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Oscar Pistorius said ‘everything is fine’ to security calling about gunshot reports (video)

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A security guard for Oscar Pistorius gated community testified Friday that Pistorius told him “everything is fine” when the guard called him after neighbors reported gunshots on the night he shot and killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

“Mr. Pistorius said to me, ‘Security, everything is fine,’” security guard Pieter Baba said through an interpreter at a Pretoria, South Africa, court. “That’s when I realized that Mr. Pistorius was crying.”

Baba then told another security guard that “not everything was in order as Mr. Pistorius was telling me.”

Pistorius called back, Baba answered, but Pistorius did not speak before the call ended, the guard said.

“Maybe he wasn’t sure about calling me back,” Baba said. “He just started crying over the phone.”

Pistorius, the first double amputee to run in the Olympics in 2012, is on trial for charges including murdering Steenkamp on the early morning of Valentine’s Day 2013. He could face 25 years to life in prison if convicted of premeditated murder. He shot four times through a bathroom door, hitting Steenkamp inside.

The prosecution asserts Pistorius shot through the door after an argument with Steenkamp. Pistorius has said he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder.

The security guard Baba said he spoke to Pistorius on the phone after driving to his house the night of the shooting. He then went inside and saw Pistorius carrying Steenkamp down stairs.

“I was so shocked,” Baba said. “Oscar Pistorius told me that everything was fine, only to come and find him carrying Reeva down.”

Earlier Friday, Pistorius’ ex-girlfriend Samantha Taylor testified that Pistorius carried a gun with him “all the time” while they were dating. Their relationship ended in November 2012, Taylor said.

Taylor also said on at least one occasion when she stayed with Pistorius that Pistorius woke her up during the night, got his gun, checked for an intruder in his house and found nothing.

The trial is scheduled to resume Monday at 2:30 a.m. ET.

Here’s NBC News’ full coverage of Pistorius’ trial.

Here’s Baba describing two phone calls with Pistorius:

Here’s Baba describing Pistorius carrying Steenkamp down stairs:

Here’s Taylor saying Pistorius carried a gun with him “all the time:”

Tweets from reporters in Pretoria:

Photos via The Associated Press:

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Pistorius arrives at court.
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Pistorius listens to questioning.
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Pistorius checks a phone with sister Aimee.

Video: Ato Boldon offers perspective on Oscar Pistorius

Ragan Smith, after watching in Rio, leads P&G Championships

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Ragan Smith could do nothing more than watch in Rio as the Final Five dominated. The roles reversed at the P&G Championships on Friday night.

Smith, a Rio Olympic alternate, easily topped the all-around standings on the first of two nights of competition that will determine national champions.

Oh, and Simone Biles and Laurie Hernandez were among those in the Honda Center crowd in Anaheim.

It’s the beginning of a new era for U.S. women’s gymnastics. None of the Rio Olympians are competing this weekend, but all five could come back for a Tokyo 2020 run.

For now, the spotlight is on Smith.

“It’s kind of nice, like, having a new generation coming up,” Smith, who is coached by 1992 Olympic bronze medalist Kim Zmeskal Burdette, said on NBCSN. “I think it’s a little less pressure, but I still kind of feel like it’s the same because I had no idea what was going to happen last year.”

The 17-year-old Texan leads by 1.3 points over Riley McCusker going into the final day Sunday (7 p.m. ET, NBC, NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app). Full scores are here. A four-woman team for October’s world championships will be named after a camp later this summer.

Smith overcame minor flaws on her first routine — uneven bars — and more significant ones on her next — balance beam. A solid floor exercise and vault gave her a first-day lead six tenths shy of Biles’ average margin from 2013 through 2016.

The second- and third-highest scores Friday actually came from the earlier junior division. With no team event at this year’s worlds, senior depth is less necessary.

Smith, after just missing the Rio Olympic team in her first year as a senior gymnast, won the AT&T American Cup on March 4 despite a beam fall. That made her the favorite this week.

The rest of the field — with no Olympians for the first time since 2008 — could not keep pace Friday. Smith’s top challengers coming in were McCusker and Morgan Hurd.

McCusker, who shares a coach with Hernandez, reeled back some difficulty. She was on crutches with a cast on her wrist in early July.

Hurd, a first-year senior who competes in glasses, took two out-of-bounds steps and sat down on back-to-back floor exercise passes.

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Simone Biles says she’s back in the gym (video)

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Simone Biles is back in the gym.

In between giggles, Biles said she returned to the gym two weeks ago in an NBCSN interview at the P&G Championships in Anaheim on Friday night.

“I actually started, like, two Fridays ago,” Biles said. “I’m weak. But I’m coming back. I’m just doing conditioning and basics right now.”

Biles last competed at the Rio Olympics, winning five medals, including four golds, for the greatest single-Games medal haul by a female gymnast in nearly three decades. That came after Biles swept every U.S. and world all-around title in that four-year Olympic cycle.

The 20-year-old said late last year and early this year that she planned to return to training in late 2017 or early 2018 with an eye on Tokyo 2020.

“It’s OK to sit out one [year],” Biles said. “I can’t imagine being out on the floor now.”

Biles has not set a return to competition. Her longtime coach, Aimee Boorman, moved from Texas to Florida after Rio.

If Biles makes the Tokyo 2020 team, she can attempt to become the first woman to repeat as Olympic all-around champion since the late Czech Věra Čáslavská in 1964 and 1968.

Gabby Douglas attempted this feat in Rio but did not qualify for the all-around final.

Douglas said earlier this month that she has not decided whether she will return to competition.

Aly Raisman said in September that she plans to return to training after taking 2017 off. Laurie Hernandez said she hopes to go for 2020 but has not set a return to training.

Madison Kocian is the lone member of the Olympic team who has competed since Rio, but it wasn’t on the elite stage. The Texan did a full freshman season for UCLA with a torn labrum and partially torn rotator cuff in her shoulder.

Kocian said in June that she has not decided if she will return to elite gymnastics.

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