Salah seeking redemption in Champions League final

Sports 05/30/19, 04:23

His left shoulder in a sling, Mohamed Salah stood in a line at the airport in Kiev with the rest of Liverpool's disappointed players as they made their way back from the Champions League final last year.Heads were down. No one really wanted to talk. It was a fairly melancholic ...

Amazing matches highlight epic Champions League season

Soccer 05/09/19, 07:42

Remarkably and improbably, it will be Liverpool and Tottenham playing for the Champions League title on June 1.The all-English final in Madrid seemed all-but impossible before back-to-back, second-half comebacks in both semifinals.It was a fitting way for the finalists to emerge from a dramatic knockout phase.Tottenham's Lucas Moura, center, kneeling, ...

Sports director Monchi returns to Sevilla

Sports 03/17/19, 07:41

Sevilla says former sports director Roman "Monchi" Rodriguez, the man credited with building several title-winning squads, is returning to his old job.Monchi had left Sevilla two years ago to join Roma, but he left the Italian club last week after poor results.Monchi is credited with playing a large role in ...

Ramos does self-interview to discuss Madrid crisis

Soccer 03/11/19, 10:04

With Real Madrid still recovering from one of the worst weeks in club history, team captain Sergio Ramos felt some issues needed to be addressed publicly.So he did it himself.In a self-interview posted on Instagram, Ramos talked about the "disastrous" recent events that ended Madrid's hopes of winning another title ...

Ajax hopes to take advantage of Ramos’ absence

Soccer 03/04/19, 16:58

Needing goals, Ajax hopes to take advantage of Sergio Ramos' absence when it faces Real Madrid in the second leg of the round of 16 in the Champions League.Ramos, the Real Madrid captain, is suspended from Tuesday's match because of an accumulation of yellow cards."Ramos is Madrid's boss on the ...

UEFA bans Sergio Ramos for additional Champions League game

Sports 02/28/19, 13:15

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has been banned for an additional Champions League game for deliberately provoking a yellow card to control the timing of a one-game suspension.UEFA says its disciplinary panel found Ramos guilty of "clearly receiving a yellow card on purpose" against Ajax two weeks ago.He will now ...

Madrid has only days to pick up pieces for another clasico

Soccer 02/28/19, 06:55

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos feared the worst after Luis Suarez scored Barcelona's third goal at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium — Panenka-style from the penalty spot — to end his team's chances of making it to the Copa del Rey final."Let's go!" the Madrid captain told his teammates. "Or they will ...

UEFA charges Madrid captain Ramos for deliberate yellow card

Soccer 02/26/19, 13:49

UEFA has formally charged Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos with deliberately getting a yellow card to control the timing of a Champions League ban.UEFA says its disciplinary panel will judge the case Thursday.Ramos risks an additional suspension from the first leg of the quarterfinals if Madrid advances from the Round ...

UEFA charges Valencia’s Kondogbia for deliberate yellow card

Soccer 02/15/19, 13:56

UEFA has charged Valencia midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia with intentionally getting a yellow card in a Europa League game against Celtic.UEFA announced the case Friday, one day after opening an investigation into Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos for a suspected similar offense.Players who provoke a yellow card to serve a one-game ...

UEFA investigates Ramos over possibly intentional booking

Soccer 02/14/19, 12:22

UEFA is investigating reported comments by Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos that he intentionally got a yellow card to provoke a favorable Champions League ban.Ramos risks an additional one-game sanction — for a quarterfinals first-leg game — if UEFA decides his 90th-minute foul in a 2-1 win at Ajax on ...

Real Madrid wins Madrid derby and rises back to 2nd

Soccer 02/09/19, 12:43

In a derby marked by video review, Real Madrid defeated Atletico Madrid 3-1 on Saturday to overcome the city rival in the Spanish league standings and return to second place for the first time since September.An overhead kick by Casemiro, a penalty kick converted by Sergio Ramos, and a second-half ...

Once indisputable, Real Madrid’s Marcelo a target of critics

Soccer 02/07/19, 07:50

It's not a good sign that nearly every time Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari is asked about Marcelo he mentions the player's great past with the club.Clearly, it has become harder to talk about the player's current achievements.Marcelo was an indisputable starter for more than a decade with Real Madrid, ...

Benzema scores 2 as 10-man Madrid wins 4-2 at Espanyol

Soccer 01/27/19, 17:09

Karim Benzema put in a brilliant performance and scored two goals in a 4-2 win for 10-man Real Madrid against Espanyol in the Spanish league on Sunday.The French striker opened the scoring only four minutes into the match in Barcelona and also provided several smart passes for his teammates that ...

Madrid beats Girona in 1st leg of Copa del Rey quarterfinals

Soccer 01/24/19, 17:36

With some help from defender Sergio Ramos in attack, Real Madrid came from behind to defeat Girona 4-2 in the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarterfinals on Thursday.Ramos twice gave Madrid the lead against a gritty Girona team that had opened the scoring less than 10 minute into ...

Real Madrid beats Leganes 3-0 in Copa del Rey

Sports 01/09/19, 17:53

Real Madrid avoided the upset this time, beating Leganes 3-0 on Wednesday to move closer to the last eight of the Copa del Rey.After being eliminated by Leganes in the competition's quarterfinals last season, Real Madrid cruised to a first-leg victory at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.Sergio Ramos netted his 100th career ...

Real Madrid beats Al Ain 4-1 to win 4th Club World Cup

Soccer 12/22/18, 13:34

Real Madrid eased to a 4-1 win over host side Al Ain to claim its fourth Club World Cup on Saturday.Ballon d'Or winner Luka Modric and Marcos Llorente scored from outside the area, and Sergio Ramos added a late goal to lead the European champions to the world title.Modric put ...

Real Madrid denies Ramos breached anti-doping rules

Soccer 11/23/18, 17:18

Real Madrid has denied Sergio Ramos broke anti-doping rules as suggested by German magazine Der Spiegel in the latest "Football Leaks" revelations.The magazine reported Ramos failed a doping test after the Champions League final against Juventus in 2017, and that the Madrid captain did not follow proper procedures when asked ...

Madrid wins 4-2 at Celta for 4th straight win under Solari

Soccer 11/11/18, 18:39

Karim Benzema scored a superb opening goal in Real Madrid's 4-2 win at Celta Vigo in the Spanish league on Sunday, boosting interim coach Santiago Solari's chances of staying in charge of the European champions.Benzema displayed exquisite control to get Madrid rolling in the 23rd minute. Spinning away from the ...

Madrid needs late own-goal, penalty to end league slump

Soccer 11/03/18, 13:22

Real Madrid needed an own-goal and late penalty to beat Valladolid 2-0 Saturday and end its slump in the Spanish league as interim coach Santiago Solari made his home debut.Substitute Vinicius Junior's off-target shot took a deflection off defender Kiko Olivas in the 83rd minute and caught goalkeeper Jordi Masip ...

Madrid players behind Lopetegui after calls for change

Soccer 10/22/18, 12:10

Most Real Madrid fans have lost their patience with Julen Lopetegui, but the coach still has his players behind him.Lopetegui is under fire with Madrid on a five-game winless streak that included its longest scoring drought ever. Fans loudly jeered the team and coach after Saturday's 2-1 home loss to ...

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