In Sports News: it was a successful weekend for Czech skiing, with first place for Katerina Neumannova and third for the men's relay team at a meeting in Sweden; Sparta Prague lead the domestic football league into the winter break, despite conceding their first league goal in almost 800 minutes; Aston Villa's manager threatens Czech striker Milan Baros with the boot: and Jaromir Jagr has scored his 600th NHL goal.
Great win for Neumannova in Sweden while men's relay team finish third
"Two kilometers from the end I knew my lead was so big that it was practically impossible for me to lose it. And I knew in any case I had more energy in reserve. So I was quite relaxed heading for the finish line...though that isn't to say it didn't take a lot out of me - I'm tired now."
Katerina Neummanova, who is now 33 and plans to retire at the end of this season.
Neumannova also took part in the women's relay in Gallivare, with the Czech women's team - also featuring Erbenova, Rajdlova and Janeckova - finishing fourth.
The country's men - Koukal, Bauer, Magal and Sperl - did one better; they reached the podium with third place. The first of the four Czechs in action was Martin Koukal.
"Luckily I managed to stay just 10 seconds off the pace, which was no problem for Lukas Bauer, who's in such great form at the moment. I didn't see much of Jirka Magal, who was third. Milan Sperl was last and he put in a great performance against the Russian Olympic champion Dementjev...so no problem - we came third."
And Lukas Bauer also did well in the men's 15 km freestyle, finishing fourth.
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The great Czech forward Jaromir Jagr has scored his 600th goal in the NHL. Jagr netted the landmark goal - along with two assists - in his New York Rangers' 4:1 win over Tampa on Sunday.