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Mon., Feb. 18, 2013

Canceled Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius’ track career was put on hold indefinitely Sunday because of his murder charge, reinforcing the possibility that the double-amputee Olympian might never run again competitively on his famous carbon fiber blades. Pistorius’ agent was forced to cancel all future races, he said, so Pistorius could concentrate on defending himself against allegations he murdered his model girlfriend by shooting her several times in his upscale house in the South African capital, Pretoria, on Valentine’s Day morning. Reeva Steenkamp died from gunshot wounds suffered in the predawn hours of Thursday. Pistorius was arrested and charged with her murder the same day. “I have decided that following these tragic events that we have no option but to cancel all future races that Oscar Pistorius had been contracted to compete in,” agent Peet van Zyl said in a written statement Sunday.

Returning The Los Angeles Galaxy say Landon Donovan will rejoin the team during the final week of March after a break of almost four months. The 30-year-old midfielder and forward, a veteran of three World Cups with the United States, had said last fall he was uncertain whether he wanted to continue playing. Donovan has a team-record 92 goals during eight seasons with the Galaxy, who have won the last two Major League Soccer titles. He has a record 49 goals in 144 appearances for the United States. Los Angeles opens its MLS title defense when it hosts Chicago on March 3, and then plays four days later in the first leg of the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals.

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