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Alleged mastermind of Te'o hoax may tell his story

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Alleged mastermind of Te'o hoax may tell his story

LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) The person cast as the mastermind of the hoax involving Notre Dame's Manti Te'o may tell his side of the story, a family member said Sunday.

Peter Navy Tuiasosopo, uncle of Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, says the family plans to hold a meeting this week to determine when and how his nephew would talk about the bizarre prank.

``We want to do it right,'' he said, also noting that the family has hired an attorney. He never directly mentioned the hoax or his nephew being involved.

Te'o insisted he had no role in the hoax involving his ``dead'' girlfriend and told ESPN on Friday night that he was duped by a person who has since apologized to him.

In an off-camera interview, Te'o identified that person as Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, a 22-year-old acquaintance who lives in California. He said the young man contacted him soon after Deadpsin.com broke the news on Wednesday. The Deadspin story indicated Ronaiah Tuiasosopo was involved, and suggested Te'o was, too.

``We're just a family of faith. The family is holding up well,'' Peter Navy Tuiasosopo said. ``They're holding up the way I would expect a family to. This is a storm.''

He made the comments after attending a two-hour service at the Oasis Christian Church, where his brother, who is Ronaiah's father, is pastor.

Titus Tuiasosopo, the father, choked up as he thanked people for their prayers.

``I've been practicing how to say `no comment' in 20 languages,'' the pastor told his congregation. The family has not commented publicly since news of the hoax broke.

Ronaiah Tuiasosopo wasn't seen in attendance, and two church members said he was not there.

Earlier in the day, ABC news announced that Te'o would do his first television interview with Katie Couric. The interview will air Thursday on Couric's daytime talk show and Te'o's parents will be with him. ABC was not releasing details of when the interview would take place or where.

Also, in a story published in Sunday's South Bend Tribune, a Notre Dame spokesman said the university decided against disclosing the hoax before the Irish played Alabama in the BCS championship game on Jan. 7 because it wasn't in the best interest of the teams.

University spokesman Dennis Brown said some school administrators thought they should release what they knew about the hoax when they became aware of it. Te'o went to coaches and school officials with his story on Dec. 26. The school commissioned an investigation that it says confirmed Te'o was not involved. Investigators gave their findings to the school on Jan. 4.

The university officials said the investigators did not examine cellphone records, emails or other electronic communication to determine the length or extent of Te'o's communication over the past few years with the person claiming to be Lennay Kekua, nor did the university ask Te'o to take a lie detector test.

The school informed Te'o's parents about the investigation results on Jan. 5.

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Juan Soto's Wild Card game-winning hit broke Eric Thames’ heart

Juan Soto's Wild Card game-winning hit broke Eric Thames’ heart

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Eric Thames felt like something bad was about to happen last fall after Michael A. Taylor reached first base next to him.

Milwaukee held a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the eighth inning when Taylor was awarded first base after a review determined the call of hit by pitch would stand. The ruling was dubious. Regardless, Taylor was on first and the unraveling process for Josh Hader and the Brewers had begun.

“The playoffs is all about mojo and there’s certain plays you’re [like] oh, it's not looking good,” Thames told NBC Sports Washington. “And it was the hit by pitch to Taylor, reviewed it, hit off the knob, they reviewed said hit by pitch. We were all pretty upset about that. Once [Ryan Zimmerman] got the broken-bat single, it was like, oh, man here we go.”

Anthony Rendon sidled up to Thames after his walk loaded the bases later in the inning. Juan Soto was next, a left-on-left fight with Hader pending. He singled to right, sending the ball past Thames and toward Trent Grisham, who overran the ball after an odd hop.


 
“You know Juan is a passionate player,” Thames said. “You know he’s hungry to get the big hit. Once that ball went over my head, I was like, all right, here we go. Let’s hold it. Once that ball got past Grisham, my heart just like… the crowd was quiet the whole game until that moment. It was like bombs went off. We couldn't hear anything. I was leading off that next inning. It was the weirdest feeling. It was like my heart was in my stomach. It was heartbreaking.”

Thames struck out. The Brewers lost, beginning the Nationals’ stomach-churning run toward the World Series.

He was bitter for about four or five days. But, he watched. The Nationals kept coming back, he watched more. Stationed in a bar, still a bit upset by the idea this could have been the Brewers’ run, Thames began to develop an affinity for what Washington was doing, one that eventually landed him in the clubhouse this spring to split time at first base and provide left-handed, pinch-hit power.

“We all would have been pissed if the Astros or the 'powerhouse team,' if they won, but these guys came from the bottom, they scratched their way up, the way the games finished was exciting,” Thames said. “Like Howie’s home run off the poll -- I watch that replay all the time. To see the entire stadium in Houston just get quiet. Oh, it was awesome.

“I watched every game at a bar with a bunch of beer drowning my sorrows with nachos.”

Thames spilled his beer when Kendrick homered against Will Harris. Three-plus months later, he and Kendrick were sitting two chairs apart in West Palm Beach, Thames’ heart presumably back into his chest.

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Washington Capitals vs. Winnipeg Jets: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to watch

Washington Capitals vs. Winnipeg Jets: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to watch

The Caps take on the Jets Thursday night for a rematch, this time in Winnipeg's territory, after the Caps won 4-3 in overtime win at Capital One Tuesday.

After Alex Ovechkin's 700th goal pre-game ceremony, he got goal No. 701 just minutes into the contest.

Here is everything you need to know about Thursday night's game, which takes place at 8:00 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Washington. 

CAPITALS VS. JETS GAME 64: HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Capitals vs. Winnipeg Jets
Where: Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, Canada
When: Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: The Capitals vs. Jets game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)
Live Stream: You can live stream Capitals vs. Jets on NBC Sports Washington’s live stream page and on the NBC Sports App. 
Radio: Caps 24/7 Radio, 106.7 The Fan FM

CAPITALS VS. JETS TV SCHEDULE

7:00 PM: Caps Faceoff Live
7:30 PM: Caps Pregame Live
8:00 PM: Capitals vs. Jets (LIVE)
10:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live 
11:00 PM: Chasing Greatness
11:30 PM: Caps Overtime Live

CAPITALS VS. JETS INJURY REPORT:

Capitals: No injuries 
Jets: Josh Morrissey, D, upper body, day-to-day
Sami Niku, D, undisclosed, day-to-day
Luca Sbisa, D, upper body, injured reserved
Brian Little, C, upper body, injured reserved

CAPITALS VS. JETS PLAYERS TO WATCH

Alex Ovechkin, F, Capitals (43-17-60): Ovi is always one to watch on the Caps. With goal No. 701 against the Jets Tuesday, he'll look to keep the momentum going with more goals Thursday night.

Nikolaj Ehlers, LW, Jets (23-29-52): Ehlers had a goal and an assist on five shots against the Caps in Tuesday's game. The Caps will need to put the pressure on Ehlers on defense.

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