Daily Digest: Champions League reaction as Messi inspires Barcelona to victory

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Messi scored twice against Tottenham in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Messi scored twice against Tottenham in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Barcelona delivered an occasionally dazzling display to defeat Tottenham and maintain their 100 per cent record in the Champions League, with Lionel Messi scoring twice in a 4-2 win at Wembley.

Read Andy West’s talking points.

FOOTBALL

It was a tough night for Liverpool in Naples.

Carlo Ancelotti’s tactical masterclass squeezed the life out of the usually rampant Liverpool attack as Lorenzo Insigne earned a 1-0 win for Napoli that blew Group C of the Champions League wide open.

Catch up on the rest of the Champions League action, here.

CRICKET

Day one of the first Test between India and West Indies is underway in Rajkot! Follow the action LIVE!

FEATURE OF THE DAY

Sport360’s Stuart Appleby runs the rule over three Real Madrid players who have under-performed this season.

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Big crowds expected as GAA season gets underway at Dubai Sports City

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The first round of the Middle East GAA League kicks off on Friday at Dubai Sports City, with 1,300 players from across the Gulf expected to compete in mens’ and ladies football competitions.

The league, which began in 2010, is a nine-a-side format with Irish, international and local players involved with 80 teams from Oman, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait and the UAE.

The competition – which runs from October to April – is played over two halves of seven minutes with each team guaranteed three group games over the course of the day, and the top two teams qualifying from each group earning a place in the semi-final.

In the senior competition, all eyes will be on defending champions Abu Dhabi na Fianna, who won the league and championship in convincing fashion last season.

The men from the capital will be bolstered by the presence of Scott Oates, Danny Curran and Rob Brown – key men who have been integral to their success over the past number of seasons.

Jumeirah Gaels from Dubai are also expected to mount a challenge, with captain Keith Kelly, James Shaughnessy and Peter Acheson leading the ranks.

Dubai Celts, meanwhile, have excellent performers in Aindreas Doyle and Peter Hughes, and should pose a threat against both rivals.

More excitement is expected in the intermediate division where a strong Jumeirah Gaels B side will be among the favourites this campaign after securing promotion from the Junior A section in March.

Elsewhere, in the junior division, an impressive Al Reem Shamrocks and Ras Al Khaimah will be hoping to vie for a promotion spot at season’s end.

The senior ladies competition promises to be one of the highlights of the weekend with Abu Dhabi na Fianna and Dubai Celts continuing to set the bar for Gaelic games in the region.

Abu Dhabi, led by the immense Nicola Fahy, Christine McDonnell and Niamh Carroll, to name a few, have won the league for the past six years and play Gaelic football at a pace and level that is frightening.

Action gets under way from 8:00 on Friday, with the finals set to take place from 15:00.

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Arsenal and LaLiga representatives announced as speakers at 2018 Dubai Summit

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iSportConnect: The event sees execs from the world of sport come together

Representatives from LaLiga and Arsenal FC will take the stage at the 2018 iSportconnect, an event that brings together business executives from the world of sport.

The gathering, which takes place on 26th November, is open to iSportconnect members from sporting governing bodies, teams, brands and broadcasters.

Grégory Bolle, LaLiga’s Head of Global Partnerships & Marketing, Daniel Rossomondo and John Dollin, Senior Systems & Operations Manager at Arsenal are headliners on day two of the summit. Bolle is highly experienced, having joined LaLiga in 2016 after previously working in advertising for Carat Aegis, Wunderman and Xaxis. Dollin is responsible for Arsenal’s digital and broadcast infrastructure.

Spokespersons from the NBA, International Cricket Council (ICC) and New York Jets will also be addressing the crowd. Daniel Rossomondo, from the NBA has worked within the company for many years, having been the Senior Vice President, International Business Development. Now Head of Media & Business Development in the Global Partnerships group at the NBA, he leads business development for new global marketing partners and manages the media sales relationships.

Speaking on behalf of the International Cricket Council (ICC) is Iain Higgins, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel. Higgins is currently heading up a project supporting the development of a global cricket strategy. Rael Enteen, Director of Digital Media for the New York Jets has also been confirmed as a speaker at the event.

This week iSportconnect announced it has signed an exclusive event partnership deal with Sport360. The event is open to iSportconnect members who are from governing bodies, sports teams, brands and broadcasters. For more information visit iSportConnect.com.

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