WNBA star Brittney Griner sentenced to 9 years in Russian jail for drug-smuggling

Judge Anna Sotnikova of the Khimki city court delivered the sentence and fined Griner 1 million rubles, or about $16,400. She said the court took into account Griner’s partial admission of guilt, remorse for the deed, state of health and charitable activities. Prosecutors had asked that she be sentenced to 9.5 years in jail. “I … Read more

Brittney Griner is receiving written correspondence from friends and family while she’s detained in Russia, her agent says | CNN

CNN  —  Brittney Griner has been able to receive written correspondence from friends and family during her detention in Russia, where she has been held for over 100 days, her agent tells CNN – but the WNBA star has not been able to speak with her loved ones back home in the United States. “While … Read more

Novak Djokovic criticizes Wimbledon’s ‘lose-lose’ ban on Russian and Belarusian players | CNN

CNN  —  Wimbledon’s decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players from this year’s tournament following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is “wrong,” world number one Novak Djokovic said on Monday. Wimbledon, the third of the four grand slams on the tennis calendar, is arguably the most famous tennis tournament in the world. But this year, the … Read more

Vinicius strikes as Real Madrid beat Liverpool in Champions League final – SUCH TV

Vinicius Junior scored the only goal of the game as Real Madrid beat Liverpool 1-0 in Saturday’s Champions League final in Paris to become kings of Europe for a record-extending 14th time after a night marred by problems outside the ground that led to the kick-off being delayed by over half-an-hour. Brazilian winger Vinicius turned … Read more

Luis Diaz’s family gripped by son’s football odyssey as they watch from afar in Colombia | CNN

Barrancas, Colombia CNN  —  The house of the Diaz-Brito family stands at the end of a leafy road in a large mining town in northwestern Colombia, but it might as well be a stone’s throw from Anfield Stadium for the passion it breathes when Liverpool is playing. For this town, Barrancas, is the birthplace of … Read more

Aurélien Tchouaméni is ’embracing expectations’ as he plots the next move in his career | CNN

CNN  —  Aurélien Tchouaméni has saved the phrase “aim for the highest cloud” on his phone – a sentence he lifted from a book about the legacy of New Zealand’s All Blacks. It serves as a reminder for Tchouaméni in his young footballing career to “get up every day and be better than yesterday.” And … Read more

Iga Swiatek overpowers Sabalenka to win Stuttgart title | CNN

Reuters  —  World number one Iga Swiatek captured her fourth straight title of the 2022 season by beating Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka 6-2 6-2 in the Stuttgart Open final on Sunday, extending her winning streak to 23 matches. Swiatek, a former French Open champion, had breezed through the opening rounds of the WTA 500 claycourt tournament … Read more

Russian and Belarusian players barred from competing at Wimbledon tennis tournament | CNN

CNN  —  Wimbledon organizers announced on Wednesday that Russian and Belarusian players will not be allowed to compete at this year’s grand slam following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “Given the profile of The Championships in the United Kingdom and around the world, it is our responsibility to play our part in the widespread efforts of … Read more

Eintracht Frankfurt seals Europa League final fairytale win with penalty shootout victory to break Rangers’ hearts | CNN

CNN  —  For Seville, it was the hottest day of the year. For Eintracht Frankfurt it was one of the greatest nights in the German club’s 123-year history. Amid deafening noise and sweltering 31C (88F) heat on Wednesday, Frankfurt beat Glasgow Rangers 5-4 in a dramatic penalty shootout following a 1-1 draw to clinch a … Read more

Liverpool wins FA Cup final after beating Chelsea in nerve-racking penalty shootout | CNN

Wembley Stadium, London CNN  —  There is something about this Liverpool team. For all its qualities – the intense pressing, the defensive solidity, the whirlwind attacks – perhaps its finest is a sense of drama on occasions such as these. Just as in the League Cup final earlier this year at Wembley, Jurgen Klopp’s men … Read more