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Soccer player Mara Gomez poses for a portrait at her home in La Plata, Argentina, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. Gomez is a transgender woman who is limited to only training with her women's professional soccer team, Villa San Carlos. She is waiting for confirmation from the Argentina Football Association (AFA) she can play. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Transgender woman poised to make Argentine soccer history

Feb. 14, 2020 2:29 PM EST

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Dozens of trophies, balls and cups sit on two worn, wooden shelves in the small home in a Buenos Aires suburb of Mara Gómez, who is poised to become the first transgender woman to play professional soccer in Argentina. Tall and athletic, Gómez looks at the mementos...

In this photo taken on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, people in traditional costumes take part in the traditional

AP PHOTOS: Spanish towns embrace peculiar old festivals

Jan. 26, 2020 4:55 AM EST

ACEHUCHE, Spain (AP) — Spain has a rich tradition of colorful, and sometimes bizarre, festivals. The best-known ones are in the summer, including running with bulls through the narrow streets of Pamplona or hundreds of people throwing ripe tomatoes at each other near Valencia. But some of the more obscure...

Athletic Bilbao's Inaki Williams, left, and Real Madrid's Luka Modric fight for the ball during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Sunday Dec. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul White)

Spanish league president condemns racism, fan street clashes

Jan. 25, 2020 6:59 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spanish football was marred by a player being racially abused during a league game on Saturday, along with street clashes between rival fans outside stadiums before two matches. The league president said the incidents had done “serious damage to Spanish football.”...

El argentino Lionel Messi festeja después de anotar el segundo gol del Barcelona en el partido por La Liga española frente al Barcelona, en el Camp Nou de Barcelona, el sábado 7 de diciembre de 2019. (AP Foto/Joan Monfort)

Barca and Madrid lead in Spain at winter break despite flaws

Dec. 25, 2019 5:06 AM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Even though Barcelona and Real Madrid have yet to dominate like in past seasons, the two heavyweights are at the top of the Spanish league for the winter break. Lionel Messi’s Barcelona will head into 2020 with a two-point advantage over second-place Madrid after completing...