PRETORIA, South Africa -- For five days, Oscar Pistorius endured a withering cross-examination at his murder trial from a prosecutor who pounced on apparent inconsistencies in his testimony. Sports Jerseys From China . Yet, legal analysts said Tuesday, expert witnesses who will testify for the defence could undermine the prosecutions efforts to prove Pistorius killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on purpose after an argument. The demeanour of the Olympian, often fumbling for answers and occasionally breaking into sobs, contrasted with that of prosecutor Gerrie Nel, who called Pistorius a liar and unleashed volleys of barbed questions. Social media buzzed that Pistorius is in deep trouble -- a South African talk show host wryly observed that the double-amputee runner had not "covered himself with glory" when his cross-examination ended Tuesday -- but experts said the trial has a long way to go. "Until the defence presents the rest of their case, you cant really evaluate the significance of any potential concessions that he may have made," said Kelly Phelps, a senior lecturer in the public law department at the University of Cape Town. The trial, which began March 3 and is expected to hear testimony until mid-May, reached a key stage last week when Pistorius took the stand to testify about the circumstances of Steenkamps killing in his home before dawn on Feb. 14, 2013. The Paralympic champion, 27, says he shot the 29-year-old model through a closed toilet door after mistaking her for an intruder, but Nel catalogued what he said were conflicts in Pistorius story that prove he made it up. The prosecution provided a "very clear narrative for the first time" of what it says happened on the night of Steenkamps death, Phelps said. The judge, she said, must decide whether Pistorius inconsistencies were a result of his clumsily trying to polish a story that is true in its fundamentals, or instead revealed an "elaborate coverup plot" after he murdered his lover. Phelps said the prosecution accused Pistorius of changing his account mostly on "smaller details" but that he had stuck to the "core parts of his story." Some commentators have speculated that Pistorius could face a lesser homicide charge that still carries long prison time in the event of a conviction. Still, during cross-examination, Pistorius gave a sometimes muddled account of the shooting. He said he feared for his life but also didnt intentionally shoot at anyone, prompting Nel to query if his defence was self-defence or "involuntary action." Inconsistencies in the athletes testimony include his statement that Steenkamp did not scream when he shot her but later saying his ears were ringing with the first of four gunshots and he would not have heard screams. A vital part of the prosecutions case is the testimony of neighbours who said they heard a womans terrified screams on the night that Steenkamp died; the defence says they actually heard Pistorius screaming in a high-pitched voice. Pistorius credibility was further challenged by earlier testimony against him for three unrelated gun charges in which he denied any wrongdoing when questioned by Nel. Possibly in his favour was his lack of anger on the witness stand despite the prosecutions picture of him as overbearing and arrogant. Nevertheless, Marius du Toit, a former state prosecutor, magistrate and now criminal defence lawyer in South Africa, said Nel exceeded his goals in his cross-examination, even goading Pistorius into faulting his legal team while trying to clarify testimony. For example, chief defence lawyer Barry Roux said Pistorius fired two quick bursts -- the gun owners terminology for such a burst is "double tap" -- but Pistorius said he fired four shots in rapid succession. Du Toit, however, said the defence, which plans to call up to 17 witnesses, could still make it hard for the prosecution to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Pistorius is guilty of premeditated murder, which carries a penalty of 25 years to life in prison. Du Toit said he wasnt convinced that the prosecution had shown that he intended to kill, noting Pistorius fired roughly level with Steenkamps mid-section. Prosecution witnesses said the first bullet likely struck her in the hip. "If you wanted to kill someone, you would shoot in the chest or the head," du Toit said, adding that it was "not all lost" for Pistorius even though the defence has a lot of hard work to do. That work started right after Pistorius finished testifying. Roux, the defence lawyer, had the runner read out a Valentines Day card from Steenkamp that she allegedly brought him just before he killed her. In it, she tells Pistorius that she loves him. Roux then called forensic expert and former police officer Roger Dixon, who contradicted parts of the prosecutions case. Dixon said he conducted tests in Pistorius bedroom that proved it was very dark there at night, supporting Pistorius statement that he could not see Steenkamp in his bedroom on the night he killed her, and describing some aspects of the police investigation as "unprofessional." Phelps, the University of Cape Town lecturer, said Judge Thokozile Masipa could consider the prosecutors allegation that Pistorius sometimes faked distress in the witness box to wriggle out of a tough question. Otherwise, she said, the athletes outbursts would not affect the judge, who will deliver a verdict because South Africa does not have a jury system. "Her recognizing that trauma will have absolutely no bearing on her determination as to what his state of mind was when he was firing the shots," Phelps said. Nolan Ryan Jersey . Toronto dropped a 7-2 decision to the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday afternoon, with only a pair of late runs preventing a second straight shutout loss. Josh Willingham belted a two-run homer in the first inning and Kendrys Morales hit a bases-clearing double in the seventh as the Twins took the rubber game of the three-game series. Michael Jordan Jersey Chicago White Sox . -- Max Gilbert captured his first pro victory at the Tour Championship of Canada.NAPLES, Fla. - Jason Day and Cameron Tringale shot a 17-under 55 on Thursday in the first-round scramble to take a two-stroke lead in the Franklin Templeton Shootout.The abridged version is, I hit first and then let Jason loose, Tringale said.Day and Tringale tied the tournament scramble record set by tournament host Greg Norman and Nick Price in 1993 and matched by Peter Jacobsen and John Cook in 1998 and Norman and Steve Elkington in 2005.Scramble is one of those formats where you have to go at it and shoot lights out, Day said. It definitely helps when you have a partner who hits it down the middle all the time and putts great.They were 12 under on the last 12 holes at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, making eagles on Nos. 13 and 14 and birdies on Nos. 9-12 and 15-18.Its great to be able to read the putt together, really put our minds together, because hes a great putter, Day said. He always has been.Defending champions Matt Kuchar and Harris English opened with a 57. They birdied 14 of their last 15 holes. Brett Favre Jersey. To go 15 is great, Kuchar said. To go 17 is quite amazing.All 12 teams were 11 under or better. The teams will play a modified alternate shot Friday and close with a better-ball round Saturday.English thinks they separated themselves last year in the modified alternate shot.I feel like we can do the same thing as we did last year, English said. Kooch is driving it great right now, so were going to kind of lean on that.Keegan Bradley-Camilo Villegas, Graeme McDowell-Gary Woodland and Ryan Palmer-Jimmy Walker shot 59.Patrick Reed played two days after wife Justine suffered a grand mal seizure.We are really fortunate that she is OK and lucky that I was in the room with her to save her from drowning, Reed saidReed, a late replacement for Chris Kirk, teamed with Brandt Snedeker to shoot 61. They were tied for 10th.(Previous version of story incorrectly listed speaker as Kuchar instead of English in quote.) ' ' '
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Alastair Cook fell to the final ball on day four to deflate Englands spirited fightback in the second Test in Visakhapatnam. Fake Soccer Jerseys . Having been set 405 to win and five sessions to bat by India, Cook (54) led from the front, battling for 188 deliveries, and sharing in a 75-run stand across 50 overs with opening partner, Haseeb Hameed (25). Watch the best of the action from day four of the second Test in Visakhapatnam But with Hameeds 144-ball vigil ended by Ravichandran Ashwin to a delivery that cruelly kept low and trapped him lbw, Cook too was trapped in front, to the final ball of the day from Ravindra Jadeja as England closed on 87-2.Earlier, the tourists bowled India out for 204 in their second innings; Stuart Broad (4-33) and Adil Rashid (4-84) bowling brilliantly in the morning session as India lost their last seven wickets for 87 runs. Watch Ben Stokes two spectacular catches in the second Test to dismiss Virat Kohli Virat Kohli - unbeaten on 56 overnight and searching for a second century in the game - fell to Rashid for 81, with Ben Stokes taking a stunning diving catch at slip.But it was Broad - still with lingering concerns over a foot injury sustained earlier in the Test - who claimed the first wicket to fall, getting Ajinkya Rahane (26) gloving to Cook at slip.Ashwin was then given out lbw to the Nottinghamshire quick soon after, only for the decision to be overturned on review due to a thick inside edge, but there were no complaints when Broad had him out caught behind an over later. Stuart Broad was back among the wickets for England despite injury (Credit: AFP) Rashid swiftly got in on the act, claiming the next four wickets as India slipped from 98-3 overnight to 162-9. v Live Test Cricket India vs England November 21, 2016, 3:45am Sky Sports 2 HD Get a Sky Sports Pass Upgrade to Sky Sports Wriddhiman Saha didnt pick Rashids googly and fell lbw, while Stokes helped the legspinner claim the key wicket of Kohli with his sensational grab.After Rashid added the scalps of Jadeja and Umesh Yadav, a final-wicket stand of 42 between Jayant Yadav (27no) and Mohammed Shami (19) frustrated England and took Indias lead over 400 before Moeen Ali finally ended the innings and the first session, with Shami out stumped.After lunch, Englands openers successfully blunted the Indian attack for a session, although Hameed was roughed up by a couple of short balls from Umesh - one rapping him on the glove, and the other hitting him in the chest.Undeterred, he and Cook saw England safely through a largely chanceless afternoon session, though that changed after tea as Indias spinners began to threaten. Haseeb Hameed is desperately unlucky to fall lbw to a ball that keeps really low Cook survived two close lbw reviews - the first from Jadeja which was shown to be clipping leg stump but stayed with the umpires call, while the second against Ashwin just struck him outside the line of off-stump.Hameed sadly didnt benefit from the same good fortune, as he fell to Ashwin (1-28) soon after, while India finally claimed Cook just before the close to further deflate England.Live coverage of the second Test between India and England from Visakhapatnam continues with day five, on Sky Sports 2 from 3.45am on Monday. Soccer Jerseys From China . The defeat leaves the 41-year-old Nestor to concentrate on the mixed-doubles event after winning 12 straight matches and winning Australian titles in Brisbane and Sydney with two different partners. "This was a little bit of a let down, but all credit to them," said Nestor. Cheap Soccer Jerseys . Calgary finished atop the CFL standings with a 14-4 record and earned the right to host the West Division final at McMahon Stadium on Nov.GREEN BAY, Wis. - Despite having their five-game winning ended, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers still control much of their post-season destiny.Now if they can just get their offence to look as it did for most of the season.Even after the worst statistical performance of Rodgers career, the Packers (10-4) still have solid playoff prospects — if they win their final two games.Doing so would give them the NFC North title.That would mean winning at Tampa Bay next Sunday and then beating the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field on Dec. 28.But first, Rodgers and the rest of the Packers offence need to get back on track.In Sundays 21-13 loss to the Bills, Rodgers was 17 of 42 — the 25 incompletions were a career high — for 185 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions for a passer rating of 34.3, the lowest mark of his career.He entered the game as the NFLs highest-rated passer (119.0) with 35 touchdown passes and only three interceptions.I know Aaron didnt feel very good the way it panned out, coach Mike McCarthy said Monday, as the Packers turned their attention to the Buccaneers (2-12) and a trip to Tampa, Fla., where Rodgers is 0-2 as a starter.(But) I look for him to have a big game in Tampa.Rodgers did not speak to reporters during Mondays availability session — his scheduled day is Wednesday — but he reiterated McCarthys stance on the playoff picture and took the blame for the loss after the game.It wasnt my best day by any stretch of the imagination, Rodgers said. Ive got to play better for us to win, and I expect more of myself.(But) everything is right in front of us. We win out, we still win the North. Were a tough team, a good football team, and we just didnt play very well on offence.No, they didnt. Against a Bills defence that hasnt alllowed a touchdown passing in the past four games, Rodgers didnt get much help from his receivers, who by the coaches count dropped nine passes. Replica Soccer Jerseys . We had all sorts of chances and just didnt make them, for whatever reason, said leading receiver Jordy Nelson, who dropped what could have been a 94-yard touchdown when he was wide open late in the third quarter.Obviously, my drop could have won the game for us. Weve got to make those no matter how easy or hard they are.A second loss to the Lions, who havent won a game in Wisconsin since 1991, would give them the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Packers.Having won all seven of their home games this season, McCarthy, Rodgers and others have acknowledged that the No. 1 overall seed and home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs is their goal. But the loss to the Bills made that more difficult for Green Bay.After entering Sundays game as the leagues highest-scoring offence, the Packers failed to score multiple touchdowns for the first time since their Week 3 loss at Detroit.Offensive co-ordinator Tom Clements was brusque in his answers to questions about Rodgers and the offence.It just wasnt working, Clements said. We didnt play as well as we had been playing. You have to give them credit. They won the game, they scored more points than we did, but we certainly werent at our best.NOTES: McCarthy did not have an update on right tackle Bryan Bulaga, who suffered a concussion against the Bills. Clements, however, said, I think Bryan will be available. ... Cornerback Davon House, who suffered a shoulder injury against Atlanta on Dec. 8, said he wont play Sunday but is praying to return for the finale against the Lions.___Online: http://pro32.ap.org/poll and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL ' ' '