The ice hockey Extraliga play-offs have reached the semi-final stage - but the two big Prague clubs are conspicuously absent; cross-country skier Katerina Neumannova notches up another success to put her in second place at the end of the World Cup season; in football, Sparta's hugely successful season continues, while Slavia begins to waver.
Prague teams fail to reach the semi-finals in ice hockey's Extraliga, but ambitious newcomers Liberec celebrate
Starting with ice hockey. The play-offs in the Czech Republic's top competition, the Extraliga have reached their dramatic closing stage. It's been something of a vintage season this year, in no short measure thanks to the cancellation of the North American NHL season, which has brought many Czech stars back to their home clubs.
As we reported last week, the first team to be knocked out of the play-offs was Sparta Prague - something of a shock result - in their series against unfancied Vitkovice. The Sparta coach, Slavomir Lener, promptly resigned, after an otherwise good season fell apart. Prague rivals Slavia managed to avoid Sparta's 4-1 series debacle, but they didn't fare much better. In Thursday's deciding quarter-final game against play-off newcomers Liberec, they suffered a humiliating 5-1 defeat, after going down 3-0 in the first period. Liberec - with their legendary national team goalie, 30-year-old Milan Hnilicka - will now fight it out in the semis against Pardubice for a slot in the final. This is the first season for years that hasn't seen a Prague side in the top four.
Katerina Neumannova ends a great season with silver
Football: Success for Sparta and Banik Ostrava while Slavia falters
There was less joy for Slavia, who were unexpectedly beaten 2-1 by the 11th placed small-town team Drnovice, who cheekily broke Slavia's series of seven games without defeat. Slavia are beginning to look shaky, after their equally unimpressive draw against Mlada Boleslav last week. While Slavia struggle, last years champions, Banik Ostrava are definitely back in form, after a disappointing first half of the season. Over the weekend they enjoyed their third victory in a row, this time against Pribram. They're in seventh place, and on current form look set to move further up the table.