The Czech Republic have beaten one of the favourites for football's World Cup, Italy. Meanwhile the Under 21s have won one, lost one in the group stage of the European Under 21 Championships. The Czech ice hockey team is currently without a coach, but Josef Augusta still has a chance of a new contract. Awards for Olympic medal-winning skiers Valenta and Neumannova. That's all in Sports News.
Czech Republic beat World Cup hopefuls Italy in Prague friendly
"We managed to play together quickly and to release the ball quickly. Maybe they were a bit taken aback and we were relaxed throughout the game, and I'd say we deserved to win in the end."
It was Karel Brueckner's first home game since he was appointed coach late last year, and the first big team the Czechs had faced since he took over. He expressed his satisfaction after the game.
"I told the players that although playing Italy is a kind of day out, they shouldn't just participate, they should aim to win. I think the players understood that and that aim was realised in the end."
Under 21s win one, lose one at European Championships
The Czech Under 21s lost their opening game at the Under 21 European Championships in Switzerland, going down 2:0 against favourites France on Thursday. The youngsters, who had only lost two games out of the previous 18, bounced back on Sunday, with a Martin Jiranek goal securing a 1:0 win over Belgium. The "Lion Cubs", as the Czech press call them, will need to beat Greece in their last group game on Tuesday to go forward to the semi-finals.
In domestic football, Ceske Budejovice and Zlin have been celebrating after winning promotion to the Czech first division at the weekend.
New (or old?) Czech ice hockey manager to be announced soon
The Czech ice hockey team is currently without a manager, following a meeting of the Czech ice hockey union on Friday. Chairman Karel Gut has not ruled out the possibility of Josef Augusta, whose contract was terminated on Friday, being kept on. A decision is to be announced in the next two weeks. Augusta led the Czechs to victory in the 2000 and 2001 world championships - success which has not been repeated this year.