Sports in brief: Chilliwack challenges Chiefs


Hockey: With the schedule heating up, the Spokane Chiefs and coach Hardy Sauter (pictured above) hope to continue in the right direction.

The Chiefs face the Chilliwack Bruins tonight at the Arena, coming off three solid performances.

Last week Spokane topped defending Western Hockey League champion Kelowna and blanked U.S. Division leading Portland 3-0 on the road.

Even the loss sandwiched in between, 2-0 to Portland, was a situation in which the Chiefs were the better team but couldn’t beat a hot goalie.

The Chiefs then go to Seattle on Friday and return home Saturday to face B.C. Division- leading Vancouver.

The Chiefs do need to get better at home, where they are 4-4 and have lost three straight.

Dave Trimmer

Remaining tickets will go on sale

Olympics: The final round of ticket sales for the 2010 Winter Olympics begins Saturday.

There are more than 100,000 tickets available for events in Vancouver, such as curling and hockey. They include seats to gold-medal games.

The tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis through the Web site at www.vancouver2010. com.

Associated Press

Coach has that shrinking feeling

Handball: This is the city that gave the world Sigmund Freud. But did he explore mayhem on a handball court?

The coach of an Austrian women’s handball team has resigned after going onto the court to prevent a score during a game last week in Vienna.

Gunnar Prokop, the coach of Hypo Niederoesterreich, says he “will go through this with a psychiatrist. … I still can’t understand why I’ve done this.”

Prokop went onto the court 4 seconds before the end of a Champions League match. He intentionally collided with an opposing player to stop a counterattack and deny Metz a chance to score. The match ended in a 27-27 draw.

Associated Press

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