Record crowd expected for women’s game in Spain
MADRID (AP) — A record crowd is expected to attend a women's soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona on Sunday.
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MADRID (AP) — Francisco "Isco" Alarcon has been left out of the Spain squad, paying the price for not playing often enough for Real Madrid under coach Santiago Solari.
Athletic keeps momentum, beats Huesca 1-0 in Spanish league
HUESCA, Spain (AP) — Athletic Bilbao defeated last-place Huesca 1-0 on Monday to keep momentum from a draw against leader Barcelona and open a comfortable gap to the relegation zone in the Spanish league.
The away victory, coming a week after a 0-0 draw against Barcelona at home, moved Athletic into 11th place, seven points from safety.
Raul Garcia scored the winner by converting a 19th-minute penalty kick at El Alcoraz Stadium.
Barca fails to score at Bilbao, Real Madrid 6 points back
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona needed goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen to put in a superb performance as the Spanish league leader failed to score and dropped points at Athletic Bilbao in a 0-0 draw on Sunday.
The result ended Barcelona's run of 37 league games where it scored at least one goal. Its last league game without a goal was a 0-0 draw with Getafe on Feb. 11, 2018.
Record attendance for women’s soccer match in Spain
MADRID (AP) — A record crowd of 48,121 attended a women's soccer match between Athletic Bilbao and Atletico Madrid in Spain on Wednesday.
Athletic says it was the largest ever attendance for a club-level women's match in Europe. The English Football Association says a crowd of 53,000 watched a game in December 1920 between Dick, Kerr's Ladies and St. Helen's Ladies at Everton's Goodison Park stadium.
Bilbao draws 0-0 at Alaves, remains in Liga drop zone
MADRID (AP) — Athletic Bilbao remained in the relegation zone of the Spanish league after being held at Alaves to 0-0 on Monday.
Bilbao is in 18th place of the 20-team league and level on points with Villarreal, which is the last team in safety.
Bilbao generated the few scoring chances of the regional Basque Country derby, but goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco saved shots by Raul Garcia and Inigo Cordoba in each half.
Athletic Bilbao winless streak in Liga ends on late penalty
MADRID (AP) — Veteran striker Aritz Aduriz converted a penalty kick in stoppage time to end Athletic Bilbao's 13-game winless streak in the Spanish league on Monday.
Aduriz calmly converted his shot from the spot to give the hosts their first league win — 1-0 over Girona — since the first round in August.
Athletic seemed headed to another draw until Jonas Ramalho fouled Iker Muniain inside the area.
Villarreal, Valencia and Athletic struggling in Spain
MADRID (AP) — Traditional Spanish clubs Villarreal, Valencia, and Athletic Bilbao entered the season with high hopes, looking to make a run against the powerful trio of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.
Almost halfway through the league, they are just fighting to stay away from the relegation zone.
Athletic fired its coach last week. Villarreal did it on Monday, and Valencia is already under pressure to follow suit.
Relegation-threatened Athletic fires coach Eduardo Berizzo
MADRID (AP) — Spanish club Athletic Bilbao has fired coach Eduardo Berizzo after the team won only two of its first 15 matches this season.
The Basque Country club made the announcement on Tuesday, a day after a 3-0 loss at Levante in the Spanish league.
The result kept the Athletic winless in 13 league matches, inside the relegation zone. Its only league win was against Leganes in the first round.
Levante routs Athletic Bilbao 3-0 in Spanish league
MADRID (AP) — Levante added to Athletic Bilbao's struggles with a resounding 3-0 home win in the Spanish league on Monday.
The result extended Athletic's winless streak in the league to 13 matches and kept the Basque Country club in the relegation zone. Athletic hasn't won since the first round.
Chema Rodriguez, Jose Campana and Roger Marti scored for Levante, which moved to sixth place after its first victory in five matches in all competitions.
Godin’s late heroics help Atletico rally to beat Athletic
MADRID (AP) — With Diego Godin injured and no substitutions left, Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone told the defender to go play in the attack.
It was a desperation move, and it worked.
Despite not being able to run, Godin scored the winning goal in stoppage time — with the help of a video review — as Atletico twice came from behind to defeat Athletic Bilbao 3-2 in the Spanish league on Saturday.
Camila Cabello wins best artist and best song at MTV EMAs
BILBAO, Spain (AP) — Cuban-American singer Camila Cabello was the big winner at the MTV EMAs gala in Spain on Sunday, while Janet Jackson used her acceptance speech for a life-time achievement award to take a stand for women's rights.
Jackson was honored with the Global Icon Award for her four-decade, 11-album career that started when she was a child growing up in the family that also produced her music legend brother, Michael, and The Jackson Five.
Sociedad beats Athletic Bilbao 3-1 in Basque Country derby
MADRID (AP) — Mikel Oyarzabal converted penalty kicks in both halves as Real Sociedad defeated Athletic Bilbao 3-1 in the Basque Country derby in the Spanish league on Friday.
It was the second straight win for Sociedad against its rival, and the first at Athletic's San Mames Stadium since the 2015-16 season.
Sociedad, playing without several regular starters, hadn't won its last two league matches and was coming off a 1-0 home loss to Valencia, which had yet to win this season.
Barcelona held by Athletic for 3rd straight setback in Liga
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — With Lionel Messi rested for most of the match, Barcelona was held to 1-1 by Athletic Bilbao at home on Saturday in its third straight setback in the Spanish league.
Messi came off the bench in the second half to set up a late equalizer by Munir El Haddadi, but he wasn't able to lead the defending champions to victory at Camp Nou Stadium.
The result was enough to keep Barcelona in the lead after Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid went 0-0 in the derby.
Dembele stakes claim to big role at Barca with another goal
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Ousmane Dembele came to Barcelona's rescue for a third time this season on Saturday, when the France forward struck a second-half winner to complete a comeback at Real Sociedad 2-1.
Dembele was quickest to a poor clearance of a corner kick by Sociedad's defense in the 66th minute, rifling a left-footed shot through a crowd while goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli was off his line.
Madrid drops first points in La Liga in 1-1 draw at Bilbao
BILBAO, Spain (AP) — Real Madrid dropped its first points in the Spanish league after being held at Athletic Bilbao to 1-1 on Saturday.
Madrid needed Francisco "Isco" Alarcon to come off the bench and score three minutes later in the 64th to salvage a point from the visit to the Basque Country club. Isco slipped into the area unmarked and headed Gareth Bale's cross down off the turf and into the corner of the net.
Athletic player apologizes for altercation with partner
MADRID (AP) — Athletic Bilbao forward Inaki Williams has apologized for a heated altercation with his partner, and says they were victims of a blackmail attempt to keep images from being distributed online.
Williams posted the apology on Twitter Friday after Spanish media published videos that show a man and a woman in an intense confrontation. They yell at each other several times and at one point the man apparently spits toward the woman.
LONDON (AP) — Chelsea has signed Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga for a record fee after selling Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid.
Chelsea announced the signing on Wednesday after paying Kepa's 80-million-euro ($92.6 million) buyout clause — the biggest fee ever for a goalkeeper.
The transfer was completed shortly after Courtois' move to Madrid was also confirmed in a deal that will see midfielder Mateo Kovacic move to the London club on a season-long loan.
MADRID (AP) — Tens of thousands of Spaniards from the northern Basque Country have formed a line that stretched over 200 kilometers (124 miles) to demand a ballot on secession for the wealthy region.
Protesters held hands or extended scarves between themselves to form the human chain, which connected the cities of San Sebastian, Bilbao and regional seat Vitoria.
The scarves bore the slogan "It's in our hands" written in Basque
Spain: March demands closer prisons for Basque militants
BILBAO, Spain (AP) — Several thousand protesters have marched in northern Spain to demand that imprisoned members of the militant Basque group ETA be moved to prisons closer to their homes.
The demonstration in Bilbao on Saturday came a day after ETA made an unprecedented apology for the killings of more than 850 people during the group's four-decade armed campaign for the Basque region's independence from France and Spain.
MADRID (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo came through for Real Madrid again, this time with a backheel flick that saved his team from a loss in the Spanish league.
Ronaldo netted an 87th-minute equalizer with a subtle touch of the ball with his back to the goal, redirecting a low shot by Luka Modric from outside the area to give Madrid a 1-1 draw against Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday.
Messi leads Barcelona to 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi added to his scoring streak with a first-half goal in Barcelona's 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish league on Sunday.
Messi scored his eighth goal in six matches with a firm, low shot from outside the area in the 30th minute at Camp Nou Stadium, helping Barcelona to take an 11-point lead over Atletico Madrid, which plays at Villarreal later.
Welbeck double lifts Arsenal, Torres boosts Atletico
PRAGUE (AP) — Danny Welbeck celebrated his England callup by scoring twice as Arsenal beat AC Milan 3-1 Thursday to cruise into the Europa League quarterfinals 5-1 on aggregate.
German powerhouse Borussia Dortmund suffered a surprise exit at the hands of Salzburg. Two goals by Fernando Torres helped Atletico Madrid oust Lokomotiv Moscow while CSKA Moscow knocked out Lyon after winning the second leg in France 3-2.
BILBAO, Spain (AP) — Two security guards received minor injuries after being attacked by Marseille fans during the second leg of the Europa League last-16 match at Athletic Bilbao Thursday, Spanish police said.
The police also said three supporters of the French team had been detained.
Marseille won the game 2-1 and advanced to the quarterfinals 5-2 on aggregate.
Like a silent sentry, the gigantic "Puppy" stands ready to welcome visitors to his beautiful home. Multiple cameras and cellphones snap pictures of the unusual dog sculpture. In fact, it is difficult to get a photo when someone isn't posing near the Bilbao landmark.
Without Ronaldo, Madrid loses to Espanyol in Spanish league
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid couldn't overcome the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and other regular starters on Tuesday, losing 1-0 to Espanyol in the Spanish league to see its five-game winning streak come to an end.
Gerard Moreno scored three minutes into injury time to give Espanyol the victory against the defending champions. The result left Madrid in danger of losing third place to Valencia, which is two points behind going into its match at Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday.
Police say officer collapsed by himself during fan violence
MADRID (AP) — The riot police officer who died of cardiac arrest during crowd trouble before a Europa League match in Spain collapsed on his own and not in a direct confrontation with fans, authorities said Friday.
Officials in the Basque region of Spain said doctors dismissed the possibility the cardiac arrest was caused by any type of trauma sustained by the officer in fighting that took place before the match between Athletic Bilbao and Russian club Spartak Moscow on Thursday.
Napoli out of Europa League; police officer dies in Spain
Serie A leader Napoli wasn't good enough to advance in the Europa League on Thursday after it was knocked out in Germany by Leipzig. The last-of-32 round of matches was marred by a police officer's death in Spain after clashes with fans ahead of the game between Athletic Bilbao and Spartak Moscow.
Spanish police said the officer died in hospital after clashes outside San Mames Stadium in the Basque Country city of Bilbao in northern Spain. Spanish media said the officer died of cardiac arrest.
Officer dies of cardiac arrest after fan violence in Spain
BILBAO, Spain (AP) — A Spanish riot police officer died of cardiac arrest after clashes involving Russian soccer fans before a Europa League match on Thursday between hosts Athletic Bilbao and Spartak Moscow, raising concerns less than four months before the World Cup in Russia.
Basque Country authorities in northern Spain said the officer died in a hospital after the confrontations outside San Mames Stadium in the city of Bilbao, which will host matches in the 2020 European Championship.
Russian hooligan arrested for Euro 2016 attack
BERLIN (AP) — German police have arrested a Russian suspected of seriously injuring a British soccer fan during the European Championship in France two years ago.
Federal police say the 31-year-old suspect was arrested on Thursday at Munich airport during a stopover from Moscow to Bilbao, Spain.
Police said the unnamed suspect, who was sought with an international arrest warrant, "appears to belong to the Russian hooligan scene."
Retirees protest across Spain to call for higher pensions
MADRID (AP) — Retirees are demonstrating across Spain, calling for higher pensions and urging authorities to ensure funding for social security.
The biggest protests are in cities including Bilbao, Barcelona and the capital, Madrid, where thousands screamed "Thieves, thieves!" at the gates of the national parliament, blocking traffic and facing off with rows of police.
Atletico stays in touch with Barca, Madrid wins 5-3 at Betis
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Atletico Madrid stayed within sight of Barcelona while Real Madrid's attack bailed out its porous defense in the Spanish league on Sunday.
Diego Costa and Kevin Gameiro scored second-half goals to give Atletico a 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao and keep it seven points behind Barcelona at the top of the table.
Atletico will visit Barcelona on March 4 in what could be its last chance to inject some drama into the title race.
Las Palmas maintains momentum with draw at Athletic Bilbao
BILBAO, Spain (AP) — Las Palmas continued to show improvement under new coach Paco Jemez when it drew 0-0 at Athletic Bilbao on Friday.
Jemez took over the Canary Islands club in late December and, after a poor start, his team has won two and drawn one of its last four matches to climb to 18th in the 20-team Spanish league.
Athletic acts quickly, signs Martinez to replace Laporte
MADRID (AP) — Athletic Bilbao didn't take long to replace young French defender Aymeric Laporte after his move to Manchester City.
The Spanish club said Tuesday it had signed central defender Inigo Martinez from Basque Country rival Real Sociedad, spending 32 million euros ($39 million) on the player's buyout clause.
Laporte left to play for Manchester City after his clause of 65 million euros ($80 million) was paid on Monday.
Man City signs defender Laporte for club-record $80 million
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City signed France under-21 international Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao for a club-record fee of 65 million euros ($80 million) on Tuesday, taking its spending on center backs since 2014 to about $250 million.
The 23-year-old Laporte came close to joining City in 2016 — when Pep Guardiola took charge of the current Premier League leaders — but backed out of the move after feeling the Frenchman wasn't quite ready.
Athletic Bilbao says Laporte is leaving the Spanish club
MADRID (AP) — Defender Aymeric Laporte has paid his buyout clause and is leaving Athletic Bilbao, opening the way for a transfer to Manchester City.
The 23-year-old Frenchman has been closely linked with a move to the English Premier League leader and was left out of Athletic's squad in its Spanish league match on Saturday.
Athletic said the payment of the buyout clause of 65 million euros ($80.8 million) was made on Monday, effectively ending Laporte's contract with the Spanish club.
Bilbao defender Laporte left out of Basque derby vs. Eibar
BILBAO, Spain (AP) — Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte watched from the stands as his side drew 1-1 at home with Eibar in the Basque country derby on Friday.
The 23-year-old Frenchman has been closely linked with a move to Premier League leader Manchester City, with media reports in Spain and England equally confident coach Pep Guardiola's City will pay his buyout clause of 65 million euros (US$ 81 million).
Athletic Bilbao extends contract of young goalkeeper Kepa
MADRID (AP) — Athletic Bilbao says it has extended the contract of goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga until June 2025, ending speculation about his move to Real Madrid.
The 23-year-old Kepa admitted he had offers to leave Athletic, but decided to stay at the club he considers his "home."
Madrid reportedly wanted to sign Kepa but negotiations did not advance in recent weeks.
Madrid draws, loses chance to move closer to Barcelona
MADRID (AP) — Barcelona stumbled again, and Real Madrid wasn't able to capitalize.
Madrid missed a chance to move closer to the top of the Spanish league standings after being held by Athletic Bilbao to 1-1 on Sunday.
It could have moved within six points of the lead after Barcelona drew at home against Celta Vigo 2-2 for its second consecutive setback, but Zinedine Zidane's team struggled in Bilbao and remained eight points behind the Catalan rival after 14 matches.
Barcelona cruises to 5-0 victory over Murcia in Copa del Rey
MADRID (AP) — Barcelona reached the last 16 of the Copa del Rey with a comfortable 5-0 win over Murcia on Wednesday, but Basque Country teams Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao were eliminated by third-division clubs.
Atletico Madrid advanced after a 3-0 win against Elche to overcome a first-leg draw.
The Latest: Basque Country marches in support of Catalonia
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the crisis over regional lawmakers in Catalonia voting to declare independence from Spain (all times local):
Several thousand people marched in Spain's Basque Country to protest the Spanish government's takeover of Catalonia's affairs to impede the region's secession and to punish the politicians promoting it.
Iniesta out of Barcelona match at Athletic Bilbao
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona says Andres Iniesta will not play Saturday's Spanish league match against Athletic Bilbao because of a muscle problem.
Thomas Vermaelen also won't be available, as he is nursing a hip injury.
Ousmane Dembele, Rafinha, Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal had already been ruled out because of long-term injuries.
Barcelona to be challenged in tough stretch of away matches
MADRID (AP) — The next few weeks will probably feel like a long road trip for Barcelona, and not a very fun one.
Barcelona plays five of its next six games away from Camp Nou, a stretch that will pose a tough challenge and could slow the team's momentum after what has been an almost perfect start to the season.
Barcelona has been cruising with 12 wins in its last 13 matches in all competitions, but has yet to face such a difficult run of games.
Bilbao midfielder Iker Muniain tears ligament in right knee
BILBAO, Spain (AP) — Athletic Bilbao says midfielder Iker Muniain has torn a ligament in his right knee and will require surgery.
Muniain tore a ligament in his other knee in April 2015, knocking him out of competition for nearly a year.
The Spanish club announced his new injury on Friday, a day after Muniain was carried off the field during Bilbao's 1-0 loss to Ukrainian team FC Zarya in the Europa League.
Tech firms and lawmakers celebrate new trans-Atlantic cable
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — Lawmakers and tech industry leaders have announced the completion of a new high-speed data cable that stretches across the Atlantic Ocean.
Representatives from Facebook and Microsoft joined with Virginia's governor and two senators in Williamsburg to celebrate the cable's completion on Friday morning.
The 4,000-mile cable runs from Bilbao, Spain, to Virginia Beach. It can transmit 160 terabits of data per second.
BILBAO, Spain (AP) — Athletic Bilbao says defender Yeray Alvarez will undergo chemotherapy after tests revealed an anomaly in a testicle that had previously been treated for a tumor.
The Spanish club says it expects him to be out for three months.
The 22-year-old Alavarez was treated in December for a tumor found in his testicles. He returned to play for Bilbao before the end of the season.
Spain: House fire kills 4, injures 8 in Bilbao
BILBAO, Spain (AP) — Spanish authorities say four people have died when a house caught fire in the northern city of Bilbao.
Emergency services for the Basque Country's regional government say eight others were injured when flames consumed the wooden house on Saturday.
Valverde dismisses deal to coach Barcelona
MADRID (AP) — Departing Athletic Bilbao coach Ernesto Valverde has been avoiding talk about a possible move to Barcelona, saying he has not entered into negotiations with any club.
Valverde did not confirm reports that he has already reached a deal to coach Barcelona next season, and did not dismiss taking a year off after four seasons at Athletic.