Former UN ambassador hopeful for Brittney Griner, Paul Whelan prisoner swap

Bill Richardson, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and a frequent emissary in hostage negotiations, said on Aug. 9 he was hopeful about the chances of a two-for-two prisoner swap that could result in Russia’s release of WNBA star Brittney Griner and another jailed American, Paul Whelan.

Cardinals dealing with offseason arrests, Brittney Griner sentenced: top sports stories

First, it was a contract dispute involving their star quarterback, and now, the Arizona Cardinals are dealing with a couple of arrests involving one of their top offensive weapons, and a member of their coaching staff, and a judge handed down a harsh sentence to Brittney Griner after the Phoenix Mercury star was convicted of drug smuggling in Russia – these are the top stories in the world of sports from August 1-7.

What will it take to get Brittney Griner home?

With her court case concluded and her 9-year-prison sentence pronounced, a prisoner swap deal between the U.S. and Russia is Brittney Griner's best chance of being freed early. Here's a look at what's at stake.