February 16, 2006 |
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.
February 15, 2006 |
After winning his first NHL game, Colorado Avalanche goaltender Peter Budaj was approached by reporters who handed him a break-the-ice compliment before the real questions began. "Nice game." Budaj shrugged and replied, "Thanks," in a what-else-is-new manner. That confidence has yet to waver and will now be a key for the Slovakian team in the 2006 Olympics. For Slovakia to earn a medal, the team will put its faith in Budaj, a 23-year-old rookie.
January 21, 2006 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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.