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.
Spain depleted for UEFA Nations League game against England
MADRID (AP) — Spain will be without some key players when it hosts England in the UEFA Nations League, including Francisco "Isco" Alarcon, Dani Carvajal, and Diego Costa.
Spain coach Luis Enrique left all three off on Thursday because of injuries. Sergi Roberto and Inigo Martinez are also out hurt.
Real Sociedad signs Mexico defender Moreno
MADRID (AP) — Real Sociedad signed veteran Mexico defender Hector Moreno on Wednesday as the transfer window closed in Spain without any high-profile transfers involving the top clubs.
While Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid did not add any major players to their squads, Sociedad signed the 30-year-old Moreno from Roma in a deal reportedly worth 6 million euros ($7.4 million). He is joining the Basque Country club until 2021.
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.