Griner gets warm welcome in first home game since being detained in Russian prison
Brittney Griner won the opening tip and ran to her familiar spot in the low post. There was nowhere else the ball was going to go on the Phoenix Mercury’s opening possession of the season — not after what Griner had gone through to get here.
Brittney Griner plays in first WNBA preseason game since detainment in Russia
Brittney Griner returned to game action for the first time since a nearly 10-month detainment in Russia on drug-related charges ended with a prisoner swap in December.
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The 6-foot-9 center last played for the Mercury in 2021 and helped the team reach the WNBA Finals. She averaged 20.5 points and 9.5 rebounds that season.
Brittney Griner absent from USA camp, but keeping in touch
Brittney Griner was back in Arizona, choosing to skip the camp in Minnesota so she can be with her wife and recover from her time in a Russian jail. She returned to the U.S. in December after a dramatic prisoner swap.
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Brittney Griner says she will return for WNBA's upcoming season
Brittney Griner says she will return to the Phoenix Mercury for the upcoming season.
Brittney Griner back home after US-Russian prisoner swap
WNBA star and Texas native Brittney Griner is back home after nearly a year in a Russian prison after being released in a prisoner swap that has a lot of people talking.
'I want to talk': Britney Griner opened up during long trip home
She "went to every member on that crew, looked them in the eyes, shook their hands and asked about them, got their names, making a personal connection with them," her presidential escort said.
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Brittney Griner sent to Russian penal colony to serve sentence
A penal colony is a common type of Russian prison where detainees work for minimal pay.
Kremlin: Any talks about Brittney Griner swap must be confidential
Asked if Brittney Griner could be freed as part of a prisoners swap with Washington, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a conference call with reporters that "we always say that any contacts about possible exchanges can only be conducted in silence under a tight lid on any information."
Russian court rejects Brittney Griner's appeal against 9-year sentence
The Moscow region court also ruled that Brittney Griner’s sentence will be recalculated to around eight years in prison, after taking her time in pre-trial detention into account.
Brittney Griner spends 32nd birthday in Russian prison
Brittney Griner’s appeal hearing is scheduled for Oct. 25. While it’s unlikely the appeal will overturn her conviction, her lawyers hope it could lessen the sentence.
Brittney Griner's lawyer says WNBA star fears she may never be released from Russian prison
"She is not yet absolutely convinced that America will be able to take her home," Boykov said in an interview with the New York Times. "She is very worried about what the price of that will be, and she is afraid that she will have to serve the whole sentence here in Russia."
With Brittney Griner in jail, WNBA players skip Russia in offseason
Brittney Griner’s highly publicized legal woes in Russia and the country’s invasion of Ukraine has the top WNBA players opting to take their talents elsewhere this offseason.
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Lawyers for Brittney Griner appeal Russian prison sentence
Lawyers for American basketball star Brittney Griner on Monday filed an appeal against her nine-year Russian prison sentence for drug possession.