Tuesday's Sports In Brief
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) TRACK AND FIELD
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - Oscar Pistorius portrayed himself as a lover caught in tragedy, wielding a pistol and frightened as he stood only on his stumps, then killed his girlfriend after mistaking her for an intruder on Valentine's Day.
Prosecutors, however, said the double-amputee Olympian committed premeditated murder, planning the slaying, then firing at Reeva Steenkamp as she cowered behind his locked bathroom door with no hope of escape.
``She couldn't go anywhere,'' Prosecutor Gerrie Nel told a packed courtroom Tuesday. ``It must have been horrific.''
Weeping uncontrollably, Pistorius listened as his words were read out in court by his attorney during the opening of a two-day bail hearing, his first public account of the events surrounding the shooting death of Steenkamp, a 29-year-old model and reality TV star who had spoken out against violence against women.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - Miami finally received its notice of allegations from the NCAA, which accused the school of having a ``lack of institutional control'' for not monitoring the conduct of a booster who provided thousands of dollars in cash, gifts and other items to football and men's basketball players.
The institutional-control charge is typically one of the most severe the NCAA can bring after an investigation of rules violations.
The NCAA declined to comment a day after revealing that it was erasing some elements of its case against Miami because the information was obtained in impermissible ways.
``We deeply regret any violations, but we have suffered enough,'' Miami President Donna Shalala said in a statement announcing the university had received notice from the NCAA.
CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Blackhawks beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 in a shootout to give them 16 straight games with at least one point, matching the NHL record to start a season.
Patrick Kane and Andrew Shaw scored in the tiebreaker for the Blackhawks (13-0-3), who earned their third consecutive win and joined the 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks as the only teams to record at least one point in the first 16 games of a season. The Ducks got off to a 12-0-4 start that year and went on to win the Stanley Cup.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Magic Johnson is one of the most successful athletes on and off the field of play, winning titles in the NBA, college and high school and making millions in business.
The Hall of Fame basketball player and an owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers said he lost a lot with the death of Lakers owner Jerry Buss.
``He made me the man I am today,'' Johnson said Tuesday night, a day after Buss died. ``Forget just the basketball player, but the man that I am. I owe a lot to Dr. Buss.
``I think the reason I own the Dodgers today is because of Dr. Buss and his expertise of giving me sound business advice and making sure I took care of my money and things of that nature.''
Johnson spoke to reporters about Buss before working as an analyst for ESPN when No. 4 Michigan State hosted top-ranked Indiana.
San Diego Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera is among five players whose names are listed in the records of a Florida clinic at the center of a Major League Baseball investigation into illegal drugs, ESPN reported.
The report said Cabrera, who led the NL in stolen bases last season, was listed along with Padres reliever Fautino De Los Santos, Oakland reliever Jordan Norberto, Houston outfielder Fernando Martinez and New York Mets outfield prospect Cesar Puello.
The Biogenesis of America clinic Anthony Bosch ran in Coral Gables is now closed. The facility allegedly provided performance-enhancing substances to several players, including Alex Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera and Nelson Cruz. The players have said they didn't get illegal drugs from the clinic.
The Padres and Mets declined comment on the report. Everth Cabrera and Melky Cabrera are not related.
NEW YORK (AP) - San Francisco catcher Buster Posey received the steepest increase among players in salary arbitration this year.
According to a study by The Associated Press, the 133 players who filed last month gained an average increase of 119 percent. No cases went to a hearing for the first time since arbitration began in 1974.
Posey, the NL batting champion and MVP, led the way with a 13-fold hike to $8 million.
Other big rises were obtained by Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters, an 11-fold increase to $5.5 million. Cincinnati pitcher Mat Latos enjoyed a 10-times increase to an average of $5.75 million as part of a two-year deal.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Walter Johnson's family is putting some keepsakes up for auction.
A ticket from Game 7 of the 1924 World Series is one of the items up for bids Saturday at Heritage Auctions in New York. It's thought to be the only surviving ticket from the game that still has its perforations intact, having never been torn by a ticket-taker.
Johnson's daughter, Carolyn Thomas, just turned 90. She and her son said it was simply time to start parting with some of the memorabilia and pass it on to the next generation of collectors.
Other items for sale include the personalized framed copy of Johnson's plaque from his Hall of Fame induction and a handwritten congratulatory letter from Ty Cobb.
NEW YORK - Union leader Domonique Foxworth says NFL players don't trust Commissioner Roger Goodell because of the Saints bounty case, in particular.
The NFLPA president adds he wouldn't be able to persuade players to have faith in the league even if he wanted to.
Speaking on a conference call Tuesday, days before union representatives meet with NFL officials at the scouting combine in Indianapolis, Foxworth returned to a theme he stressed at the NFLPA's pre-Super Bowl news conference.
He says: ``There was a bridge beginning to be built and then there were some recent events that kind of broke that bridge again.''
Foxworth adds that the players are seeking checks and balances such as a neutral arbitrator to improve relations between the union and league.
The Baltimore Ravens and Joe Flacco's agent plan to meet this weekend in their first attempt to reach a new contract for the Super Bowl MVP.
Joe Linta will be in Indianapolis at the NFL's scouting combine for the first negotiations since August. After the team and Flacco couldn't agree on an extension or a new deal last summer, Flacco played out the final year of his rookie contract - and struck it big.
He led the Ravens to the AFC North title, then to playoff victories over Indianapolis, Denver and New England before beating San Francisco in the Super Bowl.
NEW YORK (AP) - As the New York Jets began their salary-cap purge, they still faced their two most difficult offseason decisions: What to do with Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow.
The Jets cleared about $31 million in salary cap space by cutting veteran linebackers Bart Scott and Calvin Pace and three other players. Safety Eric Smith, backup offensive lineman Jason Smith, and tight end Josh Baker also were released. The moves were expected because New York entered the offseason more than $20 million over the cap for the 2013 season.
They were the first significant personnel decisions made by new general manager John Idzik, who was hired to replace the fired Mike Tannenbaum last month.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. will fight Robert Guerrero on May 4, and he's changing television networks to do it.
The biggest star in boxing dropped a surprise while announcing his long-rumored next bout: After several years on HBO, Mayweather is moving to Showtime with a lucrative multi-fight deal.
Mayweather's move is a coup for Showtime, the CBS-owned network that has always trailed behind HBO in boxing prominence. Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs) is the sport's biggest moneymaker, and his new revenue-sharing deal with Showtime could include up to six pay-per-view fights over 30 months.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Arch foes Iran and the U.S. have found some common ground in the fight to save wrestling as an Olympic sport.
U.S. wrestling coach Zeke Jones said the mission has brought the two countries closer despite decades of diplomatic estrangement. He calls the sport an important ``ambassador,'' suggesting possible cooperation to fight an International Olympic Committee decision to drop wrestling from the 2020 Games.
The U.S. team is in Tehran for an international tournament.
ANGOLA, La. (AP) - Billy Cannon's family said the former LSU Heisman Trophy winner was hospitalized after suffering a stroke.
In an emailed statement, the family said Cannon, 75, ``is alert and resting.''
``He did have a stroke and the doctors will conduct tests to see the extent. They will keep him in ICU tonight and watch him overnight,'' the statement said. ``The family thanks everyone for their prayers and concerns.''
MADRID (AP) - Cyclist Tyler Hamilton told a Spanish court he paid tens of thousands of dollars a year for doping to the doctor at the heart of the Operation Puerto scandal.
Hamilton told Judge Julia Santamaria by video that he used blood doping about 15 times and also bought the blood booster EPO, testosterone, growth hormone and insulin from defendant Eufemiano Fuentes.
Fuentes is on trial for endangering public health with his sister and fellow doctor, Yolanda; Manolo Saiz, a former ONCE and Liberty Seguros team sports director; and Vicente Belda and Ignacio Labarta, both associated with the former Kelme team.
Hamilton said he paid $33,000 to $40,000 for the services in 2002 and 2003. He then agreed to pay $67,000 for 2004, but was not able to complete the treatment because he tested positive for receiving someone else's blood in September 2004.