In Sports News: the Czech Republic takes two medals at the European Flatwater Championships in central Bohemia - canoeist Martin Doktor says the home crowd helped him reach the podium; tennis player Radek Stepanek is now in the world's top ten for the first time in his career; ice hockey star Martin Havlat joins the Chicago Blackhawks; and Milan Baros is said to be close to joining Hamburg.
Two medals for Czechs at "home" European Flatwater Championships
"It really helped me a lot, they made a lot of noise. During the race of course I couldn't understand what people were shouting, but just the sheer amount of noise really helped me. It makes the whole thing feel like a real race, you're not just out there trying to reach the finishing line - it is just what you need as a canoeist. I had said before that this would be the highlight of my season, at home in Racice."
The other Czech medal was for the men's K4 team of Batka, Sterba, Holubar and Svab, who also came second; like Doktor they were competing on a non-Olympic 200m course.
Stepanek reaches world top ten
Havlat signs for Chicago
Czech ice hockey star Martin Havlat has joined the Chicago Blackhawks from the Ottawa Sentators. His three-year contract is set to earn the forward 18 million dollars.
Baros close to Hamburg deal - press
There have been reports in the German press that striker Milan Baros of Aston Villa has agreed terms with one of the Bundesliga's top clubs, Hamburg. He will join fellow Czech David Jarolim at the club if the deal is sealed. Meanwhile, the transfer of Michal Kadlec from Sparta Prague to Glasgow Celtic now appears unlikely. The young left back says he plans to stay at Sparta until at least January.