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Marquez penalty puts Vinales on pole in Texas

Apr. 21, 2018 7:40 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — MotoGP promised tougher sanctions for dangerous racing. Marc Marquez is the first to feel their sting. Marquez thought his blistering pace on his Repsol Honda had secured yet another pole position at the MotoGP Grand Prix of the Americas. Then it was gone, snatched away with a penalty...

Barcelona easily wins historic 4th straight Copa del Rey

Apr. 21, 2018 6:58 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — If it was a farewell, Andres Iniesta went out in style. The veteran midfielder is expected to soon confirm he's leaving Barcelona at the end of the season. He couldn't have asked for a better way to say goodbye. Iniesta scored amid a brilliant performance as Barcelona crushed Sevilla 5-0 in...

Assistant ref hit by object in Spanish football

Apr. 21, 2018 3:34 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — An assistant referee was hit by an object thrown from the stands causing a second-division football match in Spain to be stopped for about 15 minutes. The match between host Tenerife and Huesca was nearing its end when the object hit the head of lineswoman Guadalupe Porras Ayuso. The...

Spain: March demands closer prisons for Basque militants

Apr. 21, 2018 1:56 PM EDT

BILBAO, Spain (AP) — Several thousand protesters have marched in northern Spain to demand that imprisoned members of the militant Basque group ETA be moved to prisons closer to their homes. The demonstration in Bilbao on Saturday came a day after ETA made an unprecedented apology for the killings of more...

Valencia held again in Spanish league, ties Celta Vigo 1-1

Apr. 21, 2018 1:49 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Valencia's struggles to clinch a Champions League spot continued in a 1-1 draw at Celta Vigo in the Spanish league on Saturday. It was the third straight match without a victory for Valencia, allowing fifth-place Real Betis to continue to move closer in the fight for the final spot for...

Summer soccer tournament again lands Europe's biggest clubs

Apr. 20, 2018 8:07 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charlie Stillitano initially feared he would have trouble persuading Europe's top soccer clubs to jet off around the globe this summer for the International Champions Cup, because it begins mere days after the World Cup ends. Turns out the man behind the world's largest summer club...

Deportivo closer to Liga drop after 0-0 draw at Leganes

Apr. 20, 2018 6:00 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Deportivo La Coruna moved a step closer to relegation from the Spanish league after being held to 0-0 at Leganes on Friday. Deportivo was left six points from safety in 17th place of the 20-team league with four matches left. The bottom three teams go down. Levante, in 16th, plays at Athletic...

Djokovic to play at Barcelona Open next week

Apr. 20, 2018 11:57 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Novak Djokovic has confirmed he will play at the Barcelona Open next week. Event organizers made the announcement on Friday, a day after the Serb was beaten by Dominic Thiem in the Monte Carlo Masters third round. Djokovic has played at four tournaments this season as he tries to...

European soccer weekend: What to watch in the main leagues

Apr. 20, 2018 11:42 AM EDT

What to watch in the leading soccer leagues in Europe this weekend: ITALY With all of the other major leagues around Europe already settled or nearly decided, the race for the Italian league title is heating up again with Napoli's visit to Juventus on Sunday. Midweek results saw Juve's lead cut to four points,...

Former French PM mulls candidacy to become Barcelona mayor

Apr. 20, 2018 6:52 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Former French Prime Minister Manuel Valls says he is considering running in Barcelona's mayoral election next year as a candidate for a Spanish pro-business party that opposes Catalan independence. "I would be interested in continuing in the debate on independence and I'm going to study it,"...