Daily Digest: Gareth Bale shines as Real Madrid open La Liga with win over Getafe

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Niall here with our key sports headlines on Monday.

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

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Gareth Bale was on target as Real Madrid launched their La Liga campaign with a comfortable win over Getafe.

A Real side shorn of the services of the departed Cristiano Ronaldo and with summer signing Thibaut Courtois sitting on the bench alongside Luka Modric, Raphael Varane and Casemiro cruised to a 2-0 victory at the Bernabeu.

Dani Carvajal headed them into a 20th-minute lead with his first league goal since April 2014 and Bale, who had earlier hit the bar, doubled their advantage six minutes after the restart to hand new manager Julen Lopetegui a win in his first league game at the helm.

FOOTBALL

Jose Mourinho admits his Manchester United players could suffer a crisis of confidence following their humbling 3-2 defeat at Brighton.

United were architects of their own downfall, making mistakes in the build up to the first two goals scored by Glenn Murray and Shane Duffy.

Read our takeaways and manager in focus from the Amex Stadium.

Elsewhere, Sergio Aguero plundered his 13th Manchester City hat-trick as the reigning Premier League champions hit Huddersfield for six.

The Argentina international struck twice before the break and, after firing against a post and passing up a series of other opportunities, completed his ninth top-flight treble with a deft 75th-minute finish in a 6-1 rout.

Check out our takeaways from the Sky Blues win.

CRICKET

On a day that 16 wickets fell in total, with 10 of them falling in a single session, India took complete control of the third Test versus England.

After putting 329 on the board in their first innings, India bowled out the hosts for just 161 runs before adding 124-2 in their second innings. They lead by 292 runs.

Read our takeaways from the second day of play at Trent Bridge.

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Our man Brendon Netto lists three talking points as Manchester United suffered a humiliating 3-2 defeat against Brighton.

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Daily Digest: Two-goal star Lionel Messi applauded by Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde

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Good Morning!

The Sport360 team here with our key sports headlines on Sunday.

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TOP STORY

Magic: Leo Messi.

Brace: Leo Messi.

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde praised his players’ patience as they got their season off to a winning start.

Lionel Messi scored twice as champions Barcelona beat Alaves 3-0 at the Nou Camp in their opening match of the new La Liga season.

Read more, here.

FOOTBALL

Paul Pogba was given the captain's armband against Leicester.

Paul Pogba was given the captain’s armband against Leicester.

Manchester United head to the south coast to take on Brighton in their second fixture of the 2018/19 Premier League campaign today.

The Red Devils opened up with a 2-1 home win against Leicester City last week, while the Seagulls had their wings clipped in a 2-0 defeat at Watford.

Ahead of the match, we look at three key talking points here.

CRICKET

India's captain Virat Kohli plays a shot during the first day of the third Test cricket match between England and India at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, central England on August 18, 2018. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. NO ASSOCIATION WITH DIRECT COMPETITOR OF SPONSOR, PARTNER, OR SUPPLIER OF THE ECB (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Virat Kohli just fell short of a century.

Virat Kohli upstaged the returning Ben Stokes as India narrowly had the better of day one in the third Test at Trent Bridge.

Kohli made 97 and Ajinkya Rahane contributed 81 as they shared India’s ground-record fourth-wicket stand to give the tourists a foothold at last in the series where they trail 2-0.

India reached 307 for six at stumps after Joe Root put them in.

Follow all the action from day two in our dedicated cricket section.

REGIONAL

UAE star: Omar Abdulrahman.

Omar Abdulrahman’s much-anticipated debut in Al Hilal blue finally happened as he lifted a first piece of silverware with the Saudi Arabian giants in a 2-1 win over Al Ittihad in the Saudi Super Cup.

Read more from Matt Jones, here.

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WHAT’S ON

Test Cricket: England v India third Test, day two (2pm)

Premier League football: Manchester City v Huddersfield (4.30pm); Burnley v Watford (4.30pm); Brighton v Manchester United (7pm)

La Liga: Real Madrid v Getafe (12.15am)

Tennis: Cincinnati final: Novak Djokovic v Roger Federer (12am)

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From lion bite to razor cut, bizarre injuries that have sidelined athletes

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Rory McIlroy once injured his leg playing football with friends.

England batsman Jason Roy was forced to miss Surrey’s crucial Vitality Blast game against Glamorgan on Friday – and he had only himself to blame.

Roy threw a cricket bat in frustration following his dismissal in Surrey’s midweek victory against Hampshire but did not account for the bat bouncing and hitting him in the face, later calling it a “moment of stupidity”. Here, Press Association looks at other sportsmen who have suffered unusual injuries.

SCOTT BALDWIN

Wales hooker Baldwin was forced to miss the Ospreys’ PRO14 defeat against the Cheetahs in September 2017 because of a lion bite. The 29-year-old was absent from the 44-25 loss after receiving a couple of stitches in the wound on his hand at a local hospital in Bloemfontein. He had stroked the caged big cat at a zoo and feared losing his hand.

QUINTON DE KOCK

South Africa's Quinton de Kock.

South Africa’s Quinton de Kock.

South Africa were forced to make a late SOS the night before their third Test against England in January 2016 after wicketkeeper De Kock slipped and twisted his knee while walking his dog. The injury worsened overnight, prompting a late call-up for Dane Vilas, and while De Kock might want to forget the nature of the injury, South Africa will also want to forget the result after losing by seven wickets, which handed England the series.

SVEIN GRONDALEN

Norway defender Grondalen, who played for his country from 1973 to 1984, probably saw nothing wrong when he put on his running shoes and stepped out for a training run. However, while out jogging he collided with a moose and was forced to withdraw from an international as a result.

RORY McILROY

McIlroy suffered a “total rupture” of his left ankle nine days before the 2015 Open Championship at St Andrews, forcing him to withdraw. The defending champion posted a picture of himself, via his Instagram account, wearing a protective boot on his left leg after, in his own words, “a soccer kickabout with friends on Saturday”.

DAVID JAMES

England's former goalkeeper David James.

England’s former goalkeeper David James.

Former England goalkeeper James was never afraid of standing out from the crowd, but he brought himself unwanted headlines when he injured his shoulder while out fishing, causing himself pain when he tried to land a monster carp. Some of James’ injuries were not caused by other sports, though, for he once pulled a muscle in his back when reaching for the television remote control.

JAMIE DONALDSON

Ryder Cup star Donaldson suffered a severe finger injury following a mishap with a chainsaw in January 2016. The Welshman, who claimed the decisive point as Europe defeated the United States in September 2014, posted a graphic photo on Twitter of what seemed to be a laceration to the little finger on his left hand. Above the image, he wrote: “So folks in my time off decided to have a fight with a chainsaw and lost! Oops!!”

MARCO ASENSIO

The Real Madrid forward missed a Champions League game due to an infection caused by shaving his legs. Boss Zinedine Zidane told reporters ahead of Real’s 3-0 victory over APOEL Nicosia in September 2017 that Asensio would not feature because of a pimple which prevented him from pulling up a sock.

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