In Sports News: Czech tennis number one Jiri Novak wins the sixth ATP title of his career, the Japan Open; the Czech football team take the first points of their campaign to reach the 2006 World Cup; Tomas Jun scores a hat trick for the Under 21s and receives a debut call-up for the senior squad; Sparta and Ostrava are fined by UEFA; the famous Velka Pardubicka steeplechase is won for the second year in a row by German-trained Registana.
Jiri Novak wins Japan Open - sixth ATP title of his career
"I've been playing good tennis for the last month and had a few close results. Last week I reached the semi-final in Shanghai, and now this win in Tokyo. I'd like to notch up a few more good results and pick up a few points, so I finish the season as high as possible in the rankings."
Winning start for Czech Republic in post-Nedved era
"In the past our 'classic' tactic was to bring on Milan Baros as a sub after starting with five in midfield, with Poborsky and Smicer on the wings. Now things look totally different - and there has been a really clear change of style."
Senior call-up for Jun after Under 21s hat trick
On Friday the Czech Under 21s beat Romania 4:1, with Sparta striker Tomas Jun getting a hat trick. Now with Milan Baros suspended for Wednesday's away qualifier against Armenia, Jun has received a surprise debut call-up for the senior squad.
"I'm especially glad to be here taking part in preparations for the Armenia game. Just being called up was an honour in itself and if I make it on to the pitch it will be a bonus."
Sparta, Ostrava receive large fines from UEFA
Registana wins Velka Pardubicka steeplechase for second year, in record
time The 114th Velka Pardubicka steeplechase was won by Registana for the second year running on Sunday. The German-trained mare was one of only seven finishers from the 18-horse field, completing the tough four-and-a-quarter mile course in a record time of just over nine minutes fifteen seconds. Jockey Peter Gehm was riding his fourth Velka Pardubicka winner in a row. Czech horse Retriever was second, ridden by 52-year-old Josef Vana, while Radek Havelka came third on Decent Fellow.