January 23, 2013
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Te'o hopes receipt helps his cause

How much can a receipt explain? Manti Te'o sent flowers to the phantom funeral of the young woman he believed had died on Sept. 12, the same day of the death of his grandmother, according to a receipt he has shown several people. The receipt from 1-800-FLOWERS.com, a copy of which was obtained by the Daily News and lists "Kainoa Kekua" as the recipient of "36 stems of premium white roses" sent by Manti Teo, 626 Notre Dame Ave., South Bend, IN. It is one of the pieces of evidence T'eo has produced in an attempt to prove that he believed Lennay Kekua was real and that he was the victim of an elaborate "catfishing" hoax that has riveted the nation. The receipt also included T'eo's message to Kekua. (New York Daily News) Comment

Man behind latest fiasco in Phoenix

The Suns managed to turn an interim coach announcement into a P.R. nightmare, followed by reports of a heated exchange between Lance Blanks and Jermaine O'Neal. What did owner Robert Sarver expect? He hired a team president and a general manager in Lon Babby and [Blanks], respectively, who never had held those positions before. ... Combine that with an owner who had been a wildly successful businessman but never in the sports arena and you have a concoction that is a recipe for failure. Any of those situations individually aren't a bad thing. Babby went to Yale law school and Blanks paid his dues as a player, scout and assistant general manager. Throw them together, however, and the odds are stacked against success. Sarver has only himself to blame. (The Arizona Republic) Comment

Young motivated ... but healthy?

Credit Ruben Amaro Jr. for his optimism when it comes to Delmon Young. Young made just 29 starts in the outfield for Detroit last season, but Amaro wants him to be the everyday guy in right. That is a position he has not played in six years. He is not healthy; doctors performed microfracture surgery on his ankle 10 weeks ago and his availability for opening day in doubt. The former No. 1 overall pick is 27 years old, with a name forever stained by rage issues that prompted his throwing a bat at an umpire and a drunken anti-Semitic rant. He is at a crossroads in his career. "I think he's motivated," Amaro said. There is inherently little risk in the Phillies signing Young because of the financial commitment. (Philadelphia Inquirer) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

Rookie winger Nail Yakupov, the first overall pick of the 2012 NHL Draft, plays the puck against the Sharks. Yakupov scored his first NHL goal in the Oilers' 6-3 loss on Tuesday night. (Andy Devlin/Getty Images

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Serena Williams vents during her Australian Open quarterfinal upset by Sloane Stephens.

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