Murder trial

Pistorius refuses to look at photo of dead girlfriend

A shaken Oscar Pistorius refused to look at a gruesome photo of his slain girlfriend’s bloodied head Wednesday, telling a prosecutor through tears, “I don’t have to look at a picture. I was there.”

“It’s time that you look at it,” chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel said during a fierce first day of cross-examination in which he doggedly pressed the double-amputee Olympian to “take responsibility” for killing Reeva Steenkamp.

The 27-year-old Pistorius is charged with premeditated murder in the Valentine’s Day 2013 shooting of Steenkamp, who was hit three times — in the head, arm and hip — as she cowered behind a locked toilet door. Pistorius says he shot the 29-year-old model and law school graduate by mistake, thinking she was a dangerous intruder.

Gasps could be heard in the courtroom in Pretoria, South Africa, from spectators, including the dead woman’s mother, June, when the police photo suddenly appeared on multiple TV screens showing Steenkamp’s head turned to the side, her blonde hair drenched in blood and a mass of tissue on the back and upper parts of her skull, her eyes closed.

NFL

Browns hope to keep center

The Cleveland Browns remain confident that Pro Bowl center Alex Mack will land back with them. Mack visited the Jacksonville Jaguars last weekend and the sides are working on an offer sheet. The Browns, who placed a transition tag on Mack, would have five days to match any offer, and owner Jimmy Haslam said the team wants to keep him at all costs.

The next Pro Bowl will be played in Arizona at the site of the Super Bowl, skipping Hawaii for the first time since 2010. The game will return to Hawaii in 2016, the NFL announced.

NHL

Linden new Canucks GM

Former Vancouver Canucks captain Trevor Linden was hired as Vancouver’s president of hockey operations. The announcement came a day after the Canucks fired president and general manager Mike Gillis.

Linden played 19 seasons in the NHL, mostly with the Canucks, and led them to the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals.

Patrick Maroon scored two goals, John Gibson made 36 saves in his second NHL start, and the host Anaheim Ducks clinched their second straight Pacific Division title with a 5-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks.

Riley Sheahan scored with a minute to spare in regulation, securing the Red Wings the one point they needed to earn a 23rd straight trip to the playoffs. They ended up losing in a shootout, 4-3, to the host Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Columbus Blue Jackets clinched the second playoff berth in franchise history with a 3-1 victory over the host Dallas Stars.

Soccer

Man U, Barcelona ousted

Host Bayern Munich beat Manchester United 3-1, which advanced the defending champions to the Champions League semifinals for the third straight year. Munich prevailed 4-2 aggregate.

Atletico Madrid defeated visiting Barcelona 1-0 for a 2-1 aggregate win. Chelsea and Real Madrid advanced Tuesday to the semifinal draw Friday.

The Ultimate Warrior, one of the most colorful stars in pro wrestling history, died Tuesday in Scottsdale, Ariz., after collapsing while walking with his wife to their car at a hotel. He was 54. There were no signs of foul play, police said.

He rose to prominence with battles against Hulk Hogan and Randy “Macho Man” Savage in the 1990s. After years of estrangement from WWE, he had just appeared at WrestleMania 30 and on “Monday Night Raw,” and he was inducted into the WWE Hall of fame.

ELSEWHERE

• The New York Jets re-signed versatile backup linebacker Garrett McIntyre.

• Offensive lineman Rich Ohrnberger agreed to a one-year deal to remain with the San Diego Chargers.

• Northwestern quarterback Trevor Siemian said it was wrong for former quarterback Kain Colter and other players to explore unionization without first taking their concerns to their coach and administrators.

• U.S. freestyle wrestling coach Zeke Jones is leaving the national team to take over as coach at Arizona State.

• Top-ranked Serena Williams is too wiped out to play in the Fed Cup against France on April 19-20, U.S. captain Mary Joe Fernandez said.

• Top-seeded American John Isner lost to Dustin Brown of Germany 6-4, 6-7 (7-9), 7-6 (7-4) in the second round of the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship in Houston.

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