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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.

Oscar Pistorius, right, arrives at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. Presiding Judge Thokozile Masipa is expected to announce her verdict in Pistorius' murder trail after scrutinizing evidence Thursday and Friday given by 37 witnesses in a court transcript running to thousands of pages in a drama that has played out over six months. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

Oscar Pistorius could get 15 years for culpable homicide

- Associated Press

A South African judge on Friday found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp but declared him not guilty of murder.

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Russian Tennis Federation President Shamil Tarpischev talks during the official ceremony after the final match at the Kremlin Cup tennis tournament in Moscow in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. Russian Tennis Federation President Shamil Tarpischev has been fined $25,000 by the WTA Tour and suspended from tour involvement for a year for questioning Venus and Serena Williams' gender in comments on Russian television. The WTA Tour said Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, that the $25,000 fine is the maximum allowed under tour rules and that it is seeking Tarpischev's removal as chairman of the Kremlin Cup tournament for one year. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

IOC seeks explanation of Russian member's comments

Associated Press

The International Olympic Committee is asking Russian member Shamil Tarpischev for a "full explanation" of his comments about Venus and Serena Williams that led to him being fined and suspended by the women's tennis tour.

Northampton junior earns US swim spot

- Associated Press

Erin Voss had no idea that one race could change her swimming career. When she broke the YMCA national long course 200-meter backstroke record in July, it propelled her from one of the top high school swimmers in Massachusetts to one of the top 50 worldwide.

FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2014, file photo, United States' Jillion Potter, foreground, is tackled by Australia's Hanna Sio in a Women's Sevens World Series rugby game at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga. From the domestic abuse crisis in the NFL to all the shenanigans in college football, it has been hard to find anyone worth cheering for. Well, here's an athlete who could use your support _ U.S. rugby player Jillion Potter, whose Olympic dreams are on hold while she battles a rare form of cancer. (AP Photo/Jason Getz, File)

Column: Finally, an inspiring story from sports

- Associated Press

Jillion Potter thinks about it all the time. The Rio Olympics. The dream of climbing the podium with the rest of the U.S. rugby team to have a medal draped around her neck.

FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2014, file photo, Simone Biles of the United States performs on the vault during the women's vault final of the Artistic Gymnastics World Championship at the Guangxi Gymnasium in Nanning, China. Biles won her second world all-around gymnastics last weekend in China, becoming the first U.S. woman to win two straight world all-around titles since Shannon Miller in 1993-94. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

Biles returns with 4 world golds, no bee stings

- Associated Press

Simone Biles sprinted toward the vault, soared above the beam and capped the floor exercise routine with a twisting double backflip en route to winning her second world all-around gymnastics title.

FILE - This June 27, 2014 file photo shows an aerial view of the Rio 2016 Olympic golf course under construction in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The public prosecutor's office is taking on the city government and the golf course developer in a lawsuit that contends environmental rules were breached in building the course. Public prosecutor Marcus Leal told The Associated Press on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 that the two sides are in a 30-day negotiation period aimed at resolving their differences. (AP Photo/Leo Correa, File)

Rio's Olympic golf course grass under threat

- Associated Press

The decision to put down grass on the contested 2016 Olympic golf course amid continued legal wrangling could prove to be a costly mistake, a Rio de Janeiro public prosecutor warned on Wednesday.

Armin Zoeggeler speaks during a news conference in Milan, Italy, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. Luge standout Armin Zoeggeler, the first athlete to win a medal in the same individual event at six consecutive Olympics, has announced his retirement. The 40-year-old Zoeggeler began his Olympic streak by winning bronze in singles at the 1994 Lillehammer Games. Then he took silver in Nagano four years later, gold in Salt Lake City and gold again at his home Turin Games, before concluding his career with bronzes in Vancouver and Sochi. Zoeggeler also won six golds and 16 medals overall at the world championships. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Luge great Armin Zoeggeler retires

Associated Press

Luge standout Armin Zoeggeler, the first athlete to medal in the same individual event at six consecutive Olympics, has announced his retirement.

France still considering Paris bid for 2024 Games

- Associated Press

French officials are still considering a possible Paris bid for the 2024 Olympics, even though Prime Minister Manuel Valls has endorsed the city's candidacy to host the 2025 World Expo.

German confederation delays Olympic bid decision

Associated Press

The German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) will not decide until next year whether to present either Hamburg or Berlin as candidate cities for the 2024 or 2028 Olympics.

Fiji takes 1st points on road to Rio, seeks funds

- Associated Press

Fiji took first honors on rugby's road to the Rio Olympics, holding off Samoa 31-24 in a final of shifting momentum Sunday at the Gold Coast sevens when Jasa Veremalua put the result beyond doubt in the dying seconds. That, apparently, was the easy part.