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Domink Hasek, photo: CTK

Ice hockey goaltender Dominik Hasek has been speaking to journalists after arriving home in the Czech Republic, and says he has no regrets about retiring. Tennis player Jan Vacek is the only Czech left at Wimbledon, and Jiri Welsch has become only the second Czech basketball player ever to make the NBA draft. For those stories and more check out Sports News.

Hasek would only be tempted back onto ice to teach young players

Domink Hasek,  photo: CTK
After his recent Stanley Cup win and his subsequent retirement from ice hockey, Dominik Hasek is now back home in the Czech Republic. Just minutes after arriving at Prague airport on Monday morning, the legendary goaltender spoke to journalists at a packed news conference. Was it hard for Hasek, who is 37, to decide to hang up his skates?

"When you're drinking champagne and you're drinking from the Stanley Cup you feel differently than when you sit down afterwards in peace and think about things. I told the guys on the team 'wait, I have to think about it myself. It's a decision for my wife and me'. And I decided definitively a week after the Stanely Cup, after all the big celebrations."

And was the Dominator sad to be quitting ice hockey, after so many years at the top?

"I'm not sad now but it's hard to say how I'll feel in the autumn when the hockey season starts. But right now I don't feel any stress or regret. I feel good and I'm looking forward to what the future holds."

There has been speculation in the Czech press that Dominik Hasek could play for his old Czech club Pardubice. Could he ever imagine wearing a goaltender's kit again?

"I'd most likely wear my goalie's kit if I'm explaining something to kids or if I go onto the ice with them. But that's the only scenario in which I'll be putting on my goaltender's kit. Otherwise, I'm not considering it."

Vacek only Czech left at Wimbledon tennis tournament

Jan Vacek,  photo: CTK
Jan Vacek is the only Czech tennis player left at Wimbledon as the competition goes into its second week. On Saturday Vacek beat Adrian Voinea of Romania 6-1 4-6 6-3 6-4; he plays Dutch 18th seed Sjeng Schalken in the fourth round on Monday.

Welsch second Czech basketball player ever to make NBA draft

The young basketball player Jiri Welsch has become only the second Czech player ever to get a place in the NBA draft of new talent. The 22-year-old from Pardubice is to join NBA club the Golden State Warriors from his current side Olimpija Ljubljana, and says the move is the fulfilment of a dream. Jiri Welsch is the first Czech player to make the annual NBA draft for seven years.

Stajner overweight say Hannover management, Bejbl back at Slavia Prague

Jiri Stajner, who was the top scorer in the Czech football league last season, has been told to lose weight by his new club, Hanover, according to the German magazine Kicker. The Bundesliga side's management say Stajner is five kilos overweight, something they regard as unprofessional. Their concern may be understandable - Stajner is the most expensive player Hanover have ever bought.

Radek Bejbl has left French side Racing Lens for the club where he first made his name, Slavia Prague. Bejbl, who was part of the team which got to the final of Euro 96, says he thinks Slavia have a fair chance of winning the Czech league next season.

Janku comes first in high jump in Oslo, Zelezny second in javelin in Sheffield

The top Czech high-jumper Tomas Janku came first at the Golden League meeting in Oslo on Friday, with a jump of 2.28 metres. However, Janku failed in his attempt to beat his own career best - 2.33 metres eluded him on three attempts. In other athletics news, javelin legend Jan Zelezny came second behind Sergey Makarov of Russia in Sheffield, England on Sunday.