JOHANNESBURG – Oscar Pistorius’ track career was put on hold indefinitely Sunday because of his murder charge, reinforcing the possibility that the double-amputee Olympian and disabled sports icon might never run again competitively on his famous carbon fiber blades.
Pistorius’ agent was forced to cancel all future races, he said, so Pistorius could concentrate on defending himself against allegations he murdered his model girlfriend by shooting her several times in his upscale house on Valentine’s Day morning.
Reeva Steenkamp died from gunshot wounds suffered inside Pistorius’ home in the pre-dawn hours of Thursday. Pistorius was arrested and charged with her murder the same day. His family denies he murdered her.
I have decided that following these tragic events that we have no option but to cancel all future races that Oscar Pistorius had been contracted to compete in, agent Peet van Zyl said in a written statement late Sunday night.
A few hours earlier, Van Zyl had visited his athlete at a police station in the South African capital, Pretoria, where he is being held in custody in a red-bricked, one-story building with green metal fencing.
Courtney Force raced to victory in Funny Car at the NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, Calif., and defending Top Fuel world champion Antron Brown walked away from a fiery crash with only minor injuries. Shawn Langdon (Top Fuel) and Vincent Nobile (Pro Stock) were also winners at the Drag Racing Series season opener at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.
Woods gets Howell to open Match Play
Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods will face some familiar players in the opening round of the Match Play Championship. McIlroy, the 23-year-old from Northern Ireland, is the No. 1 seed at Dove Mountain north of Tucson, Ariz. He will play Shane Lowry of Ireland. Woods is the No. 2 and will play Charles Howell III, the first time they have squared off in this format since Woods beat Howell in the quarterfinals of the 1996 U.S. Amateur.
Irish top RedHawks in Chicago classic
In Chicago, Jeff Costello scored the game-winning goal in the third period as Notre Dame (19-12-1, 15-8-1-1) beat Miami (Ohio) 2-1 Sunday in the Hockey City Classic. The Central Collegiate Hockey Association game at Chicago’s Soldier Field was the first outdoor ever for third-ranked Miami (19-8-6, 14-6-4-3) and the first for Notre Dame in its 45 years of varsity hockey. Also in the classic, Wisconsin scored three times in the second period and held on to beat second-ranked Minnesota 3-2.
Minor-leaguer has seizure after hit
In Springfield, Mass., Wade MacLeod, a Columbus Blue Jackets minor leaguer, had a seizure after being checked into the glass, causing the AHL game between the Springfield Falcons and Adirondack Phantoms to be suspended. Springfield left wing MacLeod was taken to the hospital and the team later said in a statement that the 26-year-old was stable and alert.
Donovan to rejoin Galaxy in March
Landon Donovan plans to rejoin the Los Angeles Galaxy during the final week of March after a break of almost four months. The 30-year-old midfielder and forward, a veteran of three World Cups with the United States, had said last fall he was uncertain whether he wanted to continue playing.
Nadal wins 1st title since return to play
In Sao Paulo, Rafael Nadal beat David Nalbandian 6-2, 6-3 in the Brazil Open final, winning his first title since returning from a seven-month layoff to treat his left knee. The Spaniard also won the event in 2005.
Del Potro crushes Benneteau in finals
Juan Martin del Potro beat Julien Benneteau 7-6 (2), 6-3 to win the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Azarenka defeats Serena in Qatar
Defending champion Victoria Azarenka beat Serena Williams 7-6 (6), 2-6, 6-3 to win the Qatar Open, earning her 16th title and ending a 10-match losing streak against the American. Azarenka will give up the No. 1 ranking to the second-ranked Williams today but extended her winning streak to 14 matches, which included the Australian Open.
Raonic continues reign in SAP Open
In San Jose, Calif., Milos Raonic won his third consecutive SAP Open, beating Tommy Haas 6-4, 6-3 for the title in the final year of the Bay Area tournament.