Oscar Pistorius sentenced to five years in jail

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We start in South Africa and Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to five years in jail for killing his girlfriend Reeve Steenkamp last year.

The Paralympic champion’s defence team had pushed for house arrest but he’s expected to spend at least 10 months in jail after being found guilty of culpable homicide. He will be banned from competing for the full length of his sentence even if he is released early.

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Wales drop key pair for Autumn internationals

On to rugby and Wales have omitted veteran duo James Hook and Adam Jones for their upcoming games against Australia, Fiji, New Zealand and South Africa next month.

Former Wales Under-20 front-rower Nicky Smith, who plays in Jones' position of prop is the only uncapped player in the squad, and Coach Warren Gatland says the pair were unlucky to miss out.

Cricket storm

It looks like there’s a storm brewing in the world of cricket - India have pulled out of their tours of the Caribbean in 2016. The move comes after West Indies cancelled their visit to India next week over a pay dispute having left the country following the 4th ODI international on Friday. 

The Indian Cricket Board, the BCCI, confirmed that all future tours between the two teams are suspended, and also added that legal advice is being sought ahead of potential action to recoup losses.

Navratilova blasts ITF

Martina Navratilova has criticised the International Tennis Federation for failing to respond to derogatory comments made by one of its member about the Williams sisters.

Russian Tennis Federation president Shamil Tarpischev mocked Serena and Venus by calling them 'brothers'. The Women's Tennis Federation has banned him for a year and fined him more than £15,000 but so far the ITF have remained silent.

The silence from the ITF has been pretty deafening," Navratilova said.
"They are the ones who actually have the possibility of doing something as Tarpischev is head of the Russian Tennis Federation, which falls under the ITF and is also Fed Cup captain which falls under the ITF.

"This kind of bullying comment cannot be tolerated from anyone, but particularly from a high-up official in the tennis world."

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