In Sports News this Monday: Peckhart (19) helps Slavia Prague to all three points for the second game in a row – have the Czech football league leaders found a replacement for wunderkind Necid?; Sparta’s ‘kop’ is ordered closed for three games after a ball boy is injured by a flare; it’s 1:1 between Slavia Prague and Plzeň after the opening games of their ice hockey Extraliga semi-finals playoffs series, but Slavia had to mount a real fight-back to take game two; and former world tennis number seven Nicole Vaidišová halts a rather alarming slide down the rankings.
Peckhart the new Necid?
Slavia Prague may have found a replacement for Tomáš Necid, the 19-year-old wunderkind who scored 11 league goals before leaving for CSKA Moscow in January. Tomáš Peckhart, another tall 19-year-old and a pal of Necid’s, helped the league leaders to all three points for the second time in a row on Sunday, when his goal on 53 minutes was the only thing that separated the home side from bottom-of-the-table Zlín. Peckhart, on loan from England’s Tottenham Hotspur, has been quick to play down any comparisons with Necid. He also refused to react to Slavia fans’ chants of “champions”, pointing out there were another nine games to go until the end of the season.
Sparta ‘kop’ closed for three games after ball boy injured by flare
Slovan Liberec are now in third place, after beating Bohemians Praha 2:1, while Mladá Boleslav are in fourth after notching up their first win since the winter break, 1:0 away to Kladno.
Slavia come close to two home defeats as playoffs semi-finals series against Plzeň begins
Vaidišová stops the rot after reunion with step-dad coach
Former world tennis number seven Nicole Vaidišová has managed to halt a rather alarming slide down the rankings, climbing eight places to 71st after reaching the third round at Indian Wells last week. That was the first time since Wimbledon last year that the Czech (who is 20 in a month’s time) has won two matches in a row. The upturn in Vaidišová’s fortunes follows a reunion with coach Aleš Kodat, her step-father.