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Jiri Novak in the third round of the US Open, Photo:CTK

Jiri Novak is set to face top seed Lleyton Hewitt in tennis's US Open, while Daja Bedanova has been knocked out by the women's number one seed Serena Williams. Sparta Prague have made it five wins out of five in the Czech football league, while Bohemians have finally got their first point. Racing driver Tomas Enge is one point behind with one race to go in the Formula 3000 championship, while ice hockey star Jaromir Jagr has passed his school leaving exams. All those stories and more in Sports News.

Novak to face top seed Hewitt in US Open

Jiri Novak in the third round of the US Open,  Photo:CTK
Jiri Novak is the only Czech to have made it into the second week at tennis's last Grand Slam of the year, the US Open. In the third round Novak was two sets up against Marcelo Rios of Chile when Rios retired with a knee injury. The Czech number one will now face top seed and defending champion Lleyton Hewitt in the fourth round. In the women's tournament, Czech Daja Bedanova beat three Russian players on the way to meeting top seed Serena Williams, who defeated Bedanova 6:1 6:1 on Sunday.

Football round-up

After the disappointment of not making it into football's Champions League, Sparta Prague have continued their impressive run in the Czech league. Their 2:1 away victory over Brno at the weekend means the club have now played five, won five so far this season. Michal Pospisil got both Sparta goals. At the other end of the table, Prague club Bohemians have finally got their first point, with a 1:1 away draw with Hradec Kralove. After finishing fourth last season the "kangaroos" have had a disastrous start this time out. Dusan Uhrin jr. - the son of the former Czech international coach - is currently caretaker manager at Bohemians, and the club are reportedly hoping to bring in Jaroslav Hrebik, who you may recall was sacked by Sparta near the end of last season.

Four Czech teams - Sparta, Zizkov, Slavia and Liberec - are in the first round of the UEFA Cup, with last week's draw harshest on Zizkov; they take on Glasgow Rangers in the two-legged tie. Sparta play Siroki Brigej of Bosnia, Slavia take on Mouscron of Belgium and Liberec face Georgia's Dinamo Tiblisi.

Staying with Europe, and the young Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech may be regretting joining such an average club as France's Rennes. Cech - who holds the Czech league's clean-sheet record - is a lot busier with Rennes than he was at Sparta Prague, and has just conceded three goals for the third game in a row. Cech isn't blaming himself though, and points out that after one of those defeats the French daily L'Equipe said he'd been the best player in the league.

Enge one point behind in Formula 3000 championship with one race to go

Motor racing's Formula 3000 championship is really going down to the wire. With one race to go this season, Czech driver Tomas Enge is just one point behind leader Sebastian Bourdrais, after finishing fourth in the Belgian Grand Prix on Saturday. Enge - who started in second - had taken the lead over Bourdrais, but fell back after a slight collision with his rival. Enge blamed Bourdrais for the incident, though the Frenchman said both drivers were equally at fault. The final, deciding race of the season takes place in Italy in a fortnight's time.

Jagr buys himself an ice cream to celebrate exam success

The Czech ice hockey star Jaromir Jagr has passed his 'maturita' or school leaving exams. The thirty-year-old Washington Capitals star treated himself to an ice-cream afterwards, and said he wouldn't call his parents immediately but would let them get good and nervous before telling them his good news.