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Baylor's Brittney Griner has extended Russian detention

Brittney Griner's sentence in a Moscow jail was extended after a hearing on Monday. (Author: Gardener)

BaylorBrittney Griner, former Baylor Bears women's basketball superstar, appeared Monday in a Russian court for preliminary hearings, which ruled that her trial would begin on July 1. That wasn't the only news that day for Griner, who has now been ordered by the court to remain in Russian custody for the next six months. Prior to the hearing, Griner's pre-trial detention was scheduled to expire on July 2. Following the verdicts at the hearing, Griner's agent, Lindsay Kagawa Colas, released a statement on Twitter. "Today's hearing was administrative in nature, not substantive," Colas said. “However, the fact remains that the US government has determined that Brittney Griner is being wrongly imprisoned and being used as a political pawn. Griner was arrested by the Russian government on February 17 after alleged possession of cannabis oil vape cartridges at Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport. Griner has now been in custody for over 100 days. Want the latest breaking news and insider news for the Baylor Bears?

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Brittney Griner's sentence extended; NFL Recommends Deshaun Watson Suspension; Kyrie Irving agrees

Brittney Griner's Russian prison term extended by six months, NFL recommends Deshaun Watson's suspension, Kyrie Irving has opted for the Nets and more in the Roundup. (Author: Gardener)

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Mercury trainer Vanessa Nygaard and Aces star A'ja Wilson are calling for Brittney Griner to return

Mercury trainer Vanessa Nygaard and Aces star A'ja Wilson are calling for Brittney Griner to return (Author: Gardener)

Brittney GrinerLas Vegas Aces forward A'ja Wilson hated what she saw when the first pictures of her Olympic teammate and Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner were released by the Associated Press on Monday. They showed Griner, who has been jailed in Russia since her arrest at a Moscow airport in February on alleged cannabis possession, walking with her arms tied, a water bottle between her hands, glasses on her head and a blank look on her face she is flanked by Russian officials either before or after her pre-trial hearing. I get emotional just talking about it, BG is our sister. She is our sister and I pray - ALL. DAY — that the people who are in the high positions are doing anything to bring them home because it's unacceptable," Wilson said. It's the mental, it's the emotional, and anyone who knows BG knows that her spirit is probably the best thing about her... Yes, she can put the ball in the basket, but her spirit - I hate it, to see that taken from her. I pray. I pray. I pray so much for BG but this was just so hard to watch today. WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner is escorted to a hearing in Khimki, just outside Moscow, Russia, on Monday, June 27, 2022. The results of the hearing were not promising: a hearing date for Friday, July 1 , and at least six more months in prison in Russia. Griner, 31, faces 10 years in prison if convicted of large-scale drug trafficking Airport officials claim they found vape cartridges containing hash oil in Griner's luggage when they arrived on February 17 was arrested and imprisoned for the first time. Phoenix Mercury head coach Vanessa Nygaard also took time out to talk about Griner Monday night to keep Griner's story at the top of the news cycle. Nygaard praised members of the WNBA and the NBA however, for continuing to speak out about Griner's story, President Joe Biden specifically urged them to do more to bring Griner back to the United States. "I just want to make sure everyone puts BG at the top of their stories, as that continues to be the main story that we want to discuss when we talk about the Phoenix Mercury and the WNBA," Nygaard said. "It's been great to see more organizations and groups wanting to stand up and help and get louder, but we need President Biden to stand up now and help bring BG home. So anything anyone can do we would love to have and keep supporting her and her family and also her shoe drive - BG's heart and soul. If there's nothing you can do, donate to their shoe drive and really keep their spirit going. Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart, who also played with Griner in the Olympics, has also tweeted President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris every day since Griner's incarceration: Griner had limited communication with friends and family during her incarceration. S. Embassy was unable to connect Griner to her wife, Cherelle, in a phone call last week. S. officially declared in May that Griner had been "wrongly detained" by the Russian government, but has not yet commented on the negotiations for her release. Russian state media have speculated that Griner could be swapped for convicted arms dealer Viktor Bout, while others believe Griner will be paired in a prisoner swap with former Marine Paul Whelan, who was sentenced to 16 years in a Russian prison in 2018 on espionage charges could . Secretary of State Antony Blinken did not comment on Griner's or Whelan's situation when asked by CNN's Jake Tapper last week. "As a general statement, Jake, I have no higher priority than making sure Americans who are illegally detained in one way or another around the world come home, and that includes Paul Whelan and that includes Brittney Griner. That includes people in a number of other countries," Blinken said. The next phase in this story will be Griner's actual trial. The government of S. recently negotiated the release of former Marine Trevor Reed from Russian custody this April. Brittney Griner has been jailed in Russia since February (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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The trial of jailed WNBA star Brittney Griner for drug smuggling is about to begin in Russia

Brittney Griner has been jailed for over four months after Russian officials said they found vape cartridges in her luggage at a Moscow airport. (Author: Gardener)

Brittney Griner* Brittney Griner has been unjustly detained in Russia for more than four months. * After several extensions of her sentence, Griner has finally been given a trial date: July 1. The trial of Brittney Griner for drug smuggling in Russia will begin July 1, the Associated Press reported Monday morning. The long-awaited trial date comes after Russian courts extended the WNBA superstar's pre-trial detention several times in the more than four months she was in their custody. Griner has been detained in Russia since February 17, when she was arrested after customs agents at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport claimed they found vape cartridges containing hash oil in her luggage. The two-time Olympic gold medalist will remain in Russian custody pending the conclusion of her trial, the AP reported. If found guilty of transporting drugs -- a likely outcome given the country's 99% conviction rate -- Griner could face up to 10 years in a Russian prison. Griner appeared in court in a Moscow suburb on Monday, where court officials again extended her detention. Aron Solomon, Esquire Digital's chief legal analyst, previously told Insider he's skeptical Russia will ever grant Griner a hearing, adding that he assumes she's "either secretly found guilty and sent to prison." or would be jailed swapping." The Biden administration worked quietly for the first few days after her arrest to negotiate her release and safe return to the U.S., which WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert told Insider is part of an internal strategy, "less to say and push more privately." But in early May, the US changed its approach by officially labeling Griner "wrongfully detained" -- a move that sends a "strong signal that the US government does not believe there is a legitimate case against her," an expert who has navigated multiple hostage situations previously told Insider. Griner's wife, Cherelle, has in recent W och made several television appearances to draw attention to the case. Ultimately, President Joe Biden and his administration are viewed as the only entity capable of earning Griner's freedom. Cherelle Griner publicly bemoaned the fact that she didn't speak to Biden about her wife's case, adding that she was desperate to do so to "bring my person back." After a recent extension of her detention, Griner's agent - Lindsay Kagawa Colas - urged Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to "act with urgency and do whatever is necessary" to free the American Olympian from Russian captivity. Solomon previously told Insider that the key to Griner's release likely lies in the US and Russia participating in a "political exchange of inmates" similar to the one that freed fellow American inmate Trevor Reed in April. Griner was first arrested while traveling to Russia to compete for European powerhouse club UMMC Ekaterinburg, as she has done every winter since 2014. While she earns a maximum annual base salary of $227,900 from the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury, Griner made a whopping $1 million per season with UMMC Ekaterinburg, sources familiar with the deal confirmed to Insider.

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WNBA star Brittney Griner appears before a Russian court with a July 1 criminal trial

On Friday, the US House of Representatives passed a bipartisan resolution calling for Griner's release. (Author: Gardener)

Brittney GrinerMore than four months after her arrest at a Moscow airport for cannabis possession, a Russian court has set the criminal case against US basketball star Brittney Griner to begin on July 1, the length of her criminal case. If convicted of large-scale drug trafficking, she faces ten years in prison. Less than 1% of defendants in Russian criminal cases are acquitted, and unlike in the United States. On Monday, a court in the Moscow suburb of Khimki extended Griner's detention by a further six months after she appeared behind closed doors for a preliminary hearing. Griner had previously been held in custody until July 2. Griner's imprisonment and trial mark an extraordinary low in Moscow-Washington relations. She was arrested at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport less than a week before Russia sent troops to Ukraine, adding to already high tensions with sweeping sanctions by the United States and Russia's denunciation of U.S. a tacit solution until May, when the State Department arrested her reclassified as wrongly imprisoned and transferred oversight of her case to the President's special envoy for hostage affairs -- effectively the U. This move has drawn additional attention to Griner's case, with supporters of a prisoner swap like the one in April involving Marine veteran Trevor Reed in the brought home in exchange for a Russian pilot convicted of conspiracy to traffic in drugs. Russian news media have repeatedly raised speculation that she could be swapped for Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, nicknamed "The Merchant of Death", who is serving a 25-year sentence for conspiring to murder U. Russia has campaigned for Bout's release for years. But the discrepancy between Griner's case — she was allegedly found possessing vape cartridges containing cannabis oil — and Bout's global deadly weapons trade could make such a swap uncomfortable for the US. Others have suggested she could be traded alongside Paul Whelan, a former Navy and Security director who is serving a 16-year sentence on a spying conviction that the United States has repeatedly called staging. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who asked on CNN on Sunday whether a joint trade between Griner and Whelan for Bout was being considered, dodged the question. I have no higher priority than making sure Americans who are illegally detained in one way or another around the world come home," he said. Any exchange would apparently require Griner to be convicted and sentenced first, and then seek a presidential pardon, Maria Yarmush, a lawyer specializing in international civil affairs, told Kremlin-funded TV channel RT. S. House endorsed a bipartisan resolution calling for Griner's release, "Griner, 31, and asks US officials to "bring up the case for Griner's release" when communicating with Russia." Mercury welcomed the resolution and tweeted Saturday that "Stanton and many others continue to work with the White House, State Department and Brittney's family to ensure her safe return home."

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Russian court sets Friday as the start of Griner's trial

A Russian court has set Friday as the start of the trial against American basketball star Brittney Griner for alleged cannabis possession. (Author: Gardener)

FridayQuinn provides an update on Brittney Griner's status and what's expected of her upcoming trial. Quinn provides an update on Brittney Griner's status and what's expected of her upcoming trial. MOSCOW – More than four months after Brittney Griner was arrested at a Moscow airport on alleged cannabis possession, a Russian court has set the start of the trial against U. The Phoenix Mercury star has also been ordered to remain in custody for the duration of her criminal case. If convicted of large-scale drug trafficking, she faces ten years in prison. Less than 1% of defendants in Russian criminal cases are acquitted, and unlike in the United States. On Monday, a court in the Moscow suburb of Khimki extended Griner's detention for a further six months, to December 20, after she appeared for a preliminary hearing held behind closed doors. Griner had previously been ordered to remain in custody until Saturday. "It was nice to see her in some of these pictures, but it's hard. "It's tough for our team. It's good to see her. Several officials and experts familiar with Griner's case told ESPN's T.J. Quinn that a trial -- and a conviction -- are always likely developments, as they were for Americans Trevor Reed and Paul Whelan. Whether Russian prosecutors offer convincing, flimsy, or fabricated evidence against Griner, the sources say that doesn't change the basic dynamic: Russia has indicated it's ready to negotiate her release, and the court cases are just that a pretext to give the saga an air of legitimacy. "This may sound counterintuitive, but the process is a crucial part of the process," said Dr. Danielle Gilbert, assistant professor of military and strategic studies at the United States Air Force Academy, told ESPN. “Russians must continue to pretend this is a legitimate arrest. There is no reason to believe that the charges are legitimate or that their trial will be fair. But if and when she is convicted, the Russians will have made their credible alternative a deal to bring her home.” Hostage diplomacy cases are based on the semblance of justice. With Brittney Griner—and Paul Whelan and Trevor Reed before her—Russians are using our own respect for the rule of law against us.” Griner's imprisonment and trial come at an extraordinary low in Moscow-Washington relations. She was arrested less than a week before Russia sent troops to Ukraine, at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport. The invasion heightened already high tensions with the United States, which imposed sweeping sanctions, while Russia denounced a tacit solution until May, when the State Department reclassified them as wrongly imprisoned and handed oversight of their case to the special envoy of the U.S Presidential Hostage Affairs — effectively the U. The move has drawn additional attention to Griner's case, encouraged by supporters of a prisoner swap like the one in April that saw Navy veteran Reed brought home in exchange for a Russian pilot convicted of drug trafficking conspiracy A news outlet has repeatedly speculated that she could be swapped out for Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, nicknamed the "Dealer of Death," who is serving a 25-year sentence for conspiring to assassinate U. Russia has been demanding Bout's release for years. But the discrepancy between Griner's case — she was allegedly found possessing vape cartridges containing cannabis oil — and Bout's global deadly weapons trade could make such a swap uncomfortable for the United States. Others have suggested she could be traded alongside Whelan, a former Navy and Security director who is serving a 16-year sentence on a spying conviction that the United States has repeatedly called fraud. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who asked on CNN on Sunday whether a joint trade between Griner and Whelan for Bout was being considered, dodged the question. I have no higher priority than making sure Americans who are being held illegally in one way or another around the world come home," he said.

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WNBA star Brittney Griner ordered for Friday's trial in Russia

WNBA star Brittney Griner appeared before a court near Moscow ordering the start of her cannabis possession trial on Friday, some 4 1/2 months after she was arrested at an airport while returning to play for a Russian team to play (Author: Gardener)

Brittney GrinerWNBA star Brittney Griner appeared before a court near Moscow ordering the start of her cannabis possession trial on Friday, some 4 1/2 months after she was arrested at an airport while returning to play for a Russian team to play. WNBA star Brittney Griner appeared in a court near Moscow ordering the start of her cannabis possession trial Friday, some 4 1/2 months after she was arrested at an airport while returning to play for a Russian team To be tried Monday in a court near Moscow for cannabis possession, some 4 1/2 months after her arrest at an airport when she was returning to play for a Russian team. S.'s Olympic champion was also ordered to remain in custody for the duration of her criminal proceedings, which were due to begin on Friday. If convicted of large-scale drug trafficking, Griner faces ten years in prison. Less than 1% of defendants in Russian criminal cases are acquitted, and unlike in the US, acquittals can be overturned. At the preliminary closed-door hearing on Monday at the court in the Moscow suburb of Khimki, Griner's detention was extended by a further six months to December 20. Photos from The Associated Press showed the 31-year-old handcuffed and looking straight ahead, in contrast to a previous court appearance in which she had her head bowed and hooded. Her detention and trial reach an extraordinary low in Moscow-Washington relations. Griner was arrested at Sheremetyevo International Airport less than a week before Russia sent troops to Ukraine, adding to already high tensions with sweeping sanctions by the United States and Russia's denunciation of U.S. a tacit solution until May, when the State Department released them reclassified as wrongly imprisoned and assigned oversight of her case to the President's special envoy for hostage affairs - effectively U. Griner's wife, Cherelle, urged President Joe Biden in May to secure her release, calling her "a political pawn" . "It was nice to see her in some of these pictures, but it's hard. Every time she reminds us that her teammate, her boyfriend, is unjustly imprisoned in another country," said Phoenix Mercury coach Vanessa Nygaard. later on Monday team. Can you see how she is? I don't know if she's okay. Hopefully some things will change as this process happens quickly and that President Biden will take the steps to ensure she gets home. Griner's supporters have sponsored a prisoner swap like the one in April, which saw Navy veteran Trevor Reed brought home in exchange for a Russian pilot convicted of conspiracy to drug trafficking. Russian news media have repeatedly raised speculation that they are against the Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout could be exchanged. nicknamed "The Merchant of Death," who is serving a 25-year sentence for conspiring to murder U. Russia has campaigned for Bout's release for years. But the discrepancy between Griner's case - she was allegedly in possession of vape - Cartridges found cannabis oil - and Bout's global trade in deadly weapons could make such a swap uncomfortable for the U.S. Others have suggested she was trading with Paul Whelan, a former Navy and Security director who is serving a 16-year sentence for espionage That the United States has repeatedly referred to as a set-up, Secretary of State Antony Blinken asked Sunday on CNN if a joint swap was possible Griner and Whelan were being considered for Bout, dodging the question I have no higher priority, than making sure Americans who are illegally detained in one way or another around the world can go home come,” he said.

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Brittney Griner's trial date in a Russian court is set for Friday

The court in the Moscow suburb of Khimki extended Griner's detention for another six months after she appeared for a preliminary hearing behind closed doors. (Author: Gardener)

Brittney Griner'sThe court in the Moscow suburb of Khimki extended Griner's detention for another six months after she appeared for a preliminary hearing behind closed doors. WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner is escorted to a courtroom hearing in Khimki, just outside Moscow, Russia, on Monday. MOSCOW — Tied up and suspicious-looking WNBA star Brittney Griner was tried on Friday by a court near Moscow for cannabis possession, some 4 1/2 months after she was arrested at an airport while returning to test for a Russian to play teams. The Phoenix Mercury Center and two-time US Olympic gold medalist was also ordered to remain in custody while their criminal case lasted. If convicted of large-scale drug trafficking, Griner faces ten years in prison. Less than 1% of defendants in Russian criminal cases are acquitted, and unlike in the US, acquittals can be overturned. At Monday's closed preliminary hearing at the court in the Moscow suburb of Khimki, Griner's detention was extended by a further six months. Photos from The Associated Press showed the 31-year-old handcuffed and looking straight ahead, in contrast to a previous court appearance where she had her head bowed and hooded. Washington Relations. She was arrested at Sheremetyevo International Airport less than a week before Russia sent troops to Ukraine, adding to already high tensions with sweeping sanctions from the United States and Russia's denunciation of US arms sales to Ukraine in hopes of a hush Resolution until May, when the State Department deemed her unlawfully detained and assigned oversight of her case to the President's special envoy for hostage affairs - effectively the US government's chief negotiator. Griner's wife Cherelle challenged President Joe Biden in May to secure her release, calling her "a political pawn." Her supporters have sponsored a prisoner swap like the one in April, which brought home Navy veteran Trevor Reed in exchange for a Russian pilot convicted of drug trafficking conspiracy. Russian news media have repeatedly raised speculation that they are against Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, nicknamed "The Merchant of Death", who is serving a 25-year sentence for conspiring to kill US citizens and providing aid to a terrorist organization. Russia has campaigned for Bout's release for years. But the discrepancy between Griner's case — she was allegedly found possessing vape cartridges containing cannabis oil — and Bout's global trade in lethal weapons could make such a swap unpalatable to the US. Others have suggested she could be traded alongside Paul Whelan. a former Navy and Security director serving a 16-year sentence on an espionage conviction that the United States has repeatedly called staging. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who asked on CNN on Sunday whether a joint trade of Griner and Whelan for Bout would be considered, went around the question to people who are illegally detained in one way or another around the world come home," he said. Chicago Pride Parade 2022: The parade is back on Sunday — what you need to know Lucas Giolito hits six strong innings but Angels give White Sox fifth loss in six games Lucas Giolito threw six innings of two-run ball against the Angels on Monday night . The heated Lightfoot tells the Pride in the Park crowd, 'F— Clarence Thomas' for a statement asking the Supreme Court to overturn gay marriage in Park. Six mayoral challengers said they were outraged by the comment. Midtown Center's summer program for Chicago youth opens at new Wicker Park location.

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John Cena fights back tears during WWE Raw's emotional 20th Anniversary return

WWE Legend John Cena fought back tears as he celebrated 20 years since his debut for the wrestling giant. (Author: Gardener)

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The theory confronts John Cena as the legend celebrates a milestone

An eventful and entertaining evening! (Author: Gardener)

John CenaTheory made his feelings clear to John Cena (Image: WWE) WWE star Theory blasted returning legend John Cena on Raw as the pair met backstage on a night that paid tribute to one of the greats. The 16-time world champion-turned-Hollywood star was back on Monday night to celebrate 20 years since his WWE debut, and he caught up with Seth "Freakin" Rollins, Ezekiel and more backstage throughout the night. At one point he faced Theory after he and the US Champion made it clear that they would like to compete in the ring one day. The theory ripped Cena down, pointing to his own accomplishments — including becoming the youngest US champion in history at just 24 — and blasted Cena for wearing jorts at 45. He attempted to take a trademark selfie just for the future Hall of Famer to leave, although fans would still see him stepping out to speak to the crowd about his career and future. In addition to crediting the WWE Universe for helping him in his life and career, he responded to calls for "one more match" and insisted that his return to the ring would not be a one-time event . Raw Women's Champion Bianca Belair met her next challenger, Carmella, in the ring as they exchanged a few words, and WWE's EST avoided a cheap shot to take down her rival and stand tall. After a backstage chat, friends Liv Morgan and Alexa Bliss caught up in a preview of Money In The Bank, with Liv winning the decent sprint to build some momentum ahead of this Sunday. The All Mighty clinched the win only to be attacked after the bell by the duo and US Champ Theory - whom he faces at Money In The Bank. SCH. and Shayna Baszler to earn their way into the Money In The Bank Ladder Match. Elsewhere in the show, Cody Rhodes appeared backstage in a sling, reflecting on his injury, Money In The Bank and his desire to return. Are you a soap opera fan?

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