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Politics at play in row between Ukraine and Russia

Politics at play in row between Ukraine and Russia

World
The Kerch Strait is a crucial stretch of water and one of routine high tension. It is the entry point for Ukraine into the Azov Sea and the major port of Mariupol but it has been controlled by Russia since the illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014.A bilateral treaty gives both nations the right to use the strait freely but each side routinely complains about shipping delays and harassment.The video showing a Russian ship ramming a Ukrainian naval boat, and the aggressive onboard audio that goes with it, is damning.And, as we've become used to with Moscow, this incident is already rife with claim and counter-claim. Kiev says it gave Russia advance warning that its three boats would be passing through the straits en route to Mariupol from Odessa. Russia denies receiving th...
Sri Lanka vs England live commentary: Joe Root’s side need three more wickets as rain stops play in Kandy – live updates

Sri Lanka vs England live commentary: Joe Root’s side need three more wickets as rain stops play in Kandy – live updates

Sports
OVER 65: SRI LANKA 226-6 (Dickwella 27, Dilruwan 2) – It’s all happening now. Moeen gets one to jag back in at Dilruwan and it pops up off his bat/pad. They appeal loudly, asking for either. Erasmus doesn’t fancy it and Root decides not to send this one upstairs. A well-run two off the last as Dickwella goes hard with the reverse-sweep, to big cheers from the home contingent. Let's block ads! (Why?) talkSPORT
Ben Stokes realises how lucky he is to play for England after turbulent year

Ben Stokes realises how lucky he is to play for England after turbulent year

Sports
looking ahead The all-rounder was recently found not guilty of affray after an incident outside a nightclub in Bristol just over a year ago Ben Stokes admits he is lucky to play for England after his international career was threatened by off-field drama. It is just over a year since the cricketer was arrested after a late night scrap in Bristol and two months since he was cleared of affray. In that time he missed the entirety of last winter’s Ashes tour, lost the vice-captaincy and was again absent for this summer’s Lord’s Test against India due to court commitments. Stokes was welcomed back to the England side after his court case ended The unhappy chapter is not yet fully closed, with he and team-mate Alex Hales due to fa...
Texans battered QB Watson says he will play

Texans battered QB Watson says he will play

Sports
Quarterback Deshaun Watson took a beating during the Houston Texans' 19-16 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night, but said on Wednesday that he will be ready to go this week against the Buffalo Bills. The Houston Chronicle reported that Watson, who received treatment on the sideline during the game after taking several big hits, is dealing with a chest injury. "For sure," Watson said, according to Deepi Sidhu of the Texans' official website, when he was asked if he would be able to face the Bills. "I feel good; I feel great," added Watson, who completed 33 of 44 passes for 375 yards with one touchdown and one interception against the Cowboys. "I've been sore plenty of times. That's part of the game." Texans head coach Bill O'Brien, who said earlier that he would "let the inj...
Dabo Swinney: Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence to play vs. Wake Forest

Dabo Swinney: Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence to play vs. Wake Forest

Sports
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney told reporters that freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence is expected to be under center to start Saturday's game against Wake Forest. "I definitely expect him to play," Swinney said on Tuesday. "That is why I put him back in practice last night. I don't see a reason why he wouldn't." Lawrence was a full participant in practice on Monday, two days removed from absorbing a vicious hit to the shoulder and head by defensive back Evan Foster during the second quarter of a 27-23 win over Syracuse. Lawrence was examined in the medical tent before retreating to the locker room. "He got the [expletive] knocked out of him," Swinney said. "It was head and neck. He had some pain, and you get put in concussion protocol with anything that creates a symptom. That's not...