Oscar Pistorius



Game 1 of the World Series begins tonight. The San Francisco Giants take on the Kansas City Royals at 8 p.m. on Fox. James Shields takes the mound for the Royals against the Giant’s Madison Bumgarner.


In the NFL, San Francisco stormed back from an early 14-0 deficit and beat the Rams 31-17 in St. Louis as Colin Kaepernick passed for 343 yards and three touchdowns. Brandon Lloyd, Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree each caught a scoring pass for the 4-2 49ers, who have won three in a row.

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — A South African judge has declared Oscar Pistorius not guilty of murder and premeditated murder in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The double-amputee Olympic runner was convicted today of the lesser charge of culpable homicide, or negligent killing.

The sentence can range from a suspended sentence and a fine to up to 15 years in prison. The judge allowed Pistorius to remain on bail ahead of setencing on October 13th.

4/8/14 Panel

Apr 8, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao and Times Union Associate Editor, Mike Spain.

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Pistorius Trial
Malaysian Pinging
Cable's Merger
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Rodriguez Hits Revenge Homer Against Dempster

Aug 19, 2013
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In baseball, Ryan Dempster plunked Alex Rodriguez with a pitch in the second inning of Boston's 9-6 loss to the New York Yankees, leading to the ejection of manager Joe Girardi. Dempster's first pitch of the at-bat went behind A-Rod's knees, and the next two were inside before the fourth hit Rodriguez. The benches and bullpens emptied following the plunking, but order was quickly restored without further incident.

Then Rodriguez got the better of Dempster four innings later, hitting his 649th career home run. It sparked a four-run rally that turned a 6-3 deficit into a 7-6 lead.

WAMC Morning Edition Sports Update

Mar 29, 2013
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In the NCAA men’s basketball tournament there are 12 teams left.

Syracuse limited Indiana to its lowest point total of the season, forced 19 turnovers, compiled 10 blocks and held the normally efficient Hoosiers to 33 percent shooting.

Marquette built a double-digit lead in the first half and went on to a 71-61 win over Miami to earn a spot in the East Regional title game.



A neighbor has told investigators that he heard "gunshots ... a female screaming two-three times, then more gunshots" coming from the South African home of Oscar Pistorius in the early morning hours of Feb. 14, a police officer testified Wednesday at a bail hearing for the Olympic and Paralympic athlete.

The witness has also told investigators about "non-stop talking" and sounds "like fighting" coming from Pistorius's home between the hours of 2 a.m. and 3 a.m.

These have certainly been dispiriting times for those who admire athletes, who proclaim that sports build character. The horrendous shooting by Oscar Pistorius is of course, in a category mercifully unapproached since the O.J. Simpson case, but the Whole Earth Catalog of recent examples of athletic character-building is certainly noteworthy.