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PRETORIA, South Africa -- Oscar Pistorius lawyers tried to roll back the prosecutions momentum at his murder trial Wednesday following the star athletes shaky testimony, presenting a forensic expert who quickly found his own credentials and findings sharply questioned. With Pistorius now back watching the proceedings from a wooden bench, the double-amputee Olympians defence team was attempting to bolster his account that he shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp by mistake through a toilet door in his home, thinking she was a dangerous intruder about to attack him in the night. Pistorius faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted of premeditated murder in Steenkamps death in the early hours of Valentines Day last year. But former police officer Roger Dixon, testifying for the defence, also appeared unsteady as chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel warned him that it was irresponsible to "try and be an expert" in areas he was not. Nel asserted in his cross-examination that Dixon was not an expert in light, sound, ballistics, gunshot wounds or pathology -- all areas about which he was testifying. Dixon worked at the police forensic laboratory in Pretoria until he left the force in December 2012. He was a specialist in analyzing materials at crime scenes. He now works in the geology department at the University of Pretoria. Nel also accused him of not answering questions directly. "For an expert you are evasive," Nel said, prompting the judge at one point to tell the energetic prosecutor to "restrain" himself. Earlier, the judge ruled that proceedings will adjourn for more than two weeks after Thursday because a member of the prosecution team has another case to attend to. The trial will resume on May 5. During the cross-examination, Nel showed that Dixons findings regarding Steenkamps gunshot wounds came from analysis of autopsy photos and from a pathologists report because he was not present at the autopsy. He also hadnt read parts of the pathology report, Nel charged. The prosecutor also criticized Dixon for not bringing photographs and his written reports with him and abruptly told him to bring them on Thursday. "I said I will," Dixon snapped back. "Good," Nel responded. Nel ridiculed Dixons finding about the sequence of the shots that Pistorius fired at Steenkamp through the door, testimony which contradicted that of a police ballistics expert and state pathologist Prof. Gert Saayman. "I use the word finding very loosely," Nel said wryly of Dixons theory. Questioned by defence lawyer Barry Roux, Dixon said he believed Steenkamp was hit in the hip and the arm in quick succession by the first two of four shots while she was standing close to the toilet door. Raising his right arm in the courtroom, Dixon indicated he believed Steenkamp may have had her right arm extended and maybe her hand on the door handle, as if she was about to open the door through which she was shot. The defence was using his testimony to try to cast doubt on the prosecutions account that Steenkamp fled to the toilet and was hiding there during a fight with Pistorius. Nel has said that the runner intentionally shot Steenkamp through the door as she faced him and while they were arguing. Nel mocked what he said was a suggestion by Dixon that Steenkamp was knocked backward by one of the bullets. "Its something you see on TV," Nel said dismissively, challenging the expert to find scientific literature that showed it was possible. Nel also pounced on Dixons concession that an audio test that the defence conducted to compare the sounds of gunshots to those of a cricket bat hitting a wood door -- which both happened on the night of the killing -- had to be done a second time because of problems with the first. He even asked him if he was an expert at swinging a cricket bat, a cutting reference to his hitting a bat on a wood door in the defences audio tests at a gun range. Dixon had also said he took part in the audio tests that showed the sounds of gunshots and of a cricket bat hitting a wood door were similar and could be confused. That is important because several neighbours have testified that they heard Steenkamp scream before shots on the fatal night, backing the prosecutions case that there was a fight before Pistorius shot his girlfriend with his 9 mm pistol. Pistorius defence says the witnesses are mistaking the sequence and they heard Pistorius screaming in a high-pitched voice for help before breaking the toilet door open with his bat to get to Steenkamp. When played by Pistorius lawyers in courts, the two noises were similar. But questioned by Nel, Dixon said the tests had to be repeated and that they were recorded and edited by a music producer who had no experience in recording gunshots. "I have no idea on the expertise of the person who recorded the sounds," Dixon said. Fake Giants Jerseys . 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Dirk Nowitzki scored 25 points, Shawn Marion had 22 and the Mavericks beat undermanned Philadelphia 124-112 Friday night, handing the 76ers their 10th straight loss.Redwood City, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The United States Olympic Committee announced Tuesday that it will submit a bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. The bid for the Olympic and Paralympic Games will come from one of four cities that made presentations to the USOC board of directors on Tuesday. Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco or Washington will become the first U.S. city to make an Olympics bid in more than five years. The USOC board voted unanimously to approve a 2024 bid and will decide on a city early next year, months ahead of the International Olympic Committee deadline for submissions on Sept. 15. A host city will be selected by the IOC in 2017. We are excited to announce our plans to put forth a bid for the 2024 Games and look forward to taking the next step of selecting from a group of four world-class cities to present a compelling and successful bid, USOC chairman Larry Probst said. The last U.S. city to bid, Chicago, finished last among four finalists to host the 2016 Summer Olympics despite a push that included speeches from President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama before the IOC vote in Copenhagen, Denmark, in October 2009. The four U.S. cities remaining as potential 2024 hosts were named as finalists in June, ending a 16-month process that started with the USOCC reaching out to 35 cities.dddddddddddd The eventual winner will face a changing landscape. As part of a revamped agenda approved this month, the IOC is aiming to make it easier for cities to bid on the Olympics by making the process more flexible and cost-efficient. The reforms came amid rising costs and mounting wariness over the feasibility of hosting the games punctuated by the skittish bidding over the 2022 Winter Olympics. Only two cities -- Beijing, China, and Almaty, Kazakhstan -- remain in the hunt for those games after several potential candidates backed out over lack of support. Among other things, the new reforms could lead to joint bids by countries and would allow an Olympics host to spread out events among several cities. The U.S. hasnt hosted the Summer Olympics since Atlanta in 1996. Los Angeles hosted the Summer Games twice previously, in 1932 and 1984. St. Louis in 1904 was the only other U.S. city to host the Summer Olympics. USOC chief executive Scott Blackmun said details of the U.S. candidates plans for a 2024 bid will be made public after a city is chosen. The candidate will face opposition from at least two European countries after Italy announced this week it will submit one for Rome. 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