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Oscar Pistorius world’s highest trending athlete on Google in 2013

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Oscar Pistorius, the Paralympic champion who shot and killed his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day, was the No. 1 athlete on Google worldwide trends in 2013.

Google trends are search topics with the largest increase in search volume since the previous period (presumably since the last year). Few Olympians were the most trending athletes in specific country data released, given the definition and that it’s a non-Olympic year.

Pistorius was the fifth-highest trending athlete in the U.S., behind No. 1 Aaron Hernandez, the jailed ex-New England Patriots tight end who pleaded not guilty in September to charges including the first-degree murder Odin Lloyd.

In 2012, NBA point guard Jeremy Lin was the highest trending athlete, ahead of Olympic champions swimmer Michael Phelps and gymnast McKayla Maroney, who were second and fourth.

The South African Pistorius, the first double amputee to run in the Olympics in 2012, will go on trial from March 3-20 in Pretoria after being charged with murdering Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius said he thought Steenkamp was an intruder when he shot through his bathroom door and killed her in the early morning hours on Valentine’s Day.

Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn was the 10th-most trending athlete in the U.S. in 2013.

Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong was the fifth-highest trending athlete in the world in 2013.

Globally, the Boston Marathon was the most trending event of 2013.

In Norway, Olympic cross-country skiing champion Petter Northug was the most searched athlete, ahead of prodigious world chess champion Magnus Carlsen.

In South Africa, Pistorius was second in trending people behind Nelson Mandela, who died Dec. 5. Steenkamp was fifth.

Oscar Pistorius faces more gun charges

Ida Keeling, 100 years old, sets world record at Penn Relays (video)

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Ida Keeling electrified the Penn Relays crowd with her 100-meter dash in 1 minute, 17.33 seconds on Saturday afternoon.

Keeling set a world record for fastest 100m by a woman 100 years and older. There is no data on USA Track and Field and masters athletics websites for a previous record holder.

“I’ll be 101 in a couple of weeks,” Keeling pointed out to NBC Sports’ Carolyn Manno after the race, a mixed-gender event for athletes 80 and older. “I’ve never seen nothing like this crowd. Maybe that’s what the excitement was.”

Keeling’s advice?

“Love yourself, do what you have to do and what you want to do,” she said. “Eat for nutrition, not for taste. And exercise at least once a day.”

More on Keeling is here.

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U.S. sprinters past, present trade relay barbs

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The only loss for the Americans at the Penn Relays came in the men’s 4x100m, as the U.S. team bobbled its victory away on a bad baton handoff between Tyson Gay and Isiah Young for the final leg, which led to a disqualification.

Mike Rodgers and Justin Gatlin gave the Americans an early lead in the race, and things were moving along well during Gay’s third leg. But the muffed handoff for the final leg cost the Americans. Both the winning Jamaican squad and the second American team surpassed them.

Young finished third, but the team was disqualified because the handoff occurred outside the pass zone. The second U.S. team of Sean McLean, Wallace Spearman, Calesio Newman and Remontay McLain finished in 39.02.

The mistake led to some inflammatory comments from U.S. great Leroy Burrell about continued problems with handoffs by U.S. relay teams.

“Well, I think we’ve got to put our team together a little earlier, possibly,” Burrell said in a television interview. “I think, we’ve had the same coaches working with these guys for many years, and we’ve had failure after failure. So it’s possible that, you know, it might be time for a bit of a regime change with the leadership.

“I think the athletes have to be the catalysts that make that happen. There’s no reason why we shouldn’t be able to get the stick around. I saw thousands of relay teams yesterday — maybe not thousands, but hundreds of relay teams get it around. But the professionals can’t. That’s just not good for our sport.”

Rodgers didn’t take kindly to those remarks.

“People keep pointing their fingers and downing us, but nobody has ever tried to come out there and help us,” he said. “Nobody from the past. Not Carl [Lewis] or Leroy. They haven’t been out there. I can’t really respect their opinions because they’re supposed to be leaders in our sport and in the USA, and they’re not coming out there to drop some knowledge on us, so I don’t care what they have to say.”

Lewis criticized U.S. relays in March.

Gatlin was equally critical of Burrell.

“I’m tired of people who have been part of Team USA take shots at Team USA,” Gatlin said. “To put us in the same boat as high schoolers is insulting.”

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