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Basketball star Brittney Griner of the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury illegally brought drugs into Russia, the judge at her trial ruled Thursday at the conclusion of her case. (Photo by YFMK, cc-by-sa-4.0,

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U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner was convicted Thursday in Russia of drug possession and smuggling and was sentenced to nine years behind bars in a politically charged case that could lead to a high-stakes prisoner exchange between Washington and Moscow.

By JIM HEINTZ, Associated Press August 4, 2022

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