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Organizers claim 170 people tried to run on field at WCup

Sep. 25, 2018 11:29 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Two months after the World Cup final was disrupted by four members of the Pussy Riot protest group running onto the field, the head of the local organizing committee claimed security stopped 170 others from doing the same during the tournament. Organizing committee CEO Alexei Sorokin spoke...

Modric wins world player of year, ends Ronaldo-Messi duopoly

Sep. 24, 2018 9:26 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi were far from the auditorium by the River Thames when Luka Modric broke their decade-long grip on FIFA's award for the world's best player. Football's biggest individual accolade was handed to the 33-year-old playmaker on Monday night in recognition of a...

Real Madrid president against Liga plan to play game in US

Sep. 23, 2018 8:53 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says that his team will not participate in the Spanish league's scheme to play regular-season matches in the United States. Perez says Sunday that "We are not going to the United States. we do not know who this interests, surely not the clubs or the...

Real Madrid leads La Liga thanks to goal on video review

Sep. 22, 2018 6:10 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — It took some help from video review to put Real Madrid on top in the Spanish league. Marco Asensio's first-half winner to beat Espanyol 1-0 on Saturday was initially waived off for offside but eventually stood after assistance from the VAR, which is making its La Liga debut this season. "In...

Plight of jailed Catalans strains dialogue with Spain

Sep. 20, 2018 1:51 PM EDT

SANT JOAN DE VILATORRADA, Spain (AP) — A farm tractor with a crane lifts up half a dozen people holding Catalan independence flags in northeast Spain, trying to get high enough so they can peek into a prison courtyard and see their separatist heroes. The distance makes it hard to recognize the faces of the...

No Ronaldo? No problem for Madrid, Juventus in Champs League

Sep. 19, 2018 7:05 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Real Madrid managed to win easily in the Champions League without Cristiano Ronaldo. So did Juventus, after its superstar signing was tearfully sent off within 30 minutes. Three-time defending champion Madrid eased to a 3-0 win over Roma on Wednesday, with Francisco "Isco" Alarcon scoring...

1 dead, 11 injured in scaffolding collapse at Madrid hotel

Sep. 18, 2018 1:21 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Scaffolding at a luxury hotel undergoing renovation in central Madrid collapsed on Tuesday, killing one construction worker and injuring at least 11 others, an official said. Wrought iron work on the sixth floor of the centrally located Ritz Hotel collapsed shortly after 4 p.m. (1400 GMT; 10...

Spain rejects extraditing HSBC whistleblower to Switzerland

Sep. 18, 2018 8:39 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish court on Tuesday rejected a request to extradite a former HSBC employee to serve a five-year prison sentence in Switzerland, where he was convicted for leaking a massive trove of bank data that led to tax evasion probes worldwide. The ruling was the second time Spain's National...

Grand Tour sweep for Britain as Yates wins Spanish Vuelta

Sep. 16, 2018 5:30 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Simon Yates won his first Grand Tour title after a largely ceremonial ride into Madrid in the final stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Sunday, giving British riders a sweep of the season's three biggest races. The 26-year-old Englishman was dominant throughout the three-week race across Spain,...

Simon Yates protects lead, poised to win Spanish Vuelta

Sep. 15, 2018 2:54 PM EDT

SANTUARIO DE CANOLICH, Andorra (AP) — English rider Simon Yates is poised to win his first Grand Tour title after he successfully defended his lead in the Spanish Vuelta through Saturday's 20th stage. Yates will take his advantage of 1 minute, 46 seconds, over Enric Mas into the final stage, when race...