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Spanish league loses court battle, won’t play match in US

Nov. 15, 2019 6:28 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish league lost another battle against the Spanish soccer federation on Friday and won’t be allowed to take a regular-season match to the United States, at least not for now. The game between Villarreal and Atlético Madrid next month was called off after the league lost a...

Paella for one: Barcelona dazzles when you're traveling solo

Nov. 12, 2019 10:49 AM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — They were on girls' trips, guys' trips, family vacations and honeymoons. They were on the train, sharing massive platters of seafood paella and packed into Anton Gaudí's mind-bending architectural jewels. And then there was me. The solo female traveler in Barcelona. If you're...

AP Interview: Barca president preparing for post-Messi era

Nov. 9, 2019 6:30 AM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Even though Lionel Messi is still going strong, Barcelona's club president has already started to look ahead to that unwanted day when the club's all-time great steps off the Camp Nou field for the very last time. Josep Bartomeu told The Associated Press in an interview on Friday...

Villarreal to showcase its flair _ and ceramics _ in US

Nov. 8, 2019 8:07 AM EST

VILLARREAL, Spain (AP) — A short drive through the narrow streets of Villarreal can give you an idea about what matters most in this small city in eastern Spain. Only a few buildings stand out — the large ceramics factories that fuel the local economy and the iconic La Cerámica Stadium that is...

Former military insider tries to rally Egypt's opposition

Nov. 6, 2019 12:48 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A self-exiled businessman who claims to know the secrets of Egypt's ruling military says he is marshaling political groups to try to topple President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, despite the opposition movement's increasingly bleak prospects. Mohamed Ali, 45, pitches himself as a former...

Barcelona prosecutors to appeal court's ruling in sex case

Nov. 6, 2019 7:32 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — The prosecutor's office in Barcelona says it has decided to appeal a court's ruling in a sex-crime case involving an unconscious teenager. The case triggered an outcry in Spain after the court last week convicted five men of the lesser crime of sexual abuse instead of sexual assault or rape,...

Dortmund, Chelsea stage big Champions League comebacks

Nov. 5, 2019 7:04 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — On a night of big comebacks in the Champions League, Borussia Dortmund came from two goals down to beat Inter Milan 3-2 Tuesday while Chelsea erased a three-goal deficit to draw 4-4 against nine-man Ajax. Napoli fluffed a chance to qualify for the knockout stage after drawing 1-1 home at home...

Shakira plans a Latin tribute at upcoming Super Bowl

Nov. 5, 2019 3:21 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Colombian music star Shakira says she will pay homage to Latin culture alongside Jennifer Lopez at the 2020 Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show in Miami. Speaking Monday in Barcelona, Spain where she lives with her long-term partner, Spanish soccer star Gerard Piqué, and their two...

Protests greet Spanish king in secession-focused Catalonia

Nov. 4, 2019 5:13 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Violence and the disparaging of others have no place in the dispute over Catalonia's independence, Spanish King Felipe VI said during a visit with his family to the northeastern region Monday that was greeted with widespread protests. The Spanish monarch has long been the target of...

Catalans against secession are alarmed by recent violence

Nov. 3, 2019 3:10 AM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — As a tour guide in one of Europe's top travel destinations, María José Martínez constantly takes busloads of tourists to an overlook in Barcelona to gaze upon one of Spain's most enchanting skylines. But instead of being wowed by the Mediterranean blue and the...