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Storm honor Bird in home finale; Aces spoil show

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SEATTLE — The stage was set for a memorable game Sunday as the Seattle Storm celebrated Sue Bird‘s 19 seasons with the franchise ahead of her final regular-season home game in Seattle. A franchise-record crowd of 18,100 packed Climate Pledge Arena for the Storm’s game against the Las Vegas Aces.......

Lynx’s Collier making ’22 debut after child’s birth

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3:09 PM ET Alexa PhilippouESPN Close Covers women’s college basketball and the WNBA Previously covered UConn and the WNBA Connecticut Sun for the Hartford Courant Stanford graduate and Baltimore native with further experience at the Dallas Morning News, Seattle Times and Cincinnati Enquirer Napheesa Collier will make her 2022 season......

Blinken: Griner verdict ‘compounds the injustice’

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken says the nine-year sentence given to WNBA star Brittney Griner “compounds the injustice” she has gone through in Russia since her arrest earlier this year. “It puts a spotlight on our very significant turn with Russia’s legal system and the Russian government’s use of......

Mercury, Sun show pregame ‘solidarity’ for Griner

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8:02 PM ET Mechelle VoepelESPN.com Close Mechelle Voepel covers the WNBA, women’s college basketball, and other college sports for espnW. Voepel began covering women’s basketball in 1984, and has been with ESPN since 1996. Members of the Phoenix Mercury and Connecticut Sun stood arm-in-arm in a circle at halfcourt before......

J. Korda cards 65 in borrowed clothes at Open

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MUIRFIELD, Scotland — Playing in borrowed clothes doesn’t seem to bother Jessica Korda at the Women’s Open. Still waiting for her suitcase to arrive in Muirfield, Korda recovered from an early bogey to shoot a 5-under 66 in the first round Thursday, putting her 1 shot behind leader Hinako Shibuno......

Griner sentenced to 9 years in Russian prison

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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......

Griner sentenced to 9 years in Russian prison

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Brittney Griner has been found guilty of drugs possession and smuggling and was sentenced to nine years in a Russian prison on Thursday. In court outside Moscow, the judge handed down the verdict stemming from the American basketball star’s arrest Feb. 17 at a Moscow airport. Griner had been found......

Prosecutors seek 9 1/2-year sentence for Griner

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Russian prosecutors have asked a court to sentence Brittney Griner to 9½ years in prison. The prosecutors’ request was made during closing arguments Thursday in Griner’s cannabis possession trial, nearly six months after the American basketball star was arrested at a Moscow airport in a case that has reached the......

Sources: Griner “prepared for the worst” from Russian verdict, sentencing

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WNBA star Brittney Griner’s trial in Russia on drug-related charges is expected to come to a close Thursday, with a verdict and sentence expected at any time. Here’s a quick look at how we got to this point. Feb. 17: Griner, 31, is arrested while going through customs at Sheremetyevo......

UConn’s Bueckers has torn ACL, will miss season

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3:34 PM ET Mechelle VoepelESPN.com Close Mechelle Voepel covers the WNBA, women’s college basketball, and other college sports for espnW. Voepel began covering women’s basketball in 1984, and has been with ESPN since 1996. UConn women’s basketball junior guard Paige Bueckers suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left......

MMA pound-for-pound rankings: Amanda Nunes is back in her familiar spot

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A familiar face is back on top. Amanda Nunes, who had occupied the No. 1 spot in the ESPN women’s pound-for-pound rankings for years prior to her being stunningly upset last December by Julianna Peña, has reclaimed her position of supremacy after taking the bantamweight title back from Peña at......

Griner back in court; focus on cannabis analysis

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KHIMKI, Russia — American basketball star Brittney Griner was back in court on Tuesday for her trial for cannabis possession amid U.S. diplomatic efforts to secure her release. During the hearing, prosecutors called a state narcotics expert who analyzed cannabis found in Griner’s luggage. Her defense fielded a specialist who......

Blinken, Russian diplomat speak on Griner offer

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he spoke to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov by phone Friday in the highest-level known contact between the two sides since Russia invaded Ukraine, with Blinken urging Russia to accept a deal for the release of two American detainees, including WNBA star Brittney Griner.......

Russia’s top diplomat open to Griner swap talks

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Friday that he is open to a call with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken to discuss a possible prisoner swap involving American basketball star Brittney Griner. Blinken said Wednesday that Washington had offered Russia a deal that would bring home Griner and another......

Kremlin wants Griner negotiations kept quiet

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MOSCOW — The Kremlin warned Thursday that a possible prisoner swap with the United States involving American basketball star Brittney Griner needs to be negotiated quietly without fanfare. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday that Washington had offered Russia a deal that would bring home Griner and another......

What we know about a deal the U.S. offered to Russia for release of WNBA star Brittney Griner

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For months, both Brittney Griner and the U.S. State Department have been carefully measured in everything they said about her detainment in Russia on drug charges. And then came Wednesday. First, Griner testified in court, telling the judge that when she was arrested Feb. 17 she was denied proper translation,......

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