On the anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, the Czech Republic’s national football team defeat Slovakia in Euro qualifying; in NHL ice hockey, the New York Rangers are on roll – Detroit’s Hasek suffers slump; boxer Konecny, injured in training, misses chance to fight for World Championship belt in November; speed skater Sablikova sets new Czech record for the 3,000 metres in Calgary.
Football: Czechs defeat Slovaks put national team atop Group D in Euro qualification
The Czechs face one more game in qualifying, against Cyprus on Wednesday.
NHL ice hockey: Rangers on roll
In NHL ice hockey, the New York Rangers with Czech players including Milan Rozsival have been a roll, wining the last five of their games. The last, at the weekend, came against Pittsburgh, with defenseman Rozsival scoring twice to lift the Rangers over their rivals 4:3.
Bonk, Erat rack up points; Hasek, goals against
In other NHL matches, Radek Bonk and Martin Erat both scored as well as racked up assists for Nashville, beating Chicago 5:4 in overtime. Montreal defenseman Roman Hamrlik, meanwhile, notched up two assists in Montreal’s 7:4 win over Boston on Saturday.
Boxing: Konecny injured in training
Lukas Konecny suffered an unfortunate setback and will be unable to compete in the World Boxing Organisation’s World Championship title fight in the JR (or light) middleweight category. The fight – against current champion Sergiy Dzinziruk of Ukraine - was scheduled for the end of November. But, Konecny suffered a rib injury in training and will be unable to return to the ring before next month. The boxer was to get 1 million crowns for appearing in the title match (the equivalent of around 55,000 US dollars). He told the Czech daily Sport that he hoped his and his opponent’s manager would be able to agree on postponing, rather than cancelling, the fight.