Daily Digest: Barcelona fight back to win Spanish Supercup

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Good morning everyone, David Cooper here giving you a bitesize look at what’s going on in the world of sport.

TOP STORY 

Lionel Messi became Barcelona’s all-time leader in trophies won on Sunday night, lifting the Spanish Super Cup for his 33rd career honour after a 2-1 victory over Sevilla.

For once, though, Messi was not the hero as one of his team-mates stepped up to produce a spectacular winner, and that tops our three key conclusions from this curtain raiser to the new season.

FOOTBALL

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde was full of praise for Ousmane Dembele after his wonder-goal saw his side lift the Supercopa de Espana against Sevilla.

Dembele’s stunner into the top corner in the 78th minute gave Barcelona the hard-fought 2-1 victory and left Valverde happy with his team’s performance.

Elsewhere, Pep Guardiola insists Raheem Sterling is a player Manchester City count on and wants him to stay at the Etihad Stadium.

Sterling opened the scoring as the defending Premier League champions started the new campaign with a 2-0 win at Unai Emery’s Arsenal.

Sterling has two years left to run on the five-year deal signed when he moved to City from Liverpool in July 2015.

CRICKET

Stuart Broad and James Anderson took charge as England surged into a 2-0 series lead with an innings-and-159-run victory over India in the rain-ravaged Lord’s Test.

Broad (four for 44) and Anderson (four for 23) each bagged a notable new milestone in their stellar careers as England bowled India out for 130 on the fourth evening.

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Sport360 delves into how a super agent and Chinese investors took Wolves back to the Premier League, plus what the future holds.

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Daily Digest: Paul Pogba drops hint of discontent at Man United

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Good Morning!

David Cooper here with our key sports headlines on Sunday.

As ever, get in touch with us via Twitter and Facebook throughout the day.

TOP STORY

Jose Mourinho handed Paul Pogba the captain's armband.

Jose Mourinho handed Paul Pogba the captain’s armband against Leicester.

Paul Pogba has cast fresh doubt over his Manchester United future by saying he would get fined if he really opened up about his happiness.

Read more, here.

FOOTBALL

Pressure to deliver: Jurgen Klopp.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes his players have to summon the spirit of Rocky Balboa if they are to close the gap to defending Premier League champions Manchester City.

The Reds start their campaign at home to West Ham on Sunday and Alex Rea analyses the key talking points, here.

CRICKET

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: England batsman Chris Woakes acknowledges the applause from the crowd as the players leave the field due to bad light during Day 3 of the 2nd Test Match between England and India at Lord's Cricket Ground on August 11, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Chris Woakes leaves the Lord’s outfield to a standing ovation.

Chris Woakes’ maiden Test century and record stand with Jonny Bairstow put England out of sight against India on day three of the second Specsavers Test at Lord’s.

Woakes (120no), recalled after injury here as a replacement for Ben Stokes while England’s premier all-rounder has been otherwise engaged at Bristol Crown Court this week, marked the occasion memorably.

He became the seventh Englishman to put his name on the Lord’s honours boards as both batsman and bowler during a partnership with Bairstow (93) which realised 189, helped the hosts recover from 131 for five to 357 for six by stumps and is their best for the sixth wicket against India.

Head to our cricket section for more stories.

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Lucas Torreira was a star for Uruguay at the World Cup.

Arsenal open up their Premier League campaign against Manchester City at the Emirates on Sunday evening.

Here, Brendon Netto dissects the tactics new Gunners boss Unai Emery could employ and ponders the role of new signing Lucas Torreira.

Full analysis.

REGIONAL

Robson (Twitter/@BaniyasClub).

Robson (Twitter/@BaniyasClub).

Bani Yas have strengthened hopes of avoiding an immediate relegation from the Arabian Gulf League with the loan addition of Boavista centre-back Robson.

Read the full story, here.

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A fine effort from England all-rounder Chris Woakes at Lord’s

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WHAT’S ON

Test Cricket: England v India first Test, day four (2pm)

ODI Cricket: Sri Lanka v South Africa fifth ODI (1pm)

Premier League football: Southampton v Burnley (4.30pm), Liverpool v West Ham (4.30pm); Arsenal v Man City (7pm)

Football: Spanish Super Cup Final: Sevilla v Barcelona (12am Monday)

Golf: PGA Championship Day Four (from 6pm)

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Manchester United opened their season with a hard-fought victory over Leicester despite Jose Mourinho’s disgruntlement over signings – now it’s the turn of transfer-starved Tottenham.

Mauricio Pochettino named a World Cup star-studded squad to take on Newcastle at St James’ Park, with Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Jan Vertonghen and Hugo Lloris all among the starters. No new signings, of course – they became the first Premier League team not to make one since the transfer window was created in 2003.

Rafa Benitez has not been pleased by Newcastle’s business, either – but who will do the business today? Follow live updates throughout the day – the Premier League is back!

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