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Sport Czech tennis star Tomas Berdych beat third seed David Ferrer to move into the Australian Open semi-finals

The Czech star rattled through the first two sets before overcoming a brief blip in the third to beat the Spaniard 6-1 6-4 2-6 6-4 and book his place in the semi-finals

Houston wary of weakened Czechs' reaction to defeat

Peter Houston warned the Tartan Army against reading too much into the Czech Republic's apparent problems ahead of Saturday's vital Euro 2012 qualifier at Hampden Park.

Riise to make Fulham debut against Crusaders

John Arne Riise will make his Fulham debut this evening in the Europa League home match with Crusaders.

Fulham sign Czech Under-21 international Marcel Gecov

Martin Jol has conceded his squad needs bolstering if Fulham are to compete across all the competitions this season.

'Woman was raped' at Fred West's house

A woman has told police she was raped at the house where the serial killers Fred and Rose West began their murder spree.

Okoye searches for consistency

Lawrence Okoye might be occupying the dizzy heights of third place in the world discus rankings courtesy of his monster 67.63m throw at the Throws Fest meeting in Hendon last Saturday, but the former rugby union starlet insisted yesterday: "I've got to understand I've got a long way to go before I can call myself one of the best discus throwers in the world."

Motorcycling: Biaggi win closes the gap on Checa

Carlos Checa saw his lead cut to 30 points in the Superbike World Championship despite twice finishing on the podium at Brno in the Czech Republic yesterday.

Couples seek IVF treatment abroad

Couples desperate for a baby are being forced abroad because of a lack of sperm and egg donors in the UK, researchers say.

Lansbury and Smalling ready for Czech crunch

England are optimistic that Manchester United's Chris Smalling and Arsenal's Henri Lansbury will have recovered from a throat infection and an ankle injury respectively to play against the Czech Republic in the decisive final group match at the European Under-21 Championship tonight.

Cech keeps 'boring' Japanese out

A stunning double save from Petr Cech allowed the Czech Republic to hold Japan to a 0-0 draw yesterday as the tri-nation Kirin Cup ended without a single goal being scored.

Four missing after Czech explosives plant blast

An official says a huge nitroglycerine explosion has occurred at a factory in the Czech Republic and that four people are missing.

Video: Czech President 'steals' pen

A hilarious new video has been released which shows the Czech President trying to surreptitiously pocket a pen during a news conference.

George Morgan Australian Open run ended in the semi-finals

George Morgan's run in the boys' singles at the Australian Open came to an end today when he lost 6-3 6-4 to top seed Jiri Vesely in the semi-finals.

Morgan shows fighting spirit to reach junior semi-finals

George Morgan, attempting to become the first British boy to win a Grand Slam junior singles title since Andy Murray, advanced to the semi-finals of the Australian Open here yesterday when he beat Jeson Patrombon, of the Philippines, 5-7, 6-2, 6-3.

Tesco bags stores in Czech Republic

Tesco has bought 128 convenience stores in the Czech Republic for £34.3m, in a further demonstration of the international ambitions of Britain's biggest grocer.

Album: Smetana, Má Vlast / Prague Philharmonia (Supraphon)

Beloved the world over for the sweeping minor-major melody of "Vltava", Smetana's cycle of symphonic poems, Má Vlast, has been a monument to Czech independence since its completion in 1879.

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