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Oscar Pistorius is likely to testify at his murder trial

Oscar Pistorius will probably testify at his trial in South Africa later this week, a defense attorney said after prosecutors rested their case against the double-amputee runner who is accused of murder in his girlfriend’s death.


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Track and field

Pistorius likely to testify at trial

Oscar Pistorius will probably testify at his trial later this week, a defense attorney said Tuesday after prosecutors rested their case against the double-amputee Olympic runner who is accused of murder in his girlfriend’s death.

In a rare public comment, Pistorius said he was going through “a tough time” as the case advanced.

“We’ve got a lot ahead of us,” he said after the court adjourned.

Defense lawyer Brian Webber said Pistorius is “likely” to take the stand to open the defense case in Pretoria, South Africa.

“I don’t think we have a choice. It’s a question of when,” Webber said of Pistorius’ testimony, which legal experts describe as critical because the judge will have a chance to assess firsthand whether he is credible.

The case will be decided by Judge Thokozile Masipa, with input from two assessors. South African courts do not have a jury system.

Pistorius, 27, admits shooting Reeva Steenkamp through the closed door of a toilet cubicle at his home Feb. 14, 2013.

Masipa adjourned the trial until Friday so Roux could prepare his arguments Pistorius killed the 29-year-old Steenkamp by accident, thinking she was an intruder in his home.

Soccer

Bayern Munich wins title early

Bayern Munich earned the Bundesliga championship with seven matches to spare — earlier than any team in the 51-year history of Germany’s top league — after defeating Hertha Berlin 3-1.

Toni Kroos, Mario Goetze and Franck Ribery scored for Bayern, which earned its 19th consecutive victory in the Bundesliga. Bayern stretched its record unbeaten streak to 52.

Manchester City blanks rival

Manchester City’s English Premier League title run gained momentum with a 3-0 victory at rival Manchester United.

Meanwhile, Arsenal’s hopes of winning the league title dimmed with a 2-2 draw against Swansea.

Edin Dzeko scored twice as Manchester City moved three points behind first-place Chelsea (21-4-6), which has played two more matches.

Defending champion Manchester United (15-10-6) is seventh, 12 points behind fourth-place Arsenal (19-6-6) for England’s final UEFA Champions League berth. With seven matches left, United is assured of its fewest points since the Premier League era began in 1992.

Swimming

Coach predicts return by Phelps

Superstar Michael Phelps seemingly is getting closer to a competitive comeback that could lead him to a fifth Olympic appearance in 2016.

His longtime coach, Bob Bowman, said Phelps is probably going to get into a meet “sometime soon.”

“He looks like he is definitely in shape,” Bowman said.

Phelps has not competed since the 2012 Olympics. He has earned a record 18 gold medals.

Bowman said it was “too early to tell” whether Phelps, 28, would try to earn a place on the U.S. team for the 2015 world championships. The 2014 U.S. championships in August in Irvine, Calif., is the selection meet for the 2015 world team.

Tennis

Murray, Djokovic to meet again

Defending champion Andy Murray of Britain beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France 6-4, 6-1 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Sony Open in Key Biscayne, Fla.

The sixth-seeded Murray, who is recovering from back surgery, will face Novak Djokovic of Serbia on Wednesday in their first match since Murray prevailed in the Wimbledon final last summer.

The second-seeded Djokovic defeated No. 16 Tommy Robredo of Spain 6-3, 7-5.

Top-seeded Rafael Nadal of Spain beat No. 14 Fabio Fognini of Italy 6-2, 6-2. Fifth-seeded Roger Federer of Switzerland overwhelmed No. 9 Richard Gasquet of France 6-1, 6-2.

In the women’s bracket, top-ranked Serena Williams of the United States and fourth-seeded Maria Sharapova will meet in the semifinals.

Sharapova beat Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic 7-5, 6-1. Defending champion Williams won 62 of 100 points in her 6-2, 6-2 victory over fifth-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany.

College football

Navy’s McKamey dies at 19

Navy running back Will McKamey, who had been hospitalized since collapsing at practice Saturday, died in Baltimore while in a coma. The freshman from Knoxville, Tenn., was 19.

Earlier this week, McKamey’s family said in a statement released through the academy that Will did not experience “a bad hit or unusual or extreme contact” in practice Saturday.

McKamey suffered a head injury in a 2012 high-school game that caused him to be hospitalized. He was cleared to play football again after seeing four neurosurgeons and undergoing several CT scans and MRI exams, his family said.

ELSEWHERE

• Dr Pepper will be the first presenting sponsor of the new College Football Playoff championship trophy; the deal is for six years. The four-team playoff will begin this season, replacing the Bowl Championship Series.

David Backes completed a hat trick with an empty-net goal to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 5-3 NHL victory at Toronto. The league-leading Blues have 105 points, one more than Eastern Conference-leading Boston.

• For the first time, every match of a Ryder Cup played in Europe will be shown live in the United States.

NBC Sports Group announced Golf Channel will broadcast Friday matches and NBC will broadcast Saturday and Sunday matches from Gleneagles in Scotland. The Ryder Cup starts Sept. 26.

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