In Sports News: the Czech Republic come close to an embarrassing early exit from the World Ice Hockey Championships but scrape through by taking a point from Canada; motorcyclist Lukas Pesek is the first Czech ever to win a 125 cc Grand Prix race; things remain extremely tight at the top of the Czech football league, with a last-minute goal keeping Liberec in front; Sparta goalie Jaromir Blazek gets a dream move abroad at 34; and injuries force 2002 Olympic champion Ales Valenta to retire.
Czechs scrape through to quarter-finals at hockey championships
"After three goals I thought we'd got it all wrapped up, that they wouldn't get back into the game. They got a lucky goal, out of nothing, but in the end we got through and we're there."
The Czech Republic will now face either hosts Russia or Sweden for a place in the last four.
Jagr out of Stanley Cup playoffs but Hasek closing in on semis
Czech megastar Jaromir Jagr will have to wait another year for another crack at winning his third Stanley Cup. Jagr's New York Rangers lost to Buffalo on Sunday, leaving the latter 4:2 winners of the quarter-final series. Meanwhile, legendary goaltender Dominik Hasek is close to the semis - his Detroit Red Wings lead their series 3:2 over San Jose.
Motorcyclist Pesek first Czech to win 125 cc Grand Prix race
Little divides teams at top of Czech league with four games to go
Sparta goalie Blazek gets dream move abroad at 34
Whether they win the league or not, Sparta will be looking for a new goalkeeper in the summer. After seven years at the club, Jaromir Blazek has just agreed a two-year contract with Germany's Nuremberg. Blazek is delighted with the move, saying that at the age of 34 he had given up on his dream of playing abroad.
Chelsea sign another goalkeeper, aged 16
Blazek is number two in the Czech national squad to Petr Cech, who has won a reputation as the best goalkeeper in the Premiership in three seasons at Chelsea. Now the club has agreed terms with another Czech keeper, although if he ever displaces Cech it won't be for a few years yet; Jan Sebek is just 16, and joins Chelsea from non-league Tachov on July 1. Another Czech teenager joining a gigantic club is Jan Habrle; the 18-year-old midfielder has joined Italian champions Inter Milan from Hradec Kralove.
Olympic champion Valenta quits due to injury problems
The 2002 Olympic champion in freestyle aerial skiing Ales Valenta has announced he is quitting competitive sport. Valenta, who is 34, suffers from problems with both his back and knees, and said continuing could have led to permanent health problems. Alongside great cross country skier Katerina Neumannova and legendary ski jumper Jiri Raska, Ales Valenta is the only Czech to have ever won gold at the Winter Olympics in an individual sport.