Oscar Pistorius will be released from jail on August 21 – just ten months after being sentenced to five years for killing his partner Reeva Steenkamp.The South African paralympian will be released from Kgosi Mampuru prison in two months time, when he will be eligible for house arrest.According to various international media houses, Pistorious family member, who did not want to be named, said: “Oscar will be released on parole by the end of August.” However, the ‘Blade Runner’s’ acquittal over a charge of murder is set to be appealed. South African authorities have until August 17 to enter papers to appeal a judge’s decision.Pistorius shot and killed Miss Steenkamp on February 14, 2013. He claimed he thought she was an intruder. Pistorius, 28, was seen as the poster boy of the Paralympic movement.He had both legs amputated below the knee when he was just 11 months old, due to a childhood disorder. However, he took part in sport at school and turned to running after getting a knee injury playing rugby when he was 16.He had special ‘racing blades’ fitted and, just one year after taking up athletics, won Paralympic gold at the Athens games in 2004 in the 200 metres.But his attempts to compete against able bodied athletes were put on hold in 2007 due to claims his prosthetics would give him an unfair advantage.The IAAF decided they were not legal, but the decision was overturned. He competed in both the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, held in London. Pistorius began dating Miss Steenkamp, a model, in November 2012. But less than four months after they started their relationship, Pistorius fatally shot her.He was acquitted of murder, but found guilty of manslaughter.–Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmith
Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 PreviousOverall, Clippers CourtVision feels a little like watching someone play a video game, and a lot like an ambitious use of augmented reality technology, including real-time stats showing the probability of players making an open shot. (Screenshot courtesy of L.A. Clippers)CourtVision uses artificial intelligence and augmented reality to analyze the action on the court and translate it into a series of animations and annotations on the screen, including real-time diagrams of plays as they unfold. (Screenshot courtesy of L.A. Clippers) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsIn addition to “Player Mode,” the CourtVision app also includes “Mascot Mode,” which is heavy on fun-filled features (pictured), and “Coach Mode,” which draws up plays on-screen as (or after, actually) they develop. (Screenshot courtesy of L.A. Clippers)Overall, Clippers CourtVision feels a little like watching someone play a video game, and a lot like an ambitious use of augmented reality technology, including real-time stats showing the probability of players making an open shot. (Screenshot courtesy of L.A. Clippers)NextShow Caption1 of 3Overall, Clippers CourtVision feels a little like watching someone play a video game, and a lot like an ambitious use of augmented reality technology, including real-time stats showing the probability of players making an open shot. (Screenshot courtesy of L.A. Clippers)ExpandThe Clippers dropped some new tech just as this season began, what they characterized as a gift to basketball fans interested in a fresh way to watch the team’s games.For this Clippers CourtVision user, the newfangled viewing experience of recent games felt smooth, information-rich and – at this moment in time, at least – slightly superfluous.Do viewers streaming the game really need an animated overlay announcing “Buckets!” when Clippers’ shots fall? (All the Snapchat addicts in your vicinity probably think so.)Overall, Clippers CourtVision felt a little like watching someone play a video game, and a lot like an ambitious use of the augmented reality technology that powers the virtual first-down marker in NFL games, which we’ve grown to take for granted. With more fans watching games on mobile devices, there’s an ongoing movement toward enhanced sports viewing. This NFL season, Amazon’s “Thursday Night Football” streams incorporate widgets that show standings and statistics – or allow viewers to shop for NFL merchandise. And a recently announced new iPhone app uses AR to track basketball shots and measure kinematics, trajectory, release time and more.As for CourtVision, among the most interesting of its features is its probability function, in which an ever-changing display illustrates the percentage each offensive player shoots depending on where he is on the court.That function is part of “Player Mode,” which also features in-game stats, such as scoring and rebounding, with updates appearing over players as their totals increase.Everything about that mode is great except for the top-of-the-backboard baseline video feed, which often is jagged as it pans in and out while trying to keep pace with the action on the other end of the court.In addition to “Player Mode,” there’s also “Mascot Mode,” which is heavy on fun-filled features, and “Coach Mode,” which draws up plays on-screen as (or after, actually) they develop.Neither of those two modes includes shot-making probabilities, but they do both offer other features found in “Player Mode,” such as updated in-game stats – but delivered, thankfully, from the easier-to-watch, more familiar sideline perspective.In each mode, offensive players were identified with a label floating above them.Related Articles Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum During recent viewing experiences, it all synced nicely with the broadcast by Ralph Lawler and his partner, Corey Maggette, their commentary complemented by a news ticker at the bottom of the screen that flashed pertinent facts as the game went along, slightly delayed as it was.Clippers Twitter – populated mostly by fans watching the old-fashioned way, on television or via a cable stream – stayed about two minutes ahead of the action on the app, and therefore served up spoilers whenever something exciting was about to happen.That’s something that is expected to change as CourtVision improves and adds features (a beta version currently is experimenting with different viewing angles and audio options, including in-arena sound for that courtside feel).As forward-thinking as the concept is, CourtVision might be most useful for looking back: The app offers highlight packages and also allows viewers to re-watch games, to rewind or skip ahead, to toggle between modes, and to do so with all the bells and whistles that were available live.That includes, most fittingly perhaps, the “Bingo” graphic (in “Mascot Mode”) that pops up to accompany Lawler’s classic 3-point calls. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Like that yellow line, it’s easy to imagine some CourtVision features becoming permanent parts of on-screen basketball viewing.The CourtVision app makes good on an idea hatched by former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer (who bought the Clippers for $2 billion in 2014) and was developed, with his backing, by Second Spectrum, a startup that in 2016 became the NBA’s official “optical tracking provider.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.CourtVision uses artificial intelligence and augmented reality to analyze the action on the court and translate it into a series of animations and annotations on the screen.The app, which is compatible with iOS and Android devices, has been available to Fox Sports Prime Ticket subscribers in the L.A. area via the Fox Sports app since Oct. 17, when the Clippers opened regular-season play against the Denver Nuggets.