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Lukas Pesek, photo: CTK

In Sports News: young motorcyclist Lukas Pesek comes second in the French Grand Prix, increasing his lead in the 125cc world championship standings; seven weeks after a series crash, racing driver Tomas Enge is back with a win; football goalie Petr Cech wins the FA Cup with Chelsea, while former Czech no. 1 Pavel Srnicek is looking for a new club; and Radek Stepanek falls out of the world top 50 after a first-round exit from the Hamburg Masters.

Pesek comes second in 125cc in French Grand Prix, extends lead in standings

Lukas Pesek,  photo: CTK
The young Czech motorcyclist Lukas Pesek has notched up another great result, taking second place in the 125cc category at the French Grand Prix in Le Mans. That means Pesek, who is 21, has reached the podium in four out of five races so far this season; Sunday's result extends his lead in the GP world championship standings to nine points.

Enge wins after speedy return from injury

Tomas Enge  (fourth from right),  photo: CTK
It is just seven weeks since the Czech racing driver Tomas Enge underwent a complicated operation on his elbow, after a crash in which he also punctured his lung and broke two ribs. But, incredibly, Enge is not just back behind the wheel - he actually won his first race back, the GT2 category in the American Le Mans series at Salt Lake City. Now the 30-year-old from Liberec says his sights are firmly fixed on the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours race, which is taking place in France for the 75th time in the middle of June.

Cech takes first FA Cup medal with Chelsea...

Petr Cech has been celebrating winning his first English FA Cup with Chelsea. He made a couple of fine saves during the Blues' 1:0 win over Manchester United, with the game taking place the day before the great goalie's 25th birthday. Cech said it had been a special end to a difficult season; he has also been presented with an award by Chelsea for the great comeback he made after a serious head injury.

...while former Czech goalkeeper Srnicek looks for new club

Former Czech international goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek has been released by Newcastle. The 39-year-old said he would consider playing in one of the lower divisions in England, but only for a club with real ambitions.

Nedved to take time to decide on future

Pavel Nedved,  photo: CTK
Meanwhile, Pavel Nedved says he does not know if he will continue playing, after his Juventus qualified for Italy's Serie A after one season in the lower tier. The midfielder said he feels he has paid his debt to Juve after standing by them and helping the club win promotion.

Radek Stepanek falls out of tennis world top 50

The Czech tennis player Radek Stepanek has fallen out of the world top 50 after being knocked out in the first round at the Hamburg Masters, a competition he reached the final of last year. Stepanek is now 57th in the world. The top ranked Czech man remains Tomas Berdych, who is 20th.