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

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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.

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

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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.

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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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Daily Digest: Mourinho reaction; pressure mounts on Lopetegui

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TOP STORY

A much-needed win for the Red Devils.

A much-needed win for the Red Devils.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho claimed after the 3-2 home victory over Newcastle that he was the subject of a “manhunt.”

FOOTBALL

Dejected: Real Madrid failed to score again.

Dejected: Real Madrid failed to score again.

Julen Lopetegui refused to be drawn on continued speculation over his future after Alaves turned up the heat yet further on the Real Madrid coach with a dramatic 1-0 stoppage-time victory at Mendizorrotza.

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Australian Test captain Tim Paine and coach Justin Langer

Australian Test captain Tim Paine and coach Justin Langer.

Australian Test captain Tim Paine will lead the Baggy Green into a new era when his team face Pakistan in the first Test of the two-match series, starting in Dubai today.

Read full build-up, here.

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Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed.

Ahead of the series between Pakistan and Australia, our cricket writer Ajit Vijaykumar says the hosts have it all to do to lift themselves after a poor performance in the Asia Cup.

Read his article, here.

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WHAT’S ON

Cricket: Pakistan v Australia first Test, day one (10am)

La Liga: Valencia v Barcelona (10:45pm)

Premier League: Fulham v Arsenal (3pm)

Formula One: Japanese Grand Prix (9:10am)

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