Sparta Prague emerge victorious from the ice hockey Extraliga title playoff series against local rivals Slavia; Devils' Patrik Elias is on form as injury threatens Jagr's part in the playoffs; Petr Cech misses out on English Premiership team of the year 2006; Skacel up for Scottish football award; Jankulovski makes his mark in Milan; Tomas Enge to race in the Indy Japan 300. All this in this week's sport roundup.
Sparta win Extraliga ice hockey championship
"Honestly, it was pretty quiet here. Usually we talk to each other, but before this game it was so quiet here. Each player knew what it was going to be like and what we would have to do."
"I feel great now. We won the championship so it feels great, what can I say. I was hoping every minute since the start of the game, and its hard to say."
Friday saw Sparta's home ground filled to capacity, with nearly 14,500 attending the deciding game of the season. Pilar believes that the fans played a major role in the team's campaign for the title:
"They've been great. They were all like sixth players for us, and sometimes I felt a little bit tired but when I heard our fans, they got me going again, so it was a great atmosphere and they helped us a lot."
Slavia fans stood in silence, scarves raised over their heads, as the game came to an end in recognition of their team's valiant stand against the league favourites, but Friday evening and indeed this year's Extraliga season belonged to Sparta.
Elias peaks as Rangers are threatened by Jagr injury
Cech left out of Premiership team of the year
Petr Cech has missed out on this year's English Premier League's ideal first 11 team, to the surprise of fans. Cech lost his place in this season's Professional Footballers Association's Premiership Team of the Year to Newcastle and Republic of Ireland goalie Shay Given.
Skacel in the running for Scottish football award
However, for Rudolf Skacel a major award could still be on its way. Skacel is one of the four players shortlisted for the Scottish Professional Footballers Association's Player of the Year award. The Czech midfielder, currently on loan to Hearts from Olympique Marseille, is up against Kris Boyd of Rangers and Celtic duo Shaun Maloney and Stillian Petrov. The winner will be announced on April 30th.
Marek Jankulovski makes his mark in Milan
Enge last minute entry in Indy Japan 300
Czech driver Tomas Enge is expected to make an appearance in tomorrow's Indy Japan 300. Enge was in Australia testing a V8 Supercar last week when he received word that he would have to substitute for Eddie Cheever Jr. for Cheever Racing. He immediately returned to the Czech Republic to secure a visa to race, then travelled to Indianapolis to complete the paperwork for the Indy Racing League before making the long flight to Japan.