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SOMERSET WEST---Oscar Pistorius walked into a
South African police station yesterday to report for
community service, the first public sighting of the
double-amputee athlete since he was released from
jail in secret last month and moved to house arrest.
Pistorius is currently serving a five-year sentence
for shooting to death girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and
can only leave home for specific reasons, like attending
church or for the community service tasks he has
been ordered to do.
Looking thin and pale and wearing sunglasses and
a black baseball cap pulled down low, Pistorius arrived
early yesterday morning at the Garsfontein police
station in the South African capital, Pretoria. He was
in a white t-shirt and baggy khaki pants, and had a
In a video clip published by South African media,
a woman says "Hi Oscar, how are you?" as Pistorius
walks past a small group of journalists and into the
station. Pistorius does not reply, instead looking down
at the ground as he passes.
He was accompanied by an unidentified woman,
who Eyewitness News said was a social worker.
Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison after
being convicted of manslaughter for killing Steenkamp
He was released from jail October 19, in line with
South African corrections department regulations, to
serve the remaining four years of the sentence under
house arrest at his uncle s mansion in the eastern
suburbs of Pretoria.
But having been acquitted of murder
at trial last year, the 28-year-old Pistorius
is facing a second legal challenge.
Prosecutors argued at the Supreme
Court on November 3 that Pistorius
should be found guilty of murder.
At the appeal Pistorius lawyer was
grilled by a panel of judges over the
Olympic athlete s actions on the night
he shot Steenkamp.
Prosecutors argued that the judge at
Pistorius murder trial made errors when
she acquitted him of murder.
The panel of five Supreme Court
judges has the power to upgrade Pis-
torius culpable homicide conviction to
murder, which would mean the runner
faces a 15-year jail sentence.
The Supreme Court, which can also
order a retrial or rule that Pistorius
manslaughter conviction was correct,
is expected to give its judgment at the
end of this month. (AP)
Pistorius reports at police station
for community service
Oscar Pistorius reports for community service at the
Garsfontein police station in Pretoria, South Africa,
yesterday. AP PHOTO
PRAGUE---Maria Sharapova won to put Russia
level with the defending champion Czech Republic
at 1-1 in the Fed Cup final yesterday.
Sharapova defeated Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-4,
after two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova
overcame a slow start to beat Anastasia
Pavlyuchenkova 2-6, 6-1, 6-1.
The reverse singles and doubles are today at O2
Arena, where security has been stepped up following
the terrorist attacks in Paris. The players and 13,000
spectators observed a minute of silence during the
opening ceremony for the victims of the deadly
attacks in the French capital. Because of the attacks,
Czech President Milos Zeman canceled his visit to
the final to attend a meeting of the country s security
council. Sharapova, who helped Russia win its last
title in 2008 but was playing in her first final, wasted
two match points at 5-3, and converted the third
one on serve when Pliskova s backhand went long.
She struggled at times on serve, hitting nine double
faults, but compensated with 28 winners to Pliskova s
11 in their first encounter. The 11th-ranked Pliskova
went 2-0 up in the second set but fourth-ranked
Sharapova used strong returns to fight back, winning
four straight games. She had to cope with another
scare at 4-3, holding from 0-40, and pumped her
fist when she won the game with a powerful forehand
winner. Earlier, Kvitova won the opener when
Pavlyuchenkova conceded on a double fault.
Kvitova, who has led the Czechs to three Fed Cup
titles in the last four years, was not able to find her
game in the first set before staging a comeback.
It took Kvitova 10 break points to finally break
the Russian for the first time, in the second game
of the second set. Another break came for 4-0 when
Kvitova found her rhythm with her typical fierce
groundstrokes to dominate the rest of the match,
and improve to 7-3 against her opponent, and 26-
6 in Fed Cup singles. Today s reverse singles begin
with Kvitova playing Sharapova, then Pliskova takes
on Pavlyuchenkova. In doubles, the Czech pair of
Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova is set to play
Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina. (AP)
Sharapova tops Pliskova
to even Fed Cup final
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