In Sports News this Monday: speed skating champion Sáblíková recovers from illness to reach the World Cup podium for the first time this season; Bauer also leaves his sickbed to perform well in the cross-country skiing World Cup; three Czech ice hockey clubs lose points for fielding unregistered players; and the gap at the top of the soccer league falls to four points on the last weekend before the winter break.
Speed skater Sáblíková recovers to come second in World Cup race in Berlin
“I’m really glad about the result. I’d really like to thank everyone who convinced me that I would manage to get better in a week, and things would work out well. My trainer told me I had it in me to reach the podium today, and that gave me encouragement. I told myself not to give up, and to fight until the end.”
Bauer pleased with 8th place after last minute decision to race in Sweden
Three Czech hockey clubs docked points over player registration errors
Czech ice hockey continues to be rocked by one of the biggest affairs in the history of the Extraliga, with three clubs docked points for failure to register players correctly. Mladá Boleslav have been stripped of 22 points, Plzeň 19 and Kladno six, and all are now at the bottom of the table. Announcing the decision on Friday, Extraliga boss Stanislav Šulc said he had decided not to award the deducted points to the clubs against whom the three had fielded unregistered players.
While Kladno have accepted the decision, Mladá Boleslav and Plzeň say they are considering legal action. Meanwhile, the latter’s forward Tomáš Vlasák could face disciplinary action after a stinging verbal attack on Šulc, calling him an arrogant puppet.
Plzeň’s lead cut to just four points in last round before break
Second-placed Sparta Prague pounced on the chance to catch up, beating České Budějovice 2:0 with goals from the free-scoring African duo of Leonard Kwueke and Bony Wilfried. That result leaves Sparta just four points off the pace – and sets up an exciting second half of the season when play resumes on the last weekend of February.