Reuters Sports News Summary

Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.

South Africa's Pistorius goes free on $113,000 bail

PRETORIA (Reuters) - A South African court granted bail on Friday to Oscar Pistorius, charged with the murder of his girlfriend on Valentine's Day, after his lawyers successfully argued the "Blade Runner" was too famous to flee justice. The decision by Magistrate Desmond Nair drew cheers from the Paralympics star's family and supporters. Pistorius himself was unmoved, in marked contrast to the week-long hearing, when he repeatedly broke down in tears.

Kvitova pummels Wozniacki to reach Dubai final

DUBAI (Reuters) - Former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova pummeled Caroline Wozniacki 6-3 6-4 in the semi-finals of the Dubai Championships on Friday, while Sara Errani defeated doubles partner Roberta Vinci 6-3 6-3 in an all-Italian showdown. Kvitova, 22, has yet to drop a set in Dubai, the world No.8 returning to form after failing to win more than two matches at any other tournament this year.

Lance Armstrong fails to avert government suit: lawyer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has failed to talk the U.S. government out of suing him to recover sponsorship money that the U.S. Postal Service paid his teams to compete in international events, Armstrong's lawyer said on Friday. Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned from cycling for life after accusations that he took performance-enhancing drugs. In January he said the accusations were true in an interview with television host Oprah Winfrey.

Pettersson, Fernandez-Castano advance at Match Play

MARANA, Arizona (Reuters) - Carl Pettersson and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano both advanced when the last two matches in the marathon, snow-delayed first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship were completed on Friday. On a sunny but cool morning at Dove Mountain in Arizona's high desert, Swede Pettersson scraped past American Rickie Fowler after 19 holes and Spaniard Fernandez-Castano beat Italy's Francesco Molinari 2up.

Heat win ninth straight, tighten grip on East

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Aussie swimmers admit using sedative

SYDNEY (Reuters) - James Magnussen and his team mates from the Australian men's 4x100m freestyle relay squad have admitted using a sedative banned by their national Olympic committee in a bonding session before the London Games. The prescription drug Stilnox was banned by the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) just before the 2012 Games and the athletes now face sanctions from the governing body for breaching their Olympic team membership agreement.

Irishman Lowry stuns McIlroy at Match Play

MARANA, Arizona (Reuters) - Ireland's Shane Lowry knew "deep down" that he could beat Rory McIlroy and drew on that self-belief to pull off a stunning upset over the world number one in the snow-delayed first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship on Thursday. Ranked 68th in the world, Lowry chipped in twice for birdie after the turn to take control against his good friend before getting up and down from a greenside bunker to par the 18th and seal victory in fading light at Dove Mountain.

Big NBA names stay put on dull deadline day

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Sabres open post-Ruff era with loss to Maple Leafs

TORONTO (Reuters) - Playing under a new head coach for the first time in 16 years, the struggling Buffalo Sabres fell 3-1 to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday. A day after firing Lindy Ruff, who had been the National Hockey League's (NHL) longest-tenured coach, the Sabres were mostly flat in interim coach Ron Rolston's debut and slumped to their third straight loss.