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The co-owner of the company that gave deer-antler spray to Alabama football players contends he saw them using it.

Christopher Key, a part-owner of Alabama-based SWATS, told ESPN.com that he watched approximately five Crimson Tide players use the banned substance in the days leading up to the January 2012 BCS national championship game.

"I showed them how to use it," Key said.

The company also claims to have provided the substance, which contains the banned IGF-1, to Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, who this week at the Super Bowl has denied using it.

Key said that about 20 players bought the spray at a hotel room in New Orleans and that he sold an additional 20 bottles to other Alabama players at an apartment about 10 days before the game against LSU, according to ESPN.com.

The story was first reported by Sports Illustrated. SI.com learned that that former Crimson Tide defensive lineman Quinton Dial made a YouTube testimonial for the product and current players Adrian Hubbard and Alex Watkins also were part of a sales pitch.

--Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the man behind the Manti Te'o girlfriend hoax, told Dr. Phil McGraw in an interview that he was in love with the former Notre Dame linebacker but that Te'o had no part in the scheme.

McGraw spoke with Tuiasosopo for a two-part interview that will air Thursday and Friday on his syndicated television show, "Dr. Phil."

Previewing the interview on NBC's "Today" show, McGraw said he asked Tuiasosopo about his relationship with Te'o. Tuiasosopo told him he fell romantically in love with Te'o.

"I then said, are you then, therefore, gay?" McGraw told Today. "He says, 'Well, when you put it that way, yes.' And then, he caught himself and said, 'I am confused.'"

Tuiasosopo revealed that he knew the hoax he started more than two years ago eventually would be exposed and that there would be ramifications for himself and Te'o, a runner-up in the 2012 Heisman Trophy voting.

He also claimed to be the voice of Kennay Kekua, the girlfriend Te'o thought he had developed a relationship with over many months. A cousin told the New York Post last week that another cousin acted as Kekua during phone conversations.

--A judge rejected Wednesday an appeal by former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky for a new trial in his sexual-abuse case.

Sandusky argued that his attorneys were unnecessarily rushed into preparing their defense last summer in the trial that led to his conviction on 48 counts of child-sexual assault.

In a 27-page ruling, Judge John M. Cleland wrote that Sandusky's lawyers found no additional evidence after the trial that would have impacted their preparations.

Sandusky, 69, is serving a minimum 30-year sentence in state prison for sexual abuse of 10 boys.

Sandusky's attorney, Norris Gelman, said Wednesday that he would file an appeal with the Pennsylvania Superior Court within 30 days.
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