The Cricket’s Daily 3: Did you hear the one about the nonexistent girlfriend?
Published: February 22, 2013 09:55AM
Updated: January 17, 2013 10:24AM
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In this Sept. 15, 2012 photo, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o points to the sky as he leaves the field after a 20-3 win against Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich. In a shocking announcement, Notre Dame said Te'o was duped into an online relationship with a woman whose "death" from leukemia was faked by perpetrators of an elaborate hoax. (AP Photo/South Bend Tribune, James Brosher) MANDATORY CREDIT

Here’s what’s being talked about in pop culture:

• News that Notre Dame football player Manti Te’o’s story of a dying girlfriend was a hoax has blown up on Twitter. [ABC News]

• Ratings were down for last night’s “American Idol” season premiere. [The Hollywood Reporter]

• The cable channel Syfy has cancelled “Alphas,” meaning David Straithairn is free to be cool somewhere else. [Entertainment Weekly]