Daily Digest: All Blacks stars return to face Springboks

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The Sport360 team are here bringing you our top stories on Thursday.

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Steve Hansen has made 10 changes to the run-on side and five on the bench in a strong All Blacks combination looking to extend their unbeaten record in the fourth-round Rugby Championship match against the Springboks on Saturday (11.35 UAE time).

Ryan Crotty, Sam Cane and Rieko Ioane all made the starting line-up after missing last week’s Test against Argentina because of injury.

Meanwhile, David Pocock and Israel Folau were declared fit enough to be included in the starting line-up in a big boost for the Wallabies ahead of their clash with Argentina (14:00).

Folau injured his ankle in the opening Bledisloe Cup match against New Zealand on August 18, while Pocock has been struggling with a neck issue after being targeted by the All Blacks in Auckland three weeks ago.

While Folau returns, he will be on the wing with coach Michael Cheika opting to keep Dane Haylett-Petty in the No.15 jersey after two standout displays at fullback.

Check out the All Blacks and Wallabies teams here.

FOOTBALL

The UEFA Nations League is officially up and running following the first set of matches during the September international break.

With a competitive edge much more apparent than in international friendlies, there were a host of standout performances across the week, from Marco Asensio and Saul of Spain, to Danel Sinani, who was excellent for Luxembourg in their two wins.

Read our team of the week and our good and bad performers from the opening two games.

In other news, France’s World Cup winning captain Hugo Lloris avoided jail but received a 20-month driving ban and £50,000 fine for drink driving in central London.

Elsewhere, Europe’s big five leagues spent a record $4.21 billion in the summer transfer window, according to a study published by FIFA.

The total amount of money spent by the clubs in England, Spain, Germany, Italy and France was up 6.6. per cent on the $3.95bn spent in the same window last year.

CRICKET

Six weeks of high-quality Test cricket has come to an end with England claiming a 4-1 victory over India in the five-match series.

With a magnificent English summer now coming to a close, we look at the biggest surprises from the series – both good and bad. 

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Our man Matt Monaghan analyses Luis Enrique’s promising early ‘evolution’ with Spain

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The Sport360 team are here bringing you our top stories on Wednesday.

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Luis Enrique could not fault Spain’s attitude as they produced a superb display to thrash World Cup finalists Croatia 6-0 in Elche.

Marco Asensio scored one, saw another strike rebound off the crossbar and go in off the goalkeeper and set up three second-half goals as La Roja took firm control of Group A4 of the UEFA Nations League.

FOOTBALL

Gareth Southgate was pleased to hear voices raised in the England dressing room as “stern words” at half-time against Switzerland helped deliver a first victory in four games.

England were at risk of sinking to their worst ever sequence of defeats having lost their World Cup semi-final to Croatia, a third-place play-off to Belgium and Saturday’s Nations League date with Spain.

In other news, a Lionel Messi-less Argentina were forced to settle for a goalless draw against Colombia in New Jersey.

Both teams arrived off the back of friendly wins at the weekend as they attempt to shake off World Cup hangovers in the absence of major stars.

CRICKET

James Anderson took his last opportunity of The Oval Test to claim a famous piece of history as he completed England’s 118-run victory by becoming the world’s most successful pace bowler ever.

Anderson had laboured in vain throughout the final day of the Test summer, but was still going strong deep into the evening and clean-bowled India tailender Mohammed Shami to conclude England’s 4-1 series success.

Read our ratings from the England v India series here.

FEATURE OF THE DAY

The clamour is building for UEFA to ditch a rule that has been in existence for nearly 50 years – Matt Monaghan analyses the pros and cons.

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Daily Digest: Novak Djokovic beats Juan Martin del Potro to win third US Open title

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Novak Djokovic moved into joint third on the all-time list of male grand slam singles champions by beating Juan Martin del Potro to win the US Open.

Djokovic is now level with Pete Sampras on 14 titles and, after following up his Wimbledon triumph by making it back-to-back slam successes, is closing in once more on Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

With his two-year physical and mental dip apparently firmly behind him, questions will again be posed as to whether he can catch Nadal on 17 or even Federer’s 20.

After all the drama this tournament has created, capped by Saturday’s extraordinary women’s final, the headlines here were all made for the right reasons as Djokovic triumphed 6-3 7-6 (7/4) 6-3.

FOOTBALL

France striker Olivier Giroud ended his 10-match goalless run with the winner as the world champions’ return to Paris for the first time since their summer success in Russia ended in a 2-1 victory over Holland.

Ryan Babel looked to have spoiled the homecoming party in the capital with his first competitive international goal in 13 years to cancel out Kylian Mbappe’s opener in the Nations League clash.

However, with 15 minutes remaining, Chelsea forward Giroud scored the 32nd goal of international career.

In the other big game last night, Joachim Low insisted Germany did enough to warrant their 2-1 victory over Peru.

Debutant Schulz’s low drive crept under Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese’s body and into the net as the hosts edged to victory in Sinsheim.

Luis Advincula put Peru ahead with a crisp finish before Juliant Brandt levelled for the hosts before half-time.

CRICKET

Alastair Cook can dream of a 33rd Test century in his final innings of the record-breaking career after steering England to stumps against India at the Oval.

Cook was still batting away unbeaten, on 46, as he so often has throughout his 161 Tests, in a total of 114 for two as England extended their overall lead to 154 after bowling India out for 292.

FEATURE OF THE DAY

Matt Jones analyses the performance of Wales as a 4-1 thrashing of Ireland was followed with a chastening 2-0 defeat in Denmark.

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