Kelly: Hoax may have hurt Te’o’s play
Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o didn’t show any signs of being affected by the girlfriend hoax leading up to the BCS title game, but his play indicates it may have taken a toll, coach Brian Kelly said in a conference call. Kelly said so far everything that has come out about the girlfriend hoax matches up with what Te’o told him when he called him on Dec. 26. Despite all that’s happened, Kelly said he will still remember Te’o as one of the best teammates and leaders he’s been around . . . The same Sports Illustrated story that alleged Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis obtained a banned deer-antler spray also contained a report that several Alabama football players received Sports with Alternatives to Steroids products prior to the Crimson Tide's January 2012 win over LSU in the BCS national title game. The report also said LSU players used the products prior to beating Alabama in November 2011.
Iverson shuns D-League opportunity
Allen Iverson is taking a pass on the D-League. The 2001 NBA MVP has turned down an opportunity to return to basketball with the Dallas Mavericks’ Development League affiliate . . . Executive director Billy Hunter has fired his daughter, Robyn Hunter, and daughter-in-law, Megan Inaba, from the NBA players’ association, less than two weeks after a review said Hunter’s hiring of family and friends had ‘‘damaged the union.’’ Hunter wrote a letter to the union’s special committee of players, dated Jan. 23 detailing the situation. The letter was first reported by Bloomberg News. Hunter wrote in the letter that an anti-nepotism policy had been adopted . . . The 22-year-old son of former NBA player Nick Van Exel is on trial for capital murder in the December 2010 shooting death of longtime friend, Bradley Bassey Eyo, in Dallas. Nickey Maxwell Van Exel’s attorney has said Van Exel and Eyo were playing with a shotgun, and that Van Exel didn’t know the gun was loaded. Van Exel faces up to life in prison if convicted . . . Minnesota Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman revealed that his wife, Mary Kay, has been suffering from seizures, causing him to be away from the team for three weeks. Adelman returned to the team on Monday . . . The Cavaliers are exploring the possibility of signing center Greg Oden, who hasn’t played since 2009 because of knee injuries.
US ties Canada in World Cup tuneup
The United States prepped for its opening game in the final round of World Cup qualifying with a dull 0-0 tie against Canada in Houston. The Americans extended their unbeaten streak against Canada to 16 games (8-0-8), with their last loss coming in April 1985 . . . US striker Jozy Altidore was the target of racist chants during a Dutch Cup game. Altidore plays for AZ Alkmaar, and the taunts came during a quarterfinal against FC Den Bosch. Referee Reinold Wiedemeijer wanted to stop the match in the first half because of ‘‘jungle sounds chanted at Altidore,’’ according to AZ’s official twitter feed. But AZ players, including Altidore, persuaded him not to . . . Mario Balotelli will join AC Milan after a deal was agreed on with Manchester City on Tuesday. The Italian striker is returning for a fee media reports have put at 20 million euros . . . Revolution forward Jerry Bengtson was recalled to the Honduras national team for 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying.
Snowmobiler, 25, in critical condition
Snowmobiler Caleb Moore was in critical condition in a Colorado hospital after a dramatic crash Thursday at the Winter X Games in Aspen, and a relative said the family wasn’t hopeful about the 25-year-old’s chances for survival. Moore walked off with help after the crash, but later developed bleeding around his heart and was flown to a hospital in Grand Junction for surgery. The family later said that Moore also had a complication involving his brain . . . The doctor at the center of Spain’s long-awaited Operation Puerto trial testified that athletes from sports other than cycling used his blood-doping services. Eufemiano Fuentes said although the vast majority of those who approached him were cyclists, others came to him. He did not give any names . . . The World Anti-Doping Agency called the UCI ‘‘deceitful’’ for shutting down its independent doping panel and said it won’t participate in an amnesty commission set up by the cycling governing body . . . The Los Angeles Angels announced Tuesday night that reliever Kevin Jepsen has avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract worth $1,181,000 . . . Roger Federer might play in the Davis Cup again, although he won’t represent his country before the US Open in September . . . Andrew Chandler, the manager of Darren Clarke, says the golfer will play as scheduled in the Pearl Golf Premier League in India next week, despite suffering from a stiff neck after a minor car accident . . . Jockey Calvin Borel needs another week for his broken wrist to heal before racing for his 5,000th victory. Borel suffered the injury in training on Jan. 8 and hopes to return to racing the week of Feb. 7.