Valencia beats Barcelona 2-1 to win the Copa del Rey

Soccer 05/25/19, 16:06

Valencia beat Barcelona 2-1 in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday, denying Lionel Messi the chance to lead his team to a fifth consecutive domestic cup title.Strikers Kevin Gameiro and Rodrigo Moreno scored after defensive errors by Barcelona in a first half dominated by Valencia.Other than the defending of ...

Barca relying on Pique for another top performance vs United

Soccer 04/15/19, 16:21

When Barcelona hosts Manchester United on Tuesday, it will field three players who helped the Spanish team beat the English side in the 2009 and 2011 Champions League finals.Lionel Messi will again lead the attack for the quarterfinal second leg at Camp Nou, Sergio Busquets patrols the midfield and Gerard ...

Messi to sit out league match ahead of ManU visit

Soccer 04/12/19, 14:36

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has left forward Lionel Messi off his squad for this weekend's Spanish league match, giving him more rest before the visit of Manchester United.Messi and Sergio Busquets were both dropped by Valverde for Saturday's match at Huesca, which is in last place in La Liga.Messi had ...

Costa banned 8 games for allegedly insulting referee

Soccer 04/11/19, 06:30

Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa has been suspended for eight games for allegedly insulting a referee, meaning he will not play the rest of the season.Costa was shown a red card in the first half of Atletico's 2-0 loss to Barcelona on Saturday, a result that practically ended the team's ...

New Davis Cup goes virtual to increase sponsorship revenue

Sports 04/01/19, 04:36

The changes in the Davis Cup go beyond its revamped format.In addition to a new playing formula that will bring nations together for a weeklong tournament in a single venue, the Davis Cup is also implementing a new sponsorship strategy that will make tennis' top team competition look different to ...

Catalonia beats Venezuela 2-1 in friendly in Spain

Soccer 03/25/19, 17:25

Venezuela followed its win over Lionel Messi's Argentina by losing to Catalonia 2-1 in a friendly on Monday.Javi Puado scored in the 88th minute to give the hosts the win at Girona's Montilivi Stadium. Bojan Krkic opened the scoring in the 53rd and Venezuela equalized through Roberto Rosales in the ...

Messi helps Barcelona beat Lyon 5-1 to reach CL quarters

Sports 03/13/19, 17:07

Lionel Messi scored twice and set up two more goals as Barcelona beat Lyon 5-1 to reach the Champions League quarterfinals on Wednesday.After a 0-0 draw in the first leg, Luis Suarez ensured Barcelona was up 2-0 by halftime by earning a penalty converted by Messi and setting up Philippe ...

A year later, Coutinho unable to show his worth at Barcelona

Soccer 03/11/19, 07:58

More than a year after arriving as one of Barcelona's most expensive signings, Philippe Coutinho is still struggling to play up to expectations.The Brazil midfielder hasn't been able to show the type of playmaking ability that made him a star at Liverpool and prompted the Spanish club to sign him ...

Messi scores, assists as Barca keeps comfortable Liga lead

Soccer 03/09/19, 14:31

Lionel Messi scored a penalty and set up another goal as Barcelona came back to beat Rayo Vallecano 3-1 and stay firmly in control of the Spanish league on Saturday. Messi crossed for Gerard Pique to cancel out an opening goal by Rayo's Raul de Tomas, then Messi put the hosts ...

Spanish court summons Shakira to answer tax evasion charges

Europe 02/26/19, 08:42

A Spanish court investigating Shakira for possibly evading 14.5 million euros ($16.4 million) in taxes has called on the pop music star to testify in mid-June.Prosecutors charged the singer in December for not paying taxes in Spain between 2012 and 2014, when she lived mostly in the country despite having ...

Spanish soccer league to sponsor new Davis Cup Finals

Soccer 01/31/19, 14:14

The Spanish soccer league will sponsor the new Davis Cup Finals organized by a group founded by Barcelona defender Gerard Pique.La Liga says it will promote the tennis competition through its international broadcasts in Europe, Asia, Africa, the United States and Latin America.The league says the campaign will air during ...

Without Messi, Barcelona loses to Levante in Copa del Rey

Soccer 01/10/19, 17:41

Barcelona could not overcome the absence of Lionel Messi and other regular starters on Thursday, losing 2-1 at Levante in the first leg of the Copa del Rey's round of 16.Barcelona's second-stringers struggled from the start in Valencia, escaping an even greater defeat only because Levante's forwards squandered some clear ...

Gerard Pique’s investment group buys tiny club FC Andorra

Sports 12/30/18, 05:38

The investment group headed by Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has purchased FC Andorra, a soccer club in the small country of Andorra that plays in Spain's lower leagues.Pique said in a statement Saturday that investment group Kosmos has taken over after club members approved the sale.FC Andorra, founded in 1942, ...

Messi-powered Barcelona looking like a true champion

Soccer 12/16/18, 22:35

With a hat trick and two assists, Lionel Messi showed again this weekend why Barcelona is favored by many to successfully defend its Spanish league title.Sevilla and Atletico Madrid may be only three points behind as the season approaches the midway mark, but neither challenger can count on the unrivaled ...

Messi scores hat trick to keep Barca 3 points clear in Spain

Soccer 12/16/18, 16:51

Lionel Messi scored a hat trick and set up two more goals to lead Barcelona to a 5-0 victory at Levante on Sunday, restoring the defending champion's three-point lead of the Spanish league.Messi netted his 18th, 19th and 20th goals in all competitions this season after setting up Luis Suarez ...

Spanish prosecutors file tax evasion charges against Shakira

Business 12/14/18, 09:17

Spanish prosecutors are charging pop music star Shakira with tax evasion, alleging she failed to pay more than 14.5 million euros ($16.3 million) between 2012 and 2014.The charges Friday allege Shakira listed the Bahamas as her official residence for tax purposes during those years but was in fact living in ...

Barcelona puts pressure on Sevilla by beating Villarreal 2-0

Soccer 12/02/18, 14:55

Barcelona put pressure on Sevilla by beating Villarreal 2-0 to move temporarily at least to the top of the Spanish league on Sunday.Sevilla trails Barcelona by two points before visiting Alaves later.Injury-depleted Barcelona got goals from Gerard Pique and rarely used reserve player Carles Alena in each half at Camp ...

Gerard Pique fined for driving with suspended license

Soccer 11/26/18, 10:19

Gerard Pique has been fined nearly 50,000 euros ($56,700) for driving with a suspended license.The Barcelona defender appeared before a judge on Monday and was ordered to pay the fine for the incident that happened in August.Barcelona's Gerard Pique, center, gestures during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Atletico ...

ITF president says Davis Cup, ATP Cup could ‘work together’

Tennis 11/24/18, 09:37

ITF president David Haggerty is confident he can find a deal with the ATP to make sure their two team competitions do not clash on an already busy calendar.Speaking in France at the final of the last Davis Cup played in its traditional format, Haggerty said he had "very positive" ...

The Davis Cup and the Laver Cup are getting a new companion

Tennis 11/15/18, 11:39

The Davis Cup and the Laver Cup are getting a new team-competition companion.The men's tennis tour said Thursday the debut of the ATP Cup will take place in January 2020, just a week before the start of the Australian Open.The announcement of the 24-team event comes three months after the ...

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