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Marches and strikes rattle Catalonia amid separatist anger

Oct. 18, 2019 5:55 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Masses of flag-waving demonstrators demanding Catalonia's independence and the release from prison of separatist leaders jammed downtown Barcelona on Friday as the northeastern Spanish region endured its fifth straight night of unrest. Chaotic scenes of violence erupted after more...

The Latest: Protesters battle police in chaos-hit Barcelona

Oct. 18, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Latest on the situation in Catalonia (all times local): 11 p.m. Police in the regional capital of Catalonia are using water cannons, tear gas and rubber bullets to repel masked youths who are throwing cobblestones and flammable bottles, building barricades and setting dozens of...

The Wonderwall: Minnesota United has steep backing behind it

Oct. 18, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — When Minnesota United takes the field for the franchise's first match in the MLS playoffs, the Loons will have a stadium full of fired-up fans behind them. If the home team wins, the scene at Allianz Field will briefly become a 19,400-person karaoke bar with the patrons passionately...

Megan Rapinoe enjoys whirlwind, focuses on soccer pay fight

Oct. 18, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Megan Rapinoe is enjoying the whirlwind of a two-time World Cup winner. She picked up the FIFA Player of the Year award in Milan rocking a deeper shade of lavender hair, sent off retiring U.S. coach Jill Ellis with an undefeated victory tour and kept up the fight for pay equity against the...

Ibrahimovic makes playoff debut as chase for MLS Cup begins

Oct. 17, 2019 8:19 PM EDT

Josef Martinez is back just in time to help Atlanta United try to defend its MLS Cup title. Martinez twisted his knee in a Sept. 21 game against the San Jose Earthquakes. The reigning league MVP was expected to miss several weeks but then he teased his return with a Rocky-inspired Instagram post. He started 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...

Ex-soccer star Gascoigne cleared of sexual assault on woman

Oct. 17, 2019 10:17 AM EDT

MIDDLESBROUGH, England (AP) — Former England soccer star Paul Gascoigne has been cleared of sexually assaulting a woman on a train after he kissed her on the lips. A jury at Teesside Crown Court cleared the former Tottenham and Newcastle midfielder of that offense, plus a less serious alternative charge of...

South Korean soccer team tells of 'rough' match in Pyongyang

Oct. 17, 2019 3:17 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's national soccer team described their World Cup qualifier against North Korea in Pyongyang as a "rough" match played under strange conditions that may be raised with FIFA. The historic match ended in a scoreless draw Tuesday at huge Kim Il Sung Stadium, which was...