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Spain: Police arrest 21 in raids on Catalan separatists

Oct. 28, 2020 12:28 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spanish officials said Wednesday that police arrested 21 people with links to the Catalan separatist movement on suspicion of corruption and promoting public disorder. Spain’s Interior Ministry said in a statement that the arrests took place during 31 police raids in the...

FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020 file photo Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, left, and France's Presnel Kimpembe, centre, eye the ball, during the UEFA Nations League soccer match between France and Portugal at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, France. The Portuguese soccer federation says Cristiano Ronaldo has tested positive for the coronavirus. The federation says Ronaldo is doing well and has no symptoms. He has been dropped from the country's Nations League match against Sweden on Wednesday, Oct. 14. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

Cristiano Ronaldo out of Juventus' match against Barcelona

Oct. 28, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

TURIN, Italy (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo was left off Juventus' match squad for the Champions League game against Barcelona on Wednesday, more than two weeks after the 35-year-old forward initially tested positive for COVID-19. Ronaldo tested positive Oct. 13 and was reported to have no symptoms. The...

FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 file photo Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the Champions League round of 16 second leg, soccer match between Juventus and Lyon at the Allianz stadium in Turin, Italy. The Portuguese soccer federation says Cristiano Ronaldo has tested positive for the coronavirus. The federation says Ronaldo is doing well and has no symptoms. He has been dropped from the country's Nations League match against Sweden on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, File)

Ronaldo in doubt for Messi's visit to Juventus

Oct. 25, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

Some talking points ahead of the second round of games in the Champions League: NO RONALDO VS. MESSI? The highly anticipated matchup of Cristiano Ronaldo against Lionel Messi likely won’t happen because Ronaldo has the coronavirus. Juventus has not reported many details of Ronaldo’s status but the...

FILE - Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez speaks during a parliamentary session in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday Oct. 21, 2020.  Sánchez is appealing for Spaniards to pull together and defeat the new coronavirus, warning: “The situation is serious.” Sanchez, in a televised address to the nation Friday, acknowledged public fatigue with restrictions to contain the spread of COVID-19.   (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, Pool)

Spain orders nationwide curfew to stem worsening outbreak

Oct. 25, 2020 12:21 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Buckling under the resurgence of the coronavirus in Europe, the Spanish government on Sunday declared a national state of emergency that includes an overnight curfew in hopes of not repeating the near collapse of the country's hospitals. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said the...

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Spain 1st in western Europe to hit 1 million virus cases

Oct. 21, 2020 2:14 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain became the first country in western Europe to accumulate more than 1 million confirmed COVID-19 infections on Wednesday as the nation of 47 million struggles to contain a resurgence of the virus. The health ministry said that its accumulative case load since the start of the...

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford leaps over a challenge by PSG's Presnel Kimpembe during the Champions League group H soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United at the Parc des Princes in Paris, France, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Man United wins again at PSG; Messi scores in Barca rout

Oct. 20, 2020 6:59 PM EDT

Marcus Rashford sprinted toward the corner flag inside an empty Parc des Princes and slid on his knees in celebration, just like two seasons ago. Another trip to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. Another late winner for the Manchester United striker. In a heavyweight contest on the opening night of the...

Soccer supporters keep social distance guidelines prior the German Bundesliga soccer match between RB Leipzig and FC Schalke 04 in Leipzig, Germany, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Who gets fans? New dividing line in Champions League

Oct. 19, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has brought a new dividing line to the Champions League this season. No longer is it only the super rich clubs against everyone else. There is now a split between those playing in front of fans and those playing in empty stadiums. As of Monday, seven...

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2001 file photo, firefighters work at the scene of a car bomb in Madrid. Josu Urrutikoetxea, the last known chief of ETA, the now-extinct Basque separatist militant group, goes on trial Monday Oct. 19, 2020 in Paris for terrorism charges that he deems “absurd” because of his role in ending a conflict that claimed hundreds of lives and terrorized Spain for half a century. (AP Photo/Paul White, File)

ETA’s bloody history: 853 killings in 60 years of violence

Oct. 19, 2020 3:00 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The now-defunct Basque separatist militant group ETA was formed more than six decades ago to try to form an independent state in parts of northern Spain and southern France. A former ETA leader, Josu Urrutikoetxea, is going on trial Monday in Paris on terrorism charges. This is a timeline...

Security reminds fans to mask up before entering Sanford Stadium before the start of the Georgia-Tennessee NCAA college football game in Athens, Ga., on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP)

The Latest: Champions Hockey League cancels upcoming season

Oct. 13, 2020 1:58 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ One of Europe’s leading ice hockey competitions has canceled its 2020-21 season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Champions Hockey League was due to begin next month in an already-shortened format with a knockout...

Barcelona's Lionel Messi walks during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)

AP Interview: Barça VP says Messi never was for sale

Oct. 11, 2020 9:20 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Hobbled by crises on the field and among its fed-up club members, Barcelona never waivered in its commitment to Lionel Messi despite mounting financial struggles brought on by the pandemic-induced global economic slowdown. A drop in revenues has forced Barcelona to jettison players...