Daily Digest: Dembele on target as Barcelona seal hard-fought win at Real Valladolid

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Hello, it’s David Cooper here giving you a bitesize look at our top stories on Sunday.

TOP STORY

It wasn’t plain sailing for Barcelona.

Coach Ernesto Valverde has criticised the pitch at Real Valladolid after Barcelona scraped to a 1-0 victory on Sunday night.

The players were seen struggling as the newly laid turf began cutting up during the match at the Estadio Jose Zorrilla, with Valverde saying he had not seen anything like it “for a long time”.

Read more, here.

FOOTBALL

Three wins from three for Liverpool.

After Manchester City and Bournemouth were both held earlier on Saturday, Liverpool took their chance to take top spot on the Premier League table – at least until Watford, Spurs and Chelsea are in action later in the weekend – by defeating Brighton 1-0 at Anfield.

Here, Alex Broun rates Jurgen Klopp’s men.

CRICKET

Mayank Agarwal (l) and Fawad Alam.

Mayank Agarwal (l) and Fawad Alam.

Our cricket writer Ajit Vijaykumar ponders the curious case of selection and why some players miss the boat. Read more, here.

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Premier League: Watford v Crystal Palace (4.30pm); Fulham v Burnley (7pm); Newcastle v Chelsea (7pm)

La Liga: Girona v Real Madrid (12.15am); Sevilla v Villarreal (12.15am)

Formula One: Belgian Grand Prix (17.10pm)

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Daily Digest: Aaron Ramsey Arsenal contract saga no closer to resolution

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Hello, it’s David Cooper here giving you a bitesize look at our top stories on Saturday.

TOP STORY

Aaron Ramsey is out of contract in the summer of 2019.

Unai Emery has told Aaron Ramsey to focus on his football and not on his future as his contract impasse at Arsenal continues.

Read more, here.

FOOTBALL

David Silva is yet to decide if he will play on beyond the end of his current contract at Manchester City.

In fine form: David Silva.

Read more, here.

CRICKET

A key role: Rashid Khan

In the wickets: Rashid Khan.

Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan is simply unstoppable when it comes to T20 cricket. Still a teenager, Rashid has emerged as the best all-condition spinner in the format.

Check out the landmark the teenager is closing in on via our article.

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WHAT’S ON

Cristiano Ronaldo is set to run out at the Allianz Arena.

Live football

Premier League: Wolves v Man City (3.30pm); Southampton v Leicester (6pm); Arsenal v West Ham (6pm); Bournemouth v Everton (6pm); Huddersfield v Cardiff (6pm); Liverpool v Brighton (8.30pm)

La Liga: Atletico Madrid v Rayo Vallecano (10.15pm); Valladolid v Barcelona (12.15am)

Serie A: Juventus v Lazio (8pm)

Formula One: Belgian Grand Prix Qualifying (5pm)

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Daily Digest: Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic could meet in US Open quarter-finals

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Good morning!

Niall here with our key sports headlines on Friday.

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

TOP STORY

Five-time champion Roger Federer could find himself up against Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals of the US Open.

The Swiss maestro opens against Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka, anchoring a bottom quarter of the men’s draw that also features sixth-seeded Djokovic, the reigning Wimbledon champion who beat the 37-year-old in the final at the Cincinnati Masters last week.

Read our things learned from the draw last night.

FOOTBALL

Sevilla are hoping to land Anthony Martial from Manchester United before the European transfer window closes on August 31, according to Marca.

The French winger has been frustrated at a lack of game time at Old Trafford, having failed to secure a regular spot in Jose Mourinho’s starting XI.

Elsewhere, Dimitar Berbatov is certain that Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will turn things around and somewhat bemused by the negativity surrounding his former club.

Old Trafford has found itself in the eye of a storm in the wake of Sunday’s shock 3-2 defeat at Brighton, with odds on the Portuguese departing tumbling.

CRICKET
James Vince is back in the reckoning to return for his home Test in Southampton next week as cover for his fellow England batsman Jonny Bairstow.

Both are included in a 14-man squad announced on Thursday lunchtime, as England opt for just one change – Vince replacing uncapped seamer Jamie Porter.

England squad (v India at the Ageas Bowl): JE Root (Captain), MM Ali, JM Anderson, JM Bairstow, SCJ Broad, JC Buttler (wkt), AN Cook, SM Curran, KK Jennings, OJD Pope, AU Rashid, BA Stokes, JM Vince, CR Woakes

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