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Lionel Messi in Israel despite rockets and boycott threats

Nov. 17, 2019 3:57 PM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Soccer superstar Lionel Messi finally arrived in sports-crazed Israel on Sunday, after a Palestinian protest campaign derailed his previous visit and the latest round of cross-border fighting in Gaza threatened to scare him off once again. Messi and his Argentine teammates are in...

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...

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...

Lionel Messi and Liverpool shine in the Champions League

Oct. 23, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Lionel Messi and titleholder Liverpool were in top form in the Champions League on Wednesday. Messi scored one goal and set up another as Barcelona beat Slavia Prague 2-1 to take control of Group F at the group stage's midpoint. Liverpool overwhelmed Genk 4-1 to end a four-game losing streak...

Players to go on strike in Spanish women's soccer league

Oct. 23, 2019 1:59 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Players in the Spanish women's soccer league have decided to go on strike after failing to reach a deal with clubs over working hours and minimum wages, the latest fight by female athletes worldwide for greater equality with men. Around 200 players met in Madrid late Tuesday and voted in...

Barcelona vs. Real Madrid likely to be moved to December

Oct. 17, 2019 7:25 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — This month's Spanish league "clásico" match between Barcelona and Real Madrid is expected to be postponed until December because of a planned separatist rally in the Catalan capital. The league wanted the Oct. 26 game to be moved from Barcelona to Madrid because of security concerns,...

Spanish soccer league tries again to stage game in Miami

Oct. 17, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

Undeterred by the resistance it faced last season, the Spanish soccer league is trying again to take a regular season game to the United States. The Spanish soccer federation has been asked to allow Villarreal's home game against Atlético Madrid on Dec. 6 to be moved to Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. The...

Barcelona coach wants Real Madrid to play in Catalan capital

Oct. 17, 2019 11:20 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde says his team wants to play its Spanish league "clásico" match against Real Madrid at home despite a planned separatist rally in the Catalan capital on the same day. The Spanish soccer league wants the Oct. 26 game to be moved from Barcelona to...

Police, protesters clash in Catalonia for 3rd night

Oct. 16, 2019 8:17 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Rioting raged in Barcelona and several other Catalan towns for a third straight night Wednesday, with police fighting running street battles with protesters angered by lengthy prison sentences for nine leaders of the wealthy region's drive for independence from Spain. Tens of...

The Latest: Spanish PM says he will stand firm amid violence

Oct. 16, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Latest on unrest in Spain's Catalonia region (all times local): 9:20 p.m. Spanish caretaker prime minister Pedro Sánchez says authorities won't be provoked into taking drastic measures following clashes between protesters and police in Catalonia. Sánchez said in a...