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Andy Murray supports Scottish independence


Former Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has long represented the union of Great Britain. But ahead of Thursday's historic referendum, the tennis star tweeted that he was swayed into supporting Scottish independence.

‘Too black’? Why the Atlanta Hawks co-owner's email is no Donald Sterling scandal

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The recent publication of a 2012 email by Bruce Levenson referring to Atlanta's in-arena experiences as “too black” triggered calls that Levenson is a racist. How, then, has the NBA Hawks co-owner managed to evade the same kind of criticism levelled at Donald Sterling?

MLB suspends veteran umpire 1 game for grabbing Papelbon


Umpire Joe West was suspended one game without pay after the veteran grabbed Philadelphia Phillies closer Joanthan Papelbon by the shirt in an altercation on Sunday, Major League Baseball announced Wednesday.

Di Vaio leads Impact to CONCACAF win over Red Bulls


Marco Di Vaio's first-half strike gave the Montreal Impact a 1-0 victory over the New York Red Bulls in CONCACAF Champions League action at Saputo Stadium on Wednesday night.

Blue Jays swept by Orioles as wild card hopes fade

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Steve Pearce homered twice and drove in four runs as the AL East champion Baltimore Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-1 Wednesday night for a three-game sweep.

Dion Phaneuf: Will the Leafs trade him this season?


One of the storylines heading into the NHL's regular season involves Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Dion Phaneuf, who was linked to several trade rumours during the 2013-14 campaign. Is it time for the Leafs captain to go?


Cardinals running back arrested on domestic assault charge

Jonathan Dwyer

Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer has been arrested on aggravated assault charges in connection with two altercations at his home in late July involving a 27-year-old woman and an 18-month-old child.

Wild goalie Harding out with broken right foot

Josh Harding

Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding has a broken right foot, putting him out indefinitely. The Wild announced Wednesday the injury was suffered in an off-ice incident. The team said Harding was hurt Sunday but did not specify how.

Champions League: Bayern Munich beats Man City

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Bayern Munich scored a 90th-minute goal to beat Manchester City 1-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday, while Barcelona had an easier time edging APOEL 1-0.

Rockets struggle to fill building

Oh, for the return of the good old days.

For years you couldn't find a ticket for a Kelowna Rockets game at Prospera Place - now, the Western Hockey League club has to get creative in order to sellout the building.

The Rockets ran an impressive streak post Memorial Cup where they sold out every game several seasons in a row.

Back then, the club had between 5,000 and 5,100 season ticket holders and a long waiting list.

Those day, at least for now, are over.

Gavin Hamilton, the Rockets VP Business Development, says things changed a few seasons ago.

The club lost about 900 season ticket holder prior to the 2012-2013 season.

Now, Hamilton says the club is sitting around the 4,000 mark for season tickets.

"We've lost some (from last year) but we are about 70 per cent towards getting those back," says Hamilton.

"This is kind of when we start actually selling a number of season tickets is September and into October. Once the season gets started people seem to catch on again."

During the glory years the Rockets were also victims of their own success...people got used to the fact tickets were never available.

"For many years people didn't think there was anything available so hopefully they know now with us not having a sellout of season tickets all the time."

Hamilton also says the schedule, which packed a lot of home games into a short span last year, should be more fan friendly this season.

"I think our schedule is a little more balanced this year. Last year we had a lot of Wednesday, Friday, Saturdays. Three games in four nights is a little tough and then we'd go a couple of weeks with nothing," says Hamilton.

"I think this schedule is a little more balanced and hopefully makes it easier for people to attend."

Not filling the building on a consistent basis also means being more creative in order to draw fans in.

The Rockets added six and 12 game flex packs two years ago which Hamilton says continue to catch on with fans.

The teams is also trying to ramp up group ticket sales as well.

And this year they are trying to work with the building operators to offer some special night promotions.

"We're looking at some nightly specials - family pack type of things."

It's not like the Rockets have played poorly the last two seasons.

The team has won back-to-back BC Division titles with consecutive 50 win and 108 plus point seasons.

Last year the club established records for wins (57) and points (118) in a season.

The Rockets open up the regular season Saturday when they host the Kamloops Blazers.

Along with the home opener the Rockets will also raise two more banners to the rafters prior to the game signifying regular season BC Division and overall WHL champions.

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Nuggets' J.J. Hickson suspended 5 games


The NBA confirmed Wednesday that it has suspended J.J. Hickson of the Denver Nuggets for five games without pay for violating the terms of the anti-drug program.

MLB suspends, fines Jays' Stroman for throwing at hitter


Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman is appealing his six-game suspension that Major League Baseball imposed for throwing at the head of Baltimore Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph.


Barry Bonds appeal heads back to court


A group of judges will hear arguments Thursday on whether Barry Bonds, baseball's career home-run leader, should have an obstruction of justice conviction thrown out.

Tessa Bonhomme retires from Canada's women's hockey team


Tessa Bonhomme, a defenceman and 2010 Olympic champion with the Canadian women’s hockey team, has retired from international competition.

Jermain Defoe targets Monday return to Toronto FC


Toronto FC manager Greg Vanney told reporters Tuesday that striker Jermain Defoe is on schedule to be back later this week and has targeted a match to make his return.

Dufour-Lapointe sisters: 5 things you didn't know


Canada's freestyle skiing sisters, Justine, Chloe and Maxime Dufour-Lapointe visited the CBC building in Toronto on Wednesday as part of a media tour. They also sat with to talk about life away from the sport.

Sharks sign D-man Justin Braun to 5-year extension


The San Jose Sharks on Wednesday announced they have signed defenceman Justin Braun to a five-year contract extension after he set career bests last season in points, goals and assists.

Bills sale moves closer to full approval


Terry and Kim Pegula took a step closer to buying the Buffalo Bills with Wednesday's unanimous approval of their $1.4 billion US agreement by the NFL finance committee.

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