WNBA star Britney Griner tried to call his wife nearly a dozen times through the US Embassy in Russia on the couple’s fourth anniversary on Saturday, but they never connected because the phone line of the embassy was not staffed, Cherelle Griner said Monday. The couple did not speak on the phone in the four months after Griner was arrested in Russia on drug-related charges. That must have changed on Saturday, when a long-awaited call was finally to take place. But the day came and went without any contact, leaving an anguished Cherelle Griner to wonder what was wrong and to suspect at least at first that the Russian authorities had foiled the call. On Monday, she said she learned a more distressing truth from her wife’s lawyers: Brittney Griner had actually tried to call 11 times over a period of several hours, dialing a number given to her at the States Embassy. United in Moscow, which the couple had been told they would then pass the call to Cherelle Griner in Phoenix. But each time the call went unanswered as the embassy office where the phone rang was apparently unstaffed on Saturday. “I was distraught. I was hurt. I was done, I was sick of it,” Cherelle Griner told The Associated Press. “I’m pretty sure I texted the BG agent and said, ‘I don’t want to talk to anyone. It’s going to take me a minute to collect my emotions and just tell everyone that I I’m not available right now. Because it just knocked me out. I wasn’t well, I’m still not well.
Auburn Bats wake up as they bounce off College World Series Stanford
Cole Foster The three-run brace in the sixth inning gave Auburn the lead, and the Tigers beat second-seeded Stanford 6-2 in a College World Series playoff game for their first win at Omaha in 25 years. The Tigers (44-21) play the loser of Monday night’s game between Arkansas and Mississippi on Tuesday. Stanford (47-18) wrapped up a disappointing short stint in Omaha. The Cardinal lost their opener to Arkansas 17-2 — the most lopsided game here in 34 years — then did next to nothing after taking an early lead against Auburn. Stanford, which has avoided elimination five times in its regionals and super regionals, went 0-2 in a CWS for the first time in 18 appearances. light trail (5-4) went five innings for the win and Blake Burkhalter, the Tigers’ closest star, struck out six of the eight batters he faced for his 16th save. Auburn was 0-3 in the CWS since beating Rice 10-1 in 1997.
Serena Williams skips training at Eastbourne ahead of return
Serena Williams skipped her scheduled training session at Eastbourne on late notice as the 23-time Grand Slam champion prepares to return to competition after a year out. Williams trained at a nearby club over the weekend and was due to have an on-site session at Devonshire Park before playing doubles with Ons Jabeur. Their first game is scheduled for Tuesday against Sara Sorribes Tormo and Marie Bouzkova. The 40-year-old Williams, who hasn’t competed anywhere since suffering an injury in the first round of Wimbledon last year, has been given a wild card for the singles at the All England Club. Jabeur said it was “incredible” that Williams asked him to be part of his return to competition during the Wimbledon warm-up. “I’m a good secret keeper – yes, I knew that (since) before Roland Garros,” said No. 3-ranked Jabeur, who arrived in Eastbourne after winning the title in Berlin on Sunday. “A lot of players were jealous because I play with her. Honestly, Serena is Serena. She is a legend and always will be.
Ceccon sets world record, Ledecky wins another title
italy Thomas Cecon set a world record in the men’s 100m backstroke and Katie Ledecky won another gold medal at the swimming world championships. Ceccon stunned the competition in Budapest clocking a time of 51.60 seconds to shave 0.15 seconds off the previous best mark set by American ryan murphy at the 2016 Olympics. Murphy finished second, 0.37 seconds behind, followed by his compatriot Hunter Armstrong, 0.38 behind Ceccon. “Hats off to Thomas,” Murphy said upon seeing his record broken. “It’s a really, really fast time and it’s going to be an exciting two years.” Ledecky took his record of world titles to 17 with his fourth in the 1,500 freestyle. Ledecky never looked threatened and clocked 15:30.15 – just under 10 seconds shy of her 2018 world record – to finish 14.74 seconds ahead of her fellow American. Katie Grimes.