Was RG3 victim of extortion?

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Was RG3 victim of extortion?

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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.

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Showalter says Tillman not likely to return for a few weeks

Showalter says Tillman not likely to return for a few weeks

BALTIMORE—Chris Tillman, who threw on flat ground Monday, will do that again Wednesday. Manager Buck Showalter said that trainer Richie Bancells and pitching coach Dave Wallace have constructed his rehab program. 

Tillman, who is on the disabled list with bursitis of the right shoulder, is eligible to return on Monday, but he won’t. 

If everything goes well, Tillman will start throwing on a mound this weekend, but don’t expect him back on Sept. 9 or 10 as Showalter indicated last weekend in New York. 

“That’s the earliest,” Showalter said of Sept. 9 or 10. “I don’t think that will happen…After seeing the schedule, I see what they’re trying to do, and they’re right. Chris feels good, and I want to make sure…We have to cross over a couple of thresholds to get to that date.”

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Because the minor leagues end on Monday, Tillman will have to rehab with the Orioles. 

NOTES: Showalter spoke with Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette about roster expansion. Rosters can be expanded on Thursday. 

Showalter indicated that Duquette spoke with him about some possible trades, but none involve players currently on the Orioles. Players must join a new team by midnight Wednesday in order to be eligible for the postseason. 

Even though the Orioles have been shuffling relief pitchers recently, Showalter said the team isn’t expected to recall a large number of players. 

Catcher Caleb Joseph will be recalled from Norfolk, and outfielders Julio Borbon, who along with pitcher Logan Ondrusek were outrighted to Bowie on Tuesday and Chris Dickerson could be added. 

In order to add Borbon or Dickerson, space must be made on the 40-man roster. If Joey Rickard, whose injured thumb will be examined Friday isn’t ready to return, he could be placed on the 60-day disabled list, creating a roster spot. 

Showalter also indicated that Brian Duensing, who is on the 60-day DL, is going to be added, and space must be made for him. 

“I don’t know if anybody is going to make better 40-man roster additions than [Darren] O’Day and Tillman and Rickard. That’s the three guys we’d like to add,” Showalter said.

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Cautious Showalter wants to make sure Jones is ready before he returns

Cautious Showalter wants to make sure Jones is ready before he returns

BALTIMORE—Adam Jones is getting closer to returning to the Orioles lineup. However, he’s not close enough to play. 

Jones, who left Friday night’s game with a strained left hamstring is missing from the lineup for the fourth straight game. 

“Close, very close, still feels just a little bit with one movement. Close, could play him. Take a pretty big risk that he may not be with us the rest of the year. Be careful,” manager Buck Showalter said.

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Showalter said it was possible that he wouldn’t play Jones on Wednesday, either and give him the Thursday off day to rest the hamstring before allowing him to returning on Friday against the New York Yankees. 

“I would be tempted, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve gotten better at fighting temptation,” Showalter said. “I’ve thought about that. I’ve also thought about September…I feel like if Adam is ready to play today, he’d play. He’s available to us, close.” 

Jones did some running and throwing before the game. 

“There’s not any symptoms of long-term stuff,” Showalter said. 

On Monday, Jones said that he was trying to be smarter about not playing through injuries. 

“Wisdom comes through years. When Adam plays, which is most of the time, it’s with that fearless, reckless abandon, but it’s gotten smarter, too. It’s kind of like taking unneeded hits in football,” Showalter said.

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Scherzer starts as Nats look to keep rolling at Phillies

Scherzer starts as Nats look to keep rolling at Phillies

Nats (76-55) at Phillies (60-71) at Citizens Bank Park

After bouncing back with a 4-0 victory in the series opener, the Nats look to keep it going in Philly on Tuesday night with ace Max Scherzer on the mound.

Scherzer, who is 14-7 with a 2.92 ERA, tossed eight shutout innings against the Orioles his last time out. He last saw the Phillies on June 1 at CBP and gave up two runs in eight innings of work.

Ryan Zimmerman is back in there at first base after taking Monday off. The rest of the Nats lineup is the same.

First pitch: 7:05 p.m.
TV: CBS-9, MASN2
Radio: 106.7 The Fan
Starting pitchers: Nats - Max Scherzer vs. Phillies - Jerad Eickhoff

NATS

CF Trea Turner
LF Jayson Werth
2B Daniel Murphy
RF Bryce Harper
3B Anthony Rendon
C Wilson Ramos
1B Ryan Zimmerman
SS Danny Espinosa
RHP Max Scherzer

PHILLIES

TBA
RHP Jerad Eickhoff

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