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Sports log: Friend says Oscar Pistorius fired guns in public

Oscar Pistorius fired guns in public in the months before he killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp — once out of a car sunroof on a road in 2012 and once in a crowded restaurant in 2013, onetime friend Darren Fresco said at the athlete’s murder trial Tuesday in Pretoria, drawing an aggressive effort from the chief defense lawyer to pick holes in his testimony. Fresco’s description of how Pistorius once berated a police officer in 2012 fit the prosecution’s attempts to cast the double-amputee athlete as prone to flashes of anger and blinded by an inflated sense of entitlement at a time when his public image was that of a clean-cut poster boy for overcoming adversity. Judge Thokozile Masipa cautioned Fresco, who was also a friend of Steenkamp, that some questions could incriminate him for offenses including discharge of a firearm in a built-up area, negligent damage to property, and reckless endangerment. She said he would not be prosecuted if he answered the questions truthfully.

COLLEGES

Ex-Iowa cornerback sues over injuries

Cornerback William Lowe, one of 13 Iowa football players who were hospitalized after a high-intensity workout three years ago, said his injuries were preventable but caused lasting harm, outlining his claims in the first lawsuit to stem from the incident. The lawsuit filed Monday in Johnson County district court alleges coaches and trainers failed to properly supervise him during the Jan. 20, 2011, workout. He also said the school failed to offer medical care after he and others initially reported severe pain and symptoms, and that his injuries were aggravated because he was required to participate in workouts in the following days. School spokesmen declined comment . . . Washington State freshman cornerback Daquawn Brown was arrested last Friday on two counts of assault for fights in the student union building the previous weekend, campus police said.

N.C. State’s Warren ACC player of year

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North Carolina State’s T.J. Warren, the ACC’s leading scorer at 24.8 points per game, was named the league’s men’s player of the year. Duke’s Jabari Parker was tabbed the league’s top rookie, and Virginia’s Tony Bennett its coach of the year . . . UNC-Wilmington fired men’s basketball coach Buzz Peterson, who went 42-82 in four years with the Seahawks, finishing 9-23 this season. . . Bowling Green will not renew men’s basketball coach Louis Orr’s contract. Orr was 101-121 in seven seasons, including 12-20 this season . . . Tennessee State fired men’s basketball coach Travis Williams after only two seasons and a 23-40 mark.

HOCKEY

Avs’ Parenteau will miss 4 to 6 weeks

Colorado winger P.A. Parenteau will miss at least four weeks with a right knee injury, coach Patrick Roy said. Parenteau suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament during a mid-ice collision in Monday’s win over Winnipeg. Roy also said he hopes center Paul Stastny, out with a bad back, can play Friday against Anaheim . . . The Ontario Hockey League’s Saginaw Spirit confirmed police found the body of Terry Traffort, 20, who disappeared March 3 after receiving discipline for breaking team rules. The team said Michigan State Police informed officials of the discovery Tuesday afternoon. State police lieutenant Brian Cole said a trooper found a man’s body in an SUV matching the description of Traffort’s in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Saginaw Township. Police did not indicate a cause of death.

MISCELLANY

Djokovic, Jankovic win at Indian Wells

Second-seeded Novak Djokovic defeated Alejandro Gonzalez, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1, in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif. Djokovic next plays Marin Cilic, who beat 16th-seeded Tommy Robredo, 6-4, 6-3. John Isner, the lone American remaining in the men’s draw, defeated Lu Yen-hsun, 6-4, 6-3. In women’s play, Jelena Jankovic routed Caroline Wozniacki, 6-3, 6-1, to reach the quarterfinals. Jankovic will play either second-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska or Alize Cornet . . . The NBA suspended Phoenix forward P.J. Tucker one game for elbowing Blake Griffin in the chin in the Suns’ loss to the Clippers in Los Angeles on Monday . . . Bastian Schweinsteiger scored in the 55th minute as defending champion and host Bayern Munich tied Arsenal, 1-1, to reach the Champions League quarterfinals on 3-1 aggregate. Diego Costa scored twice to lead Atletico Madrid over visiting AC Milan, 4-1, for a 5-1 aggregate win . . . FIFA will open a new round of ticket sales for the World Cup on its website on a first-come, first-serve basis Wednesday. About 345,000 tickets will be available for all matches except the opener, semifinals and final. This round will remain open until April 1, but FIFA said ‘‘tickets are expected to sell out fast’’ . . . American midfielder Stuart Holden will be sidelined six to nine months after another operation to repair ligaments in his right knee, according to Bolton, his team in England . . . Dallas Seavey rallied from third place to win his second Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Alaska, finishing the trek in eight days, 13 hours, 4 minutes, and 19 seconds, easily breaking the previous record of eight days, 18 hours, and 46 minutes . . . NASCAR banned cool-down laps and will start allowing teams to hook up cooling units to their engines on pit road — the first major changes to the popular new knockout qualifying format.

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