Daily Digest: Santiago Solari or Guti ideal successors to Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid

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Hello folks. Ajit Vijaykumar to give you a snapshot of what’s going on in the world of sport.

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2002 Champions League winner: Santiago Solari.

2002 Champions League winner: Santiago Solari.

Taking over from Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid is going to be one of the hardest jobs in sport at the moment.

The stellar record of the now former Real boss means the next person to take the hot seat will have to live up to some incredibly high expectations.

It therefore makes sense to look at former Madrid stars like Santiago Solari or Guti for the top job.

Stuart Appleby has more on it here.

FOOTBALL

Swiss midfielder: Granit Xhaka.

Swiss midfielder: Granit Xhaka.

Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka has suffered a World Cup injury scare after he hurt his knee during training on Thursday.

Arsenal’s Xhaka injured his left knee in a challenge while training in rain with his international team-mates in Lugano.

Read more here.

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England face an uphill task as they take on Pakistan in the second and final Test in Headingley, trailing 1-0.

All-rounder Ben Stokes faces a late fitness Test on Friday as Sarfraz Ahmed’s Pakistan look to pull off a huge upset by clinching a Test series victory.

Read our preview here.

TENNIS

Rafael Nadal said he is in favour of on-site pre-tournament withdrawals that have been introduced at the Grand Slams and ATP tournaments.

“For a lot of players, that they are inside the tournament of a Grand Slam and they have a physical problem in that week, just playing tournament helps a lot to save the year,” Nadal said after his second round victory over Guido Pella at the French Open.

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Zinedine Zidane stepped down as Real Madrid boss after one of the most successful stints in less than two-and-a-half seasons.

The Frenchman has only raised his status in his already illustrious history at the club.

Here we take a look at seven stats from his amazing reign.

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Cricket: England v Pakistan, Second Test (14:00)

Tennis: French Open (13:00)

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Daily Digest: Former Australia star Shane Watson says ball tamperers will learn from mistakes

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Hey everyone, it’s Niall here giving you a bitesize look at what’s going on in the world of sport.

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Steve Smith and Shane Watson pictured together playing against the West Indies in 2015.

Read our man Alex Broun’s interview with former Australia star Shane Watson. The 36-year-old chats about disgraced fellow Australian cricketers Steve Smith and David Warner and much more...

FOOTBALL

Bayern Munich’s star striker Robert Lewandowski wants to leave the Bundesliga club this summer to seek a “new challenge”, his agent Sport Bild yesterday.

In other news, Mohamed Salah is set for a three-week lay off, paving the way for him to feature at the World Cup.

TENNIS

Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova are both back in action at the French Open today looking to reach the third round, while Rafael Nadal continues his bid for an 11th title.

Our reporter Reem Abulleil is in Paris. Read all her articles here.

REGIONAL

Three-time world champion Nick Matthew will make the final appearance of his career at the ATCO PSA World Series Finals, after a hamstring injury forced world number three Marwan ElShorbagy.

In other local news, centre midfielder Abdullah Al Naqbi spurned greater wages and a bigger transfer fee to become Shabab Al Ahli Dubai Club’s first Emirati signing.

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Some brave decisions lie ahead in the coming months for Barcelona. Read Matt Monaghan’s review of Ernesto Valverde’s squad.

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Red Bull wakeboarder Omeir Saeed's guide to building strength and stamina

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Stay active: Saeed's guide to building up endurance

Red Bull wakeboarder Omeir Saeed finds himself working out between three-five times a week during the holy month as well as being on the water every day. For the third article of his monthly column, Saeed talks about the endurance exercises he’s doing to build strength and stamina during Ramadan.

Running

I run both in the gym and outside so I’m not just doing the same thing every day. Endurance is obviously a big part of being a wakeboarder and running is a good way of building stamina. It’s important to push yourself though as it can be easy to just jog along when really you need to be raising your heart rate. Sprints and shuttle runs are very effective workouts too.

Swimming

Every time you’re out on the water you have to swim a lot, no one comes to get you if you fall down after doing a trick. So, basically, if I’m not on the board then I’m in the water. Some days I’ll spend more time in the water swimming than I do actually wakeboarding. When you swim it works pretty much every muscle in your body so it’s perfect for keeping fit. A benefit of being a wakeboarder is you develop into a strong swimmer too.

Cycling

I go cycling for an hour or so a few times a week at a high tempo to get my heart rate up. Thankfully, it’s still not that hot outside, which is beneficial because it means I can get out on the bike, even during Ramadan, when usually the humidity is unbearable. Although I still go cycling during summer in the gym, just 10 minutes on the machine every day is enough see improvements in endurance.

Football

I play football once a week, which is a proper 11-a-side game and the good thing about that is you’re constantly on the move both sprinting and jogging. So your heart rate never really drops for 90 minutes, making it a brilliant cardio workout. You only need to play a few matches and you’ll see your overall strength and stamina get better very quickly.

Skipping

I do HIIT workouts in the gym, which really build stamina because the rest period between sets is only a few seconds, so your heart rate is racing constantly. Skipping in particular is great for improving your endurance. Plus, your coordination improves with it as well. I like doing exercises where I can see improvements in my ability. It’s important to keep the rope moving, so when you’re starting out just see how long you can go without stopping, and then increase the speed and go flat-out for as long as you can once you’ve got the rhythm.

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