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Fake dead girlfriend wins tourney contest

NEW YORK - A business analyst from Virginia beat out 8.15 million other entries to win ESPN’s annual prediction contest for the NCAA basketball championship - but has gained more attention for the handle he created than his powers of prognostication.

Craig Gilmore, using the name Lannay Kekua, won the contest, accurately picking Louisville to defeat Michigan in Monday night’s college basketball championship game before the 64-team tournament began.

Lannay Kekua was the name an apparent hoaxster created to fool Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o, leading the football player to think he had an online and telephonic relationship with a woman who never existed.

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