Bryn Lennon/Getty Images(PRETORIA, South Africa) — Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison for the 2013 shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, Judge Thokozile Masipa announced Tuesday.

Before announcing her decision, Masipa acknowledged that sentencing is “not a perfect exercise.”

“A non-custodial sentence would send the wrong message to the community. But a long sentence would also not be appropriate, because it would lack mercy,” she said.

Pistorius was convicted last month of culpable homicide — comparable to manslaughter — in Steenkamp’s death. The conviction carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison with no minimum prescribed sentence.

He was found not guilty of a more serious premeditated murder charge.

Prosecutors had requested 10 years in prison for Pistorius, 27, who’s known as Blade Runner for his prosthetic legs. The South African athlete’s defense team suggested a sentence of house arrest.

The trial began in March and was marked by the athlete’s emotional outbursts — often sobbing and wailing in court as details of the shooting were discussed.

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Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — In the midst of what is proving to be another disappointing season, Florida Gators’ athletic Director Jeremy Foley has stated that he will continue to evaluate head coach Will Muschamp “as it plays out” over the season.

Through the first six weeks of the season, the Gators find themselves at 3-3 and 5th in the SEC East standings behind South Carolina, Kentucky, Missouri, and Georgia.

“At the beginning of the season, we said we would evaluate the season as it plays out,” Foley said in a statement. “We will continue to do so. Our sole focus right now is supporting our coaching staff and players as they prepare for Georgia.”

The fan criticism towards Mushamp has grown week by week as he is now in his fourth season as the team’s head coach and has had little success.

In Muschamp’s second season with Florida back in 2012, he went 11-2 that year, but is a combined 14-17 in his other three seasons at the helm.

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Debra Berry(DALLAS) — The mother of a nurse who contracted Ebola while treating a patient at a Texas hospital says her daughter is focused on recovery, but remains weak since being diagnosed with the deadly virus last week.

“She is doing OK, just trying to get stronger,” Debra Berry said of her daughter, Amber Vinson, to ABC News. “We talk to her when she’s not trying to sleep or avoid phone calls.”

Vinson, 29, is being treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. She was diagnosed with Ebola Oct. 15, self-reporting to the hospital after registering a fever. Berry says it has been difficult for her to comprehend her daughter’s situation.

“I can’t put it into words really, how it feels to have the knowledge that she’s sick and I can’t get to her,” she said.

Nina Pham and Vinson were diagnosed with Ebola after providing care to Thomas Eric Duncan — a Liberian national who later died — at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Authorities still aren’t sure how the breach occurred. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidelines for Ebola treatment Monday, promoting head-to-toe protection.

Berry wishes the stricter guidelines were established sooner.

“It is concerning. I guess more than anything, I’m so relieved that it’s in place now,” Berry said. “It should help ensure that no one has to endure what Amber and what Ms. Pham have had to go through these weeks, and their families.”

Berry remains quarantined after her daughter’s diagnosis, but she says she isn’t worried about contracting Ebola because her daughter was especially careful. Vinson contacted health officials after Pham was diagnosed with Ebola, asking whether precautionary arrangements could be made for her return to Dallas, her family said. She had been in Ohio planning for her wedding.

After landing in Dallas, Vinson reported a temperature of 100.3 degrees and admitted herself to the hospital.

“She wasn’t sick [at the time], and knowing she would never expose me or anyone else to something that would be harmful; I’m just doing what I’m being told to do,” Berry said.

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Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Less than three months ago, Paul George was being carried off the floor from a intersquad scrimmage with Team USA with a broken leg. On Monday, the Indiana Pacers forward was seen shooting jump shots with his teammates at practice.

Video surfaced from Pacers practice that showed George taking midrange jumpers as well as shooting some three-pointers in the gym following practice. The small forward suffered a grisly compound fracture in his right leg on Aug. 1 during a televised scrimmage with Team USA before the FIBA World Cup.

The 24-year-old has been cleared to put weight on his leg and begin upper-body workouts. George also proclaimed recently that he plans to play at some point during the upcoming NBA season.

A two-time All-Star, George has not missed more than three games in a season since the 2011-12 campaign. Last year he helped lead the Pacers back to the Eastern Conference Finals, averaging 21.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.

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Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) — The Pittsburgh Steelers scored 24 points in the second quarter, including three touchdowns in less than 90 seconds, to pick up a 30-23 win over the Houston Texans on Monday night. It was the 16th straight victory for the Steelers on Monday Night Football.

Trailing 13-0 halfway through the second quarter, the Steelers (4-3) got on the board with a Shaun Suisham field goal at the 3:08 mark. Less than two minutes later, Ben Roethlisberger found Martavis Bryant for a 35-yard touchdown pass that brought Pittsburgh within three at 13-10.

What happened next changed the course of the game. Two plays after the touchdown, Houston’s Arian Foster fumbled deep in his own territory to give the Steelers perfect field possession. Wide receiver Antonio Brown then delivered a three-yard pass to Lance Moore on a reverse, putting Pittsburgh ahead 17-13. Things only escalated for the Texans (3-4) when Ryan Fitzpatrick’s pass was tipped an intercepted on the very next play.

That set-up another scoring drive for Pittsburgh, capped off by a Roethlisberger two-yard strike to Le’Veon Ball, making it a 24-13 ball game at halftime.

“You stand on the sidelines long enough, you will see explosions such as that,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. “It was good to be on the good side of it.”

The Steelers only mustered a pair of second-half field goals and had to hold off a late rally by the Texans. Houston pulled within a touchdown when Fitzpatrick and Foster connected for a touchdown pass with 1:31 remaining in regulation. However, the ensuing onside kick was recovered by Pittsburgh, who ran out the clock.

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Brian Bahr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — San Francisco 49er Aldon Smith could be returning sooner than later, according to a league source that confirmed Monday the linebacker’s suspension may be reduced for good behavior.

Smith was initially suspended nine-games prior to the start of the season for violating the NFL’s personal conduct and substance abuse policies. The suspension is set to be lifted on Nov. 10, following San Francisco’s game against the New Orleans Saints.

However, a league source confirmed a report that the penalty may be reduced by one or two games. That means the linebacker could return prior to San Fran’s matchup with the St. Louis Rams on Nov. 3. The 49ers have a bye-week in Week 8 and a Week 9 return would only improve a linebacking core that has been hampered with injuries and suspensions.

In order for the suspension to be reduced, Smith must maintain his good behavior. Under the terms of the suspension, the four-year veteran has been allowed at the team facilities for meetings and conditioning but has not been allowed to practice.

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Tomjac80/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DETROIT) — United Nations human rights officials on Monday criticized the city of Detroit for shutting off water to customers behind on their bills, saying that the shutoffs discriminate against minorities.

Officials spent the weekend in Detroit “to learn more about the impact of water disconnections on the living conditions of individuals and households and on their human rights to water, sanitation and housing.”

“Without water,” the U.N. statement read, “people cannot live a life with dignity.” Further, “when people are genuinely unable to pay the bill, it is the State’s obligation to provide urgent measures, including financial assistance, a specially low tariff or subsidies, to ensure access to essential water and sanitation for all.”

The city’s water policy allows for water to be shut off to customers more than 60 days behind on their bills. This year alone, 27,000 households have had their water shut off in Detroit.

U.N. officials said that the city had raised water rates by 8.7 percent, passing on the expense of leakages in aging infrastructure.

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Courtesy: Library of CongressWhile Billy Joel continues to pack fans into New York’s Madison Square Garden every month — as part of his ongoing residency there — fans are still hoping that he might one day decide to make a new album. But in a new interview with The New Yorker, Joel says that’s not likely to happen. “I’ve had my say,” he explains.

“Some people think it’s because I’m lazy or I’m just being contrary,” the Piano Man tells the magazine, explaining why he hasn’t put out an album of original pop songs since 1993’s River of Dreams. “But no, I think it’s just — I’ve had my say. If I put out an album now, it would probably sell pretty well, because of who I am, but that’s no reason to do it. I’d want it to be good.”

He adds, “I’ve seen artists on that treadmill, putting out albums year after year, and the albums get worse and worse, less and less interesting, and it’s, like, ‘Maybe you should stop.'” In addition, Billy thinks actually recording a new album would just be too much of a hassle.

“I’m not crazy about going into a recording studio and doing that kind of life again, or taking on another project where there’s other people involved — arrangers and orchestrators and conductors and producers,” he tells The New Yorker. “I don’t want to deal with it…You have to have a certain amount of ambition to want to do all that. Joel adds, “And I look back at the guy who was the recording artist, this Billy Joel guy, and I think, Who the f**k was that guy? He was very ambitious, very driven, and I don’t feel like that anymore.”

And then there’s the personal aspect of it. Billy says he doesn’t want to write songs, only to have people pick them apart for clues to his personal life.

“I had gone through this celebrity craziness with Christie [Brinkley], and the divorce,” he says, talking about the time of River of Dreams and its aftermath. “I felt like there was a proctoscope up my butt. Everybody interrogating, analyzing — everything I wrote was fraught with meanings — and I said, ‘Wait a minute, I don’t want to rip myself open and let everyone see everything.’ It was no longer comfortable. ‘Enough! I gave you enough!'”

Still, Joel tells The New Yorker that he’s been working on a series of “tone poems” called The Scrimshaw Pieces, which are meant to tell the history of Long Island. However, he has no plans to release that music any time soon. In fact, he hasn’t actually recorded a lot of it, and says he’s even on the verge of forgetting some of it.

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AndersHP84/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(HOWARD, Kan.) — A pair of F-16 fighter jets were involved in a mid-air collision on Monday in which one of the planes crashed and the pilot of the other was able to return to its base in Tulsa, Okla. and land safely.

According to the Oklahoma National Guard, the planes collided over Howard, about 110 miles away from Tulsa. The two jets were taking part in a training exercise when at the time of the crash. The pilot whose plane crashed was able to eject and was recovered safely.

Col. Max Moss of the Oklahoma National Guard said Monday that, “neither pilot was seriously injured in the accident,” but that the pilot who ejected will be medically evaluated at a Wichita hospital.

No further information regarding the crash was immediately available.

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Comstock/Thinkstock(CALGARY, Alberta) — The Calgary Flames and defenseman T.J. Brodie agreed to a contract extension on Monday. The deal is for five years and is worth an average of $4.65 million per season, according to ESPN.

The 24-year-old Brodie is in the final season of a two-year contract he signed in 2013, which pays him an average annual salary of $2.1 million.

The Flames selected Brodie with the 114th overall pick in the 2008 NHL draft. In 192 games he has 11 goals and 55 assists.

Calgary (4-3-0; 8pts) is currently two points behind the Anaheim Ducks for first place in the Pacific Division.

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