Prosecutor challenges Oscar Pistorius’ version of events in murder trial
Track and field
Prosecutor challenges Pistorius’ testimony
The prosecutor cross-examining Oscar Pistorius at his murder trial Friday tried to shred his version of events on the night he shot and killed his girlfriend, saying they do not add up and go completely against how people would react in the situation the double-amputee Olympian has described.
Instead, chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel said the “only reasonable explanation” for what happened in the pre-dawn hours of Feb. 14 last year was that Pistorius fatally shot Reeva Steenkamp multiple times through a toilet door from around three meters away as they argued.
“She was standing behind the toilet door talking to you when you shot her,” Nel put to Pistorius right at the end of the first week of the athlete’s testimony.
“That’s not true,” replied Pistorius, one of numerous denials he issued to accusations that he was a liar through three days of rigorous cross-examination by the dogged prosecutor.
Nel cited the trajectory of the three bullets that hit the model in the hip, arm and head and which showed she was standing behind the door and facing it, and not backing away as she would have been if she thought there was an intruder in the house, Nel said. Steenkamp wasn’t scared of anyone “other than you” Nel said to the 27-year-old athlete charged with premeditated murder.
Missouri dismisses Green-Beckham
Missouri star wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, once heralded as the No. 1 recruit in the nation, has been kicked off the team.
The move was announced a day after police in Columbia, Mo., said no charges would be filed in a suspected burglary involving the player because of reluctant witnesses fearing retaliation.
Tressel applies for Youngstown St. prez
Former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel has applied to become president at Youngstown State less than a month after he applied for the same position at Akron.
The Youngstown Vindicator reports that the head of a firm leading Youngstown State’s search said that Tressel applied for the post Friday.
Tressel coached at Youngstown State before leaving for Ohio State where he was forced out following a scandal that led to NCAA sanctions.
Bradley seeks decisive win over Pacquiao
Timothy Bradley never imagined he would have to avenge a victory.
When the welterweight champion defeated Manny Pacquiao two years ago on two injured feet, he thought for an instant that he had reached the pinnacle of boxing. He hadn’t even left the MGM Grand Garden ring before learning that practically nobody agreed with the two judges who gave him that split decision.
After death threats, depression and a remarkable personal transformation, Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs) returns to that ring Saturday night in Las Vegas for a rematch with the Filipino congressman. Bradley intends to let out two years of humiliation and frustration with a decisive win over the 35-year-old Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs), finally earning the credit that was two years deferred.
Shanahan becomes Maple Leafs president
Brendan Shanahan will run the Toronto Maple Leafs after handing out suspensions the last three years.
Shanahan became the team president, leaving his job as NHL director of player safety. He took over the disciplinarian job from Colin Campbell and will be replaced by Stephane Quintal.
Shanahan, a Toronto native, played 1,524 NHL games in 21 seasons and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame last year.
• NASCAR team owner Gene Haas said he has been granted a license from Formula One’s governing body to start a U.S.-based entry in the series, perhaps as early as next season.
• Kevin Harvick won his first career pole at Darlington Raceway as he looks to chase his first Southern 500.
• A family member says former UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian is being treated for pneumonia and a possible heart attack at a Las Vegas hospital.
Tarkanian’s son-in-law, Zafi Diamant, said that the 83-year-old Tarkanian’s condition was “definitely stable,” and that he was awake and talking.
• Doug McDermott of Creighton accepted the John R. Wooden Award, one of several honors the senior won this year as college basketball’s player of the year.
The women’s award went to Chiney Ogwumike of Stanford in a ceremony at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.
• Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan showed no signs of slowing down as a 7-year-old, beating the late-charging Kaigun by three-quarters of a length in the Grade 1, $300,000 Maker’s 46 Mile at Keeneland. Wise Dan ran a mile on the firm turf in 1:34.91 and paid $2.80 to win.
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