A.M. UPDATE: Notre Dame star in 'catfish' moment? Gun sales changes in Tyler?
HOAX OR CONNED: NOTRE DAME STAR IN ODD SPOT
In an odd story from the sporting world, Manti Te'o, Notre Dame's star linebacker, was at the center of one of the most inspirational stories of the 2012 college football season. He excelled on the field despite the deaths of his grandmother and his girlfriend, he said, within hours of each other. Te'o was the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy and led Notre Dame to an unexpected berth in the Bowl Championship Series title game. On Wednesday, that story fell apart when the Web site Deadspin published an article saying that Te'o's girlfriend never existed. Notre Dame said in a statement Te'o was the victim of “what appears to be a hoax in which someone ... ingratiated herself with Manti and then conspired with others to lead him to believe she had tragically died of leukemia.” Much remains unclear about whether Te'o was duped or whether he somehow perpetrated the fictitious story. Be prepared for this story to occupy a lot of airtime on sports-talk radio and ESPN.
OPRAH-LANCE INTERVIEW TONIGHT
Tonight is the night the world sees Oprah Winfrey's interview with disgraced American cyclist Lance Armstrong. The interview was conducted earlier this week and has generated endless buzz since. It will air in two parts starting tonight and Friday night on Oprah's OWN television network. It has been leaked that in the interview Armstrong admits to taking performance-enhancing drugs, something he has strongly denied for years. It will interesting to see what Armstrong also reveals. And it case you don't know OWN is on channel 105 if you're a SuddenLink customer.
TYLER COULD SEE GUN SALES CHANGES THIS WEEKEND
East Texas gun owners could get a first look at how President Barack Obama's new gun violence executive order will affect them this weekend as the Lone Star Gun Show returns to Tyler's Harvey Convention Center on Saturday. Read outdoors editor Steve Knight's take on the new gun orders in today's edition of the Tyler Morning Telegraph or here online at TylerPaper.com.
Today's weather forecast from TylerPaper.com's mobile app is it's sunny. The high will be 57 degrees with a low tonight of 32.