Posted: June 05, 2002
CHAMPIONS s Sparta goalie Petr Cech blocked two French shots in a penalty shootout to give the Under-21 soccer team a 3-1 victory in the European Championship title game May 28 in Basel, Swizerland. The game finished 0-0 before Cech's heroics. It was the first Under-21 title in Czech history and the first European title for Czech soccer since Czechoslovakia won the Under-16 title in 1990.
APPOINTMENT s Slavomir Lener is the new head coach of the Czech national hockey team, replacing Josef Augusta. Lener, who has coached for the National Hockey League's Florida Panthers, signed a two-year deal May 27 - less than a month after Augusta and his staff were fired. Augusta led the Czechs to the world championship title in 2000 and 2001 but the team was eliminated from the Olympics and this year's world championships in Sweden.
TROPHY s Borussia Dortmund's Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky has won the Golden Ball award given by Czech sports journalists to the nation's best player. The 21-year-old playmaker helped pace Dortmund to the Bundesliga title and a place in the UEFA Cup finals.
UHRIN s Former Czech national team head coach Dusan Uhrin has signed an 18-month deal with AIK Stockholm. Uhrin, who guided the national team to the Euro '96 finals, coached Teplice of the Gambrinus liga last season. He quit that job in December.
DEAL s Former national team captain Jiri Nemec has signed a one-year deal with the Gambrinus liga's Chmel Blsany. Nemec, 36, will play at home after nine years with Schalke 04 of Germany's Bundesliga.
HASEK s Dominik Hasek set a Stanley Cup playoff record with his fifth shutout in the 2002 postseason as the National Hockey League Detroit Red Wings eliminated the defending Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche, 7-0, May 31 in game seven of the Western Conference finals. Detroit plays the Carolina Panthers in the final.
UEFA s Sigma Olomouc has become the third club selected to play in the UEFA Cup next season. Olomouc got the spot after being drawn from among eight teams from the countries with the best fair play record in the European Cup competition last season.
ENGE s Formula 3000 driver Tomas Enge finished third at the Monte Carlo Grand Prix in Monaco May 26 - his first top-three finish at the prestigious race. Enge is third in the Formula 3000 standings, three points behind Sebastien Bourdais of France.
SIMAK s Striker Jan Simak has been transferred from Bundesliga's newcomer Hannover 96 to Champions League finalist Bayer Leverkusen for 6 million euros ($5.6 million). Simak led the German second division with 18 goals.
OPAVA s Opava beat Mlekarna Kunin 82-63 at home May 26 to capture the Czech basketball league men's championship. Opava won the best-of-seven series 4-2 for its third title.
FLOORBALL s Switzerland beat the Czech national floorball team 4-3 in an overtime game in Helsinki May 26, denying the Czechs a chance for a bronze medal. The fourth-place showing was the best in Czech history.