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Pistorius’ brother facing charges from 2008 death

JOHANNESBURG – The murder case involving Olympic star Oscar Pistorius took another unexpected turn Sunday with the news that his older brother, Carl, is himself facing charges for the death of a woman in a traffic accident.

Carl Pistorius faces a charge of unlawful, negligent killing for a 2008 road death, “in which a woman motorcyclist sadly lost her life,” Kenneth Oldwage, the Pistorius family lawyer said Sunday. The accident happened in Vanderbijlpark, south of Johannesburg. The charge of ‘’culpable homicide” was dropped and then reinstated and will be challenged in court, the lawyer told The Associated Press.

It is the second time someone associated with the Pistorius case has been found to face a serious charge that has been dropped and then reinstated. It was revealed that the chief police investigator in the case is facing charges of seven counts of attempted murder for shooting at a vehicle with seven passengers. Following the revelations, Hilton Botha was removed from the Pistorius investigation and a new chief detective was appointed on Thursday.

World Cup skiing

Maze locks up World Cup title with nine races left

MERIBEL, France – There was only one fitting way for Tina Maze to wrap up the overall World Cup title – with another victory and with plenty of time to spare.

She clinched her first crystal globe Sunday by winning a super-combined for eighth win of the season. So overpowering was her season that she clinched the overall trophy with nine races to go.

Maze led the downhill and coasted home in the slalom after Maria Hoefl-Riesch crashed out of contention. She tied a season record with her 18th top-three finish, matching the podium mark set by Pernilla Wiberg of Sweden and Hanni Wenzel of Liechtenstein.

Maze has 1,844 points in the overall standings and looks all but certain to break the season record –men or women – of 2,000 held by Austrian great Hermann Maier.

Hoefl-Riesch is second in the overall standings but is 958 points behind and has no chance of closing the gap. Each victory is worth 100 points.

Pinturault’s daring run earns him giant slalom victory

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany – Alexis Pinturault of France used a daring second run to win a World Cup giant slalom Sunday as his closest German challengers faltered.

Pinturault was second after the first heat, behind hometown favorite Felix Neureuther and ahead of Fritz Dopfer. But Dopfer crashed out in the second run and Neureuther made a mistake that dropped him down in the standings. Germany was seeking its first men’s giant slalom victory in 40 years.

World Cup leader Marcel Hirscher of Austria and world champion Ted Ligety of the United States profited from the Germans’ mistakes to take second and third, respectively.

Pinturault clocked a combined time of 2 minutes, 32.42 seconds for his second win of the season and his first giant slalom victory.


Inbee Park takes advantage of Jutanugarn’s triple to win

CHONBURI, Thailand – South Korea’s Inbee Park took advantage of 17-year-old Thai star’s Ariya Jutanugarn’s closing triple bogey to win the LPGA Thailand by a stroke.

Jutanugarn blew a two-stroke lead on the par-5 18th, driving into an unplayable lie in a bunker, hitting over the green and three-putting for an 8.

Park shot a 5-under 67 to finish at 12 under and earned $225,000 for her fourth LPGA Tour title. Jutanugarn had a hole-in-one on the par-3 12th and closed with a 72.

Top-ranked Yani Tseng had a 63 to tie for third at 10 under with So Yeon Ryu (68), Stacy Lewis (70) and Beatriz Recari (70).

Associated Press