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Dr. Phil says Te’o was victim of another man’s love

NEW YORK – Dr. Phil McGraw says Manti Te’o was not involved in setting up the dead girlfriend hoax that became a sensation when it was exposed this month, and he said the man who masterminded the scheme did so because he was “deeply, romantically” in love with the Notre Dame linebacker.

McGraw spoke on the “Today” show Wednesday, previewing an interview he did with Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, a California man who set up the fake identity of Lennay Kekua. Tuiasosopo’s interview with McGraw will air in two parts on the “Dr. Phil Show” starting Thursday.

Te’o said he thought of Kekua as his girlfriend, though the two only had talked on the phone and exchanged electronic messages, and the story of how Te’o learned Kekua “died” on the same day in September as his grandmother was a major story during the football season.

McGraw says “absolutely, unequivocally” Te’o had no role in creating the hoax. McGraw also said when he asked Tuiasosopo if he was gay, the 22-year-old initially said yes and then said “I am confused.”

Judge rejects Jerry Sandusky’s bid for a new trial

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Jerry Sandusky lost a bid for a new trial Wednesday when a judge rejected his argument that his lawyers were not given enough time to prepare for the three-week proceeding that ended with a 45-count guilty verdict.

Judge John Cleland’s 27-page order said lawyers for the former Penn State assistant football coach conceded that their post-trial review turned up no material that would have changed their trial strategy. He also rejected postsentencing motions regarding jury instructions, hearsay testimony and a comment by the prosecution during closing arguments that referred to the fact that Sandusky, who did not testify at trial, gave media interviews after he was arrested in November 2011.


32-year-old Frank Schleck gets 1 year for doping

BRUSSELS – Luxembourg’s anti-doping authorities suspended cyclist Frank Schleck until July 14 after he tested positive for a banned substance during last year’s Tour de France.

Luxembourg Anti-Doping Agency president Robert Schuler said the RadioShack Nissan Trek leader was given a 12-month suspension backdated to last year’s Tour, where he tested positive for the diuretic Xipamide. He has denied any wrongdoing.

The 32-year-old Schleck placed third in the 2011 Tour de France and will miss this year’s Tour under the current suspension.


Stephens, not Williamses, will lead U.S. at Fed Cup

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Sloane Stephens will lead the U.S. Fed Cup team that is without the Williams sisters for the World Group first-round match against Italy on Feb. 9-10.

U.S. captain Mary Joe Fernandez also included doubles specialist Liezel Huber and rookies Varvara Lepchenko and Jamie Hampton.

Stephens is ranked a career-high No. 17 after beating Serena Williams to reach the semifinals of the Australian Open. She is in line to make her Fed Cup singles debut against the Italians on indoor red clay in Rimini, Italy.

Nadal: ‘It still hurts ... but I have to start sooner or later’

MANACOR, Spain – One week before his expected return to tennis, Rafael Nadal said his left knee still hurts.

The 26-year-old Spaniard, however, is scheduled to play next week in Chile before heading to tournaments in Brazil and Mexico. Nadal said although his knee is better, “sometimes it still hurts ... but I have to start sooner or later.”

Nadal said playing at the three Latin American tournaments “will be very useful.” He said he is “fine, enthusiastic” after not playing since losing to Lukas Rosol in the second round at Wimbledon last year.

Associated Press