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Reeva Steenkamp texts to Oscar Pistorius: ‘I’m scared of you sometimes’

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A text from Reeva Steenkamp‘s phone to Oscar Pistorius said, “I’m scared of you sometimes,” 18 days before Steenkamp was fatally shot by Pistorius last year, a cell phone analyst testified at Pistorius’ murder trial Monday.

Police Capt. Francois Moller said he and others read through 2,731 WhatsApp and iMessage messages on Steenkamp’s phone recovered from the scene of her death on Valentine’s Day 2013 and found 1,709 of the messages were between Steenkamp and Pistorius.

Moller estimated 90 percent of the messages were “normal conversations and loving conversations,” between Pistorius, the first double amputee to run in the Olympics in 2012, and Steenkamp, his model girlfriend.

The selected messages Moller read in a Pretoria court room Monday depicted problems in their relationship in the three weeks before Pistorius shot four times through a locked bathroom door in his home, hitting and killing Steenkamp inside.

“I’m scared of you sometimes, and how you snap at me and of how you will react to me,” Moller read as part of a text from Steenkamp’s phone of more than 500 words on Jan. 27, 2013. “You make me happy 90 percent of the time, and I think we are amazing together, but I am not some other bitch.”

The message said that Steenkamp was unhappy with Pistorius for leaving an engagement with a friend earlier than she wanted.

“I was not flirting with anyone today,” Moller read from the message. “I feel sick that you suggested that, and that you made a scene at the table and made us leave early. I’m terribly disappointed in how the day ended and how you left me. We are living in a double standard relationship where you can be mad about how I deal with stuff when you are very quick to act cold and offish when you’re unhappy.

“From the outside, I think it looks like we are a struggle, and maybe that’s what we are. I just want to love and be loved, be happy and make someone so happy. Maybe we can’t do that for each other cause right now I know you aren’t happy, and I’m certainly very unhappy and sad.”

Responses came from Pistorius’ phone later that day, apologizing and asking to call Steenkamp.

“I want to sort this out,” Moller read. “I don’t want to have anything less than amazing for you and I. I’m sorry for the things I say without thinking and for taking offense to some of your actions.”

The last message Moller read Monday came from Steenkamp’s phone to Pistorius’ phone on Feb. 8, 2013, six days before the fatal shooting.

“I regard myself as a lady, and I don’t feel like one tonight after the way you treated me when we left,” Moller read. “I’m a person, too, and I appreciate that you invited me out tonight, and I realize that you get harassed, but I am trying my best to make you happy, and I feel as though you sometimes never are, no matter the effort I put in. I can’t be attacked by outsiders for dating you and be attacked by you, the one person I deserve protection from.”

Pistorius could face up to 25 years if convicted of premeditated murder. He said he shot thinking there was an intruder locked in his bathroom on Valentine’s Day 2013. The prosecution said Pistorius shot after an argument with Steenkamp.

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

The trial is expected to resume on Tuesday at 3:30 a.m. ET.

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Russian who beat Simone Biles at 2015 Worlds injured before Olympics

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Russian Maria Paseka, who beat Simone Biles on vault at the 2015 World Championships, is not certain to compete in the Olympics due to a back injury, according to Russian news agency TASS.

Biles is considered a clear favorite for four gold medals — not done by a female gymnast since Romanian Ecaterina Szabo in 1984 — and could win five golds — never done by an American woman or a female gymnast.

Biles captured gold medals at the last two World Championships in the team event, all-around, balance beam and floor exercise.

Vault is her fifth and most questionable event. Biles took silver, silver and bronze on vault at the last three world championships.

Paseka is the only returning vault medalist from the 2012 Olympics (she took bronze) in addition to being the reigning world champion.

Regardless of Paseka, Biles’ primary competition in the vault final may be the 2008 Olympic champion, North Korea’s Hong Un-Jong, who could not compete in London due to North Korea’s ban for age falsification.

Like Biles, Hong earned vault medals at the last three world championships, including gold in 2014.

Biles’ vaults at worlds were less difficult than Paseka and Hong, causing her to lose eight tenths in start value. Biles has since upgraded her weaker vault, increasing her start value.

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Vladimir Putin: Olympic medals to have ‘different or no taste’ without Russia

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Russian president Vladimir Putin said Olympic medals won in events lacking Russian contenders will be devalued, speaking to athletes who will be going to Rio at the Kremlin on Wednesday.

Russia is set to send just one track and field athlete, plus fewer athletes in many sports, to Rio amid its doping scandal.

It could significantly alter the Rio Olympic medal standings, as Russia finished third in overall medals at the 2012 London Games with 79 — behind the U.S.’ 103 and China’s 88.

“It is obvious that the absence of Russian athletes, the leaders in many sports events, significantly reduces the intensity of the competition, and hence makes the upcoming events less spectacular” Putin told the Russian team Wednesday, according to Russian news agency TASS. “I think that your colleagues from other world’s leading sports powers also understand that the quality of their medals will be different, because it’s one thing to defeat an equal, strong opponent, and quite another – to compete with obviously weaker opponents. Such victory has a very different taste or maybe bad taste.”

Also at the event, two-time Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva broke down while addressing the Olympic team (video here). Isinbayeva was barred from the Rio Games due to Russia’s track and field ban, though she has never failed a drug test.

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