Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
South Africa puts top detective on Pistorius case
PRETORIA (Reuters) - South African police investigating Oscar Pistorius for murder pulled their lead detective off the "Blade Runner" athlete's case on Thursday after it emerged he himself faces attempted murder charges for shooting at a minibus. Battling embarrassment in the glare of a global media spotlight, they named the nation's most senior detective to take over, as preliminary hearings to decide whether the Olympic and Paralympic star can go free on bail were adjourned until Friday.
Play set to restart after four-hour delay
MARANA, Arizona (Reuters) - With the sun shining but the snow taking longer than expected to thaw out, the scheduled restart to the delayed first-round matches at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship was pushed back four hours on Thursday. Two more inches of snow fell overnight at Dove Mountain's Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, lifting the total to four inches in under 24 hours, and any prospect of a quick melt was made impossible by plunging temperatures and early morning frost.
Slovenian match-fixing suspect detained in Milan
MILAN (Reuters) - Italian police arrested a fugitive associate of alleged soccer matchfixing kingpin Tan Seet Eng on Thursday after he flew in from Singapore to hand himself over, they said in a statement. The man, identified as 31-year-old Slovenian Admir Suljic, arrived at Milan's Malpensa airport in the early hours to find police waiting for him after a tip-off by Singapore authorities.
Federer plays big brother to village children
GOVHU, South Africa (Reuters) - "Big brother Roger," as the village schoolteachers call him, smiles at the small children and asks them to guess which sport he plays. Most of the bright-eyed three-year-olds have no idea who their visitor is but one, quicker than the rest, pipes up: "You play tennis!".
Baseball and broadcasting veteran Joe Garagiola retires at 87
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Joe Garagiola, the Major League baseball veteran best known for his affable personality and quick wit as a sports commentator, game show host and even late-night television personality, retired from broadcasting on Wednesday. Garagiola, 87, who made his Major League debut with his hometown team, the St. Louis Cardinals, in 1946 and ended his baseball career nine seasons later with the New York Giants, embarked on a much longer broadcasting career in 1955.
Rockets land Robinson in six-player deal with the Kings 2013-02-21T164818Z_1_BRE91K0XY_RTROPTC_0_US-NBA-ROCKETS-ROBINSO N.XML () -
Alonso fastest in Barcelona testing 2013-02-21T172859Z_1_BRE91K105_RTROPTC_0_US-MOTOR-RACING-TESTIN G.XML () -
Aussie Stosur extends miserable run with Dubai exit
DUBAI (Reuters) - Samantha Stosur's season of woe continued at the Dubai Championships when she crashed out in the quarter-finals following a 6-2 6-4 defeat by Italian Roberta Vinci on Thursday. Vinci will now play doubles partner Sara Errani in an all-Italian semi-final after her compatriot beat Russia's Nadia Petrova 6-4 0-6 6-3.
Voracek hat-trick helps Flyers sink Pens 2013-02-21T070004Z_1_BRE91K06N_RTROPTC_0_US-NHL-PENGUINS.XML () -
Armstrong ignores USADA deadline to cooperate 2013-02-20T205227Z_2_BRE91J16W_RTROPTC_0_US-BC-CYCLING-ARMSTRON G.XML () -