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Jailing of Brittney Griner won’t shake allure of high pay in autocratic states, sports observers say

Basketball star Brittney Griner’s politically charged entanglement in Russia may give other athletes pause when pursuing contracts in authoritarian states, though sports observers say economic need is what drives them to seek opportunities abroad in the first place. And unless that changes, players being offered a better opportunity somewhere else may be …

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Russian prosecutors seek 9 1/2-year sentence for basketball star Brittney Griner

An emotional Brittney Griner apologized for her actions as her drug possession trial drew to a close Thursday in Russia, and a prosecutor urged that the American basketball star be convicted and sentenced to 9-½ years in prison in a case that reached the highest levels of U.S.-Russia diplomacy. With a …

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