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.

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.