It was a dramatic weekend for Czech tennis number one Jiri Novak, who reached his first ever Masters Series final only to miss the match through injury. In football, Sparta Prague remain at the top of the league, while foreign clubs are reportedly hoping to sign several of the club's key players. Pardubice stay on top of ice hockey's Extraliga, while Roman Sebrle has again been nominated for world athlete of the year. All those stories are in Sports News.
Novak misses first Madrid Series final through injury
"It happened during yesterday's game with Santoro, which I won, luckily. Towards the end of the game I went for a difficult ball and I felt a sharp pain in my left thigh....as for the future, I don't know yet. I've pulled out of a tournament in St Petersburg, and then I've got the final tournament in Paris, but of course I don't know if I'll be alright."
Next week's Paris tournament is the last of the Masters Series, and the last chance to pick up points for the Masters Cup in Shanghai. Novak is fifth in the Champions Race, and needs to stay in the top seven to qualify for the tournament, which is the climax of the ATP circuit.
Sparta still in front after home win over Zizkov
Foreign clubs reportedly interested in key Sparta players
There have been several reports in the sports pages about foreign clubs putting Czech league players at the top of their shopping lists. Sparta Prague have had the most interest from foreign scouts; Rome's Lazio are said to be interested in Jarosik, while English Premier League clubs have their eye on defenders Tomas Huebschman and Zdenek Grygera, the latter said to be wanted by Leeds. Sparta chairman Vlastimil Kostala, however, says the club will only allow one first-team player to leave at present.
Sebrle again nominated for world athlete of the year
Czech decathlete Roman Sebrle is - for the second year in a row - among the ten names on the short list for the IAAF world athlete of the year. In August, Sebrle became the first Czech in decades to win gold at the European Outdoor Athletics Championships in Munich.