In Sports News this week: the Czech ice hockey Extraliga playoffs take a dramatic turn, with Pardubice beating Sparta in Prague to keep their hopes alive; in the football league, Slavia Prague go four points clear as they maintain their hundred percent record since the season resumed; Sparta Prague, meanwhile, are beaten and kick two players out of their A squad; and racing driver Tomas Enge is set to make a complete recovery after fracturing his elbow in a crash.
Drama in Extraliga playoffs as Pardubice come back from dead
"It didn't go well for me, it didn't go well. I suffered. But my conscience is clear, because I fought hard. It's sport - you have to understand that when things don't go your way, they just don't go your way. But I fought against that and I am sure after this game we will be on top again."
Game five of the playoff series takes place in Pardubice on Thursday evening.
Win sends Slavia four points clear in football league...
...while Sparta send two to reserves after further defeat
"They were lax in carrying out their responsibilities and did not behave seriously. It's a temporary move, not a definitive expulsion. It depends on them how long they remain in the B team. If they work hard and realise what it means to play for Sparta, there is a chance they can return."
Berger hoping to get extension to contract at Aston Villa
Former Czech international Patrik Berger is working hard to extend his stay at English Premiership side Aston Villa. The 33-year-old midfielder, who has missed much of recent seasons through injury, scored and set up another goal for Villa on Saturday, then crossed for another on Monday. Berger is out of contract in the summer and there has been talk of a possible move to the MSL in the United States. But he wants to stay at Aston Villa because his family have settled in the area, and manager Martin O'Neill has indicated there will be room for Berger in the team he is building for next season.
Enge expected to make full recovery after crash
The Czech racing driver Tomas Enge is expected to make a full recovery after surgery to repair his fractured left elbow. Enge, the only Czech to ever take part in Formula 1, was recently involved in a bad crash during a race in the US.