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Madrid starts Spanish league defense aiming for title sweep

Aug. 11, 2022 11:43 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Real Madrid starts the Spanish league season overflowing with confidence that it can retain the domestic title despite Barcelona spending big to add top talent to its team. Barcelona hosts Rayo Vallecano on Saturday, a day before Madrid visits the newly...

Spain leads Europe in monkeypox, struggles to check spread

Aug. 05, 2022 10:55 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — As a sex worker and adult film actor, Roc was relieved when he was among the first Spaniards to get a monkeypox vaccine. He knew of several cases among men who have sex with men, which is the leading demographic for the disease, and feared he could be next. ...

Ex-Barcelona prospect Riqui Puig makes move to LA Galaxy

Aug. 04, 2022 14:33 PM EDT

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Former Barcelona midfielder Riqui Puig has agreed to a 3 1/2-year contract with the LA Galaxy. Both teams announced the free transfer Thursday for the 22-year-old Puig, a highly touted Spanish prospect who never solidified his place at the famed Catalan club....

EPL sets high bar in European soccer, finances and glamor

Aug. 04, 2022 10:48 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The world’s richest soccer league starts a new season in England on Friday as the rest of Europe looks for ways to catch up. Off the field, the English Premier League is a commercial juggernaut with broadcasting deals worldwide fueling player transfers and wages...

Spain: Prosecutors to seek 8-year prison term for Shakira

Jul. 29, 2022 13:04 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Prosecutors in Spain said Friday they would ask a court to sentence Colombian pop star Shakira to eight years and two months in prison, if she is convicted in her expected trial for alleged tax fraud. Shakira, whose full name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, is...

Spain: Shakira rejects prosecutors' offer, faces tax trial

Jul. 27, 2022 09:55 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Colombian pop singer Shakira has opted to go to trial instead of accepting a deal offered by Spanish prosecutors to settle allegations she defrauded Spain's government of 14.5 million euros ($15 million) in taxes, her public relations team said Wednesday. Shakira, 45,...

Luis Suárez looks to return to his soccer roots in Uruguay

Jul. 26, 2022 19:21 PM EDT

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Luis Suárez says he wants to return to his soccer roots in Uruguay. The 35-year-old striker announced Tuesday that he is looking to rejoin Nacional de Montevideo, the club where he began a glittering career in 2005. In a video posted on...

Barcelona sells 2nd package of Spanish league TV rights

Jul. 22, 2022 06:16 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona has sold a second package of its television rights to an American investment firm for an undisclosed amount as the Spanish club claws its way out of debt. Barcelona said Friday it had agreed to sell an additional 15% of income from TV rights from...

Lewandowski says he's ready to make history with Barcelona

Jul. 20, 2022 16:24 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Robert Lewandowski was officially introduced by Barcelona on Wednesday, saying he is ready to make history with the Spanish club. Barcelona last weekend reached a deal to sign the Poland striker from Bayern Munich in a transfer worth nearly 50 million euros ($50.8...

With fires raging in Europe, France detains man over blaze

Jul. 19, 2022 13:15 PM EDT

LA TESTE-DE-BUCH, France (AP) — Investigators probing the suspected deliberate lighting of what has become a raging wildfire in southwest France detained a man for questioning, as firefighters and water-bombing planes on Tuesday fought ferocious flames there and in other parts of Europe that have...