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Report: Pistorius lawyers trying to negotiate settlement with Steenkamps

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Representatives of Oscar Pistorius‘ and Reeva Steenkamp‘s families have been in discussions, possibly to reach an out-of-court settlement of a potential civil suit to compensate Steenkamp’s parents after her death.

Prosecutors indicted Pistorius on a premeditated murder charge Monday. The criminal trial is scheduled to begin March 3.

A criminal trial conviction could also make him liable to a substantial civil suit by Steenkamp’s family, according to The Associated Press

A lawyer for the Steenkamp family said Monday that “the two sides are talking,” according to the AP, but declined further comment.

Pistorius’ lawyers are “desperately trying to negotiate an out-of-court settlement,” according to The Times of South Africa. Pistorius shot and killed Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day but said he thought she was an intruder locked in a bathroom in his Pretoria home.

It has been widely reported Steenkamp used to financially assist her parents. The lawyers for the Steenkamps said the discussions between the camps are “intense.” Pistorius lawyer confirmed the discussions to the newspaper.

Pistorius’s lawyers want to settle the lawsuit before the outcome of the criminal trial, in an attempt to reduce a possible payout.

Pistorius became the first double-leg amputee to compete in the Olympics when he ran the 400 meters and the 4×400 relay at the London Games last year.

Pistorius comment to BBC: ‘Not well’

Syria-born Olympian takes advocacy role at U.N. refugee agency

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GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency has chosen as a goodwill ambassador a Syrian teenage girl who helped save a boat carrying fellow refugees and later became an Olympic swimmer.

Yusra Mardini was appointed as UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador on Thursday, joining other notables like actress Cate Blanchett and author Khaled Hosseini in the unpaid advocacy role.

UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi said Mardini “represents the hopes, the fears and the incredible potential of the more than 10 million young refugees around the globe.”

Mardini and her sister Sarah jumped overboard and swam for hours alongside their overloaded boat to reach Greece from Turkey in 2015.

She swam on the first Refugee Olympic team in Rio last year and has discussed refugees’ challenges with leaders like Pope Francis and President Barack Obama.

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Rafael Nadal recreates famous 1992 Olympic cauldron lighting

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Rafael Nadal, owner of two Olympic gold medals, recently parroted arguably the most famous moment in Spanish Olympic history.

Nadal and Marc Lopez, the 2016 Olympic doubles champions, took up bows and arrows and joined archer Antonio Rebollo on Monday at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Stadium. It brought back memories of Rebollo’s unforgettable cauldron lighting from the only Olympics held in Spain.

Nadal is in Barcelona for an ATP Tour event as he prepares to vie for a 10th French Open title next month.

Rebollo, now 61 years old, was one of 200 hundred archers considered to light the cauldron in 1992. He learned that he was chosen for the role over four other finalists two hours ahead of time, according to an NBC Olympics profile in 1996.

The cauldron would be 195 feet away. Fearing Rebollo would miss the target, organizers instructed him to fire his arrow beyond the stadium walls. As the arrow soared, a technician lit the natural gas flame with a remote control.

The illusion worked. The true story wasn’t revealed for another 20 years.

“There were no fears,” Rebollo, a Barcelona native who contracted polio at age 8, told NBC two decades ago. “I was practically a robot. I focused on my positioning and reaching the target. That was all. … My feelings were taken from the people who described to me how they saw it. What they felt, their emotions, their cries. This is what made me realize what the moment actually meant.”

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