Sunday 16 December 2018

Pistorius free to compete again

Oscar Pistorius is free to compete for South Africa again - as long as his running does not go against the ruling of a judge.

The athlete, who is to be sentenced next month after being found guilty of culpable homicide over the fatal shooting of his girlfriend, could compete at any time because the South African Olympic committee has no regulations preventing someone with a criminal record from representing the country.

"As he stands right now, he's free [to compete]," South African Sports Confederation chief Tubby Reddy said.

Gaultier goes 'off the rails'

French fashion house Jean-Paul Gaultier will no longer produce men's and women's ready-to-wear.

The house will concentrate on haute couture collections, perfume and various collaborations within the industry, it said in a statement.

Jean-Paul Gaultier, one of the long-standing stars of French fashion alongside Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel, opened the business in the early 1980s.

Yes side wins by four lengths

A race between Yes and No horses has resulted in a win for the pro-independence camp in Scotland.

The two-horse race saw Yes We Can storm to a four-length victory over its rival Neigh Thanks at Musselburgh racecourse.

The five-year-old gelding went to the front early on and stayed out of reach of Neigh Thanks running in the Better Together silks.

Trainer Jim Goldie, who supplied both horses, said: "We're absolutely delighted. There was always going to be a winner and a loser, just like Thursday, and it was a close win in the end."

Shelling kills six in the Ukraine

Shelling killed six people and wounded 15 others in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk - the worst reported violence since a cease-fire between Russian-backed rebels and Ukrainian troops.

Nonetheless, the deal has brought some normalcy to parts of eastern Ukraine and allowed prisoners on both sides to go home.

Another 73 Ukrainian soldiers were freed Sunday night in an exchange with the rebels, a spokesman for the Ukrainian National Defense Council said.

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