Friday’s Morning Mashup: Ronaiah Tuiasosopo’s female cousin said to be voice of Manti Te’o's ‘girlfriend’
|01.25.13 at 7:49 am ET|
FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Islanders at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Wild at Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
College hockey: Yale at Cornell, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Celtics at Hawks, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Spurs at Mavericks, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Loyola (Md.) at Manhattan, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Green Bay at Milwaukee, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ On Thursday, the lawyer for the man said to be behind the hoax involving Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o claimed that Ronaiah Tuiasosopo was imitating a woman’s voice during phone conversations with Te’o. However, the New York Post reported Friday morning that the voice was actually Tuiasosopo’s female cousin, Tino Tuiasosopo.
“Tino is the girl that Manti has been talking to all these months,” a Tuiasosopo cousin told the paper.
A Tuiasosopo relative said Ronaiah took the blame because he “is determined to take the rap.”
Te’o released voicemail messages of the woman to ABC’s Katie Couric for his interview that aired Thursday. Said Te’o: “It didn’t sound like a man. It sounded like a woman.”
Said the Tuiasosopo cousin after hearing the tapes: “There is no doubt whatsoever that it’s Tino.”
♦ A report came out Thursday that the Jets were considering trying to trade Darrelle Revis, who can become a free agent after next season. That did not sit well with the standout cornerback.
Tweeted Revis: I’m speechless by far but more importantly I feel more upset for the jet nation for having to go through this!!! I guess will see how this plays out.
Coach Rex Ryan, who once called Revis the greatest player in franchise history, had little to say Thursday.
“You guys know how I feel about Darrelle,” Revis said. “But as [new general manager John Izdik] said, all decisions will be made in the best interest of the football team.”
♦ With John and Jim Harbaugh set to do battle in the Super Bowl, the website Sports on Earth has a list of the top sports siblings of all-time. The Harbaughs barely make the list at No. 10.
The list is headed by hockey’s Sutter brothers, followed by tennis’ Williams sisters and football’s Manning brothers. The only Boston connection is the DiMaggio brothers — Yankees great Dom DiMaggio and his brothers, Red Sox outfielder Dominic and journeyman outfielder Vince, who started out with the Boston Braves.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 25, 1956, which former Red Sox infielder and manager was elected to the Hall of Fame?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Let’s hope we don’t [have to make changes]. If we start playing better then you don’t, obviously. If you don’t [start playing better], then we have to do something at some point. Again, I think we have what we need in the locker room. I’m just not getting it out of them and I have to figure out a better way of getting it out of them.” – Celtics coach Doc Rivers, before Thursday night’s loss to the Knicks, Boston’s fifth straight setback
STAT OF THE DAY: 27 — Consecutive games with at least 20 points for Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony
‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel joins the gang from Dude Perfect for some trick shots with a football at Texas A&M.
Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan hits a fadeaway jumper at the buzzer to beat the Magic.
Syracuse women’s basketball player Brittney Sykes steals an inbounds pass and hits a heave from beyond halfcourt to beat St. John’s.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Joe Cronin
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Etta James, who died last week, was born on this day in 1938.
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