May 8, 2013
Ilya Kovalchuk and Alexander Radulov each scored a goal and had an assist as Russia and Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov beat the United States, 5-3, in Helsinki to preserve Russia's perfect start at the ice hockey world championship. Russia is atop Group B after three games, one point ahead of Finland and three ahead of the U.S. In Group A, Canada hammered Norway, 7-1, with Steven Stamkos notching a goal and three assists in Stockholm. TENNIS: Grigor Dimitrov stunned Novak Djokovic in the second round of the Madrid Open, beating the top-ranked Serb, 7-6 (6)
May 6, 2013 |
The Flyers are not in the playoffs for the first time since 2007, but 10 of their players and prospects will be playing in the IIHF World Championships, which start Saturday. In Saturday's first game, Jake Voracek, who led the Flyers with 22 goals this year, will help lead the Czech Republic against Belarus. Defenseman Erik Gustafsson, who played well in the latter stages of the Flyers' season, will compete for Sweden on Saturday, and prospect Marcel Noebels will play for Germany.
April 30, 2013 |
PRAGUE, Czech Republic - A powerful blast believed to be a gas explosion ripped open an office building in the center of Prague on Monday, injuring at least 35 people and sending shock waves through the Old Town tourist district. The blast shattered windows in the scenic area of charming streets and postcard-pretty buildings, sending glass flying. Authorities closed a wide area around the site, and some tourists were stranded on street corners with baggage-loaded trolleys, unable to get into their hotels.
April 19, 2013 |
WITH THE FLYERS' pipedream playoff odds dwindling by the day, opportunities will begin to crop up for players to continue playing in May - though it won't be in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Instead, quite a few Flyers likely will receive invitations to represent their countries in the World Championships in Stockholm and Helsinki from May 3-9. According to someone familiar with Hockey Canada executive director Steve Yzerman's thinking, both Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds appear to be high on Canada's wish list.
February 2, 2013
Two-time Olympic champion Shaun White overcame a first-run fall to win gold and lead an American sweep at the U.S. Grand Prix snowboard championships in Park City, Utah. White laid down a perfect second run to score 97.25 points. Scott Lago took second with 94.50 and Luke Mitrani third with 91.75. Kikkan Randall of the United States won the women's 1.4-kilometer cross-country World Cup race at the Sochi Olympic course in Russia to claim her fourth victory of the season.
January 27, 2013 |
PRAGUE - Left-leaning former Prime Minister Milos Zeman staged a big return to power Saturday by winning the Czech Republic's first direct popular vote for president. With almost all the votes counted Saturday, the Czech Statistics Office reported that Zeman won 54.8 percent of the vote for the largely ceremonial post. His opponent, conservative Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg, had 45.9 percent. "Long live Zeman!" his supporters chanted at his campaign headquarters in Prague.
November 26, 2012 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Wayne Simmonds had been back on North American soil for less than 10 days, but he knew where he needed to be on Saturday night. That was Boardwalk Hall, where the proceeds from Operation Hat Trick went to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy. For Simmonds, it was a chance to not only support a worthwhile cause, but an opportunity for some sense of normalcy in an otherwise bizarre 6 months since he last lined up with Flyers teammates. Sure, Simmonds played hockey in two European countries - Germany and the Czech Republic - but it just wasn't the same.
October 31, 2012
Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds was the subject of racial slurs after getting in a fight during a game in the Czech Republic on Sunday, Yahoo! Sports reported. Fans chanted "opice," which means monkey, according to reports. The marketing director of Chomutov, which faced Simmonds' team, issued an apology. "We are disgusted with the behavior of small groups of spectators who significantly damaged the reputation of the whole. . . . club. We would like to deeply apologize to Mr. Simmonds and the Liberec players," David Dinda said in a statement.
September 18, 2012 |
AFTER 2 DAYS of the NHL's latest lockout, two Flyers have bolted to join the European professional ranks. Flyers forward Jake Voracek confirmed Monday that he signed a temporary deal to join HC Lev Praha, the new KHL franchise in Prague, Czech Republic. Voracek is in his native Czech Republic already and could join Lev Praha's lineup in time for their fourth home game of the season on Thursday night against Avangard Omsk. Voracek, 23, is one of the Czech Republic's rising stars.
September 17, 2012
John Isner and the U.S. Davis Cup team saw firsthand that Spain's dominance isn't limited to Rafael Nadal. David Ferrer beat Isner, 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-4, 6-2, on Sunday in Gijon, Spain, to give the five-time champions an insurmountable, 3-1 lead and a shot at a fourth title in five years. They'll face either Argentina or the Czech Republic on the road in the final. Helped by Isner's 70 unforced errors, the fifth-ranked Ferrer rallied to stay unbeaten on clay in the competition with his 16th straight win. Venus Williams helped Washington catch up, then beat Coco Vandeweghe in a last-game tiebreaker as the Kastles completed their second straight undefeated championship season in World Team Tennis with a 20-19 victory over Sacramento in Charleston, S.C. Washington (16-0)