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pushing for a murder conviction
against Oscar Pistorius filed
papers at South Africa's Supreme
Court of Appeal yesterday, four
days before the Olympic runner
is expected to be released from
prison and moved to house arrest.
Court registrar Paul Myburgh
confirmed the prosecution's papers
had been filed. Lawyers for the
double-amputee runner have until
September 17 to file their response
ahead of a hearing in November.
Prosecutors want a panel of
judges at the Supreme Court to
overrule a decision by another
judge to acquit Pistorius of murder
for killing girlfriend Reeva
Steenkamp in 2013. Pistorius was
instead found guilty of culpable
homicide, or manslaughter, for
shooting Steenkamp through a toi-
let cubicle door in his home.
He was sentenced to five years
in jail, but is expected to be released
from the Kgosi Mampuru II prison
in the South African capital Pre-
toria on Friday after serving ten
months of that culpable homicide
Because of his good behavior,
the 28-year-old Pistorius can be
released on probation to serve the
remainder under house arrest.
Prosecutors announced their
intention to appeal Judge Thokozile
Masipa's decision shortly after Pis-
torius' months-long trial last year.
They said Masipa made an error
in interpreting the law when she
cleared Pistorius of murder and
found him guilty instead of an
unintentional but still unlawful
Pistorius prosecutors file appeal at Supreme Court
scheduled to be released
from prison on Friday.
Fish upsets Troicki
Quoting a section of South African law known as
"dolus eventualis," prosecutors argue in their appeal
papers that the former track star should be convicted
of murder because he shot through the toilet door
in the pre-dawn hours of Valentine's Day two years
ago, knowing that whoever was behind the door
would likely be killed without just cause.
It's possible to be convicted of murder in South
Africa if its shown that the person foresaw the pos-
sibility of someone's death because of their actions
and went ahead anyway.
Pistorius testified that he shot Steenkamp after
mistaking her for a dangerous intruder hiding in his
If his conviction is upgraded from manslaughter
to murder, he would be sentenced to at least 15 years
in prison, the minimum sentence for a murder con-
viction in South Africa, which doesn't have the death
penalty. The prosecution's appeal will be heard by
a panel of either three or five judges at the Supreme
Court in the central city of Bloemfontein. They could
convict Pistorius of murder with a simple 2-1 or 3-
2 majority. (AP)
MASON---Mardy Fish surprised even himself.
Fish opened the next-to-last tournament of his
career with a convincing 6-2, 6-2 upset of 20th-
ranked Viktor Troicki in the first round of the Western
& Southern Open yesterday.
"I was a little surprised at my level," Fish said. "I
hadn't practiced a ton or particularly well for a little
while. I was struggling with my serve.
"A friend of mine came in a couple days and helped,
but it was still sort of a struggle even yesterday to
sort of find my serve and stuff. I was obviously real
happy with the level."
Fish, a wild-card entrant who already has
announced that the US Open will be his last event
before retiring, advanced to face second-ranked Andy
Murray after his first singles victory on tour in almost
two years. He last won August 18, 2013, beating
Evgeny Donskoy in three sets at Winston-Salem.
Unseeded Ivo Karlovic also upset 10th-seeded
Gilles Simon 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-3. Karlovic is 3-1 in his
career against Simon.
Venus Williams had to wait out a rain delay of
more than 2 hours before beating Zarina Diyas 7-6
In other men's action, Joao Sousa defeated Philipp
Kohlschreiber 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-2, while Bernard Tomic
beat Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-4, 6-3, and Thomaz Bellucci
topped Jiri Vesely 7-6 (5), 6-2.
In women's first-round play, Wimbledon quar-
terfinalist CoCo Vandeweghe cruised past qualifier
Yulia Putintseva 7-5, 6-2, while Jelena Jankovic
advanced with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over Madison
Brengle and Karin Knapp defeated Ana Konjuh 7-
Sharapova ready to return from break
MASON---Maria Sharapova says she's still working
through a minor leg injury.
The second-ranked Sharapova hasn't played since
Wimbledon, where she lost to Serena Williams in
the semifinals July 9. She was supposed to return
last week in Toronto but withdrew after getting hurt
"I'm feeling better, but I'm still working through
it," she said yesterday.
She plans to come back at the Western & Southern
Open outside Cincinnati this week.
"I always enjoy my little break after Wimbledon,"
she said. "I love the summer."
Sharapova is 34-7 and has won two titles this sea-
son, which leaves her far from satisfied.
"Even when I've been healthy, little things here
and there have limited me," she said. She feels for-
tunate to be second in the rankings behind Williams,
who will go into the US Open trying to win the first
Grand Slam since Steffi Graf in 1988. (AP)
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