Press Box: Voice of Te'o's "girlfriend" reportedly came from a womanBy The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Fri, Jan 25, 2013 7:30 PM EST
The voice on the other end of the line that spoke to former Notre Dame linebacker Mantai Te'o came from a woman. At least that's what relatives of Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the man behind the girlfriend hoax, told the New York Post in an interview. An attorney's earlier assertion that the voice of Lennay Kekua was a man's apparently is not true. Tuiasosopo's family says it was a cousin, Tino Tuiasosopo. "Tino is the girl that Manti has been talking to all these months," one of Tuiasosopo's cousins told the Post. According to the newspaper, Tino Tuiasosopo lives in Pago Pago, American Samoa, and works for her father. Apparently, it's not the first time she has been involved in such a scheme. She reportedly had a similar long-distance phone relationship in late 2011. Te'o has maintained that he had no part in the hoax and didn't suspect he was being duped until Dec. 6. ---Former LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu announced through Twitter that he will participate in the NFL scouting combine in February. "God is good! He answer prayers! I'll be attending this years @nfl COMBINE!" Mathieu wrote. The event is Feb. 20-26 in Indianapolis. Mathieu, the 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist, is trying to repair his image after getting booted from the LSU team last August for failing a drug test. MOTOR SPORTS ---Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. are officially a couple. Patrick acknowledged that the two NASCAR drivers are dating. They forged a relationship the past two years while competing on the circuit as newcomers. NASCAR spokesman David Higdon confirmed to USA Today on Friday what Patrick had told the Associated Press earlier and said there's no problem with two drivers being romantically involved off the track. Patrick announced in November that she had filed for divorce from her husband of seven years, Paul Hospenthal. MISCELLANEOUS --- UFC president Dana White said during a radio interview that Anderson Silva is close to signing a new deal with the UFC and will fight Georges St-Pierre and Jon Jones before he retires. "You will have both those fights before Anderson Silva retires," White said on ESPN Chicago 1000. St-Pierre will fight Nick Diaz in March, and White said a fight between welterweight champion St-Pierre and middleweight champ Silva would happen if St-Pierre beats Carlos Condit at UFC 154 in November. ---U.S. Olympic hockey hero Mike Eruzione will auction the white No. 21 jersey, hockey stick and other paraphernalia from the "Miracle on Ice" victory over the Soviet Union in 1980. The jersey could bring $1 million or more, according to experts, when it and other items are sold by Heritage Auctions in New York on Feb. 23. The motivation behind the auction of the jersey and other items from that Olympic hockey team is to help Eruzione's three children and their families and also his Winthrop (Mass.) Foundation. Eruzione, 58, said he's not doing it because he needs the money. ---Snowmobiler Caleb Moore was recovering after undergoing surgery for a heart contusion that resulted from a crash at Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo. Moore's snowmobile fell over him after he missed a backflip during the freestyle finals on Thursday night. He was unconscious for a time and evaluated for other injuries but walked away from the scene of the accident.
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