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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Oscar Pistorius not guilty of premeditated murder 09.11.14 at 7:36 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Red Sox at Royals, 8:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Cardinals at Reds, 12:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Rays at Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
NFL: Steelers at Ravens, 8:25 p.m. (CBS, NFL Network)
College football: Louisiana Tech at North Texas, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: Houston at BYU, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Basketball: FIBA World Cup, United States vs, Lithuania, 3 p.m. (ESPN)


– A South African judge ruled Thursday that Oscar Pistorius did not intentionally kill his girlfriend when he shot her in their home last year, but the former Olympic hero still could be convicted of culpable homicide.

Judge Thokozile Masipa, who is deciding Pistorius’ fate along with two other judges, began the verdict portion of the trial Thursday morning as a tense Pistorius sat listening. Pistorius broke down and started crying when Masipa said he was not guilty of premeditated murder in the death of Reeva Steenkamp.

The verdict portion could last for hours or even days as the judge explains her analysis of the evidence and testimony.

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Masipa called Pistorius a “very poor witness” during the trial, noting that he avoided answering some of the prosecution’s questions, but said that it does not mean he is guilty. Pistorius claimed he thought Steenkamp was a burglar when he shot her repeatedly through the bathroom door in the middle of the night.

The trial has lasted five months, including a one-month break so that Pistorius could be examined by mental health specialists.

Pistorius, who uses prosthetic legs, participated in the 2012 London Olympics, inspiring people worldwide.

– Cardinals linebacker John Abraham was granted a leave of absence from the team to consider his future in football. Abraham, in his 15th NFL season, suffered a concussion in Monday’s win over the Chargers, but coach Bruce Arians said that was not the main reason Abraham was considering retiring.

Abraham, who missed most of training camp because he was receiving treatment for an alcohol problem following a DUI arrest in Atlanta, has five days to mull things over before he must be either reinstated or ruled out for the rest of the season.

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Psychologist: Oscar Pistorius traumatized, could be a suicide risk 07.02.14 at 11:06 am ET
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A psychologist’s report revealed Wednesday that Oscar Pistorius is severely traumatized after killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year and will be an increasing suicide risk unless he continues to get mental health care.

Defense lawyer Barry Roux read excerpts from this report to the judge overseeing the double-amputee Olympic runner’s murder trial. The report said Pistorius is suffering from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, and “his condition is likely to worsen” if he doesn’t continue to receive professional treatment.

The report was done during a 30-day observation period at a state psychiatric hospital. The report, compiled by three psychiatrists, determined Pistorius was not mentally ill when he fatally shot Steenkamp on Feb. 14, 2013. The report concluded that Pistorius did not have a history of “abnormal aggression or explosive violence.”

Medical expert Wayne Derman said Pistorius is an “anxious individual.” He testified that Pistorius is “hyper-vigilant” and often was restless.

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Oscar Pistorius trial hears testimony about screams following killing 07.01.14 at 11:00 am ET
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Testimony in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial focused on the screams that neighbors heard the night the Olympic athlete killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel questioned acoustics expert Ivan Lin, who was called in by the defense team to suggest that the screams neighbors heard were that of Pistorius rather than a woman.

The screams that neighbors have testified they heard the night Pistorius shot Steenkamp are a key element in the prosecution’s case, as they claim the couple was arguing before Pistorius shot her. The defense, on the other hand, has suggested the screams came from Pistorius after realizing he mistakenly shot her.

Lin said that he could not determine whether the neighbors were “correct or incorrect.” He testified that he performed tests that show background noise and other factors can make it difficult to hear from a distance.

The court also received reports from mental health experts who determined that Pistorius was not suffering from a mental illness when he killed Steenkamp.

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Oscar Pistorius begins psychiatric evaluation as part of murder trial 05.27.14 at 11:21 am ET
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Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius began a month-long evaluation at a state psychiatric hospital on Monday as part of his ongoing murder trial.

The double-amputee runner, who shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his home last year, arrived behind a police van at Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa. The terms of the evaluation have been described by some as favorable for Pistorius.

The goal of the evaluation, according to the judge who will give the verdict, is to determine if Pistorius had a mental disorder at the time of the shooting. That could affect whether or not Pistorius should be held criminally responsible for Steenkamp’s death.

Pistorius is required to arrive at the psychiatric hospital by 9 a.m. each weekday and can leave by 4 p.m. He has weekends off under an order from Judge Thokozile Masipa.

Pistories faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted of premeditated murder. Trial proceedings resume June 30.

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Oscar Pistorius trial on hold as he undergoes psychiatric tests 05.14.14 at 4:51 pm ET
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A South African judge has ordered Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius to take part in psychiatric tests, meaning that the double amputee’€™s murder trial will be disrupted, possibly for up to two months.

The decision, made by Judge Thokozile Masipa, was made after the chief prosecutor, Gerrie Nel, made a psychiatric evaluation request. Nel said he made the request after an expert witness for the defense stated that Pistorious has had an anxiety disorder since childhood that could have played a role in his perception when he fatally shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius likely will be tested by a group of psychiatrists for around 30 days at a government facility, although Masipa noted that Pistorius would likely be viewed as an outpatient and would be allowed to return home after his tests.

The Olympic sprinter has the chance to be acquitted if it is determined that he was not criminally responsible for shooting Steenkamp due to his mental disorder. Even if he is convicted,  Pistorius’ mental illness could be used by the defense as a way to receive a lighter sentence.

“€œAs a family, we are comforted by the thoroughness and detail of this judgement and Judge Masipa’€™s commitment, using every avenue, to ensure a fair trial,” said Arnold Pistorius, Oscar’s uncle.

While the prosecution team said that Pistorius intentionally shot and killed Steenkamp after an argument in the early morning hours of Feb. 13, 2013, Nel said that his team has no option but to make the evaluation request based on the expert’s diagnosis.

Masipa noted that the resulting tests would create a significant delay in the trial, stating, “This is not about anyone’s convenience, but rather about whether justice has been served.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Oscar Pistorius takes stand in trial, apologizes to family of Reeva Steenkamp 04.07.14 at 8:05 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Rangers at Red Sox, 7 p.m. (NESN, ESPN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Orioles at Yankees, 1:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Reds at Cardinals, 4:15 p.m. (MLB Network)
College basketball: NCAA championship, Kentucky vs. UConn, 9:10 p.m. (CBS; WEEI-AM)
Soccer: Premier League, Tottenham vs. Sunderland, 3 p.m. (NBCSN)


– Double-amputee track star Oscar Pistorius took the stand Monday morning at his murder trial in Pretoria, South Africa, and apologized to the family of Reeva Steenkamp for shooting her through a bathroom door, claiming it was an accident and that “I was simply trying to protect Reeva.”

Said an emotional Pistorious: “There hasn’t been a moment since this tragedy happened that I haven’t thought about your family. I wake up every morning and you’re the first people I think of, the first people I pray for.”

Pistorious, 27, denies prosecutors claim that he killed his 29-year-old girlfriend in a fit of rage the morning of Feb. 14, 2013, and he said he now struggles to sleep because of the incident.

“I’m just in a complete state of terror,” he said.

Pistorious faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted.

Timberwolves forward Dante Cunningham was arrested twice in the past four days, as he was detained Sunday on suspicion of making terrorist threats three days after he was charged with felony domestic assault.

In the initial incident, the 26-year-old Cunningham is accused of attacking his girlfriend at his suburban Minneapolis home, kicking down a bedroom door, slamming her against a wall and choking her.

Cunningham was released Friday and joined the team in time to play in Saturday’s loss to the Magic in Orlando, scoring 12 points in 34 minutes as a starter.

The Timberwolves released a statement Sunday saying: “We reiterate that the Minnesota Timberwolves do not condone the behavior described in the accusations. We continue to wait for the legal process to run its course and will have further comment when appropriate.”

NCAA president Mark Emmert said Sunday the organization has plans to change the way student-athletes are treated by their schools by allowing big conference to write their own rules.

Speaking at his annual press conference at the Final Four in Arlington, Texas, Emmert said unionization is not the answer.

“To be perfectly frank, the notion of using a union-employee model to address the challenges that exist in intercollegiate athletics is something that strikes most people as a grossly inappropriate solution to the problems,” Emmer said.

The idea to have the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC put together their own regulations began about three years ago, after Emmert’s proposal for a $2,000 stipend for athletes was rejected. as smaller schools made it clear they could not afford the additional expense.

“I think most of Division 1 memberships see that we’re standing at a fork in the road,” Kansas State president Kirk Schulz said. “What we’re going to put out there again is not perfect, but I believe that the vast majority of members recognize that some of these things must change and that we need to do it rapidly.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On April 7, 1986, which Red Sox player got a memorable season off to a memorable start when he hit a home run off Tigers ace Jack Morris on the first pitch on Opening Day in Detroit?

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Oscar Pistorius plans personal memorial service for Reeva Steenkamp 02.27.13 at 9:05 am ET
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Oscar Pistorius is planning a personal memorial service for Reeva Steenkamp, the woman he shot at his home on Feb. 14.

Pistorius’ reputation management firm said Pistorius had requested the service, “as he remains in deep mourning for the loss of his partner Reeva,” whom he says he shot by accident when he thought she was an intruder.

The service was planned for his uncle Arnold‘s home, where Pistorius, a 26-year-old Olympic double-amputee track athlete, has been staying since being released on bail, awaiting trial for premeditated murder.

A memorial service was held a week ago for Steenkamp, where her body was cremated after a private service. It’s uncertain what Pistorius’ private memorial was to involve.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Kobe Bryant gets last laugh vs. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban 02.25.13 at 7:55 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Celtics at Jazz, 9 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM)
College basketball: Syracuse at Marquette, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Texas Tech at Kansas State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Villanova at Seton Hall, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Kansas at Iowa State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Stars at Predators, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB preseason: Tigers at Phillies, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Nationals at Mets, 6:10 p.m. (MLB Network)


‘™¦ Mavericks owner Mark Cuban suggested Friday during a radio interview that the Lakers might consider releasing Kobe Bryant on the amnesty provision because of the harsh penalties the team would face for being over the salary cap. Cuban later insisted he was speaking hypothetically, but the damage was done.

First, the Lakers called the remark inappropriate, although they implied they have no plans to file a formal complaint. Then, Bryant went out and recorded 38 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists in Sunday’s 103-99 victory over the Mavs in Dallas, hitting all five of his shots in the fourth quarter.

Tweeted Bryant after the game: Amnesty THAT.

Responded Cuban: Nice to know there is a least one team and their players, outside of the Mavs, that listen to everything I say. ‘€¦ But I do have to give props to @kobebryant for a great tweet. #Welldone.

‘™¦ It was revealed over the weekend that Oscar Pistorius is not the only member of his family facing charges for the death of a woman. Older brother Carl Pistorius faces a charge of unlawful, negligent killing for the death of a female motorcyclist in a traffic accident near Johannesburg in 2008. The charge of “culpable homicide” was dropped and then reinstated, the family’s lawyer said Sunday.

Lawyer Kenneth Oldwage said that Carl “deeply regrets the accident” and noted that a blood a test showed Carl was not drunk at the time.

Oscar Pistorius, who was released on bail Friday, must report to the police station Monday and sign in as part of his bail conditions.

‘™¦ The jersey Mike Eruzione wore in Team USA’s “Miracle on Ice” victory over the Soviet Union at the 1980 Winter Olympics was sold for $657,250 at an auction Saturday, while the stick he used to score the winning goal in that game went for $262,900. Combined with the sale of some other Olympic memorabilia, the total haul was more $1.3 million, which Eruzione said he will use to establish a “nest egg” for his children and grandson and benefit his Winthrop-based charity.

Eruzione was at the auction in New York and congratulate winners who were in attendance. The 58-year-old Boston University product, who works as BU’s director of special outreach, has insisted that he’s not struggling financially. He also said there’s one piece of Olympic memorabilia he won’t part with: “As long as I’m alive, the gold medal won’t be sold,” he said.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 25, 1998, which onetime Celtics coach passed Red Auerbach to become the second-winningest coach in NBA history with 939 career wins?

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Oscar Pistorius granted bail 02.22.13 at 10:09 am ET
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Oscar Pistorius was granted bail Friday in Pretoria, South Africa, and is expected to be freed pending his trial in the shooting death of his girlfriend.

The ruling by Chief Magistrate Desmond Nair was delivered Friday, following four days of arguments in Pistorius’ bail hearing.

Pistorius’ supporters shouted “Yes” when the ruling was announced in court.

The inspirational Olympic sprinter, who runs with artificial legs, claims he killed Reeva Steenkamp on Feb. 14 only after mistaking her for an intruder. Prosecutors charged him with premeditated murder.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Kobe Bryant guarantees playoffs for sub-.500 Lakers at 7:44 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Celtics at Suns, 9 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Timberwolves at Thunder, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Spurs at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Saint Louis at Butler, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: North Dakota State at Akron, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Stephen F. Austin at Long Beach State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Sharks at Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
College hockey: New Hampshire at Vermont, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College hockey: Yale at Quinnipiac, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College hockey: North Dakota at Denver, 10 p.m. (NBCSN), 10 p.m.


‘™¦ Kobe Bryant is confident the sub-.500 Lakers will put things together — so sure, in fact, that he’s guaranteeing his team will qualify for the postseason.

“It’s not a question of if we make the playoffs. We will,” Bryant told Sports Illustrated. “And when we get there, I have no fear of anyone — Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Denver … whoever. I have zero nervousness about that.”

The Lakers, coming off Wednesday’s rout of the Celtics, have won six of their last nine games to improve to 26-29. They are 3 1/2 games behind the Rockets for the final Western Conference playoff spot.

“We will make the playoffs,” he said. “And we will compete. And part of the reason I have that confidence is the Miami game (a 107-97 loss on Feb. 10). We had control of the game. That was no fluke. We were playing very, very well. We were reading the defense, making the extra pass.

“OK, they have two great players [LeBron James and Dwyane Wade] who scored eight straight buckets and took control of the game. But we were right there. We can do it.”

‘™¦ The lead police investigator in the Oscar Pistorius case was replaced Thursday, after reports emerged that he was facing seven counts of attempted murder.

Hilton Botha and two other police officers were involved in a 2011 incident in which they allegedly fired shots at a minibus they were trying to stop. The charges against Botha had been dropped, but after more evidence was gathered they were reinstated on Feb. 4.

Pistorius’ lawyers have criticized the police investigation and insisted Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend after mistaking her for an intruder.

The defense and prosecution completed their arguments Friday in the bail hearing, and the magistrate soon will decide if Pistorius will be freed or held in jail pending his trial.

‘™¦ Alex Rodriguez, rehabbing his hip in New York while his teammates are at spring training in Tampa, Fla., issued a statement Thursday indicating his desire to rejoin the team. He did not comment on the accusations that he was involved with a South Florida man who is being investigated for distributing performance-enhancing drugs.

“Right now I’€™m dedicating 100 percent of my energy and focus on my rehabilitation,” A-Rod said. “I am conducting two rehab sessions each and every day in an effort to get back on the field and rejoin my Yankees teammates. I think we have a great team and I want to be a part of it.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 22, 1934, which Bruins defenseman played his final game and then became the first NHL player to have his number retired?

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