Hockey’s Jaromír Jágr is bound for Russia after an illustrious career in the NHL; future Hall of Famer Dominik Hašek touches down in Czech Rep; Football’s Saturn Moscow eye Czech striker Václav Svěrkoš; the Czech Olympic team readies for Beijing; Kreuziger 37th after first two stages of cycling’s Tour de France.
Jágr heads for Russian Continental Hockey League
Hašek returns to Czech Republic
Goalie Dominik Hašek, the two-time Stanley Cup winner and future hall of famer who retired from hockey last month, has returned home to the Czech Republic. He and his family arrived from the US on Saturday. The legendary player told journalists he was now looking forward to new challenges in his sports apparel business. Prior to leaving the US, Hašek and fellow team mates from the Red Wings celebrated this year’s Stanley Cup win; the goalie indicated there would be more celebrations in August in the Czech Republic, when he and fellow player Jiří Hudler will each have the cup for a day. Jokingly, he told journalists that cup minder who watches over the trophy would have to watch out for Hudler, who was planning a party in August where there was sure to be plenty of slivovice (Czech plum brandy).
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Striker targeted by Saturn Moscow
Czech football club Baník Ostrava has revealed that team striker Václav Svěrkoš is currently in transfer talks with Saturn Moscow. Svěrkoš, who scored the opening goal at Euro 2008 in the Czech Republic's 1-0 win against Switzerland, travelled to Moscow to discuss conditions, Baník general manager Verner Lička said on the club's website. Svěrkoš, who is 24, was top scorer in the Czech Gambrinus liga last season.
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Olympic team to have at least 120 athletes
At least 120 Czech athletes will participate in the Olympic Games in Beijing in August, although that number may still go up. So far, the Czech Olympic Team includes 26 track-and-field athletes, including Roman Šeberle, the gold medallist in the decathlon from the last games in Athens, and the javelin thrower Barbora Špotáková, who has set this season’s best performance. The participants in the Games will also include Czech tennis players Tomáš Berdych and Nicole Vaidišová, as well as Lenka Śmídová who won the country’s first ever medal in sailing in 2004. The country’s participation in the games will cost around 40 million crowns (the equivalent of around 2.6 million U.S. dollars).
Kreuziger – 7 seconds off leader – in 37th spot after Tour de France opening stages
Cyclist Roman Kreuziger, who recently won the Tour of Switzerland, is currently in 37th place in the world’s most gruelling race, the Tour de France. The tour began on Saturday and sees its 3rd stage being run on Monday. Kreuziger and 23 other riders are 7 seconds off the leader Alejandro Valverde. The Tour, lasts three weeks and has 21 stages in all. Kreuziger made clear ahead of the competition that he would not set his sights too far ahead, but indicated he would evaluate the situation in terms of the standings after the first ten days.