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In Sports News: Czech football captain Tomas Rosicky returns after a month's lay-off to score for Arsenal; Jiri Jarosik plays a rare game for Glasgow Celtic, but comes off on the losing side in the world famous Old Firm derby; Petr Cech is among the nominees for European footballer of the year; Slavia are five points clear in the Czech football league; and tennis star Nicole Vaidisova loses to the world number one in the Czechs first semi-final appearance since the Australian Open.

Rosicky returns with goal for Arsenal

Tomas Rosicky, photo: CTK
The Czech football captain Tomas Rosicky made a fine return from injury on Saturday, scoring in Arsenal's 2:0 win over Bolton. The midfielder had been out for a month with a muscle problem, and missed the Czech Republic's great 3:0 win over Germany last week (that game seeing the Czechs through to Euro 2008). But Rosicky is set to face a couple of his national team colleagues on Tuesday, when Arsenal play host to Slavia Prague in the Champions League.

Jarosik on losing side in Old Firm derby in rare Celtic appearance

In Scotland Czech midfielder Jiri Jarosik made quite a return for Celtic, appearing in the famous Old Firm derby against Rangers. Jarosik has rather fallen out of favour at Celtic and hadn't played a full game for the Hoops since February. His comeback could have been more auspicious - Celtic were beaten 3:0.

Cech among nominees for European footballer of year

Petr Cech, photo: CTK
Czech international goalkeeper Petr Cech is among the 50 players nominated by France Football for the European Player of the Year award. The Chelsea star also featured in the poll two years ago, when he was the highest placed goalie, coming 14th.

Slavia five points clear in Czech league

Slavia - Plzen, photo: CTK
Slavia are now five points clear at the top of the Czech league, after a 3:0 win over Plzen in Prague at the weekend. Teplice remain in second place, despite losing 1:0 to Olomouc, while Banik Ostrava are third after drawing 1:1 with Jablonec. Fourth placed Sparta Prague continue to stutter - they drew 1:1 away with Ceske Budejovice, who are managed by Sparta old boy (and former manager) Frantisek Straka.

Vaidisova beaten in semis at Zurich Open

Nicole Vaidisova, photo: CTK
The Czech women's tennis number one Nicole Vaidisova reached the semi-finals at the Zurich Open at the end of last week - it was the first time the 19-year-old had made the last four at a tournament since the Australian Open. But she didn't make it to the last two in Zurich, losing 6-3 3-6 5-7 to world number one and eventual title winner Justine Henin.