The woman whose photo was used as the ‘‘face’’ of the Twitter account of Manti Te’o’s supposed girlfriend says the man allegedly behind the hoax confessed and apologized to her. Diane O’Meara told NBC’s ‘‘Today’’ show Tuesday that Ronaiah Tuiasosopo used pictures of her without her knowledge in creating a fake woman called Lennay Kekua. Te’o asserts he was tricked into an online romance with Kekua and, until last week, did not understand he was being hoaxed. O’Meara, 23, went to high school in California with Tuiasosopo, but she says they’re not close. He called to apologize Jan. 16, the day Deadspin.com broke the hoax story, she said. Te’o is scheduled to appear with his parents on Katie Couric’s talk show Thursday . . . A young man who testified at a child sex abuse trial last summer that former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky tickled and grabbed him in a campus shower in 1998, sued him, his charity, and the university. The man, previously described as Victim 6 in court papers, filed the federal lawsuit in Philadelphia as John Doe 6, claiming Sandusky’s behavior was ‘‘ratified’’ by The Second Mile charity and Penn State and that the organizations acted with reckless indifference to his rights . . . Wide receiver Klysmann Afonso (Medford), running back Nick Valles (Danvers), and defensive back DuVaughn Beckford (Nantucket) are among the newcomers to the UMass squad after choosing spring enrollment. Beckford transferred after two years at Assumption.
Phillies sign Young to a one-year deal
The Phillies signed outfielder Delmon Young to a one-year deal for $750,000. Young batted .267 with 18 homers and 74 RBIs for the Tigers last season, and was MVP of the ALCS . . . Infielder Mark DeRosa agreed to a $775,000, one-year contract with the Blue Jays, who designated righthander Sam Dyson for assignment . . . The Rays agreed to a minor league contract with righthander Juan Carlos Oviedo, who played under the fake name Leo Nunez before an eight-week suspension by MLB last year for age and identity fraud . . . Former Rays outfielder Elijah Dukes was arrested in Tampa on a warrant related to previous drug charges. Police say Dukes has also been charged with an additional count of driving with a suspended license . . . Time Warner Cable Inc. won a contract to carry Dodgers games for at least the next two decades starting in 2014, snatching the games away from Fox Sports for around $7 billion. , a person familiar with the matter told the Associated Press.
Johnson not ready to give up on Kings
Sacramento’s mayor, Kevin Johnson, had a stern warning for Seattle fans who are excited about the prospect of the NBA returning to the Puget Sound next season. ‘‘Don’t celebrate too early,’’ he said. In front of a cheering City Hall crowd, Johnson introduced the first part of his plan to keep the Kings in California’s capital city. The former NBA star turned mayor unveiled 19 investors who have pledged at least $1 million each to be part of a group that would buy the franchise . Johnson said the major partner he hopes will anchor the deal twill be revealed as soon as this week . . . Lakers forward Jordan Hill will have season-ending surgery on his left hip . . . Ex-NBA player and coach Bill Cartwright was hired as coach of Osaka in Japan’s professional league.
Mickelson regrets comments on taxes
Phil Mickelson put his popularity on the line with polarizing comments about how much he has to pay in state and federal taxes. The four-time major champion said it might lead to ‘‘drastic changes,’’ such as moving from his native California, and that it already caused him to pull out of the San Diego Padres’ new ownership group. His only regret was not keeping his opinion to himself. ‘‘Finances and taxes are a personal matter, and I should not have made my opinions on them public,’’ Mickelson said in a statement. ‘‘I apologize to those I have upset or insulted, and assure you I intend not to let it happen again.’’
Three Breakers selected for US squad
Defender Ali Krieger is returning to the US women’s soccer team for the first time since tearing knee ligaments last January in an Olympic qualifer. Krieger was among 29 players selected by coach Tom Sermanni, including defender Heather Mitts, midfielder Heather O’Reilly, and forward Sydney Leroux of the Boston Breakers . . . Bradford became the first fourth-tier club to reach an English soccer final in 51 years when it eliminated Premier League club Aston Villa in the League Cup semifinals in London. Bradford, whose roster was assembled for about $12,000, will play Chelsea or Swansea in the final Feb. 24 at Wembley . . . Three-time Olympian Deena Kastor plans to run in her hometown Los Angeles Marathon on March 17 . . . Former Providence College basketball player James Still was sentenced to four years in prison for a violent and random assault he and fellow player Johnnie Lacy made on another PC student in April 2010.