Brittney Griner found guilty of drug charges, sentenced to 9.5 years

From TJ Quinn of ESPN with contributions from the Associated Press A Russian court sentenced WNBA star Brittney Griner to nine years in prison Thursday, an expected conclusion to her trial that should allow negotiations for a prisoner swap to accelerate. Griner, who was arrested Feb. 17 for bringing cannabis into the country, had been prepared for a harsh sentence, sources close to the player said. But she and her supporters have also been aware that Russia was not going to move forward with a trade that could bring her home until…

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U.S. and Russia strike deal over release of Brittney Griner

From the Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Biden administration has offered a deal to Russia aimed at bringing home WNBA star Brittney Griner and another jailed American, Paul Whelan, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday. In a sharp reversal of previous policy, Blinken also said he expects to speak with his Kremlin counterpart for the first time since before Russia invaded Ukraine. The statement marked the first time the U.S. government has publicly revealed any concrete action it has taken to secure the release of Griner, who was arrested on drug-related…

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It’s not LeBron’s fault Brittney Griner is still in Russia

Brittney Griner’s stay in Russia has been extended to a far greater extent than she certainly intended. Griner has been in Russian custody since she was detained at an airport outside of Moscow after it was discovered hashish oil in her luggage. What many hoped would be a relatively expeditious return of the WNBA star to U.S. soil have been disappointed, as Russia , who just happens to be in a military conflict with a country that the United States has decided to supply finances and armaments to, has played…

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Brittney Griner pleads guilty

from ABC News’ Deena Zaru and Tanya Stukalov MOSCOW — WNBA star Brittney Griner pleaded guilty on Thursday morning to drug charges in a Russian court, saying that the vape cartridges containing hashish oil were in her luggage unintentionally. “I would like to plead myself guilty,” Griner said when asked if she would like to give testimony. ABC News was present inside the courtroom during the hearing. “I did not have any intention on breaking Russian law,” she said, adding that she was in a rush and did not mean…

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WNBA Recap:Another 30-point game for Britney Griner

Who Got it Done pt rb ast Brittney GrinerPHO vs. WAS 30 12 5 DeWanna BonnerCON vs. MIN 31 11 1   10-11 ft Jewell LoydSEA @ NYL 35 4 3 2 stl Rebecca AllenNYL vs. SEA 17 6 1 5-6 3-pt L. ClarendonMIN @ CON 15 3 8   2 stl Sylvia FowlesMIN @ CON 18 11 2 C. WilliamsATL @ LAS 23 11 4 – Aug 18-19’s WNBA Scores Seattle Storm (16-7)  79 New York Liberty (11-12)  83 PTS J.Loyd-SEA – 35   TRB 2 tied – 7 –   Minnesota Lynx (13-9)  71 Connecticut…

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