In Sports News this Monday: history is made with the first NHL games ever held in the Czech Republic taking place in Prague, New York Rangers twice beating Tampa Bay Lightning to get their season off to a perfect start; Tomáš Berdych wins his fourth ATP title and is once again the highest ranked Czech men’s tennis player; and Mladá Boleslav go top in the Czech football league, for 24 hours at least.
Rangers beat Tampa twice in first ever NHL games held in Czech Republic
Sunday’s second game in particular brought the razzmatazz of the NHL home to Czech fans, and they may get another chance to experience it: the newspaper Sport reported that talks on another NHL visit next year were “on the right track”.
By the way, officials from New York Rangers didn’t just see their team make a perfect start to the season in the Czech capital – they also signed a deal on co-operation with Slavia Prague. However, details of what that entails have yet to be revealed.
Berdych wins first tournament of year in Japan
Mladá Boleslav go top of Czech league, at least for a day
Mladá Boleslav moved to the top of Czech football’s Gambrinus Liga on Sunday with a 3:1 win over Příbram. They won’t enjoy that leading feeling for long though, as either Sparta or Slavia will go top after Monday’s Prague derby at Letná (that game was due to take place after the recording of this programme).
Slavia will be looking forward to Tuesday’s draw for the UEFA Cup group stage, after overcoming the Romanian side Vaslui. Sparta, by contrast, were sent out of the competition by Dinamo Zagreb last week; Baník Ostrava, meanwhile, failed to get past Spartak Moscow.