In Sports News this Monday: Czech Republic suffer drubbing at hands of Crosby’s Canada in World Cup of Hockey opener; Czechs take seven medals at Paralympics after late flurry; six-time Paralympic champion cyclist Ježek retires at 41; and Siniaková loses final of Japan Open.
Horror start for Czechs at World Cup with huge defeat to Canada
The player who inflicted most pain on the Czech Republic was NHL megastar Sidney Crosby. The home side’s captain had a phenomenal game, notching up one goal and two assists while winning six of seven faceoffs in 13 minutes.
Czech forward Jakub Voráček said he and his teammates simply had no answer to Crosby and Co.
“He’s the best player in the world. And it’s the whole line, not just him. Bergeon and Marchand complement him well. It was all happening around our goal and they were out to score as fast as possible. They were hungrier in front of goal. Our goaltender didn’t see the puck. He had it hard, and that’s even with him preventing another five goals.”
The Czechs will have a chance to start restoring their reputation when they take on Team Europe in their second game at the World Cup of Hockey. That takes place on Monday, after the recording of our show.
Czech Paralympic medals tally reaches seven with late flurry
Six-time Paralympic champion Ježek retires at 41
“It will sound like a cliché but what most motivated me were the people who wished me a rapid recovery. I think that the energy from people all over the world helped me to return to the bike. And it was for them that I came back here in Rio too. Saying farewell at the highest level was always my dream and I’m very glad that it worked out so nicely.”