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"Blade Runner" Pistorius charged with murdering girlfriend
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African "Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius, a double amputee who became one of the biggest names in world athletics, was charged on Thursday with shooting dead his girlfriend at his upscale home in Pretoria. Police said they opened a murder case after a 30-year-old woman was found dead at the Paralympic and Olympic star's house in the Silverlakes gated complex on the capital's outskirts.
Celtics grind out ugly victory over slumping Bulls
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Rusty Couples again thrives at Riviera
PACIFIC PALISADES, California (Reuters) - Rusty though he was after playing very little golf for five months, Fred Couples once again found form at his beloved Riviera Country Club in the Northern Trust Open on Thursday. The former world number one, who is competing in the PGA Tour event for a record 31st time, opened with a three-under-par 68 at a venue he ranks as one of his all-time top three on the circuit.
Mickelson a huge Riviera fan after long learning curve
PACIFIC PALISADES, California (Reuters) - Phil Mickelson ranks Riviera Country Club as one of his favorite venues on the PGA Tour, even though it took him almost a decade to discover the art of playing the par-71 layout. Known as a classic shot-maker's course, Riviera continually vexed Mickelson as he missed four cuts in eight PGA Tour appearances here between 1988 and 2001.
Kuchar in early control at sunny Riviera
PACIFIC PALISADES, California (Reuters) - Matt Kuchar, revitalized after a three-week break, took advantage of ideal scoring conditions to charge into an early two-shot lead in the first round of the Northern Trust Open on Thursday. With hardly a breath of wind on a glorious day of unbroken sunshine at Riviera Country Club, the 34-year-old American fired a flawless seven-under-par 64 to take control of the PGA Tour event.
Holloway and Alford-Sullivan to coach U.S. world teams 2013-02-14T213854Z_1_BRE91D1IC_RTROPTC_0_US-ATHLETICS-US-COACHE S.XML () -
Federer and Del Potro on track for repeat Rotterdam final
ROTTERDAM (Reuters) - Roger Federer failed to match the accuracy of Cupid's arrow on Valentine's Day but still cruised past Dutchman Thiemo de Bakker 6-3 6-4 in the second round of the World Indoor Tournament on Thursday. Defending champion Federer only landed 42 percent of his first serves during the first set but an early break helped him take the lead against an awkward opponent cheered on by a home crowd.
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Brailsford begins 2013 with laidback approach
AL SALTIYAH IN SAMAIL, Oman (Reuters) - Having helped a Briton to Tour de France glory for the first time would put huge pressure on anyone, but Team Sky supremo David Brailsford remains cool as a cucumber as the British outfit begin the 2013 season. Speaking to Reuters before the start of Thursday's fourth stage at the Tour of Oman, the man behind Bradley Wiggins' Tour triumph last term is not making any big promises but knows what his team can achieve.