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Correction: Notre Dame-Te'o-Fundraiser story

Correction: Notre Dame-Te'o-Fundraiser story

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) In a story Jan. 17 about a hoax involving Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o and a fictional dead girlfriend, The Associated Press reported erroneously that alumnus Dan Tudesco launched a cancer fundraiser in the woman's memory after a video of Te'o reacting to the Irish's loss in the national championship game went viral. The video showed Tudesco.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Fundraiser `shell-shocked' by Te'o girlfriend hoax

Notre Dame alum who launched fundraiser in memory of Te'o girlfriend `shell-shocked' by hoax

By CHARLES WILSON

Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A University of Notre Dame graduate who launched a campaign to raise money for a cancer research group in memory of linebacker Manti Te'o's girlfriend says he is ``shell-shocked'' to learn the woman didn't exist.

Dan Tudesco, a 2006 graduate who now works in public relations in New York, set up an online account at fundraising website indiegogo.com on Jan. 9 to solicit $5,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Inc. The initial pitch said donations would go to the society in memory of Lennay Kekua, who reportedly died last fall, and in honor of Te'o, ``two individuals who have been an inspiration to us through an iconic season.''

Tudesco said he and three friends got the fundraising idea after a seeing a video that went viral of Tudesco holding his head in dismay during the Irish's 42-14 loss to Alabama in the national championship game on Jan. 7.

The goal was to turn the loss - and the player's sudden popularity - into something positive.

``I think we were all kind of disappointed in the result of the game ... and the Manti story was very inspirational,'' Tudesco told The Associated Press on Thursday.

Notre Dame took notice of Tudesco's tweets about the fund drive and sent a university videographer to shoot an interview with him. The video was posted on the Notre Dame athletics YouTube channel Tuesday.

Tudesco said ``everybody is kind of surprised and a little shell-shocked right now'' after Deadspin.com reported Wednesday that Kekua didn't exist. But he said he didn't believe Notre Dame was aware of the hoax when it promoted his fundraiser.

``It would surprise me that Notre Dame would want to promote this if they knew something like this was going on,'' Tudesco said.

However, Notre Dame officials said Wednesday that they became aware of the hoax on Dec. 26, nearly two weeks before the championship game.

Notre Dame spokesman Dennis Brown said the Te'o family was getting ready to go public about the hoax and that the university deferred to their wishes.

``They're the victims and it's their story to tell,'' he said.

Tudesco said he doesn't know Te'o personally and had no contact with him or Notre Dame before setting up the fundraiser. He said money raised by his fundraiser will be held in reserve by indiegogo and released directly to the charity at the end of the campaign.

``We actually never directly receive or touch the money at any point,'' he said.

Tudesco said the campaign hasn't received any new donations since the news of the hoax broke late Wednesday, though he hopes people continue to donate to the fund drive.

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Nationals-Phillies postponed on Monday night

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Nationals-Phillies postponed on Monday night

WASHINGTON -- Bryce Harper came back to the District on Monday. No baseball was played.

Rain storms cycled through the DMV starting around 6 p.m. at first delaying the series-opening game between the Nationals and Phillies, before it was finally postponed at 10 p.m. The game will be made up as part of a split-doubleheader on Wednesday. The first game is at 1:05 p.m., the second at 7:05 p.m.

The Tuesday starters for both teams remain the same: Patrick Corbin for the Nationals and Jake Arrieta for the Phillies.

Washington will need an extra starter during the week because it is playing seven games in six days. For instance, the Nationals could call someone up to pitch the first game Wednesday, and have Max Scherzer pitch on regular rest Wednesday night. The doubleheader being played Wednesday instead of Tuesday allows the Nationals plenty of time to import a starter for the day, if they choose to do it then.

However, Tuesday’s forecast is also rain-filled. Stay tuned.

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The Capitals were mentioned on Jeopardy! and of course we're proud of it

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The Capitals were mentioned on Jeopardy! and of course we're proud of it

The Stanley Cup no longer resides in Washington, and all eyes have shifted toward the offseason as the Capitals look to retool for next season. But, that doesn't mean we can't stop and appreciate the magical 2018 season now and again.

A week after reminiscing about the championship run and ensuing parade, the famous game show "Jeopardy!" gave us one more moment of glory on Monday night.

One of the clues featured in the latest episode had the Capitals as the answer and even featured Alexander Ovechkin.

It appears that one of the contestants did answer it correctly. More importantly, according to the replies, it was also cleared up that no one brought up the Pittsburgh Penguins during that round. 

While it may be somewhat hard to cope with the fact that the Capitals will not be enjoying another offseason of championship partying in 2019 we can take pride in the fact that the question was about the Caps winning the Stanley Cup, and not centered around a dreaded title drought.

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