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Braves Land Another Upton in 7-Player Deal

  • In this photo taken on Jan. 22, 2013 and released by ABC Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, right, speaking with host Katie Couric during an interview for "Katie," in New York. Te'o has told Couric that he briefly lied about his online girlfriend after discovering she didn't exist, while maintaining that he had no part in creating the hoax. The interview will air on Thursday, Jan. 24.  (AP Photo/Disney-ABC, Lorenzo Bevilaqua)

    In this photo taken on Jan. 22, 2013 and released by ABC Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, right, speaking with host Katie Couric during an interview for "Katie," in New York. Te'o has told Couric that he briefly lied about his online girlfriend after discovering she didn't exist, while maintaining that he had no part in creating the hoax. The interview will air on Thursday, Jan. 24. (AP Photo/Disney-ABC, Lorenzo Bevilaqua)

  • In this photo taken on Jan. 22, 2013 and released by ABC Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, second from left, and his parents Brian and Ottilia, right, listen to host Katie Couric during an interview for "Katie," in New York. Te'o  told Couric that he briefly lied about his online girlfriend after discovering she didn't exist, while maintaining that he had no part in creating the hoax. The interview will air on Thursday, Jan. 24.  (AP Photo/Disney-ABC, Lorenzo Bevilaqua)

    In this photo taken on Jan. 22, 2013 and released by ABC Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, second from left, and his parents Brian and Ottilia, right, listen to host Katie Couric during an interview for "Katie," in New York. Te'o told Couric that he briefly lied about his online girlfriend after discovering she didn't exist, while maintaining that he had no part in creating the hoax. The interview will air on Thursday, Jan. 24. (AP Photo/Disney-ABC, Lorenzo Bevilaqua)

  • In this photo taken on Jan. 22, 2013 and released by ABC Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, second from left, and his parents Brian and Ottilia, right, listen to host Katie Couric during an interview for "Katie," in New York. Te'o  told Couric that he briefly lied about his online girlfriend after discovering she didn't exist, while maintaining that he had no part in creating the hoax. The interview will air on Thursday, Jan. 24.  (AP Photo/Disney-ABC, Lorenzo Bevilaqua)

    In this photo taken on Jan. 22, 2013 and released by ABC Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, second from left, and his parents Brian and Ottilia, right, listen to host Katie Couric during an interview for "Katie," in New York. Te'o told Couric that he briefly lied about his online girlfriend after discovering she didn't exist, while maintaining that he had no part in creating the hoax. The interview will air on Thursday, Jan. 24. (AP Photo/Disney-ABC, Lorenzo Bevilaqua)

  • In this photo taken on Jan. 22, 2013 and released by ABC Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, right, speaking with host Katie Couric during an interview for "Katie," in New York. Te'o has told Couric that he briefly lied about his online girlfriend after discovering she didn't exist, while maintaining that he had no part in creating the hoax. The interview will air on Thursday, Jan. 24.  (AP Photo/Disney-ABC, Lorenzo Bevilaqua)

    In this photo taken on Jan. 22, 2013 and released by ABC Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, right, speaking with host Katie Couric during an interview for "Katie," in New York. Te'o has told Couric that he briefly lied about his online girlfriend after discovering she didn't exist, while maintaining that he had no part in creating the hoax. The interview will air on Thursday, Jan. 24. (AP Photo/Disney-ABC, Lorenzo Bevilaqua)

  • In this photo taken on Jan. 22, 2013 and released by ABC Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, right, speaking with host Katie Couric during an interview for "Katie," in New York. Te'o has told Couric that he briefly lied about his online girlfriend after discovering she didn't exist, while maintaining that he had no part in creating the hoax. The interview will air on Thursday, Jan. 24.  (AP Photo/Disney-ABC, Lorenzo Bevilaqua)

    In this photo taken on Jan. 22, 2013 and released by ABC Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, right, speaking with host Katie Couric during an interview for "Katie," in New York. Te'o has told Couric that he briefly lied about his online girlfriend after discovering she didn't exist, while maintaining that he had no part in creating the hoax. The interview will air on Thursday, Jan. 24. (AP Photo/Disney-ABC, Lorenzo Bevilaqua)

  • In this photo taken on Jan. 22, 2013 and released by ABC Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, right, speaking with host Katie Couric during an interview for "Katie," in New York. Te'o has told Couric that he briefly lied about his online girlfriend after discovering she didn't exist, while maintaining that he had no part in creating the hoax. The interview will air on Thursday, Jan. 24.  (AP Photo/Disney-ABC, Lorenzo Bevilaqua)
  • In this photo taken on Jan. 22, 2013 and released by ABC Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, second from left, and his parents Brian and Ottilia, right, listen to host Katie Couric during an interview for "Katie," in New York. Te'o  told Couric that he briefly lied about his online girlfriend after discovering she didn't exist, while maintaining that he had no part in creating the hoax. The interview will air on Thursday, Jan. 24.  (AP Photo/Disney-ABC, Lorenzo Bevilaqua)
  • In this photo taken on Jan. 22, 2013 and released by ABC Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, second from left, and his parents Brian and Ottilia, right, listen to host Katie Couric during an interview for "Katie," in New York. Te'o  told Couric that he briefly lied about his online girlfriend after discovering she didn't exist, while maintaining that he had no part in creating the hoax. The interview will air on Thursday, Jan. 24.  (AP Photo/Disney-ABC, Lorenzo Bevilaqua)
  • In this photo taken on Jan. 22, 2013 and released by ABC Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, right, speaking with host Katie Couric during an interview for "Katie," in New York. Te'o has told Couric that he briefly lied about his online girlfriend after discovering she didn't exist, while maintaining that he had no part in creating the hoax. The interview will air on Thursday, Jan. 24.  (AP Photo/Disney-ABC, Lorenzo Bevilaqua)
  • In this photo taken on Jan. 22, 2013 and released by ABC Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, right, speaking with host Katie Couric during an interview for "Katie," in New York. Te'o has told Couric that he briefly lied about his online girlfriend after discovering she didn't exist, while maintaining that he had no part in creating the hoax. The interview will air on Thursday, Jan. 24.  (AP Photo/Disney-ABC, Lorenzo Bevilaqua)

Phoenix — Justin Upton is joining older brother B.J. Upton in a new-look Braves outfield he expects to be called the best in baseball. He said he’s not willing to endorse that label until it is proven in 2013.

Arizona traded Justin Upton to Atlanta in a seven-player deal yesterday that sent former All-Star infielder Martin Prado to the Diamondbacks.

The Upton brothers join right fielder Jason Heyward, who won a Gold Glove in 2012, in the outfield packed with power and speed.

“If we push ourselves to the next level, I feel with the extra push from each other there’s no question we can be the best outfield in baseball,” Justin Upton said in a telephone interview. “I’m not going to give us that label until we prove it.”

The Braves, who also get third baseman Chris Johnson, are giving up one of their top pitching prospects, Randall Delgado, and three minor leaguers in the deal.

The other minor leaguers headed to Arizona are right-hander Zeke Spruill, shortstop Nick Ahmed and first baseman Brandon Drury. Prado, projected to play third base for the Diamondbacks, can become a free agent after this season.

B.J. Upton, 28, signed a five-year, $75.25 million contract with Atlanta in November. Justin Upton, 25, said the brothers will be on the same team for the first time since he was a freshman in high school.

College Football

Voicemails From
Te’o Prankster?

New York — The person Manti Te’o says was pretending to be his online girlfriend told the Notre Dame linebacker “I love you” in voicemails that were played during his interview with Katie Couric.

Taped earlier this week and broadcast yesterday, the hour-long talk show featured three voicemails that Te’o claims were left for him last year. He provided the messages to Couric and said they were from the person he believed to be Lennay Kekua, a woman he had fallen for but never met face-to-face.

After the first message was played, Te’o said: “It sounds like a girl, doesn’t it?”

“It does,” Couric responded.

The interview was the first done on-camera by the All-American since his once-heartwarming tale of inspired play after the deaths of his grandmother and girlfriend on the same day in September was exposed as a bizarre hoax on Jan. 16.

Golf

2 Tied for Lead
At Torrey Pines

San Diego — Brandt Snedeker ended another round at Torrey Pines atop the leaderboard. Only this time he had company, and still a long way to go.

Snedeker, the defending champion, played bogey-free on the North Course for a 7-under 65 yesterday that gave him a share of the lead with K.J. Choi in the Farmers Insurance Open. Give the edge to Choi, who birdied three of his last four holes on the tougher South Course for a 65.

Tiger Woods, a seven-time champion at Torrey Pines, was in range of the lead until two bogeys on the last four holes, and having to scramble for par on the par-5 18th hole on the South for a 68.

Keegan Bradley shot a 70 on the North.

Men’s College Hoop

No. 2 Michigan 68
Purdue 53

Ann Arbor, Mich. — Trey Burke had 15 points and eight assists and gave Michigan a boost on defense, helping the Wolverines shake free of Purdue in the second half.

No. 23 Miss. 62 Tennessee 56

Oxford, Miss. — Marshall Henderson scored 28 points, hitting six 3-pointers in the second half, and Mississippi rallied for a victory over Tennessee.

Richmond 86
No. 19 VCU 74

Richmond, Va. — Kendall Anthony scored 21 of his 26 points after halftime and Darien Brothers hit two huge 3-pointers as Richmond ended VCU’s 13-game winning streak.

Hartford 51, UNH 40

Durham, n.h. — Mark Nwakamma had 23 points and eight rebounds to lead Hartford over New Hampshire (4-14, 0-6 America East) to snap a three-game losing streak.

Evan Cooper scored 10 points for the Hawks (11-9, 4-3), whose bench outscored New Hampshire’s 9-2.

Chandler Rhoads had 13 points and six rebounds, and Chris Matagrano and Ferg Myrick scored 10 each for the Wildcats (4-14, 0-6), who have lost eight in a row.