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Vancouver Canucks head coach Travis Green stands on the bench behind Elias Pettersson (40), of Sweden, and Alex Chiasson (39) during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Vancouver, on Saturday, December 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

UPDATE: Vancouver Canucks fire head coach Travis Green, GM Jim Benning

Bruce Boudreau to step behind Vancouver bench

Joe Murphy of the Vernon Panthers (12) heads to the end zone, escorted by teammate Roan Reid (88) in the Interior Subway Bowl AA/AAA Hybrid Senior Varsity Football championship game Friday, Dec. 4, at Greater Vernon Athletic Park. The visiting Kelowna Owls stopped the Panthers on the one-yard line on the game’s final play to post a 21-20 victory. (Darren Hove Photo)

Kelowna Owls edge Vernon Panthers for Interior football title

Owls stop Panthers on game’s final play at Kelowna one-yard line for 21-20 victory

Vancouver Canucks’ J.T. Miller (9) and Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby (87) collide during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Saturday, December 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Jake Guentzel scores hat trick, Penguins rout Vancouver Canucks 4-1

Chants of ‘fire Benning!’ echoed through the arena late in the game

West Kelowna weightlifter Mike Bencsik holds an enormous amount of weight overhead during competition. (Submitted photo)

West Kelowna weightlifter prepares to compete in World Championships

32-year-old Mike Bencsik is heading to Tashkent, Uzbekistan on Dec. 10

West Kelowna weightlifter Mike Bencsik holds an enormous amount of weight overhead during competition. (Submitted photo)
Canada’s Renee Gonzalez, left, and Pamphinette Buisa confer during a training session prior to the Dubai Emirates Airline Rugby Sevens 2021 women’s competition, in Dubai, U.A.E., in a Nov. 30, 2021, handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-World Rugby-KLC Fotos, Mike Lee, *MANDATORY CREDIT*

South Africa, Australia win again at Dubai Sevens while young Canada teams struggle

The Canadian men went 1-9-0 over the first two tournaments while the women were 2-8-0

Canada’s Renee Gonzalez, left, and Pamphinette Buisa confer during a training session prior to the Dubai Emirates Airline Rugby Sevens 2021 women’s competition, in Dubai, U.A.E., in a Nov. 30, 2021, handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-World Rugby-KLC Fotos, Mike Lee, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Rams Daniel Kabongo (no. 4), seen here during a November game against the Rebels, was named special team player of the game as Langley won the Canadian Bowl Saturday afternoon, shutting out the Ontario Conference champion London Beefeaters 37-0.

B.C.’s Langley Rams win Canadian Bowl

First time team has taken national championship

Rams Daniel Kabongo (no. 4), seen here during a November game against the Rebels, was named special team player of the game as Langley won the Canadian Bowl Saturday afternoon, shutting out the Ontario Conference champion London Beefeaters 37-0.
Eric Norkum sending a rock roll with Kelowna in the background (Jacqueline Gelineau/Capital News)

Kelowna mountain bikers shred Knox Moutain in the dark

Mountain bikers, runners, and dog walkers are not deterred by the short days

Eric Norkum sending a rock roll with Kelowna in the background (Jacqueline Gelineau/Capital News)
FILE - Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Scherzer pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning of Game 5 of a baseball National League Division Series Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, in San Francisco. Eight-time All-Star Max Scherzer is nearing a $130 million, three-year contract with the New York Mets, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday, Nov. 29, because the agreement was still being worked on and would be subject to a successful physical.(AP Photo/John Hefti, File)

Even if games go on, Major League Baseball lockout could alienate Gen Z

Those born between 1995 and 2010 have never experience a baseball lockout or strike

FILE - Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Scherzer pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning of Game 5 of a baseball National League Division Series Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, in San Francisco. Eight-time All-Star Max Scherzer is nearing a $130 million, three-year contract with the New York Mets, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday, Nov. 29, because the agreement was still being worked on and would be subject to a successful physical.(AP Photo/John Hefti, File)
Dillon Dubé (right) grew up in Golden, which he says helped develop him into the hockey player he is today. Dubé now plays for the Calgary Flames, and has previously captained Team Canada at the World Juniors Championships. (Calgary Flames photo)

‘To this day it still feels like home’: Calgary Flames’ Dillon Dubé recounts ‘Golden’ childhood

Dubé grew up in Golden B.C., and now plays for the team he grew up cheering for

Dillon Dubé (right) grew up in Golden, which he says helped develop him into the hockey player he is today. Dubé now plays for the Calgary Flames, and has previously captained Team Canada at the World Juniors Championships. (Calgary Flames photo)
Heat playing the UVF Cascades. (Conan Shing Photography)

UBCO’s volleyball team faces rivals for last home game of the season

Hot on a winning streak, the Heat will play their rivals, the UBC Thunderbirds

Heat playing the UVF Cascades. (Conan Shing Photography)
New Texas Rangers infielder Marcus Semien adjusts his hat as he gets ready to answer questions at a press conference at Globe Life Field Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)

Busy November provided some clarity for Blue Jays, now team must wait

MLB’s first work stoppage threatens plans for spring training and opening day on March 31

New Texas Rangers infielder Marcus Semien adjusts his hat as he gets ready to answer questions at a press conference at Globe Life Field Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
Spokane Chiefs forward Jack Finley of Kelowna was revealed as a member of the 35-player selection camp roster by Hockey Canada on Dec. 1. (Contributed)

Kelowna hockey player participating in Canada’s National Junior Team Selection Camp

Jack Finley will compete for a spot on Canada’s National Junior Team at the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship

Spokane Chiefs forward Jack Finley of Kelowna was revealed as a member of the 35-player selection camp roster by Hockey Canada on Dec. 1. (Contributed)
The Vernon Panthers finished fifth out of eight in the Interior junior girls volleyball championships, hosted by Vernon Secondary School Nov. 27-28. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

West Kelowna wins girls volleyball Interior provincial championships

VSS hosted the championships, last-minute due to highway closures, floods

The Vernon Panthers finished fifth out of eight in the Interior junior girls volleyball championships, hosted by Vernon Secondary School Nov. 27-28. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Matthew Culling (left) and Luke Pakulak celebrate Jack Glen’s (14) second-period goal during the Vernon Vipers’ 5-1 BCHL win over the West Kelowna Warriors Wednesday, Dec. 1, at Kal Tire Place. (Lisa Mazurek - Vernon Vipers Photography)

Vernon Vipers snap losing streak with romp over West Kelowna

BCHL: Vernon wins for first time in seven games with impressive 5-1 decision over Warriors

Matthew Culling (left) and Luke Pakulak celebrate Jack Glen’s (14) second-period goal during the Vernon Vipers’ 5-1 BCHL win over the West Kelowna Warriors Wednesday, Dec. 1, at Kal Tire Place. (Lisa Mazurek - Vernon Vipers Photography)
Ottawa Senators goaltender Filip Gustavsson (32) makes a save on Vancouver Canucks’ left wing Tanner Pearson (70) during first period NHL action in Ottawa on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

J.T. Miller’s 3-point night leads Canucks to 6-2 win over Senators in Ottawa

Quinn Hughes hands out 4 assists for Vancouver in second straight win

Ottawa Senators goaltender Filip Gustavsson (32) makes a save on Vancouver Canucks’ left wing Tanner Pearson (70) during first period NHL action in Ottawa on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Armstrong’s Jaret Cooper, 18, signs a letter of intent to attend Olds College in Alberta and compete for the school’s rodeo team in saddle bronc and tie-down roping. Cooper is off the Junior World Finals rodeo for a fourth consecutive year in Las Vegas. (Olds College photo)

North Okanagan cowboy back in saddle at World finals

Jaret Cooper, 18, to compete in saddle bronc for fourth straight year at Junior World Finals rodeo in Vegas

Armstrong’s Jaret Cooper, 18, signs a letter of intent to attend Olds College in Alberta and compete for the school’s rodeo team in saddle bronc and tie-down roping. Cooper is off the Junior World Finals rodeo for a fourth consecutive year in Las Vegas. (Olds College photo)
Beaver Valley Nitehawks coach and GM Terry Jones was suspended eight games after two players were found to have played games despite not being completely vaccinated. Photo: Jim Bailey

KIJHL team fined, coach suspended for COVID-19 policy breach

Two players with the Beaver Valley Nitehawks played games despite not having two vaccine doses

Beaver Valley Nitehawks coach and GM Terry Jones was suspended eight games after two players were found to have played games despite not being completely vaccinated. Photo: Jim Bailey
Justin Sourdif, a Surrey-raised forward with the WHL Vancouver Giants, is among seven B.C.-based players invited to Canada’s national junior hockey team selection camp, ahead of the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship. (Photo: Rob Wilton/Vancouver Giants)

Seven from B.C. will be shooting for Canada’s World Junior hockey team

35-player ‘selection camp’ roster named weeks ahead of Boxing Day start of annual tourney

Justin Sourdif, a Surrey-raised forward with the WHL Vancouver Giants, is among seven B.C.-based players invited to Canada’s national junior hockey team selection camp, ahead of the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship. (Photo: Rob Wilton/Vancouver Giants)
Joe Murphy (12) and the Vernon Panthers will host the AA/AAA Interior/North Senior Varsity high school football championship, Friday, Dec. 3, at Greater Vernon Athletic Park. The AA Cats will take on the AAA Kelowna Owls. Kick-off is 7 p.m. (Darren Hove photo)

Vernon Panthers to host Kelowna in Interior football final

The AA Panthers entertain the AAA Owls Friday, Dec. 3, 7 p.m., at Greater Vernon Athletic Park

Joe Murphy (12) and the Vernon Panthers will host the AA/AAA Interior/North Senior Varsity high school football championship, Friday, Dec. 3, at Greater Vernon Athletic Park. The AA Cats will take on the AAA Kelowna Owls. Kick-off is 7 p.m. (Darren Hove photo)
BCHL

BCHL taking out-of-conference games off the schedule for rest of 2021-22 season

The league is shifting to regional matchups with travel still hindered province wide

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