 5:1 to make it six wins out of six so far, stretching their incredible World Championships unbeaten record to 19. "Czechs smack Canada silly" was the headline on the International Ice Hockey Federation official web-site and they weren't wrong. The goals came from Cajanek, Hrdina, Sykora, Patera and Klesla.

In previous games - including Saturday's 5:4 victory over the United States - the Czech Republic had frayed the nerves of many fans, conceding early goals and losing their concentration for spells. The victory over Canada was a real improvement, hopefully a sign that they have finally gotten into their stride.

The Czech Republic's likely opponents in the quarter-finals on Tuesday are Russia, who you may recall put the Czechs out at the same stage in the Salt Lake City Olympics, earlier in the year. Coach Josef Augusta says he believes his side have what it takes to get revenge on their old enemies.

Ivan Hlinka inducted into International Ice Hockey Federation's hall of fame

Former coach Ivan Hlinka was also in Sweden at the weekend, where he was inducted into the International Ice Hockey Federation's hall of fame. Hlinka famously led the Czech Republic to victory at the 1998 Winter Olympics.

Incredible climax to football season as leaders Liberec drop two more points

Moving on to football now, and you couldn't ask for a more dramatic end to the season here in the Czech Republic. Three weeks ago Liberec looked to have the title sown up, but since then they've really made things hard for themselves - only picking up one point in the last two games. On Friday they came from 3:1 down at home against Brno to score a draw, thanks to two headed goals from Petr Johana in the dramatic closing stages. At the same time, Viktoria Zizkov came from a goal behind to beat Jablonec 2:1, with the winning goal coming just seconds from the full time whistle. Those results leave Liberec just one point ahead, so it all comes down to the last day of the season on Friday.

Czech players earn winners' medals in leagues throughout the continent

Most of the top Czech players play in other European leagues, and several of them have ended the season with champions medals. Czech captain Pavel Nedved was part of the Juventus team which won Italy's Seria A at the end of his first season at the club. And Nedved will have to buy his Czech colleague Karel Poborsky a drink - Poborsky scored two for Lazio as they beat leaders Inter Milan, allowing Juve to take the title. And Nedved could also win another medal if Juventus beat Parma in the Italian cup.

Tomas Galasek lost his captain's armband at Ajax Amsterdam earlier in the season, but he'll have been happy at the weekend when Ajax won the Dutch league and Galasek picked up his first league title at the age of 29. Ajax are also chasing the league and cup double.

Jan Koller took a while to get into his stride in his first season at Borussia Dortmund, but he has been scoring lately and indeed netted one on Saturday to help Dortmund win the Bundesliga title. Don't forget Koller and fellow Czech international Tomas Rosicky have a chance of another medal on Wednesday, when Borussia take on Feyernoord in the UEFA Cup final.

Up and coming tennis players do well to reach semi-finals

Tennis now and Libuse Prusova of the Czech Republic had the best tournament of her career, when she reached the semi-finals of the Bol Ladies Open in Croatia, going out to Iva Majoli. Radek Stepanek also surpassed himself, reaching the semis at the Munich Open before having his great run ended by Rainer Schuettler.

Vishvanatan Anand of India wins World Chess Trophy in Prague

The World Chess Trophy which has been going on at Prague's Zofin ended at the weekend with a victory for Vishvanatan Anand of India over the Russian Anatoli Karpov.