PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — TRACK AND FIELD
Trying to put Oscar Pistorius in prison, a South African police detective testifying against the Olympian on Wednesday instead offered suggestions of a blunder-filled investigation into the shooting death of the runner's girlfriend.
Police forensic experts left a 9 mm slug from the barrage that killed Reeva Steenkamp inside a toilet and lost track of illegal ammunition found inside the house, police Detective Warrant Officer Hilton Botha said. Botha himself acknowledged he walked through the crime scene without wearing protective covers on his shoes, potentially contaminating the area, as he struggled to even offer basic distances that witnesses lived from Pistorius' home.
Botha's testimony left prosecutors rubbing their temples and called into question whether they'll convince a magistrate to deny Pistorius bail before his trial on a charge of premeditated murder for the Feb. 14 killing.
CORAL GABLES, Florida (AP) — The NCAA believes former Miami assistant coaches Clint Hurtt, Aubrey Hill and Jorge Fernandez provided false or misleading information during the probe into the Hurricanes' athletic department.
The NCAA said all three violated "principles of ethical conduct" as part of the notice of allegations served against the Hurricanes, according to a person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the allegations have not been released publicly.
Hurtt and Hill were members of Miami's football staff. Fernandez worked on the men's basketball staff.
Several other coaches are named or referenced in the allegations, including Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith, who is alleged of failing "to promote an atmosphere for compliance." But only Hurtt, Hill and Fernandez are facing the ethical-conduct charge, commonly known as NCAA Rule 10.1.
BUFFALO, New York (AP) — Lindy Ruff is out as coach in Buffalo, meaning the slow-starting, inconsistent and sometimes lethargic Sabres have now become Ron Rolston's mess to clean up.
Rolston was promoted from the Sabres' minor-league affiliate, AHL Rochester, to finish out the season as Buffalo's interim coach.
The move was made hours after Ruff was fired amid growing criticism for the team's early season struggles.
Ruff's dismissal ends his 16-season tenure in Buffalo, during which he became the franchise's winningest coach (571-432-162) and the NHL's longest active-serving coach with one team.
NEW YORK (AP) — Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen was suspended for one game by the NHL for hitting Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa in the back of the head with his left forearm.
The incident occurred at 1:10 of the third period during Chicago's 4-3 shootout win on Tuesday.
Hossa had to be helped off the ice after the hit.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Lance Armstrong will not do a tell-all interview under oath with the agency that exposed his performance-enhancing drug use and took his seven Tour de France titles.
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency had told Armstrong he would have to reveal all knows about doping in cycling — a process officials expected would take several days — if he wanted to reduce his lifetime ban from sports.
Wednesday was the latest deadline for Armstrong to decide on USADA's offer. After negotiating with the agency for two months, he refused.
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets acquired No. 5 pick Thomas Robinson and forwards Francisco Garcia and Tyler Honeycutt from Sacramento for forward Patrick Patterson, center Cole Aldrich and point guard Toney Douglas.
Also, the Rockets reached an agreement to send forward Marcus Morris to Phoenix for a future second-round pick, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because that trade had not been announced, pending league approval.
PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) — Trail Blazers forward J.J. Hickson found some trouble on Twitter.
Hickson says he "meant no harm" with his Valentine's Day tweets about when to cut off contact with a woman, insisting he was just joking around.
The Trail Blazers' big man took to the social media site last week to post a series of tweets with the hashtag (hash)girlbye that he meant to be funny one-liners. But some of the stream drew criticism for coming across as demeaning toward women. He also included a shout-out to strippers.
MARANA, Arizona (AP) — The best 64 golfers in the world got together for the first time this season and a snow fight broke out.
In the most bizarre episode of a PGA Tour season already filled with wacky weather, the opening round of the Match Play Championship lasted only 3½ hours until it was suspended by a winter storm that covered Dove Mountain with nearly 2 inches of snow.
BOCA RATON, Florida (AP) — Every member of the University of Miami baseball team has passed a test for performance-enhancing drug usage, including human growth hormone.
The test results came back late last week, according to a person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the university had not authorized any public release of the testing.
Like many schools, Miami conducts drug testing on athletes — including for anabolic steroids — but does not typically check for HGH. The Hurricanes ordered the additional testing after the school was linked to Major League Baseball's latest drug investigation, and after one member of the school's strength and conditioning staff reportedly was found to have ties to an anti-aging clinic that allegedly provided pro players with PEDs.
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (AP) — It was a dramatic first practice session for the Daytona 500, with Ryan Newman demonstrating the instability of NASCAR's new Gen-6 race car.
Newman spun about 15 minutes into the day's first session, losing control of his Chevrolet right in front of Carl Edwards and Mark Martin. All three cars sustained damage, and it's the third wreck in a week that has collected Martin.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s engine blew during the session, and putting a fresh one in his car means he will start at the back of the field in Thursday's Daytona 500 qualifying race.
Defending Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski missed most of the session with a fuel system issue.
SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (AP) — Joe Garagiola, the ballplayer-turned-announcer who was honored by the Hall of Fame for his on-air work, is ending his broadcast career after nearly six decades.
The 87-year-old Garagiola said that he's retiring as a part-time television analyst for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He said goodbye at a 30-minute news conference at the team's spring training facility, a session marked by his trademark one-liners and a bit of emotion.
JUPITER, Florida (AP) — An intrasquad matchup between two precocious talents Wednesday left Giancarlo Stanton dazed and Jose Fernandez shaken.
Stanton was hit in the back of the helmet during a Miami Marlins intrasquad game by a fastball that got away from Fernandez, the team's top pitching prospect. Stanton remained on his feet but left the game and said the beaning affected his eyesight.
"I wasn't dizzy," he said. "I saw a little grayness and fuzziness on the outside of my eyes, but it's subsiding now."
Stanton said he didn't expect to miss any playing time, but further medical evaluation was planned.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes could be sidelined for two weeks because of a bulging disk that will be treated with anti-inflammatory medication.
LINCOLN, Nebraska (AP) — New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard was convicted of assaulting a police officer in Lincoln, Neb., last year.
A jury found Dennard guilty of the felony charge and a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest, but acquitted the former Nebraska standout of third-degree assault against another man, Lancaster County Attorney Joe Kelly said.
Dennard faces up to five years in prison for the officer assault and up to a year for resisting arrest, Kelly said. His sentencing hearing is April 11.
MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP) — Jack Sock of the United States upset No. 2 seed Milos Raonic 6-3, 5-7, 7-5 in the opening round of the U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Top-seeded David Ferrer of Spain began his defense of the Copa Claro title with a comfortable 6-4, 6-1 victory over Argentine wild card Agustin Velotti.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska led several of the top seeds into the Dubai Championships quarterfinals on a day the on-court action was overshadowed by the withdrawal of Serena Williams because of a back injury.
Williams, who became the oldest top-ranked woman Monday, said she's had a sore back and ankle since the Australian Open, though she still reached the final in Qatar last weekend.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Wrestlers from the world's top wrestling nations plan to lie on their mats Thursday in Tehran in a unique show of unity to protest a decision by the International Olympic Committee to drop wrestling from the 2020 games.