13th seed Jiri Novak tumbles out of the French Open, while Czech-born Martina Navratilova excels in the doubles; Viktoria Zizkov secure last available spot for preliminary round of UEFA Cup; Roman Sebrle crown of decathlon at Gotz for record third time; and Patrik Elias scores in a losing effort by New Jersey in the third match of the Stanley Cup Finals. All looked at in today's edition.
French Open: Novak bounced by1998 champion Carlos Moya
Doubles: No stopping Navratilova and Kuznecovova
It was a different story in doubles on Sunday when Navratilova and her Russian counterpart swept past Russian/Japanese duo Zidkovova/Morigami in a three set nail-biter in the 2nd round. Navratilova and her partner lost the first set 3 - 6, but edged their opponents in the 2nd, winning the crucial tiebreak 7-6. The 3rd set also came out better for Navratilova and company: the duo won that by a score of 6-4.
Viktoria Zizkov secure spot in UEFA Cup
Although the Czech football league title had been wrapped up by champions Sparta Prague, there still remained a lot to play for over the weekend, namely qualifying for preliminary-rounds in European tournament play. Up for grabs was a final entry in pre-rounds for the UEFA cup, being chased neck and neck by third-place Zizkov and 4th place Slovan-Liberec. Zizkov missed an opportunity to sew up the spot straight out, had they won over Ostrava, instead of only gaining a lacklustre tie of 1-1. However, because Liberec also tied, Zizkov were able to hang on for the spot.
League play: notable matches
Other more notable matches in the 30th round of the Gambrinus liga over the weekend saw this season's champions Sparta surprisingly downed by Zlin 2-1, and league runners-up Slavia closing out Olomouc 2-0.
Sebrle wins decathlon at Gotz for record third time
Elias' goal not enough to put Devils in drivers seat
The NHL's Stanley Cup Finals are well underway. On Saturday the New Jersey Devils faced off in a crucial game three of a best-of seven against the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, both teams with Czech hockey stars on the roster, former co-team-mates Patrik Elias and Petr Sykora. The Devil's Elias struck in the second period to level the score at one, and gain the momentum, but it would prove not enough after Devil's goaltender Martin Brodeur mishandled the puck just 45 seconds later, leading to a somewhat embarrassing goal. The Ducks eventually won in overtime, but their own Petr Sykora did not make it onto the score sheet.