Will a dispute over rights prevent television coverage of the Czech-held 2004 World Ice Hockey Championships? There has been no change at the top of the Czech Extraliga. In football, wonderboy Vaclav Sverkos has made the headlines by getting three goals against the best defence in Germany, while another young Czech sportsman has described his first taste of Formula 1 as "fantastic".
Row threatens broadcasting of Czech-held 2004 ice hockey championships
No change at top of Extraliga
In Czech hockey's Extraliga, meanwhile, the biggest game of the latest round saw Zlin lose 3:2 to reigning champions Slavia on Tuesday. That result did not affect their league standings, however: Zlin stay second, Slavia third. After beating Kladno 4:1 leaders Pardubice are now 14 points in front.
Wonderboy Sverkos scores three goals against best defence in Germany
Twenty 20-year-old Czech striker Vaclav Sverkos made the headlines this week when he scored three goals in 23 minutes to help Moenchengladbach to a 4:2 win over Stuttgart in the German Cup. Sverkos's achievement is all the more remarkable when you consider Stuttgart have the best defence in the Bundesliga, and have only conceded three league goals all season. German daily Bild praised Sverkos to the skies, describing him as a "child bombardier". Meanwhile, another former Ostrava wunderkind, Michal Papadopulos, made his debut for Arsenal this week, coming on for the Gunners near the end of an English League Cup match.
Czech Under 21 manager Licka sacked, record number of league coaches given boot
The coach of the Czech Under 21 team, Werner Licka, has been sacked, after the "lion cubs" lost recently in play-offs for next year's Under 21 European Championships. On the subject of sackings, a record eight Czech league managers were given the boot in the autumn half of the season. One club, second from bottom Viktoria Zizkov, have replaced their manager twice since August.
Young racing driver describes first taste of Formula 1 as "fantastic"
Young Czech racing driver Jaroslav Janis had his first taste of Formula 1 on Wednesday, when he tested the new Jordan car in Jerez, Spain ahead of its launch in February. Janis, who at 20 is a star of Formula 3000, said it was a fantastic experience. Only one Czech, Tomas Enge, has ever driven in a Formula 1 race.