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Kevin Mwanza, 5:13 am
South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius was ordered by the court on Tuesday to undergo a month of psychiatric tests to find out whether he was criminally responsible on the night he shot dead his girlfriend on Feb. 14 last year. Judge Thokozile Masipa told Pistorius he had to report to Pretoria’s Weskoppies hospital, one of South Africa’s top mental institutions, as an outpatient for up to 30 days, starting on May 26.
Kevin Mwanza, 5:58 am
Famous Cote d’Ivoire international soccer player, Didier Drogba, has said he will make a €1 million ($1.37 million) donation to the families of victims of the worst mining disaster in Soma, Turkey that killed over 300 coal miners last Tuesday. BBC reported that at least 25 people have been arrested in line with the mine collapse disaster.
Dana Sanchez, 5:37 pm
The prosecution asked for the evaluation after a psychiatrist told the court Monday that Pistorius, who is on trial for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp on Feb. 14 2013, suffered from an anxiety disorder. Pistorius, who has frequently vomited into a bucket and wept during the trial, showed no emotion as he stood in the dock listening to Masipa’s ruling, NewsOfTheWorld reports.
Kevin Mwanza, 4:13 am
The rusty iron buildings that shelter the Safari Simbaz cycling team in a village outside the Kenyan capital may not immediately catch the eye. But inside and around the simple dwellings an ambitious plot is being hatched: to challenge the Europeans for places in some of the world’s most prestigious and lucrative races, including the Tour de France.
Dana Sanchez, 5:42 pm
The Confederation of African Football called for an investigation into the death Sunday of 15 fans at a league match in the DRC after fans threw “missiles” onto the field and police fired teargas into the crowd. “Any acts of violence have no place in football,” CAF President Issa Hayatou said.
Kevin Mwanza, 3:25 am
Ahead of the World Cup in Brazil next month BBC’s Jao Fellet travelled around South Africa, the tournament’s last host, to get people’s views on the aftermath of the soccer frenzy that engulfed the whole continent in 2010. While most South Africans seem pleased with what they see as the legacy left from hosting the 2010 World Cup – such as improvements in transportation infrastructure – some believe the overall costs are still hurting taxpayers.
Dana Sanchez, 12:30 pm
Oscar Pistorius’ defense called an anesthetist to testify at the double-amputee runner’s murder trial, according to Newsloop. An autopsy report showed Steenkamp had food in her stomach after she was shot by Pistorius. An expert for the prosecution said a person’s stomach is normally empty six hours after eating, and that Steenkamp ate much later than Pistorius claims.
Keren Mikva, 10:24 am AFKI Original
A bad sports blunder can be fatal. Soccer fans are known for being hardcore, but they took it to new levels after Colombian Andres Escobar accidentally scored on his own goal against the U.S. during the 1994 World Cup, costing Colombia the game. Ten days after the match, Escobar was approached outside a bar by Humberto Muñoz Castro, who shot him 12 times, shouting “Goal!” with each shot. Castro got 43 years in prison for killing Escobar, but was released after 11 years for good behavior. Here are some of the worst sports gaffes in history.
Makula Dunbar, 6:17 pm
“You can’t have transformations without targets,” Fikile Mbalula, South Africa’s sports minister told CCTV Africa. His latest endeavor, according to a CCTV Africa video report, to raise the quota of black players in sports is gaining lots of attention. Addressing all of the nation’s sports federation’s he threatened to enforce boycotts and sanctions if teams did not have at least 60 percent of black players on their teams. The rule has recently been relaxed, especially after seeing little to no change within the sports of rugby and cricket.
Kevin Mwanza, 4:46 pm
In the company of the U.S., Portugal and Germany in group G, Ghana’s soccer team has a challenging road ahead in wake of the 2014 World Cup. CCTV Africa reports that players are hopeful that they’ll in the least surpass their 2010 FIFA World Cup quart-finals benchmark.”I think we are in a tough group, but I think they’re also scared of us because Ghana is also one of the big countries. Each country coming to meet Ghana — they make sure they are prepared very well.”