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Sports Digest: Lewiston’s Isaiah Harris advances to 800 final at indoor world championships – Press Herald

INDOOR TRACK

Isaiah Harris of Lewiston ran the fastest time in the heats of the 800 meters Friday as he qualified for Saturday’s final at the indoor track world championships in Belgrade, Serbia. 

With a time of 1:47.00, Harris won the fourth and final heat, joining U.S. champion Bryce Hoppel (1:48.77) in the final at 2:10 p.m. Saturday.

BASKETBALL

WNBA: The United States stepped up its push Friday for consular access to Brittney Griner, the WNBA star who is detained in Russia on allegations of drug smuggling, while a member of a Russian state-backed prison monitoring group said Griner was faring well behind bars.

Ekaterina Kalugina told The Associated Press that she visited Griner on Monday at the pretrial detention facility outside of Moscow where she’s being held and spoke to her with the help of a cellmate who speaks Russian and English and served as an interpreter.

“Her physical condition is fine, she’s holding up fine, and I’d even say that she is fairly calm and isn’t anxious,” Kalugina said of the Phoenix Mercury star, whose legal ordeal comes amid tension between Russia and the U.S. over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Griner’s lawyers have been visiting her regularly and have brought her care packages that include food and personal items, but she hadn’t met with a U.S. consul yet, Kalugina said.

The State Department issued a statement Friday demanding access to Griner, who plays professionally in Russia during the WNBA offseason.

Griner was detained after arriving at a Moscow airport, reportedly in mid-February. Russian authorities said a search of her luggage revealed vape cartridges that allegedly contained oil derived from cannabis, which could carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

GOLF

EUROPEAN TOUR: Shaun Norris of South Africa opened a three-shot lead with a second-round 62 at the Steyn City Championship in Johannesburg.

Norris moved to 18 under par with a near flawless round that included eight birdies and an eagle. His 36-hole score matched the European Tour record set by Ernie Els in 2004, but Norris won’t go down in the history books alongside the four-time major winner because players have been benefiting from preferred lies after heavy rain this week.

Norris surged ahead of South African compatriot James Hart du Preez, who carded 66 and was at 15 under.

SOCCER

WORLD CUP QUALIFYING: Russia’s request to freeze a FIFA ban on its soccer teams ahead of next week’s World Cup qualifying playoffs was denied Friday.

FIFA said the Court of Arbitration for Sport dismissed the Russian soccer federation’s bid for an urgent interim ruling to freeze the ban pending a full appeal, which could come within weeks.

The CAS decision means Russia will not be able to play Poland in World Cup qualifying on Thursday.

• Sergino Dest will miss the United States’ last three World Cup qualifiers after injuring his left hamstring and was replaced on the roster Friday by left back George Bello.

Dest, the top American choice at right back, was hurt Thursday during Barcelona’s Europa League win at Turkey’s Galatasaray.

His injury leaves DeAndre Yedlin and Reggie Cannon as the top picks to start at right back in a match at Mexico on …….

Source: https://www.pressherald.com/2022/03/18/sports-digest-lewistons-isaiah-harris-advances-to-800-final-at-indoor-world-championships/

INDOOR TRACK

Isaiah Harris of Lewiston ran the fastest time in the heats of the 800 meters Friday as he qualified for Saturday’s final at the indoor track world championships in Belgrade, Serbia. 

With a time of 1:47.00, Harris won the fourth and final heat, joining U.S. champion Bryce Hoppel (1:48.77) in the final at 2:10 p.m. Saturday.

BASKETBALL

WNBA: The United States stepped up its push Friday for consular access to Brittney Griner, the WNBA star who is detained in Russia on allegations of drug smuggling, while a member of a Russian state-backed prison monitoring group said Griner was faring well behind bars.

Ekaterina Kalugina told The Associat…….

INDOOR TRACK

Isaiah Harris of Lewiston ran the fastest time in the heats of the 800 meters Friday as he qualified for Saturday’s final at the indoor track world championships in Belgrade, Serbia. 

With a time of 1:47.00, Harris won the fourth and final heat, joining U.S. champion Bryce Hoppel (1:48.77) in the final at 2:10 p.m. Saturday.

BASKETBALL

WNBA: The United States stepped up its push Friday for consular access to Brittney Griner, the WNBA star who is detained in Russia on allegations of drug smuggling, while a member of a Russian state-backed prison monitoring group said Griner was faring well behind bars.

Ekaterina Kalugina told The Associat…….

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