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Real Madrid's Karim Benzema shoots to score a penalty against Deportivo Alaves during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Deportivo Alaves at the Alfredo di Stefano stadium in Madrid, Spain, Friday, July 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Madrid beats Alavés 2-0 for 8th straight win in title march

Jul. 10, 2020 7:00 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Karim Benzema helped Real Madrid move one step closer to dethroning Lionel Messi’s Barcelona on Friday. Benzema scored one goal and set up another to lead Madrid to beating Alavés 2-0 and restoring a four-point lead over Barcelona in the Spanish league with only three...

Atalanta's Luis Muriel celebrates with teammates after scoring during the Serie A soccer match between Atalanta and Sampdoria at the Gewiss Stadium in Bergamo, Italy, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. (Gianluca Checchi/LaPresse via AP)

All 5 former winners in same half of Champions League draw

Jul. 10, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — All five former Champions League winners were put into the same half of the draw on Friday, setting up a possible semifinal pairing between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Real Madrid, Juventus, Barcelona, Chelsea and Bayern Munich — who have combined to win 26 European Cups...

Ricardo Zapata, left, a photographer for the Los Angeles Angels, has his temperature taken by Sarah Morris before entering Angels Stadium for baseball practice on Monday, July 6, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. New protocols like temperature checks, social distancing, and limiting amount of people allowed in sports venues have been put in place due to the spread of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

The Latest: California CCAA moving all sports to the spring

Jul. 9, 2020 11:31 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: The California Community College Athletic Association is moving all sports, even football, to the spring. The decision announced Thursday was one of three potential scenarios approved by the CCCAA Board of Directors last month....

Customers wearing face masks buy sandals at a market in Barcelona on Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Spain's northeastern Catalonia region will make mandatory the use of face masks outdoors even when social distancing can be maintained, regional chief Quim Torra announced Wednesday. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Face masks mandatory in northeast Spain amid virus uptick

Jul. 8, 2020 2:18 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Authorities in northeast Spain will start fining individuals who do not wear face masks 100 euros ($113) starting Thursday when the use of masks becomes mandatory in Barcelona and the surrounding Catalonia region following a resurgence of the coronavirus. Spain ended a nationwide...

Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos, right, scores the opening goal from a penalty shoot during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Athletic Club and Real Madrid at the San Manes stadium in Bilbao, Spain, Sunday, July 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

Refereeing criticism increases as Madrid nears Spanish title

Jul. 6, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The closer Real Madrid gets to the Spanish league title, the stronger the accusations it is benefiting from the referees. Its opponents are not holding back, and Madrid has heard enough. “I’m tired of always talking about the same thing,” Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said...

South Korean Imperial guards wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus move near the Deoksu Palace in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, July 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Latest: S Korea has 60-plus new virus cases for 3rd day

Jul. 4, 2020 10:46 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has recorded 60-plus COVID-19 cases for a third consecutive day, a continuation of a virus spread beyond the greater Seoul area. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Sunday it has confirmed 61 additional cases, bringing the national total to 13,091. It...

Morata double leads Atlético to 3-0 over Mallorca in Liga

Jul. 3, 2020 6:05 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Álvaro Morata scored twice to lead Atlético Madrid to a 3-0 win over Mallorca and extend its strong finish to the Spanish league on Friday. Diego Simeone’s team has long been out of the title race being disputed by leader Real Madrid and second-placed Barcelona,...

A seagull flies past the statue of Christopher Columbus in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, July 2, 2020. Unlike in the United States, Britain and Belgium, statues of colonial-era figures have not become a major source of protests in Spain, which once ruled over one of the largest empires in history after conquering much of the Americas. Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau is one of the few public officials who say Spain must revisit its colonial legacy - though she is against timid calls to remove the city’s monument to Christopher Columbus. Instead, she tells The Associated Press that she encourages a public discussion about the Italian explorer whose landing in the Caribbean in 1492 gave birth to Spain’s overseas empire. (AP Photo/Renata Brito)

AP Interview: Barcelona mayor wants Columbus statue debate

Jul. 3, 2020 6:35 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Christopher Columbus has been decapitated, defaced, or quietly removed for his own good from pedestals across the United States in the wake of the protests for racial justice sweeping the country. In Spain, however, he is still safe atop his many perches. Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau...

FILE - In this May 22, 2020 file photo, volunteers look for survivors of a Pakistan International Airlines plane that crashed in a residential area of Karachi, Pakistan. The European Union’s aviation safety agency said Tuesday, June 30, 2020 that Pakistan’s national airline will not be allowed to fly into Europe for at least six months after the country’s aviation minister revealed that nearly a third of Pakistani pilots had cheated on their pilot’s exams. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan, File)

EU bans Pakistan airline from flying to Europe for 6 months

Jun. 30, 2020 12:07 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The European Union's aviation safety agency said Tuesday that Pakistan’s national airline will not be allowed to fly into Europe for at least six months after the country’s aviation minister revealed last week that nearly a third of Pakistani pilots had cheated on their...

FILE In this Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020 a general view of the Camp Nou stadium prior of a Spanish Copa del Rey soccer match between Barcelona and Leganes at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort, File)

Soccer teams turning to virtual 'fan tokens' to raise money

Jun. 24, 2020 3:02 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Soccer clubs around Europe are increasingly turning to virtual “fan tokens” to raise money and enhance fan engagement. And the money can pile up fast. The latest club to enter the world of blockchain, Spanish champion Barcelona, generated 1.2 million euros ($1.3 million) in less...