Russian court rejects Griner appeal of her 9-year sentence
MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian court has rejected an appeal by U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner of her nine-year prison sentence for drug possession, a step that could move her closer to a possible high-stakes prisoner swap between Moscow and Washington. The all-star center with the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury and two-time Olympic gold medalist was convicted Aug. 4 after police said they found vape canisters containing...
Russian court rejects Griner appeal of her 9-year sentence
MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian court has rejected an appeal by U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner of her nine-year prison sentence for drug possession, a step that could move her closer to a possible high-stakes prisoner swap between Moscow and Washington. The all-star center with the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury and two-time Olympic gold medalist was convicted Aug. 4 after police said they found vape canisters containing cannabis oil in her luggage at a Moscow airport. Reflecting pressure on the U.S. administration to do more to bring Griner home, the U.S. secretary of state revealed in July that Washington had made a proposal to get Griner home, along with Paul Whelan, an American serving a 16-year sentence in Russia for espionage.
Under Dan Snyder, Washington sank from NFL elite to also-ran
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Few NFL teams have managed to lose as much as Washington has since Daniel Snyder was part of a group that purchased the franchise for a then-record $800 million in 1999. The club has won a grand total of two playoff games in the 23 seasons completed since that transaction — and none since 2005. Only two of the NFL’s 32 clubs own a smaller collection of postseason victories in that span: Detroit and Cleveland. Washington’s winning percentage of .424 since the start of the 1999 season is better than those produced by just four clubs: Cleveland, Detroit, Jacksonville and Las Vegas.
Chiefs’ Clark suspended 2 games for 2021 weapons arrests
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark was suspended two games by the NFL on Tuesday after pleading no contest last month to two counts of misdemeanor possession of an assault weapon in Los Angeles. The league announced the suspension as the Chiefs head into their bye week. He will miss games against the Titans and Jaguars and will be allowed back with the team on Nov. 14 in time for that week’s game against the Chargers. The three-time Pro Bowl pass rusher was sentenced to one year of probation and 40 hours of community service after he was arrested in March 2021, when an officer noticed a weapon in a car Clark was riding in and recovered two loaded firearms.
Skip Schumaker hired as manager of Miami Marlins
MIAMI (AP) — Skip Schumaker has been hired as manager of the Miami Marlins. Schumaker comes to the Marlins from the St. Louis Cardinals, where he had been the bench coach. The 42-year-old Schumaker played in the majors for 11 seasons, mostly with the Cardinals, and now gets his first managerial opportunity with Miami. Former manager Don Mattingly’s contract expired at the end of the season, and he and the Marlins’ front office agreed he would not return. General manager Kim Ng says Schumaker has “distinguished accomplishments both as a player and a coach.”
Murphy leads under-manned Pelicans past Mavericks, 113-111
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Trey Murphy III scored 22 points and the short-handed New Orleans Pelicans overcame Luka Doncic’s latest prolific performance to beat the Dallas Mavericks 113-111. The Pelicans entered the game missing three starters because of injuries. Brandon Ingram was out with a concussion and Zion Williamson had a hip bruise while Herb Jones had a hyperextended knee. Available Pelicans responded with an all-hands-on-deck effort in which eight players reached double figures in scoring. CJ McCollum had 14 points and 11 assists. Devonte Graham added 14 points. Doncic scored 37 to go with 11 rebounds and seven assists, but his 3-point attempt at the final horn bounce off the front rim.
QB Jones returns, but questions grow for Pats after loss
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Mac Jones is back for the New England Patriots. But his return hasn’t altered their uncertainty at quarterback. He was pulled from the Patriots’ 33-14 loss to the Chicago Bears in favor of Bailey Zappe after just three series, and coach Bill Belichick was noncommittal on what direction he’ll go moving forward. What is certain is that New England, now 3-4 and at the bottom of the AFC East, also has problems that extend beyond that position. In addition to things to clean up defensively, the Patriots could be without center David Andrews after he left the game with a head injury.
Qatar’s emir lashes out at criticism ahead of FIFA World Cup
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Qatar’s ruling emir has lashed out at criticism of his country over its hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, describing it as an “unprecedented campaign” targeting the first Arab nation to hold the tournament. Qatar has faced scrutiny since winning hosting rights for the World Cup over a decade ago, as well as criticism for its treatment of migrant workers and the gay community, among other issues. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani gave his speech on Tuesday. Qatar has repeatedly pushed back on the complaints, insisting that it has improved protections for migrant workers and that the criticism is outdated.
Harper gets World Series moment while Trout’s wait continues
Bryce Harper and Mike Trout both came to the big leagues in the early 2010s and have grown from teenage sensations to mature superstars. Now Harper has had his big postseason moment, clubbing a two-run homer in Game 5 of the NLCS on Sunday to send the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009. Meanwhile, Trout’s wait continues. Harper’s recent success magnifies how little team success and postseason baseball Trout has seen. Trout and the Los Angeles Angels have reached the postseason just once during his 12-year career, back in 2014.
NFL’s Donald, NBA’s Brown end their deals with Ye’s agency
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald and Boston Celtics star Jaylen Brown have terminated their associations with Donda Sports, the brand management agency owned by the artist formerly known as Kanye West. Donald and Brown were the two most prominent active athletes to sign marketing deals with Donda Sports earlier this year. Both emphatically dropped the agency owned by Ye, as the music mogul is now known, amid rising international condemnation of his latest round of offensive and antisemitic remarks. German sportswear giant Adidas also ended its extraordinarily lucrative partnership with Ye.
Knights’ Kessel sets NHL ironman record, scores 400th goal
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Vegas Golden Knights forward Phil Kessel has broken the NHL record for consecutive games played. Kessel took the ice on the opening shift for Vegas at San Jose for his 990th consecutive game played. Kessel has matched defenseman Keith Yandle’s record for consecutive games played at 989 the previous at home against Toronto.