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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Emotionless Lance Armstrong admits being ‘flawed character’

01.18.13 at 8:06 am ET
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FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Bulls at Celtics, 7 p.m. (CSNNE, ESPN; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Thunder at Mavericks, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Stony Brook at Vermont, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Fairfield at Iona, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College hockey: Harvard at Yale, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong admitted to cheating, but he did it on his terms. Showing little to no emotion or contrition and offering few details, the cycling legend acknowledged during his interview with Oprah Winfrey that he cheated in all seven of his victories at the Tour de France.

“I’m a flawed character,” Armstrong said.

However, Armstrong insisted his taking performance-enhancing drugs and doping only put him on par with other cyclists.

“I went and looked up the definition of cheat,” he said. “And the definition is to gain an advantage on a rival or foe. I didn’t view it that way. I viewed it as a level playing field.”

As for all the people — especially former teammates and support crew — he attacked when they tried to tell the truth, Armstrong offered no public apology, although he said he has reached out to some of his victims. He attributed his behavior to his competitiveness.

“It’s a major flaw, and it’s a guy who expected to get whatever he wanted and to control every outcome. And it’s inexcusable,” Armstrong said. “And when I say there are people who will hear this and never forgive me, I understand that. I do. … That defiance, that attitude, that arrogance, you cannot deny it.”

♦ Notre Dame star Manti Te’o said in Wednesday night’s statement that he’s focused on the NFL draft, but the girlfriend hoax that was revealed this week might turn out to be a problem for prospective clubs.

“I think some teams will say it isn’t worth the problem,” said NFL draft consultant Gil Brandt, who has Te’o rated 19th overall following the linebacker’s disappointing performance in the national championship game.

“I don’t think anybody considered him to be a top-five pick before all this happened,” Brandt said. “In that game against Alabama, this was like a guy who was the best shooter in the world in basketball and here comes a game and he can’t even hit the backboard. His play in that game was absolutely horrible. He missed on run blitzes; guys ran over him …”

Meanwhile, a minor league baseball team in Kentucky, the Florence Freedom, announced that it would have a Manti Te’o Girlfriend Bobblehead Day in May. The first 1,000 fans will receive an empty bobble head box, there will be a pretend kiss cam for fans to kiss their imaginary friends, and there will be an imaginary food fight in the kids’ area.

Al Pacino has been been tabbed to play Joe Paterno in a movie about the late Penn State coach that’s based on Joe Posnanski‘s recent biography. Brian De Palma, who directed Pacino in “Scarface” and “Carlito’s Way,” will direct the film, tentatively titled “Paterno.”

“I can’t think of a better duo to tell this story of a complex, intensely righteous man who was brought down by his own tragic flaw,” producer Edward R. Pressman said in a statement.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 18, 1973, the Red Sox signed their first designated hitter, with the position set to debut that season. Which veteran was obtained to fill that role?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I will not lie to you: I tried to get out several times, but Danny Ainge does not want to let me go. He’s a guy that admires my basketball skills for many years. I was supposed to have got a good contract with the Boston Celtics, but did not. He will not let me go.” – Celtics guard Leandro Barbosa, on the team’s refusal to cut or trade him as per his request

STAT OF THE DAY: 15 – Consecutive All-Star Game starts for Kobe Bryant, an NBA record, as he was tabbed as one of four Lakers on the Western Conference team in voting announced Thursday

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): As Coyotes general manager Don Maloney is announcing the team’s acquisition of center Matthew Lombardi from the Maple Leafs during a Thursday press conference, a reporter’s phone that is being used to record Maloney starts ringing, and it’s Lombardi calling. This leads to a few chuckles when Maloney calls attention to it.

Pistons forward Kyle Singler takes his “Buckets” trick-shot act around London.

At the Australian Open, Serena Williams hits herself in the mouth with her racket on her follow through.

Colts players Reggie Wayne and Andrew Luck make an appearance on “Parks and Recreation.”

TRIVIA ANSWER: Orlando Cepeda, who went on to hit .289 with 86 RBIs in 142 games in his lone season in Boston

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Former Temptations lead singer David Ruffin, who died in 1991, was born on this day in 1941.

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