In Sports News: the Czech national football teams finished first in their qualifying group for Euro 2008 and learned their opponents in the World Cup 2010 qualification; Brno beat Sparta Prague in top football division; skiers Sarka Zahrobska and Lukas Bauer came in second in their World Cup events; as well as the latest in Czech ice-hockey.
Czech Republic first in Euro 2008 qualifying group
‘Manageable’ group for 2010 World Cup qualification
Brno beat Sparta after 10 years
Zahrobska takes silver in World Cup slalom
Czech down-hill skier and world champion Sarka Zahrobska finished second in a World Cup slalom event held in Panorama, Canada, on Sunday. After the first round, Zahrobska was third behind Austria’s Marlies Schild and Ana Jelusic of Croatia. In the second round, Zahrobska was faster then the Croatian and finished second, 0.68 of a second behind Schild. For Zahrobska, the slalom in Panorama brought here the fourth World Cup medal of her career.
…while Bauer comes in second in 15 km cross-country
In ice-hockey, Pardubice’s coach Milos Riha fired
Milos Riha of Pardubice became the first head coach in the top ice-hockey division to be fired over poor results. Before the start of the season, Pardubice had hopes to spend the season within the top five of the league. But until their home CEZ Arena was finished well into the season, the team was performing poorly in a series of away games. The Pardubice management decided to release Mr Riha after his team lost to the rookie Usti nad Labem 4:5 on Sunday.
Good times for Radim Vrbata in the NHL…
Forward Radim Vrbata scored four goals and registered two assists for the Phoenix Coyotes in two games over the weekend against Anaheim and Toronto. Vrbata now hopes the games were a turning point of the season for him as he had not scored in six previous games.
…while Detroit’s Dominik Hasek stays on the bench
Veteran goalie Dominik Hasek of the Detroit Red Wings was left on the bench in three of the last four of his team’s matches due to poor performances. Hasek has currently the worst goals-against average in the whole competition but says he believes he will come back again to be the team’s number one goalkeeper.