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Nike suspends Oscar Pistorius’s contract

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Nike suspended its contract with Oscar Pistorius after he was charged with premeditated murder in a Pretoria, South Africa court Monday for shooting and killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

“We believe Oscar Pistorius should be afforded due process and we will continue to monitor the situation closely,” Nike wrote in a brief statement.

Pistorius, who is famous for becoming the first double-amputee to compete at the Olympics, also saw his Oakley sponsorship suspended on Monday after his appearance in court.

In total, the sprinter’s sponsorships, which also include Thierry Mugler and the running blade manufacturer Ossur, are worth upwards of $5 million.

Watch NBC Sports’ Alpine skiing World Cup preview video

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NBC Sports will air coverage of 87 Alpine skiing races at 22 resorts across the globe this fall and winter, from October through March, in the final full season before the 2018 Olympics.

Highlights include fall and winter stops in the U.S. with races in Killington, Vt.; Beaver Creek, Colo.; Squaw Valley, Calif.; and the World Cup Finals in Aspen, Colo., in March.

Lindsey Vonn‘s highlighted World Cup stop will be downhill and super-G races in Lake Louise, Canada, the first weekend of December.

The world championships in February will be in St. Moritz, Switzerland, where Ted Ligety and Mikaela Shiffrin will look to defend titles.


Skier goes airborne in World Cup opener (video)

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Canadian skier Phil Brown was fortunate to walk away from an airborne crash at the World Cup season opener in Soelden, Austria, on Sunday.

Brown failed to finish his first run, losing contact with the snow early on and falling hard onto his side.

He tweeted a video of the crash, with slow-motion replays, with a soundtrack of Irish singer Enya‘s “Only Time.”

The World Cup season continues with men’s and women’s slaloms in Levi, Finland, in three weeks.

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