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Prosecution’s case end in sight after Oscar Pistorius’ iPad search history revealed

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The prosecution expects to close its case against Oscar Pistorius by early next week after calling four or five more witnesses, it said at the double amputee’s murder trial Wednesday.

The trial was adjourned until Monday to allow the prosecution more time to consult with potential witnesses. Pistorius is expected to testify after the prosecution closes it case.

“I am advised that I will have an opportunity to deal with a comprehensive version of the events when I testify,” was read by one his lawyers as part of his plea explanation on March 3, the first day of the trial.

Also Wednesday, a technology expert testified while court-room screens displayed the web search history of one of Pistorius’ iPads from Feb. 13, 2013, the day before he fatally shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The searches, according to court reports, included queries for cars — Ford Ranger, Aston Martin, Autotrader SA, Daytona Group, Morgan Aeromax — and pornography.

Earlier, ballistics investigator Capt. Christiaan Mangena said Steenkamp was most likely standing and facing a closed bathroom door when she was hit in the right hip by the first of four shots by Pistorius through the door on the early morning of Valentine’s Day 2013.

Pistorius has said he thought he was firing at an intruder locked inside his bathroom with his 9mm pistol. The prosecution asserts Pistorius killed Steenkamp after an argument. He could face 25 years in prison if convicted of premeditated murder.

The impact of Pistorius’ first shot caused Steenkamp to fall back onto a magazine holder, Mangena said. Two more shots hit Steenkamp in the right arm and head. The shot that hit her head went through her left hand as Steenkamp had raised her arms after the first bullet and into a “defensive position,” Mangena believed.

Mangena also said Pistorius was most likely not wearing his prosthetic legs when he shot through the door, which agrees with Pistorius’ and the prosecution’s version of events.

Also Wednesday, police blood splatter expert Col. Ian van der Nest testified that Steenkamp’s body showed no signs of “blunt force” wounds outside of the bullets that struck her.

He said blood splatter marks in Pistorius’ Pretoria home were consistent with Pistorius’ version of events that he carried Steenkamp downstairs after retrieving her from the bathroom where she was shot.

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

Here’s prosecutor Gerrie Nel having a tablet malfunction Wednesday:

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Wagner, Asada, Hanyu headline NHK Trophy in Japan; Grand Prix Final berths on the line

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Three-time U.S. national champion Ashley Wagner looks to qualify for her fourth consecutive Grand Prix Final at this weekend’s NHK Trophy in Nagano, Japan. A medal of any color should be good enough to get her to Barcelona, but she faces a tough field.

Japan’s Mao Asada returned to competition this season and is poised to qualify for the most elite competition since the Sochi Olympics (where she finished sixth) and 2014 World Championships (which she won). Finishing on the podium would earn a berth to the final for Asada. Also in the field are Americans Mirai Nagasu and Courtney Hicks, Japan’s Satoko Miyahara, and one of Russia’s darlings from last season, Anna Pogorilaya.

Olympic champion and last year’s Grand Prix Final winner Yuzuru Hanyu, surely to be the overwhelming crowd favorite in the men’s field, will look to improve his short program results from his other Grand Prix appearance. At Skate Canada, two of his three jumping passes recceived zero points. He rallied in the free skate, finishing second behind Canada’s Patrick Chan. Chan is essentially a lock for the final, while a top three finish would seal the deal for Hanyu.

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Other men in the hunt for Grand Prix Final berths competing in Nagano include China’s Jin Boyang and Russia’s Maxim Kovtun, who also need podium finishes to lock up spots in Barcelona. Jin’s and Kovtun’s finishes will likely dictate whether or not American Max Aaron qualifies to the final. More on that process here. No U.S. man has qualified since Jeremy Abbott did it in 2011.

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Reigining U.S. pairs champions Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim can make the Grand Prix Final with a medal in Japan.

The U.S. is sending three ice dance couples to Japan, of which two have a shot at qualifying for Barcelona. Siblings and Sochi Olympians Maia and Alex Shibutani can finish in any 1-2 combination with Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue allowing for both duos to qualify for the final. Madison Chock and Evan Bates, U.S. ice dance champions, already qualified.

Icenetwork.com will stream for subscribers live coverage of men’s, women’s, pairs and ice dance short programs and free skates. NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra will have coverage Sunday from 4-6 p.m. ET.

Men’s short program — Friday, 2:10 a.m. ET (start order here)
Women’s short program — Friday, 5:05 a.m. ET (start order here)
Men’s free skate — Saturday, 2:30 a.m. ET
Women’s free skate — Saturday, 5:35 a.m. ET

Inside the #RoadtoRio photo shoots

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Bringing together over 100 Summer Olympians and Olympic hopefuls with puppies, samba dancers and supermodels, NBC Olympics and the United States Olympic Committee partnered for an extensive five-day media summit in West Hollywood, Ca. The athletes took part in photo shoots, interviews and video segments all in preparation for next summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Over the course of the summit, participants shared behind-the-scenes moments on social media using the #RoadtoRio hashtag. NBC Olympics also launched its official Snapchat account, with the username NBCOlympics. Here are some of the highlights:

Olympians fell in puppy love:


Then got a crash course in Brazil’s signature dance, the samba:


A photobooth with props let the athletes–and even Bob Costas–show off their silly sides:


Olympic fans like Alessandra Ambrosio and Flula dropped by:


In between shoots, athletes from different sports mingled:


The faux-Rio beach was the perfect set:


But these Olympic stars needed only a simple white backdrop to shine:

Wait who is the Olympian here! Linnéa stealing the show at the @nbcolympics #roadtorio

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