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Oscar Pistorius, at the end of the fourth day of  sentencing proceedings in the high court in Pretoria,  South Africa, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. Following the testimony hearing, which is expected to end this week, Judge Thokozile Masipa will rule on what punishment Pistorius must serve after convicting him of culpable homicide for shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp through a toilet door in his home. (AP Photo/Alon Skuy, Pool)

Oscar Pistorius trial: Prosecutor wants him sentenced to 10 years in prison

- Associated Press

The devastating hollow-point bullets fired by Oscar Pistorius from his powerful handgun “ripped” through Reeva Steenkamp’s body, the chief prosecutor said Friday at the end of the athlete’s sentencing hearing, urging a judge to send him to prison for at least 10 years.

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IN this Dec. 18, 2014 photo, figure skaters perform at the kick off ceremony for the Iceworld Sports Land skating park where Chinese sports officials attended to raise publicity for China's bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China. Beijing is ramping up its bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics with series of international athletic competitions and promotional events, seeking to stir public support and cement its status as the front-runner to hold the games. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Beijing ramping up bid for 2022 Winter Olympics

- Associated Press

Beijing is ramping up its bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics with a series of international sports competitions and promotional events, seeking to stir public support and cement its status as the front-runner to hold the games.

Olympian faces mischief charge in car vandalism

Associated Press

An Olympic medalist from southeastern Indiana faces a charge of criminal mischief after police say he threw rocks at vehicles and caused more than $8,000 in damage.

Mayor Eduardo Paes talks to journalists on a bus during his tour of Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. Rio will host the Olympic Games in 2016. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Rio Mayor: 2016 Olympic spending transparent, open

- Associated Press

Promising complete transparency, Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes said Friday that local organizers were "completely open" to financial audits of the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics.

Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps walks into a courthouse for a trial on drunken driving and other charges, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in Baltimore. Documents show that the 29-year-old was leaving Baltimore's Horseshoe Casino Sept. 30 when he was pulled over for speeding and crossing the double yellow line on a highway. Police say Phelps registered a .14 per cent on a blood-alcohol test. The legal limit to drive is .08 per cent in Maryland. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Gold medalist Michael Phelps pleads guilty to DUI

- Associated Press

Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps avoided jail time on Friday when a judge placed him on probation for pleading guilty to a drunken driving charge for the second time in 10 years. The punishment came with a warning.

FILE - In this July 23, 2014, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig leads off first during a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh. Twenty-five Cuban-born players appeared in the major leagues this year, a group that includes outfielders Puig and Yoenys Cespedes, and hard-throwing reliever Aroldis Chapman. Fred Claire can see the day when Major League Baseball teams open academies for prospects in Cuba. "It's absolutely a natural, just as the Dominican was and Venezuela. You go to where the talent is," the former Los Angeles Dodgers general manager said Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. "The high talent level for Cuban players is still there." (AP Photo/File)

Column: Thaw in US-Cuba relations warms up MLB

- Associated Press

If one ripple from the thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations means baseball prospects get off the island and into the major leagues without payoffs to smugglers and threats from kidnappers, it's hard to see the downside.

Rio Olympics end recruitment of volunteers

- Associated Press

Organizers of the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro have closed recruitment for volunteers, registering 242,757 applicants for 70,000 unpaid positions - 45,000 for the Olympics and 25,000 for the Paralympics.

FILE - In this July 15, 2008, file photo, track coach Jon Drummond carries starters blocks to set up for a workout in Arlington, Texas. Drummond received an eight-year doping ban after arbitrators found he possessed, trafficked, administered and assisted in the use and cover-up of banned substances. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced the ban Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2104. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

Track coach Drummond gets 8-year doping suspension

- Associated Press

Over an angst-filled summer of 2012, track coach Jon Drummond and his ailing star sprinter, Tyson Gay, wrestled with whether Gay should use a mysterious medicine that might help him run pain-free at the London Olympics.

FILE- In this file photo dated Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach arrives at the IOC executive board meeting in Monaco. The U.S. Olympic Committee board voted Tuesday Dec. 17, 2014, in favor of a bid, but must still decide which city to put forward among their four candidates of Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco or Washington and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has welcomed the U.S. decision to bid for the 2024 Games. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, FILE)

Bach welcomes US decision to bid for 2024 Olympics

- Associated Press

IOC President Thomas Bach welcomed the U.S. decision to bid for the 2024 Olympics, saying Wednesday that whichever city is put forward will be a "very strong" contender in what is shaping up as a high-profile global race.