Two days before he was due to leave prison, Oscar Pistorius' early release was suddenly put on hold Wednesday by South Africa's Department of Justice, which sent his case back to a parole board.

It was unclear when the board would be able to meet again, justice department spokesman Mthunzi Mhaga said, but it was unlikely a new decision could be made by Friday's initially planned release date.

Pistorius, the double-amputee Olympic runner, is serving a five-year sentence for manslaughter for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013. He was eligible to be moved from jail to house arrest after serving one-sixth of that sentence, or 10 months, which is up on Friday.

In blocking Pistorius' release, the justice department said he was approved for home correctional supervision by parole officials in June, only eight months into his sentence. By law he should have served 10 months of his sentence before his case could be reviewed, the department said.

"It is apparent therefore that the decision to release him on 21 August 2015 was made prematurely on 5 June 2015 when the offender was not eligible to be considered at all," the justice department said.


Sixers' Embiid will miss another season

76ers center Joel Embiid is expected to miss another season following a second surgery on his right foot.

Embiid's recovery should take five to eight months, the same time frame the center was given following the first surgery last year. The Sixers were cautious with their prized prospect and held him out for the entire season.

Embiid had a bone graft Tuesday, with two existing screws replaced and a graft using bone from his hip.

Hinkie says Embiid did not suffer another broken foot, there was simply less healing than expected.

… Spurs forward Tim Duncan was been named the Twyman-Stokes Award winner given annually to the NBA's teammate of the year. Duncan received 72 first-place votes. Vince Carter of the Grizzlies finished second and Atlanta's Elton Brand finished third.

auto racing

Waltrip racing won't have fulltime drivers

Michael Waltrip's rocky nine-year effort to build a successful race team was on the verge of collapse as the organization said it will not run any cars full-time next season and released Clint Bowyer from his contract to pursue a new job for 2016.

The decisions are the fallout from co-owner Rob Kauffman's recent purchase of an ownership stake in Chip Ganassi Racing. Kauffman bought 50 percent of MWR during its debut 2007 season to keep the team afloat.

around the horn

Golf: Michigan sophomore Kyle Mueller held off U.S. Amateur stroke-play medalist Brett Coletta of Australia 1 up at Olympia Fields in the first round of match play.

Soccer: Carli Lloyd and Heather O'Reilly each scored twice and the United States beat Costa Rica 7-2 in a Women's World Cup victory tour exhibition game that included an 83-minute weather delay.

WNBA: Tina Charles had 18 points, five rebounds and four assists to help New York beat San Antonio 73-45.