Damaging testimony in Pistorius trial
In a day of potentially damaging testimony, a former girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius said at his murder trial Friday in Pretoria, South Africa, that he once shot his gun out of a car sunroof and later cheated on her with Reeva Steenkamp, the woman he allegedly killed. And a security guard recalled the athlete telling him everything was ‘‘fine’’ after neighbors reported gunshots coming from Pistorius’s house on the night of her death. The security guard, Pieter Baba, testified he telephoned Pistorius after the reported gunshots on Feb. 14, 2013, and that the athlete assured him in their conversation: ‘‘Security, everything is fine.’’ Earlier, ex-girlfriend Samantha Taylor said Pistorius always carried a firearm when they dated. She described some of Pistorius’s habits, including what side of the bed he slept on at home and the fact that he placed his gun on the bedside table or next to his prostheses on the floor at night.
Report: Knicks interested in Jackson
The New York Knicks expressed interest in hiring Phil Jackson as their next coach, according to an ESPN.com report. Knicks president Steve Mills met with Jackson two weeks ago, but the 11-time NBA champion coach said he wasn’t interested. According to a report in the New York Daily News, the Knicks also offered Jackson a front office position, and he has yet to make a decision . . . The WNBA Board of Governors ratified a new eight-year collective bargaining agreement. The agreement includes a 12th roster spot for each franchise and shortens the path to unrestricted free agency . . . Suspended South Carolina men’s coach Frank Martin apologized to fans for his harsh words aimed at Gamecocks guard Duane Notice in a loss to Florida Tuesday. Martin is suspended for one game . . . UC Santa Barbara men’s coach Bob Williams apologized to Hawaii coach Gib Arnold for an incident in which a fan went on court and confronted Arnold during a game against the Gauchos.
US women’s 43-game streak snapped
Sweden eked out a 1-0 victory over the United States in Albufeira, Portugal, to end the American women soccer team’s 43-game unbeaten run and deny them any chance of reaching the Algarve Cup final. Sweden goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl saved Abby Wambach’s penalty before Lotta Schelin’s winner . . . Canadian women’s goalie Shannon Szabados, a two-time Olympic champion, agreed to a contract with the Columbus (Ga.) Cottonmouths of the Southern Professional Hockey League . . . American Ryan Whiting won his second straight men’s shot put title at the world indoor track and field championships in Sopot, Poland, with a heave of 22.05 meters . . . In Inzell, Germany, American Heather Richardson claimed her first speedskating World Cup win over 500 meters. She won in 37.85 seconds . . . Olympic bronze medalist Matt Antoine won the men’s title and Savannah Graybill took the women’s crown at the US skeleton championships in Lake Placid, N.Y. Antoine finished his four runs in 3:33.68. His final run was 53.39 seconds, a course record. Graybill finished in 3:42.74.