Sport: Pete Carroll returns to team after bout with COVID-19

Who is Viktor Bout, the convicted arms dealer held in a US prison?

  Who is Viktor Bout, the convicted arms dealer held in a US prison? Sources say convicted arms dealer Viktor Bout has been offered by the U.S. in a potential prisoner swap for two Americans in Russia: Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan Bout was arguably the world’s best-known illegal arms trafficker and his capture was the end of a nearly decade-long hunt by the U.S. to stop him.

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Seahawks coach Pete Carroll returned to practice Friday after missing time with COVID-19.

Carroll missed three practices after testing positive last weekend. He isolated for five days before returning to the field.

Carroll, 70, wore a mask during practice and his media availability Friday.

“Really good to be back out here,” Carroll said after practice, via Curtis Crabtree of Fox13. “I missed the crap out of being out here. It was so much fun today. Practice went way too fast. I’m feeling great. I never did feel really bad. I just had a couple of symptoms that tipped it off and away we went.”

Who is the 'Merchant of Death' arms dealer Biden offered Russia in prisoner swap?

  Who is the 'Merchant of Death' arms dealer Biden offered Russia in prisoner swap? Stashed away in a federal penitentiary deep in the bowels of Illinois sits a notorious Russian arms dealer named Viktor Bout, a man the Biden administration is rumored to be eyeing as a bargaining chip to procure the release of two American prisoners. Bout has gone by many names over the years, such as the "Merchant of Death" and "Sanctions Buster" — titles he earned for his alleged ruthless and savvy arms dealing from Eastern Europe into Africa and the Middle East following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Associate head coach Carl Smith and coordinators Shane Waldron and Clint Hurtt ran practice in Carroll’s absence. Carroll watched practice through live video streaming and had a direct line of communication to coaches on the field during practice.

He found it wasn’t the same as being there in person.

“I’ve missed one practice in my life that I can recall,” Carroll said. “My dad passed away back at [USC] in the springtime. I never missed a practice playing and I never missed a practice coaching. So, it was a new experience. As always, you know, when we miss something, you realize how much you appreciate getting it back. It was a blast to be with the guys today. I feel like it’s been a month. It feels like forever.”

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U.S. judge in Russian arms dealer case backs Griner swap; ex-agent balks .
U.S. judge in Russian arms dealer case backs Griner swap; ex-agent balksNEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. judge who in 2012 sentenced Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout to 25 years in prison has voiced support for a deal proposed by the United States to Russia to swap him for basketball star Brittney Griner, though a federal agent involved in the case said such a trade would "belittle the rule of law.

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