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Oscar Pistorius shot girlfriend after argument, prosecutor says

Oscar Pistorius shot girlfriend after argument, prosecutor says

The prosecutor in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial in Pretoria, South Africa, insisted on Friday that the world-famous athlete fatally shot his girlfriend through a toilet door as they were talking.5 key questions about the Pistorius trial as defence begins
Pistorius ‘adapting’ his story as trial proceeds, prosecutor says
Chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel claims that Pistorius intentionally killed Reeva Steenkamp and put it during cross-examination of the double-amputee Olympian that “she was standing behind the toilet door talking to you when you shot her.”Pistorius denied Nel’s claim, saying “that’s not true” in a dramatic exchange that ended the first week of the runner’s testimony at his trial. The trial is set to resume on Monday morning.Pistorius has consistently said he killed Steenkamp by accident after mistaking her for an intruder in the early hours of Feb. 14, 2013. He faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted of premeditated murder.But Nel says the “only reasonable explanation” for the shooting last year is that Pistorius killed the model after a fight. Nel pushed Pistorius to admit that he “invented” discussions between himself and Steenkamp in the moments before her death in preparation for his trial. Evidence of this, Nel says, can be found in the fact that Pistorius did not mention these alleged brief conversations in his application for bail.Nel also focused on the fact that Pistorius has insisted that he yelled loudly at Steenkamp multiple times to call the police, but that she never responded to his screams. Nel said that it is very “improbable” that she would not answer, despite being only metres away.”There is no way you can convince this court that she stood there, saying nothing. Why would she do that?” Nel asked. “She would have responded.”Pistorius responded that Steenkamp had been through a burglary before, and that she was likely too frightened to answer his calls.Nel answered: “She wasn’t scared of an intruder. She was scared of you. She was scared of you.”"She was standing right in front of the toilet door, talking to you, when you shot her. That’s the only reasonable explanation why you shot her in the head,” Nel said.Shortly before the day’s proceedings were adjourned, Pistorius said, “Many times I’m haunted by what she must have thought in the last moments that she lived.”Worried about an intruder?The prosecutor also challenged the athlete’s statements that he was worried about crime before he fatally shot Steenkamp through a closed toilet door in his home.Nel examined the details of the alarm system at Pistorius’s house, questioning why the athlete would believe an intruder had broken into his home when he had extensive security measures, including interior and exterior sensors. Pistorius said he activated the sensors on the home alarm system before going to sleep on the night he killed Steenkamp, but feared that building contractors doing work on his house may have moved some of the security beacons.The prosecutor said Pistorius had not mentioned immediately after the shooting that he had fears that building contractors had removed some of the security beacons, specifically near the bathroom window where he allegedly thought an intruder may have gained access on the night he killed Steenkamp.Querying why Pistorius had not mentioned those fears earlier, Nel said Pistorius was trying to build a story to explain his fears of an intruder and therefore a mistaken shooting.”This is the biggest example of you tailoring your evidence,” Nel said. Pistorius denied he was fabricating a story.Pistorius also said he was struggling to give clear testimony because he was tired, prompting the judge to ask him if he was too tired to proceed with a tough cross-examination from the chief prosecutor.Pistorius was responding to a question from Nel, who pointed to a lack of clarity in the double-amputee runner’s testimony about whether he turned off the alarm inside his home on the night of Feb. 14, 2013. Pistorius said he “must have” turned off the alarm, which Nel described as a vague response.The prosecutor then asked Pistorius, who acknowledged making a mistake in his testimony, if he needed time before continuing with his testimony.”I don’t need time,” the Olympic athlete said. “I am tired. It’s not going to change.”Nel responded: “You’re trying to cover up for lies and I’m not convinced.”Judge Thokozile Masipa interjected, asking Pistorius if he was too tired to proceed. She said that it wasn’t fair to the court if he was not alert during the proceedings.Pistorius replied that he was able to go on.INTERACTIVE | The state vs. Pistorius: how the accounts differ
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Georges St-Pierre says surgery won’t impact potential comeback

Former UFC champion Georges St-Pierre says his knee surgery went well and the rehab that looms ahead won’t impact his decision on whether to return to mixed martial arts competition.The 32-year-old Montreal fighter’s left knee was operated on Wednesday in Los Angeles. He had reconstructive surgery on the other knee in December 2011.”I climbed Everest once before and I’m going to climb it again — if I want to,” St-Pierre told The Canadian Press on Thursday. “It’s not a problem for me. . . . Anyway I didn’t plan to come back to competition before 2015.”And if I want to come back, when I want to come back, I’ll do it again. I’ll have all the tools to do it again. I’m not going to be less strong or less athletic — I’m going to be just better.”"I’ll have two bionic knees,” he added.St-Pierre (25-2) vacated his 170-pound title in December, saying he needed a break from the sport. He made the announcement just weeks after winning a controversial split decision over Johny (Big Rigg) Hendricks at UFC 167.St-Pierre kept training and tore his anterior cruciate ligament during a recent workout. He was wrestling “a kid” and believes his knee caught in a mat and twisted.”It was like someone hurt his back by tying up his shoes.”Both knee operations were done by Los Angeles-based surgeon Neal ElAttrache, who looked after NFL star Tom Brady’s knee in 2009.”I believe he’s the best in the world,” said the fighter.St-Pierre plans to spend the next three months rehabbing in Los Angeles, using the same team as he did for the last operation.While he is on painkillers in the immediate wake of the surgery, he said he was in good spirits.”Perfect timing for me that I get hurt right now,” he said. “That’s the way to look at it.”He expects to resume training in five months, with full sparring in six to seven months. St-Pierre fought 11 months after his first surgery, defeating Carlos (The Natural Born Killer) Condit at UFC 154 in November 2012.His experiences after the first knee surgery will help him, he said.”I know the way now. It’s going to be even better. But the thing is you can’t go faster than your body heals. I don’t want to go too fast.”He said the ACL damage in both knees was the same.The former champion believes the damage to his knees was bound to happen, given the pounding the ligaments have taken over the years.”It’s like a rope. If you pull the rope every day as hard as you can — boom, boom, you pull it, pull it, pull it, pull it — one day it’s going to break. It’s the force of pressure. If you hit a wall at home in the same spot every day when you pass by, at one point you’re going to make a hole in it.”And that’s what happened with my ACL. I’ve been training martial arts since I was nine years old and I’m a very explosive guy.”He plans to add an expert in the science of mobility to his entourage, to correct his movements — from running to jumping.”It’s never going to happen again,” he said. “The pressure will be on my bone and my muscle, not on my ligaments.”St-Pierre says he has been told that the vast majority of ACL injuries are preventable.”They happen over the course of time because people do the wrong moves,” he said.If or when St-Pierre comes back to the UFC, he will do so as a welterweight.He noted Hendricks, who went on to win the 170-pound title, weighed 215 pounds when the two did their press tour. GSP was 190 pounds.He also reiterated that drug testing in the sport had to improve before he came back.”It’s not personal to one fighter,” he said. “It’s personal to me. It’s something that has to be done, I believe.”

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Sprinter Asafa Powell banned 18 months for doping, plans to appeal

A Jamaican disciplinary panel on Thursday banned former 100-meter world record holder Asafa Powell from athletics for 18 months after the veteran sprinter tested positive for a banned stimulant last June.In the sprinting powerhouse’s capital of Kingston, the head of the three-member panel of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission said its decision was unanimous after examining the “voluminous nature of the evidence.”"In all the circumstances, Mr. Powell was found to be negligent, and he was at fault,” said commission chairman Lennox Gayle, adding the panel would issue a written statement explaining its decision in about a month.
‘I have never knowingly taken any banned substances, I did all the necessary checks before taking Epiphany D1 and it is my hope that the CAS will prove to be a more open and fair avenue for the review of all the facts in my case’- Asafa Powell
Powell’s backdated ban begins from the date of his sample collection on June 21, 2013 during national trials for the world championships. That means he’s eligible to return to competition on Dec. 20, about a month after he turns 32.Once the top sprinter on the track, Powell lowered the world record in the 100 to 9.77 in 2005, then 9.74 in 2008 before being eclipsed by countryman Usain Bolt. Powell was the Jamaican athlete who first put Jamaica’s dominating athletics prowess on centre stage in the 21st century. But unlike Bolt, he could never win the big one.The 31-year-old sprinter tested positive for the banned stimulant oxilofrone at Jamaica’s national trials last June. He’d been suspended from competition since his doping case was disclosed in July.Powell did not attend the Thursday session, but he issued a statement through his publicist saying his defence team will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. He described the ruling as “not only unfair, it is patently unjust.”Like former teammate Sherone Simpson, a three-time Olympic medallist who tested positive for the same stimulant at the national trials in June, Powell placed the blame on a newly-hired trainer who provided the two athletes with supplements, including one called “Epiphany D1″ which lab tests later showed to contain oxilofrone.”I have never knowingly taken any banned substances, I did all the necessary checks before taking Epiphany D1 and it is my hope that the CAS will prove to be a more open and fair avenue for the review of all the facts in my case,” Powell said in his Thursday statement.During hearings earlier this year, Powell testified that he received nine supplements from Canadian physiotherapist Christopher Xuereb, including Epiphany D1. Powell said he started taking the capsules in early June after he and a friend researched the supplement for up to six hours online and found no prohibited substances.But Xuereb has said he never gave Powell or Simpson any performance-enhancing drugs and only purchased major brand vitamins. In July, he asserted to The Associated Press that both athletes were looking for a scapegoat. Xuereb once worked at the Toronto clinic run by Anthony Galea, a sports physician who pleaded guilty to bringing unapproved and mislabeled drugs into the U.S. for house calls.On the morning of the Jamaican trials, Powell said he took four capsules of Epiphany D1 at Xuereb’s suggestion after previously taking two each morning. Powell ended up finishing in seventh place and failed to qualify for the world championships.The sprinter, who turned professional in 2002, raised eyebrows during his testimony in January when he said he wasn’t acquainted with doping control rules. He also testified that he did not tell a doping control officer about all the new supplements he’d been ingesting, only listing three on his declaration form, because he couldn’t remember their names amid the excitement of the Jamaican trials.On Tuesday, Powell’s former teammate Simpson was also banned until Dec. 20 after testing positive for oxilofrone. Her 18-month ban also began from the sample collection date at Jamaica’s national trials. She will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). The two athletes, both represented by agent Paul Doyle, delivered nearly identical defences.The Jamaican disciplinary panel on Tuesday also issued a two-year ban for Olympic discus thrower Allison Randall, who is suspended until June 2015.Earlier this year, sprinter Veronica Campbell-Brown was cleared of doping on appeal by CAS after testing positive for a banned diuretic at a Jamaican meet. The full reasons for the three-time Olympic gold medallist ‘s exoneration have not yet been released, but CAS said the ruling was based on faulty sample collection.Powell has won four world championship medals in his career, including gold in the relay in 2009.Only two men have run faster than Powell at 100 metres: Bolt and Tyson Gay.The American Gay also tested positive for a banned substance last year, although the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency hasn’t yet ruled on the matter.

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Historic Russian VA Space Capsule Valued at $1-2 Million Going to Auction in Brussels

Historic Russian VA Space Capsule Valued at $1-2 Million Going to Auction in Brussels

Historic Russian VA Space Capsule

The VA Space Capsule saw two missions under the Soviet Union’s Almaz program and was launched out of Earth’s atmosphere in both 1977 and 1978, becoming the world’s first multi-use spacecraft. At the height of the Cold War, the VA capsule proved a Soviet victory over Americans in developing reusable space-bound technologies. According to Lempertz, apart from the USA’s space shuttles, VA capsules are the only other crafts in the world that have been used more than once for space travel. After serving its missions with the Soviets, the capsule was used for various commercial and private space flights.

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World Cup stadium delayed as workers go on strike

World Cup stadium delayed as workers go on strike

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World Cup stadium delayed as workers go on strike
50 workers striking taking place in Brazilian city of CuritibaThe Associated Press Posted: Apr 08, 2014 4:48 PM ET Last Updated: Apr 08, 2014 4:48 PM ETAn aerial view of the construction of the Arena Pantanal soccer stadium, which will host several matches of the 2014 World Cup, in Cuiaba. It’s set to host its first match with only half of the stadium’s seats installed. (Stringer/Reuters)Related StoriesFIFA president critical of Brazil World Cup organizers after worker fatalities
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About 50 workers have gone on strike over unpaid salaries, according to a Brazilian soccer club that is renovating its stadium in Curitiba for the World Cup. Atletico Paranaense said Tuesday that the electrical technicians at the already-delayed Arena da Baixada in the southern city went on strike on Monday. The club says the strike is not significantly affecting renovation at the stadium, which has about 1,300 workers on-site.Atletico says the company employing the technicians expected them to resume work on Wednesday.FIFA expects the Arena da Baixada to be fully ready in mid-May, about a month before the June 12 opener in Sao Paulo.Soccer’s governing body nearly excluded Curitiba from the World Cup because of the stadium delay.
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Andrea Petkovic wins Family Circle Cup final

Andrea Petkovic ended a surprising week at the Family Circle Cup by winning her first WTA tournament in three years, outlasting Jana Cepelova for a 7-5, 6-2 victory Sunday.Petkovic was once ranked ninth in the world before several injuries slowed her progress and cost her much of the 2012 season. She entered this one seeded 14th, ranked 40th in the world and with few expectations about her first clay-court event of the season.Instead, Petkovic’s powerful forehand and grind-it-out mindset helped her oust three straight top 10 seeds in No. 4 Sabine Lisicki, No. 9 Lucie Safarova and No. 6 Eugenie Bouchard on the way to the finals.The 26-year-old German used that same formula against Cepelova, a rising 20-year-old from Slovakia competing in her first WTA final.”I still have a long way to go for me and I have a lot of potential,” Petkovic said. “But I feel I’m on the right track.”Cepelova led 5-4 and was a point away from capturing the first set. But Petkovic rallied to win that game and begin a run of eight in a row to take control of the match.”I have to let loose and play like I can,” she told herself.Petkovic was energized after winning the crucial game and quickly broke serve to move in front. She took the set a game later and continued her run to build a 5-0 lead that Cepelova could not overcome.For Petkovic, the victory was more gratifying than her two other career WTA wins because of all her struggles. She was 177th in the world in March 2013 and was beaten in the second round of French Open qualifying, a loss that had her contemplating giving up the game.This “is a different feeling,” she said. “Now, I’m much more grateful. It’s more rewarding.”Petkovic dropped to the ground when Cepelova’s final shot landed out of play. She jogged to the net to hug her opponent, waved to the crowd and did a celebration dance as fans applauded.Petkovic earned $120,000 for her third career WTA victory, which was her first since winning in Strasbourg in 2011.Petkovic’s victory closed a week of surprises at the Family Circle Tennis Center. Only one of the tournament’s top 10 seeds made it through to the final four and it was the first time a WTA tournament included three semifinalists 20 years old or younger since Amelia Island in 2008.Cepelova had a stunning run of her own, topping world No. 1 Serena Williams on Tuesday night to set the stage for plenty more unexpected results. Cepelova became the Family Circle Cup’s first unseeded finalist since Elena Vesnina in 2011.Cepelova didn’t expect a long visit here, arriving without her coach, trainers and hitting partners. She typically ordered room service at the hotel and had to scrape around to find hitting partners to warm up before matches.”Before the tournament, if somebody told me you’ll be in the tournament finals I would not believe them,” Cepelova said with a smile. “But it was a really nice week.Cepelova is also projected to move up some 30 spots in the rankings to around 50th in the world when the new list comes out next week, the WTA said.Petkovic won the title in her second appearance here. She had reached the round of 16 last year, but had to withdraw from a match against Caroline Wozniacki. She was on the phone with her father, Zoran, after the win. Father and daughter now have Palmetto State success in common.Zoran Petkovic was one of the leading singles players at the University of South Carolina in the early 1980s. He told his daughter stories of how Americans on campus loved wearing “cowboy boots and blue jeans,” she recalled, laughing. “He was very happy, very emotional,” Andrea Petkovic said of their phone call. “I don’t know if he was tearing up, though.”

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Kate Middleton Commissions Ralph and Russo, a Favorite Designer of Beyonce, for Australia Tour

Kate Middleton Commissions Ralph and Russo, a Favorite Designer of Beyonce, for Australia Tour

Image carrie-underwood-beyonce-angeline-jolie-inline.jpgKate Middleton has reportedly commissioned a dress from Australian fashion house Ralph & Russo for her upcoming Australia tour, Grazia reports This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Kate Middleton Commissions Ralph and Russo, a Favorite Designer of Beyonce, for Australia Tour

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Toronto FC’s Michael Bradley scores as U.S., Mexico tie

Image michael-bradley.jpgMexico rallied from a two-goal halftime deficit to earn a 2-2 draw with the United States in an exhibition match Wednesday night.Highly touted 18-year-old Julian Green made his senior U.S. debut, coming on in the 59th minute as a substitute at midfielder for Graham Zusi.Green is the product of German club Bayern Munich’s developmental system who recently committed his international soccer future to the United States national team.Born in Tampa, Fla., but raised in Germany, Green has played for both German and U.S. national teams from the U-16 to U-19 levels. He was called in last year by U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, but declined the invitation to team camp at that time.Green appeared to his a shoulder in the 80th minute after he fell down, but was checked out quickly on the sideline and returned to the field.Mexico turned a dreadful first half into a tight game following captain Rafael Marquez’s 49th-minute goal. Mexico became more active on the attack and threatened to tie on almost every run in the second half.The tying goal came in the 67th minute. Alan Pulido collected the rebound of Paul Aguilar’s shot that hit the post and kicking the ball into an exposed net.Both teams had chances to take the lead late in the match. Second-half substitute Eddie Johnson was ruled offside and his goal nullified in the 85th minute. Mexico’s Miguel Angel Ponce took a shot in the 86th minute that barely went over the goal.Early on, the U.S. looked as if it might run away with another satisfying win over its biggest rival. It took the U.S. less than 15 minutes to get on the scoreboard first.Midfielder Michael Bradley outran Mexico midfielder Jesus Zavala to a corner kick that went far post from Zusi, and Bradley finished with one touch to give the Americans the early lead.The U.S. set the pace of the match early, making runs down the field several times and making Mexico’s defence work and drawing corner kicks.The U.S. took a two-goal lead in the 28th minute with some effective passing. Clint Dempsey sent the ball out wide to Tony Beltran, a defender making just his third appearance for the national team. Beltran crossed to Bradey, who found Chris Wondolowski to his left near the goal, and Wondolowski slotted the ball into the net.The goal elicited chants of “Dos a Cero” from outnumbered U.S. fans, in reference to the final score of several previous U.S. wins over Mexico in the long history of the rivalry.Mexico’s first goal came off a corner kick from Marco Fabian to Marquez, who found space in the box for an on-target header. Four minutes later, Marquez got free for another header that Rimando had to tip over the top of the goal.The match served a pre-World Cup tuneup for both teams as they evaluate players to be on their respective World Cup rosters. The next U.S exhibition is May 27 against Azerbaijan at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park. Mexico hosts Israel in Mexico City on May 28.

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Canada’s Koe grabs share of lead at curling worlds

Canada’s Koe grabs share of lead at curling worlds


Kevin Koe grabs share of lead at world men’s curling championship
Canadian skip improves to 5-1 in round robinThe Canadian Press Posted: Apr 01, 2014 8:21 AM ET Last Updated: Apr 01, 2014 8:21 AM ETTeam Canada skip Kevin Koe plays a stone during his victory over the United States on Tuesday in Beijing. (Ng Han Guan/Associated Press)Related StoriesKoe beats Russians, Czechs at curling worlds
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(Note: CBC does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of external links.)Canada and Norway share the lead at 5-1 through nine draws at the world men`s curling championship in Beijing.Canada’s Kevin Koe moved into a tie for the lead by beating the U.S. 7-4 Tuesday while Norway lost 7-6 to Germany in 11 ends at Capital Indoor Stadium.The U.S. opened the scoring with a single in the first end before Koe and his Calgary-based team went ahead with a deuce in the second.The Americans evened the score at 2-2 in the third, but Koe rebounded with single points in the next two ends, then tacked on two more in the seventh.Koe, lead Nolan Thiessen, second Carter Rycroft and third Pat Simmons were scheduled to face Norway later Tuesday in the 11th draw.In other early games Tuesday, Sweden defeated Denmark 9-4 and Japan edged Russia 8-7.
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The Scent of Luxury: Collezione Automobili Lamborghini Launches L Cologne for Men

The Scent of Luxury: Collezione Automobili Lamborghini Launches L Cologne for Men

Lamborghini L fragrance

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What do you think a Lamborghini would smell like? Burnt rubber? Fine leather? Adrenaline? Lamborghini itself seems to have its own idea of what its brand (if not its automobiles) should smell like, and has put it into a bottle.

It’s simply enough called L, and it’s the first fragrance officially licensed and released by the famous Italian automaker. It’s something that arch-rival Ferrari and sister-brand Bugatti have been doing for years, but while Tonino Lamborghini—the brand spearheaded by the company founder’s son—offers fragrances, it has nothing to do with the automaker with which it shares its name. Which leaves this as something of a landmark launch for Lamborghini’s merchandising efforts—within the context of men’s fragrances at least.

The perfume is part of the Collezione Automobili Lamborghini, a collection of clothing and accessories bearing the emblem and spirit of the Raging Bull marque. Other items in the recently-launched Spring/Summer 2014 line include a blazer, cashmere jumpsuit, jeans, leather jackets and more, highlighted by tones of orange, green and blue against hues of black, navy and gray.

Launched in March at the Geneva Motor Show, the limited-edition men’s cologne is the first of four to be released. Only 999 bottles of this fragrance will be made available, sold through Lamborghini’s network of 129 dealers around the world, in its own flagship boutique at its headquarters in Sant’Agata Bolognese and eventually online.

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