WNBA’s Griner back in Russian court as trial continues

KHIMKI, Russia (AP) — American basketball star Brittney Griner faced a Russian court again on Friday as her drug possession trial resumed after she pleaded guilty to the charges. Griner’s defense lawyers presented evidence that the basketball player received permission from Arizona health authorities to use cannabis for chronic pain. “The attending physician gave Brittney … Read more

Becky Hammon thriving in first season as coach of the Aces

NEW YORK (AP) — When Becky Hammon knew it was time to leave the NBA last winter after being an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs for eight seasons, she was faced with a tough choice. She had to choose between the two WNBA franchises she once played for, and both lobbied hard to … Read more

Brittney Griner writes open letter to Biden as her trial begins

Brittney Griner Russia trial: Will ‘100% be found guilty,’ expert says Brittney Griner is set to go on trial in Russia after allegedly being found with marijuana at the Moscow airport. The WNBA star, who has been detained since February, will be seated in a steel cage inside the courtroom, and unable to communicate with … Read more

WNBA’s Griner gets support at trial from character witnesses

KHIMKI, Russia (AP) — Brittney Griner’s drug possession trial resumed Thursday with the head of the Russian club she plays for in the offseason and a teammate from that squad testifying in support of her character and what the WNBA star has meant for women’s basketball in the country. Griner, who pleaded guilty last week, … Read more

Tina Charles hops from Mercury to Storm

Tina CharlesPhoto: Getty Images Superteams are having a tough go of it in 2022. Tina Charles’ “contract divorce” with the Phoenix Mercury was the type of clean, drama-free breakaway from an underwhelming superteam Kyrie Irving could only dream of. Charles, 34, is at the tail end of her prime and reportedly upset with her role … Read more

WNBA’s Griner heads back to Russian court after guilty plea

MOSCOW – American basketball star Brittney Griner is due back in a Russian court Thursday to resume a trial that was jolted last week when she abruptly pleaded guilty to drug possession charges. With the U.S. government under pressure at home to do more to secure her freedom, the guilty plea could be an effort … Read more

Griner’s extended detention disappointing to her WNBA family

New York coach Sandy Brondello was on her way to her team’s Friday morning shootaround when she heard the “disappointing” news that Russia had extended Brittney Griner’s pre-trial detention another 30 days. Griner’s original detention date was set to end on May 19. The two-time Olympic gold medalist who plays for the Phoenix Mercury, was … Read more

LeBron critical on his show of US efforts to get Griner home

LeBron James is publicly criticizing the United States’ handling of WNBA All-Star Brittney Griner’s case in a trailer for an upcoming episode of his television show: “The Shop: Uninterrupted.” Griner is on trial in Russia for drug possession. She pleaded guilty last week and will appear again in court on Thursday. “Now, how can she … Read more

EXPLAINER: Why WNBA players go overseas to play in offseason

Russia has been a popular destination for WNBA players like Brittney Griner over the past two decades because of the money they can make playing there in the winter. With top players earning more than $1 million — nearly quadruple what they can make as a base salary in the WNBA — Griner, Breanna Stewart, … Read more