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February 16, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Marian Gaborik beat two defenders on a rush out of his own zone with 3 1/2 minutes left, and Slovakia pulled off the first upset of the Olympic hockey tournament by beating Russia, 5-3, Wednesday night. Gaborik raced down the right wing boards, broke toward the net at the right circle and beat goalie Ilya Bryzgalov with a wrist shot that flew inside the far post. Then, to seal one of the biggest wins in his country's history, Gaborik -- of the Minnesota Wild -- scored again in nearly identical fashion from the opposite circle with 29 seconds left.
January 21, 2006 | Lisa Dillman, Times Staff Writer
As is it turned out, size did matter at the Australian Open. Concerns about Serena Williams' weight might have been played up in the pre-tournament coverage, practically turning her into a female version of Shaquille O'Neal. However, Williams was not close to the form of her dominant days of 2002 and early 2003 when she won four consecutive Slams. And that tipped the scales in favor of Williams' third-round opponent, Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia, on Friday.
January 1, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Avalanches killed seven Czech tourists in Slovakia's High Tatra range, a rescue worker said. The mountaineers were hit by the avalanche while asleep in the western part of the mountain range, Slovak rescue worker Rudolf Zupa said. One man escaped, Zupa said. Heavy snowfall has recently produced conditions ripe for avalanches.
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.
March 5, 2005 | From Associated Press
Defending champion Spain was in serious danger of going out in the first round of the Davis Cup after falling behind Slovakia, 2-0, Friday in a World Group match at Bratislava, Slovakia. Playing without three of its top players, Spain struggled in the opening singles matches. Dominik Hrbaty defeated Fernando Verdasco, 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (7), 6-3, and Karol Beck defeated Feliciano Lopez, 6-4, 7-5, 6-3. Three months ago, Spain defeated the United States to win its second Davis Cup.
January 16, 2005 | William J. Kole, Associated Press Writer
Bears in Slovakia are awakening early from hibernation. So are barmaids in Bavaria, unseasonably busy in outdoor beer gardens. Bushes are blooming in Austria, and skiers at snowless Bosnian resorts are chilling out in hotel pools. Forgoing a white Christmas was one thing, but the utter absence of snow for weeks on end from the Baltics to the Balkans has many Europeans pining for what seems -- so far, anyway -- like the Winter That Wasn't.
May 28, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Two bags filled with explosives were found in Bratislava, the Slovak capital, near a venue where hundreds of NATO parliamentary officials are to meet today, officials said. They said one plastic bag was filled with about a pound of the Czechoslovak industrial explosive Permonex dating back to 1991. A second contained about 2 pounds of an explosive, apparently of Yugoslav origin, called Pentrit.
April 18, 2004 | From Reuters
Slovaks dealt a knockout blow to authoritarian former Prime Minister Vladimir Meciar in Saturday's presidential election, choosing the more moderate Ivan Gasparovic just weeks before their nation is to join the European Union. The nation's electoral committee said today that according to preliminary results, Gasparovic, a former political ally of Meciar, took 59.91% of the vote with all 50 districts reporting.
April 4, 2004 | From Times Wire Services
Former authoritarian Prime Minister Vladimir Meciar edged out the expected favorite in Slovakia's presidential election Saturday and seemed set to advance to a second round against a former political ally. Meciar, whose rule was criticized by Western leaders for its lack of democracy and rule of law, won 32.7% of the vote in his bid for the mostly ceremonial presidency, said Ladislav Jaca, a Central Election Commission official.
March 30, 2004 | Esther Schrader, Times Staff Writer
President Bush welcomed seven Eastern European nations into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on Monday in a White House ceremony marking only the fourth time the alliance has opened its ranks to new members since its founding after World War II. Bush hailed the new members -- Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovakia and Slovenia -- as countries that have triumphed over tyranny.
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