- Associated Press - Friday, March 7, 2014

IN THE COURTS

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - As the girlfriend he shot in the head lay dead or dying in his home, a weeping, praying Oscar Pistorius knelt at her side and struggled in vain to help her breathe by holding two fingers in her clenched mouth, a witness testified Thursday at the double-amputee runner’s murder trial.

“I shot her. I thought she was a burglar. I shot her,” radiologist Johan Stipp, a neighbor, recalled Pistorius saying. The worried neighbor had entered Pistorius‘ home after hearing screams. By that time, the Olympian had carried Reeva Steenkamp’s bloodied body downstairs following the fatal nighttime shooting in his bathroom.

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - A UC Santa Barbara basketball fan ran on the court and confronted Hawaii coach Gib Arnold during the Gauchos’ 86-77 victory over the Rainbow Warriors.

The male student stormed the court while Arnold was arguing with the referees after Hawaii’s Brandon Spearman was called for an intentional foul.

Hawaii forward Christian Standhardinger pushed the fan away from Arnold. Teammate Garrett Nevels also shoved away the fan, who gestured for the players to come after him as he backpedaled off the court.

“The student will obviously face legal action,” Santa Barbara athletic department spokesman Bill Mahoney said.

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Coach Mike Krzyzewski was out of the hospital and at practice with No. 4 Duke after feeling light-headed during a loss at Wake Forest Wednesday night.

The 67-year-old Hall of Fame coach took a knee during a timeout in the second half of the game. He did not attend the postgame news conference.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina coach Frank Martin was suspended one game for harsh language aimed at his players during a loss to No. 1 Florida and won’t be with the team when it plays at Mississippi State on Saturday.

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PRO FOOTBALL

Two people familiar with the situation say Michael Vick and the Eagles haven’t ruled out the quarterback returning to Philadelphia.

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