Pistorius charged with murder of girlfriend
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend after model Reeva Steenkamp was shot inside the Olympic athlete's home in South Africa.
Police said a 26-year-old male would appear in court later on Thursday. Police in South Africa do not name suspects in crimes until they have appeared in court but a police spokesperson says that Pistorius was at his home after the death of Steenkamp and "there is no other suspect involved."
Police say the suspect was undergoing blood alcohol and forensic tests and had made a request to be brought to court immediately. The spokesperson says Pistorius plans to apply for bail, but the South African Police Service would oppose the application.
Police say there have been "previous incidents" at Pistorius' home.
South African media outlets have been reporting that Steenkamp may have been trying to surprise Pistorius for Valentine's Day and he thought she was an intruder breaking into his home.
Pistorius made history at the London Olympics last year when he became the first double-amputee runner to compete on the track at the Olympics.
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Number one Indiana wins
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Cody Zeller scored 16 points and Christian Watford finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds to help No. 1 Indiana pull away from Nebraska 76-47. The Hoosiers improve to 22-3 and 10-2 in the Big Ten. They have won seven of eight and regained a share of the league lead. They are tied with Michigan State.
Dylan Talley scored 10 of his 16 points in the first half to lead the 12-13 Cornhuskers.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Mason Plumlee had 18 points and 11 rebounds and No. 2 Duke beat North Carolina 73-68. Quinn Cook scored 18 points for the 22-2 Blue Devils.
Duke shot 44 percent and used a big run in the second half to erase a slow start and win their sixth straight this season and sixth in eight meetings in college basketball's fiercest rivalry. The Tar Heels fall to 16-8.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Shane Larkin scored 13 of his 22 points in the final 7 1/2 minutes to help third-ranked Miami stave off Florida State 74-68 its 12th straight victory. Reggie Johnson added 15 points for the Hurricanes who improve to 20-3 and 11-0 in the ACC. They are the first team to start the league season 11-0 in a dozen years.
The Hurricanes overcame an early 13-2 deficit to lead 38-30 at halftime.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Freshman Omar Calhoun scored 15 points, including three 3-pointers in the deciding second-half run, and Connecticut beat No. 6 Syracuse 66-58 in the last scheduled game between the national powers.
Syracuse will play next season in the Atlantic Coast Conference while Connecticut will stay in the realigned Big East although the Huskies could be enticed to head to another conference if asked.
Ryan Boatright had 17 points for Connecticut, which ups its record to 17-6. The Orange fall to 20-4 with Michael Carter-Williams leading the way with 15 points.
— Pierria Henry scored 17 points to lead Charlotte to a 71-67 upset over No. 11 Butler. Chris Braswell and Willie Clayton each had 11 points for the 18-6 49ers, who ended a two-game skid.
— Markel Brown scored 25 points and matched a career high with seven 3-pointers to lead No. 17 Oklahoma State over Texas Tech 91-67. Phil Forte added 14 points for the 18-5 Cowboys, who have won six straight.
— Kendall Williams scored 13 points and No. 19 New Mexico overcame an 11-point halftime deficit to defeat Fresno State 54-48.
— Jerian Grant scored 21 points, including a big three-point play in overtime, to lift No. 21 Notre Dame to an 82-78 win over DePaul..
— Joe Jackson had 21 points and 10 assists, four other Memphis players scored in double figures and the 22nd-ranked Tigers beat Central Florida 93-71. The 21-3 Tigers have won 15 straight.
— Johnathan Loyd scored all 11 of his points in the second half as No. 23 Oregon snapped a two-game road losing streak with a 65-52 win over Washington.
— Dorian Green hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with a minute remaining and a three-point play with 19 seconds left as No. 24 Colorado State celebrated its first game as a ranked team in 59 years with a thrilling 66-60 win over San Diego State.
Wildcats lose star freshman
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel (NUR'-lehns noh-EHL'), the nation's leading shot blocker, is out for the rest of the season with a torn ligament in his left knee. Noel tore his ACL on Tuesday night when No. 25 Kentucky lost at Florida.
The 6-foot-10 forward will have surgery in two or three weeks with the projected recovery period between six and eight months.
Spurs stay hot
CLEVELAND (AP) — Kawhi (kah-WHY') Leonard's 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds remaining gave the San Antonio Spurs a 96-95 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Spurs, who have won 14 of 15, had stars Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili on the floor together for the first time since Jan. 13.
Tony Parker led the NBA best 42-12 Spurs with 24 points while Gary Neal scored 15.
Checking the rest of the NBA:
— Caron (kuh-RAHN') Butler scored 17 of his 19 points in the opening quarter when the Clippers shot 77 percent and Los Angeles led all the way in beating the Houston Rockets 106-96.
— Josh Smith had 30 points and 10 rebounds and Al Horford added 26 points and 12 rebounds as the Atlanta Hawks blew past the Orlando Magic 108-76. Jameer Nelson and Andrew Nicholson led the Magic with 10 points apiece.
— Paul George posted his first career triple-double with 23 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high 12 assists, and the Indiana Pacers routed the Charlotte Bobcats 101-77. Byron Mullens led the Bobcats with 19 points and Gerald Henderson chipped in 14.
— Will Bynum scored six of his 20 points in a late run and the Detroit Pistons went on to beat the Washington Wizards 96-85. Jose Calderon led the Pistons with 24 points, while Greg Monroe finished with 16 points and 18 rebounds as Detroit rebounded from a lopsided home loss Monday to New Orleans.
— Joe Johnson scored 26 points, including five 3-pointers, and C.J Watson added 25 points and five 3s to help Brooklyn beat Denver 119-108. All-Star center Brook Lopez had 23 points and eight rebounds for Brooklyn.
— Kevin Garnett scored eight of his 12 points in the fourth quarter and added 11 rebounds, as the Boston Celtics beat the Chicago Bulls 71-69.
— Reserve Alan Anderson scored 26 points as the Toronto Raptors beat the New York Knicks 92-88.
— Monta Ellis scored 28 points, Brandon Jennings added 21 and the Milwaukee Bucks rallied in the fourth quarter for a 94-92 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. Samuel Dalembert had 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Bucks, who ended a four-game losing streak.
— Anthony Davis had 21 points and 11 rebounds, and the New Orleans Hornets handed the Portland Trail Blazers their fifth straight loss, 99-63.
— Al Jefferson had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Paul Millsap scored 21 points to power the Utah Jazz to a 97-93 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
— Vince Carter scored 26 points to pass Larry Bird on the NBA's career scoring list, and the Dallas Mavericks headed into the All-Star break with a 123-100 victory against the Sacramento Kings.
BOSTON (AP) — Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose says he is making progress in his rehab from reconstructive knee surgery but his left leg "still isn't right." Rose says the team is leaving it to him to decide when he feels ready, but he says he won't let the injury change the way he plays.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Orlando Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu (HEE'-doh TURK'-uh-loo) has been suspended 20 games by the NBA after testing positive for an anabolic steroid.
Turkoglu is taking full responsibility for the positive test. He's apologized to the Magic organization, his fans and fellow teammates. The 33-year-old veteran from Turkey says he took medication from a trainer in his home country this past summer to help him recover from a shoulder injury and mistakenly neglected to check it against the NBA's banned list.
Senators suffer double loss
PITTSBURGH (AP) — James Neal scored twice and Sidney Crosby had a goal and two assists to help the Pittsburgh Penguins beat Ottawa 4-2.
The Senators lost star defenseman Erik Karlsson to a left Achilles injury that will require surgery. The Norris Trophy winner last season as the NHL's top defenseman, Karlsson was cut by Penguins forward Matt Cooke's skate blade as the two tangled along the boards late in the second period.
In other NHL action:
— Alexander Steen stuffed in a rebound 52 seconds into overtime, lifting the St. Louis Blues to a 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings. St. Louis snapped a five-game losing streak that followed a 6-1 start.
— Mike Cammalleri had three goals and an assist in his return from a hip injury to help the Calgary Flames beat the Dallas Stars 7-4. The goals were Cammalleri's first of the season and give him 200 for his career.
New deal for Frazier
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A postseason appearance in his second full season as the Vikings coach has earned Leslie Frazier a contract extension through 2014.
The Vikings exercised the fourth-year option on his contract, helping Frazier avoid what would have been a lame-duck season in 2013 while also giving the team some flexibility going forward.
Frazier was entering the final year of his deal, and talks of an extension started to become an issue publicly as the Vikings mounted a December run to the playoffs. Stuck at 6-6 and without injured receiver Percy Harvin, the Vikings rode running back Adrian Peterson to four straight victories before losing to the Packers in the wild card round.
Frazier took over after Brad Childress was fired with six games to go in the 2010 season. He is 16-22 in the regular season since then, including last season's 10-6 mark.
Knox is done
CHICAGO (AP) — Former Chicago Bears receiver Johnny Knox has told the Chicago Sun-Times he's giving up football. The Bears terminated Knox's contract Tuesday after he missed this past season recovering from a back injury. Knox needed surgery to stabilize a vertebra after he sustained a back injury against Seattle late in the 2011 season. He had 133 receptions for 2,214 yards from 2009 to 2011 and was on special teams with 55 kickoff returns for 1,506 yards.
Pitcher signs seven-year deal
SEATTLE (AP) — Felix Hernandez has signed a seven-year contract with the Seattle Mariners that made him the highest-paid pitcher in baseball. The $175 million pact covered the final two years of his existing deal that was scheduled to run through the 2014 season and added five additional years through the 2019 season.
Yankees add reliever
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees have added depth to their bullpen, acquiring right-hander Shawn Kelley from the Seattle Mariners for minor league outfielder Abraham Almonte. Kelley went 2-4 with a 3.25 ERA in 47 appearances for Seattle last season and figures to fill a middle-relief role with the Yankees. He was designated for assignment by the Mariners earlier this month.
End may be coming for Rivera
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera says he's reached a decision on whether this will be his final season and plans to announce it before opening day. The 43-year-old reliever had surgery June 12 to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. He was injured while shagging fly balls during batting practice on May 3.
The right-hander threw 25 pitches off a bullpen mound and says it felt good. Rivera says he expects to be ready for the regular season.
Bucs bring in veteran
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed utility player Brandon Inge (inj).
With Detroit, Inge played catcher, infield and outfield. He agreed to a minor league contract with an in invitation to spring training.
The 35-year old was released by Detroit after just nine games last season, and was signed by Oakland. He hit .226 with 11 home runs and 52 RBIs in 74 games for the Athletics, as they advanced to the postseason.
New rules being considered
UNDATED (AP) — Players who target and hit defenseless players above the shoulders will be ejected from games under a proposal unanimously approved by the NCAA Football Rules Committee. Targeting will continue to be a 15-yard penalty. Committee chairman and Air Force coach Troy Calhoun said Wednesday that officials, conference commissioners and coaches want the ejection tacked on to send a message that intentional helmet-to-helmet hits won't be tolerated.
If the Playing Rules Oversight Panel approves the plan next month, the rule will go into effect for the 2013 season.
The rules committee also simplified the blocking-below-the-waist rule. Low blocks delivered from in front of the defender in typical line play would be legal and low blocks from the side or back would not.
IOC president Rogge to meet with wrestling leader
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge (zhahk ROH'-geh) says he will meet with the head of wrestling's governing body to discuss ways the sport can fight to save its place in the 2020 Olympics. The IOC executive board dropped wrestling from the program of the 2020 Games on Tuesday, removing it from the list of 26 sports at last year's London Olympics.
The decision, which still must be ratified by the full IOC in September, has been criticized by wrestling organizations around the world.