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Tuesday's Sports In Brief

Wednesday - 2/20/2013, 6:22am  ET

The Associated Press

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) -- TRACK AND FIELD

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) -- Oscar Pistorius portrayed himself as a lover caught in tragedy, wielding a pistol and frightened as he stood only on his stumps, then killed his girlfriend after mistaking her for an intruder on Valentine's Day.

Prosecutors, however, said the double-amputee Olympian committed premeditated murder, planning the slaying, then firing at Reeva Steenkamp as she cowered behind his locked bathroom door with no hope of escape.

"She couldn't go anywhere," Prosecutor Gerrie Nel told a packed courtroom Tuesday. "It must have been horrific."

Weeping uncontrollably, Pistorius listened as his words were read out in court by his attorney during the opening of a two-day bail hearing, his first public account of the events surrounding the shooting death of Steenkamp, a 29-year-old model and reality TV star who had spoken out against violence against women.

NCAA

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) -- Miami finally received its notice of allegations from the NCAA, which accused the school of having a "lack of institutional control" for not monitoring the conduct of a booster who provided thousands of dollars in cash, gifts and other items to football and men's basketball players.

The institutional-control charge is typically one of the most severe the NCAA can bring after an investigation of rules violations.

The NCAA declined to comment a day after revealing that it was erasing some elements of its case against Miami because the information was obtained in impermissible ways.

"We deeply regret any violations, but we have suffered enough," Miami President Donna Shalala said in a statement announcing the university had received notice from the NCAA.

PRO HOCKEY

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Blackhawks beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 in a shootout to give them 16 straight games with at least one point, matching the NHL record to start a season.

Patrick Kane and Andrew Shaw scored in the tiebreaker for the Blackhawks (13-0-3), who earned their third consecutive win and joined the 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks as the only teams to record at least one point in the first 16 games of a season. The Ducks got off to a 12-0-4 start that year and went on to win the Stanley Cup.

PRO BASKETBALL

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Magic Johnson is one of the most successful athletes on and off the field of play, winning titles in the NBA, college and high school and making millions in business.

The Hall of Fame basketball player and an owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers said he lost a lot with the death of Lakers owner Jerry Buss.

"He made me the man I am today," Johnson said Tuesday night, a day after Buss died. "Forget just the basketball player, but the man that I am. I owe a lot to Dr. Buss.

"I think the reason I own the Dodgers today is because of Dr. Buss and his expertise of giving me sound business advice and making sure I took care of my money and things of that nature."

Johnson spoke to reporters about Buss before working as an analyst for ESPN when No. 4 Michigan State hosted top-ranked Indiana.

BASEBALL

San Diego Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera is among five players whose names are listed in the records of a Florida clinic at the center of a Major League Baseball investigation into illegal drugs, ESPN reported.

The report said Cabrera, who led the NL in stolen bases last season, was listed along with Padres reliever Fautino De Los Santos, Oakland reliever Jordan Norberto, Houston outfielder Fernando Martinez and New York Mets outfield prospect Cesar Puello.

The Biogenesis of America clinic Anthony Bosch ran in Coral Gables is now closed. The facility allegedly provided performance-enhancing substances to several players, including Alex Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera and Nelson Cruz. The players have said they didn't get illegal drugs from the clinic.

The Padres and Mets declined comment on the report. Everth Cabrera and Melky Cabrera are not related.

NEW YORK (AP) -- San Francisco catcher Buster Posey received the steepest increase among players in salary arbitration this year.

According to a study by The Associated Press, the 133 players who filed last month gained an average increase of 119 percent. No cases went to a hearing for the first time since arbitration began in 1974.

Posey, the NL batting champion and MVP, led the way with a 13-fold hike to $8 million.

Other big rises were obtained by Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters, an 11-fold increase to $5.5 million. Cincinnati pitcher Mat Latos enjoyed a 10-times increase to an average of $5.75 million as part of a two-year deal.

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