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In this Saturday Nov. 14, 2015, file photo Oscar Pistorius reports for community service at the Garsfontein police station in Pretoria, South Africa, while under house arrest. (AP Photo)

South African appeals court convicts Oscar Pistorius of murder

- Associated Press

A South African appeals court on Thursday convicted Oscar Pistorius of murder, overturning a lower court’s conviction of the double-amputee Olympian on the lesser charge of manslaughter for shooting girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp to death in 2013.

Rio’s dangerous Olympic waters rife with pathogens, sewage

- Associated Press

Olympic sailor Erik Heil floated a novel idea to protect himself from the sewage-infested waters he and other athletes will compete in during next year’s games: He’d wear plastic overalls and peel them off when he was safely past the contaminated waters nearest shore.

People walk in front of the Russian Olympic Committee building in Moscow in this Nov. 13, 2015, file photo. Leaders of the world anti-doping movement called for Russian track athletes to be banned from next year's Olympics, saying Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, that the nine-month window between now and the games isn't enough to ensure the program and its athletes are clean. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File)

Olympic athlete calls for all sports to be investigated as WADA probe gears up

- Associated Press

While the World Anti-Doping Agency geared up to suspend Russia’s anti-doping operation, calls for further investigation into that country’s entire sports program came from athletes and leaders outside of track and field who fear their sports have been tainted, too.

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Editorials from around New England

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Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New England newspapers:

Moviegoers wait before Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken" opens in front of a movie theater in Tokyo, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. "Unbroken" has opened more than a year after the rest of the world in Japan, the country where the main character endures as a prisoner of war and where some have called for a boycott of the movie. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Angelina Jolie's film 'Unbroken' finally opens in Japan

- Associated Press

Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken" opened Saturday more than a year after the rest of the world in Japan, where the main character endures as a prisoner of war and where some have called for a boycott of the movie.

In this Jan. 28, 2016 photo, Dr. Kevin deWeber examines the knee of an injured soccer player  at Clark College's O'Connell Sports Complex in Vancouver, Wash.  DeWeber recently learned his big dream is going to become a reality. He was offered a position on the medical staff for the Rio 2016 Olympics this summer in Rio de Janeiro.   (Natalie Behring/The Columbian via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Vancouver doctor is Olympics bound

- Associated Press

Several years ago, Dr. Kevin deWeber decided to dream big. And in the world of sports medicine, nothing is bigger than the Olympics.

Sharapova playing doubles not singles in Fed Cup

Associated Press

Maria Sharapova was passed over for the singles and scheduled to play doubles for Russia against the Netherlands in their Fed Cup first-round tie starting on Saturday.

IAAF looking into claims of state-sanctioned doping in China

- Associated Press

The IAAF is investigating the authenticity of a two-decade-old letter published in Chinese media that suggests state-sanctioned doping in the 1990s, and casts doubt on the longstanding world records set by Wang Junxia in the women's 3,000 and 10,000 meters.

A researcher holds a container with female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes at the Biomedical Sciences Institute in the Sao Paulo's University, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 18, 2016. The Aedes aegypti is a vector for transmitting the Zika virus. The Brazilian government announced it will direct funds to a biomedical research center to help develop a vaccine against the Zika virus linked to brain damage in babies. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Brazil minister says no plans to cancel Rio Games

- Associated Press

Brazilian organizers have reiterated they have no intention of canceling the Rio de Janeiro Olympics because of the outbreak of the Zika virus, with Sports Minister George Hilton saying the topic "is not in discussion."