Spain arrests 29 people for drug smuggling
MADRID (AP) — Spanish police have arrested 29 people who they allege are involved in a drug trafficking ring.
Spain's Civil Guard says that their officers made the arrests on Tuesday after raiding several locations in the southern provinces of Cadiz and Malaga. Most of the arrests took place in the town La Linea de la Concepcion near the Iberia Peninsula's southern tip.
Spanish boy found dead in borehole after dire 13-day search
MADRID (AP) — Rescue crews in Spain early Saturday found the body of a 2-year-old boy, whose fall into a deep borehole 13 days earlier prompted a complex and heart-wrenching search-and-rescue operation that had the country holding its breath.
The Latest: Rescuers say trapped Spanish boy found dead
MADRID (AP) — The Latest on the operation in Spain to rescue a trapped 2-year-old boy (all times local):
Spanish authorities say rescuers have found in the early hours of Saturday the dead body of a 2-year-old boy who fell into a deep borehole 13 days ago.
A spokeswoman with the government's office in the southern province of Malaga says rescue crews finished digging a tunnel and found the remains of the toddler, Julen Rosello.
Spain: Technical setbacks slow search for boy in deep hole
MADRID (AP) — Spanish rescuers on the fourth day of a frantic race to reach a 2-year-old boy trapped in a borehole clung to hope of finding the toddler alive despite massive setbacks in getting to the bottom of the deep and narrow cavity.
The operation to rescue Julen Rosello from the shaft has gripped Spain since he fell into it Sunday during a family meal in the countryside northeast of Malaga.
Spanish rescuers bore tunnel in frantic search for toddler
MADRID (AP) — Rescuers in southern Spain are digging a horizontal tunnel in an attempt to reach the bottom of a deep and narrow borehole where they hope to find a 2-year-old toddler, two days after he disappeared.
The 100-meter (330-feet)-deep shaft is too narrow for an adult to enter. It was bored last month during water prospection works and was left unmarked.
Unpaid Spanish players seek 2nd-division game postponement
MADRID (AP) — Spain's players' association on Friday joined the players of second-division team Reus in asking the country's soccer federation to postpone its next match because of the club's critical financial situation.
The association says that it made the request regarding Reus' match at Malaga on Sunday.
Reus only has 12 players because their former teammates left after not having been paid for over three months, thereby freeing them from their contracts.
Spanish police seize hashish, arrest 42 in drug operations
MADRID (AP) — Spanish police say they have seized 3.25 metric tons (3.64 short tons) of hashish in two operations against drug trafficking across the Strait of Gibraltar.
The Guardia Civil says in a statement Monday that police made 42 arrests and broke up what they believed to be one of most important drug smuggling gangs operating between Spain and North Africa.
Five boats and five vehicles used by the alleged gang were seized.
Spain police find 2 bodies in boat carrying migrants, drugs
MADRID (AP) — Spanish police have recovered the bodies of two Moroccans from a boat that reached Spain's coast after crossing the Mediterranean Sea with migrants and a hashish shipment.
Police said Sunday that they found the bodies along with two other people who were suffering from hypothermia on Saturday after they were alerted that a rubber boat had reached a beach near Malaga. Police believe one of the dead could be a minor.
SPANISH LEAGUE 2018-19: Huesca makes 1st-division debut
MADRID (AP) — The Spanish league begins this weekend with small club Huesca making its first-division debut and traditional teams Rayo Vallecano and Valladolid returning to the top flight.
The three promoted clubs replace Malaga, Las Palmas and Deportivo La Coruna, which were relegated last season.
Girona, Levante and Getafe — the promoted teams two years ago — are all staying in the top tier for another season.
Here's a look at the new teams in Spain's first division this season:
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco included Spain-based forward Youssef En Nesyri in its World Cup squad at the expense of defender Badr Banoun.
Banoun was Morocco's captain for the African Nations Championship — a tournament for home-based players only — at the start of the year but lost his place in the final 23-man squad for Russia to accommodate an extra attacker.
En Nesyri is a 21-year-old striker who plays for Malaga and joins a list of seven forwards named by coach Herve Renard.
Rayo Vallecano back in La Liga
MADRID (AP) — Rayo Vallecano earned promotion to Spain's top division after beating Lugo 1-0 in a second-tier league game on Sunday.
Alex Moreno's goal for the hosts in the 40th minute sealed Rayo's return to La Liga after two seasons away.
Huesca had already secured promotion last weekend with a 2-0 victory at Lugo.
Huesca promoted to Spanish league for first time
MADRID (AP) — Huesca will play in the Spanish league for the first time next season.
The small club from northeastern Spain secured the historic promotion by beating Lugo 2-0 on Monday.
The victory guaranteed Huesca at least second place with two matches left in the 22-team second division.
Huesca came close to making it to the first division last season but it was eliminated in the promotion playoffs.
MADRID (AP) — Levante defeated 10-man Leganes 3-0 for its fifth win in six matches in the Spanish league on Monday.
Jose Luis Morales, Enis Bardhi and Jorge "Coke" Andujar each scored second-half goals for the visitors.
Levante, which was in the fight against relegation for most of the season, overcame Leganes for 16th place with two rounds to go.
MADRID (AP) — Real Betis defeated last-place Malaga 2-1 in the Spanish league on Monday to keep alive its hopes of qualifying for the Champions League.
Betis' seventh win in eight matches left the team eight points behind third-place Valencia with three matches left. The result secured Betis a place in the Europa League for the first time in four years.
Antonio Banderas shares his birthplace in Spain with Pablo Picasso.
But the actor had passed on other chances to portray the titan of 20th-century painting, intimidated by the "huge figure" from their native Malaga, Spain.
Banderas finally decided the moment was right with "Genius: Picasso," the National Geographic drama series from producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer.
MADRID (AP) — Villarreal followed its surprise loss to last-place Malaga by falling at home to Athletic Bilbao 3-1 on Monday, dropping to sixth place in the Spanish league.
The new setback leaves Villarreal in danger of missing out on a Europa League spot next season, as only the teams in fifth, sixth, and seventh places qualify.
It was the first win in four matches in all competitions for Athletic, which stayed 12th in the league.
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."
Four LDS missionaries — including two from Davis County — were injured in a car crash on Monday, Feb. 26, in Malaga, Spain.
The four were riding in a car driven by a man they were teaching when it crashed into a truck, according to a press release from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spokesman Daniel Woodruff.
Barcelona stumbles again, held 0-0 at home by Getafe
MADRID (AP) — Barcelona has hit a bit of a slump, and Atletico Madrid is edging back into the title race.
Barcelona stumbled for the second consecutive weekend in the Spanish league on Sunday, being held 0-0 by Getafe and seeing Atletico move within seven points of the lead.
Atletico cut into Barcelona's lead by defeating bottom side Malaga 1-0 on Saturday, extending its winning streak to three matches.
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.
Malaga ends losing streak with 1-1 draw at Eibar in La Liga
MADRID (AP) — Last-place Malaga halted its four-match losing streak by drawing at Eibar 1-1 in the Spanish league on Monday.
Eibar stayed eighth in the standings.
Youssef En-Nesyri put Malaga ahead in the 16th minute with its first goal in five matches, but victory escaped when Kike Garcia equalized for the hosts in the 75th.
Spanish club Malaga fires Gonzalez after 4th straight loss
MADRID (AP) — Malaga picked former player Jose Gonzalez on Saturday to replace fired coach Michel Gonzalez, who was let go after the team's fourth straight loss in the Spanish league.
The moves came a day after a 1-0 loss at Getafe that kept Malaga 19th in the 20-team standings.
Malaga has lost every game since early December, earning only 11 points from 19 league matches.
Getafe hands Malaga 4th straight loss in Spanish league
MADRID (AP) — Malaga's struggles in the Spanish league continued with a 1-0 loss at Getafe on Friday, extending the team's losing streak to four matches.
Malaga could drop to last place in the 20-team standings if Las Palmas earns at least a point at Girona on Saturday.
Malaga has only 11 points from 19 matches. It hasn't scored in four matches, losing the last three by 1-0.
Espanyol edges Malaga for first away win in Spanish league
MADRID (AP) — Espanyol scored early in the first half and held on to beat struggling Malaga 1-0 in the Spanish league for its first away win of the season on Monday.
Midfielder Sergi Darder scored six minutes into the match at La Rosaleda Stadium to spur Espanyol to the elusive victory in its 10th away match of the season.
It was Espanyol's second consecutive league triumph following a win over second-place Atletico Madrid in its last game last year.
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Alaves rallies late to beat Girona 3-2 in debut of new coach
MADRID (AP) — Forward Ibai Gomez scored a hat trick in the final 20 minutes to lead Alaves to a thrilling 3-2 come-from-behind win at Girona in the Spanish league on Monday.
Girona appeared in command at Montilivi Stadium after Christian Stuani and Juan Pedro "Juanpe" Ramirez scored in a three-minute span about an hour in.
But Alaves suddenly came alive with goals by Gomez in the 71st, 87th and in stoppage time.
"Incredible, just incredible," said Gomez, who had not scored previously this season.
Malaga and Levante draw 0-0 in Spanish league
MADRID (AP) — Malaga could not manage more than a 0-0 draw against Levante on Friday, and remained in the relegation zone of the Spanish league.
Malaga dominated and had most of the scoring chances throughout the match at La Rosaleda Stadium, but Levante almost came away with the victory in the third minute of stoppage time. Goalkeeper Roberto Jimenez had to make a remarkable save in a one-on-one situation against Nano Mesa to keep the match goalless.
Cadiz eliminates Real Betis in Copa del Rey thriller
MADRID (AP) — Real Betis became the latest top-tier casualty in the Copa del Rey this week, failing to advance to the last 16 after a 5-3 loss to second-division club Cadiz on Thursday.
Betis was eliminated 6-5 on aggregate, joining Malaga, Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao as top-flight teams eliminated by lower-tier opponents in the Round of 32.
It was a thrilling match at Benito Villamarin Stadium in Seville, with both teams pressing forward from the start.
Ronaldo scores for Real Madrid to beat Malaga 3-2 in La Liga
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo rescued Real Madrid from another stumble at home when he scored after his penalty kick was saved to secure a 3-2 win over Malaga in the Spanish league on Saturday.
Ronaldo got the 75th-minute winner by knocking in the ball following Malaga goalkeeper Roberto Jimenez's save. Jimenez denied him on two clear chances in the first half before Ronaldo finally got his second league goal in 13 rounds.
Madrid midfielder Asensio to miss Malaga match with injury
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid will be without midfielder Marco Asensio for Saturday's Spanish league match against Malaga because of a right leg injury.
Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says "it's not much, but he has something. So like always, it is better that he is out three or four days than hurting himself even more."
Silva nets 2 as Spain routs Costa Rica 5-0 in friendly
MALAGA, Spain (AP) — David Silva scored twice as Spain put away Costa Rica 5-0 in a friendly between World Cup-qualified teams on Saturday.
Silva got his double after the midfielder played a part in Spain's opening two strikes at La Rosaleda Stadium.
A cross by Silva took a deflection before it reached Jordi Alba for the left back to score six minutes in.
Striker Alvaro Morata doubled the advantage by finishing off a loose ball that fell to him after Silva initiated another attack.
Barcelona holds off Malaga and regains cushion atop La Liga
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona regained a four-point cushion atop the Spanish league with a ho-hum 2-0 win over visiting Malaga and surging Valencia dismissed Sevilla 4-0 at home on Saturday.
Barcelona faced last-placed Malaga in the closing match of the day, with added pressure from second-placed Valencia, which has won five in a row.
Barcelona is unbeaten after starting with seven straight wins and drawing with Atletico Madrid last week.
Barcelona chief backs Catalan leaders in clash with Spain
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu says Barcelona backs the leaders of Catalonia in response to the Spanish government's decision to take over the regional government.
Bartomeu said on Saturday "the fact that people have been imprisoned for their political ideas is unacceptable in the 21st century. No one can question Barcelona's commitment to Catalan society and its democratic institutions."
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.
Griezmann gives Atletico win in first match at new home
MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid debuted its new stadium and beat Malaga 1-0 in the Spanish league on Saturday. Antoine Griezmann scored the first goal at the state-of-the-art Wanda Metropolitano.
The nearly 68,000 fans at the inaugural match in the stadium on the outskirts of the Spanish capital erupted when Griezmann converted a low cross by Angel Correa from the right an hour in.
Eibar beats Leganes for its 2nd win in Spanish league
MADRID (AP) — Defender Alejandro Galvez scored early in the second half to give Eibar a 1-0 win over Leganes in the Spanish league on Friday.
Galvez netted the winner after stealing a ball near midfield and making a long run into the area to finish off a cross with a header into the top corner.
It was Eibar's second win in four matches this season, and the first at home.
The Basque club won at Malaga in the first round but was coming off consecutive losses against Athletic Bilbao and Sevilla.
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.
Levante beats Villarreal 1-0 in its return to La Liga
VALENCIA, Spain (AP) — Levante marked its return to the Spanish league after a season away with a 1-0 win over Villarreal on Monday.
Jose Luis Morales converted an 88th-minute penalty kick at Ciutat de Valencia Stadium.
Morales himself earned the penalty kick after being fouled by defender Antonio Rukavina inside the area.
Spain: Britons face fines for allegedly laser-beaming planes
MADRID (AP) — Spanish police say two British tourists — a father and son — face possible hefty fines for allegedly pointing laser beams at passenger planes arriving to the southern city of Malaga.
A National Police statement Thursday said the two men, aged 41 years and 15 years, had been spotted by a police officer pointing laser pens into the air at incoming planes from their hotel balcony at Torremolinos, just outside Malaga on Tuesday night.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain's maritime rescue service says it has saved 54 migrants, including two babies, trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea in a smugglers' boat.
A spokesman for the service says that the group, which included 13 women, was spotted by a cargo ship in waters east of the Strait of Gibraltar. The spokesman spoke anonymously in line with the policy of the rescue service.
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid is done celebrating its Spanish league title and has turned its focus to the Champions League final.
Madrid players are returning to practice on Wednesday, three days after the club won its first league title in five years with a final-round victory at Malaga.
On June 3, it will try to win its third Champions League title in four seasons in the final against Juventus in Cardiff.
It was a busy couple of days for the team after the triumph in La Liga.
Barcelona and the Spanish league that got away
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — For Barcelona, this season's Spanish league title will go down as the one that got away.
A league-high 116 goals scored, four fewer goals conceded than champion Real Madrid, and the competitions' top two scorers in Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez should have been enough to win the title for the third straight year.
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid won the Spanish league for the first time in five years on Sunday, and kept rival Barcelona from its third straight championship.
Zinedine Zidane's team secured its 33rd league title with a 2-0 win at Malaga with goals by Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema.
"To win the title in the last round feels that much better," Cristiano Ronaldo said. "We deserved it."
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid won its 33rd league title on Sunday to move nine ahead all-time of rival Barcelona.
Madrid claimed its first title since 2012 and kept Barcelona from its third straight championship.
Madrid stayed in front of its rival during most of the season and capped its title run with a 2-0 win at Malaga in the final round. It finished with 93 points, three more than Barcelona.
How did Madrid do it this time? Here are a few reasons.