Was RG3 victim of extortion?

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Was RG3 victim of extortion?

From Comcast SportsNet
DALLAS (AP) -- A former Baylor basketball player is facing a federal extortion charge for allegedly threatening to release "derogatory information" about Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III unless he was paid. Richard Khamir Hurd, 25, was arraigned Monday in federal court in Waco. His bond was set at 25,000. A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press that Griffin, the Baylor quarterback who was the No. 2 overall draft choice of the Washington Redskins, was the target of the alleged extortion attempt. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because authorities had not disclosed the fact. Griffin was at an NFL rookie symposium Monday in Ohio, where players were not made available to reporters. Court documents say that last week, Hurd contacted a representative from a St. Louis agency, threatening to publicize derogatory information about a client unless he was paid a "substantial sum" of money. The representative is identified in documents only by the initials B.D. Griffin's agent is St. Louis-based Ben Dogra, who didn't respond to messages Monday. The documents don't name Griffin. According to court documents, Hurd met at a Waco business Friday with someone who agreed to handle the transaction. After signing a non-disclosure agreement, handing over the information and receiving a check, Hurd was arrested by an undercover FBI agent, documents said. Hurd's attorney did not return calls seeking comment. Hurd's mother, Marlene Hurd, told The AP on Monday she'd heard that her son was in jail but wasn't aware of the details. "Whatever it is, I pray by the grace of God that he's innocent," she said. Griffin's Heisman Trophy, the first in the history of the world's largest Baptist university, came after he led the Bears to only their second 10-win season in 112 years. In his three-year career, Griffin set or tied 54 school records. Washington traded three first-round picks and a second-rounder to the St. Louis Rams to move into the No. 2 slot to draft Griffin. The past year also saw Baylor win the NCAA women's basketball championship with a 40-0 record and reach the round of 16 for the second time in three years in the men's tournament. However, less than a week after the Lady Bears won the title, the NCAA put the Waco school on three years' probation after an investigation turned up hundreds of impermissible telephone calls and text messages sent to prep recruits by coaches and assistants on the two basketball teams. Hurd played basketball at Baylor as a walk-on, from the 2004-05 season through the 2007-08 season, after a high school career at Heritage Christian Academy in Cleveland north of Houston, according to Baylor sports information. His brother, Lamar Hurd, also played at Heritage Christian and later at Oregon State. The brothers helped Heritage Christian become one of the top private school programs in Texas, and the school's former coach, Jerome Tang, is now a Baylor assistant.

Braden Holtby named finalist for Ted Lindsay Award

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Braden Holtby named finalist for Ted Lindsay Award

Caps netminder Braden Holtby has been named a finalist for the Ted Lindsay Award as announced by the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA). The Ted Lindsay Award is the annual award to the most outstanding player in the NHL as voted on by members of the NHLPA. Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks and Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars were also named as finalists.

Holtby, 26, won 48 games for the 2015-16 season, tying Martin Brodeur's record for most wins in a single season. He also recorded three shutouts, a 2.20 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage.

After his spectacular season, Holtby was also named a finalist for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goalie. Should he win the Ted Lindsay Award, he will become the second player in franchise history to do so. Alex Ovechkin won the award in three consecutive seasons for 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10.

In addition to Holtby, Barry Trotz is a finalist for the Jack Adams Award and Ovechkin is a finalist for the Mark Messier Leadership Award. The winners will be announced during the 2016 NHL Awards on June 22 in what is shaping up to be a big night for him and the Capitals.

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Former Terp Alex Len reportedly saves friend from drowning

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Former Terp Alex Len reportedly saves friend from drowning

During a trip to the Dominican Republic late last month, former Maryland center and current Phoenix Sun Alex Len reportedly saved a friend from drowning, as detailed in a story published on Friday by AZCentral.com Suns beat writer Paul Coro.

Jay Johnson, one of three friends of Len's along for the trip, reportedly entered waters off the coast and was caught in a riptide. Len went in to save him. 

From Coro: 

Len, 22, momentarily thought Johnson was joking, trying to get their attention. He quickly ascertained the fear in Johnson’s voice as his arms flailed and he took quick gasps of air before waves plunged him underwater repeatedly.

Len did not look around for help. Without hesitation, he sprinted into the sea to save his friend.

“By the time I got to him, he was halfway passed out,” Len said of Johnson, whose arms were exhausted as his legs cramped. “He couldn’t swim. He wasn’t moving. If I would’ve come a couple minutes later, he probably would’ve drowned.”

During the 10-minute ordeal, Coro writes, a lifeguard attempted to aid in the effort but the ocean's current became difficult to fight. Len and his physical size and strength were what ultimately allowed for a safe rescue not only of his friend but of the lifeguard as well.

Read more from Coro's story here.

Orioles rained out, will play Saturday day/night doubleheader

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Orioles rained out, will play Saturday day/night doubleheader

BALTIMORE – About 35 minutes before the scheduled start of Friday night’s game with the Oakland Athletics, the Oriole announced the game had been postponed. 

Friday’s game will be made up as part of a day/night doubleheader beginning at 1:05 p.m. on Saturday. The second game will begin at 7:05 p.m.

Mike Wright, who was originally scheduled to pitch Saturday night will start the first game against Rich Hill. Ubaldo Jimenez, who was listed as Friday night’s starter, will pitch in the second game against Jesse Hahn. 

This is the third rainout of the season for the Orioles, the second at home.