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Drew Brees tweets he 'may play football again' while discussing his future plans

Drew Brees tweets he 'may play football again' while discussing his future plans

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees created quite a stir Sunday night when he brought up the possibility of returning to the NFL in a tweet. Addressing "speculation" from media outlets about his future, Brees, 43, said he is "currently undecided." "I may work for NBC, I may play… ... Continue Reading
Scoreboard roundup -- 5/14/22

Scoreboard roundup -- 5/14/22

iStock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Sunday's sports events: INTERLEAGUE Houston 8, Washington 0 Seattle 8, NY Mets 7 Kansas City 8 Colorado 7 AMERICAN LEAGUE Tampa Bay 3, Toronto 0 Detroit 5, Baltimore 1 NY Yankees 5, Chi White Sox 1 Minnesota 3, Cleveland 1 Texas 7, Boston 1 LA Angels 4,… ... Continue Reading
Scoreboard roundup -- 5/13/22

Scoreboard roundup -- 5/13/22

iStock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Friday's sports events:  MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL  INTERLEAGUE  Final  Houston       6  Washington   1  Final  Seattle       2  N.Y. Mets    1  Final  Kansas City  14  Colorado    10      AMERICAN LEAGUE  Final  Tampa Bay      5  Toronto        … ... Continue Reading
WNBA star Brittney Griner's pre-trial detention in Russia extended as US works to negotiate her release

WNBA star Brittney Griner's pre-trial detention in Russia extended as US works to negotiate her release

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(NEW YORK) -- Brittney Griner's pre-trial detention in Russia was extended by one month on Friday as the United States works to secure the WNBA star's freedom.

Alexander Boikov, Griner's lawyer, told ABC News that her pre-trail detention has been extended until June 18.

Russian media have reported that the U.S. and Russia are discussing the possibility of exchanging Griner for Victor Bout, a Russian arms dealer who was convicted in the U.S.

Boikov said he does not have any information on a possible exchange.

The State Department declined to comment to ABC News regarding the extension of Brittney Griner’s pre-trial detention, but confirmed that diplomats from the U.S. embassy in Moscow attended the hearing and were able to talk with her today.

Spokesperson Ned Price said that Griner “is doing as well as can be expected in these circumstances.”

“We are closely engaged on this case and in frequent contact with Ms. Griner’s legal team,” another department spokesperson added.

Previously, Griner met with a U.S. official from the consular office in Russia on March 24 amid a push from the U.S. to gain access to the WNBA star.

The extension of her detention comes one week after the U.S. State Department reclassified Griner as being “wrongfully detained” in Russia.

“The welfare and safety of U.S. citizens abroad is among the highest priorities of the U.S government. The Department of State has determined that the Russian Federation has wrongfully detained U.S. citizen Brittney Griner,” a department spokesperson told ABC News last week. “With this determination, the Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs Roger Carstens will lead the interagency team for securing Brittney Griner’s release.”

With this classification, the U.S. will now be more involved in negotiating for her freedom.

"Brittney has been detained for 75 days and our expectation is that the White House do whatever is necessary to bring her home," Griner's agent, Lindsay Kagawa Colas, said in a statement last week.

A State Department spokesperson told ABC News last week that the U.S. is "deeply concerned about our lack of consistent consular access to these U.S. citizens in recent months.”

“While the Government of Russia has allowed consular access in this instance, we continue to insist that they allow regular, timely consular access to all U.S. citizen detainees in Russia, including those in pre-trial detention. We take our responsibility to assist U.S. citizens seriously, and we will continue to press for fair and transparent treatment for all U.S. citizens when they are subject to legal processes overseas,” the spokesperson said.

Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, was visiting Russia to play basketball off-season and was arrested in February at a Moscow area airport for allegedly having vape cartridges in her luggage that contained hashish oil -- an illegal substance in Russia.

She is facing drug charges with up to 10 years in prison, according to Russian media reports, and her pre-trial detention was extended in March to May 19.

Calls to free Griner escalated following the release of Marine veteran Trevor Reed last month, who was freed from Russian prison as part of a prisoner exchange.

Former Marine Paul Whelan has also been detained in Russia since 2019.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began one week after Griner was detained on Feb. 17. Some officials are concerned that Americans jailed in Russia could be used as leverage in the ongoing conflict.

The WNBA honored Griner with a floor decal bearing her initials and jersey number (42) on the sideline of all 12 WNBA teams as the 2022 season kicked off last Friday.

“As we begin the 2022 season, we are keeping Brittney at the forefront of what we do through the game of basketball and in the community,” WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said in a statement on Tuesday. “We continue to work on bringing Brittney home and are appreciative of the support the community has shown BG and her family during this extraordinarily challenging time.”

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Scoreboard roundup -- 5/12/22

Scoreboard roundup -- 5/12/22

iStock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Thursday's sports events: MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL INTERLEAGUE Baltimore 3, St. Louis 2 AMERICAN LEAGUE Oakland 5, Detroit 3 Houston 11, Minnesota 3 Houston 5, Minnesota 0 Texas 3, Kansas City 1 NY Yankees 15 Chicago White Sox 7 NATIONAL LEAGUE NY Mets 4, Washington 1 Cincinnati 4,… ... Continue Reading
Scoreboard roundup -- 5/11/22

Scoreboard roundup -- 5/11/22

iStock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Wednesday's sports events:MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL INTERLEAGUE Philadelphia 4, Seattle 2 Atlanta 5, Boston 3 St. Louis 10, Baltimore 1AMERICAN LEAGUE NY Yankees 5, Toronto 3 Oakland 9, Detroit 0 Tampa Bay 4, LA Angels 2 Kansas City 8, Texas 2 Cleveland at Chi White Sox 2:10 p.m.… ... Continue Reading
Scoreboard roundup -- 5/10/22

Scoreboard roundup -- 5/10/22

iStock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Tuesday's sports events:  MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL INTERLEAGUE Baltimore 5, St. Louis 3 Boston 9, Atlanta 4 Seattle 5, Philadelphia 4 AMERICAN LEAGUE Detroit 6, Oakland 0 Oakland 4, Detroit 1 NY Yankees 6, Toronto 5 Houston 5, Minnesota 0 Chi White Sox 4, Cleveland 1 Texas 6,… ... Continue Reading
Scoreboard roundup -- 5/9/22

Scoreboard roundup -- 5/9/22

iStock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Monday's sports events: MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL INTERLEAGUE Philadelphia 9, Seattle 0 AMERICAN LEAGUE Baltimore 6, Kansas City 1 NY Yankees 1, Texas 0 Final Oakland 2, Detroit 0 Cleveland 12, Chi White Sox 9 LA Angels 11, Tampa Bay 3 NATIONAL LEAGUE Pittsburgh 5, LA Dodgers 1… ... Continue Reading
Former NBA player Adreian Payne shot to death in Orlando

Former NBA player Adreian Payne shot to death in Orlando

Romain Biard/Euroleague Basketball via Getty Images(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- Adreian Payne, a former first-round NBA draft pick and star collegiate basketball player at Michigan State, was shot and killed early Monday in Orlando, Florida, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office. Payne was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks at No. 15 overall in 2014 and played… ... Continue Reading
Report: Nuggets center Nikola Jokic to be named NBA’s MVP

Report: Nuggets center Nikola Jokic to be named NBA’s MVP

Caspar Benson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It appears Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic will be crowned NBA's Most Valuable Player for a second season in a row. Sources tell ESPN the 27-year-old has been voted the league’s MVP, with a formal announcement expected later this week. Jokic closed out the 2021-22 season averaging 27.1 points, 13.8… ... Continue Reading
Top moments from debut Formula One Miami Grand Prix

Top moments from debut Formula One Miami Grand Prix

Eva Marie Uzcategui Trinkl/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images(MIAMI) -- The Formula One expansion into the U.S. continued over the weekend with Miami's inaugural event. Max Verstappen celebrated the first-ever win at the Miami Grand Prix as the city revved up with star-studded events. Watch the weekend's top moments from Good Morning America: Copyright © 2022,… ... Continue Reading
Scoreboard roundup -- 5/8/22

Scoreboard roundup -- 5/8/22

iStock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Sunday's sports events: MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL INTERLEAGUE LA Angels 5, Washington 4 AMERICAN LEAGUE Chi White Sox 3, Boston 2 NY Yankees 2, Texas 1 Cleveland 4, Toronto 3 Kansas City 6, Baltimore 4 Houston 5, Detroit 0 Minnesota 4, Oakland 3 Seattle 2, Tampa Bay 1… ... Continue Reading
Formula 1 heads to Miami for the first time

Formula 1 heads to Miami for the first time

Fabio Davini / 500px/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- Formula 1 fans are revving up for this weekend as the world’s most popular motor sport heads to Miami for the first time. The Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix will take place on Sunday but fans can enjoy the action beginning on Friday, when racers descend on the track… ... Continue Reading
Scoreboard roundup -- 5/5/22

Scoreboard roundup -- 5/5/22

iStock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Thursday's sports events: MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL AMERICAN LEAGUE LA Angels 8, Boston 0 Cleveland 6, Toronto 5 Baltimore 5, Minnesota 3 Houston 3, Detroit 2 Tampa Bay 4, Seattle 3 NATIONAL LEAGUE Milwaukee 10, Cincinnati 5 Colorado 9, Washington 7 NY Mets 8, Philadelphia 7 San Diego… ... Continue Reading
Richardson helping to free WNBA star Brittney Griner from detention in Russia

Richardson helping to free WNBA star Brittney Griner from detention in Russia

Mike Mattina/Getty Images, FILE(WASHINGTON) -- In her struggle for freedom from detention in Russia, WNBA star Brittney Griner now has another big name in her corner: former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Bill Richardson. A spokesperson for the Richardson Center confirmed to ABC News that the international hostage negotiator was working on Griner's case, adding… ... Continue Reading
Report: Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones involved in car crash

Report: Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones involved in car crash

Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, was reportedly involved in a car crash in Dallas Wednesday night. ABC News affiliate WFAA-TV, citing multiple sources, said Jones was involved in an accident just before 8:10 p.m. local time in the area of Wolf and Harry Hines Boulevard. Jones, 79, reportedly… ... Continue Reading
Andy Murray withdraws from Madrid Open match against Novak Djokovic

Andy Murray withdraws from Madrid Open match against Novak Djokovic

Jose Manuel Alvarez/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images(MADRID) -- Andy Murray has withdrawn from his match against Novak Djokovic in the Madrid Open due to an illness. The tournament's official account tweeted early Thursday: "Unfortunately, Andy Murray is unable to take to the Manolo Santana Stadium due to illness." Murray, 34, was set to face off against… ... Continue Reading
Scoreboard roundup -- 5/4/22

Scoreboard roundup -- 5/4/22

iStock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Wednesday's sports events: MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL INTERLEAGUE Detroit 3, Pittsburgh 2 St. Louis 10, Kansas City 0 San Diego 5, Cleveland 4 Pittsburgh 7, Detroit 2 Cleveland 6, San Diego 5 Texas 2, Philadelphia 1 Chi White Sox 4, Chi Cubs 3 AMERICAN LEAGUE Houston 7, Seattle… ... Continue Reading
Scoreboard roundup -- 5/3/22

Scoreboard roundup -- 5/3/22

iStock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Tuesday's sports events: MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL INTERLEAGUE Texas 6, Philadelphia 4 Chi White Sox 3, Chicago Cubs 1 Kansas City 7, St. Louis 1 Pittsburgh at Detroit (Postponed) San Diego at Cleveland (Postponed) AMERICAN LEAGUE Boston 4, LA Angels 0 Tampa Bay 10, Oakland 7 NY Yankees… ... Continue Reading
US officials to negotiate Brittney Griner’s release from 'wrongful' detention in Russia

US officials to negotiate Brittney Griner’s release from 'wrongful' detention in Russia

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. government now considers WNBA star Brittney Griner to be “wrongfully detained” in Russia, the State Department said. “The welfare and safety of U.S. citizens abroad is among the highest priorities of the U.S government. The Department of State has determined that the Russian Federation has wrongfully detained U.S. citizen… ... Continue Reading