In Sports News this week: speed skater Sáblíková wins 5,000 metres at Heerenveen; Hockey forward Plekanec gets four assists in 10-1 drubbing of Colorado; Petr Čech’s Arsenal second in Premier League.
Speed skating: Sáblíková wins 5,000 metres at Heerenveen
“Top performance depends on discipline. Ahead of the race you see other competitors walking around with their phones, having completely different interests, rather than concentrating fully on the race at hand. Martina does not act like that. That adds up to tenths of a second, and then seconds, on the track. It’s why Martina wins.”
After four triumphs in four starts, the Czech, a three-time Olympic champion, leads the table, 165 points ahead of nearest rival Anna Jurakova of Russia. Sáblíková raced only in the 5,000 metres due to a problem with her right knee.
NHL: Plekanec picks up points in 10-1 romp over Colorado
Football: Arsenal second in Premier League after weekend
On Monday, Arsenal drew Bayern Munich in UEFA’s final 16 draw in the Champions League – a tough match up. They last met in the championship in 2014. Coach Arsene Wenger may have a tough choice ahead over who to put in goal: will he continue with David Ospina, who has played in the club's Champions League games this year or switch over to the Czech goalkeeper who has more experience at this stage of the competition?
Meanwhile, on Monday Prague football club Sparta drew Russia’s Rostov in the next round of the Europa League.