Porto extends contract with Casillas for another season
PORTO, Portugal (AP) — Porto says veteran goalkeeper Iker Casillas will stay with the club for at least another season.
The Portuguese club says Casillas' contract has been extended until...
Trump nominates career diplomat as Cape Verde ambassador
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump has nominated a career diplomat as ambassador to Cape Verde.
John Jefferson Daigle currently serves as the designated federal official for...
Young England, reeling Germany ready for Euro qualifiers
Few big teams need to sweat the 2020 European Championship qualifiers, but for Germany the pressure is already on.
After a terrible 2018, Joachim Loew's new-look squad is aiming for revenge...
FA Cup run hardens Wolves’ status in English soccer
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — It has been abundantly clear for some time that Wolverhampton Wanderers wasn't going to be a typical promoted team in the Premier League this season.
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The Portuguese hacker awaiting extradition to his homeland from Hungary is expected to be questioned as a witness over Football Leaks revelations being investigated in...
SUNDERLAND, England (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):
Portugal is telling British visitors that regardless of Brexit, they are welcome to continue enjoying the...
Champions League Draw List
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Draw Friday for the Champions League:
Ronaldo returns to Portugal for European qualifiers
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo is back on Portugal's national soccer team for the first time since the World Cup.
Ronaldo was included in coach Fernando Santos' team Friday for...
PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island politicians and Pawtucket residents gathered in the city over the weekend to mark the renaming of a street for a venerated social club.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's Cabinet has gone out into the street to observe a minute of silence as part of a day of national mourning it decreed for victims of domestic violence.
PORTO, Portugal (AP) — Alex Telles scored a penalty in extra time to send Porto into the Champions League quarterfinals with a 3-1 victory over Roma on Wednesday, overturning a one-goal deficit...
Hungarian judge OKs extradition of Portuguese hacker
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A Portuguese man linked to the publication of internal documents that embarrassed top European clubs and soccer officials in the Football Leaks case will be extradited to...
FIFA fines Porto $50,000 for breaching transfer rules
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA fined Portuguese league leader Porto 50,000 Swiss francs ($50,000) on Tuesday for allowing Malta-based investment fund Doyen to influence the club's transfers.
Ex-Man United winger Nani joins Orlando City of MLS
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Former Manchester United winger Nani has become the latest 30-plus star to join Major League Soccer after a career in Europe, agreeing to a three-year contract with Orlando City.
The team said Monday that Nani was given a free transfer from Portugal's Sporting Lisbon and will be a designated player who counts only partially against the team's salary cap.
Striker Fredy Montero returning to Vancouver Whitecaps
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Colombian striker Fredy Montero has returned to Major League Soccer's Vancouver Whitecaps, agreeing to a two-year contract.
Sporting Lisbon in Portugal announced earlier Friday that it had released Montero.
Montero had 47 goals and 34 assists for the Seattle Sounders in 119 regular-season games from 2009-12. He had 13 goals and six assists in 33 regular-season games for the Whitecaps in 2017.
Brazil to play Panama in friendly at Porto
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's national team will play its first friendly of the year against Panama on March 23 in Portugal.
The Brazilian football confederation said Friday the match will be at FC Porto's Dragao stadium.
Brazil will then play the Czech Republic in Prague three days later.
Spanish, Portuguese police make major cocaine seizure
MADRID (AP) — Spanish police say a 15-month investigation has led to the seizure at sea of 3.3 metric tons of South American cocaine with a street value of around 100 million euros ($113 million).
Police said in a statement Friday the drug was headed to Spain and was captured when security forces from Portugal boarded a ship in the Atlantic, 150 miles (240 kilometers) off the Portuguese coast.
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Authorities say suspect in suitcase death is in US illegally
A man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and dumping her body in a suitcase in Connecticut is a citizen of Portugal who has been in the U.S. illegally for more than a year, federal authorities said Wednesday as the victim's loved ones gathered for her funeral.
Portuguese Catholic church finds few sexual abuse cases
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The Catholic Church's news service in Portugal reports that a senior official says church authorities have investigated only about a dozen allegations of sexual abuse involving Portuguese priests since 2001.
Agencia Ecclesia says Father Manuel Barbosa, spokesman for the Portuguese bishops' conference, told reporters Tuesday that more than half of those cases were dropped because church investigators decided there was not enough evidence to pursue them.
Correction: Travel-Portugal-Black History Month-Lagos
LAGOS, Portugal (AP) — In a story Feb. 6 about a museum exploring a Portuguese town's role in the African slave trade, The Associated Press misidentified the museum's Portuguese name. It is O Mercado de Escravos, not El Mercado de Escravos. Removes reference to conquistadors.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Portuguese town opens window to its slave-trade history
Portuguese gov’t aims to force striking nurses back to work
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's Socialist government is trying to force striking public health service nurses back to work by enacting a rarely used measure.
Health Minister Marta Temido announced Thursday that the government has decided to order a so-called civil requisition, whereby workers in essential services are required by law to report for duty in "exceptionally serious" circumstances.
Hospitals say the strike has forced the cancellation of hundreds of scheduled operations.
Brexit could spell economic peril for parts of the EU
BARCELOS, Portugal (AP) — For the more than 120 workers at the Pedrosa & Rodrigues garment factory in northwestern Portugal, events in another country 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles) to the north could jeopardize their livelihood.
EU countries step up pressure on Venezuela’s defiant Maduro
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A key group of European Union countries endorsed Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country's interim president on Monday, piling the pressure on embattled President Nicolas Maduro to resign and let the country hold a new presidential election.
Maduro, for his part, stood defiant and accused the United States of preparing a coup in the South American country.
Benfica beats Sporting to move closer to Porto in Portugal
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Benfica beat Sporting Lisbon 4-2 Sunday to move within three points of Portuguese league leader Porto.
Haris Seferovic, Joao Felix, Ruben Dias and Pizzi Fernandes scored for Benfica, which never trailed at Sporting's Jose Alvalade Stadium.
Poland exported 5,500 pounds of meat from sick cows to EU
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Thousands of pounds of meat from sick cows who were slaughtered illegally in Poland were exported to 10 other European Union countries, the country's top veterinary official said on Thursday.
Pawel Niemczuk said about 2,500 kilograms (5,500 pounds) of the meat was exported to Finland, Hungary, Estonia, Romania, Sweden, France, Spain, Lithuania, Portugal and Slovakia..
Meat from sick cows also went to 20 sales locations in Poland but has since been recalled, he said.
Magistrate considers major corruption trial in Portugal
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A Portuguese magistrate is deciding whether there is enough evidence to put a former prime minister and two dozen other once-powerful figures on trial for corruption, money laundering and other crimes.
Magistrate Ivo Rosa on Monday began hearing legal arguments from the public prosecutor and defense attorneys in one of the biggest cases in recent times in Portugal.
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Inter signs defender Cedric Soares on loan from Southampton
MILAN (AP) — Inter Milan signed Portugal right back Cedric Soares on loan from Southampton until the end of the season on Saturday.
Southampton said Soares joined the Italian team with a view to a permanent move in the offseason.
Soares, who won the European Championship with Portugal in 2016, joined Southampton from Sporting in 2015.
Portugal: Prime minister asks if skin color shaped questions
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's prime minister caused uproar in parliament when he asked if the color of his skin had prompted a lawmaker's questions during a debate on racial tensions and police conduct Friday.
"It must be because of my skin color that you're asking me whether I condemn or don't condemn" police violence, Prime Minister Antonio Costa, who is of Indian descent on his father's side, told the inquiring legislator.
Portugal: 3 detained amid attacks on police, racial tensions
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portuguese police detained three juveniles Thursday amid a spate of attacks on police and night-time burnings of sidewalk trash cans and recycle bins.
Rocks and a homemade incendiary device were thrown at officers who went to investigate a fire, police said in a statement. Nobody was hurt, police said.
Angola decriminalizes same-sex conduct, rights group says
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Human Rights Watch says the southern African nation of Angola has decriminalized same-sex activity and banned discrimination based on sexual orientation.
The rights group says the changes came on Wednesday when Angola's parliament adopted the new first penal code since independence from Portugal in 1975.
Portuguese police intercept cocaine shipment to Spain
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portuguese police say they have discovered 430 kilograms (950 pounds) of cocaine concealed inside a banana shipment from Latin America.
Police said Tuesday the highly pure cocaine that was on its way to a gang in Spain had a street value of around 15 million euros ($17 million).
Police Inspector Vitor Ananias told reporters Tuesday the 1-kilo (2.2-pound) packets of cocaine were hidden beneath bananas that were packed into boxes inside two shipping containers.
US national player Keaton Parks joins NYC FC from Benfica
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. national player Keaton Parks has been acquired by New York City FC on loan from the Portuguese club Benfica for the 2019 season.
The 21-year-old Texan is a versatile central midfielder. He joined Varzim of Portugal in 2015 when he turned 18 and then signed with Benfica in 2017.
He made his national team debut in May, entering in the 62nd minute of a 3-0 victory over Bolivia in Philadelphia.
Brito scores 23, leads Utah State past San Jose State
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Diogo Brito scored 23 points with six assists and five rebounds and Utah State defeated San Jose State 81-63 on Wednesday night.
Brito, a junior from Portugal, averages 5.6 points per game and had a previous career high of 16 points against Weber State last month. Neemias Queta, a freshman from Portugal, added 14 points with nine rebounds for the Aggies (13-5, 3-2 Mountain West).
Police in Portugal, Belgium break up sham marriages ring
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The European Union's law enforcement agency says authorities in Belgium and Portugal have dismantled a gang suspected of organizing sham marriages between mostly Portuguese women and Pakistani men.
Europol says in a statement Tuesday the men were seeking to obtain residence rights in the European Union and the women were paid several thousand euros (dollars) to marry them.
Portuguese capital plans 2nd airport amid passenger boom
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's government has unveiled a 1.1-billion euro ($1.26 billion) plan to expand Lisbon's current airport and build a second one, even though an environmental impact study that could thwart its ambitions isn't finished.
National airports operator ANA is footing the bill to adapt a military airfield in Montijo, 30 kilometers (18 miles) by road from Lisbon. It aims to handle around 50 million passengers a year from 2022.
Former Portuguese minister cleared in visa corruption case
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A Portuguese court has acquitted a former minister of malfeasance and influence-peddling in connection with residence permits granted to investors from outside the European Union.
The court in Lisbon said Friday it was not proven that former Interior Minister Miguel Macedo had favored Chinese and Angolan investors in administrative procedures granting the so-called "golden visas."
Ronaldo may be tiring as Juve go on record march
Cristiano Ronaldo is helping Juventus break records but it could be taking a toll on the Portugal star.
Ronaldo has started all but one of Juve's 23 games this season, having missed only the first Champions League match against Young Boys through suspension following his first-ever red card in the competition.
The 33-year-old forward has scored 12 goals since leaving Real Madrid in the offseason, despite being the subject of a rape allegation in the United States.
Portuguese yellow vest protest flops, fails to block traffic
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A nationwide protest in Portugal that seeks to emulate France's yellow vest movement has fallen flat, with few people turning out.
Portuguese protesters are attempting to disrupt morning rush-hour traffic at various locations across the country Friday, but they are far outnumbered by police.
The protest grew out of a Facebook page that aims to give voice to people angry about the state of the country.
Portugal’s government increases minimum wage
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's Socialist government has approved an increase in the country's minimum wage to 600 euros a month ($687) from Jan. 1.
The Cabinet passed the proposal Thursday, saying in a statement that the measure would cover more than 750,000 workers.
Champions League Draw List
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Draw Monday for the last 16 of the Champions League:
Tuesday, Feb. 12
Manchester United (England) vs. Paris Saint-Germain (France)
Roma (Italy) vs. Porto (Portugal)
Wednesday, Feb. 13
Tottenham (England) vs. Borussia Dortmund (Germany)
4 die in crash of Portuguese medical emergency helicopter
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portuguese authorities say four people have died when a helicopter in the country's medical emergency service crashed.
Portugal's National Institute of Medical Emergencies says Sunday that the helicopter went down Saturday in the Serra de Pias hills east of Porto while it was returning to base after transporting a patient. The two pilots, a doctor and a nurse died in the crash.
Valencia forward Guedes out 2 months after abdomen surgery
MADRID (AP) — Valencia says Portugal forward Goncalo Guedes will be sidelined for around two months after needing surgery to his abdomen.
The Spanish club said on Friday the 22-year-old Guedes had been operated on to treat a "weakness in the abdominal wall suffered in recent weeks."
Guedes was one of Valencia's best players last season, when he scored five goals after arriving on loan from Paris Saint-Germain. Valencia bought him outright before this season for a reported 40 million euros.
EU agency: Cocaine dealers’ technology use complicates busts
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The European Union agency that monitors drug abuse says cocaine dealers are increasingly using social media and encrypted communications to do business, making it harder for authorities to crack down on the trade.
The European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction agency said in a report Thursday that "large quantities of cocaine appear to be entering Europe at a regular pace, and law enforcement and customs agents are facing challenges in containing the flow."
Benfica ends Champions League campaign with 1-0 win over AEK
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Benfica finished its Champions League campaign with a 1-0 win over AEK Athens on Wednesday.
Both teams were out of contention for the knockout stage, and Benfica had already secured third place and a spot in the round of 32 of the Europa League.
Alex Grimaldo scored the winner in the 88th minute with a well-struck free kick over the wall.
"We had a good match, deserved the win," Grimaldo said. "We tried until the end, I am happy that we did it."
Strikes dog Portuguese government amid continuing austerity
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A walkout by rail workers over pay is disrupting Portuguese train services amid a spate of strikes by government employees.
Staff at the state-owned rail company Comboios de Portugal, and its allied infrastructure management and maintenance companies, walked off the job for 24 hours Friday. They also want higher staffing levels and a modernization of the company's rolling stock.
Portuguese prison guards stage strike amid prisoner unrest
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portuguese prison guards are walking off the job in an ongoing pay dispute, just days after prisoners rioted at two prisons amid restrictions caused by strikes.
The prison guards, who are government workers, started a new strike Thursday to demand salary hikes and bonus payments for late shifts.
They have been walking out sporadically all year, and some prisoners are reportedly unhappy about canceled visits because of the walkouts.
China strengthens foothold in EU with Portugal agreements
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal is embracing China's "One Belt, One Road" initiative, which offers loans for the building of large-scale infrastructure projects.
Despite wariness in other European Union capitals about Beijing's strategy, the Portuguese government wholeheartedly endorsed the scheme during a 24-hour state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Portugal fetes China, risking tension with Western allies
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — While some powerful European Union governments are uneasy about China possibly taking more control of the bloc's critical energy and transport infrastructure, one of western Europe's smallest economies is grabbing the opportunity with both hands.