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Heres the real story: Manti Teos stock in the NFL draft already was sinking. Blame his performance in the BCS title game, not any hoax or conspiracy, for that. Still, the uncertainty surrounding Notre Dames All-American linebacker could further hurt his draft stock, NFL draft consultant Gil Brandt said. Brandt called the story "something I have never witnessed" in his half-century in pro football. "I think some teams will say it isnt worth the problem" to draft Teo, said Brandt, who has the linebacker rated 19th overall in the first round. The former Dallas Cowboys general manager added Thursday that Teos stock had plummeted after a poor performance in the BCS championship game. "I dont think anybody considered him to be a top-five pick before all this happened," Brandt said. "In that game against Alabama, this was like a guy who was the best shooter in the world in basketball and here comes a game and he cant even hit the backboard. His play in that game was absolutely horrible. He missed on run blitzes; guys ran over him ..." Teo would hardly be the first player to see his draft stock sink because of off-field issues. Last year, North Alabama cornerback Janoris Jenkins fell to the second round after multiple run-ins with the law related to marijuana got him dismissed from Florida. Warren Sapp in 1995 and Randy Moss in 1998 slid because of character concerns; both are now considered potential Hall of Famers. Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery said "its no different what the red flags are." "Youve got to identify them," he said. "Youve got to research it and then you decide what impact that has on the total person in terms of his ability to play football and to manage his life." Oakland Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie agreed. "It makes you go and get all the answers, cross your Ts and dot your Is and make sure," he said. "With any player, you have to make sure what youre getting from a character standpoint other than his ability, his talents. Try to get to know the guy. So, yes, it will weigh in heavily." David Schwab, a senior executive at sports management firm Octagon, considered Teo perhaps the most marketable player coming into this years draft. As the face of a Notre Dame team that returned to national relevance, the Heisman Trophy runner-up had the name recognition of few college stars. "Compassionate" and "heartwarming" were some of the adjectives Schwab would have used to describe his image. Now, that persona will depend on the details that emerge about the story of a girlfriend who didnt exist. "If he truly had nothing to do with it, I think the long-term damage is zero," said Schwab, who specializes in matching companies to celebrities. In the short term, its unlikely to see Teo promoting any products, because a public appearance would turn into an impromptu news conference about the hoax. If uncertainty lingers about exactly what happened, Schwab said, many companies may hesitate to sign him. But even if Teo is implicated in the hoax, he could still eventually turn into a sponsors dream if he blossoms as an NFL star. "If you perform on the field, you quickly become marketable," Schwab said. Look no further than Ray Lewis, the Baltimore Ravens linebacker who was charged with murder in 2000. The charges were dropped after Lewis agreed to testify against two other men and he subsequently pleaded guilty to a misdemeanour charge of obstruction of justice. This week hes a beloved figure heading into the AFC championship with retirement looming. Teams may be less likely to take a risk on Teo in the draft if they dont believe he can become a dominant player. Brandt noted how the inside linebacker position doesnt carry as much importance in the NFL as it once did. In the last 10 years, only four inside linebackers were taken in the first round, although one of them was perennial All-Pro Patrick Willis of San Francisco. "I think it would be different if it was a quarterback who would change the game," he said. "But linebackers are a piece to the puzzle; they dont solve the puzzle. Other than Ray Lewis, I dont know of any linebacker you say, Weve got to have this guy. "(Inside) linebackers are not as important as they used to be. Were down to one or two first-round linebackers now." Brandt wondered how Teo could be so effective during the season, including seven interceptions -- "unheard of, like hitting .450 in baseball" -- and then so unproductive in the championship game. "Between now and 97 days from now when the draft comes, therell be a lot of people investigating just what took place," he said. Doug Martin Jersey . -- Injuries could already keep two defensive starters out of the Chiefs season-opener against Atlanta. Doug Martin Womens Jersey . 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Whether rookie outfielder Domonic Brown will be with the Phillies then is uncertain. Brown broke his right hand during a 4-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday, an injury that may require surgery and could sideline him from three to six weeks. Brown, the teams top prospect, began the day 0-for-15 this spring. He hurt himself when he swung at the first pitch of his first at-bat, stayed in the game and singled through the middle. Halladay held Pittsburgh to one hit and struck out four in his second start of the spring. After the game, pitching coach Rich Dubee said the reigning NL Cy Young winner would start the opener April 1 against Houston. Halladay will be followed by Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt, Cole Hamels and Joe Blanton. Nationals 10, Yankees 8 TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Bryce Harper drove in his first big league run with an eighth-inning single and the Washington Nationals beat the New York Yankees. The 18-year-old Harper, taken first overall in last Junes draft and given a US$9.9 million, five-year contract, is 2-for-10 this spring. New York ace CC Sabathia struggled in his second spring training start, allowing five runs and six hits over 2 2-3 innings. Mariners 7, Indians (ss) 2 PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) -- Mariners catcher Miguel Olivo strained his groin in Seattles win over a split squad of Cleveland Indians. Olivo is scheduled for an MRI exam and there was no timetable for his return. Olivo was running lightly down the third-base line on a sacrifice fly when he pulled up and fell down on his stomach near home plate. He managed to reach out and touch the plate to score. Braves 6, Mets 4 KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Chipper Jones hit his first homer of the spring, Derek Lowe extended his scoreless string to five innings over his first two starts and the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets. Jones, who is coming off ACL surgery on his left knee, is batting .294 and started his second game at third base. He said it was the first time all spring that his knee felt fine. Marlins 11, Red Sox (ss) 2 FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Anibal Sanchez was sharp for three innings while Daisuke Matsuzaka struggled as the Florida Marlins beat Bostons split squad. Sanchez blanked the Red Sox on one hit and struck out three. Matsuzaka was tagged for seven runs on six hits and two walks in three innings. Tim Wakefield relieved for the Red Sox and allowed five hits and two runs in 2 2-3 innings. Cardinals 1, Astros (ss) 0 JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Kyle McClellans bid to make the St. Louis rotation got off to a strong start when he pitched three scoreless innings in a victory over a Houston split squad. McClellan allowed two hits. He struck two of the first three batters he faced, then breezed through the second inning on five pitches. McClellan is the favourite to fill a starting spot left by Adam Wainwright, who had season-ending ligament replacement surgery earlier this week. All 202 appearances in McClellans major league career have come in relief. Red Sox (ss) 4, Orioles 4, 10 innings SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -- Carl Crawford had his first two hits in a Boston uniform and a Red Sox split-squad and the Baltimore Orioles played 10 innings before calling it a tie. Crawford, hitless in his first nine at-bats, signed a $142 million, season-year contract with the Red Sox this winter. He had singles in the first and fifth innings and left the game after walking in the seventh inning. Twins 6, Rays 1 PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) -- Nick Blackburn pitched three perfect innings and Chris Parmelee hit a solo homer to lead the Minnesota Twins over the Tampa Bay Rays. Blackburn hasnt allowed a run or walked a batter in five innings this spring. Twins catcher Jair Fernandez was stung by a bee in the dugout before tthe game.ddddddddddddA trainer removed the stinger from Fernandezs mouth and he went 1-for-1. Rockies 10, Royals 9 SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- NL batting champion Carlos Gonzalez went 3-for-3 and the Colorado Rockies outlasted the Kansas City Royals. Gonzalez, who hit .336 last season, scored twice and drove in a run. Jason Giambi doubled twice and had two RBIs for the Rockies. Kila Kaaihue homered for the Royals. Tigers (ss) 5, Astros (ss) 0 KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Justin Verlander was sharp for 3 2-3 innings and Victor Martinez hit a two-run double as the Detroit Tigers beat the Houston Astros in a split squad game for both teams. Verlander gave up three hits and struck out three. Rookie left-hander Andy Oliver pitched two hitless innings, striking out the Astros in order in the sixth. Indians (ss) 8, White Sox 3 GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Cleveland third baseman Jason Donald had a bruised left hand after being hit by a pitch from Gavin Floyd in a win over the Chicago White Sox. The Indians will likely give Donald a few more days off to recover. Matt LaPortas RBI double in the first inning off Floyd was the first hit allowed by a White Sox starter this spring. Before that, Chicagos five-man rotation of Mark Buehrle, John Danks, Edwin Jackson, Jake Peavy and Floyd had faced 36 batters this spring without allowing a hit. Brewers 2, Angels 1 PHOENIX (AP) -- Prince Fielder ended an 0-for-7 start to his spring with a two-run homer and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Los Angeles Angels. Fielder had been scheduled to take the day off, but asked Brewers manager Ron Roenicke to be the designated hitter to get extra at-bats. Both starting pitchers, Joel Piniero and the Brewers Shawn Marcum, were sharp in their three-inning stints, each allowing two hits without a walk. Marcum struck out three. Athletics 6, Giants 0 PHOENIX (AP) -- Brett Anderson struck out five in three innings and the Oakland Athletics beat the San Francisco Giants. Madison Bumgarner, making his first spring start after two relief appearances, went three innings for the Giants. He allowed an unearned run on two hits, walked one and struck out one. Anderson came back from a shaky relief appearance in his first outing and gave up one hit. Cubs 9, Padres 4 MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- Marlon Byrd doubled twice and scored three times, leading Randy Wells and the Chicago Cubs over the San Diego Padres. Byrd is 6-for-12 this spring and has scored five runs. Alfonso Soriano added a two-run, bases-loaded single for Chicago. Wells allowed an unearned run and three hits and struck out three. San Diego starter Wade LeBlanc gave up four runs and eight hits in 2 2-3 innings. Dodgers 2, Reds 0 GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Clayton Kershaw allowed one hit and struck out three in four scoreless innings, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Cincinnati Reds. The left-hander, who will start opening day against San Francisco, walked one in his second spring start. He gave up one run and two hits while striking out three in three innings against the White Sox on Feb. 28. The Dodgers stopped a four-game skid and won for the third time in nine games under new manager Don Mattingly. Diamondbacks 3, Rangers 2 SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Micah Owings threw a perfect inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Texas Rangers on Ryan Roberts run-scoring single in the bottom of the ninth. Armando Galarraga, like Owings, a free agent signed in the off-season, was almost as effective. Galarraga, who missed a perfect game last season with Detroit because of an umpires mistake, went three hitless innings, giving up only a walk and a hit batter. Ian Kinsler hit a leadoff homer in the first inning and Mitch Moreland hit one to start the third.                               ' ' ' 
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