February 25, 2013 |
THE MURDER case involving Olympic star Oscar Pistorius took another unexpected turn Sunday with the news that his older brother, Carl, is himself facing charges for the death of a woman in a traffic accident. Carl Pistorius faces a charge of unlawful, negligent killing for a 2008 road death, "in which a woman motorcyclist sadly lost her life," Kenneth Oldwage, the Pistorius family lawyer, said Sunday. The accident happened in Vanderbijlpark, south of Johannesburg, South Africa.
February 16, 2013 |
PRETORIA, South Africa - Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee sprinter dubbed the Blade Runner, was charged Thursday in the Valentine's Day slaying of his girlfriend at his home, a shocking twist to one of the feel-good stories of last summer's Olympics. Pistorius buried his face in the hood of his workout jacket as officers escorted him from a police station after his arrest in the shooting death of Reeva Steenkamp, 30, a model who had spoken out on Twitter against rape and abuse of women.
February 18, 2013 |
He had a chance to be Jackie Robinson. Now Oscar Pistorius is going to wind up being O.J. Simpson. This man, capable of lifting the hearts of millions, is charged with the most heinous and cowardly of crimes, murdering his girlfriend with a gun on Valentine's Day. It will be up to a judge in South Africa to determine whether Pistorius is guilty of killing with premeditation. It is a terrible story, one to buckle the knees of anyone who was moved or inspired by Pistorius' 400-meter dash to posterity in the London Olympics.
February 25, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG - The brother of Olympic star Oscar Pistorius is facing a "culpable homicide" charge for a 2008 road death, compounding problems for the family after the double-amputee runner was charged with premeditated murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Carl Pistorius faces a charge of unlawful, negligent killing for an accident "in which a woman motorcyclist sadly lost her life," Kenneth Oldwage, the Pistorius family lawyer said Sunday. The charge will be challenged in court, he told the Associated Press.
September 4, 2012 |
LONDON - Oscar Pistorius apologized Monday for the timing of his complaints about a rival's blades following his defeat in the Paralympic 200-meter final, but insisted that officials need to change the rules to prevent some runners from getting an unfair advantage. The so-called "Blade Runner" was surging to a third straight 200-meter gold Sunday night when he was overtaken close to the finish by Alan Oliveira, who is also a double amputee. Pistorius then criticized Oliveira within minutes of the upset, claiming the Brazilian used longer carbon fiber prosthesis than should be allowed.
February 19, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - The family of Oscar Pistorius' slain girlfriend wants answers, her mother told a Johannesburg newspaper, as South Africans braced to hear why prosecutors believe a national hero murdered the model. June Steenkamp, Reeva Steenkamp's mother, told the Times in a front-page interview published Monday: "Why? Why my little girl? Why did this happen? Why did he do this?" "Just like that she is gone," the newspaper quoted her as saying in what it described as an emotional telephone interview.
February 26, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Oscar Pistorius informed authorities Monday that he wanted to resume athletic training while on bail for the murder case against him, a government official said. A spokeswoman for the Olympic runner, however, denied that he was making immediate plans to return to the track while awaiting trial for the Feb. 14 shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. "Absolutely not," said spokeswoman Janine Hills. "He is currently in mourning, and his focus is not on his sports.
February 22, 2013 |
IN HONOR OF his 50th birthday, which was Wednesday, we honor Charles Barkley for saying, "I'm not a role model . . . Just because I dunk a basketball doesn't mean I should raise your kids. " Chuck was right. We should not allow our kids to worship athletes and other sports figures, because we are setting them up for disappointment. Teach them right from wrong and hopefully the rest will take care of itself. Sometimes, it's difficult. When it's a high-profile athlete who is consistently on TV commercials, magazine ads, has his own video game and is on "SportsCenter" every night, hero worship could become inevitable.
June 2, 2008 |
At least eight people suffocated at an overcrowded stadium during a soccer match between Liberia and Gambia yesterday in Monrovia, Liberia, a doctor and an aid worker said. The 33,000-seat Samuel K. Doe stadium in Monrovia was packed beyond capacity for the World Cup qualifying match. The rowdy crowd pushed up against a metal bar, causing the bar to snap and sending dozens of people careening onto the floor below. They fell onto others at the game, crushing them. "Spectators tried all sorts of means to save [them]
August 14, 2012 |
LINGERING Olympics questions: Is that why they call it BAD minton? Who else exclaimed, "Oh the humanity" after seeing Al Roker in a wrestling singlet? Why did Manteo Mitchell take it so literally when someone said "break a leg" before his 4x400 run? When did teenagers start drawing up bucket lists? Shouldn't Gabby be named Smiley? Why was Kim Kardashian's stepdad interviewing athletes? Is Ryan Seacrest a sportscaster now? How many Chevys did that Spandau Ballet reference sell?