Basketball

Griner’s Sentence Renews Pressure on President Biden

WASHINGTON — Immediately after a Moscow judge handed down Brittney Griner’s nine-year prison sentence on Thursday, calls grew louder for President Biden to find a way to bring her home. “We call on President Biden and the United States government to redouble their efforts to do whatever is necessary and possible,” the Rev. Al Sharpton …

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Brittney Griner’s Guilty Verdict Strengthens Supporters’ Resolve

Nothing about Thursday’s proceedings in a Russian courthouse, where the WNBA star Brittney Griner was being tried on drug smuggling charges, surprised experts familiar with Russia’s legal process. Griner was convicted and sentenced to a penal colony for nine years — just one year shy of the maximum sentence. Her conviction was thought to be …

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Outrage Grows in the US Over Brittney Griner’s Sentencing

The WNBA star Brittney Griner’s friends and colleagues expressed support and sadness for her after a Russian court found her guilty of attempting to smuggle illegal narcotics into Russia and sentenced her to nine years in a penal colony. “Just really feeling sad and feeling sick for Brittney and hoping that she gets home as …

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Bill Russell, Who Led the Celtics to 11 Championships, Dies at 88

Bill Russell, whose defensive athleticism at center changed the face of pro basketball and propelled the Boston Celtics to 11 NBA championships, the final two when he became the first Black head coach in a major American sports league, died on Sunday. He was 88. His death was announced by his family, who did not …

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Liz Cambage and the Los Angeles Sparks Agree to a ‘Divorce’

The four-time WNBA All-Star Liz Cambage and the Los Angeles Sparks are parting ways, the latest thorny ending for the star center who only three months ago confidently declared that the team was “where I want to be.” On Tuesday, the Sparks announced that they and Cambage, 30, had agreed to a “contract divorce” just …

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