Oscar Pistorius not guilty of premeditated murder


Oscar Pistorius was found not guilty of premeditated murder on Thursday morning. A South African judge ruled that the six-time Paralympic gold medalist did not intentionally shoot and kill his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year but could still be convicted of culpable homicide.

Pistorius shook and wept as Judge Thokozile Masipa delivered the verdict.

“Clearly he did not subjectively foresee this as a possibility that he would kill the person behind the door, let alone the deceased as he thought she was in the bedroom,” Masipa told the courtroom, via NBC News. “That, however, is not the end of the matter.”

Masipa said it has not been ruled out that Pistorius is guilty of culpable homicide, which would be similar to what most call manslaughter. The judge noted that Pistorius has been a “very poor witness” throughout the trial and that he has contradicted himself and been “evasive” while testifying. She also dismissed the notion that Pistorius was suffering from any type of temporary insanity when the incident took place.

We’ll update as the verdict continues.

Usain Bolt denies saying Commonwealth Games are a bit sh-t

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Jamaican track star Usain Bolt is in damage control mode this week after a newspaper quoted him as saying the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow are “a bit sh-t.”

Bolt is at the Commonwealth Games competing for Jamaica in the 4×100 meter relay. Though he’s living in the athletes’ village, he said he’s spending most of his time in his room to avoid being hounded because of his popularity.

The Sunday Times in London quoted Bolt as saying “the Olympics were better” than the Commonwealth Games, which he described as “a bit sh-t.” He supposedly told The Times’ Katie Gibbons that he was “not really” having fun in Scotland.

After The Times’ article was published, Bolt issued a denial via Twitter:

Bolt’s manager, Ricky Simms, similarly tried to deny the comments, telling BBC Sport the reported remarks were “utter rubbish.”

“The atmosphere in and around the stadiums has been absolutely fantastic and I have absolutely no idea where these quotes have come from,” Simms said.

Sounds like a bunch of attempts to make themselves look better.

You buying the denials from Bolt and his camp? I have my doubts. The Commonwealth Games should just send Bolt 1,000 chicken McNuggets and tell him to keep his mouth shut.

Lolo Jones: I miss my nice bobsled butt


Lolo Jones has always been in tremendous shape, which is hardly a surprise considering she is both an Olympic hurdler and bobsledder. However, you might be surprised to hear that Jones actually prefers the physical condition she was in when she was training for the Winter Olympics over where she is at right now.

During an interview with The Post Game earlier this week, Lolo said she wishes she could get her bobsled butt back.

“It was really tough just because I thought I’d be able to lose all the weight and I didn’t, you know, so I’m still about seven, eight pounds overweight,” Jones said, via a transcription from Fox Sports. “At first I had that nice bobsled butt that I worked so hard to get, and I was like, ‘Yes, this is going to stay, and then like, all this other stuff is going to go.’ And it was like, the butt was the first thing to go, and I was like, ‘Nooooo!’ That was the one thing I wanted to stay.”

Jones has always looked pretty chiseled to me, but she obviously has her own standards. Prior to today, I had no idea there was a difference between a bobsled booty and a hurdling booty. I love learning new stuff on Fridays.

White Sox sign Olympic speed skater Eddy Alvarez to minor league deal

eddy-alvarez-sochiDuring the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, short track speed skater Eddy Alvarez participated in the men’s 500m, 1,000m, 1,500m, and 5,000m relay events. He and Team USA brought home silver medals for their efforts in the relay.

With the Olympics behind him, Alvarez is turning his attention to another sport he has always enjoyed playing, baseball.

The 24-year-old has an older brother who was selected in the 26th round of the 2000 Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers and Alvarez, who is a former shortstop, mentioned a possible return to the game prior to the Olympics.

“I plan to go back to baseball after this Alvarez told MiLB.com. That’s the thing. I’ve never, ever been able to choose between baseball and skating, which is why I still juggle the two sports in my life. This was one of my goals — always to be an Olympic skater — and the other one is to be a professional baseball player.”

On Tuesday, Alvarez posted a video of his minor league contract with the White Sox on his Instagram account.

The White Sox have confirmed the signing.

Alvarez has wasted little time working to get the rust off and is reportedly already in Arizona working out with other White Sox minor leaguers.

For Salt Lake Community College in 2011, Alvarez hit .311 with two home runs, 16 doubles, four triples, seven steals, and 46 RBI in 63 games.

Olympic closing ceremony pokes fun at opening ceremony ring fail

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi came to an end on Sunday, and the Russians decided to end the Games with a sense of humor. Two weeks ago everyone was talking about that snowflake malfunction during the opening ceremony when the snowflake was supposed to turn into an Olympic ring but did not. We were reminded of it during the closing ceremony.


That’s right, Russian officials chose to make fun of themselves during the closing ceremony. Either that, or someone thought it would be funny and has already lost a finger over the stunt. We hope the former is true.

GIF via The Big Lead

Nicklas Backstrom failed drug test before gold medal game because of allergy medication?

Nicklas-Backstrom-SwedenCanada defeated Sweden 3-0 in the gold medal game at the Winter Olympics on Sunday, and it didn’t help the Swedes that they were forced to play without Nicklas Backstrom. The Washington Capitals forward was a late scratch before the game after he reportedly failed a drug test.

According to Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo Sports, Backstrom violated the IOC’s anti-doping rules when he tested positive for a banned substance. The failed test was reportedly triggered by a substance called pseudoephedrine, which is a common ingredient in allergy medications like Claritin.

Bjorn Folin, a spokesman for the Swedish Olympic Committee, told the AP that Backstrom tested positive for a banned substance that is found in an allergy medication he has been taking for years. Backstrom was tested on Friday and pulled from the locker room before the team’s pregame skate on Sunday.

“I got the message two hours before the game, that there was something wrong,” Sweden coach Par Marts said. “Then I knew when the warmups are starting that he wasn’t going to play.”

Backstrom was the center on Sweden’s first line, so his loss was obviously significant. While there’s no way of knowing if his presence would have given Sweden a chance to beat Canada, you have to assume it hurt the team both physically and emotionally.

“It sucks. It’s like kindergarten,” Marts said. “I can not ice the best team today. We should have the right conditions to compete with Canada and we didn’t have that today.”

Each team is responsible for being familiar with the IOC and World Anti-Doping Federation’s regulations. If a banned substance is present in something as common as allergy medication, you would think the players would know. It’s a shame that Sweden was penalized before such a crucial game.

Ted Ligety: Olympic slalom setup was ‘borderline unsportsmanlike’

Ted-LigetyTed Ligety and a number of other Olympic skiers were infuriated by the course setup for the men’s slalom event on Saturday night. The course, which was created by Croatian coach Ante Kostelic, was so difficult that 34 of 77 skiers failed to finish or were disqualified in their second run.

“Ante set a really typical Ante course set, which is borderline unsportsmanlike to set those kinds of courses on these kinds of hills,” Ligety said, according to Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports. “That’s how it goes. Everybody had to ski it. Not all the best guys had a chance to make it down, unfortunately. … Not really the most ideal venue for having a course that wasn’t the most fair thing in the world.”

Ligety finished his first run just .11 seconds behind third place, so he had a chance to contend for a medal heading into the final run. However, the course setup got the best of him. Kostelic’s son Ivica Kostelic captured the silver medal in the event, which Ligety said raised an “ethical question.”

“You saw up there, there’s a hairpin [turn] into another hairpin,” he said. “But one was really straight, going into another one that was super turn-y. That was what took out most of the field right there. It’s just not a course set that you can ski in a typical modern technique.”

Kostelic’s course featured gates that were varying distances and extremely sharp turns. The track was also set over the runs of previous races, which made it extremely icy and slick. Ivica defended his father’s “old school” course.

“This course will show the difference between a very good slalom skier and those who belong to the second league,” Ivica said.

Coaches who have a skier in the top 15 rankings can bid for a chance to set up a course, and Kostelic was allowed to set up two in Sochi. Ligety was not the only athlete upset with the circumstances, as France’s Alexis Pinturault said the course was “too much” and that it is “not normal” for someone to set two races in one Olympics.

Fortunately, Ligety won a gold medal earlier in the week in the giant slalom event. He’ll be going home with some hardware either way.