In Sports News: decathlete Roman Sebrle is named Czech Athlete of the Season for the fourth year in a row, after finishing second this year at the World Championships; cross country skier Katerina Neumannova begins this "Olympic" season in fifth place; Liberec knock Slavia Prague off the top of the Czech ice hockey league; and footballer Milan Baros nets his first goal in two months.
Sebrle named Czech athlete of year for fourth year in row
"The season wasn't quite what it could have been, even though I did succeed in timing it so I was in my best form of the whole year at the time of the World Championships. But then again, I had health problems for almost three months before that, so in the end I guess I can be satisfied with silver."
Second in the Athlete of the Year poll was discus thrower Vera Cechlova-Pospisilova, while the young high jumper Jaroslav Baba - who set a new Czech record this season - was third.
Cross country skier Neumannova begins "Olympic" season in fifth
Katerina Neumannova has begun her season with fifth place in a World Cup event in Beitostulen, Norway. The Czech cross country skiing great, who is 32, was a mere 5.4 seconds outside the medals in the 10 km classic. Let's hope Neumannova's season reaches a climax during the Winter Olympics; they take place in Turin in February.
Slavia Prague knocked off top of hockey league after three months
After a full three months at the top of ice hockey's Extraliga Slavia Prague been overtaken by the Liberec Bili Tygri (White Tigers), who took full points from their two games at the weekend. Goaltender Milan Hnilicka said leading the table was very pleasant indeed, but added that the team would now have to concentrate on the more important second half of the season.
League leaders Liberec held to draw by Slavia, Sparta win first game in month
Sparta Prague, meanwhile, won their first game in over a month, beating Mlada Boleslav 4:2. Their big summer signing Miroslav Slepicka (once touted as the new Milan Baros) finally scored his first league goal, while fellow new boy Libor Dosek bagged only his second. On Tuesday the Czech title holders are in Champions League action away to Ajax Amsterdam.
Man City target Galasek, Baros hits target for Aston Villa, Skacel bags 11th of season
Galasek's international team mate Milan Baros scored his first goal in two months on Saturday, putting in a man of the match performance to help Aston Villa to a 3:1 win over Sunderland.
But Baros is still some way behind the leading Czech goal scorer this season, Rudolf Skacel, who on Sunday scored his 11th for Scotland's Hearts. And this is a man who was playing at full back last season!