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Poderoso, photo: CTK

Coming up in today's sports news - Czech tennis players line up for the first day of Wimbledon, NHL goaltender Dominik Hasek appears on the brink of hanging up his skates (for real this time), and the only Czech at the World Cup - assistant referee Evzen Amler - prepares for the crucial semi-final encounter between Germany and giant-killers South Korea.

Czechs line up on first day of Wimbledon

Well the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships get underway on Monday, with five Czech players making their appearance on the first day. Daja Bedanova - who reached the semi-finals of the Eastbourne Championships on Friday - will be the first to appear: she has a date on court No. 5 with Seda Noorlander of the Netherlands. Straight after her comes Jiri Novak - he plays Brazilian Fernando Meligeni. And Bohdan Ulihrach, Kvetoslava Hrdlickova and Iveta Benesova will also be making their debuts on Monday. The last Czech player to lift the Wimbledon trophy was Jana Novotna - she won her first Grand Slam singles title in 1998.

Buffalo News: Hasek to retire from professional ice-hockey

Star NHL goaltender Dominik Hasek is apparently about to announce his retirement from professional ice-hockey, despite earlier indications that he would stay on at the Detroit Red Wings after winning his first ever Stanley Cup. The Buffalo News reported on Sunday that the 37-year-old has finally decided to quit, ending a brilliant career that included six Vezina Trophies as the NHL's top goalie. He was also instrumental in the Czech Republic's gold medal victory at the 1998 Winter Olympics. Hasek has changed his mind about retirement before: he said three years ago that the 1999-2000 season would be his last. This time, it seems, he's hanging up his skates for good.

Linesman Amler to judge World Cup semi-final

Poderoso, photo: CTK
The only Czech taking part in the football World Cup, assistant referee Evzen Amler, will be making his appearance at the semi-final match between Germany and giant-killers South Korea in Seoul on Tuesday, amid mounting criticism of the standard of refereeing at the tournament. All eyes will be on 44-year-old Amler, fellow linesman Frederic Arnault of France and referee Urs Meier of Switzerland, in a match expected to draw as many as 60,000 delirious - and very noisy - Korean fans.

Brno beaten 5:0 in Intertoto Cup first round match

Staying with football, and Brno were beaten 5:0 by Israel's Ashdod in their first round, first leg UEFA Intertoto Cup match played on Sunday. Synot fared slightly better on Saturday, they drew with Kishiniev of Moldova.

Poderoso wins 10th Prague Derby

And we end with some horse-racing news - Poderoso won the 10th annual Prague Derby on Sunday. The three-year-old, ridden by English jockey Philip Robinson, won the 2,400-metre race in two minutes 31 seconds, coming in ahead of College Classic and Larrimah.