The Czech ice hockey team have had mixed results in their last competitive games before the World Championships, which get underway in Prague on Saturday. Meanwhile, coach Lener says selecting a squad will not be easy, with several Czech NHL stars now available. In football, leaders Ostrava have found their winning touch again, while internationals Rosicky and Smicer are both back after injury. And in tennis, Iveta Benesova has been defeated in the final of the Estoril Open in Portugal.
Mixed fortunes for Czech team ahead of World Ice Hockey Championships
Selection "headache" for Lener as NHL stars become available
Getting back to the World Championships, Czech coach Slavomir Lener says team selection will not be easy: several Czech stars have become available after their teams were knocked out in the NHL playoffs, and six squad members have already been sent home to make way for bigger names.
The Nashville Predators' Tomas Vokoun looks set to be Lener's first-choice goaltender, while Czech hockey fans will be keeping their fingers crossed that in-form forward Patrik Elias also decides to represent his country in the Championships.
The final selection will be made known after the Czech Republic's last warm-up game against Canada on Thursday.
Ostrava get back to winning ways as Heinz ends goal drought
For their part, Olomouc cut it fine at the weekend, scoring the only goal of the game against Synot three minutes into time added on. Third-placed Slavia Prague, meanwhile, dropped more points: their 0:0 result at Opava was their third draw in a row. Sparta Prague can overtake Slavia in third if they beat relegation-threatened Viktoria Zizkov on Monday evening.