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Another step toward Kraken debut as practice facility opens

The NHL's newest franchise is set to open its $80 million training facility to the public this weekend. The Seattle Kraken Community IcePlex includes three sheets of ice along with the business and hockey operations offices for the franchise. The team expects the building to be buzzing at all times, whether it’s the NHL team practicing on the main rink or youth hockey and learn-to-skate programs taking place on the other two sheets of ice. The team make its regular season debut on Oct. 23.

Gonzaga men’s basketball coach Mark Few cited for DUI in N. Idaho

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — Gonzaga men’s basketball coach Mark Few was cited for drunk driving on Labor Day. A copy of the police report, obtained by 4 News Now through a records request, shows Few was stopped by Coeur d’Alene Police after he was called in for erratic driving and speeding. The report shows Few exhibited several signs of intoxication…

WNBA honors its top 25 players all-time

The WNBA honored its past and present when it announced the league’s top 25 players. The “W25” has 10 current players, including Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi, Sylvia Fowles, Candace Parker and Breanna Stewart. Former stars Lisa Leslie, Tamika Catchings, Katie Smith and Sheryl Swoopes are among 15 retired players selected by a panel of media members and women’s basketball pioneers and advocates. It’s the fourth time that the league, in its 25th season, has produced a list of its top players. Bird, Catchings, Cynthia Cooper, Yolanda Griffith, Lauren Jackson, Leslie, Smith, Swoopes and Tina Thompson also were recognized on each of the previous anniversary lists.

'A lot of work to come' after NHL reaches Olympic agreement

The NHL and international officials are now in wait-and-see mode after reaching an agreement to send players to the Beijing Olympics this winter. The deal allows the league and Players' Association to withdraw if pandemic conditions worsen. USA Hockey, Hockey Canada and other national federations will continue preparations in the meantime for the tournament that begins Feb. 9. Each country's list of players under consideration is due Oct. 15, with final rosters to be revealed in January.

Linebacker K.J. Wright signs with Raiders after 10 years in Seattle

A person familiar with the deal says the Las Vegas Raiders have added another proven veteran to bolster their banged-up linebacker group by agreeing to a one-year contract with K.J. Wright. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract can’t be signed until after Wright passes a physical. Wright has been one of the most dependable linebackers in the league since being drafted by Seattle in 2011. His 54 passes defensed are the fourth most of any linebacker over his 10-year career.

Former player sues WSU, football coach over dismissal

A former player for Washington State University contends in a lawsuit that his civil rights were violated when he was kicked off the football team after complaining about potential exposure to COVID-19 and for joining an association of Black students. Kassidy Woods of Addison, Texas, filed the lawsuit in federal court in Dallas. He contends he was the victim of racism by football coach Nick Rolovich and by the Pullman-based university when he was kicked off the team last year. Woods seeks actual and punitive damages set by the court. Woods entered the transfer portal last year and has landed at Northern Colorado.