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How Brad Stevens used shrewd planning to trade Malcolm Brogdon and helped Celtics capitalize on this unique opportunity

Over the past decade, a shortage of Celtics has suffered from a lack of moving salaries at some of their best teams. That has stymied potential trading opportunities on many occasions and prevented Boston from adding a player or two that might have leveled a group. Fresh from a trip to the NBA Finals, the current Celtics are making Brad Stevens' priorities relatively easy and... (Author: Gardener)

CelticsThat has stymied potential trading opportunities on many occasions and prevented Boston from adding a player or two that might have leveled a group. With limited free agent resources due to the team's cap situation, the Celtics had to use the trade market to make a bigger showing. A few inconspicuous moves last season helped put Boston in a position to pounce on Brogdon. When the Celtics traded Dennis Schroder, Enes Freedom and Bruno Fernando for Daniel Theis last year, there were a few surprises in the league among the executives I spoke to. Theis appeared to be overpaid on a four-year deal he signed with the Rockets during the offseason, and the Celtics took that extra cash going forward without getting anything candy from the Rockets to help them open the space for to clear future salary caps. While Theis provided good big-man insurance behind Robert Williams in the second half of the season and played an important role as a starter in a first-round sweep over the nets, his greater value was yet to come. The Celtics now had a moveable contract that would help the team adjust the salary for an Impact player without deducting from their core. If the Theis deal didn't go through, that deal wouldn't have happened for Brogdon without one of Boston's top seven players walking out the door to make the money work. The Boston front office cleaned up players on the roster at the trade deadline to add players for two-year contracts and cleaned up the back end of the team roster back in February, opening five spots in the back half of the 15-man roster. The Celtics filled four of those slots with two-year contracts (with options) and a number of those multi-year contracts came into play here. Nik Stauskas, Malik Fitts and Juwan Morgan, in addition to Aaron Nesmith and Theis, provided the additional salary needed to match Brogdon's salary in trading. This type of maneuver would not have been so easy for the Celtics if they had had a string of expiring contracts at the end of their bench, which would have been the case with Fernando, Freedom and Schroder. Brogdon didn't do much to improve its value last year in an injury-plagued year for a Pacers squad that shifted to building up for future mode after the sale of Domantas Sabonis. Brogdon signed an expensive two-year extension before the start of the season and clearly didn't have a ton of commercial value in the league at that price based on the return the Pacers accepted for him on Friday. The Pacers clearly wanted to provide future flexibility with their payroll, and they did so by taking back no more than $10 million in future guaranteed money under the Theis contract. The Pacers probably got better talent offers for Brogdon when they bought him after offers, but they probably weren't the kind of young players they're looking for in a season spent in lottery territory. The Celtics benefited from this unique mix, which they could offer with a first-round pick, a favorable prospect and no big-money contracts. The perfect storm came together for the Celtics to pull off that deal, and Boston's ownership deserves credit for their willingness to accept a bloated Brogdon contract. However, a few basic moves beneath the surface went a long way in allowing Boston to pull through on this deal while keeping its entire rotation intact.

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British Grand Prix LIVE! Qualifying, F1 latest news, TV channels and updates from Silverstone today

British Grand Prix LIVE! Qualifying, F1 news, TV channels and updates from Silverstone today - Follow live as Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen and Co battle for pole position at the F1 British Grand Prix... (Author: Gardener)

SilverstoneSerena Williams was unable to summon the old magic as her Wimbledon return ended in a first-round loss to little-known Frenchwoman Harmony Tan. Williams took to the court to play singles for the first time since leaving center court early and in tears after suffering a hamstring injury in the opening round 12 months ago. Williams was rusty and error-prone. The will remained and was fueled by a support crowd, she looked like she might stumble across the finish line after coming back from a set and then saving a match point in the 12th game of the decider. Serena Williams was unable to summon the old magic as her Wimbledon return ended in a first-round loss to little-known Frenchwoman Harmony Tan. Williams took to the court to play singles for the first time since leaving center court early and in tears after suffering a hamstring injury in the opening round 12 months ago. Williams was rusty and error-prone. The will remained and was fueled by a support crowd, she looked like she might stumble across the finish line after coming back from a set and then saving a match point in the 12th game of the decider. Emma Raducanu and Andy Murray both start with victories on Center Court at Wimbledon. Serena Williams is beaten by Harmony Tan on Center Court in a late-night thriller. Qualifying for the 2022 British Grand Prix takes place at Silverstone today, with a potential six-way battle for pole position. Qualifying for the 2022 British Grand Prix takes place today at Silverstone, with a potential six-way battle for pole position. Lewis Hamilton and George Russell are hoping to take to the streets in their Mercedes and challenge both Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc for victory. Lewis Hamilton and George Russell are hoping to take to the streets in their Mercedes and challenge both Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc for victory. Verstappen led Carlos Sainz across the line in Canada two weeks ago to underscore his dominance of the F1 Championship this year, but there is still plenty of time for Ferrari to iron out its problems and catch the Red Bull. Verstappen led Carlos Sainz across the line in Canada two weeks ago to underscore his dominance of the F1 Championship this year, but there is still plenty of time for Ferrari to iron out its problems and catch the Red Bull. Fans are with Silverstone as they always promise the potential of rain to mess things up after completely washing out Friday's first practice before Hamilton set the second-best time in the afternoon, despite Verstappen dominating Saturday morning's practice. Fans are with Silverstone as they always promise the potential of rain to mess things up after completely washing out Friday's first practice before Hamilton set the second-best time in the afternoon, despite Verstappen dominating Saturday morning's practice. Follow our live blog for the latest updates and news from British Grand Prix qualifying. Follow our live blog for the latest updates and news from British Grand Prix qualifying. 13:37 , Marc Mayo There's a threat of rain over Silverstone for qualifying and the rest of the grid could welcome it. From today's perspective it's hard to see anyone coming close to Max Verstappen who looked in a class of his own in third practice today. A dry race is forecast for tomorrow, so a chaotic, wet qualifying seems the most likely way to shake up the grid and Verstappen's current dominance. 13:03 , Marc Mayo Max Verstappen sets a serious marker with a half-second lead over his rivals by beating last practice session. Sergio Perez followed in the other Red Bull in second ahead of Leclerc, Russell, Hamilton and Sainz. A very tight qualifying ahead of us, although challenging Verstappen for pole is indeed a daunting task. 12:58 , Marc Mayo Only Hamilton and Perez are now the front runners on track as the rain stayed away as much of the field stormed out earlier in the session. But here comes Verstappen for the last two minutes. 12:51 PM , Marc Mayo The official Car Performance Ranking has Verstappen's Red Bull four tenths faster than the Ferrari on the straights. 12:48 , Marc Mayo What can the other Red Bull do? Perez sprints across the line in 1:28.410 to finish second, four tenths behind Verstappen but with just a very slender margin over Leclerc. Shortly thereafter, Russell improves slightly and is ahead of Hamilton in fourth place. 12:44 - Marc Mayo Here comes Leclerc with two personal bests before losing time in the last sector and just 0.002s behind Verstappen. That may not matter, however, as the Red Bull is coming down the backstretch ready to beat the best time of the day. He does it! That's a 1:27.901 and almost half a second better than his previous best. Wow. 12:41 , Marc Mayo Russell starts a fresh flying lap with sparks flying as he skirts Copse, two tenths down after the second sector. A 1:28.550 puts him in third as he regains some time on Verstappen in the latter part of the lap. 12:32 , Marc Mayo Hamilton drives fastest in sector three and ends up just a tenth behind Verstappen. 12:25, Marc Mayo Verstappen with the fastest time at 1:28.541, while Sainz improves his time but is just 0.341s clear of third place, leaving both Ferrari cars just over three tenths adrift of the Red Bull. 12:21 PM, Marc Mayo "Yesterday's problems at high speed are no better," Sainz said on Ferrari team radio after both Hamilton and Russell dropped him to fifth place overall. No such problems for Russell, who reports "no bouncing" to the Mercedes shop. Rain is expected shortly leading to the pack piling up on the track for soft-tire runs in preparation for qualifying. 12:04 , Marc Mayo Welcome to Standard Sport's British Grand Prix Live Blog! The final practice session is underway, which we will bring you later before qualifying, starting at 3pm.

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Why the arrest of Brittney Griner is about a lot more than just Brittney Griner

Kimberly St. Julian-Varnon, a Ph.D. Student, focusing on Russia and the former Soviet Union, discusses Brittney Griner's role as Vladimir Putin's pawn and the added complexities of being a gay black woman in a very rigid Russia under Putin. (Author: Gardener)

Brittney GrinerWhy The Arrest Of Brittney Griner Is About Much More Than Brittney Griner Why The Arrest Of Brittney Griner Is About Much More Than Brittney Griner Kimberly St. Julian-Varnon, Ph.D.

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British Grand Prix qualifying as Max Verstappen battles for pole position at Silverstone

F1 LIVE: British Grand Prix qualifying updates as Max Verstappen battles for pole position at Silverstone - Follow the latest updates and analysis from Silverstone as pole position is decided for the British Grand Prix (Author: Gardener)

Max VerstappenDame Deborah James says she felt "absolutely loved" in video taken a month before her death. Dame Deborah James says she felt "absolutely loved" in video taken a month before her death. Putin says it would be 'disgusting' to see G7 leaders shirtless Madrid Lewis Hamilton's criticism of 'older voices' is 'a lot of rubbish', says Bernie Ecclestone. Deborah James Says She Felt "Absolutely Loved" in Video Filmed in Recent Days Deborah James Says She Felt "Absolutely Loved" in Video Filmed in Recent Days James Says on feeling "absolutely loved" in a video filmed over the past few days Deborah James says she felt "absolutely loved" in a video filmed over the past few days. Follow live F1 coverage from qualifying for the British Grand Prix, where pole position for Sunday's race will be decided. Lewis Hamilton will be hoping to deliver on his home soil at Silverstone and is buoyed up after finishing third at last time's Canadian Grand Prix, only his second podium finish in what has been a hugely disappointing season so far. Lewis Hamilton will be hoping to deliver on his home soil at Silverstone and is buoyed up after finishing third at last time's Canadian Grand Prix, only his second podium finish in what has been a hugely disappointing season so far. Max Verstappen clinched his sixth win of the season in Montreal, holding off a late attack from Ferrari's Carlos Sainz. Max Verstappen clinched his sixth win of the season in Montreal, holding off a late attack from Ferrari's Carlos Sainz. The reigning world champion's lead at the top of the drivers' standings is now 46 points ahead of team-mate Sergio Perez. The reigning world champion's lead at the top of the drivers' standings is now 46 points ahead of team-mate Sergio Perez. The championship leader led a Red Bull double ahead of Perez in the third and final practice session. The championship leader led a Red Bull double ahead of Perez in the third and final practice session. Another win for Jamie Chadwick in the W Series! 14:12 , Kieran Jackson The 24-year-old Brit has claimed four out of four W Series wins this year and stormed home 19 seconds ahead of the rest of the field! Emma Kimiläinen of Finland was second and 19-year-old Brit Abbi Pulling third. Jamie Chadwick claims four out of four W Series wins this year (Getty Images) Friday, July 01, 2022 12:15 PM , Kieran Jackson Protesters plan to disrupt this weekend's British Grand Prix at Silverstone due to race day an invasion of the range is possible, according to "credible information" obtained by Northants Police. Local police - who are responsible for policing this weekend's event, with 400,000 spectators expected over the three days - have issued a stern warning to the group and are ready to communicate about facilitating a "peaceful protest" at the Group that running at a live circuit is "extremely dangerous" and their plan would "endanger lives" during Sunday's race. Lewis Hamilton says F1 'older voices' should no longer be given a platform Friday, July 01, 2022 11:35 AM , Kieran Jackson In response to Piquet's comments and those of Bernie Ecclestone yesterday, Lewis Hamilton didn't have a hot spot in the preliminary round mush talked. race press conference. Hamilton has called for censorship of Bernie Ecclestone and Sir Jackie Stewart and declared "enough is enough" after Nelson Piquet's racial slur. The seven-time world champion was speaking ahead of this weekend's British Grand Prix - days after the 69-year-old's insulting reference to Hamilton emerged from a podcast recorded last November. Three-time world champion Stewart, 83, recently said Hamilton should "resign" after struggling for results this season, while Ecclestone, 91, told ITV's Good Morning Britain on Thursday that he would "take a bullet" for Vladimir Putin, who also describes the Russian President as a "first-class man". 'Enough is enough': Lewis Hamilton hits back at Bernie Ecclestone and Nelson Piquet Max Verstappen believes Nelson Piquet is 'not a racist' but agrees his choice of words was 'very offensive' World champion Nelson Piquet was widely condemned earlier this week for saying for describing Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton in an interview using racist language - he has since apologized and says his comments were mistranslated. Piquet is the father of Max Verstappen's girlfriend Kelly Piquet and the Red Bull driver - who has "hung out" with the Brazilian - says the 69-year-old didn't mean a racial slur. "Everyone is against racism - I think it's very straightforward, that's all you can do with it," said Verstappen before the British Grand Prix. "I think the wording that was used, although of course with different types of cultures and things that they probably said when they were little and younger, wasn't right. Let it be a lesson for us for the future not to use that word as it is very offensive and has even more resonance these days.” Friday July 1, 2022 11:05am , Kieran Jackson The grid may need to be careful this weekend… Lewis Hamilton will capitalize on the odds of Formula 1's racism storm by becoming "unbeatable" at this weekend's British Grand Prix, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said. Wolff also called on the sport's bosses, and rival teams to join Mercedes in "putting your money where your mouth is" to fight racism. Preparations for Hamilton's home race have been marred by the emergence of a racial slur used by three-time world champion Nelson Piquet against the British driver. Piquet, 69, has since apologized but claimed the offending word was mistranslated. But Wolff said: "Lewis thrives on adversity and when things are thrown at him then he becomes unbeatable.

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How Brittney Griner's wife Cherelle tirelessly supports her through her legal ordeal in Russia

No one is more worried about WNBA star Brittney Griner, who is on trial in Russia on drug charges after being jailed since February, than her wife Cherelle Griner. (Author: Gardener)

RussiaGettyIt's no exaggeration when I say that next summer's release of Greta Gerwig's Barbie is about the only thing that gives me the strength to survive at a totally cursed moment in American politics and global health — well, that and my COVID vaccine. The same seems to be true for most of Film Twitter, who can't help but happily share whatever photos (and now videos) they can get their hands on of the movie that's in the making.

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Carlos Sainz ousts Max Verstappen in wet Silverstone for pole position at British Grand Prix

Carlos Sainz ousts Max Verstappen in wet Silverstone for pole position at British Grand Prix (Author: Gardener)

Carlos SainzFerrari driver Carlos Sainz of Spain celebrates after setting the fastest time during qualifying for the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone circuit in Silverstone, England on Saturday July 2, 2022 - AP * Lewis Hamilton risks it all bitter battle with the F1 establishment Ferrari's Carlos Sainz clinched his first pole position at the wet Silverstone, just ahead of championship leader Max Verstappen. Sainz' teammate Charles Leclerc was third. Sainz has struggled with various mistakes and reliability issues so far this season but continued his fine form from Canada in the UK. Verstappen, who narrowly beat him to victory in Montreal two weeks ago, will have his best chance of winning his maiden Grand Prix on Sunday if he starts from the front row in front of his former Toro Rosso team-mate. Sergio Perez finished fourth ahead of Britain's Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris in the second Red Bull. Mercedes had looked stronger so far this weekend than they have since Barcelona and Hamilton threatened the front row for much of Saturday's qualifying session. However, in ever-changing conditions, fifth place was the best the seven-time champion could manage, three places ahead of teammate George Russell. McLaren's Norris put in another strong performance two Brits inside the top six for the race, with Fernando Alonso seventh. Sainz seemed surprised to take pole with what he called a "decent" lap. "I had no idea where I would qualify. I didn't know what lap time I had to set to get pole." "A first pole position is always special, especially at Silverstone - it feels very good," he said. Verstappen, who leads Sergio Perez in the standings with 46 points and Leclerc with 49 points, shrugged off the boos of some home fans in his interview after the session. "It was a bit disappointing because I couldn't understand Billy [Monger, who did the interviews]," he said. Hopefully a good race of course. Too bad the order wasn't a bit mixed up but hopefully another good fight between Ferrari and Red Bull. Let's hope Mercedes can step into the mix to make it a bit more interesting. But good session from Norris. Has gotten the best out of the McLaren again and a third row start is about the best he could get this weekend. Again in front of Daniel Ricciardo and in front of his old pal George Russell. "It was a bit disappointing because I couldn't understand Billy [Monger, who asks the questions]. Maybe some of them don't like me, but it's ok, they have their own opinions. Maybe some of them don't like me but it's ok, they have their own opinion The Dutchman manages to regain control and continues on his way#BritishGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/1pcHlK4ATb— Formula 1 (@F1) 2 July 2022 Whether that's track dependent or not, or if there's something else out there, I'm not sure. If tomorrow's race is dry we'll be able to handle that better. Places five and eight are a bit disappointing though. Crazy qualifying at Silverstone 🤯 Didn't quite work out in the end, but tomorrow's P5 and P8 on the grid is up for grabs 💪 pic.twitter.com/j17QZTmKoa – Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team (@MercedesAMGF1) July 2nd, 2022 Hassled Verstappen for the win in Canada, but just missed out... But there's still a long way to go before his first win tomorrow. Happy for Carlos, he did a great job today, I think the pace is there. It will be interesting to see who will make one or the other stop. It was quite a tricky qualifying session with the rain. I think the car worked quite well overall. In Q3 it's a bit of a lottery at the end. I think it's very good for us to still be on the front row. We have a good race car in the dry and in the wet. It's not just about the first lap, it's also about the race. Look forward to tomorrow. To be fair, he does get a few boos from (some of) the home crowd. It was a good lap but I struggled a lot with the standing water. It was very easy to get snaps and lose the lap, also harder to get temperature on the intermediate stages. I ended up doing a lap and I didn't think it was anything special. Pole position came as a bit of a surprise. The pace was there all weekend except in FP3 we had a couple of issues which we think we've fixed. We should be in a good position to try and hold onto that. I'm sure that Max and Charles will put a lot of pressure. The Ferrari man takes his first pole position! He's just 0.072s ahead of Verstappen, with Leclerc in third and Sergio Perez in fourth. Hamilton struggled for the front row for most of this session but has fallen back a bit lately. Still a few places ahead of Russell and in fifth place. Hamilton on a decent lap but he might struggle to beat Sainz. Only fourth for Hamilton... a second off pace. But then Leclerc beats that... Can Hamilton do it? He could be the last man (or not far away) to cross the line and shoot it again... He crosses the line 0.027 seconds slower than Verstappen! Russell starts another hot lap. Leclerc is on a mega lap... Verstappen too. That's Verstappen. Does that give Hamilton a chance? Leclerc is second, 0.004s ahead of Hamilton, who sets a good lap... Russell third, 0.9s behind Verstappen with the fastest middle sector. Verstappen is picking up speed again...he's being told it's going to rain, but to keep pushing. Fastest in the first two sectors and crosses the finish line 1.8s faster than Leclerc. There's four minutes to go so the times will likely continue to tumble...unless the rain comes back...Leclerc is now fastest ahead of Verstappen, Hamilton and Sainz...the track is improving. Verstappen on another good lap... Verstappen on another good lap... Verstappen on another good lap... But Alonso has a great lap... he's three seconds faster than Zhou! But Verstappen is a few tenths quicker than both of them... despite that moment on the previous lap. Hamilton is more than two seconds behind in sector one alone... At the moment it's a stopover, although it has stopped raining. Sainz is warned of a possible shower towards the end of the session. Verstappen gets a bit nervous in the final corners, which must have affected the start of his first flying lap. 10 drivers, only one man on pole. Ferrari leads at the end of the pit lane ready to drive. It's still raining a little. But we hardly had any yellow flags or even spins, let alone red flags or accidents. I think that's three qualifying sessions in a row that he's now beaten Bottas after failing to do so in the previous seven. Verstappen seems to be the master of these conditions so far, but you can't ignore Hamilton in these conditions. The rain has eased off a bit now but it's still falling as it has been all session. I'm not sure if we'll see much improvement from here, if at all. It's currently Gasly, Bottas, Tsunoda, Ricciardo and Ocon in the bottom five. Quite a big difference between the first few drivers and those at the bottom of the timesheets. But then Verstappen responded with a 1:40.655. Hamilton with a good time, good enough for second place but four tenths behind Verstappen's pace. The times are getting shorter, although the conditions are getting worse. Hamilton fourth and Russell fifth. Verstappen is a second ahead of Perez. Yep, still seems to have mastered the conditions. The rain seems to have gotten heavier. Initial lap times about three to four seconds or so slower than what we finished last session with. No wonder everything relates to the intermediates. Albon wasn't happy about having to do a cool down lap. Hamilton, who is now on the track, complains of "massive vibration" in his tires. He's just on his lap. He's just on his lap. 15 minutes to go, 15 riders in and 10 through. However, it does not come down sideways as it did just before the session started. The track is improving but some drivers are still struggling to improve. Haas and Aston Martin in particular are not looking good. Only to be beaten by Verstappen by 0.7 seconds later. It seems the RB is excellent in his hands in all conditions. Within half a second from Verstappen. Russell in fifth but just set the fastest first sector of the session. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during qualifying for the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone circuit in Silverstone, England, Saturday July 2, 2022 - AP I think we could add at least one driver to that bring to try dry tyres... Ricciardo is trying to get out of the last five and is on course at the moment. Could be a manic end to the session. Stroll, Vettel, Tsunoda, Ricciardo and Schumacher in the drop zone. Verstappen beats it by 1.3 seconds or so. The rain has now almost completely stopped. Not yet, but maybe at the end of the session. Sainz in third place. Tsunoda, Latifi, Alonso, Ocon, and Vettel currently in the drop zone. However, the Alpines are yet to set a lap time. He beats Leclerc while Perez comes in third ahead of Hamilton and Russell. Then Leclerc beats Verstappen again with a 1:42.129. 0.359s behind Leclerc, but Russell is about a second slower...Verstappen is then fastest at 1.778s. He really is a master in the wet. Albon second! I think there's a dry line emerging now? The track will definitely get better. Only six drivers posted a time, yellow flags for some reason...Hamilton and Russell both on their first timed laps. Charles Leclerc has started his hot lap. But will the rain get better or worse in Q1 and even throughout the hour? I find. A few more minutes... Not sure if my photo from the media center does it justice, but it's pretty stable. And it looks like it's only going to get harder. I don't think it will be very long, the wind is strong today but it will make it difficult outside. Would be surprised if anyone starts the session (which starts in about seven minutes) on dry tires... I think the rain is coming. Good. It looks like it could be more than a few skewers and stains as well. chance of rain? Looking more and more likely... could well be a mixed session. Hamilton pole? They can be useless to notice if that rain is coming. I can't see that we're really going to get a completely wet session. Still, I think there are signs that Mercedes could get there. Red Bull not so much. looked almost glued to the floor. "Yesterday's problems at high speed are no better" 😬 The Ferraris seem to jump a lot more in the corners than the Mercedes. pic.twitter.com/uovyrNzS5L - Sky Sports F1 (@SkySportsF1) 2nd July 2022 1410BST: Well, #Silverstone has successfully run the gauntlet of every significant rain so far today. Latest radar: pic.twitter.com/s441MzTFM6 - Ian Fergusson (@fergieweather) July 2, 2022 According to BBC Weather, the chance in the hour of qualifying is about 60 percent. The conditions are already quite tricky. I don't have to say that again, but I will: we really need a win from Leclerc, or at least a big swing of points in his favour. Verstappen runs away with it and frankly, that's no better than Hamilton (or any other driver) running away with it. Red Bull's Max Verstappen ahead of the 2022 British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Towcester. Picture date: Saturday July 2, 2022. Well, unless you're Verstappen, work for Red Bull, are a fan of both... In any case, the W-series drivers are out there with slick tires and ( Surprise) Jamie Chadwick is about to win. It's graying in the distance... And welcome to our 2022 British Grand Prix qualifying coverage at Silverstone. The British Grand Prix always feels like a special event and Silverstone is usually a track that produces some decent action. Let's hope for more of the same this weekend. What the Championship really needs is Max Verstappen having a bad weekend. He leads by 46 points ahead of teammate Sergio Perez, but perhaps a more realistic title challenger is Ferrari's Charles Leclerc, who is 49 points adrift. It doesn't seem that long ago that Leclerc was the one with the big lead. Well, after a month or two of Ferrari failures, he comes this weekend with a mammoth task. Does the final practice give us hope that this might be the case? It might have looked like that for a while during the practice session, but it didn't end that way. Mercedes seemed to have taken a decent step back forward, certainly closer to Ferrari, but the pace of Max Verstappen's Red Bull looked amazing in the latter part of the session, setting a lap of 1'27.901 which was four. Tenths quicker than his teammate Sergio Perez and almost half a second quicker than the leading Leclerc Ferrari and just a little quicker than both Mercedes cars. We don't know yet and should find out in qualifying. Or at least we could if it stays dry throughout the session. Were some teams out with a more optimized set-up for the rain? Anyhow, Red Bull appears to have unleashed a significant amount of power and lap time after yesterday. There were definitely encouraging signs, and they appear to be closer to the pace of the second-fastest team, if not closer to the actual lead. George Russell reported that there was "no bouncing" on one of his early runs, but later in the session Hamilton complained about this issue, which has dogged him all season. In any case, fourth and fifth aren't bad for Russell and Hamilton considering they shared the Ferraris. Lando Norris was the best of the pack in seventh, giving hope for a strong performance from the home riders. But if it's a wet-dry session, who knows?

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the latest updates and news from Silverstone when it rains

2022 British Grand Prix F1 Qualifying live: Latest updates and news from Silverstone while it rains (Author: Gardener)

Silverstone© Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands steers his car during qualifying for the British Grand Prix 2022 F1 Live Qualifying Silverstone News - Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands steers his car during qualifying for the British Formula One Grand 1st Prix at the Silverstone Circuit in Silverstone, England, Saturday July 2, 2022. The British F1 Grand Prix takes place on Sunday July 3, 2022 * Max Verstappen fastest in Q2 ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc * Lewis Hamilton risks it all in a fierce battle with the F1 establishment He crosses the finish line 0.027 seconds slower than Verstappen! Russell starts another hot lap. Leclerc is on a mega lap... Verstappen too. Does that give Hamilton a chance? Leclerc is second, 0.004s ahead of Hamilton, who sets a good lap... Russell third, 0.9s behind Verstappen with the fastest middle sector. Verstappen is picking up speed again...he's being told it's going to rain, but to keep pushing. Fastest in the first two sectors and crosses the finish line 1.8s faster than Leclerc. There's four minutes to go so the times will likely continue to tumble...unless the rain comes back...Leclerc is now fastest ahead of Verstappen, Hamilton and Sainz...the track is improving. Verstappen on another good lap... Verstappen on another good lap... But Alonso is on a great lap...he's three seconds faster than Zhou! But Verstappen is a few tenths quicker than both of them... despite that moment on the previous lap. Hamilton is more than two seconds behind in sector one alone... At the moment it's a stopover, although it has stopped raining. Sainz is warned of a possible shower towards the end of the session. Verstappen gets a bit nervous in the final corners, which must have affected the start of his first flying lap. 12 minutes left. 10 drivers, only one man on pole. Ferrari leads at the end of the pit lane ready to drive. It's still raining a little. But we hardly had any yellow flags or even spins, let alone red flags or accidents. I think that's three qualifying sessions in a row that he's now beaten Bottas after failing to do so in the previous seven. Verstappen seems to be the master of these conditions so far, but you can't ignore Hamilton in these conditions. These drivers are through to Q3. The rain has eased off a bit now but it's still falling as it has been all session. I'm not sure if we'll see much improvement from here, if at all. It's currently Gasly, Bottas, Tsunoda, Ricciardo and Ocon in the bottom five. Quite a big difference between the first few drivers and those at the bottom of the timesheets. But then Verstappen responded with a 1:40.655. Hamilton with a good time, good enough for second place but four tenths behind Verstappen's pace. The times are getting shorter, although the conditions are getting worse. Hamilton fourth and Russell fifth. Verstappen is a second ahead of Perez. Yep, still seems to have mastered the conditions. The rain seems to have gotten heavier. Initial lap times about three to four seconds or so slower than what we finished last session with. Albon wasn't happy about having to do a cool down lap. Hamilton, who is now on the track, complains of "massive vibration" in his tires. He's just on his lap. He's just on his lap. 15 minutes to go, 15 riders in and 10 through. However, it does not come down sideways as it did just before the session started. The track is improving but some drivers are still struggling to improve. Haas and Aston Martin in particular are not looking good. Only to be beaten by Verstappen by 0.7 seconds later. It seems the RB is excellent in his hands in all conditions. Within half a second from Verstappen. Russell in fifth but just set the fastest first sector of the session. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during qualifying for the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone circuit in Silverstone, England, Saturday July 2, 2022 - AP I think we could add at least one driver to that bring to try it dry tires ... not that there is much room for error at the moment. Ricciardo is trying to break out of the bottom five and is on track at the moment. Could be a manic end to the session. Stroll, Vettel, Tsunoda, Ricciardo and Schumacher in the drop zone. Verstappen beats it by 1.3 seconds or so. The rain has now almost completely stopped. Not yet, but maybe at the end of the session. Nine minutes left. Tsunoda, Latifi, Alonso, Ocon, and Vettel currently in the drop zone. However, the Alpines are yet to set a lap time. He beats Leclerc while Perez comes in third ahead of Hamilton and Russell. Then Leclerc beats Verstappen again with a 1:42.129. 0.359s behind Leclerc, but Russell is about a second slower...Verstappen is then fastest at 1.778s. He really is a master in the wet. Albon second! I think there's a dry line emerging now? The track will definitely get better. Only six drivers posted a time, yellow flags for some reason...Hamilton and Russell both on their first timed laps. Charles Leclerc has started his hot lap. But will the rain get better or worse in Q1 and even throughout the hour? I find. How many red flags do you reckon? A few more minutes... Not sure if my photo from the media center does it justice, but it's pretty stable. And it looks like it's only going to get harder. I don't think it will be very long, the wind is strong today but it will make it difficult outside. Would be surprised if anyone starts the session (which starts in about seven minutes) on dry tires... I think the rain is coming. It looks like it could be more than a few skewers and stains as well. chance of rain? Looking more and more likely... could well be a mixed session. Hamilton pole? They can be useless to notice if that rain is coming. I can't see that we're really going to get a completely wet session. Still, I think there are signs that Mercedes could get there. A view from the back of the media center - The Telegraph Red Bull not so much. looked almost glued to the floor. "Yesterday's problems at high speed are no better" 😬 The Ferraris seem to jump a lot more in the corners than the Mercedes. pic.twitter.com/uovyrNzS5L - Sky Sports F1 (@SkySportsF1) 2nd July 2022 1410BST: Well, #Silverstone has successfully run the gauntlet of every significant rain so far today. Latest radar: pic.twitter.com/s441MzTFM6 - Ian Fergusson (@fergieweather) July 2, 2022 According to BBC Weather, the chance in the hour of qualifying is about 60 percent. The conditions are already quite tricky. I don't have to say that again, but I will: we really need a win from Leclerc, or at least a big swing of points in his favour. Verstappen runs away with it and frankly, that's no better than Hamilton (or any other driver) running away with it. Red Bull's Max Verstappen ahead of the 2022 British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Towcester. Picture date: Saturday July 2, 2022. Well, unless you're Verstappen, work for Red Bull, are a fan of both... In any case, the W-series drivers are out there with slick tires and ( Surprise) Jamie Chadwick is about to win. It's graying in the distance... And welcome to our 2022 British Grand Prix qualifying coverage at Silverstone. The British Grand Prix always feels like a special event and Silverstone is usually a track that produces some decent action. What the Championship really needs is Max Verstappen having a bad weekend. He leads by 46 points ahead of teammate Sergio Perez, but perhaps a more realistic title challenger is Ferrari's Charles Leclerc, who is 49 points adrift. It doesn't seem that long ago that Leclerc was the one with the big lead. Well, after a month or two of Ferrari failures, he comes this weekend with a mammoth task. Does the final practice give us hope that this might be the case? It might have looked like that for a while during the practice session, but it didn't end that way. Mercedes seemed to have taken a decent step back forward, certainly closer to Ferrari, but the pace of Max Verstappen's Red Bull looked amazing in the latter part of the session, setting a lap of 1'27.901 which was four. Tenths quicker than his teammate Sergio Perez and almost half a second quicker than the leading Leclerc Ferrari and just a little quicker than both Mercedes cars. We don't know yet and should find out in qualifying. Or at least we could if it stays dry throughout the session. Were some teams out with a more optimized set-up for the rain? Anyhow, Red Bull appears to have unleashed a significant amount of power and lap time after yesterday. There were definitely encouraging signs, and they appear to be closer to the pace of the second-fastest team, if not closer to the actual lead. George Russell reported that there was "no bouncing" on one of his early runs, but later in the session Hamilton complained about this issue, which has dogged him all season. In any case, fourth and fifth aren't bad for Russell and Hamilton considering they shared the Ferraris. Lando Norris was the best of the pack in seventh, giving hope for a strong performance from the home riders. But if it's a wet-dry session, who knows?

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WNBA star Brittney Griner's trial begins in Russia while the US works to secure her release

Brittney Griner appeared in a courtroom outside Moscow on Friday morning on the first day of the WNBA trial in Russia, where she has been in custody for 134 days. (Author: Gardener)

RussiaBrittney Griner appeared in a courtroom in Khimki, a Moscow suburb, on Friday morning on the first day of the WNBA star's trial in Russia, where she has been in custody for 134 days. Griner was arrested at Sheremetyevo International Airport in Russia on February 17 after being accused of carrying vape cartridges containing hash oil, which is illegal in Russia. The first witness at Griner's trial was a customs officer who was at the airport when she was arrested. According to a Russian reporter in the courtroom who spoke to ABC News, Griner said through a translator that she understood the allegation but declined to comment on the charges, saying she would share her thoughts at a later date. S. Embassy and two representatives of Russian and foreign media were admitted into the courtroom. An American reporter in the courtroom who spoke with Griner told ABC News Monday that Griner said she's fine, but misses her ability to exercise like she used to. She also said that since she does not speak Russian, court appointments are difficult for her, but an interpreter was made available to her. Russian Court Extends WNBA Star Brittney Griner's Detention As Griner left the courtroom, she didn't answer ABC News' question when asked how she was doing. The Phoenix-Mercury player is expected to appear in court again on the second day of the trial on July 7. Griner's detention in Russia has been repeatedly extended, most recently to December 20, which is the expected length of her trial. Brittney Griner #42 of the Phoenix Mercury during the first half of game four of the 2021 WNBA Semifinals at the Footprint Center, October 6, 2021, in Phoenix. Before the trial, friends and family members of Griner gathered for a vigil in New York City on Wednesday to honor the imprisoned athlete. "February 17 was the last time I spoke to my sister," said Janell Roy, Griner's childhood friend. According to a report by The Associated Press, on May 3 the S. government reclassified Griner's case as "wrongfully detained" -- meaning the United States will work more aggressively to negotiate her release even if the lawsuit falls against her running, the State Department said. The S. government has determined that Brittney Griner is wrongly imprisoned and being used as a political pawn," Griner's agent Lindsay Kagawa Colas wrote in a series of tweets Monday. "Negotiations for her immediate release should proceed regardless of the court case's top priority, and we expect [President Joe Biden] and [Vice President Kamala Harris] to do everything in their power now to finalize a deal to bring her home." White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told reporters Tuesday that Griner was "wrongly imprisoned" and urged the Russian government to release the American basketball star. S. is "actively" working to secure Griner's release, he added but added that the diplomat's efforts are "sensitive matters". We are trying to find a resolution to this case and will continue to do so until we get Brittney home safely," he said. those being held abroad, whether in Iran or Afghanistan or Russia or Venezuela or China or elsewhere.” Russia's invasion of Ukraine began a week after Griner's arrest by S. Marine veteran Trevor Reed in April, the was freed from a Russian prison as part of a prisoner swap.Former Marine Paul Whelan has also been incarcerated in Russia since 2019. Cherelle Griner, wife of WNBA superstar Brittney Griner, who has been incarcerated in a Russian prison for nearly 100 days, spoke first time in an exclusive interview with Robin Roberts May 24, 2022. Cherelle Griner, wife of WNBA superstar Brittney Griner, who has been in a Russian for nearly 100 days Prison spoke for the first time in an exclusive interview with Robin Roberts, May 24, 2022. Griner's wife, Cherelle Griner, told Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts in May that she loves working with President Joe Biden would speak. She's a political pawn," she said. When asked about a possible meeting between Cherelle Griner and President Biden last week, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said, "We have nothing to share about a possible phone call or meeting. ABC News' Shannon Crawford and Molly Nagle contributed to this report.

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British Grand Prix LIVE! Qualifying, breaking F1 news and updates from Silverstone today

British Grand Prix LIVE! Qualifying, breaking F1 news and updates from Silverstone today - (Author: Gardener)

SilverstoneSerena Williams was unable to summon the old magic as her Wimbledon return ended in a first-round loss to little-known Frenchwoman Harmony Tan. Williams took to the court to play singles for the first time since leaving center court early and in tears after suffering a hamstring injury in the opening round 12 months ago. Williams was rusty and error-prone. The will remained and was fueled by a support crowd, she looked like she might stumble across the finish line after coming back from a set and then saving a match point in the 12th game of the decider. Serena Williams was unable to summon the old magic as her Wimbledon return ended in a first-round loss to little-known Frenchwoman Harmony Tan. Williams took to the court to play singles for the first time since leaving center court early and in tears after suffering a hamstring injury in the opening round 12 months ago. Williams was rusty and error-prone. The will remained and was fueled by a support crowd, she looked like she might stumble across the finish line after coming back from a set and then saving a match point in the 12th game of the decider. Qualifying for the 2022 British Grand Prix takes place today at Silverstone, with a potential six-way battle for pole position. Qualifying for the 2022 British Grand Prix takes place today at Silverstone, with a potential six-way battle for pole position. Lewis Hamilton and George Russell are hoping to take to the streets in their Mercedes and challenge both Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc for victory. Lewis Hamilton and George Russell are hoping to take to the streets in their Mercedes and challenge both Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc for victory. Verstappen led Carlos Sainz across the line in Canada two weeks ago to underscore his dominance of the F1 Championship this year, but there is still plenty of time for Ferrari to iron out its problems and catch the Red Bull. Verstappen led Carlos Sainz across the line in Canada two weeks ago to underscore his dominance of the F1 Championship this year, but there is still plenty of time for Ferrari to iron out its problems and catch the Red Bull. Fans are with Silverstone as they always promise the potential of rain to mess things up after completely washing out Friday's first practice before Hamilton set the second-best time in the afternoon, despite Verstappen dominating Saturday morning's practice. Fans are with Silverstone as they always promise the potential of rain to mess things up after completely washing out Friday's first practice before Hamilton set the second-best time in the afternoon, despite Verstappen dominating Saturday morning's practice. Follow our live blog for the latest updates and news from British Grand Prix qualifying. Follow our live blog for the latest updates and news from British Grand Prix qualifying. At 14:43 Marc Mayo Lewis Hamilton described his optimism about Mercedes' improvements after yesterday's race. We have to keep working. “Our long run pace isn't as good as the other guys, but it's not miles away, so we've definitely improved. I'm sure we can continue to work on that tonight and improve the car a bit more.” Ahead of this weekend, Lewis Hamilton was threatened with a race ban or at least some kind of fine for refusing to remove all of his jewelry for the race. 14:23 , Marc Mayo It could be all about Red Bull today but there are reasons for other teams to head into the weekend with confidence given some of the biggest car upgrades we've seen this season. Mercedes has new front suspension, rear wing, sidepods and floor, while Red Bull and Ferrari have new engine covers. Williams has hit the changes hardest, with a new front wing, sidepod, floor, diffuser, the list goes on. It will be interesting to see how these changes translate into qualifying and the race. When I spoke to Alex Albon ahead of the race, he seemed very confident that it would put him up the grid. 14:14 , Marc Mayo When Lewis Hamilton has a reason to struggle, it's inevitably reflected on the track, writes Standard Sport's Matt Majendie Blitzen the field come the race. And at Silverstone this weekend, once the visor is down on his racing helmet, Hamilton will be looking to do the exact same thing. The eight-time British Grand Prix winner has every right to feel like the returning hero this weekend and will no doubt feel that way as a record crowd of more than 400,000 people is expected through the turnstiles over the course of the next three days. But to get to that point, he had to respond to a racial slur directed in his direction instead. 13:37 , Marc Mayo There's a threat of rain over Silverstone for qualifying and the rest of the grid could welcome it. From today's perspective it's hard to see anyone coming close to Max Verstappen who looked in a class of his own in third practice today. A dry race is forecast for tomorrow, so a chaotic, wet qualifying seems the most likely way to shake up the grid and Verstappen's current dominance. 13:03 , Marc Mayo Max Verstappen sets a serious marker with a half-second lead over his rivals by beating last practice session. Sergio Perez followed in the other Red Bull in second ahead of Leclerc, Russell, Hamilton and Sainz. A very tight qualifying ahead of us, although challenging Verstappen for pole is indeed a daunting task. 12:58 , Marc Mayo Only Hamilton and Perez are now the front runners on track as the rain stayed away as much of the field stormed out earlier in the session. But here comes Verstappen for the last two minutes. 12:44 - Marc Mayo Here comes Leclerc with two personal bests before losing time in the last sector and just 0.002s behind Verstappen. That may not matter, however, as the Red Bull is coming down the backstretch ready to beat the best time of the day. He does it! Wow. 12:08 , Marc Mayo Free-to-Air TV: Channel 4 will air all day track action on terrestrial TV. Satellite TV Channel: The British Grand Prix is ​​broadcast live on Sky Sports F1 and Main Event. Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers can also tune in online via the Sky Go app. All4 also shows the weekend live for free. 12:04 , Marc Mayo Welcome to Standard Sport's British Grand Prix Live Blog! The final practice session is underway, which we will bring you later before qualifying, starting at 3pm.

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The trial of Mercury star Brittney Griner has begun in Moscow. That's how it works in Russia

The incarceration of Brittney Griner in a Russian prison sent shockwaves around the world. Here's what Russian news agencies say at the start of their trial. (Author: Gardener)

Brittney GrinerIt has been more than four months since Brittney Griner, the two-time Olympic gold medalist and Phoenix Mercury star, was arrested at a Russian airport and held for possession of cannabis oil as she returned to play for a Russian team. Since February she has been in a prison in the Moscow suburb of Khimki, writing letters to other WNBA athletes and keeping in touch with her wife Cherelle Griner through her lawyer. Her trial began on Friday. She is accused of smuggling narcotics or psychotropic substances, which is punishable by six to ten years in prison in Russia. The trial begins: After 4 months in prison, the trial against Griner in Russia begins in July. Russian media coverage of Griner's case looks different than what you saw in U with some insights into how the authors and readers envision an American athlete trapped thousands of miles from her home and team . Headlines from Russian search engine Yandex, in which Kremlin officials claim that Brittney Griner's arrest and subsequent trial were not politically motivated, compiled by Gregory Svirnovskiy. The first line in the image above in bold reads that the Kremlin, the seat of the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin, "does not view the arrest of American basketball player Griner as politically motivated." The website говорит москва, or "Moscow Speaks," which quotes Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov, continues to deny that Griner's arrest had any political aim. She simply broke the law, he said, and will be tried under Russia's criminal code. In this picture, compiled by Gregory Svirnovskiy, Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov appears on the Moscow Speaks news site. "Tell the facts," Peskov said. Peskov told the Russian state news agency TASS that Griner could therefore not be called a hostage. Prosecutor Nikolai Vlasenko said on the first day of the trial that Griner was arrested with 0.56 grams of hash oil when it was massaged in dried form. According to BFM.ru, a top business radio station in Russia, this is "a significant amount". Two witnesses were called by prosecutors on Friday, the outlet reported. Both operated airport security, where Griner was arrested in February. A photo of Brittney Griner in the BFM.ru article, compiled by Gregory Svirnovskiy. Claims that the case was not politically motivated have been disputed by experts and agents in the US. The athlete's agent, Lindsay Kagawa Colas, tweeted on June 27 that “the US government has determined that Brittney Griner is being wrongly imprisoned and being used as a political pawn. Secretary of State Antony Blinken called her release from Russian custody an "absolute priority" in an interview on CNN's State of the Union on June 26. The State Department officially called Griner "unlawfully detained" back in May, experts speculate that Putin dangles her in an alleged prisoner swap with convicted arms dealer Viktor Bout, nicknamed the “Merchant of Death.” Aggregated news reports on search engine Yandex tell the story of Russian authorities bent on bringing Bout back from an American prison. Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov has confirmed, according to Газета.ru - in English, The Gazette - that Bout's release is a "very high priority" for his government, back in early May when Griner's pre-trial detention was extended until July , news outlets like Sportkp.ru suggested that he still hasn't sentenced e Griner could eventually be exchanged for Bout, citing previous media releases from state officials. In this Sportkp image, compiled by Gregory Svirnovskiy, Brittney Griner is pictured with a roughly translated caption: Court extends arrest of American basketball player Griner whom they want to barter for bout. On May 13, TASS reported that "negotiations were already underway to swap the bout for a griner." S. declined talks between the State Department and the Russian foreign ministry. The Biden administration has not commented on a bout-for-griner swap But Russia's stance leaves the impression that the country's leaders have been looking for an opportunity like this for a long time According to the Associated Press, more than 99% of court cases in Russia end in convictions, and even an acquittal can be reversed at the government's discretion So Brittney Griner has little chance of being released without a conviction. Experts on Russian law have said that it is actually in Griner's best interest to plead guilty, given the high probability of an acquittal and the likelihood that a plea of ​​not guilty followed by a robust defense would likely result in that she will be placed under harsher conditions during the trial - the trial period. Elizabeth Rood, an American diplomat and head of the US Embassy in Russia, attended the first day of the hearing. She later said that the US government is "working hard to allow basketball player Brittney Griner to come home," according to TASS. Quote from Elizabeth Rood in BFM. In a BFM.ru story, Rood is quoted as testifying to the "millions of Americans" who are "concerned about the welfare of citizens who are in prisons outside the United States." It was a rare admission from an outlet recognizing Griner's popularity in her home country and the worldwide attention her case has garnered. Russia's federal sports channel MatchTV focused a story on the pressure Griner's wife Cherelle Griner is putting on the Biden administration. The outlet quoted Cherelle Griner's words on CNN, noting the lack of trust she had in the US government to bring her wife home. 'Unacceptable': WNBA star Brittney Griner's wife is upset the planned anniversary call never materialized. Without their Superstar, the Phoenix Mercury are in the middle of a postseason battle, clinging to the eighth and final playoff spot in the league. On July 6, the Mercury hosts a "Bring BG Home" rally in which U. participates. Gregory Svirnovskiy is fluent in Russian. You can reach him at [email protected] This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Mercury star Brittney Griner's trial has begun in Moscow. That's how it works in Russia

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