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Lionel Messi and Argentina will try for a 3rd straight major title in Copa America

Jun. 17, 2024 13:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Lionel Messi and Argentina will try to match Spain’s feat of three consecutive major titles when the Copa America kicks off Thursday night. Coming off championships in the 2021 Copa America and the 2022 World Cup, Messi will be four days shy of his 37th birthday...

2 political outliers claim seats in European Parliament by leveraging social media's viral power

Jun. 17, 2024 00:30 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — One is a wildly popular, seemingly happy-go-lucky YouTuber from Cyprus. The other is a brash, fringe figure of Spain's far right who rails against unauthorized immigrants. They both are new members of the European Parliament thanks to their savvy use of video-based social...

Tiki-taka no more: Spain’s remarkable ball possession streak ends at Euro 2024 against Croatia

Jun. 15, 2024 18:07 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Greedy for the ball no more, Spain has won a game by playing unlike Spain. After La Roja's 3-0 victory over Croatia 3-0 at Euro 2024 on Saturday, the match statistics showed something extremely rare: Spain had only 46% possession. Stats analyst Opta...

Spain's David Puig rallies after first round to make US Open cut, secure spot at the Paris Olympics

Jun. 14, 2024 23:59 PM EDT

PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) — David Puig was fully aware that he needed to make the cut at the U.S. Open to make the Spanish team for the Paris Olympics, and he had a whole lot of work to do after opening with a 76 at Pinehurst No. 2. But the 22-year-old Puig answered the call Friday with...

Spain and Turkey call on the international community to act to stop the war in Gaza

Jun. 13, 2024 11:54 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain and Turkey called on the international community Thursday to stop “looking the other way” and press for the end of Israel's attack on Gaza to crush Hamas, following a bilateral summit focused on strengthening economic cooperation between the Mediterranean countries. ...

Nadal and Alcaraz to play doubles together for Spain at Paris Olympics

Jun. 12, 2024 09:02 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz will play doubles together for Spain at the upcoming Paris Olympics, the Spanish tennis federation said Wednesday. The announcement comes three days after the 21-year-old Alcaraz won the French Open for the first time — earning his...

These candidates who won seats in the European Parliament this week aren't who you might expect

Jun. 11, 2024 02:40 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — He has no political experience. No high-profile endorsements. No party affiliation. What Fidias Panayiotou does have are 2.6 million followers on YouTube and more on TikTok. And now he has won a seat in the European Parliament representing Cyprus, one of several...

A growing Filipino diaspora means plenty of celebration worldwide for Philippine Independence Day

Jun. 11, 2024 02:08 AM EDT

In the Philippines — where Spanish and later U.S. colonial rule persisted for nearly four centuries — June 12 is the real Independence Day. That date in 1898 was the pivotal moment when the island nation first made a bold move for autonomy. Ahead of this year's holiday in...

Valencia fans who insulted Vinícius are first to be convicted for racism abuse in Spanish soccer

Jun. 10, 2024 10:58 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Three Valencia fans have been handed eight-month prison sentences after pleading guilty to racially insulting Real Madrid forward Vinícius Júnior in the first conviction for racism-related cases in professional soccer in Spain. The fans, whose names were not...

Carlos Alcaraz owns 3 Grand Slam titles at age 21 and his Wimbledon title defense starts July 1

Jun. 10, 2024 07:29 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Carlos Alcaraz plans to continue his tradition of celebrating Grand Slam titles with tattoos by getting ink of the date he won his first French Open championship and a drawing of the Eiffel Tower. That art, to help remember Sunday's 6-3, 2-6, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 comeback...