In Sports News: the Czech Republic lose in the final of the Under-20 World Cup, though they certainly will not be returning home in disgrace; tennis ace Radek Stepanek completes his comeback from injury with a win in the Los Angeles Classic - only the second title of his career; climber Libor Uher becomes only the second Czech to conquer K2; ice hockey star Petr Nedved leaves the NHL after 15 years for Sparta Prague; and is footballer Radoslav Kovac bound for the big league and Inter Milan?
Czechs lose Under-20 World Cup final with heads held high
But that lead was to last just two minutes, when the Argentineans exploited a large hole in the Czech defence. Five minutes from full-time they found another chink in the Czech Republic's armour to make it 2:1, and it was all over bar the Argentinean celebrations.
"It was terrible. I was imagining us there celebrating. I wouldn't wish it on anybody. Maybe tomorrow or the next day I'll come to terms with it and it'll be better. We had been in front...I think they had a few problems in the first half - we should have capitalised by scoring...It's a pity but we have to hold our heads up - life goes on."
Strestik and his team-mates shouldn't feel too sorry for themselves; few would have predicted before the Under 20 World Cup that the Czech Republic would have gone as far as they did. Another headline on Monday read, Silver fairytale.
Stepanek back in style with only second ATP title of career
Uher becomes only second Czech climber to conquer K2
Libor Uher has become just the second Czech climber ever to reach the peak of K2, the world's second highest mountain and perhaps the most treacherous. He was following in the footholds of Josef Rakoncaj, who conquered K2 in 1983 and again in 1986.
Nedved joins Sparta after decade and half in NHL
Defender Kovac to join Italian champions Inter Milan?
Footballer Radoslav Kovac could be about the step up to the big league. Italian champions Inter Milan are said to be close to signing the Czech international defender from Spartak Moscow, with news on a possible deal expected in the next few days.