Oscar Pistorius’ lawyers appeal bail conditions

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Oscar Pistorius’s lawyers filed an appeal Friday against the bail restrictions imposed on the Blade Runner after he was charged with the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, last month.

“The conditions appealed against are unwarranted and not substantiated by the facts,” read the appeal, which was released to the Associated Press by the Olympian’s family via email Monday.

The current restrictions handed down by the South African Magistrate require that Pistorius relinquish his passports and firearms, stay away from his home and neighbors, refrain from using drugs and alcohol, and restrict him from leaving Pretoria without official permission.

Pistorius shot Steenkamp three times on Valentines Day morning through his bathroom after he claims he heard a noise that he thought was an intruder in his house. Only after he had fired did he considered it might have been Steenkamp. He saw he had shot her, called paramedics, and carried her downstairs to wait for help to arrive. She died in his arms. He bawled in court as his statement was read last month.

The appeal argues that there is “no basis in fact or in law” for the terms, and that evidence at last month’s hearing proved that Pistorius is not a flight risk and should be allowed to leave the country so long as he has official permission from the court. It also suggests that the sprinter should be allowed to consume alcohol, and that he should be able to return to his home once officers complete their investigation.

“He’s not under house arrest, but his movements need to be known to us so that we don’t pitch there and he’s not there,” said chief deputy commissioner James Smalberger. “We agree on free time normally during the course of the day, and in the evening we expect him to be home.”

Pistorius has been staying with his uncle Andrew, where officials will visit him four times a month until the trial beings in Pretoria on June 4.

U.S. men’s soccer blanks Canada, reaches Olympic qualifying playoff

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The U.S. under-23 men’s soccer team kept its Olympic qualifying hopes alive by beating Canada 2-0 in the CONCACAF tournament’s third-place game in Sandy, Utah, on Tuesday night.

Midfielder Marc Pelosi and forward Jerome Kiesewetter scored in the 69th and 84th minutes, respectively, with Canada playing with 10 men for the entire second half.

The U.S. will qualify for the Rio Olympics if — and only if — it beats Colombia in a one-game playoff in Rio de Janeiro in March.

The U.S. failed to qualify for the 2004 and 2012 Olympic tournaments and hasn’t won a men’s soccer medal since 1904, when the Olympic tournament included three teams.

The Americans missed an earlier chance to clinch a Rio Olympic spot when they lost 2-0 to Honduras in the CONCACAF tournament semifinals Saturday.

If the U.S. qualifies for Rio, it can swap in a maximum of three players born before Jan. 1, 1993, to its roster for the Olympics.

The U.S. took advantage of the over-age exception to add World Cup veterans in 2008 (Brian McBride) and 2000 (Brad Friedel).

The U.S. can already add three World Cup veterans without using any over-age spots, since John BrooksJulian Green and DeAndre Yedlin will still be eligible for the U-23 team in 2016. Even though none were used in CONCACAF qualifying.

The 2016 Olympic men’s soccer tournament field:

Brazil — possibly with Neymar
Argentina — 2008 Olympic champion when it had Lionel Messi
Germany — possibly with Philipp Lahm, but unlikely for Mesut Özil
Portugal — possibly with 2004 Olympian Cristiano Ronaldo
Sweden — possibly with Zlatan Ibrahimovic
U.S. or Colombia
Three Asian nations determined in January
Three African nations determined in December

MORE SOCCER: Jurgen Klinsmann’s journey to an Olympic bronze medal

Watch ‘Race’ film about Jesse Owens teaser video

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“Race,” a film about Olympic sprint legend Jesse Owens, will hit theaters Feb. 19.

Owens, who won four gold medals at the Berlin 1936 Olympics in the face of Nazi Germany, is played by Stephan James in the film.

Jason Sudeikis and Jeremy Irons are also in the cast for the Focus Features film, according to reports. Sudeikis will reportedly play Owens’ coach, Larry Snyder. Irons will play Avery Brundage, then the president of the U.S. Olympic Committee.

MORE TRACK AND FIELD: Angelina Jolie discusses her decision to use Jesse Owens in ‘Unbroken’