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US livid as basketball star Brittney Griner said moved to Russia penal colony
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US livid as basketball star Brittney Griner said moved to Russia penal colony

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre reiterated that the United States had put forward a "substantial offer" to Russia to resolve her case.

WNBA star Brittney Griner's appeal against nine-year prison sentence rejected by Russian court
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WNBA star Brittney Griner's appeal against nine-year prison sentence rejected by Russian court

The court in Krasnogorsk near Moscow ruled to leave Griner's August verdict "without change". The Phoenix Mercury player had been sentenced to nine years in prison for possession of vape cartridges containing small amounts of cannabis oil.

Brittney Griner at 'weakest moment' in Russia, says her wife Cherelle
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Brittney Griner at 'weakest moment' in Russia, says her wife Cherelle

Cherelle Griner said her wife and WNBA star Brittney is afraid of being forgotten by the United States.

Russian court sets Brittney Griner appeal date for 25 October
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Russian court sets Brittney Griner appeal date for 25 October

The nine-year sentence handed out to Brittney Griner was close to the maximum of 10 years, and her lawyers argued the punishment was excessive.

US President Joe Biden meets with families of Russia-detained Paul Whelan, Brittney Griner at White House
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US President Joe Biden meets with families of Russia-detained Paul Whelan, Brittney Griner at White House

Joe Biden's meetings with the families were not an indication that negotiations with Russia for their release have reached a breakthrough.

Russian court jails US basketball star Brittney Griner for nine years over drug smuggling
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Russian court jails US basketball star Brittney Griner for nine years over drug smuggling

A judge sentenced Griner, 31, to nine years in prison in Russia and said she would also have to pay a fine of one million rubles ($16,590).

Russian expert at Brittney Griner's trial discusses medical cannabis
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Russian expert at Brittney Griner's trial discusses medical cannabis

Griner acknowledged in court earlier this month that she was carrying vape canisters containing cannabis oil when she was arrested in February at a Moscow airport.

WNBA's Brittney Griner heads back to Russian court after guilty plea
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WNBA's Brittney Griner heads back to Russian court after guilty plea

With the US government under pressure at home to do more to secure her freedom, the guilty plea could be an effort to expedite the court proceedings so any negotiations could move forward.

American WNBA star Brittney Griner pleads guilty at her drug trial in Russia
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American WNBA star Brittney Griner pleads guilty at her drug trial in Russia

The reports quoted Griner as saying through an interpreter at the court hearing that she had acted unintentionally because she was packing in haste

'Terrified' WNBA star Brittney Griner asks for freedom in letter to US President Joe Biden
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'Terrified' WNBA star Brittney Griner asks for freedom in letter to US President Joe Biden

Two-time Olympic gold medallist Brittney Griner pleaded with US President Joe Biden in the letter to use his powers to ensure her return.

WNBA star, two-time US Olympic gold medallist  Brittney Griner goes on trial in Russian court
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WNBA star, two-time US Olympic gold medallist Brittney Griner goes on trial in Russian court

Brittney Griner could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted of large-scale transportation of drugs.

WNBA star Brittney Griner ordered to trial in Russia, detention extended for six months
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WNBA star Brittney Griner ordered to trial in Russia, detention extended for six months

The Phoenix Mercury center and two-time US Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner was ordered to remain in custody for the duration of her criminal trial, which was to begin Friday.

US basketball star Brittney Griner due in Russian court
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US basketball star Brittney Griner due in Russian court

The Phoenix Mercury star, considered in some polls to be the United States' most gifted female athlete, could face 10 years in prison if convicted on charges of large-scale transportation of drugs.

WNBA star Brittney Griner's detention in Moscow extended by a month
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WNBA star Brittney Griner's detention in Moscow extended by a month

Brittney Griner appeared for the brief hearing at a court outside Moscow handcuffed, wearing an orange hoodie and holding her face down.

WNBA star Brittney Griner considered wrongfully detained in Russia: US State department
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WNBA star Brittney Griner considered wrongfully detained in Russia: US State department

Griner was detained at a Russian airport in February after authorities said a search of her bag revealed vape cartridges containing oil derived from cannabis.

WNBA players say offseason life in Russia was lucrative but lonely
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WNBA players say offseason life in Russia was lucrative but lonely

Brittney Griner is one of those players who went to Russia in recent years to earn extra money. For the two-time Olympian, however, it has turned into a prolonged nightmare.

Explained: Why American basketball star Brittney Griner was arrested in Russia
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Explained: Why American basketball star Brittney Griner was arrested in Russia

US basketball star Brittney Griner was arrested in Moscow last month. Her crime? She allegedly carried vape cartridges, which invite a 10-year prison sentence. Now with America and Russia at loggerheads over sanctions, the arrest has become a bigger concern

NBA orders probe into racism claims against Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver
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NBA orders probe into racism claims against Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver

Proven allegations of racist behavior or the use of racist language could have serious implications for Sarver.

WNBA: Candace Parker inspires Chicago Sky to first title with victory over Phoenix Mercury
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WNBA: Candace Parker inspires Chicago Sky to first title with victory over Phoenix Mercury

The Phoenix players declined to come to the postgame press conference. The door to their locker room was broken and a person familiar with the incident said at least one of the team’s players was responsible

Joe Biden praises WNBA champions Seattle Storm for social justice activism
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Joe Biden praises WNBA champions Seattle Storm for social justice activism

The visit marked the first time that an NBA or WNBA team has visited the White House since the Cleveland Cavaliers were feted by Barack Obama in 2016.