Pistorius sought gun licenses Jan. 22
In a case getting more bizarre by the day, Oscar Pistorius applied for six firearm licenses on Jan. 22, weeks before the Feb. 14 shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in his house, according to records obtained by the Associated Press. Meanwhile, the lead investigator in the case, Hilton Botha, is scheduled to appear in court in May on seven counts of attempted murder. Botha and two other police officers fired shots while trying to stop a mini-van in the incident. The case against Pistorius began to unravel with revelations of police blunders and the lead investigator’s admission that authorities have no evidence challenging the Olympian’s claim he killed his girlfriend accidentally. Botha’s testimony left prosecutors rubbing their heads in frustration as he misjudged distances and said testosterone was found at the scene, only to be contradicted by the prosecutor’s office. Botha said police left a 9-millimeter slug in a toilet and lost track of illegal ammunition found in the house. Botha himself walked through the crime scene without protective shoe covers, potentially contaminating the area.
NCAA: Miami coaches misleading
The NCAA believes former Miami assistant football coaches Clint Hurtt and Aubrey Hill, and ex-assistant basketball coach Jorge Fernandez gave false or misleading information during the probe into the Hurricanes’ athletic department. The NCAA said they violated ‘‘principles of ethical conduct’’ as part of the notice of allegations served against the Hurricanes, according to a person who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity . . . A person with knowledge of the situation told the AP every Miami baseball player passed a test to show whether they have taken human growth hormone. Miami ordered the testing after the school was linked to Major League Baseball’s latest drug investigation . . . Tennessee football coach Butch Jones says pending NCAA rule changes to allow unlimited contact between schools and prospects aren’t fair to recruits . . . The NCAA challenged a new Pennsylvania law designed to keep the $60 million Penn State fine over the Jerry Sandusky scandal in the state, filing a federal challenge to the legislation . . . LSU’s new offensive coordinator, Cam Cameron, will get a three-year deal worth $600,000 this season, $1.3 million in 2014, and $1.5 in 2015.
Serena Williams felled by back injury
Serena Williams withdrew from the Dubai Championships in the United Arab Emirates because of a back injury. Williams said she’s had a sore back and ankle since the Australian Open. Defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska beat Yulia Putintseva, 7-5, 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals. Caroline Wozniacki, Sam Stosur, and Petra Kvitova also won . . . Three-time champion Tommy Haas advanced to the second round of the US National Indoor Championships in Memphis with a 7-6 (8-6), 6-4 win over Evgeny Donskoy. American Jack Sock upset No. 2 seed Milos Raonic, 6-3, 5-7, 7-5, and ex-world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt defeated Yen-Hsun Lu, 2-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4. In women’s second-round matches, top seed Kirsten Flipkens took a 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 win over Lesia Tsurenko and No. 3 Sabine Lisicki beat Melinda Czink, 7-6 (7-0), 4-6, 6-2, but No. 2 seed Sofia Arvidsson lost to Marina Erakovic, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 . . . Tomas Berdych got past Ernests Gulbis, 6-4, 6-7 (10-12), 6-4, to reach the quarterfinals of the Open 13 in Marseille, France, where he will be joined by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who beat Nikolay Davydenko, 7-6 (7-1), 6-3.
Ducks reward Fasth with extension
The Ducks signed Viktor Fasth to a two-year, $5.8 million extension, rewarding the rookie for his 8-0 start. Fasth is the third goalie in NHL history to win his first eight decisions, joining Ray Emery and Bob Froese . . . The Hurricanes say forward Jeff Skinner suffered a concussion Feb. 14 against Toronto and is listed as day to day . . . The Blue Jackets activated right wing Cam Atkinson, who played at Boston College, and put forward Brandon Dubinsky on the injured list with a knee injury . . . Canucks forward Jannik Hansen was suspended one game for delivering a forearm to the back of Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa’s head Tuesday . . . The Rockets reached agreements to trade forward-center Patrick Patterson, center Cole Aldrich, and guard Toney Douglas to the Kings for forwards Thomas Robinson and Tyler Honeycutt, and guard Francisco Garcia and forward Marcus Morris to Phoenix for a future second-round pick . . . The New England Revolution lost to Salt Lake, 3-2, in the Desert Diamond Cup in Tucson, Ariz. They will face New York in the consolation match Saturday . . . Doug Quinn, president of Major League Soccer’s FC Dallas, resigned as he deals with charges in New York stemming from his Nov. 10 arrest. He’s charged with felony strangulation and misdemeanor assault and free on $20,000 bond after he allegedly punched his wife at their hotel, Elizabeth, put a pillow over her head, and applied enough pressure to impede her breathing . . . American Sarah Hammer won her fifth career gold at the track cycling world championships in Minsk, Belarus, edging Amy Cure in a 3,000-meter race.