Sports shorts: D-backs, Padres set for Kino exhibition

2013-01-31T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: D-backs, Padres set for Kino exhibitionStaff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

The Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres will announce today that they have agreed to play a March 17 spring training game at Kino Stadium.

The exhibition is one of two Tucson games scheduled for the spring. The Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs will play March 21.

The Padres and D-backs committed to playing a game here a few weeks ago, said Mike Feder, general manager of the Triple-A Tucson Padres.

"They just had to agree on the date," Feder said. "It's not going to be a full contingent of both clubs, but people who are used to spring training understand what the word 'split-squad' means. A lot of the players could be members of the Tucson Padres … or the major-league club."

Tucson Padres season-ticket-holders and voucher-holders can buy tickets starting Monday. Tickets to both games go on sale to the general public Feb. 9.

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Details set for Wildcats' spring game

The Arizona Wildcats will hold their annual spring game April 13 at Kindall/Sancet Stadium, the school said Wednesday. Game time is 1 p.m.

For the second straight year, Arizona Stadium is under construction and unavailable for use during the spring.

Last year, Rich Rodriguez's first at the UA, the Wildcats held the game at Kino Stadium. Kino Stadium was not available this year because the Triple-A Tucson Padres are home April 13. The Wildcats will use their practice home, Kindall/Sancet. The team also will host a scrimmage in Phoenix on March 29 (site and time TBA).

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Dr. Phil interviews dead girlfriend hoaxer

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Dr. Phil McGraw says Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, who masterminded the dead girlfriend hoax involving Manti Te'o, told McGraw the Notre Dame linebacker was not involved in the scheme and that Tuiasosopo ended up falling "deeply, romantically" in love with the football player.

McGraw spoke on the "Today" show Wednesday, previewing an interview he did with Tuiasosopo, a 22-year-old California man who created the fictional woman Te'o knew as Lennay Kekua. Tuiasosopo's interview with McGraw will air in two parts on the "Dr. Phil Show" starting today.

• Oro Valley's Bill Bock has been named AYSA (Arizona Youth Soccer Association) Coach of the Year in the Competitive Girls Division.

• Golfer Vijay Singh admitted Wednesday he has used deer-antler spray, but he said he wasn't aware that it may contain a substance banned by the PGA Tour.

• One week before his expected return to tennis, Rafael Nadal says his left knee still hurts. Nadal, 26, is scheduled to play next week in Chile before heading to tournaments in Brazil and Mexico. He still plans to play.

"Sometimes it still hurts," he said, "but I have to start sooner or later."

Daniel Berk Includes material from news releases

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