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Published in Sports
 |  Monday, 14 January 2013 22:27
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Schedule and results for college football bowls for 2012-13:

(All times EST)

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Dec. 15

Gildan New Mexico Bowl, at Albuquerque

Arizona (8-5) defeated Nevada (7-6) 49-48

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Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, at Boise, Idaho

Utah State (11-2) defeated Toledo (9-4) 41-15

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Dec. 20

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, at San Diego

Brigham Young (8-5) defeated San Diego State (9-4) 23-6

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Dec. 21

Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl, at St. Petersburg, Fla.

Central Florida (10-4) defeated Ball State (9-4) 38-17

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Dec. 22

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, at New Orleans

Louisiana-Lafayette (9-4) defeated East Carolina (8-5) 43-34

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MAACO Bowl Las Vegas, at Las Vegas

Boise State (11-2) defeated Washington (7-6) 28-26

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Dec. 24

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, at Honolulu

Southern Methodist (7-6) defeated Fresno State (9-4) 43-10

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Dec. 26

Little Caesars Bowl, at Detroit

Central Michigan (7-6) defeated Western Kentucky (7-6) 24-21

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Dec. 27

Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman, at Washington

San Jose State (11-2) defeated Bowling Green (8-5) 29-20

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Belk Bowl, at Charlotte, N.C.

Cincinnati (10-3) defeated Duke (6-7) 48-34

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Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl, at San Diego

Baylor (8-5) defeated UCLA (9-5) 49-26

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Dec. 28

AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl, at Shreveport, La.

Ohio (9-4) defeated Louisiana-Monroe (8-5) 45-14

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Russell Athletic Bowl, at Orlando, Fla.

Virginia Tech (7-6) defeated Rutgers (9-4) 13-10 (OT)

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Meineke Car Care Bowl, at Houston

Texas Tech (8-5) defeated Minnesota (6-7) 34-31

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Dec. 29

Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, at Dallas

Rice (7-6) defeated Air Force (6-7) 33-14

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New Era Pinstripe Bowl, at New York

Syracuse (8-5) defeated West Virginia (7-6) 38-14

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Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, at San Francisco

Arizona State (8-5) defeated Navy (8-5) 62-28

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Valero Alamo Bowl, at San Antonio

Texas (9-4) defeated Oregon State (9-4) 31-27

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Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, at Tempe, Ariz.

Michigan State (7-6) defeated Texas Christian (7-6) 17-16

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Dec. 31

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, at Nashville

Vanderbilt (9-4) defeated North Carolina State (7-6) 38-24

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Hyundai Sun Bowl, at El Paso, Texas

Georgia Tech (7-7) defeated Southern California (7-6) 21-7

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AutoZone Liberty Bowl, at Memphis

Tulsa (11-3) defeated Iowa State (6-7) 31-17

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Chick-fil-A Bowl, at Atlanta

Clemson (11-2) defeated Louisiana State (10-3) 25-24

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Jan. 1

Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl, Jacksonville, Fla.

Northwestern (10-3) defeated Mississippi State (8-5) 34-20

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Heart of Dallas Bowl, at Dallas

Oklahoma State (8-5) defeated Purdue (6-7) 58-14

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Outback Bowl, at Tampa, Fla.

South Carolina (11-2) vs. Michigan (8-5) 33-28

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Capital One Bowl, at Orlando, Fla.

Georgia (12-2) defeated Nebraska (10-4) 45-31

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Rose Bowl presented by VIZIO, at Pasadena, Calif.

Stanford (12-2) defeated Wisconsin (8-6) 20-14

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Discover Orange Bowl, at Miami

Florida State (12-2) defeated Northern Illinois (12-2) 31-10

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Jan. 2

Allstate Sugar Bowl, at New Orleans

Louisville (11-2) defeated Florida (11-2) 33-23

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Jan. 3

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, at Glendale, Ariz.

Oregon (12-1) defeated Kansas State (11-2) 35-17

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Jan. 4

AT&T Cotton Bowl, at Arlington, Texas

Texas A&M (11-2) defeated Oklahoma (10-3) 41-13

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Jan. 5

BBVA Compass Bowl, at Birmingham, Ala.

Mississippi (7-6) defeated Pittsburgh (6-7) 38-17

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Jan. 6

GoDaddy.com Bowl, at Mobile, Ala.

Arkansas State (10-3) defeated Kent State (11-3) 17-13

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Jan. 7

Tostitos BCS National Championship Game, at Miami

Alabama (13-1) defeated Notre Dame (12-1) 42-14
Published in Sports
 |  Wednesday, 16 January 2013 11:05
SOUTH BEND, Ind., Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Inspiring stories about a girlfriend of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o who died of leukemia were part of a hoax, Deadspin.com reported Wednesday.

The website said the girlfriend -- Lennay Kekua -- never existed even as the national sports media wrote of how she inspired the Heisman Trophy candidate to feats of glory as the Fighting Irish completed an undefeated regular season.

Rather, Deadspin.com said accounts of how the two met at Stanford University in 2008, later became a couple and her subsequent death in September -- only days after the death of Te'o's grandmother -- were fictional.

Citing extensive interviews, the website reported the girlfriend was an online persona created by Te'o's friend Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the pastor of a Palmdale, Calif., church, and intimated the linebacker may have been in on the deception.

Te'o issued a statement Wednesday contending he was the victim of an elaborate hoax.

"To realize that I was the victim of what was apparently someone's sick joke and constant lies was, and is, painful and humiliating," he said.

"It further pains me that the grief I felt and the sympathies expressed to me at the time of my grandmother's death in September were in any way deepened by what I believed to be another significant loss in my life," he added.
Published in Sports
 |  Wednesday, 16 January 2013 12:50
HOUSTON, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Former University of Minnesota wide receiver A.J. Barker was arrested in Houston on charges of marijuana possession, authorities said Wednesday.

Harris County (Texas) District Court records indicate Barker was arrested late Sunday and jailed the next day, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported.

He has since been released on $500 bond.

Barker was the Gophers' leading receiver when he quit the team midway through the recently completed season following an argument with Coach Jerry Kill, who he publicly criticized in an online post.

Reports indicated Barker had been offered a scholarship at the University of Houston and was slated the join the Cougars, but athletics spokesman David Bassity said that was not the case.

"A.J. Barker is not a member of our football team and was not offered a scholarship as some outlets have reported," he wrote the newspaper in an e-mail.
Published in Sports
 |  Thursday, 17 January 2013 07:29
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SOUTH BEND, Ind., Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Notre Dame knew for weeks the story of the death of linebacker Manti Te'o's girlfriend was a hoax but waited until after a title game to talk, the school said.

University spokesman Dennis Brown said in a statement the Heisman Trophy runner-up was the victim of "what appears to be a hoax in which someone using the fictitious name Lennay Kekua apparently ingratiated herself with Manti and then conspired with others to lead him to believe she had tragically died of leukemia."

Brown said Notre Dame learned of the apparent hoax Dec. 26, 2012, almost two weeks before Alabama beat Notre Dame 42-14 in the NCAA Bowl Championship Series Jan. 7.

Te'o, 21, released a separate statement saying he was the target of "what was apparently someone's sick joke and constant lies."

He said he was duped into having a long-term "emotional relationship" with an Internet impostor -- a deception he called "painful and humiliating."

"To think that I shared ... my happiness about my relationship and details that I thought to be true about her just makes me sick. I hope that people can understand how trying and confusing this whole experience has been," his statement said.

The syndicated TV show "Inside Edition" said Thursday it has identified the woman whose image was used in the hoax as Diane O'Meara, a 23-year-old marketing professional from Los Angeles, and a former classmate of a friend of Te'o.

The Deadspin sports website, which broke the story about the apparent hoax Wednesday, raised questions about whether Te'o was duped or whether he somehow perpetrated the fictitious story of having a girlfriend who died in September.

Although both Te'o and Notre Dame knew about the fraud before the BCS title game, neither corrected the record until the Deadspin article was published.

Notre Dame said it had hired a private investigator who produced a final report Jan. 4, and the university shared the findings with the Te'o family Jan. 5.

Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick told reporters Wednesday night he believed the Te'o family had planned to come clean with the hoax story next week, but Deadspin beat them to the punch.

Swarbrick said neither Notre Dame nor Te'o tried to conceal the story. But Notre Dame acknowledged Wednesday it persuaded Te'o to wait and set the record straight after the title game.

"We encouraged him to try to focus forward and focus on the game," Swarbrick said.

Swarbrick said the Notre Dame investigation found the motive for creating a fake persona to trick Te'o had simply been the fun of it.

Online "chatter" among the alleged perpetrators suggested "the joy they were taking" in fooling Te'o, Swarbrick said.

The pranksters even made sure Te'o sent white roses in her honor and told him when they would close her casket, the Chicago Tribune quoted Swarbrick as saying.

"There was a place to send flowers," Swarbrick said. "There was no detail of the hoax left undone."

He likened the ruse to the 2010 film "Catfish" in which a woman built a fake Facebook persona with another woman's photo, and then duped another person into having a romantic online relationship.

"Nothing about what I have learned has shaken my faith in Manti Te'o one iota," Swarbrick said.

At the same time, the South Bend (Ind.) Tribune said Te'o and his family were unclear about the truth because they said Te'o met Kekua during their courtship.

Te'o described her to ESPN in October 2012 as the most beautiful person he had ever met. His father told the Tribune the same month Kekua had traveled to Hawaii, Te'o's home state, "every once in a while ... so he would meet with her there."
Published in Sports
 |  Friday, 18 January 2013 06:20
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NEWARK, Del., Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Dave Brock was named football coach at the University of Delaware Friday, succeeding longtime Coach K.C. Keeler.

It is the first collegiate head coaching job for Brock, who was offensive coordinator at Rutgers last season.

Keeler was fired recently after his 11th season with the Blue Hens.

"Coach Keeler did a great job. I'm confident that we have the building blocks in place to win in 2013 and forward," Brock said.

Keeler had an 88-52 record at Delaware. The team was 5-6 in 2012.
Published in Sports
 |  Saturday, 19 January 2013 02:31
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LOS ANGELES, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o said he hoped the alleged hoaxer he says invented his Internet girlfriend learns a lesson from the embarrassing incident.

In his first interview since the bizarre story broke, Te'o told ESPN Friday he wasn't bent on revenge against the Southern California man he said was the mastermind of the hoax.

"I hope he understands what he's done," said Te'o "I don't wish an ill thing to somebody. I just hope he learns. I think embarrassment is big enough."

Te'o's public image soared as he led Notre Dame to the national college football title game, but his story took a strange twist when deadspin.com reported his girlfriend -- who he said had died of leukemia during the season -- apparently never existed.

Te'o told ESPN the girlfriend turned out to be the product of the imagination and cyber machinations of Ronaiah Tuiasosopo of Palmdale, who allegedly created Lennay Kekua's persona using such Internet tools as Twitter, digital photos and cellphones.

Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick told reporters this week Te'o and Kekua developed a close relationship without ever meeting face-to-face.

"It roped him more and more into the trap," he said.

The Los Angeles Times said romantic relationships between unwitting young people and Internet characters made up by hoaxers is not unprecedented. A recent movie called "Catfish" portrayed the phenomenon, and the cable network MTV even has a series in which online relationships are investigated to see if there are indeed real people involved.

The Times said the young woman whose photo and voice were that of the doomed Kekua was tracked down by its reporters and the syndicated television series "Inside Edition" in the South Bay area of Los Angeles County. The woman referred "Inside Edition" to an attorney and said "they will help you out."
Published in Sports
 |  Sunday, 20 January 2013 05:29
DETROIT, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- A roster of major U.S. sports publications and retailers were sued by the photographer who snapped a widely used photo of Michigan football star Desmond Howard.

Brian Masck captured the image of Howard striking a "Heisman Trophy" pose during the 1991 Michigan-Ohio State game.

Masck, a freelance photographer, accused companies including Sports Illustrated, Amazon, Walmart and Getty Images with failing to credit him and cheating him out of the money and notoriety he deserved.

"These various intellectual property pirates who are defendants in this case have taken a business crowbar to that byline and have pried Brian Masck's name away from his iconic photograph," said the 63-page suit filed in Detroit federal court. "They have separated him from his work."

The Detroit News said Sunday Masck only received the copyright to the photo in 2011 and made some digital alterations to small details in the image in order to identify publications and products he contends are not authorized to use it.
Published in Sports
 |  Sunday, 20 January 2013 09:46
EUGENE, Ore., Jan. 20 (UPI) -- University of Oregon offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich is the Ducks' new head football coach, the school announced Sunday.

Helfrich replaces Chip Kelly, who last week was hired to lead to the Philadelphia Eagles.

"We were looking for a coach who exemplifies excellence, leadership and character, and who would embrace what our winning football culture is all about," Oregon Athletic Director Rob Mullens said. "We found that person in Mark."

Helfrich, 39, has served as the Ducks' offensive coordinator since 2009.

"As a lifelong Duck fan, this is a responsibility that I welcome and accept the undertaking that stands before me to carry on the legacy of success that has been created by my many predecessors," the Oregon native said.

Helfrich was among at least two candidates interviewed for the position, sources told The (Portland) Oregonian. The other was Stanford offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton.

His hiring is expected to provide continuity for the Ducks' prolific offense, which averaged 49.6 points per game under Kelly.
Published in Sports
 |  Monday, 21 January 2013 00:13
ANTELOPE VALLEY, Calif., Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the alleged hoaxer Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o says invented his Internet girlfriend, has obtained a lawyer, his family said.

Peter "Navy" Tuiasosopo, Ronaiah Tuiasosopo's uncle, said a member of the family would be giving an interview later this week.

"The family is strong," he said Sunday. "The family will stay together."

Ronaiah Tuiasosopo's father, Pastor Titus Tuiasosopo, thanked his Antelope Valley, Calif., congregation for its support.

"I want to thank you for your prayers, church family," he said. "I love you. Thank you for being here."

Te'o's public image soared late last year as he led Notre Dame to the national college football title game, but his story took a strange twist when deadspin.com reported his girlfriend -- who he said had died of leukemia during the season -- apparently never existed.

Te'o told ESPN the girlfriend turned out to be the product of the imagination and cyber machinations of Ronaiah Tuiasosopo of Palmdale, who allegedly created Lennay Kekua's persona using Twitter, digital photos and cellphones.
Published in Sports
 |  Monday, 21 January 2013 04:07
FLORENCE, Ky., Jan. 21 (UPI) -- A Kentucky Frontier League baseball team is making light of Notre Dame player Manti Te'o's made-up girlfriend by giving away imaginary bobbleheads.

Florence Freedom announced the first 1,000 fans at the May 23 game at UC Health Stadium receive the Manti Te'o Girlfriend Bobblehead, which is actually an empty box, WXIX-TV, Cincinnati, reported Monday.

"This will be the best kind of bobblehead a fan could get," Freedom General Manager Josh Anderson said. "Because now fans can make the bobblehead out to be whatever they want it to be."

The team said a section of the stadium will be reserved for fans to sit with imaginary significant others.

The promotion mocks Notre Dame football player Manti Te'o being hoodwinked by a scammer who invented an online persona to carry on a romantic relationship with the player.


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