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Athletics

Pistorius murder trial can be televised, South Africa judge rules

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A South African judge ruled on Tuesday that the murder trial of Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius can be televised, giving millions around the world direct access to one of the most sensational celebrity trials since O.J. Simpson's.

Cricket

Prior defends himself as Pietersen fall-out continues

(Reuters) - England wicketkeeper Matt Prior has defended himself against allegations that he undermined former coach Andy Flower during the disastrous recent Ashes tour of Australia before turning his back on Kevin Pietersen.

Football

Costa Rica stun Italy, France crush Switzerland

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Another European football heavyweight fell to Latin American opposition on Friday as Costa Rica shocked Italy 1-0, putting the four-times champions' qualification in doubt, but France thumped Switzerland 5-2 in an imperious World Cup display.

Cricket

Pietersen the misunderstood maverick

LONDON (Reuters) - Maverick, innovator, game-changer, big-hitter, showman - accolades that Kevin Pietersen has lapped up ever since he decided to up sticks from his native South Africa and try his luck in England.

Cricket

Pietersen blames Flower for 'choking' England

LONDON (Reuters) - There were many villains in the England dressing-room but none was bigger than coach Andy Flower, Kevin Pietersen said as he launched a fresh attack on the man he blames for master-minding a covert operation to get rid of him.

Cricket

Swann labels Pietersen book "fiction"

LONDON (Reuters) - Former England team mate Graeme Swann began the backlash against Kevin Pietersen's new book on Monday by labelling it "the biggest work of fiction since Jules Verne".

Cricket

Pietersen claims 'bullying' hurt England dressing room

LONDON (Reuters) - Dumped England batsman Kevin Pietersen has slammed his former team managers for allegedly allowing a culture of 'bullying' to develop and said coach Andy Flower and wicketkeeper Matt Prior were behind an orchestrated campaign to oust him.

Football

Late Long strike denies Poland victory in Ireland

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland substitute Shane Long scored an injury-time equaliser to rescue a 1-1 home draw against Group D leaders Poland on Sunday and keep the hosts in contention for a place at Euro 2016.

Football

FIFA-lionising film that failed in Europe to hit U.S

LONDON (Reuters) - The film "United Passions" in which British actor Tim Roth portrays FIFA president Sepp Blatter does not hit American cinema screens until Friday, but whether it sinks - as it did in Europe - or swims it has at least one immortal line:

Other Sport

NBA player Chris Copeland, wife stabbed outside New York City club

NEW YORK (Reuters) - NBA player Chris Copeland of the Indiana Pacers and his wife were stabbed during a dispute outside a New York City nightclub early on Wednesday and hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, according to police and media reports.