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Bob Levey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A relative of NFL star Tyrann Mathieu allegedly tried to extort him for $5 million, according to federal court documents unsealed on Tuesday.

Mathieu, who now plays for the Kansas City Chiefs after stints with Houston and Arizona, was allegedly blackmailed over private information, with the relative saying he would send private information to gossip outlet TMZ if he wasn't paid.

Geourvon Keinell Sears, 20, is described in the criminal complaint as "a family member and heretofore a close associate of Victim #1."

While the victim is unnamed in the criminal complaint -- only referred to as a professional athlete with the initials "TM" -- Mathieu's lawyer, Denise White of EAG Sports, confirmed to Kansas City ABC affiliate KMBC-TV that Mathieu was the victim.

White said Mathieu is dealing with a "private and personal family issue," and offered no further comment.

Sears allegedly spoke to Mathieu on the phone in late April and demanded the NFL star deposit $1.5 million in the suspect's bank account by the end of the week, according to the complaint. Mathieu refused and blocked Sears from being able to contact him by phone.

But a day after being blocked, the suspect allegedly contacted a friend of Mathieu and said in a text, "5 MILLION BY FRIDAY IM DONE TALKING EMAILING TMZ NOW." He also provided his bank account information so Mathieu, or his associates, could deposit the money, according to court documents.

Sears then allegedly went as far as to send Mathieu's friends a voice message saying, "I want 1.5 million by Friday or I am going to kill all you all."

Mathieu told police he feared for his and his family's safety and believed Sears was capable of violence, according to the document.

The suspect then spoke to Mathieu's agent by telephone and said he would "injure TM's reputation by alleging sexual misconduct" if he didn't receive the money.

Sears was initially expected to make a first court appearance in Louisiana, where he lives, on Thursday, but his lawyer successfully petitioned for 30 more days to review evidence in the case.

He will appear in court on June 21.

Sears was released on $25,000 bond and ordered to have no contact with Mathieu or his associates, in person or via social media, cellphone or computer. He is being held on home incarceration and with a monitoring device, according to the court order.

Mathieu struggled with disciplinary issues while at Louisiana State University, but his play on the field was electric as both a freshman and sophomore. As a sophomore he was named a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, awarded to the best college player in the nation each year.

But following the 2011-12 season, the star was dismissed from the team by head coach Les Miles. While the reason was never released by the school, ESPN reported that he had failed multiple drug tests. Mathieu enrolled back in LSU that fall as only a student, but was arrested for drug possession in October 2012 and declared for the NFL draft a month later.

Mathieu was drafted in the third round due to concerns about his behavior, but quickly became one of the best safeties in the league paired with his former college teammate Patrick Peterson. He made the All-Rookie team in 2013 and was a first-team All Pro in 2015. He signed a five-year, $62 million deal following that season, but was injured in 2016 and released by Arizona in 2018.

He played one season with the Houston Texans before signing with the Chiefs this offseason for three years and $42 million.

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iStock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Tuesday's sports events:



Miami 5 Detroit 4, 11 Innings
LA Dodgers 7 Tampa Bay 3
Kansas City at St. Louis 8:15 p.m., postponed


Oakland 5 Cleveland 3
NY Yankees 11 Baltimore 4
Toronto 10 Boston 3
Texas 5 Seattle 3
Houston 5 Chi White Sox 1
Minnesota 8 LA Angels 3


Colorado 5 Pittsburgh 0
Chi Cubs 3 Philadelphia 2
NY Mets 6 Washington 5
Cincinnati 3 Milwaukee 0
San Francisco 4 Atlanta 3
San Diego 3 Arizona 2



Toronto 120 Milwaukee 102

St. Louis 5 San Jose 1 (St. Louis wins series)

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ABC(NEW YORK) -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. may be retired from NASCAR but that's not keeping him out of the driver's seat.

At home he's pulling full-time dad duties alongside his wife Amy.

He said he is blown away experiencing his daughter Isla's first milestones as she starts to make some speedy moves.

"When she started crawling we were so excited that she started moving around and now she's just running everywhere," he said on Good Morning America. "It's just amazing to watch them every day process new things."

He continued, "I was so worried I was going to miss it and be doing something and not at the house when that happened, but we were all together, the whole family and [it's] just incredible to see her do that."

"She's really smart," he gushed of his 13-month-old. "She just now started to mimic the words we say."

The two-time Daytona 500 winner will be behind the wheel again soon, but it won't be a race car. He will pilot the 2019 Corvette Grand Sport pace car and lead the field of 33 to the green flag at the world-famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

"As a race car driver you just go and do on instinct, but as the pace car driver there's a process, there's rules, there's a speed you have to run. And in Indy I think there's a protocol where you speed the car up with each lap," he explained. "That's different then what we do in NASCAR."

"I know it's not going to be that complicated, [maybe] I'm overthinking it a little," he added.

The famed NASCAR driver will be back in his wheelhouse come Labor Day weekend.

Every year at Darlington Raceway, drivers take to the track in an official throwback paint scheme. This year Earnhardt Jr., 44, will get to drive an extra special set of wheels for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 race.

"The car is basically a throwback to my dad's 1975 paint scheme, his first race in the cup series at Charlotte," Earnhardt Jr. said of the baby blue No. 8 car. "I'm really looking forward to it, [we have] a great looking race car and it's the one race I'll run this year. I don't have any plans to race anything after that. Never say never, but this might be the last one."

In the meantime, Earnhardt Jr. still catches glimpses of car history at his own home.

"I have this race car graveyard. It's hard to explain," he said with a laugh. "It's like 80 acres of woods and about 80 or 90 race cars in the graveyard and they all have a different story."

One of the cars that made it's way to the "graveyard" was an old land speed record car that someone donated to him and was "hidden" until recently.

"I actually tasked my property manager, a friend of mine, to put the cars back there. I don't know where they go -- that's the fun part," he said.

"You get on the four-wheeler and I go riding back there with Isla and Amy and find out where they're sitting and that land speed record car hid from me for a year before I found it."

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ERWIN SCHERIAU/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Niki Lauda, the Austrian former Formula One legend and three-time World Championship winner, has died at the age of 70.

“With deep sadness, we announce that our beloved Niki has peacefully passed away with his family on Monday,” his family said in a statement to the Austrian Press Agency. “His unique achievements as an athlete and entrepreneur … his tireless zest for action, his straightforwardness and his courage remain. A role model and a benchmark for all of us, he was a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather away from the public, and he will be missed.”

Lauda was one of the best-known and universally admired figures in Formula One.

The grandson of a wealthy industrialist, Lauda renounced his inheritance in order to pursue a career in racing, according to his Formula One obituary.

He won his first World Championship in 1975 with Ferrari. He would go on to win two more world titles -- in 1977 with Ferrari and in 1984 with McLaren.

At the height of his rivalry with fellow Formula One driver James Hunt, Lauda suffered an enormous crash at the world famous Nürburgring track on Aug. 1 during the 1976 German Grand Prix. His Ferrari burst into flames with Lauda left trapped in the cockpit.

Miraculously, Lauda was saved by fellow drivers and nearby marshals but he was left badly burned by the crash.

Lauda, known for his resilience, reappeared at a press conference a few weeks later, with his wounds still fresh. Lauda only missed two races before returning to the racetrack 40 days after the crash. He eventually lost out on the World Championship that year to his rival Hunt by a single point. During his career he won 25 Grand Prix races.

Their rivalry was the subject of the 2013 movie Rush. Daniel Bruhl played Lauda in the Ron Howard film.

Lauda, who inhaled a great deal of smoke during that 1976 crash, underwent a lung transplant last August.

After retiring in 1985, Lauda pursued a career as a businessman and became an adviser to Ferrari and Jaguar.

The world of racing and beyond posted tributes on social media to Lauda following news of his death.

“Rest in peace Niki Lauda,” the Formula One account posted on Twitter. “Forever carried in our hearts, forever immortalised in our history. The motorsport community today mourns the devastating loss of a true legend.”

Rest in peace Niki Lauda.

Forever carried in our hearts, forever immortalised in our history. The motorsport community today mourns the devastating loss of a true legend.

The thoughts of everyone at F1 are with his friends and family.

— Formula 1 (@F1) May 21, 2019

Ferrari also expressed its condolences.

Everyone at Ferrari is deeply saddened at the news of the death of our dear friend Niki Lauda. He won two of his three world championships with us and will always be in our hearts and in those of all Ferrari fans. Our sincere condolences go to all his family and friends.#CiaoNiki

— Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) May 21, 2019

Formula One racer Jenson Button simply said: "A legend has left us. Rest in Peace Niki."

The chancellor of Austria, Sebastian Kurtz, said that Lauda was “a very great Austrian.”

“The whole country and the motorsport world are mourning the loss of a very great Austrian,” he posted on Twitter. “Niki, we are going to miss you. Personally and also on behalf of the Republic, I would like to express my deepest sympathy to his wife and children!”

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TuelekZa/iStock(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- The matchup between brothers Seth Curry and Stephen Curry came to an end Monday night as Stephen's Golden State Warriors defeated Seth’s Portland Trail Blazers in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals.

With the 119-117 overtime win, the Warriors are now headed to the NBA Finals for the fifth consecutive year.

They will face off against either the Milwaukee Bucks or Toronto Raptors. The Bucks are leading the Eastern Conference finals 2-1.

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iStock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Monday's sports events:


Boston 12 Toronto 2
Oakland 6 Cleveland 4
NY Yankees 10 Baltimore 7
Texas 10 Seattle 9
Houston 3 Chi White Sox 0
Minnesota 1 LA Angels 1

NY Mets 5 Washington 3
Philadelphia 5 Chi Cubs 4, 10 Innings
Atlanta 4 San Francisco 1
San Diego 2 Arizona 1


OT Golden State 119 Portland 117 (Golden State wins series 4-0)

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Tar_Heel_Rob/iStock(NEW YORK) -- It appears interim coach Ryan Saunders may be staying put with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

League sources tell ESPN Saunders is close to completing a multiyear deal, which could be finalized as early as Monday, to become the team’s head coach. ESPN reports Saunders, 32, is working on putting his staff together.

Saunders stepped in to lead Minnesota after the Timberwolves fired coach Tom Thibodeau in January.

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iStock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Sunday's sports events:


Texas 5 St. Louis 4, 10 Innings

NY Yankees 13 Tampa Bay 5
Boston 4 Houston 3
Cleveland 10 Baltimore 0
Toronto 5 Chi White Sox 2
Kansas City 5 LA Angels 1
Seattle 7 Minnesota 4
Oakland 5 Detroit 3 (Suspended due to rain)

Philadelphia 7 Colorado 5
LA Dodgers 8 Cincinnati 3
Miami 3 NY Mets 0
Milwaukee 3 Atlanta 2, 10 Innings
San Francisco 3 Arizona 2, 10 Innings
Pittsburgh 6 San Diego 4
Chi Cubs 6 Washington 5


2OT Toronto 118 Milwaukee 112


St. Louis 5 San Jose 0

Connecticut 98 NY Liberty 79
Indiana 71 Dallas 66
Minnesota 79 Las Vegas 75

Orlando 5 FC Cincinnati 1

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Mario Tama/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Another horse has died at Santa Anita Park in California, the race track said Saturday, marking the 24th thoroughbred fatality in the last six months.

A horse also died Friday at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, on the eve of the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the Triple Crown.

Santa Anita and Pimlico are both owned by the Canadian-based Stronach Group.

"Commander Coil, a three-year-old gelding, sustained a fatal shoulder injury while galloping during training on the morning of May 17th. Equine shoulder injuries are rare, especially for a horse that is galloping as opposed to breezing or racing. A comprehensive evaluation will be completed to understand what might have caused this uncommon injury," a spokesperson for Santa Anita said in a statement to ABC News.

Despite the rash of horse deaths since December, the death at Santa Anita marks the first one in six weeks.

"Since reforms were introduced on March 15, there have been over 80,000 gallops during training with no fatalities,” Santa Anita Park's statement said.

Clifford Sise, a veteran horse trainer for 47 years who is currently working with 15 horses between San Luis Rey Training Center in San Diego and Santa Anita, called the death "a misfortune."

"It’s very rare to break a shoulder," Sise, who was at Santa Anita for horse races on Friday and Saturday, told ABC News. "When a horse isn’t doing anything the brain says, ‘Let’s decalcify these bones.’ When you're back into training, then the body says, 'Ok, we need calcium,' and the bones get stronger and stronger. So he’s been long enough to get over that part.

"Maybe the horse just went to bucking or took a bad step and broke its shoulder," Sise said. "A break in galloping is pretty serious. Nobody’s fault. Nothing to blame. Track’s been good up here. We’ve been over two months and that’s our first breakdown. That's been pretty good.”

The spate of horse deaths at Santa Anita earlier this year prompted several investigations, including a task force convened by the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office and the California Horse Racing Board.

In response to news about the L.A. prosecutors' investigation, Santa Anita said in a statement that the park "is and will continue to fully cooperate with the District Attorney’s investigation. The Stronach Group is fully committed to modernizing our sport in a way that prioritizes the welfare and safety of horses above all. We will work with anyone — including the District Attorney’s office — that shares our commitment to this cause."

Sise attributed the cluster of thoroughbred deaths to inclement weather. Southern California had an unusual amount of rain this past season after many years of drought or near drought, which would have impacted the quality of the track the horses can run on safely.

"Every time it rains you seal the tracks as hard as it can get. So the water runs off of it," Sise said. "It would stop raining only three days, where you can really work on it. You need at least seven, eight days to dry out. To go to the bottom of it and the cushion and work on it. It was nobody’s fault."

Across the country in Maryland, the horse died after racing.

“Congrats Gal suffered sudden death after the eighth race today,” the Stronach Group, which owns Pimlico, said in a statement to The New York Times. “The incident occurred after the wire. Commission veterinarians attended to the horse immediately. Our thoughts go out to all of the owners, trainers and connections of Congrats Gal.”

Stronach did not immediately respond to a request from ABC News for comment. It did not give Congrats Gal's cause of death.

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(NEW YORK) -- Indiana Pacers guard Tyreke Evans has been suspended for two seasons by the NBA due to a violation of the league's Anti-Drug Program.

The league announced the news on Friday afternoon.

Evans will have to sit out two seasons, after which he can apply for reinstatement with the league. The player's association must also approve the reinstatement.

"The Indiana Pacers were informed Friday by the NBA that Tyreke Evans has been dismissed from the league for a violation of the league’s anti-drug policy," the Pacers said in a statement. "We take these matters seriously and will reach out to Tyreke to offer our support."

The league and the NBAPA are prohibited from publicly disclosing what caused Evans to be suspended. A player can be disqualified for failing a test for a drug of abuse or being convicted or pleading guilty to possessing or distributing drugs.

O.J. Mayo and Chris "Birdman" Andersen are two of the most recent notable players suspended under the same rule.

The 29-year-old is a former first-round pick of the Sacramento Kings and was the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2010.

Evans played 69 games for the Pacers this season and averaged 10.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. He started 18 games.

The past season was his first with Indiana and his scoring total was the lowest of his 10-year career. He showed signs of being a star in the league as a rookie, when he started 72 games and averaged 20.1 points, 5.8 assists and 5.3 rebounds per game.

But that scoring average ended up being the highest of his career. He declined in points per game in each of his first five seasons in the NBA.

After four seasons in Sacramento, he bounced around from the New Orleans Pelicans, back to the Kings, then on to the Memphis Grizzlies and Pacers.

Indiana was bounced in the first round of the playoffs by Boston. He averaged 15.3 points per game in four games.

His deal with the Pacers was for one season and $12.4 million, making him a free agent once the league season ends.

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