In Sports News this Monday: mixed results for the Czech ice hockey team at the World Championships in Quebec, though there are several positives to be taken from a defeat to Russia; Jaromír Jágr pledges his future to New York Rangers following the club’s exit from the Stanley Cup playoffs; Sparta Prague falter in the race for the Czech football league title after Řepka sees red; and the Prague Open tennis tournament is won by Vera Zvonareva of Russia.
Mixed results for Czech in Quebec but positives seen in Russia defeat
“We’re glad that things worked out that way. Unfortunately we incurred a lot of penalties, which we didn’t want. As everybody knows, the Russians can really take advantage of power plays…It was an end to end game and it was quite attractive hockey – it’s just a pity that overtime didn’t go well for us.”
The Czechs’ next game is against Italy on Wednesday, but in any case they have already qualified for the next round in Quebec.
Jágr says future lies at Rangers
Jaromír Jágr’s New York Rangers were knocked out of the Stanley Cup play-offs by Pittsburgh on Sunday, but the Czech star has been quick to deny speculation he may leave the NHL for the Russian club Omsk. Jágr, who is 36, told NBC TV he wanted to play for four more years – and remain with Rangers.
Sparta falter in league race after Řepka is sent off
“It’s a pity because Řepka has, I think, been the best player in the league, partly because he has been working hard at being disciplined. Unfortunately, he didn’t control himself today. Red cards like that are incomprehensible.”
That result means Slavia Prague can move to within just one point of Sparta if they can overcome Olomouc away on Monday evening, after the recording of this programme. There are two rounds of the Czech league remaining.