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April 10, 2010
World Cup 2010: SLOVAKIA FIFA ranking: 33 Overall World Cup record: 0-0-0 Coach: Vladimir Weiss Best performance: Debut Overview: South Africa 2010 is Slovakia's first appearance in a major international tournament since the breakup of the former Czechoslovakia in the early 1990s. Weiss started on the Czechoslovakia team that thrashed the U.S., 5-1, at the 1990 World Cup in Italy, and his 20-year-old son, also named Vladimir, is a key player on the squad as an attack-minded winger.
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February 15, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia - Slovenia's hockey team traveled a long and difficult road to qualify for the Olympics for the first time, a journey it had to make without help from its only NHL player, standout Kings center Anze Kopitar. But Team Slovenia on Saturday gave hope to every so-called lesser hockey nation by upsetting Slovakia for its first-ever Olympic hockey victory, a 3-1 decision that was well-executed and well-deserved. “It's definitely a big thing for Slovenian hockey,” said Kopitar, whose father, Matjaz, is the team's coach.
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April 29, 2012
If you go THE BEST WAY TO BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA From LAX , connecting service (change of planes) begins on Turkish Air to Lufthansa or to UTair. The final leg of the trip is on UTair. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $960, including taxes. TELEPHONES To call the numbers below from the U.S. dial 011 (the international dialing code), 421 (the country code for Slovakia) and the number. WHAT TO DO Slovak National Gallery-Water Barracks, 2 Razusovo nabrezie, 2 5443 2081.
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February 13, 2014 | Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia - It would be unreasonable to expect Paul Stastny to be as good a hockey player as his father, Peter, was on the international stage and in the NHL. Peter was so highly regarded as an athlete and person that he was chosen to carry Slovakia's flag into the opening ceremony of the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics, the country's first Games as an independent nation. Paul, born while Peter played in Quebec City but raised in the United States, has been a good NHL player if not a great one. In an odd twist of fate, Paul Stastny's hockey career and heritage met Thursday when he faced his father's homeland and scored two goals, propelling Team USA to a strong start in the Sochi tournament and confirming his own hockey credentials.
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February 28, 2010 | By Chris Kuc
Finland rallied from a two-goal third-period deficit to beat Slovakia 5-3 at Canada Hockey Place to win the bronze and deny Slovakia its first Olympic medal in any team sport. The fourth-place finish is Slovakia's best Olympic result. "It's just a tough pill to swallow," Marian Hossa said, "because I thought we had an unbelievable tournament, and we should be proud of ourselves, but the result is not what we wanted." Olli Jokinen scored two goals for Finland, while Slovakia fell despite a goal and assist from Hossa.
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April 16, 2010
Slovakia is closing its air space due to the volcanic ash cloud drifting from Iceland. Air Navigation Services spokeswoman Aniko Fodorova says the country's air space will be closed from 3 p.m. Friday. Fodorova says the closure is expected to remain in place until Sunday evening. Slovak President Ivan Gasparovic plans to travel by car to Krakow, Poland, for Sunday's state funeral of late President Lech Kaczynski.
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February 13, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia - Twenty years ago, in Slovakia's first Winter Olympics appearance as an independent nation, Peter Stastny was given the honor of carrying the country's flag into the opening ceremony of the Lillehammer Games. In an odd twist of hockey fate, Stastny's American-raised son, Paul, played against his father's homeland Thursday and confirmed the quality of his own international hockey credentials. Paul Stastny contributed two of six goals scored by Team USA during a frantic second period as the Americans went on to a 7-1 rout of Slovakia at Shayba Arena in both teams' Olympic tournament opener.
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September 14, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A frail Pope John Paul II struggled through a long Mass on a wind-swept hill Saturday, speaking to tens of thousands of Roman Catholic Slovaks as well as many of his fellow Poles who crossed the border fearing it would be the last time they would see him. Nearing the end of a grueling four-day pilgrimage, the 83-year-old pope often slumped in his chair, slurred his words and lost his place in the text. John Paul's voice was weak and his hand trembled as he addressed the crowd.
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June 14, 2010 | From Times staff reports
Group F New Zealand vs. Slovakia, Rustenburg Time: 4:30 a.m. PDT. T V: ESPN, ESPN Deportes, Univision; Radio: Sirius/XM, KLYY-FM 97.5, KDLD-FM/KDLE-FM 103.1 New Zealand will have to look to someone other than Coach Ricki Herbert for a rousing pep talk before its World Cup opener. "We could play the best we've ever done," Herbert said, "and lose all three matches." Not exactly inspirational — but true. Older and more experienced than previous All Whites squads, the Kiwis nevertheless look to be outclassed here.
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October 11, 2011 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
Lawmakers in Slovakia on Tuesday rejected a proposal to beef up Europe's bailout fund for debt-stressed nations, but supporters are hopeful that the measure will pass in a second vote expected to take place within days. The ruling coalition of Prime Minister Iveta Radicova collapsed after failing to gather enough votes from the Slovak parliament in favor of the measure, an outcome she had warned would be tantamount to a vote of no confidence in her government. The plan for a strengthened bailout fund, which is widely seen as imperative for Europe to tame its growing debt crisis, was torpedoed in parliament by a junior party within Radicova's coalition.
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February 13, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia - Twenty years ago, in Slovakia's first Winter Olympics appearance as an independent nation, Peter Stastny was given the honor of carrying the country's flag into the opening ceremony of the Lillehammer Games. In an odd twist of hockey fate, Stastny's American-raised son, Paul, played against his father's homeland Thursday and confirmed the quality of his own international hockey credentials. Paul Stastny contributed two of six goals scored by Team USA during a frantic second period as the Americans went on to a 7-1 rout of Slovakia at Shayba Arena in both teams' Olympic tournament opener.
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February 12, 2014 | By John Cherwa
Best Bets for Thursday at the 2014 Sochi Olympics: MEN'S HOCKEY The U.S. opens pool play with a game against Slovakia. Canada and Russia are the expected gold-medal finalists, but it wouldn't surprise if the U.S. was around at the end. The thing about Olympic hockey is you get to see lines such as Patrick Kane, Dustin Brown and Phil Kessel. Jonathan Quick will be in goal. WOMEN'S SPEEDSKATING The U.S. could win gold if Heather Richardson can shake off her lackluster performance in the 500 meters and win the 1,000 meters.
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February 12, 2014 | Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia - Canada has an unequaled group of centers. Sweden, though depleted up front by injuries, has fine goaltending. Finland boasts an unshakable team ethic that clicks in whenever its players reunite. And Russia, blessed with enormous skill, bears the equally large burden of living up to a glorious history that may never be duplicated. What Team USA will bring to the Olympic hockey tournament when it faces Slovakia at Shayba Arena on Thursday is more difficult to summarize.
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February 9, 2014 | By Jared S. Hopkins and John Cherwa
SOCHI, Russia -- U.S. speedskater Jilleanne Rookard finished 10th in the women's 3,000 meters, an ending that pleased the 31-year-old Michigan native after an emotional journey the last couple of years. "I'm feeling pretty good now," Rookard said. "Compared to the last couple of years, I can't be upset at all. " Shortly before the 2010 Games, Rookard's mother died. She finished 12th in Vancouver, Canada, but was struggling with her mother's death. She also had depression and her race results declined.
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February 28, 2013 | Wire reports
The Nevada State Athletic Commission fined and suspended boxer Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on Thursday over a failed drug test last year before a Mexican Independence Day fight in Las Vegas. The popular 27-year-old fighter, who's the son of a famous boxer by the same name, tested positive for marijuana in September after his first professional loss. Chavez (46-1-1) was suspended for nine months from the date of the fight and fined $900,000, which amounts to 30% of his $3-million purse for the bout against Sergio Martinez . Chavez, who spoke by phone from Mexico, said through an interpreter that he was sorry for his actions and had taken the drug to curb his stress eight or nine days before the much-anticipated fight.
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January 2, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
While the NHL and the players' association continue to exchange proposals in an effort to resolve their labor dispute and start a 48-game season by the league's Jan. 19 deadline, the world junior championships are winding toward a dramatic conclusion in Ufa, Russia. Team USA, which routed the Czech Republic, 7-0, in a quarterfinal game played early Wednesday morning Pacific time, will face Canada in a semifinal Thursday. The game will start at 1 a.m. Pacific time and will air on the NHL Network and stream live on Nhl.com.
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February 27, 2010 | By Helene Elliott
Bodies and sticks and skates flew at Roberto Luongo while an entire nation tensed, praying there would be no deflection or bounce that would knock the puck into the net and wrest Team Canada's ticket to the Olympic gold-medal game out of its sweaty grasp. Slovakia, cautious for too long Friday in its semifinal game against the host nation, had charged within a hair's breadth of a titanic upset. "It was the most fun I've ever had," Luongo said, smiling. His enjoyment was soon shared by all of Canada, which watched him get his glove on a point-blank shot by his Canucks teammate Pavol Demitra in the dying seconds to preserve a 3-2 victory and set up a championship match between Canada and the U.S. at noon Sunday.
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March 6, 2005 | From Associated Press
Defending champion Spain was eliminated from the Davis Cup on Saturday when Slovakia took an insurmountable 3-0 following a doubles victory at Bratislava, Slovakia. Karol Beck and Michal Mertinak beat Albert Costa and Rafael Nadal, 7-6 (3), 6-4, 7-6 (8), as Slovakia got to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2000. Spain, which beat the United States to win its second Davis Cup three months ago, was without three top players -- Carlos Moya, Tommy Robredo and Juan Carlos Ferrero.
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July 6, 2012
Stage 6: A flat 129-mile ride from Epernay to Metz across the green vineyards of the Champagne region. Winner: Peter Sagan of Slovakia, who won his third stage victory at this year's Tour after a massive crash 16 miles from the finish thinned the ranks of sprinters, including world champion Mark Cavendish, who finished six minutes behind. Yellow jersey: Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland kept the race leader's jersey for a seventh consecutive day. He leads Bradley Wiggins of Britain by seven seconds.
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April 29, 2012 | By Alice Short, Los Angeles Times
If your destination is Bratislava, be prepared for a few questions: Is that in Eastern Europe? (No, it's in Central Europe.) Capital of Slovenia, right? (Uh, no.) Where is that? (The last question courtesy of a Customs employee at LAX.) Until recently, my schooling on all things Bratislavan occurred during a 20-minute stop on a train traveling from Prague, Czech Republic, to Budapest, Hungary, almost a decade ago. Several travelers boarded; a few disembarked. Some of them flashed passports, suggesting that we had stopped in a different country, in a major European city about which I knew … nothing.
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