Brittney Griner is facing a 9-year sentence in a Russian jail following conviction. Here’s what could come next for the WNBA star

CNN  —  After a Russian court sentenced WNBA star Brittney Griner on Thursday to nine years in prison for a drug smuggling conviction, the player’s supporters, teammates and numerous US officials swiftly condemned the decision, many concerned her detention is being used to advance Russia’s agenda in the Ukraine war. Now, Griner has returned to … Read more

Brittney Griner trial: Verdict expected Thursday

KHIMKI, Russia (AP) — An emotional Brittney Griner apologized in a Russian court Thursday as her drug possession trial drew to a close, and a prosecutor urged that the American basketball star be convicted and sentenced to 9 1/2 years in prison in a case that reached the highest levels of US-Russian diplomacy. With a … Read more

Trial for WNBA star Brittney Griner opens in Russian court

MOSCOW (AP) — American basketball star Brittney Griner went on trial Friday, 4 1/2 months after her arrest on charges of possessing cannabis oil while returning to play for a Russian team, in a case that has unfolded amid tense relations between Moscow and Washington. The initial session of the trial, which was adjourned until … Read more

Wildlife Center of Virginia reaches milestone: 90K wildlife animals treated

A young Eastern cottontail rabbit was admitted to the Wildlife Center of Virginia in need of care last month. The veterinary and rehabilitation staff anticipate caring for hundreds of cottontails each year, especially during the spring and summer months, but this specific individual represented an incredible milestone in the Center’s history: it was the 90,000th … Read more

UT Health East Texas Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute Female Athlete of the Year: Bishop Gorman’s Elizabeth Mahfood | High School

Bishop Gorman’s Elizabeth Mahfood is a standout basketball and soccer player. As a junior, Mahfood led the Gorman basketball team to a record of 25-7, a district championship, a bi-district championship, an area championship and to a regional runner-up finish. Mahfood led the Lady Crusaders to a state ranking as high as No. 2 by … Read more

Miami’s Wong shows college sports hurtles toward free market

An agent for a prominent college athlete finally said out loud what schools likely hear in private: Pay the player more, or he will transfer to a school that will. The brazen demand made on behalf of University of Miami basketball star Isaiah Wong last week provided a rare, unvarnished glimpse into the way elite … Read more

State Dept: Brittney Griner considered wrongfully detained

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration has determined that WNBA star Brittney Griner is being wrongfully detained in Russia, meaning the United States will more aggressively work to secure her release even as the legal case against her plays out, the State Department said Tuesday. “The US government will continue to undertake efforts to provide … Read more

US officials: Brittney Griner considered wrongfully detained

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration has determined that WNBA star Brittney Griner is being wrongfully detained in Russia, meaning the United States will more aggressively work to secure her release even as the legal case against her plays out, two US officials said Tuesday. Griner was detained at an airport in February after Russian … Read more

2022 NFL Draft l Steelers select Pitt QB Kenny Pickett

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the NFL draft. ___ Finally, a quarterback has been selected in the 2022 NFL draft. The Pittsburgh Steelers selected University of Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett with the 20th overall selection Thursday night. The Steelers were in the market for a quarterback after Ben Roethlisberger retired after last season. … Read more

EXPLAINER: Will a Russian prisoner exchange impact Griner?

Brittney Griner remains detained in Russia and it’s unclear how an unexpected prisoner exchange between the United States and Russia that freed marine veteran Trevor Reed on Wednesday will affect the status of the WNBA star. Griner has been detained in Russia since mid-February. The deal announced by the US and Russia involving Reed, an … Read more