Sports in Brief: Griffin target of extortion attempt by Baylor player

NHL union head Donald Fehr
NHL union head Donald Fehr
Posted: June 26, 2012

A former Baylor basketball player is facing federal extortion charges for allegedly threatening to release "derogatory information" about Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III.

Richard Khamir Hurd's bond was set at $25,000 after his first appearance Monday in federal court in Waco, Texas.

Court documents say Hurd contacted a representative from a St. Louis agency, threatening to publicize derogatory information about one of his clients unless he was paid a "substantial sum" of money. The representative is identified by the initials B.D.

Griffin's agent is St. Louis-based Ben Dogra, who didn't respond to messages.

The Associated Press, citing sources, said the intended target was Griffin, the No. 2 overall pick in the April NFL draft.

Elsewhere: The Detroit Lions signed safety Sean Jones to a one-year deal and released safety Sam Proctor. The 30-year-old Jones played for the Eagles in 2009. . . . Pittsburgh released veteran quarterback Troy Smith, the 2006 Heisman Trophy winner from Ohio State.

PRO BASKETBALL: Two years after Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh opened their time together with a celebration, they got the party they really wanted on Monday. Hundreds of thousands of people filled the streets of Miami for the Heat championship parade, and 15,000 got into the arena afterward for a long, loud reception for the NBA's new kings.

"It's the best feeling I've ever had. ... This was my dream, right here, to be able to hoist that Larry O'Brien Trophy up, hug it, grab it, never want to let it go," James said.

New Charlotte coach Mike Dunlap says the idea of trading down from the No. 2 spot in the NBA draft to acquire extra picks "makes a lot of sense" for a young team like the Bobcats, who finished 7-59 - the worst winning percentage (.106) in NBA history.

Former University of Houston and Philadelphia Warriors basketball star Ted Luckenbill, who played in Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game, has died of cancer at the age of 72.

The Callaway-Allee funeral home in Crockett, Texas, where Luckenbill lived for 20 years, said he died Sunday in Dallas.

Luckenbill played for Houston from 1958 to 1961, then played one season with the Warriors before his career was cut short by a bout with testicular cancer.

But he played on March 2, 1962, when Chamberlain scored 100 points against the New York Knicks.

HOCKEY: The new head of the NHL players' union, Donald Fehr, said negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement will begin "very quickly" - perhaps as early as this week - and didn't rule out talks stretching into the season.

New Jersey defenseman Mark Fayne, a key cog in the Devils' run to the Stanley Cup Finals, had surgery to repair a ligament in his wrist last week, and will be out up to four months.

Goaltender Ondrej Pavelec and the Winnipeg Jets agreed to a $19.5 million, five-year deal.

GOLF:Colin Montgomerie and Jose Maria Olazabal were among those who failed to make the field for the British Open after the final qualifying round at Sunningdale, England.

SOCCER: UEFA fined the German football association 25,000 Euros ($31,200) after fans displayed a neo-Nazi flag at a European Championship match against Denmark on June 17.

- Staff and wire reports

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