Oscar Pistorius

Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide (verdict video)


Oscar Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide Friday and faces a sentence of up to 15 years in prison for shooting and killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year.

Judge Thokozile Masipa delivered her verdict in a packed Pretoria court room, confirming what she indicated on the first judgment day Thursday. Sentencing is still to come, beginning Oct. 13, as is a possible appeal.

Masipa asked Pistorius to please stand from his seat on a wooden bench and first read that the runner was found not guilty of murder, which she also indicated Thursday.

“Instead, he’s found guilty of culpable homicide,” Masipa said, climaxing the six-month, break-filled trial on its 43rd day of proceedings by saying Pistorius negligently killed Steenkamp.

Video: Steenkamp’s parents say justice not served, want to meet Pistorius

Pistorius did not appear to have obvious reactions, either from a live stream of the ruling or from reports from inside the court room.

He stared ahead in a dark suit and tie, his left hand folded over his right.

Pistorius, the first double amputee to run in the Olympics in 2012, shot four times through a locked bathroom door on Valentine’s Day 2013, hitting and killing Steenkamp inside.

“A reasonable person … would have foreseen that possibility that whoever was behind the door might be killed by the shots and would have taken steps to avoid the consequences,” Masipa said. “The accused, in this matter, failed to take those consequences.”

Masipa said Pistorius’ lawyers correctly argued the runner believed he was shooting at an intruder rather than Steenkamp. The prosecution’s case was that Pistorius shot Steenkamp after they had an argument.

Masipa believed Pistorius’ verson of events, saying it was highly improbable he would have made up a story so quickly, having told the first people he saw after the shooting.

“The accused gave a version which could reasonably, possibly be true,” Masipa said. “In criminal law, that is all that is required for an acquittal as the onus to prove the guilt of an accused beyond reasonable doubt rests with the state throughout.

“The sequence of events, namely the shots, the screams, the shouts of help, the sound of a cricket bat striking against the toilet door, the calls made by various witnesses to security to report screams and/or shots are more in line with the version of the accused.

“Although it is not necessary for the state to prove motive, there is no basis on which this court could make inferences of why the accused would want to kill the deceased. In addition, there is objective evidence in the form of phone records. This, too, supports the version of the accused.

“Furthermore, the conduct of the accused shortly after the incident is inconsistent with the conduct of someone who had intention to commit murder. He acted promptly in seeking help soon after the incident. He shouted for help. He called a friend … He called 911. He called security, although he could not speak as he was crying. He prayed to God to save the deceased’s life. He was seen trying to resuscitate the deceased … and he was distraught.”

Pistorius was also convicted of one of three lesser, unrelated firearms charges, which could add to a possible prison sentence. He was found guilty of firing a gun in a public place, in a restaurant in January 2013.

Pistorius was granted bail as he awaits sentencing.

Pistorius’ uncle Arnold made a statement about an hour after Friday’s court session.

Pistorius would be allowed to run in Paralympics again

Full NBC News coverage of the Pistorius trial.

Anna van der Breggen is first cyclist to sweep road world titles in 25 years

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Dutchwoman Anna van der Breggen added the road race crown to her time trial victory at the world road cycling championships, becoming the second rider in history to win both events at the same edition.

“This is, for me, pretty good so far,” she said.

Van der Breggen, the Rio Olympic road race champion, won after a solo attack with more than 25 miles left of an 89-mile course in Imola, Italy, on Saturday.

She prevailed after more than four hours of racing by 80 seconds over countrywoman Annemiek van Vleuten, the 2019 champion. Van Vleuten raced nine days after breaking her left wrist in a Giro Rosa crash.

Italian Elisa Longo Borghini took bronze in the same time as van Vleuten after losing a photo-finish sprint. Lauren Stephens was the top American in 11th.

Full results are here.

The race lacked American standout Chloé Dygert, who crashed out of the time trial while leading on Thursday and required leg surgery.

Van der Breggen joined Frenchwoman Jeannie Longo as the only male or female cyclists to sweep the time trial and road race at a single worlds. Longo did so in 1995 at age 36.

Van der Breggen, 30, said in May that she will retire after the 2021 Olympic season.

It will be the end of one of the great cycling careers. She is now a three-time world champion and nine-time world medalist to go along with her road race gold and time trial bronze in her Olympic debut in Rio.

Worlds conclude Sunday with the men’s road race. A TV and stream schedule is here.

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2020 French Open TV, live stream schedule

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Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams can each tie Grand Slam singles titles records at the French Open, with daily live coverage among NBC Sports, Peacock and Tennis Channel.

NBC coverage starts Sunday with first-round action at Roland Garros, its 38th straight year covering the event. Tennis Channel airs the majority of weekday coverage. Peacock, NBC Universal’s new streaming service, has middle weekend broadcasts.

All NBC TV coverage alo streams on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app.

Nadal is the primary men’s storyline, favored to tie Roger Federer‘s male record of 20 major titles and extend his own record of 12 French Open crowns. Federer is absent after knee operations earlier this year.

The Spaniard’s primary competition is top-ranked Novak Djokovic, the 2016 French Open champion whose only defeat in 2020 was a U.S. Open default for hitting a ball that struck a linesperson in the throat.

Williams bids again to match the overall Grand Slam singles mark of 24 held by Australian Margaret Court. Williams, a three-time French Open champion, lost in the third and fourth round the last two years and is coming off a U.S. Open semifinal exit.

The women’s field is led by 2018 champion Simona Halep but lacks defending champion Ash Barty of Australia, not traveling due to the coronavirus pandemic. Also out: U.S. Open winner Naomi Osaka, citing a sore hamstring and tight turnaround from prevailing in New York two weeks ago.

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French Open TV Schedule

Date Time (ET) Network Round
Sunday, Sept. 27 5 a.m.-3 p.m. Tennis Channel First Round
12-3 p.m. NBC
Monday, Sept. 28 5 a.m.-3 p.m. Tennis Channel First Round
Tuesday, Sept. 29 5 a.m.-3 p.m. Tennis Channel First Round
Wednesday, Sept. 30 5 a.m.-3 p.m. Tennis Channel Second Round
Thursday, Oct. 1 5 a.m.-3 p.m. Tennis Channel Second Round
Friday, Oct. 2 5 a.m.-3 p.m. Tennis Channel Third Round
Saturday, Oct. 3 5 a.m.-12 p.m. Tennis Channel Third Round
11 a.m. Peacock
Sunday, Oct. 4 5 a.m.-12 p.m. Tennis Channel Fourth Round
11 a.m. Peacock
Monday, Oct. 5 5 a.m.-3 p.m. Tennis Channel Fourth Round
11 a.m. Peacock
Tuesday, Oct. 6 6 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tennis Channel Quarterfinals
Wednesday, Oct. 7 6 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tennis Channel Quarterfinals
Thursday, Oct. 8 5 a.m.-2 p.m. Tennis Channel Women’s Semis
11 a.m. NBC, NBCSN
Friday, Oct. 9 5 a.m.-4 p.m. Tennis Channel Men’s Semis
11 a.m. NBC, NBCSN
Saturday, Oct. 10 9 a.m. NBC Women’s Final
Sunday, Oct. 11 9 a.m. NBC Men’s Final