Thousands flee from ‘monster’ wildfire on Canary Islands
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A major, out-of-control wildfire in Spain's Canary Islands was throwing flames 50 meters (160 feet) into the air on Monday, forcing emergency workers to evacuate more than...
Spain beats Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-0 in friendly
LAS PALMAS, Spain (AP) — Spain ended the year with a narrow 1-0 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina in a friendly game on Sunday.
Newcomer Brais Mendez scored a second-half winner just hours after England had beaten Croatia 2-1 to ruin Spain's hopes of making it to the final four in the UEFA Nations League tournament.
Following consecutive losses to England and Croatia, Spain needed its rivals to draw at Wembley to stay alive in Europe's newest competition.
Greek champion AEK signs Ouzounidis as coach
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek league champion AEK Athens has signed Marinos Ouzounidis as its new coach on a two-year deal.
The 49-year-old former Panathinaikos player and manager officially took over at AEK on Friday. AEK won its first league title in 24 years, halting two decades of dominance by Olympiakos.
Ouzounidis had also coached several top-flight clubs including Panionios and Xanthi.
MADRID (AP) — Clarence Seedorf's wait for a win at Deportivo La Coruna ended in his ninth match in charge Friday with a 3-2 victory over Malaga in a meeting of relegation-threatened teams.
Deportivo scored more goals on one night than it had done in the previous eight games under Seedorf, who was facing mounting pressure over his struggles.
Striker Adrian Lopez scored twice, including an 85th-minute winner, to move Deportivo five points from safety with seven games remaining in the Spanish league.
Deportivo coach Seedorf running out of time in Spain
MADRID (AP) — Clarence Seedorf is running out of time at Deportivo La Coruna.
The former Netherlands great took over the coaching job at Deportivo with the mission of keeping the traditional Spanish club from relegation. Eight matches later, Deportivo has yet to win.
Seedorf has another eight matches to turn things around, and his next chance comes this weekend when the bottom four clubs face each other.
"We haven't given up yet," Seedorf told Marca radio. "We still have the strength to do it."
Real Madrid moves within a point of Atletico in La Liga
LAS PALMAS, Spain (AP) — Real Madrid overcame the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo to defeat Las Palmas 3-0 and move within a point of second-place Atletico Madrid in the Spanish league on Saturday.
With Ronaldo rested for Tuesday's visit to Juventus in the Champions League quarterfinals, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema took over to give the defending league champions a comfortable win in the Canary Islands.
MADRID (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo has been rested along with other key players for Real Madrid's match at Las Palmas on Saturday.
Coach Zinedine Zidane left out his 22-goal top scorer ahead of Madrid's Champions League quarterfinal first leg away to Juventus on Tuesday.
Zidane also rested center half Sergio Ramos, midfielder Francisco "Isco" Alarcon, left back Marcelo and midfielder Toni Kroos. Ramos and Isco both played for Spain during the international break.
MADRID (AP) — An 89th-minute goal by midfielder Pablo Hernandez helped Celta Vigo come from behind to beat relegation-threatened Las Palmas 2-1 in the Spanish league on Monday.
Celta moved up to ninth place, not far from the clubs fighting for a Europa League spot next season.
Las Palmas stayed 18th in the 20-team standings. It is one point behind Levante, the first team outside the relegation zone.
Barcelona held by Las Palmas ahead of crucial Atletico match
MADRID (AP) — Under pressure from its closest challenger, Barcelona stumbled again.
Barcelona couldn't manage more than 1-1 against relegation-wary Las Palmas on Thursday, allowing Atletico Madrid to move within five points of the Spanish league lead ahead of their match this weekend.
Barcelona, which has drawn three of its last five league matches, will host Atletico on Sunday needing to halt an eight-match winning streak by Diego Simeone's team.
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.
Las Palmas beats last-place Malaga 1-0 late in La Liga
MADRID (AP) — Substitute Alen Halilovic scored in the 90th minute for Las Palmas to beat relegation rival Malaga 1-0 in the Spanish league on Monday.
Halilovic controlled the ball with his chest and sent a left-footed shot into the far corner from just inside the area, allowing the hosts to open a four-point gap over last-place Malaga.
Las Palmas remain second-to-last in the 20-team standings, on goal difference with Deportivo La Coruna.
Suarez, Messi save Barcelona from Alaves setback
MADRID (AP) — Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi came to the rescue again by scoring late as Barcelona avoided an upset at home and maintained its comfortable lead in the Spanish league on Sunday.
The duo added to their scoring run in a come-from-behind 2-1 win against relegation-wary Alaves at Camp Nou Stadium, keeping the Catalan club 11 points in front of Atletico Madrid, which earlier defeated Las Palmas 3-0 at home.
Atletico, Valencia stumble in pursuit of leader Barcelona
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona can add to its already commanding lead of the Spanish league after both Atletico Madrid and Valencia stumbled in the title race on Saturday.
Atletico Madrid was left eight points behind Barcelona when it conceded a late goal to draw 1-1 with Girona at home.
Valencia wasted a chance to pull level with Atletico when it squandered a one-goal lead at then bottom-side Las Palmas, losing 2-1 and finishing the match in the Canary Islands with nine men.
Atletico and Valencia cruise into Copa del Rey quarterfinals
MADRID (AP) — Victor "Vitolo" Machin and Luciano Vietto scored on their starting debuts as Atletico Madrid and Valencia cruised into the Copa del Rey quarterfinals on Tuesday.
Vietto scored three times — including one from near midfield — to help Valencia rout Las Palmas 4-0 and advance 5-1 on aggregate. Vitolo scored his first goal for Atletico as it defeated third-division team Lleida 3-0 and advanced 7-0 on aggregate.
Alaves keeps momentum with 2-0 win over Las Palmas in Spain
MADRID (AP) — Alaves defeated Las Palmas 2-0 Friday for its second consecutive victory in the Spanish league, moving a step closer to escaping the relegation zone.
Ibai Gomez scored in the 23rd minute and Munir El Haddadi added another in the 55th at Mendizorroza Stadium, helping the hosts reach 18th place in the standings, just ahead of Las Palmas.
Alaves is level on 12 points with Deportivo La Coruna, the first team outside the relegation zone.
Las Palmas makes another coaching change, fires Ayestaran
MADRID (AP) — Struggling Spanish team Las Palmas is looking for its third coach of the season after firing Pako Ayestaran two months after hiring him.
Ayestaran was let go after Las Palmas lost 3-2 to Deportivo La Coruna in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday. It still advanced to the last 16 because it had won the first leg 4-1.
Las Palmas said Paquito Ortiz, who was already working at the club, will be the interim coach.
Ayestaran coached the club in nine games, losing seven. He won one match.
Real Madrid restores order with 3-0 win over Las Palmas
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid restored order after two straight losses with a comfortable 3-0 win over Las Palmas in the Spanish league on Sunday.
Goals by Casemiro in the first half, and Marco Asensio and Isco in the second, secured Madrid victory at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, keeping it eight points behind leader Barcelona after 11 games.
Barcelona defeated Sevilla 2-1 Saturday to maintain a four-point lead over second-place Valencia, which routed Leganes 3-0 for its seventh straight league win.
Deportivo La Coruna beats Las Palmas 3-1 in Spanish league
MADRID (AP) — Midfielder Celso Borges scored in each half to help Deportivo La Coruna defeat Las Palmas 3-1 in a match between teams near the bottom of the Spanish league on Monday.
Lucas Perez also scored for Deportivo, which on Thursday lost to Las Palmas 4-1 in a first-leg match in the Copa del Rey round of 32.
Loic Remy opened the scoring for struggling Las Palmas seven minutes into the match at Gran Canaria Stadium.
Celta Vigo beats Las Palmas 5-2 with hat trick by Iago Aspas
MADRID (AP) — Iago Aspas got his first goals of the season in a hat trick in Celta Vigo's 5-2 win over struggling Las Palmas in the Spanish league on Monday.
After eight matches without a goal for club or country, the Spain international found the net once in the first half and twice in the second as Celta thrashed the home side despite playing a man down from the 52nd minute.
Emre Mor and Pablo Hernandez also scored for Celta at Gran Canaria Stadium.
Barcelona and Madrid win in day marked by Catalonia protests
MADRID (AP) — In a day marked by demonstrations over Catalonia's disputed independence vote, Barcelona won its seventh game in a row and Real Madrid earned its first victory at home in the Spanish league on Sunday.
Barcelona defeated Las Palmas 3-0 to stay perfect with two goals by Lionel Messi and one by Sergio Busquets in a game played in an empty Camp Nou Stadium to protest the Spanish government's attempt to halt Catalonia's referendum.
Spanish club Las Palmas hires coach Pako Ayestaran
MADRID (AP) — Spanish club Las Palmas says it has hired former Valencia coach Pako Ayestaran.
The club announced Wednesday that it reached a deal to bring the 54-year-old coach to replace Manolo Marquez, who resigned on Tuesday.
Ayestaran had been without a club since he was fired by Valencia last year.
Las Palmas coach Marquez quits after less than 3 months
MADRID (AP) — Manolo Marquez has resigned as coach of Las Palmas after less than three months in charge of the Spanish club.
Marquez quit after a 2-0 loss to Leganes on Sunday left Las Palmas with six points from six games. The team next faces Barcelona on Sunday.
Las Palmas says Marquez will remain at the club and work in the department for training and recruitment.
Sevilla to take legal action over Vitolo’s transfer
MADRID (AP) — Sevilla says it will take legal action against Atletico Madrid over the transfer of forward Victor "Vitolo" Machin.
The club says the legal complaint will also be made against Vitolo and Las Palmas, the club at which the striker is playing on a loan.
Vitolo signed with Atletico in the offseason but will play for Las Palmas until January because the Madrid club is still serving a transfer ban imposed by FIFA.
Las Palmas beats Malaga for its first win in Spanish league
MADRID (AP) — Las Palmas beat Malaga 3-1 in a match between winless teams to leave the bottom of the Spanish league standings on Monday.
Jonathan Viera opened the scoring for Las Palmas just before halftime and Diego Gonzalez equalized for the hosts early in the second half. Argentine striker Jonathan Calleri put Las Palmas ahead again with a powerful shot from inside the area in the 69th.
Carlos Bacca joins Villarreal, Boateng leaves Las Palmas
MADRID (AP) — Colombia striker Carlos Bacca joined Spanish club Villarreal on loan from AC Milan on Wednesday.
Villarreal said the one-season loan agreement includes the option to buy the player at the end of the season.
Bacca returns to a Spanish league where the 30-year-old forward flourished in two seasons at Sevilla before joining Milan in 2015
MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid says Spain forward Victor "Vitolo" Machin has agreed to join the club when its ban on new players ends in January.
Until then, Atletico says Vitolo will leave current club Sevilla and play the first half of the upcoming season at his boyhood club in the Canary Islands, Las Palmas.
The unorthodox agreement is Atletico's way of getting around the FIFA-imposed ban from registering new players until 2018 for having broken rules regarding the transfer of underage players.
Las Palmas names Manolo Marquez head coach
MADRID (AP) — Spanish club Las Palmas says Manolo Marquez has agreed to become its new coach for next season.
Marquez, who has never coached a top-flight side, was in charge of Las Palmas' reserve team last season, helping it earn promotion to Spain's third-tier competition.
The club says that the 48-year-old Marquez will sign a one-year contract that includes an option for another year.
Barcelona, Madrid win as title race goes to final round
MADRID (AP) — Barcelona and Real Madrid won their matches Sunday with the Spanish league title race now guaranteed to go to the final round.
Neymar scored a hat trick for Barcelona in a comfortable 4-1 win at Las Palmas, while Cristiano Ronaldo scored a pair of goals for Madrid in a 4-1 home victory over Sevilla.
Madrid scored with an unusual goal by Nacho Fernandez, who sent a quickly taken free kick into the net while the Sevilla defense and goalkeeper were preparing to set up a wall.
Athletic Bilbao routs Las Palmas 5-1 in Spanish league
BILBAO, Spain (AP) — Athletic Bilbao routed Las Palmas 5-1 in the Spanish league on Friday to move into sixth place and control of a Europa League berth.
Iker Muniain and Aritz Aduriz scored twice each.
"We were ambitious. That's one of the marks of identity of this team," Muniain said.
MADRID (AP) — Italian forward Giuseppe Rossi scored a hat trick to lead Celta Vigo to a comfortable 3-1 win over Las Palmas in the Spanish league on Monday.
Rossi, who was born and brought up in America, scored twice in the first half and once in the second to give Celta its first win in three home games at Balaidos Stadium. Las Palmas' goal was scored by Pedro Bigas near the end.
With the hat trick, his first in the Spanish league, Rossi matched his total of goals for the rest of the season.
Espanyol defeats Las Palmas 4-3 in Spanish league
MADRID (AP) — Espanyol twice relinquished leads and still beat Las Palmas 4-3 in the Spanish league on Friday, keeping alive its hopes of qualifying for the Europa League next season.
The home victory left Espanyol in ninth place, six points behind sixth-place Villarreal, the last team in position to qualify for European competition next season.
Barcelona takes the lead; Luis Enrique says he’ll quit
MADRID (AP) — On a night marked by the surprise announcement that coach Luis Enrique will leave Barcelona at the end of the season, his team routed relegation-threatened Sporting Gijon 6-1 to return to the top of the Spanish league on Wednesday.
Lionel Messi scored his league-leading 21st goal less than 10 minutes into the match at the Camp Nou to help Barcelona earn a comfortable victory.
Sevilla scores late to end Las Palmas’ unbeaten run
MADRID (AP) — Sevilla showed it remains a strong title contender in the Spanish league, ending Las Palmas' 15-game unbeaten streak at home with a late 1-0 victory on Sunday to stay close to leader Real Madrid and second-placed Barcelona.
Substitute Joaquin Correa scored an 80th-minute winner at Gran Canaria Stadium for Jorge Sampaoli's team, which was coming off defeat at Espanyol and a draw against Villarreal.
Granada off bottom of La Liga by beating Las Palmas 1-0
MADRID (AP) — Andreas Pereira scored with a remarkable long-range shot as host Granada edged Las Palmas 1-0 to end a six-game winless streak and leave the bottom of the table in the Spanish league on Monday.
Pereira shot into the top corner in the first half, hitting the ball from midair after failing to cleanly control a pass outside the area.
"I wasn't able to control the ball correctly," Pereira said. "But I made up for it with the shot. Hopefully this is a new beginning for us."
10-man Valencia loses to Las Palmas 3-1 in Spanish league
MADRID (AP) — Valencia's momentum in the Spanish league was halted by a 3-1 loss at Las Palmas in a match it played with 10 men for most of the second half on Monday.
Valencia conceded twice after Munir El Haddadi was sent off for a hard foul in the 51st minute, losing for the first time in three matches and remaining only six points from the relegation zone.
It had won two in a row following a winless run of eight matches in the league.
Spain arrests Moroccan suspected of praising terrorism
MADRID (AP) — Spain's Interior Ministry says police have arrested a Moroccan suspected of praising terrorism by promoting armed Islamic groups on the internet.
A ministry statement said the man arrested Tuesday on the Canary Islands' city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria used a popular social media network to spread propaganda for the teachings and armed actions of extremist groups such as Syria's Fatah al-Sham Front, which is considered linked to al-Qaida.
Messi and Suarez score as Barcelona routs Las Palmas 5-0
MADRID (AP) — Lionel Messi didn't need a free kick this time, scoring from close range to help Barcelona rout Las Palmas 5-0 and move within two points of Spanish league leader Real Madrid on Saturday.
Luis Suarez added two goals and Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal also scored as Barcelona easily won at Camp Nou in its pursuit of Madrid, which plays at third-place Sevilla on Sunday. Madrid will remain with a game in hand after this weekend's matches.
Atletico reaches Copa del Rey quarterfinals despite loss
MADRID (AP) — Antoine Griezmann scored a goal the day after being named the world's third-best player, helping Atletico Madrid reach the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey despite a 3-2 home loss to Las Palmas on Tuesday.
Atletico Madrid beats Las Palmas 2-0 in Copa del Rey
LAS PALMAS, Spain (AP) — Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion and Antoine Griezmann scored a goal in each half as Atletico Madrid defeated Las Palmas 2-0 in a first-leg match in the Round of 16 of the Copa del Rey on Tuesday.
Koke opened the scoring with a right-foot shot from inside the area in the 24th minute, and Griezmann secured the victory in the 51st with a close-range header after being set up by Kevin Gameiro.
Atletico Madrid edges Las Palmas 1-0 to snap winless streak
MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid's victory in its final game of 2016 in the Spanish league allowed coach Diego Simeone to overlook the team's struggles and focus on the positives of a "fantastic" year.
Atletico beat Las Palmas 1-0 on Saturday to snap a three-game winless streak and avoid losing more ground to the leaders ahead of the winter break.
"It was an extraordinary year," Simeone said. "We have to improve in the league, it's true, but our fans should be proud of the year that we had."
Real Betis coach Victor Sanchez enjoys winning debut
SEVILLE, Spain (AP) — Joaquin Sanchez placed two corner kicks for teammates to head home and give Real Betis a victory in the debut of coach Victor Sanchez on Friday.
Joaquin's two crosses for first-half goals by defenders Bruno Gonzalez and Aissa Mandi earned the 2-0 win over Las Palmas in Seville.
Betis found the weak spot in Las Palmas' set-piece defense and Joaquin exploited it with two crisp corner kicks to the near post where Gonzales and Mandi scored from close.
Araujo sentenced to 9 months in prison for refusing DUI test
MADRID (AP) — Las Palmas forward Sergio Araujo has avoided jail time despite being sentenced to nine months in prison for refusing to undergo a breathalyzer test.
The Argentine player will not have to serve time because he has no prior criminal record.
In Tuesday's court ruling, the player also had his driver's license suspended for two years.
Las Palmas held 0-0 at home by Espanyol in Spain
CANARY ISLANDS, Spain (AP) — Las Palmas was held to a 0-0 draw at home by Espanyol in the Spanish league on Friday.
Kevin-Prince Boateng had the Canary Islands side's best two chances, but his pair of shots were saved by Espanyol goalkeeper Diego Lopez.
Las Palmas' third consecutive draw allowed it to climb into sixth place.
Espanyol remained with just one win in eight rounds this season, keeping it near the relegation zone.
Will Cristiano Ronaldo show another type of reaction?
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo's anger could work in Real Madrid's favor.
The Portugal winger was visibly upset when he came off in the 72nd minute of the 2-2 league draw at Las Palmas. Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said he pulled Ronaldo to rest him for Tuesday's match against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.
Real Madrid dealing with poor results and unhappy Ronaldo
MADRID (AP) — Two consecutive draws and a little rant by Cristiano Ronaldo have put Real Madrid on the verge of an early crisis.
Real Madrid got off to a good start this season but setbacks against Villarreal and Las Palmas in the Spanish league, combined with Ronaldo's angry reaction after being substituted on Saturday, have created an air of turmoil.
Barcelona routs Sporting 5-0 in 1st game without Messi
MADRID (AP) — Barcelona didn't show any signs of missing Lionel Messi on Saturday, cruising past Sporting Gijon 5-0 in its first Spanish league game without the injured playmaker.
Neymar and Luis Suarez took over in Messi's absence, and by the end of the day Barcelona was only one point behind Real Madrid, which drew at Las Palmas 2-2 after conceding a late equalizer.
Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio scored for Madrid, which twice relinquished its lead.
Rakitic scores to give Barcelona 1-0 win at Bilbao in Liga
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Ivan Rakitic scored in the first half to help Barcelona win 1-0 at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday for a second straight victory at the start of the Spanish league season.
The Croatia midfielder headed in a well-placed cross by Arda Turan to cap a quick attack that broke down Bilbao's high defensive line in the 21st minute.
Spanish police arrest 57 in illegal Chinese immigration ring
MADRID (AP) — Spanish police say they have arrested 57 people and dismantled an illegal immigration ring giving Chinese citizens Spanish residency permits through fake job contracts as domestic staff.
The Spanish National police said Saturday the arrests took place in Barcelona, Valencia, San Sebastian and Las Palmas, one of the Canary Islands.