Costa banned 8 games for allegedly insulting referee
MADRID (AP) — 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.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona increased its lead of the Spanish league to a commanding 11 points after Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez scored late goals in a 2-0 win over 10-man Atletico Madrid...
Atletico held 0-0 by Betis ahead of visit to Arsenal
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Second-place Atletico Madrid was held 0-0 at home by Real Betis in the Spanish league on Sunday in a second straight setback before Diego Simeone's team faces Arsenal in the Europa League semifinals.
Atletico, which lost 3-0 at Real Sociedad midweek, visits Arsenal in the first leg on Thursday.
Barcelona remains the overwhelming favorite to win La Liga, leading Atletico by 11 points. Third-place Real Madrid is another four points behind Atletico.
Atletico out of Champions League after drawing at Chelsea
LONDON (AP) — Atletico Madrid will be missing from the Champions League knockout phase for the first time in five years.
Requiring a win at Chelsea to have any chance of advancing, Atletico was held to 1-1 in its final game in Group C at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.
"We're sad," Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak said. "We have to pick our heads up."
Bale, Dzeko, Sanchez headline stars on World Cup sidelines
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo just made it. Gareth Bale, Edin Dzeko and Alexis Sanchez weren't as fortunate.
While only 23 of the 32 qualifiers for next year's World Cup have been determined, there's already a long list of high-profile players who have missed the cut.
Here's a 3-4-3 lineup of some of the biggest names who will be watching the action in Russia from the sidelines:
Kane sends England to World Cup with 1-0 win over Slovenia
LONDON (AP) — Harry Kane secured England's place at the World Cup by scoring in stoppage time to seal a 1-0 victory over Slovenia on Thursday that highlighted the limitations of Gareth Southgate's Russia-bound team.
England offered little attacking threat on a dreary and subdued night at Wembley Stadium that was lit up only in the fourth minute of additional time when captain Kane latched onto Kyle Walker's cross and struck under goalkeeper Jan Oblak.
Atletico held by Leganes to 0-0 in Spanish league
MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid struggled again and yet avoided defeat in the Spanish league thanks to a decisive performance by goalkeeper Jan Oblak in a 0-0 draw at Leganes on Saturday.
The result came three days after Atletico's first loss of the season, to Chelsea in the Champions League, when Diego Simeone's team also played poorly and conceded a last-minute goal.
Oblak had to make three great saves to keep Atletico from losing to Leganes.
Atletico reaches 4th straight Champions League quarters
MADRID (AP) — Jan Oblak made one great stop. Then another. And another. All within a few seconds.
Oblak's spectacular triple-save midway through the second half helped Atletico Madrid draw 0-0 with Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday and reach the Champions League quarterfinals for the fourth straight season.
Atletico loses to Villarreal, drops 12 points behind Madrid
MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid's struggles continued in the Spanish league on Monday with a 3-0 loss at Villarreal, a result that left the club 12 points behind leader Real Madrid.
Two defensive mistakes in the first half — one by Tiago Mendes and another by goalkeeper Jan Oblak — led to Atletico's third loss in five rounds and dropped Diego Simeone's team to sixth place after 15 rounds.
Griezmann wins best player award in Spain for last season
VALENCIA, Spain (AP) — Antoine Griezmann has won the best player award in the Spanish league for last season.
The Atletico Madrid forward was announced as the winner in a ceremony organized by La Liga in Valencia on Monday. The Frenchman was not at the ceremony.
Atletico also had Diego Simeone win the best coach award, Diego Godin earn the best defender award, and Jan Oblak clinch best goalkeeper.