Kinoshita, Seagulls beat Frontiers to capture Pearl Bowl


Staff Writer

Wide receiver Noriaki Kinoshita scored the winning touchdown on a 61-yard run in the third quarter, leading the Obic Seagulls to a 31-10 triumph over the Fujitsu Frontiers in the Pearl Bowl final on Monday at Tokyo Dome.

It was the Seagulls’ first championship in the spring tournament since 2005 and fourth overall.

The victory extended Obic’s winning streak during the spring and fall seasons to 26, including playoffs. Its last loss came in a 15-13 defeat to, ironically, the Frontiers in the 2010 Pearl Bowl final.

The spring tournament was not held last year because Japan participated in the world championship in Austria last July.

Both teams played well defensively and were tied at 10-10 midway through the third quarter. Then Kinoshita, who joined the Atlanta Falcons’ training camp in 2007 but failed to make the roster, broke the tie on a 61-yard reverse with 2:23 to play in the quarter.

“We have been working on to make a big play that can change the outcome of the game and we made it by (Kinoshita’s run) tonight,” Seagulls head coach Makoto Ohashi said.

Another big play by Obic came a few minutes later. Wide receiver Ken Shimizu received a lateral pass from quarterback Manabu Tatsumura and threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to running back Takuya Furutani 9 seconds into the final quarter, widening its lead to two scores.

The Seagulls added another rushing TD with 3:14 remaining.

Kinoshita, who rushed twice for 64 yards and caught five passes for 40 yards, was named the game’s MVP.

Griffin targeted


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 said 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.