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Petr Sýkora
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Veteran skates with Stanley Cup

Some get rich, some get poor during soccer’s active off-season Last time Petr Sýkora’s team won the Stanley Cup, he was laid up in a nearby hospital. So there was no way a suspected broken foot was going to stop Pittsburgh’s veteran Czech winger from appearing at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena June 12 to party… Keep Reading

Czechs to teach Chinese ice hockey
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Hašek’s brand fails to dominate Europe

Goalie shuts down sports clothing line On the ice, foremost hockey goalie Dominik Hašek earned the nickname “Dominator” for being virtually unbeatable. Out of the rink, the two-time Stanley Cup champion used the moniker as a brand for his sportswear line. After retiring from professional hockey at the age of 43 this spring, Hašek had… Keep Reading

The Seven Summits
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Czech climber tops seven summits

Caban is only second mountaineer to hit peaks without oxygen Nothing about Miroslav Caban screams world-class mountaineer. He eases into a chair at a McDonald’s on the outskirts of Prague wearing blue trousers, a blue sweatshirt and regular sneakers. He is obviously fit and muscular, but not unusually so — a svelte physique that could… Keep Reading

Strahov stadium
Sports

Rethinking “Fortress Strahov’

What to do with Strahov stadium? If everything goes as planned, that question, first asked in the aftermath of the 1989 Revolution when the country began to evaluate its massive, ugly communist-style structures in light of a renewed aesthetic sensibility, has finally been answered. Over the years, the Czech soccer association’s (CMFS) efforts to convince… Keep Reading

Czechs to teach Chinese ice hockey
Sports

The high price of hurt

Michal Travnicek is paying the price for a careless foul. So is the Czech junior ice hockey team. The elite Chemopetrol Litvinov forward wrote himself out of the upcoming World Junior Championships – and out of international hockey – with a brutal foul during an international tournament in November. In a high-stick battle with Sweden’s… Keep Reading

Strahov stadium
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A Recap: Red Cards, TV Woes, Goodbye Dukla

As first-league soccer action cranks up, it’s time for a recap of what we saw last season. Here’s a rundown of the highs and lows from the 1993-’94 campaign, which ended in May. Sparta Praha wrapped up last year’s championship three rounds before season’s end. As a result, overall season attendance fell by 200,000 from… Keep Reading

Strahov stadium
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Sparta a Real Threat

Sparta Praha just may be for real The emotional celebration that followed the team’s 1-0 triumph over Werder Bremen Nov. 4 demonstrated that the players were just as stunned as everyone else when they decisively eliminated the Cup Winners’ Cup defending champions with a 4-2 aggregate score. But the victory, and the team’s previous 3-2… Keep Reading

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