The Czech Republic have lost an epic Davis Cup tie against holders Russia, with everything hinging on the very last set of the weekend. There was no joy for the Czech ice hockey squad either - they went to the Swedish Games hoping to win the Euro Hockey Tour but suffered a total washout and ended up second from bottom of the final table. And Sparta Prague have been and gone and sold captain Jiri Novotny, who'd only been there 16 years and won 13 league titles.
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After 16 years service, Sparta give captain Novotny free transfer
Jiri Hudler is currently on loan to the Russian club Kazan, and may soon meet up with another Czech international, footballer Jiri Novotny. Novotny was given a free transfer to Kazan after the new coach of Sparta Prague, Jiri Kotrba, made it clear the defender had no place in his plans. It will be interesting to see how the club's fans react to that move, given that - after 16 years and 13 league titles at Sparta - it would be no exaggeration to say that Novotny was the living embodiment of the club. And Lukas Hartig of Bohemians is also reportedly bound for Russia: if he signs with Zenit St Petersburg - who are managed by former Bohemians man Vlastimil Petrzela - Hartig will be the fifth Czech player to join the club.
Football squad set for Player of Year awards before France friendly
The Czech Republic's football squad have assembled in Prague ahead of an away friendly against France on Wednesday. Before they leave for Paris the footballers will have a big night out at the Player of the Year awards, which are being held on Monday night.