In this week's Sports News: the Czech National team beats San Marino 3:0 in the Euro 2008 qualification; O2 Extraliga in ice-hockey starts on Wednesday; Yvetta Hlavacova swam across the English Channel but was too slow to break the record and Marlene Ottey has made an appearance in the Czech athletics league.
Czech Republic beats San Marino 3:0 in Euro 2008 qualifier
"We knew that San Marino at home are tough. It was a question of time before we got our first goal but even then we spoiled some opportunities. But in the end we scored three goals, and we are happy."
In spite of the result, the performance of the Czech team lagged behind expectations. In the first half, it took the Czech line-up more than half an hour to achieve the first goal, while the San Marino team, currently at 195th place in the FIFA ranking, also had some good opportunities. Moreover Jan Koller, who scored his 50th goal for the national team, was booked in San Marino which disqualifies him for the crucial match against Ireland in Prague on Wednesday.
Ice-hockey Extraliga starts on Wednesday
In ice-hockey, the Czech O2 Extraliga kicks off this week with the opening game between Slavia Prague and HC Mountfield of Ceske Budejovice in Prague on Wednesday. Last year's champion Sparta Prague can rely on the services of goalkeeper Tomas Duba, who underwent shoulder surgery during the summer break. Also, Petr Nedved, formerly of Edmonton Oilers, has joined Sparta that will again aspire to gain the title. Other favourites of this year's top Czech ice-hockey competition are Slavia, with the home-comer Radek Duda, Liberec and Pardubice which won the Tipsport Hockey Cup last week beating Karlovy Vary 3:2. Vsetin, which ended last in the previous season, and will not participate in any category due to financial problems, is replaced by Lions of Usti nad Labem, the winner of last year's first division.
Meanwhile, Dominik Hasek has been getting ready for his 16th season in the NHL before he took off on Sunday to join his club the Detroit Red Wings at training camp. After a week of training sessions in Pisek, South Bohemia with his personal coach, Dominik Hasek says he is looking for ward to yet another season overseas. The main thing is to survive the camp, the Stanley Cup winner and Olympic champion said.