In Sports News: just a few days before a World Cup qualifier against Macedonia, Czech striker Milan Baros scores the first hat trick of his senior career; in the Czech football league, second-placed Teplice are still unbeaten this season after a win over Olomouc, who are third; the Czech Republic finish third in ice hockey's Karjala Cup, while Jaromir Jagr is finding the training regime tough at new club Omsk.
Baros hat trick encouraging sign ahead of World Cup qualifier against Macedonia
There was good news ahead of the Macedonia game, with striker Milan Baros returning from injury on Saturday to score his ever first hat trick for Liverpool. Two of his three goals were from penalties, with the second in time added on a real test of the player's confidence. But Baros was up to the challenge and left the field after scoring to an ovation from Liverpool's home fans, having secured all three points against Crystal Palace.
The 23-year-old from Gigantice in north Moravia now has seven goals in 11 league games this season, and ten in all competitions.
Milan Baros is only the second Czech to score a hat trick in the English Premiership: Patrik Berger netted three goals in one game, also for Liverpool, back in 1997. Berger has scored three goals this season for Portsmouth.
Czech league roundup
Czech ice hockey off to uninspired start under new coaches
Jagr finding training regime tough at new club Omsk
Meanwhile, another Czech star affected by the NHL lock-out Martin Havlat is currently waiting for a visa ahead of a move to Dynamo Moscow.
74th Velka Kunraticka cross country race held in Prague
The 74th annual Velka Kunraticka cross country race was held in Prague's Kuntraticky Forest on Sunday. The 3.1 km race, which attracts a lot of older runners and even has an over 70s category, was won for the fifth time by Pavel Faschingbauer, 31.