Czechs stun England in Euro qualifying; France, Portugal win
It was a night of European soccer to forget for England, and one to remember for Andorra.
England conceded a late goal against the Czech Republic on Friday and paid the price with its first...
Griezmann misses another penalty as France beats Andorra 3-0
PARIS (AP) — Antoine Griezmann did better as a provider than a finisher, again missing a penalty before setting up the second goal as France beat Andorra 3-0 in a European Championship qualifying...
Macron apologizes to Albania on wrong anthem at soccer game
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's prime minister says French President Emmanuel Macron has apologized to him after the wrong national anthem was played ahead of a European Championship qualifier...
Wrong anthem played for Albania before match against France
PARIS (AP) — In an embarrassing mix-up, the wrong national anthem was played for Albania before it faced France in a European Championship qualifier on Saturday.
Pogacar wins hail-hit Pyrenees stage, Quintana leads Vuelta
CORTALS D'ENCAMP, Andorra (AP) — Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia won a stormy mountainous ninth stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Sunday, and Nairo Quintana took over the race lead.
Laporte rewarded for Man City displays with France call-up
PARIS (AP) — Aymeric Laporte, a key member of Manchester City's Premier League title-winning team, might finally get to play his first game for France next month.
BERLIN (AP) — European heavyweights Germany, Italy and Belgium maintained their perfect records in qualifying for the 2020 European Championship on Tuesday, while world champion France bounced...
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The coach of Kosovo's under-21 team has picked two players with the same name for a pair of European qualifiers.
Rafet Prekazi selected defender Lirim Kastrati and...
PARIS (AP) — France coach Didier Deschamps called up three new players on Tuesday, including Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan, for upcoming European Championship qualifiers against Turkey and Andorra...
Whistleblower spurned by players for exposing tennis crooks
ORDINO, Andorra (AP) — As a brave whistleblower, Marco Trungelliti should be feeling good about himself. The Argentine player exposed match-fixing crooks in tennis, helped the fight against the...
Shiffrin wins giant slalom race to seal World Cup title
SOLDEU, Andorra (AP) — Another race won, another crystal trophy earned, another World Cup record written by Mikaela Shiffrin in her historically great season.
SOLDEU, Andorra (AP) — Citius, altius, 40th.
Embodying the Olympic motto in a World Cup slalom Saturday, Mikaela Shiffrin went faster in her second slalom run and higher in the World Cup...
SOLDEU, Andorra (AP) — Wendy Holdener and Daniel Yule won the last two runs to help Switzerland come from behind and beat Norway in the final of the team skiing at the World Cup Finals on...
SOLDEU, Andorra (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin added yet another trophy to her record-breaking season at the World Cup Finals on Thursday.
Unlike most of her other recent victories and titles,...
SOLDEU, Andorra (AP) — Beat Feuz and Nicole Schmidhofer wrapped up the season-long downhill titles at the World Cup Finals despite neither winning a race on Wednesday.
SOLDEU, Andorra (AP) — Dominik Paris of Italy led the final training run for the men's downhill at the World Cup Finals on Tuesday, and Stephanie Venier of Austria was fastest in the women's...
SOLDEU, Andorra (AP) — Three-time Olympian Mattias Hargin will retire at the end of the season after 15 years on the World Cup circuit.
The slalom specialist from Sweden says Friday's team...
SOLDEU, Andorra (AP) — World champion Kjetil Jansrud and Olympic champion Sofia Goggia were fastest in downhill training runs Monday at the World Cup finals.
KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia (AP) — After wrapping up his eighth consecutive men's World Cup overall title on Sunday, Marcel Hirscher hinted that there might not be a ninth.
SPINDLERUV MLYN, Czech Republic (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin closed in on her first women's World Cup giant slalom trophy Friday after placing third in the penultimate race of the season, which was won...
Gerard Pique’s investment group buys tiny club FC Andorra
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — 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, currently plays in Spain's fifth tier against clubs in Catalonia. It played in the third division in the 1980s and '90s.
Simon Yates protects lead, poised to win Spanish Vuelta
SANTUARIO DE CANOLICH, Andorra (AP) — English rider Simon Yates is poised to win his first Grand Tour title after he successfully defended his lead in the Spanish Vuelta through Saturday's 20th stage.
Yates will take his advantage of 1 minute, 46 seconds, over Enric Mas into the final stage, when race custom dictates the riders don't attack the race leaders on the traditional arrival to Madrid.
"I've made it! It's still sinking in," said Yates, who rides for Mitchelton-Scott.
Yates increases Spanish Vuelta lead ahead of final stages
SANT JULIA DE LORIA, Andorra (AP) — Simon Yates moved closer to winning the Spanish Vuelta for the first time after gaining more than a minute on Alejandro Valverde in Friday's 19th stage, which was won by Thibaut Pinot.
Pinot outlasted Yates at the end of the final climb in the tiny nation of Andorra, crossing the line five seconds ahead of the British rider for his second stage win in this year's Vuelta. Valverde finished eighth, more than a minute behind.
Andorra charges Venezuelan ex-officials for money laundering
MADRID (AP) — A judge in Andorra has charged 28 people, including former officials in Venezuela, with money laundering offenses over a kickbacks-for-contracts scheme that plundered $2 billion from the Venezuelan state oil company between 2007 and 2012.
Investigating magistrate Canolic Mingorance issued the indictments on Thursday, wrapping up a five-year investigation into opaque deposits in the Banca Privada d'Andorra, or BPA, according to court documents seen by The Associated Press.
Argentine official investigated over bank account in Andorra
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's anti-corruption bureau has launched an investigation into a presidency official accused of hiding $1.2 million in a secret account in the tiny European state of Andorra.
The bureau said officials must declare their patrimony when they take their posts.
Venezuela arrests cousin of ex-oil czar in corruption probe
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A cousin of former Venezuelan oil czar Rafael Ramirez was arrested in an investigation into a series of accounts in an Andorran bank suspected of being used to launder about $1.6 billion in corrupt funds, the chief prosecutor announced Friday.
Bernd Storck out as Hungary coach after World Cup failure
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The Hungarian Football Federation says Bernd Storck is out as coach of the national team, which he led to the 2016 European Championship, its first appearance there in 44 years.
Despite that high point, Hungary failed to advance to the 2018 World Cup, which included a crushing loss in qualifying to Andorra. Hungary last participated in the World Cup in 1986 in Mexico.
Ronaldo back in lineup for Portugal in World Cup qualifying
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo is set to return to Portugal's lineup for the decisive World Cup qualifier against Switzerland on Tuesday.
Ronaldo did not start in the 2-0 win at Andorra last week because he was not fully fit, but he came off the bench in the second half to score the first goal and help to set up the second by Andre Silva.
The Real Madrid forward practiced on Monday ahead of the showdown against the Swiss at the Stadium of Light.
Ronaldo sets up Swiss showdown; France closes on WCup place
GENEVA (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo scored and helped Portugal win an eighth straight game in World Cup qualifying on Saturday — and still could fail to qualify.
While Portugal was laboring to beat Andorra 2-0, using its superstar as a substitute, Group B leader Switzerland's 5-2 win over visiting Hungary ran its own win streak to nine. And the Swiss still could fail to advance.
Ronaldo lifts Portugal to win, sets up Switzerland showdown
BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — Substitute Cristiano Ronaldo lifted Portugal to a labored 2-0 win at Andorra on Saturday, and set up a showdown against Switzerland next week that will decide who advances to the World Cup.
Ronaldo was rested and watched the first half from the bench. Without its superstar, the European champion struggled against the 144th-ranked minnow. In desperation, Ronaldo was sent on and his 63rd-minute goal helped earn an eighth straight win in Europe Group B.
Switzerland wins 8th straight game, Portugal stays close
Switzerland extended its perfect record in World Cup qualifying by defeating Latvia 3-0 Sunday for its eighth straight victory, while Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal edged 10-man Hungary 1-0 to stay close at the top of Group B.
With two games left, Switzerland has 24 points, three more than defending European champion Portugal. Third-place Hungary stayed on 10 points and is out of contention.
Ronaldo scores 3 in Portugal’s win, passes Pele’s tally
PORTO, Portugal (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick to move past Pele on the list of all-time international goalscorers as Portugal beat Faeroe Islands 5-1 on Thursday to stay close to Switzerland at the top of Group B in World Cup European qualifying.
Ronaldo netted with a neat volley from inside the area then added two other goals to lift his career tally to 78 and surpass the great Pele, who scored 77 for Brazil.
France’s big win leaves Dutch in danger of missing World Cup
MADRID (AP) — France's 4-0 win over Netherlands has the Dutch on the brink of missing the World Cup, while Cristiano Ronaldo's three goals helped keep Portugal in contention in European qualifying and moved him ahead of Pele on the list of all-time international scorers.
Belgium trounced Gibraltar 9-0 among the other games Thursday, when Switzerland stayed perfect with a 3-0 win over Andorra in heavy rain.
Froome takes Spanish Vuelta lead as Nibali wins 3rd stage
ANDORRA LA VELLA, Andorra (AP) — Vincenzo Nibali of Italy won the third stage of the Spanish Vuelta and Tour de France champion Chris Froome took the overall lead after a strong run in the first mountain stage on Monday.
Froome was ahead with about half a kilometer to go but Nibali made a charge in the final sprint to clinch the 158-kilometer (98-mile) stage from Prades to Andorra La Vella. Froome ended third, behind David De La Cruz of Spain.
Trump names campaign donor to be US ambassador to Spain
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he intends to nominate campaign donor Duke Buchan III to be the U.S. ambassador to Spain.
Buchan will also serve at the same time and without additional pay as ambassador to Andorra, a small, independent principality located between France and Spain.
Buchan is the founder and CEO of Hunter Global Investors, a private investment management firm based in Palm Beach, Florida. Trump owns a private club in Palm Beach.
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The coach of Hungary is offering free tickets to a pair of World Cup qualifiers to fans who attended the team's 1-0 loss in Andorra last week.
Bernd Storck said on state television on Friday that his proposition was meant to win back support of angry fans after one of Hungary's all-time worst defeats.
After the match, Hungarian fans chanted for players to remove their jerseys because of the embarrassing performance, and they complied.
ANDORRA LA VELLA, Andorra (AP) — Andorra made history by beating Hungary 1-0 to win its first World Cup qualifier in 13 years on Friday, ending a 66-match winless streak in official competitions.
Cristiano Ronaldo continued his good form by scoring two goals and setting up another in Portugal's 3-0 win at Latvia, while Switzerland kept its perfect record after six qualifiers with a 2-0 victory at the Faeroe Islands in the night's other Group B match.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo teamed up with rising talent Andre Silva to score twice and lead Portugal past Hungary 3-0 in World Cup qualifying on Saturday.
Silva scored the opening goal before setting up Ronaldo for his first strike four minutes later.
Tim Kaine to speak about public service at Tufts University
MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine will talk about the importance of public service, U.S. policy priorities and America's role in the world during a visit to Tufts University.
The U.S. senator from Virginia will visit Tufts in Medford, Massachusetts, on Monday to participate in a conversation with Alan Solomont, dean of Jonathan M. Tisch College for Civic Life and former U.S. ambassador to Spain and Andorra.
The event is open to members of the Tufts community.
Silva’s hat-trick helps Portugal rout Faeroe Islands 6-0
GENEVA (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo may have finally have found a worthy goalscoring partner in Portugal's 6-0 rout the Faeroe Islands in World Cup qualifying on Monday.
Andre Silva, the 20-year-old Porto prospect, scored a first-half hat-trick before Ronaldo added a fourth midway through the second half in a comfortable visit to the North Atlantic for the European champion. In stoppage time, goals from Joao Moutinho and Joao Cancelo completed Portugal's second six-goal shutout in four days.
Ronaldo puts Portugal back on track; France also wins
AVEIRO, Portugal (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo needed only four minutes to put European champion Portugal back on track in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, while France's recovery came thanks to a pair of goals by forward Kevin Gameiro.
Ronaldo, who missed Portugal's opening loss to Switzerland because of a knee injury in the final of Euro 2016, returned to action on Friday by scoring two of his four goals less than five minutes into the 6-0 rout of nine-man Andorra in Group B.
Ronaldo scores 4 to give Portugal its 1st win in qualifiers
AVEIRO, Portugal (AP) — It didn't take long for Cristiano Ronaldo to give Portugal the boost it needed in European qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.
Ronaldo scored twice in the first four minutes, then added two others in the second half, to help the European champion rout nine-man Andorra 6-0 on Friday and earn its first win in qualifying.
"We knew the first goal was important because they play with 11 men behind the ball," Ronaldo said. "We got off to a good start."
Contador pulls out of Tour de France after fever, crashes
ARCALIS, Andorra (AP) — Diminished by a fever and still reeling from crashes on the opening two days of the race, two-time champion Alberto Contador pulled out of the Tour de France during the toughest Pyrenean stage on Sunday.
Slightly more than 100 kilometers (60 miles) from the end of Stage 9 from the Spanish town of Vielha to the ski resort of Arcalis in Andorra, the 33-year-old Spaniard stopped at the side of the road, hopped off his bike and got into the passenger...