Thursday, June 21, 2018
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MAN BEHIND HOAX SAYS HE WAS MOLESTED

The man who says he tricked Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o into falling for a fake woman he created online says the hoax had "everything to do" with him escaping from real life because he was molested as a child.

Ronaiah Tuiasosopo spoke publicly for the first time with Dr. Phil McGraw for the Dr. Phil Show. The second of a two-part interview aired Friday. Tuiasosopo, 22, told McGraw he was repeatedly molested beginning at age 12 by someone close to his father, a church pastor and youth minister.

"I felt that I couldn't do things, accomplish things, pursue things, live out as Ronaiah," Tuiasosopo said. "And I felt the need to create this. It has everything to do with what I went through as a child."

He also said he was the voice of the girlfriend, named Lennay Kekua, and provided samples to McGraw and a producer. One sample, McGraw said, was compared by three laboratories to voicemails sent by the girlfriend character to Te'o and were a match.

EX-BUCKEYE STAR INDICTED: Former Ohio State star Jim Stillwagon, 63, was indicted on charges he fired shots from his motorcycle at another driver last year. The arraignment is Monday for the college Hall of Fame defensive lineman.

TENNIS

U.S. takes 2-0 Davis Cup lead

John Isner and Sam Querrey rolled to straight-set victories as the United States took a 2-0 lead over Brazil in the first round of the Davis Cup in Jacksonville. Isner, a Tampa resident, topped Thiago Alves 6-3, 7-6, 6-3, and Querrey beat Thomaz Bellucci 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 on an indoor hardcourt. The top-ranked American doubles team, Bob and Mike Bryan, can clinch a quarterfinal spot today in the best-of-five event.

BASEBALL

Hafner signs with Yankees

DH Travis Hafner and the Yankees agreed to a $2 million, one-year contract; he can earn up to $4 million in bonuses based on plate appearances. Hafner, 35, played 66 games for Cleveland last year because of knee and back problems.

Times wires

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Sports on TV/radio for Thursday, June 21

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Updated: 12 hours ago