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    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- The murder trial of Oscar Pistorius resumes Monday after one month during which mental health experts evaluated the athlete to determine if he has an anxiety disorder that could have influenced his actions on the night he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. [b]Ryquell Armstead Jersey[/b] . Judge Thokozile Masipa is expected to receive the conclusions of a panel of one psychologist and three psychiatrists who were instructed to assess whether the double-amputee runner was capable of understanding the wrongfulness of his act when he shot Steenkamp through a closed toilet door in his home on Valentines Day last year. The assessments of a panel at a state psychiatric hospital could determine whether he should be held criminally responsible and affect the judges deliberations on a verdict or, in the event of a conviction, the severity of the sentence, according to legal analysts. The evaluation came after a psychiatrist, Dr. Merryll Vorster, testified for the defence that Pistorius, who has said he feels vulnerable because of his disability and long-held worry about crime, had an anxiety disorder that could have contributed to the killing in the early hours of Feb. 14, 2013. He testified that he opened fire after mistakenly thinking there was a dangerous intruder in the toilet. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel has alleged that Pistorius, 27, killed the 29-year-old model after an argument, and has portrayed the Olympic athlete as a hothead with a love of guns and an inflated sense of entitlement. But he requested an independent inquiry into Pistorius state of mind, based on concern the defence would argue Pistorius was not guilty because of mental illness. Pistorius defence team could get a boost if the hospital evaluation roughly aligns with the conclusions of Vorster, the defence witness, said a legal expert observing the trial. Kelly Phelps, a senior lecturer in the public law department at the University of Cape Town, said a diagnosis that Pistorius has an anxiety disorder could add weight to his account and compel the judge to consider the question: "Is it more likely that he is telling the truth about what occurred on that night?" Even if the judge rules that Pistorius is guilty despite any disorder that he is suffering, Phelps said, the diagnosis could be a mitigating factor when he is sentenced. "That is the area of law that is often referred to as diminished responsibility," she said. Other possible conclusions in the psychiatric evaluation are that Pistorius is not suffering from any anxiety disorder, which could undermine his defence. Alternatively, it might be found that he was incapable of distinguishing between right and wrong or acting in accordance with that understanding, which could lead to a verdict of not guilty because of mental illness and referral to state psychiatric care. Pistorius faces 25 years to life in prison if found guilty of premeditated murder, and could also face years in prison if convicted of murder without premeditation or negligent killing. He is free on bail. Once Judge Masipa receives the conclusions from the mental health experts, the defence will be in a position to call its few remaining witnesses, prior to closing arguments and Masipas deliberation on a verdict. If, however, the experts who observed Pistorius are not unanimous in their conclusions, the judge can call them to the stand to clarify their findings. Pistorius was evaluated as an outpatient at Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital in Pretoria, the South African capital. He has been staying at the upscale home of his uncle. [b]Josh Allen Jersey[/b] .35 million. The right-hander had agreed last February to a deal that pays him $3.775 million this year and allows him to earn an additional $225,000 in bonuses based on games finished. [b]Josh Oliver Jersey[/b] . 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Any other search for Chris Matthews almost always ended up with political talk show host Chris Matthews.That will likely change after Sundays Super Bowl.Despite his team losing to the New England Patriots, Matthews made a name for himself with a breakout game in the Super Bowl, catching four passes for 109 yards and a touchdown.This is huge for me to finish a game and do what I did, Matthews said. Now I feel like I should come back and work extremely hard.Even another well-known Chris Matthews — of MSNBCs Hardball — took notice.Congratulations on a great first half to the @Seahawks Chris Matthews from the @hardball Chris Matthews! the host wrote on Twitter.The Seattle receiver put in plenty of work to get here.Matthews played two seasons at Kentucky after transferring from a junior college and was signed by the Cleveland Browns in 2011. He was cut before the end of training camp and spent the year out of football.After that, Matthews played two seasons for Winnipeg in the Canadian Football League, but had to work other jobs to make enough money.He was working at Foot Locker when the Seahawks asked him to try out for the team last February and ended up making the team after nearly declining their invitation.Matthews didnt catch a pass during the regular season, but did come up with the onside kick that helped Seattle pull out its improbable win over Green Bay in the NFC Championship.During the Super Bowl, Matthews made a spectacular 44-yard catch to jumpstart Seattles offence in the second quarter and hauled in an 11-yard touchdown in the closing seconds of the first half.It was great for me, he said.___CLOSING BRAWLThe end of the Super Bowl was marred by a brawl in the closing seconds.New England had just intercepted a pass in the end zone with 20 seconds left and took over at its 1-yard line. Hoping to just run out the clock, the Patriots had quarterback Tom Brady take a knee.Instead of accepting defeat, the Seahawks tried to rush the line and get to the ball before Brady could take a knee, setting off pushing and shoving from both sides.Skirmishes broke out across the line and a couple of players hit the ground, including New England tight end Michael Hoomanawanui, who was wrestled down by Seattle linebacker Bruce Irvin.Irvin was ejected from the game and Brady was able to kneel and run out the clock once order was restored.I was protecting a teammate, emotions flew, Irvin said. I saw somebody hit Mike Bennett, so I went and backed up my brother. I went about it wrong. Emotions were flying high and I apologize. But if it happened again, I would go protect my teammate. Thats just how it is.___FINAL DRIVENew England quarterback Tom Brady has been known for keeping his cool in tight spots and did exactly that on New Englands final drive.The Patriots started the drive at their own 36-yard line with 6:52 left and methodically worked their way down the field.Brady was brutally efficient on the drive, hitting six straight short passes to get it going. He finished the drive 8 for 8 and capped it with a 3-yard touchdown pass to Julian Edelman for what ended up being the winning score.Brady also orchestrated a late winning drive in New Englands win over St. Louis at the 2001 Super Bowl in New Orleans.Hard to remember that far back — Im a little older now, said Brady, who was named Super Bowl MVP for the third time. You just have to make plays to win. It was great. We havent had many games this year that have come down like this. Im glad we made the plays when we needed to.___CARROLLS SOCIAL CRITICISMSeattle coach Pete Carrolls decision to throw a pass instead of handing the ball off to Marshawn Lynch at the end of the Super Bowl instantly drew plenty of criticism on social media. NNew Englands Malcolm Butler jumped the route on the final pass for an interception that allowed the Patriots to run out the clock. [b]Jaguars Jerseys China[/b]. That was the worst play call Ive seen in the history of football, Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith said on Twitter.This game is getting too complicated now trying to out smart and out think the other team. Run the ball stick to the basics. New York Jets fullback John Conner, said on Twitter.Bad things happen when u try get cute in football. Seattle best player one yard away from goal line with a timeout and he doesnt touch it? former NFL linebacker Scott Shanle said on Twitter.Even actor Will Ferrell chimed in, dropping a reference to Lynchs pat answer about only being at media day so he doesnt get fined.Yall know why Im here. Well...everyone except Pete Carroll. Ferrell said on Twitter.Carroll accepted the blame after the game, saying he thought the passing play might throw off the Patriots, who were lined up in a goal-line defence.Its not the right matchup for us to run the football, so on second down we throw the ball really to kind of waste a play, he said. If we score, we do, if we dont, then well run it on third and fourth down. Really, with no second thoughts or hesitation in that at all. And, unfortunately, with the play we tried to execute, the guy jumps in front of the route and makes an incredible play that nobody would ever think he could do.___SQUATTING PENALTYSeattle wide receiver Doug Baldwin drew a penalty flag for unsportsmanlike conduct after catching a touchdown pass to put the Seahawks up two scores in the third quarter of the Super Bowl. Why? Something of a mystery to television viewers.But it appeared to have been an obscene gesture; Baldwin apparently simulated pulling down his pants over the football as if to go to the bathroom.Two officials immediately threw a flag when Baldwin squatted over the ball.___BETTING LINELines were out the door at some Las Vegas sports books in the hours before the Super Bowl, with bettors eager to take their shot at a game that oddsmakers called a tossup.At the South Point book, oddsmaker Jimmy Vaccaro said the pick em line was the first he could remember since the 1982 Super Bowl, with money balanced evenly on each team.The best job were doing today is staying out of the way and taking their cash, Vaccaro said. We have nothing to be concerned about. We win no matter who wins.With two hours left before the game, the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook had all windows open and the Seahawks favoured by a point, though oddsmaker Jay Kornegay said he was about to change the game to pick em.Its rush hour right now, Kornegay said. We had lines literally outside most of the day, which was pretty much what we expected.Seattle opened a favourite two weeks ago, but the line switched to New England when early money came in on the Patriots. The late money was on the Seahawks, evening the game out as pick em at most legal books.This is the easiest game Ive ever been involved with, said Vaccaro, who began making odds in the 1970s. Barring something silly like a 4-0 game its going to be very good for the books.Vaccaro said the betting could surpass the $119.7 million wagered on last years Super Bowl in Nevada sports books, which was a record___TIGHT SECURITYSecurity for the Super Bowl, as expected, was quite tight.University of Phoenix Stadium was ringed with security personnel, including SWAT teams with machine-guns, uniformed and plain-clothes police and hundreds of workers in red jackets.Everyone who entered the stadium was subject to a pat down, metal detectors and bag checks. Bomb-sniffing dogs also roamed the grounds and checked bags at security checkpoints.Local officials also received help from the Border Patrol, which brought Black Hawk helicopters and truck-sized X-ray machines to make sure the Super Bowl was safe. 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