Daily Digest: Ballon d'Or shortlist named; Australia look to bat long against Pakistan

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The Sport360 Team is in place bringing you our top stories on Tuesday.

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Cream of the crop: Lionel Messi.

England striker Harry Kane and Wales forward Gareth Bale are the only British names on the 30-man shortlist for the Ballon d’Or.

Tottenham‘s Kane and Real Madrid‘s Bale are on a list that also features five-time winners Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, who has won the award the past two years.

Read more, here.

FOOTBALL

Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac

Under-pressure? Bayern boss Niko Kovac.

What is going wrong at Bayern Munich?

The Bavarians are struggling in the Bundesliga and Aditya Devavrat delves further into the problems facing Niko Kovac’s men.

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Haris Sohail.

Haris Sohail struck a ton for Pakistan on day two.

Day three of the first Test gets underway at 10am between Pakistan and Australia in Dubai.

The tourists will resume on 30-0, trailing the hosts’ first innings total of 482 all out.

Meanwhile, on Monday, the ICC charged three Hong Kong cricketers for breaching the Anti-Corruption Code on a total of 19 counts and provisionally suspended them with immediate effect.

FEATURE OF THE DAY

Dejected: Real Madrid failed to score again.

Dejected: Real Madrid are tackling a tough run of form.

Our Spanish football writer Andy West analyses the strength and depth at the top of the table in La Liga this season as big guns Barcelona and Real Madrid experience problems.

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Cricket: Pakistan v Australia, day three of the first Test from Dubai

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Daily Digest: Lionel Messi earns Barcelona draw at Valencia

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Good morning!

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

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

TOP STORY

Barcelona missed the chance to return to the top of La Liga after being held to a 1-1 draw at Valencia.

Lionel Messi’s classy goal cancelled out Ezequiel Garay opener, which came after just 79 seconds.

After winning their first six games in all competitions this season, Barca’s only win in their last five has come at Tottenham in the Champions League.

Barca are now second, a point behind new leaders Sevilla who beat Celta Vigo 2-1 earlier on Sunday.

Read our ratings and talking points from the game.

FOOTBALL

Riyad Mahrez missed a penalty as Manchester City blew the chance of ending their Anfield hoodoo.

The Algerian winger stepped up in the 86th minute after Leroy Sane had been caught by Virgil van Dijk.

But he blasted his spot-kick over the bar as honours between the Premier League’s top two ended even. Check out our things learned, ratings and player focus from the match.

In other news, Arsenal were 5-1 winners over Fulham and Chelsea romped to a 3-0 victory over Southampton.

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Pakistan put their nightmare Asia Cup campaign firmly behind them as they reached 255-3 on the opening day of the first Test against Australia on Sunday.

Batting first in pristine batting conditions, returning batsman Mohammad Hafeez hit his 10th Test century, finishing on 126, while fellow opener Imam-ul-Haq made his best score of 76 as Sarfraz Ahmed’s openers added 205.

Australia went in with three debutants in their first Test series since the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in March. However, while the ball did all sorts in South Africa, in the UAE it did nothing for them in the first two sessions.

The Aussies went in with just two seam bowling options in Mitchell Starc and Peter Siddle and had to soon resort to the part-time leg spin of debutant Marnus Labuschagne. They gained some reverse swing towards the end of the day’s play to lift their morale on a tough Day One in Dubai.

Read our report card and player in focus from day one.

FEATURE OF THE DAY

A sporting weekend of incredible comebacks in South Africa, Argentina and England – but what do the late revivals mean for the three teams?

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iSportconnect CEO on the growth of Dubai Summit ahead of 2018 event

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Success: iSportconnect brings people together from the world of sports business

The world’s largest global private network of sport business executives are set to gather for iSportconnect, for the forthcoming 2018 Dubai Summit.

The event, taking place on the 26th November, offers top-tier executives from premier rights owners, brands and broadcasters to experience and enjoy the learning and networking benefits of the exclusive event.

“Our community has grown by thousands of new members. We have amazing new partners in international market leaders like Sodexo and ATPI and HoK,” says CEO Sree Varma. “We are working more closely than ever with LaLiga and our top-of-the-line specialist digital partners. We have added new experts in our office and really developed our platform,” he continued.

Speaking exclusively to Sport360, Varma commented on the growth of sport in the region since the first Dubai Summit last year. “We’ve heard positive things from so many people about bringing global leaders to the region to share their insights, and that’s why there has been such an enthusiastic response to the second edition.” After the success of the first year, attracting key speakers has been made easier. Varma says, “Our reputation makes it a lot easier than it would be otherwise. Our events are exclusive and we are pretty obsessive about protecting their elite quality. We are not shy about being exclusive.”

The ever-growing social media landscape has had a big effect on the sports business industry, notably with events being streamed live via new platforms like DAZN, a Netflix-style sports service. “The Social Media impact has been huge,” Varma tells Sport360. “The media metrics that people use to measure success have changed dramatically. Sponsors are discovering new ways to engage fans. Now we are even seeing live rights move on to some of the social platforms,” he adds.

Speakers at the two-day summit include Iain Higgins from the International Cricket Council (ICC), Rael Enteen from New York Jets, Daniel Rossomondo from the NBA, John Dollin from Arsenal FC and Grégory Bolle from LaLiga. “It’s fantastic because the ICC as a sports federation has been based here for the last 15 years and to actually see the sports industry here together in the Middle East at the heart of Dubai is great,” said Aarti Dabas, Head of Media Rights, Broadcast & Digital at the ICC.

For more information visit www.isportconnect.com

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