Pistorius disputes murder charge...Tonight's action on the ice...Ligety earns third gold

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Associated Press

Posted on February 15, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Updated Friday, Feb 15 at 9:36 AM

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Murder charges against a history-making Olympian are being disputed by the family of Oscar Pistorius (pihs-TOHR'-ee-uhs) and his management. Pistorius wept openly during his court appearance today in South Africa. The statement says the alleged murder by the double-amputee Olympian "is disputed in the strongest terms."

UNDATED (AP) — The NBA has the night off ahead of this weekend's All-Star festivities. In men's college basketball, there's just one top 25 team in action, with No. 15 Georgetown visiting Cincinnati. The NHL has seven games on the schedule, highlighted by a couple of good Western Conference matchups. Detroit hosts the Pacific Division leading Anaheim Ducks, while the league-leading Blackhawks are home to San Jose.

SCHLADMING, Austria (AP) — Ted Ligety has become the first man in 45 years to earn three gold medals at the skiing world championships, winning the giant slalom in dominating style in Austria today. The defending champ topped second place finisher Marcel Hirscher by 0.81 seconds. Having already won the super-G and super-combined titles, Ligety can match French great Jean-Claude Killy's four golds with a win in the slalom on Sunday.

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — It's too warm to ski today at the Olympic venue in Russia. Snowboard World Cup races at Sochi (SOH'-chee) have been cancelled. Organizers first postponed the parallel slalom races for an hour on Friday at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park then canceled them because of deteriorating snow conditions. It was not immediately clear if snowboardcross, scheduled for this weekend, will be held.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR will likely require baseline concussion tests for all drivers in 2014. Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR's senior vice president of racing operations, said officials have also urged drivers to get an ImPACT test before this season. The test is used by many professional sports leagues, including the NFL, to assess concussions and determine when an injured athlete can safely return to play.

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