ESPN legal analyst Lester Munson discusses the testimony of a psychologist who called Oscar Pistorius a "broken man" as the Olympic runner's sentencing hearing began Monday:

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After winning her first World Cup race in December of 2012, American skiing sensation Mikaela Shiffrin met 11-year old Emma Lundell of Sweden, a young fan who was battling leukemia. The two posed for a picture together and Shiffrin wrote about the experience on her Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Now, almost two years later, Lundell is finished with her chemotherapy treatments. With some help from Swedish site SPORT-Expressen, Lundell made a video message for Shiffrin, updating her on her health. Shiffrin’s reaction is priceless.

Is it just me or does everything suddenly feel right in this world?

Read more on Shiffrin and other top female athletes at espnW.com.

Growing issues with Tokyo stadium plans?

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TOKYO -- A new round of bidding for the demolition of Tokyo's old Olympic stadium to make way for a new main stadium for the 2020 Games will delay the start of the problematic project.

Some of the bids were reviewed by someone in the decision committee before all bids were in, a violation of the rules, Japan Sport Council official Takayuki Ito said on Tuesday.

Another round of bidding is due this month. But he said work will be fast-tracked, and the stadium will meet its March 2019 deadline.

"We need to revamp the whole system of planning for the Olympic stadium," he said, acknowledging there were too many problems.

Ito declined to say who broke the rules, but suggested it was an error and not a malicious act.

Plans for the stadium, designed by award-winning British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, have been plagued by problems, including complaints from some prominent architects, who say the design is too big and expensive.

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The importance of World Girls' Ice Hockey Weekend

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U.S. Olympian Hilary Knight explains the importance of World Girls' Ice Hockey Weekend, an International Ice Hockey Federation initiative to further expand the sport for women:

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Sochi organizer takes job with billionaire group

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MOSCOW -- The chief organizer of the Winter Olympics in Sochi has taken a job managing the assets of a pro-Kremlin billionaire.

Dmitry Chernyshenko has been named as the new head of Volga Group, a holding company which owns large stakes in some of Russia's largest oil, gas and construction companies and is under U.S. sanctions.

The company is owned by Gennady Timchenko, who was placed on the U.S. government sanctions list following Russia's annexation of Crimea in February as a member of what the U.S. called Russian President Vladimir Putin's "inner circle."

Volga Group owns the majority of Stroytransgaz, a major construction firm building stadiums and facilities for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Chernyshenko led Sochi's winning bid for the Olympics and headed the local organizing committee for this past February's Games.