- Associated Press - Saturday, March 8, 2014


PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - In a day of potentially damaging testimony, a former girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius said at his murder trial Friday that he once shot his gun out of a car sunroof and later cheated on her with the woman he killed last year. And a security guard recalled the athlete telling him everything was “fine” after neighbors reported gunshots coming from Pistorius‘ house on the night of her death.

The gripping accounts capped the first week of the televised trial of the double-amputee Olympian, whose chief defense lawyer has tried to sow doubt about the testimony of neighbors who said they heard a woman’s screams before gunshots. Proceedings have also focused on past incidents involving alleged gunplay, part of an apparent prosecution effort to portray Pistorius, 27, as a hothead who sometimes thought he was above authority.



NENEW ORLEANS (AP) - A person familiar with the situation says Darren Sproles has been informed that the Saints will release him if they are unable to trade him before free agency begins Tuesday4 p.m.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the club’s decision, first reported by NFL.com, has not been made public.

New Orleans’ decision to part with Sproles is the latest in a series of cost-cutting moves, including Friday’s release of receiver Lance Moore.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press that veteran quarterback Matt Cassel is re-signing with the Minnesota Vikings.

The two sides reached an agreement one day before Cassel would be able to open negotiations with other teams. The person requested anonymity because an official announcement has not been made.

Terms of the deal were not immediately available.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge refused to immediately release former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper from jail in a Los Angeles rape case, but said she would have to free him soon if charges aren’t filed in a similar case in Louisiana.

The ruling came after lawyers for Sharper argued that he had been freed on $1 million bail and pleaded not guilty in the Los Angeles case but was jailed again after an arrest warrant was issued last week in Louisiana.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The Jacksonville Jaguars are bringing back quarterback Chad Henne.

Henne and the team agreed to a two-year contract worth $8 million, keeping the starter from hitting the free-agent market.

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