Latest Brittney Griner News

Griner's absence from World Cup weighing on US teammates

Sep. 21, 2022 10:56 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Brittney Griner's absence is weighing on the minds of her USA Basketball teammates, who are trying to fill the void created by her absence as they prepare for the FIBA World Cup. The Americans are expected to win without the 6-foot-8 Griner, but replacing her spirit...

Griner's detention weighed heavily on Mercury all season

Aug. 22, 2022 17:25 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A cloud of fear and sadness hovered over the Phoenix Mercury's season as Brittney Griner, their friend and teammate, sat in a Russian prison. The Mercury pressed on, tried to focus on basketball when they could, “BG” always on their mind. The...

Gray, record-setting Aces beat Mercury 117-80, sweep series

Aug. 20, 2022 23:34 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Chelsea Gray had 27 points and eight assists and hit a career-high seven of Las Vegas' WNBA playoff-record 23 3-pointers and the Aces beat the Phoenix Mercury 117-80 on Saturday night to sweep the best-of-three series. Las Vegas, which never trailed, also set WNBA...

Mercury's Shey Peddy out for season with ruptured Achilles

Aug. 19, 2022 19:57 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Shey Peddy is out for the season with a ruptured right Achilles tendon, leaving the Phoenix Mercury even more short-handed in their WNBA playoff series against the Las Vegas Aces. Peedy went down in the third quarter of Game 1 on Wednesday night with a non-contact...

Ukrainian military says it repelled more than dozen attacks

Aug. 15, 2022 19:00 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The Ukrainian military said Monday that it had repelled more than a dozen Russian attacks in the country’s east and north, including attempts to advance on key cities in the eastern industrial heartland known as the Donbas. In its regular Facebook update, the...

WNBA's Brittney Griner appeals her Russian prison sentence

Aug. 15, 2022 09:26 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Lawyers for American basketball star Brittney Griner have filed an appeal of her nine-year Russian prison sentence for drug possession, Russian news agencies reported Monday, amid talks between the U.S. and Russia that could lead to a high-profile prisoner swap. ...

Mercury's Diggins-Smith to miss final 2 games of the season

Aug. 11, 2022 17:07 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Skylar Diggins-Smith will miss Phoenix's final two regular-season games due to personal reasons, putting the Mercury's playoff bid in jeopardy. Diggins-Smith has missed the past two games and the team announced Thursday she would not play against Dallas and Chicago...

Mercury's Taurasi out for rest of season with quad injury

Aug. 08, 2022 18:35 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi will miss the remainder of the season with a quadriceps strain. Taurasi missed the last two games with the injury and the team announced Monday that the WNBA's all-time leading scorer will not be available as the Mercury fight for...

Collier returns, Lynx beat Dream 81-71, stay in playoff hunt

Aug. 07, 2022 22:20 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Napheesa Collier made her season debut for Minnesota, Kayla McBride scored 20 points and the Lynx used a fourth-quarter run to beat the Atlanta Dream 81-71 on Sunday night to keep their playoff hopes alive. Collier, Minnesota’s leading scorer (16.2 per game)...

Kremlin says Griner swap must be discussed without publicity

Aug. 05, 2022 13:50 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin said Friday that it's open to talking about a possible prisoner exchange involving American basketball star Brittney Griner but strongly warned Washington against publicizing the issue. Griner, a two-time U.S. Olympic champion and an eight-time all-star...