In Sports News today: the new Czech football season began with poor performances by some of the league's top teams: Ostrava and Slavia were both beaten, while Sparta could only manage a draw; meanwhile, the bribery scandal engulfing the game is due to continue, with more arrests expected this week; canoeist Martin Doktor has taken his 70th (!) Czech national title, just days before the start of the Olympics, while Czech-born golfer Alex Cejka has narrowly missed out on his first PGA trophy.
Contenders get off to poor start as new football season kicks off
"The first half wasn't any good but at least we were leading. But in the second half our performance was just disgraceful. When the game started to turn against us after we conceded a poor goal our players didn't really fight much to get a better result."
Sparta will hope to do better on Wednesday, in the first leg of their Champions League qualifier against Ferencvaros of Hungary. Ostrava, meanwhile, face German side Leverkusen for a place in the lucrative competition.
And getting back to the Czech league, Slavia won't have silenced those who are writing the club off as a spent force, after losing 1:0 away to Zlin - that despite the fact the Moravian team were hit by a flu virus which left half their regular first team out of action; three of their players turned out despite having temperatures!
Referees working over-time as bribery scandal continues
Of course the main story in Czech football these days is the bribery scandal which has rocked the league to its foundations. With 16 referees charged with corruption on Thursday, the football association is having trouble finding enough officials for all fixtures; some refs will reportedly have to officiate at one game on Saturday and another on Sunday. More arrests are expected this week.
Canoeist Doktor wins at national championships ahead of Olympics
Close but no trophy for Czech-born golfer Cejka
The Czech-born golfer Alexander Cejka has narrowly missed out on his first ever win on the PGA Tour, coming just two points behind the winner in the International at Castle Rock, Colorado. The 33-year-old Cejka, who was born in Marianske Lazne but is now a German citizen, came second to Australia's Rod Pampling.