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Notre Dame president defends handling of Te'o

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame's president has sent the school's board of trustees a letter outlining and defending the actions of university leaders after they were informed about the Manti Te'o dead girlfriend hoax.

The letter from the Rev. John Jenkins was dated Friday and obtained by The Associated Press from a university official on condition of anonymity because the private school's internal workings are confidential.

It says school administrators decided within hours of hearing from Te'o that it did not involve a crime and within two days had concluded there was no NCAA violation.

Jenkins says Te'o's story has held up despite unrelenting scrutiny. And he says that until Jan. 3, university officials believed Lennay Kekua was real.

Reactions vary about Patrick's dating revelation

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Danica Patrick's now-public personal life is a popular topic at Daytona International Speedway.

And there are varying opinions on how much attention, if any, Patrick's admission should get.

Patrick told The Associated Press she and fellow NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. are a couple, ending widespread speculation about the nature of their relationship. Patrick and Stenhouse waited until the end of a weeklong media tour to confirm they are dating.

Reaction ranged from well wishes to oh, well. The news also prompted plenty of jokes Friday.

NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer wants to know: Who gets the (track) position getting into the corner? ‘You go. No, you go. No, no, you go.' Who gets that position? There's a lot of give and take in a relationship.

Ganassi team shakes up lineup for Rolex 24

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Off the podium a year ago, Chip Ganassi Racing returned to the Rolex 24 at Daytona determined to collect another victory watch.

But the blueprint for getting back to Victory Lane required a shake-up.

Juan Pablo Montoya was moved from the No. 02 car — sometimes referred to as the star car because of its famed driver lineup — to the overshadowed No. 01 car that competes full-time in the Grand-Am Series.

Montoya will be teamed with Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas, the three-time defending Grand-Am champions, and IndyCar driver Charlie Kimball, who is making his debut in the twice-round-the-clock sports car race.

Foster: Don't expect 100 percent play at Pro Bowl

HONOLULU — Houston running back Arian Foster says players are going to step up at the Pro Bowl this year, but don't expect 100 percent effort.

Foster said Friday after practicing with his AFC teammates that it's unrealistic to expect full effort from the NFL's top athletes when they're limited in the plays they're able to run.

Effort has emerged as the top theme for this year's Pro Bowl as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has made it clear the all-star game won't be played going forward if it's second-rate football.

Denver quarterback Peyton Manning says players have to play better because it would be a shame for the game to be canceled.

New Jets GM calls Revis to explain situation

NEW YORK — A few hours after Darrelle Revis said he was speechless about rampant trade talk, new Jets general manager John Idzik reached out to the star cornerback Thursday to ask to give us a chance to evaluate the entire roster.

Idzik told NBC's Pro Football Talk on Friday that Revis reacted well to the phone call, which came after the GM, owner Woody Johnson and coach Rex Ryan were non-committal about the cornerback's future with the team. Revis expressed his frustration on Twitter, prompting the call from Idzik, introduced as the replacement for the fired Mike Tannenbaum hours earlier.

We haven't taken that first step, and that's what I relayed to Darrelle, Idzik told Pro Football Talk.

Revis, recovering from a knee injury, is expected to draw plenty of trade interest.

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