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LONDON -- What if they held an Olympics and nobody came? The situation isnt that bleak, of course, for the Sochi Games. Yet, with less than three weeks to go until the opening ceremony, hundreds of thousands of tickets remain unsold, raising the prospect of empty seats and a lack of atmosphere at Russias first Winter Olympics. There are signs that many foreign fans are staying away, turned off by terrorist threats, expensive flights and hotels, long travel distances, a shortage of tourist attractions in the area, and the hassle of obtaining visas and spectator passes. "Some people are scared it costs too much and other people are scared because of security," senior International Olympic Committee member Gerhard Heiberg of Norway told The Associated Press. "From my country, I know that several people and companies are not going for these two reasons. Of course, there will be Norwegians there but not as many as we are used to." Sochi organizers announced last week that 70 per cent of tickets have been sold for the games, which run from Feb. 7-23 and represent a symbol of pride and prestige for Russia and President Vladimir Putin. So what about the remaining 30 per cent? "We are keeping a special quota for those who come for the games, so that they can indeed buy tickets for the competitions," organizing committee chief Dmitry Chernyshenko said. Chernyshenko said about 213,000 spectators are expected at the games, with about 75 per cent likely to be Russians. "Tickets are being snapped up fast with the most popular events being hockey, biathlon, figure skating, freestyle and snowboard," the organizing committee said in a statement to the AP. "With 70 per cent of tickets already sold and another ticketing office opening shortly, we are expecting strong last-minute ticket sales and do not envisage having empty seats." Sochi officials have refused to divulge how many tickets in total were put up for sale, saying the figure would only be released after the games. However, according to IOC marketing documents seen by the AP, Sochi had a total of 1.1 million tickets on offer. That would mean about 300,000 tickets remained available. By comparison, 1.54 million tickets were available for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and 97 per cent (1.49 million) were sold. For the 2012 Summer Games in London, organizers sold 97 per cent (8.2 million) of their 8.5 million tickets. Heiberg, who chairs the IOC marketing commission, said the Russians have cut down by 50 per cent on the number of spectators originally planned for the mountain events for security reasons. "That means there will be less people and probably less enthusiasm than we had, for instance, in Lillehammer," he said. "I hope the Russians will fill not only their indoor stadiums but there will be enough people in the stadiums for the Nordic events." Heiberg organized the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympics, which stood out for the colorful atmosphere generated by passionate Norwegian fans. Sochis ticket sales began in February 2013, a year before the games. Tickets have been sold on Sochis official website on a first-come, first-served basis. Box offices are now open in Moscow and Sochi. The cheapest tickets go for 500 rubles ($15), the most expensive for 40,000 rubles ($1,200). More than half of all tickets cost less than 5,000 rubles ($150). The average monthly salary in Russia is 30,000 rubles ($890). The one and only authorized ticket office in Sochi was busy on a recent afternoon, with three dozen people lining up at what once was a waiting room at the citys railway station. Many, however, complained that all the cheap tickets were already gone. "Prices leave much to be desired, but what can you can do?" said Sochi resident Yana Ivolovskaya, who bought two tickets for bobsled for 2,000 rubles ($60). "Were not going to get another Olympics in Sochi so I thought I should go." Fans outside Russia buy tickets from authorized dealers appointed by their national Olympic committees. Attracting foreign visitors has been a challenge amid all the headlines about Russias law banning gay "propaganda," human rights issues and -- particularly -- the risk of terrorism. Back-to-back suicide bombings killed 34 people last month in Volgograd, about 400 miles (640 kilometres) from Sochi. On Sunday, an Islamic militant group in Russias North Caucasus claimed responsibility for the bombings and posted a video threatening to strike the Sochi Games. CoSport, the official ticket reseller in the United States and six other countries, said the Sochi Games generated "good demand" for tickets and packages. "We experienced demand at expected levels," spokesman Michael Kontos said, without giving figures. Flights to Sochi are expensive, and most international travellers have to go through Moscow, with direct flights to Sochi only available from Germany and Turkey. Western travellers must navigate the time-consuming visa process and requirement to obtain a "spectator pass" along with their tickets. This requires providing passport details that allow authorities to screen all visitors. "What we are hearing is that the bureaucratic complexity, with spectator passes and visa and so on, is what scares off fans, more than worries about security," Austrian Olympic Committee spokesman Wolfgang Eichler said. Jan Serenander, managing director of Jet Set Sports in Norway, cited a lack of tourist attractions in the Black Sea resort. "When Sochi was announced no one had even heard of the place," he said. "They had to get out their atlases." Die-hard winter sports fans, however, will not be discouraged. Orange-clad speedskating fans from the Netherlands are always among the most visible spectators at any Winter Games. "I expect it to be orange," Jeroen de Roever, manager of official Duch ticket seller ATPI, said of Sochis speedskating venue. "We have been sold out for quite a while." Thaddeus Young Jersey . -- Jerel Worthy and his Michigan State teammates charged across the field, holding four fingers in the air while celebrating another sweet victory over their biggest rival. Paul George Jersey . Louis Blues and back into top spot of the TSN.ca NHL Power Rankings. The Sharks had been ranked No. http://www.authenticbasketballshoppacers.com/domantas-sabonis-pacers-jersey/. The league-leading New York Rangers outhit and outmuscled the Maple Leafs during a 3-0 victory on Saturday. Backup goalie Martin Biron stopped all 20 shots he faced to complete a nice workmanlike effort by the visitors. Custom Indiana Pacers Jerseys .com) - Australian Open champion Li Na, former Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova and former world No. Cory Joseph Jersey . Robert Griffin III, the No. 2 pick in the 2012 draft, set numerous rookie records and was picked AP Offensive Rookie of the Year for the Washington Redskins.MILWAUKEE - After the Bucks blew them out by 30 points a night earlier in Atlanta, the Hawks were focused on revenge Saturday.They got it, winning 90-85 for their 15th win in their last 17 games.You never want to lose two in a row in this league, said Kyle Korver. It is hard to beat a team in this league two nights in a row and we didnt want to let it happen to us.The Hawks won despite shooting 36 per cent, including 9 of 29 3-pointers.Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer credited his teams rebounding and defence, as Atlanta outrebounded Milwaukee 51-47, including grabbing 17 offensive rebounds, and forced 19 turnovers that resulted in 32 points.Atlanta also held Milwaukee to 39 per cent shooting.That was a very good defensive effort on the road, Budenholzer said. We didnt shoot it well, you can call our offence ugly, but our effort and energy were very good.Jeff Teague started his second game at point guard since returning from a hamstring injury and led the Hawks with 25 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter.Its really good to have him back, Korver said. He was able to get in the lane and really open up things for the rest of us.Al Horford added 20 points and eight rebounds, while Paul Millsap finished with 17 points and eight boards.The shots were not falling for either team, Horford said. We had to fight through it and find a way to win. Thats what good teams are supposed to do.Teague scored six straight points midway through the fourth quarter to give Atlanta an 82-75 lead with 4:38 remaining when he hit a driving layup.Brandon Knight responded with five straight points for the Bucks, including a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 82-80 with 3:31 remaining, but Atlanta extended the lead as Milwaukee missed four straight shots.Khris Middleton led Milwaukee with 21 points, which tied a season high, and O.J. Mayo added 12. Jared Dudley, who made NBA history on Friday by hitting all 10 of his shots,, including four 4-pointers, shot just 3 of 8 for nine points.ddddddddddddI think the game was all about offensive rebounds, Bucks centre Zaza Pachulia said. We cant let the other team get second chance opportunities. We gave them momentum with (offensive rebounds) and the turnovers.Both teams struggled from the floor during the first half, with the Hawks missing their first nine shots in the second quarter.Atlanta used a 9-2 run late in the second quarter to grab a 39-35 lead late, but Giannis Antetokounmpo hit a short jumper with 3.5 seconds remaining to cut lead to 39-37 at halftime.Bucks coach Jason Kidd said turnovers late in the game hurt this team.Theyre part of our DNA that we have to address, he said. Down the stretch, we had some turnovers after we got the stop and that hurt us, too.TIP-INSBucks: Larry Sanders missed his second straight game with an illness. Ersan Ilyasova also missed his second straight game after suffering a concussion in Tuesdays loss to the Hornets. That was his first game after missing nine straight following a Dec. 2 nasal fracture and then undergoing surgery. ... The Bucks hit just 4 of 23 shots in the first quarter and scored 10 points, a season low for a quarter.Hawks: Pero Antic played despite a right ankle sprain. He scored three points and grabbed five rebounds. ... Korver, who shot 1 of 8 Friday, continued to struggle on Saturday as he hit only 2 of 9, including 2 of 7 on 3-pointers. ... The win was Atlantas fifth straight over the Bucks in Milwaukee and Atlanta has now beaten Milwaukee 11 of the last 13 times.PARKER IN THE HOUSEBucks first-round pick Jabari Parker, who injured his knee last week and is out for the season, was at the game as the team handed out bobbleheads with his likeness. 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