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Brittney Griner's wife seeks action to get ex-Baylor star released

"It broke my heart when I heard it because I, I pray to God, you know, three years doesn't go by and BG is still unjustly imprisoned in Russia," she said. (Author: Gardener)

Brittney Griner'sFormer Baylor Bears basketball star Brittney Griner was arrested 136 days ago in Russia for alleged possession of illegal substances. And in a trial that appeared to have made no headway as Griner's first court date came and went on Friday, her wife, Cherelle Griner, told CNN that the "rhetoric doesn't match the plot." "This is not a situation where rhetoric matches action," she said. "Unfortunately, I have to push people to make sure the things they tell me are consistent with their actions and that's why it was the hardest part to keep the balance because I can't let go. 17 at a Moscow airport for alleged possession of cannabis oil, a crime that carries up to 10 years in a Russian federal prison. The Phoenix Mercury Star Center was training in the country during the WNBA offseason and should be making its way back But her wife, speaking to families of other people detained in the country, has learned it's the last thing to do , if you look at the situation passively, for over three years.” And the first thing they said was, 'Don't be quiet about it. Don't let them forget your loved one,'" she said. "My heart broke when I heard it because I, I pray to God, you know, three years doesn't go by and BG is still unjustly imprisoned in Russia," To make matters worse, says Cherelle that her wife, who is 6-9 years old, will be placed in a "very, very, very tiny cage" if she is moved during transport on court days. Brittney's second court date is scheduled for Thursday July 7 Want the latest breaking and inside news for the Baylor Bears?

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Halo saved life after flipping the barrier

The British Grand Prix was halted before the end of the first lap after two large multi-driver collisions down the pit straight resulted in Zhou Guanyu's Alfa Romeo landing on the wrong side of the tire barriers at Turn 1. (Author: Gardener)

The British Grand PrixSILVERSTONE, England — The British Grand Prix was halted before the end of lap one after two large multi-driver collisions down the pits straight resulted in Zhou Guanyu's Alfa Romeo landing on the wrong side of the tire barriers at Turn 1. Emergency crews attended immediately, and Zhou and Williams driver Alex Albon were taken to the medical center. The energy of the second impact rolled Zhou's car, sending it headfirst through the run-off area before rolling over the barriers, only to be stopped at the safety fence in front of a grandstand. The halo was introduced in F1 ahead of the 2018 season but was controversial among many traditionalists as it was such a big step away from the exposed look of cars. The device likely saved Charles Leclerc from serious injury at this year's Belgian Grand Prix and has been blamed for rescuing drivers in several other incidents, including Romain Grosjean's fireball accident at the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix. Just moments after Zhou's accident was Albon involved in another incident when he hit the brakes in the first accident and Sebastian Vettel pushed his way into the back of his Williams. The collision pinned Albon into the pit wall before bouncing back onto the track and colliding with Yuki Tsunoda and Esteban Ocon. Tsunoda, Ocon and Gasly were able to return to the pits while Zhou, Albon and Russell were eliminated immediately. Shortly after the collisions, the race was red flagged as the leaders headed for the Wellington Straight, disrupting the race. Aside from the collisions, protesters also broke onto the track further around the lap.

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Mick Schumacher scores his first-ever F1 points for Haas at the British GP

Son of Michael Schumacher's P8 finish earned Haas four points ahead of the July 4 holiday (Author: Gardener)

HaasThe son of legendary seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher, who is struggling to keep his job at the top of motorsport, scored his first points for the only American team on the F1 grid after winning the British Grand Prix on Sunday Finished eighth at Silverstone on Sunday. Mick Schumacher's P8 result earned Haas - which is headquartered in North Carolina - four points the day before the US celebrates Independence Day on Monday. In pre-race scenes that perhaps none but his closest family dared to imagine as they neared the finish line, the Swiss-born German almost came ahead of Max Verstappen, the reigning champion and current championship leader, whose Red Bull car had mechanicals Problems that forced him to settle for seventh place. Schumacher even accused Verstappen of twice pushing him off the track in a subsequent interview and said his points tally could increase if the race stewards took a look at their duel. "For me, I think it's great to just get these questions away from the media and focus on what's really important, and that's the racing and driving," added Schumacher, who received a congratulatory gesture from Verstappen right after the Grand with the thumbs up got prize. Aston Martin driver Sebastian Vettel, the German who won four championships for Red Bull from 2010 to 2013 and was close friends with Schumacher's father, went on camera after the race and said he screamed from his car when he saw how Mick almost stormed past Verstappen. "I actually yelled in the car like, 'Go Mick - get him!'" Vettel said as 23-year-old Schumacher laughed next to him. Schumacher had not scored any points in his first 29 races in F1 before Sunday, all with Haas. Haas team boss Günther Steiner once said of Schumacher, "You just can't go on like this." The remark prompted pundits to question whether Schumacher's career was in jeopardy, particularly given that he was being beaten by teammate Kevin Magnussen, who has 16 points this season has, has been greatly exceeded. But on Sunday Schumacher finished two places ahead of Magnussen after a race in which six riders retired, most of whom were involved in a crash at the start. Schumacher started in 19th – penultimate – place. The result left Haas in eighth place in the 10-team constructors' standings and Schumacher ahead of three drivers in the individual standings, giving him at least some breathing space on Sunday. "Finally!" Schumacher said over his radio as he crossed the finish line. Schumacher was five years old when his father won his last F1 championship in 2004. Only Lewis Hamilton - who finished third for Mercedes on Sunday behind Ferrari's Carlos Sainz and Red Bull's Sergio Pérez - has won as many drivers' titles as the elder Schumacher.

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First lap crash marks Sainz's first F1 win

SILVERSTONE, England — Carlos Sainz Jr. won his first career Formula One race on Sunday with a win at the British Grand Prix — the most dramatic race of the season so far. It started with a scary crash on the first lap and ended in intense wheel-to-wheel battles for the podium places. (Author: Gardener)

SainzIt started with a scary crash on the first lap and ended in intense wheel-to-wheel battles for the podium places. Sainz was in the lead, Charles Leclerc close behind, and while Ferrari initially said they were "free to fight", the Italian team asked Sainz to let Leclerc pass in order not to lose time against Lewis Hamilton. But a safety car came out and Ferrari brought Sainz into the pits for fresher, grippier soft tyres. Leclerc stayed on older, hard tires and Sainz soon passed his team-mate to regain the lead and take his first win in his 150th F1 start. "Today the victory feels a bit relieved," said Sainz. "Honestly, I never stopped believing that dream was coming, even though this year was tough for me." He had finished second or third 11 times before winning and was frustratingly close second to Verstappen at the last race in Canada . Sergio Perez overtook Hamilton and Leclerc after the restart and finished second behind Sainz. Hamilton was briefly second after passing both Perez and Leclerc in a threesome, but he was unable to hold the position and dropped to fourth. Hamilton then stormed past Leclerc in a bitter battle for third place. He also led laps on Sunday for the first time this season. "I gave it my all," said Hamilton, who finished third in Canada two weeks ago and was hoping for a comeback from Mercedes. The team hasn't been able to challenge Red Bull and Ferrari for wins this season, but an additional upgrade from the Mercedes ahead of this weekend showed promise. Leclerc was later seen being spoken to privately by Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto. Leclerc said he was "very, very disappointed" with the result and had discussed with Binotto why the team left him on old tyres. Max Verstappen, the defending F1 champion and current championship leader, fell out of the lead with damage to his Red Bull after driving over debris. Perez said his race was a "great comeback" after falling backwards early in the race after damaging his front wing in the races against Leclerc and Verstappen. The race was almost immediately red flagged when a first turn crash resulted in Zhou and Alex Albon requiring medical attention. Zhou's car rolled over and cleared a tire barrier before hitting a fence. Pierre Gasly had slammed George Russell's Mercedes into Zhou's rear wheel and overturned the Chinese driver's Alfa Romeo. As the drivers tried to avoid this crash, Albon was thrown sideways against the pit wall. Russell, who abandoned his car to rush to Zhou's aid, was also unable to resume the race. A group of anti-oil industry protesters ran onto the track after the crash and sat down. After the race, Hamilton signaled his support for the protesters. Mercedes said Hamilton was not fully aware of the circumstances at the time and supported "their right to protest but not the method they have chosen which endangers their safety and that of others".

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Sainz wins the first F1 race of his career at the British GP

SILVERSTONE, England — Carlos Sainz Jr. won his first career Formula One race on Sunday with a win at the British Grand Prix — the most dramatic race of the season so far. It started with a scary crash on the first lap and ended in intense wheel-to-wheel battles for the podium places. (Author: Gardener)

SainzSILVERSTONE, England — Carlos Sainz Jr. won his first career Formula One race on Sunday with a win at the British Grand Prix — the most dramatic race of the season so far. Sainz was in the lead with Charles Leclerc close behind and while Ferrari initially said they were "free to fight", the Italian team then asked Sainz to let Leclerc pass in order not to lose time against Lewis Hamilton. But a safety car came out and Ferrari brought Sainz into the pits for fresher, grippier soft tyres. Leclerc stayed on older, hard tires and Sainz soon passed his team-mate to regain the lead and take his first win in his 150th F1 start. "Today the victory feels a bit relieved," said Sainz. "Honestly, I never stopped believing that dream was coming, even though this year was tough for me." He had finished second or third 11 times before winning and was frustratingly close second to Verstappen at the last race in Canada . After the restart, Sergio Pérez overtook Hamilton and Leclerc and finished second behind Sainz. Hamilton was briefly second after passing both Pérez and Leclerc in a three-way move, but he was unable to hold the position and dropped to fourth. Hamilton then stormed past Leclerc in a bitter battle for third place. He also led laps on Sunday for the first time this season. "I gave everything," said Hamilton, who finished third in Canada two weeks ago and was hoping for a comeback from Mercedes. The team hasn't been able to challenge Red Bull and Ferrari for wins this season, but an additional upgrade from the Mercedes ahead of this weekend showed promise. Leclerc was later seen being spoken to privately by Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto. Leclerc said he was "very, very disappointed" with the result and had discussed with Binotto why the team left him on old tyres. Max Verstappen, the defending F1 champion and current championship leader, fell out of the lead with damage to his Red Bull after driving over debris. Pérez said his race was a "great comeback" after falling backwards early in the race after damaging his front wing in the races against Leclerc and Verstappen. The race was almost immediately red flagged when Zhou Guanyu and Alex Albon required medical attention after a first corner crash. Zhou's car rolled upside down and cleared a tire barrier before hitting a fence. As the drivers tried to avoid this crash, Albon was thrown sideways against the pit wall. Russell, who abandoned his car to rush to Zhou's aid, was also unable to restart the race. A group of anti-oil industry protesters ran onto the track after the crash and sat down. After the race, Hamilton signaled his support for the protesters. Mercedes said Hamilton was not fully aware of the circumstances at the time and supported "their right to protest but not the method they have chosen which endangers their safety and that of others". Verstappen had overtaken Sainz on the original start but had to do it all over again when the race was restarted following the multi-car accident involving Zhou. Sainz stayed ahead on the second start but Verstappen took the lead on lap 10 when Sainz lost control and went off the track. Verstappen soon fell behind both Ferraris after reporting possible tire damage from debris. Verstappen said his car was "100% broken" with little grip, comparing it to "driving on ice", but his Red Bull team said it was safe to continue. The Dutch driver is unpopular with some British fans after a bitter rivalry with Hamilton for the title last year when the two crashed at Silverstone. Former champion Nelson Piquet used a racial slur and homophobic language to describe Hamilton, the only black F1 driver, in interviews from last year that drew wider attention this week. Verstappen is dating Piquet's daughter Kelly and has been criticized by fans for saying Piquet is not racist despite using "very abusive" language. Verstappen retains the championship lead but his lead over second-placed Pérez was reduced from 46 to 34 points as Sainz ended a run of six straight Red Bull wins. Leclerc is nine points behind Pérez in third. Two-time champion Fernando Alonso - with 32 race wins the only other Spanish driver besides Sainz to have won in F1 - finished fifth for Alpine in his best result of the season on Sunday. Mick Schumacher, son of seven-time champion Michael Schumacher, scored his first career points finishing eighth for Haas, while Sebastian Vettel finished ninth for Aston Martin. American Team Haas had their first double scoring since 2019 when Kevin Magnussen finished in 10th place.

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Sainz wins 1st career F1 race with British GP victory

SILVERSTONE, England (AP) - Carlos Sainz Jr. won his first Formula One race of his career on Sunday with a victory in the British Grand Prix - the most dramatic race of the season so far. It started with a scary crash on the first lap and ended in intense wheel-to-wheel battles for the podium places. (Author: Gardener)

SainzSILVERSTONE, England (AP) - Carlos Sainz Jr. won his first Formula One race of his career on Sunday with a victory in the British Grand Prix - the most dramatic race of the season so far. Sainz was in the lead with Charles Leclerc close behind and while Ferrari initially said they were "free to fight", the Italian team then asked Sainz to let Leclerc pass in order not to lose time against Lewis Hamilton. But a safety car came out and Ferrari brought Sainz into the pits for fresher, grippier soft tyres. Leclerc stayed on older, hard tires and Sainz soon passed his team-mate to regain the lead and take his first win in his 150th F1 start. "Today the victory feels a bit relieved," said Sainz. "Honestly, I never stopped believing that dream was coming, even though this year was tough for me." He had finished second or third 11 times before winning and was frustratingly close second to Verstappen at the last race in Canada . After the restart, Sergio Pérez overtook Hamilton and Leclerc and finished second behind Sainz. Hamilton was briefly second after passing both Pérez and Leclerc in a three-way move, but he was unable to hold the position and dropped to fourth. Hamilton then stormed past Leclerc in a bitter battle for third place. He also led laps on Sunday for the first time this season. "I gave everything," said Hamilton, who finished third in Canada two weeks ago and was hoping for a comeback from Mercedes. The team hasn't been able to challenge Red Bull and Ferrari for wins this season, but an additional upgrade from the Mercedes ahead of this weekend showed promise. Leclerc was later seen being spoken to privately by Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto. Leclerc said he was "very, very disappointed" with the result and had discussed with Binotto why the team left him on old tyres. Max Verstappen, the defending F1 champion and current championship leader, fell out of the lead with damage to his Red Bull after driving over debris. Pérez said his race was a "great comeback" after falling backwards early in the race after damaging his front wing in the races against Leclerc and Verstappen. The race was almost immediately red flagged when Zhou Guanyu and Alex Albon required medical attention after a first corner crash. Zhou's car rolled upside down and cleared a tire barrier before hitting a fence. As the drivers tried to avoid this crash, Albon was thrown sideways against the pit wall. Russell, who abandoned his car to rush to Zhou's aid, was also unable to restart the race. A group of anti-oil industry protesters ran onto the track after the crash and sat down. After the race, Hamilton signaled his support for the protesters. Mercedes said Hamilton was not fully aware of the circumstances at the time and supported "their right to protest but not the method they have chosen which endangers their safety and that of others". Verstappen had overtaken Sainz on the original start but had to do it all over again when the race was restarted following the multi-car accident involving Zhou. Sainz stayed ahead on the second start but Verstappen took the lead on lap 10 when Sainz lost control and went off the track. Verstappen soon fell behind both Ferraris after reporting possible tire damage from debris. Verstappen said his car was "100% broken" with little grip, comparing it to "driving on ice", but his Red Bull team said it was safe to continue. The Dutch driver is unpopular with some British fans after a bitter rivalry with Hamilton for the title last year when the two crashed at Silverstone. Former champion Nelson Piquet used racist slurs and homophobic language to describe Hamilton, the only black F1 driver, in interviews from last year that got more attention this week. Verstappen is dating Piquet's daughter Kelly and has been criticized by fans for saying Piquet is not racist despite using "very abusive" language. Verstappen retains the championship lead but his lead over second-placed Pérez was reduced from 46 to 34 points as Sainz ended a run of six straight Red Bull wins. Leclerc is nine points behind Pérez in third. Two-time champion Fernando Alonso - with 32 race wins the only other Spanish driver besides Sainz to have won in F1 - finished fifth for Alpine in his best result of the season on Sunday. Mick Schumacher, son of seven-time champion Michael Schumacher, scored his first career points finishing eighth for Haas, while Sebastian Vettel finished ninth for Aston Martin. American Team Haas had their first double scoring since 2019 when Kevin Magnussen finished in 10th place.

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Sainz wins 1st career F1 race with British GP victory

SILVERSTONE, England (AP) - Carlos Sainz Jr. won his first Formula One race of his career on Sunday with a victory in the British Grand Prix - the most dramatic race of the season so far. Sainz was in the lead, Charles Leclerc close behind, and while Ferrari initially said they were "free to fight", the Italian team then asked Sainz to... (Author: Gardener)

SainzSILVERSTONE, England (AP) - Carlos Sainz Jr. won his first Formula One race of his career on Sunday with a victory in the British Grand Prix - the most dramatic race of the season so far. Sainz was in the lead with Charles Leclerc close behind and while Ferrari initially said they were "free to fight", the Italian team then asked Sainz to let Leclerc pass in order not to lose time against Lewis Hamilton. But a safety car came out and Ferrari brought Sainz into the pits for fresher, grippier soft tyres. Leclerc stayed on older, hard tires and Sainz soon passed his team-mate to regain the lead and take his first win in his 150th F1 start. Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz of Spain celebrates after winning the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone circuit in Silverstone, England, Sunday July 3, 2022. Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz of Spain celebrates after winning the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit in Silverstone, England, Sunday July 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) "Today, winning feels a bit relieved," said Sainz . "Honestly, I never stopped believing that dream was coming, even though this year has been tough for me." He had finished second or third 11 times before winning and was frustratingly just behind Verstappen in the final race in Canada second Sergio Pérez passed Hamilton and Leclerc after the restart to finish second behind Sainz. Hamilton was briefly second after passing both Pérez and Leclerc in a three-way, but he couldn't hold the position and fell back to fourth. Hamilton then stormed past Leclerc in a tough battle for third. He was also leading on Sunday for the first time this season. “I gave it my all,” said Hamilton, who finished third in Canada two weeks ago and was hoping for a comeback from Mercedes. The team hasn't been able to challenge Red Bull and Ferrari for wins this season, but an additional upgrade from the Mercedes ahead of this weekend showed promise. Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc of Monaco steers his car during the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone circuit in Silverstone, England, Sunday July 3, 2022. Leclerc was later spoken to privately by Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto. Leclerc said he was "very, very disappointed" with the result and had discussed with Binotto why the team left him on old tyres. Max Verstappen, the defending F1 champion and current championship leader, fell out of the lead with damage to his Red Bull after driving over debris. Track workers remove the car of Alfa Romeo driver Guanyu Zhou of China after a crash at the start of the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone circuit in Silverstone, England, Sunday July 3, 2022. Pérez said his race was up a "great comeback" after falling backwards early in the race after damaging his front wing in the race against Leclerc and Verstappen. The race was almost immediately red flagged when a first turn crash resulted in Zhou and Alex Albon requiring medical attention. Pierre Gasly had bumped George Russell's Mercedes into Zhou's rear wheel and overturned the Chinese driver's Alfa Romeo. As the drivers tried to avoid this crash, Albon was thrown sideways against the pit wall. Russell, who abandoned his car to rush to Zhou's aid, was also unable to restart the race. A group of anti-oil industry protesters ran onto the track after the crash and sat down. After the race, Hamilton signaled his support for the protesters. Mercedes said Hamilton was not fully aware of the circumstances at the time and supported "their right to protest but not the method they have chosen which endangers their safety and that of others". Alfa Romeo driver Guanyu Zhou of China crashes during the start of the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone circuit in Silverstone, England, Sunday July 3, 2022. Alfa Romeo driver Guanyu Zhou of China crashes during the start of the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone Circuit in Silverstone, England, Sunday July 3, 2022. Verstappen had overtaken Sainz at the original start but had to do it all over again when the race ended after the multi-car accident involving Zhou was, was restarted. Sainz stayed ahead on the second start but Verstappen took the lead on lap 10 when Sainz lost control and went off the track. Verstappen soon fell behind both Ferraris after reporting possible tire damage from debris. Verstappen said his car was "100% broken" with little grip, comparing it to "driving on ice", but his Red Bull team said it was safe to continue. The Dutch driver is unpopular with some British fans after a bitter rivalry with Hamilton for the title last year when the two crashed at Silverstone. Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands steers his car followed by Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc of Monaco during the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone circuit in Silverstone, England, Sunday July 3, 2022. The former Champion Nelson Piquet used racial slurs and homophobic language to describe Hamilton, the only black F1 driver, in interviews from last year that got more attention this week. Verstappen is dating Piquet's daughter Kelly and has been criticized by fans for saying Piquet is not racist despite using "very abusive" language. Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz of Spain, foreground, and Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc of Monaco steer their cars during the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone circuit in Silverstone, England, Sunday July 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein) (AP Photo/Frank Augstein) Verstappen retains the championship lead but his lead over second-placed Pérez was reduced from 46 to 34 points as Sainz ended a run of six straight Red Bull victories. Leclerc is nine points behind Pérez in third. Two-time champion Fernando Alonso - with 32 race wins the only other Spanish driver besides Sainz to have won in F1 - finished fifth for Alpine in his best result of the season on Sunday. Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz of Spain receives a pit service during the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone circuit in Silverstone, England, Sunday July 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, Pool) America's Team Haas had his first double points finish since 2019 when Kevin Magnussen finished in 10th place.

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Brittney Griner stands by the faith as the Russian court sets the date for the next hearing in the drug smuggling trial

The latest hearing yielded no real information on the strategy of the WNBA star's legal team, but a US diplomat says she's doing it "as well as you can expect." (Author: Gardener)

Brittney GrinerThe trial of US basketball star Brittney Griner began on Friday in a Moscow courtroom. The 31-year-old WNBA star faces up to 10 years in prison for drug smuggling. Griner arrived at the Khimki City Court in a Moscow suburb in handcuffs and wearing a Jimi Hendrix T-shirt, accompanied by her legal team. Griner, who plays for a Russian basketball team outside of the WNBA season, was arrested at Moscow International Airport in February, just days before Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine and derailed relations with the United States. After a sniffer dog found vape cartridges in her luggage at the airport, authorities later said they contained "a significant amount" of cannabis-derived oil. Griner has not made any public statements since her arrest, and her position on whether to accept or deny the allegation remains unclear. Chargé d'affaires Elizabeth Rood attended Friday's court session and afterwards told reporters that Griner would "keep the faith." Rood said she spoke to Griner and that the basketball player is "doing as well as can be expected." "The Russian Federation wrongly arrested Brittney Griner," Rood said. The S. government is working at "the highest level" to "bring Brittney and all wrongfully detained US citizens home safely." Most media outlets were barred from entering the courtroom on Friday, which the court said was at Griner's request, according to media outlet Mediazona, which reports on justice in Russia. Russia expert Jeff Hawn told CBS News this week that Russia is effectively holding Griner "hostage." "It's very clear that they didn't have to establish the severity of the charges," he told CBS News senior foreign correspondent Charlie D'Agata. With relations between Moscow and Washington at an all-time low since the days of the Cold War, Griner's family and teammates had kept a low profile to avoid drawing public attention to their case, potentially turning them into an even more valuable asset for Russian propaganda close. The S. State Department wrongly declared her incarcerated and shifted oversight of her case to the President's Special Envoy for Hostage Affairs. The Kremlin on Friday dismissed the notion that Griner's case was politically motivated. "It cannot be politically motivated," said presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov in a briefing. "She was in possession of illegal drugs containing narcotics." Griner's wife, Cherelle, said on his radio show this week, the Reverend Al Sharpton, that she hasn't heard her partner's voice since her incarceration, but said Griner sent letters to her telling her she was "struggling and frightened." "I won't let them break me," Griner said in the letters, according to Cherelle. "I hope it's quick," said Cherelle, "because I'm not feeling well." S. Marine Trevor Reed was released in April in exchange for Konstantin Yaroshenko, a Russian pilot serving a 20-year sentence for drug trafficking. Russian media speculated Moscow may be trying to trade Griner for notorious Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout. The so-called "Merchant of Death" is currently serving a 25-year sentence with the US Navy in Russia: Paul Whelan is serving a 16-year sentence on espionage charges. The US government said it would be used as leverage in possible talks between Moscow and Washington.

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After four months in prison, Brittney Griner is scheduled to begin the Russian trial in July

Mercury's Brittney Griner has been in Russian custody since February after being arrested and accused of cannabis possession. (Author: Gardener)

Brittney GrinerAccording to The Associated Press, Brittney Griner, the WNBA star and center for Phoenix Mercury, will begin a trial Friday four months after her incarceration and incarceration in Russia. She remains in custody for the duration of her criminal proceedings. Griner has been in Russian custody since February after being arrested at a Moscow airport on suspicion of cannabis possession. Nearly two months after Griner's arrest, the US State Department ruled her case a wrongful detention. Many well-known names in the basketball community demanded their release from Russian custody, including LeBron James, Monty Williams and Diana Taurasi, as well as the rest of the Phoenix Mercury franchise. Here's what you need to know as you begin your process: At 31, Brittney Griner is one of the most successful women basketball players. She has won the WNBA All-Star award seven times, twice won the Olympic gold medal for Team USA, and has received many other honors on the court. In addition to playing for the Mercury, the 6ft 9in star has also played for Russian team UMMC Ekaterinburg in the off-season of the WNBA since 2015. Off the court, Griner is equally celebrated by her fans as she is the first openly gay athlete to sign an endorsement with Nike. Griner has also been involved in the Phoenix community through various philanthropic endeavors. Like other WNBA players, Griner has been to Russia to play in the Russian Women's Basketball Premier League and has played on the UMMC Ekaterinburg Russia team for the past seven years. Games Abroad: Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner among several WNBA players competing in Russia. For comparison, in Russia she earned up to $1.5 million in a single year. Her base salary at the Phoenix Mercury last season was just $215,000. After the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Americans playing in Russia tried to leave the country. Griner was arrested on February 17 when authorities reportedly found cannabis vape cartridges in her carry-on luggage while passing through an airport outside Moscow. Cannabis is considered a Schedule I substance, according to U. What you should know after Brittney Griner's arrest in Russia When the Russian Federal Customs Service announced the arrest, it mentioned that these charges could potentially result in a maximum prison sentence of 10 years. In an interview with The Arizona Republic, Penn State Dickinson law professor William Butler described Russia's narcotics law as a "zero-tolerance policy." In June, a Russian court extended Griner's pre-trial detention for the second time since she was arrested in February. Her first court appearance is scheduled for Friday. A State Department spokesman said these extensions are part of the reason the US government has ruled her arrest illegal. “This case is inherently problematic. "He said. "That's exactly why we have Brittney Griner imprisoned as unlawful. That is precisely why we are doing everything we can to seek and secure their immediate release from Russian custody." Republican reporter Lane Sainty spoke with William Pomeranz, the acting director of the Kennan Institute. Pomeranz, who works as a lawyer in the Russian justice system said he feared for Griner as her trial unfolded."I expect she'll get a trial," he said. "I expect she'll be convicted. Located in the Russian Federation the conviction rate at 99%." Uncertain future: Brittney Griner is likely to face a trial, but her fate in a Russian justice system is unknown. According to The Associated Press, less than 1% of defendants in Russian criminal cases are acquitted, and acquittals can be overturned. A phone call was scheduled between Brittney Griner and her wife, Cherelle Griner, to reach them on the couple's wedding anniversary on June 18. According to The Associated Press, the phone line was supposed to connect the two while they weren't busy at the U. That would have been the first time the two had spoken to each other since Brittney Griner's arrest. Despite this, Griner was able to receive emails and letters from WNBA players during their incarceration, according to The Associated Press. Hundreds of emails were sent from players to an account that Griner's agent set up to allow them to communicate with her. 'Unacceptable': WNBA star Brittney Griner's wife upset these planned anniversaries A call never went through The State Department has said it would require a more aggressive approach to get Griner released from Russian custody. On June 24, the House of Representatives passed a resolution urging the Russian government to release Griner. In a written statement, Stanton said, "Not a day goes by that we don't think of Brittney and work to bring her home. There is speculation as to whether Griner could be released as part of a prisoner swap deal struck between the US and Russia. Earlier this year, a similar exchange was made for Trevor Reed, who has been jailed in Russia since 2019.

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Carlos Sainz Jr takes first F1 win at British Grand Prix

Carlos Sainz Jr. won his first Formula 1 race of his career by winning the British Grand Prix on Sunday. (Author: Gardener)

Carlos Sainz JrFormula One driver Carlos Sainz Jr. celebrates on the podium after winning the British Grand Prix on Sunday. Carlos Sainz Jr won his first career Formula One race on Sunday with victory in the British Grand Prix - the most dramatic race of the season so far. Sainz was in the lead with Charles Leclerc close behind and although Ferrari initially said they were 'free to fight' the Italian team then asked Sainz to let Leclerc pass in order not to lose time against Lewis Hamilton. But a safety car came out and Ferrari brought Sainz into the pits for fresher, grippier soft tyres. Leclerc stayed on older, hard tires and Sainz soon passed his team-mate to regain the lead and take his first win in his 150th F1 start. "Today, the victory feels a bit relieved," said Sainz. "Honestly, I never stopped believing that dream was coming, even though this year was tough for me." He had finished second or third 11 times before winning and was frustratingly close behind Max Verstappen at the last race in Canada . Sergio Perez overtook Hamilton and Leclerc after the restart and finished second behind Sainz. Hamilton was briefly second after passing both Perez and Leclerc in a threesome, but he was unable to hold the position and dropped to fourth. Hamilton then stormed past Leclerc in a bitter battle for third place. He also led laps on Sunday for the first time this season. "I gave everything," said Hamilton, who finished third in Canada two weeks ago and was hoping for a comeback from Mercedes. The team hasn't been able to challenge Red Bull and Ferrari for wins this season, but an upgrade to the Mercedes ahead of this weekend showed promise. Leclerc was later seen being spoken to privately by Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto. Leclerc said he was "very, very disappointed" with the result and had discussed with Binotto why the team left him on old tyres. Verstappen, the defending F1 champion and current championship leader, fell out of the lead with damage to his Red Bull after driving over debris. Perez said his race was a "great comeback" after falling backwards early in the race after damaging his front wing while racing against Leclerc and Verstappen. The race was almost immediately red flagged when Zhou Guanyu and Alex Albon required medical attention after a first corner crash. Zhou's car rolled upside down and cleared a tire barrier before hitting a fence. Pierre Gasly had bumped George Russell's Mercedes into Zhou's rear wheel and overturned the Chinese driver's Alfa Romeo. As the drivers tried to avoid this crash, Albon was thrown sideways against the pit wall. Russell, who abandoned his car to rush to Zhou's aid, was also unable to restart the race.

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