Russian expert at Griner’s trial discusses medical cannabis KHIMKI, Russia (AP) – The recent Russian court hearing in the drug trial of American basketball star Brittney Griner focused on testimony about countries that use cannabis as a l
Russian expert at Griner’s trial discusses medicinal cannabis
KHIMKI, Russia (AP) — The recent Russian court hearing in the drug trial of American basketball star Brittney Griner focused on testimony about countries that view cannabis as legitimate medical uses. Griner has admitted she was carrying vape canisters of cannabis oil when she was arrested at a Moscow airport in February. But she claims she had no criminal intent and that the canisters accidentally ended up in her luggage due to hasty packing. Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medalist who plays for the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of drug trafficking. Griner’s trial began on July 1. Tuesday’s session lasted about 90 minutes before the case was adjourned to Wednesday.
Big night for Big Daddy: Red Sox honor Hall of Famer Ortiz
BOSTON (AP) — David Ortiz returned to Fenway Park for the first time as an inductee Hall of Famer. The Red Sox honored their longtime slugger ahead of the game against the Cleveland Guardians. Three giant World Series banners were unfurled on the field. Three championship trophies stood on a table behind Ortiz as he thanked the Boston fans. Hall of Fame dignitaries in attendance included Carl Yastrzemski, Pedro Martinez, Jim Rice and Vladimir Guerrero. Ortiz’s former manager Terry Francona and John Farrell were also there, along with ex-GM Theo Epstein. After the ceremony, Francona went to the visitors’ dugout to manage the wardens.
Ronaldo back at Man United, future uncertain
MANCHESTER, England (AP) – Cristiano Ronaldo’s future at Manchester United remains uncertain after the Portuguese great returned to the club’s training ground with his agent. Ronaldo has yet to start pre-season training with United and missed the team’s tour of Thailand and Australia. He was reportedly in talks with recently hired manager Erik ten Hag. There was no update from United on Ronaldo’s current status at the club after he arrived at the Carrington training base with his agent Jorge Mendes. Ronaldo, 37, is reportedly looking to play for another team after just one season at Old Trafford. United will not play in the Champions League this season.
Mets defeat Yanks 6-3 in Subway Series Leaders’ duel
NEW YORK (AP) — Eduardo Escobar hit a two-barrel tie homer that capped a four-barrel, first-inning rally, and the New York Mets defeated the Yankees 6-3 in a rare matchup of the Subway Series’ top-ranked teams . Aaron Judge and Anthony Rizzo silenced many of the 42,364 fans at Citi Field by hitting home runs in the opposite direction on consecutive first inning pitches by Taijuan Walker. The Mets charged back into the bottom half when Starling Marte homed with an out on Jordan Montgomery. Francisco Lindor and Pete Alonso followed with back-to-back doubles, and Escobar gave the Mets a 4-2 lead with a two-run, two-out homer.
The bold, aggressive Big Ten leaves the door open for further expansion
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren says the conference will be bold and aggressive as collegiate sports go through a period of sweeping change. He left the door open for further expansion after the league added Southern California and UCLA for the 2024 season. Warren says the future could include further expansion. He says the Big Ten will be strategic and look for schools that add value to the conference. The Big Ten’s big moves came less than a year after Texas and Oklahoma announced plans to leave the Big 12 for the SEC.
Column: Interruption now the norm until the end of the PGA Tour season
The PGA Tour now maintains two FedEx Cup rosters. The new list omits players banned for participating in the Saudi-backed LIV golf series. That’s good news for the likes of Rickie Fowler and Jason Day. The new list put them in the top 125 with two tournaments remaining in the regular season. AP golf writer Doug Ferguson says the two lists are another reminder of the endless disruptions to golf this summer. New LIV signers are generally announced just days after the Majors end. It remains to be seen whether the tour will suspend new defectors ahead of the lucrative FedEx Cup playoffs. Currently, a player will not be suspended until they put a ball in play at a LIV event.
Geoff Ogilvy is scratching the itch to play on the PGA Tour again
Geoff Ogilvy is a US Open Champion and a three-time World Golf Championships winner. And then he left the PGA Tour four years ago and settled back home in Australia with his family. Now he’s back, playing the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit this week. It’s his second PGA Tour start in the last three weeks. Ogilvy says he’s itch to play again. What he misses is the chance to be in the race. He’s not sure how much longer he’ll play or where he’ll play next.
Column: NASCAR and IndyCar race into the joint Indy weekend
There’s no shortage of drama as NASCAR and IndyCar kick off their weekend together on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway street circuit. Denny Hamlin was disqualified after his Pocono win because his Toyota failed inspection and Chase Elliott doesn’t really want his inherited win. At IndyCar, two-time series champion Josef Newgarden is waiting to be cleared for the race after collapsing and hitting his head after a late crash at Iowa Speedway.
NFL teams open camp with the biggest unanswered question
Training camps have opened up across the NFL and the biggest off-season question remains unanswered. The Cleveland Browns still don’t know how many games they will play without Deshaun Watson, who is still waiting for retired Judge Sue L. Robinson to issue a verdict following his disciplinary hearing, which concluded almost four weeks ago. The league and NFL Players’ Association have requested a decision by the time camp begins, according to a person familiar with the process, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the discussions are private. Robinson, who was appointed jointly by the league and union, was under no obligation to meet that deadline. Representatives are confident a decision will come this week.
Plums 3 leads in the WNBA Commissioner’s Cup with aces over Sky.
CHICAGO (AP) — Kelsey Plum scored 12 of her 24 points in the first quarter as the Las Vegas Aces raced to an early 23-point lead and then clinched a 93-83 win over Chicago Sky to earn the second WNBA championship Commissioner to win cup championship. Plum, who won All-Star MVP in Chicago a few weeks ago, hit six of her nine 3-point attempts. Chelsea Gray had 19 points – including nine crucial ones in the third quarter – and earned the game’s MVP. A’ja Wilson had 17 points, 17 rebounds and six blocks as the Aces dominated early and then fended off multiple sky runs in the second half. Jackie Young had 18 points. Candace Parker led Chicago with 20 points, and Kahleah Copper and Emma Meesseman each added 18.
The Associated Press