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WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner sits in a cage at a courtroom prior to a hearing, in Khimki just outside Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool)

WNBA star Brittney Griner says poor translation clouded arrest in Russia

- Associated Press

American basketball star Brittney Griner testified Wednesday at her drug trial in Russia that a language interpreter translated only a fraction of what was said during her questioning and officials instructed her to sign documents without providing an explanation.

WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner stands behind bars in a courtroom prior to a hearing in the Khimki district court, just outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, July 15, 2022. Griner returns Tuesday, July 26, 2022, to a Russian courtroom for her drawn-out trial on drug charges that could bring her 10 years in prison if convicted. (AP Photo/Dmitry Serebryakov, File)

Russian expert at Griner’s trial discusses medical cannabis

- Associated Press

The drug trial of American basketball star Brittney Griner in a Russian court focused Tuesday on testimony that cannabis, while illegal in Russia, is regarded in other countries as having legitimate medicinal use.

A visitor walks down an alley past a mural depicting WNBA star Brittney Griner, top left, and other American hostages and wrongful detainees who are being held abroad, Wednesday, July 20, 2022, in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Moscow says U.S. must respect Russian law in Griner case

- Associated Press

The spokesperson for Russia’s Foreign Ministry lashed out Thursday at the United States characterizing basketball star Brittney Griner’s jailing on drug charges as “wrongful detention,” saying it shows disrespect for Russian law.

Washington Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne drives against Los Angeles Sparks forward Chiney Ogwumike during the second half of a WNBA basketball game Tuesday, July 12, 2022, in Los Angeles. (Keith Birmingham/The Orange County Register via AP) **FILE**

Mystics hand Liberty a fifth straight loss

Associated Press

Elena Delle Donne scored 25 points, Ariel Atkins added 16 points and the Washington Mystics beat New York 78-69 on Thursday to extend the Liberty’s losing streak to five games.

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