MADRID (AP) — Athletic Bilbao rallied with two goals early in the second half to defeat Girona 2-1 and move closer to the European spots in the Spanish league on Friday.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — After Lionel Messi scored a wonderful third goal to complete his 51st career hat trick, Real Betis supporters did what only true fans can do when in the presence of genuine...
Valencia defeats Betis, will face Barcelona in Copa final
MADRID (AP) — There will be no final at home for Real Betis.
The team's Benito Villamarin Stadium in Seville will host the Copa del Rey final this season, but Betis won't be there after...
Film featuring disabled actors wins Spain’s top Goya award
MADRID (AP) — The film "Campeones" ("Champions"), a comedy about a basketball team featuring actors with mental disabilities, won best picture at the Spanish Film Academy's Goya Awards.
Directed by Javier Fesser, "Campeones" took the top prize at the gala that ended early Sunday morning in Seville, while the dark thriller "El reino" ("The Kingdom") was the night's big winner, sweeping up seven awards.
Real Betis’ stadium to host Copa del Rey final
MADRID (AP) — Real Betis' Benito Villamarin Stadium in Seville will host the Copa del Rey final this season.
The Spanish federation picked the venue Monday over Valencia's Mestalla Stadium for the match on May 25.
Real Betis is in the quarterfinals. It drew 1-1 with Espanyol in the first leg. The second leg is Wednesday at the 61,000-capacity Villamarin.
Sevilla beats Barcelona 2-0 in 1st leg of Copa quarterfinals
MADRID (AP) — Sevilla took full advantage of Lionel Messi's absence, beating Barcelona 2-0 in the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarterfinals on Wednesday.
Pablo Sarabia and Wissam Ben Yedder scored in the second half to give Sevilla a big edge in the rematch of last year's final, which Barcelona won for its fourth straight Copa title. Sevilla also lost the 2016 final to its Catalan rival.
Spain: Feminists oppose far-right-backed regional coalition
MADRID (AP) — Thousands of Spaniards protested Tuesday against what they perceive as a threat to women's equality and legal protections from a deal that brought a right-wing coalition to power in Spain's populous Andalusia region.
Protesters surrounded the parliament in Seville, the regional capital, where the conservative candidate to head the Andalusia government, the Popular Party's Juan Manuel Moreno, delivered his investiture speech.
Croatia beats Spain 3-2 to throw open Nations League group
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Tin Jedvaj scored his second goal of the game in injury time to earn Croatia a 3-2 win over Spain on Thursday, a result that left both teams and group rival England still in the running to reach the UEFA Nations League finals.
Croatia's win came two months after it was crushed 6-0 by Spain, its worst ever loss, in Seville.
Spain is top of League A, Group 4 with six points. England and Croatia have four points before they meet at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.
Spain gets reality check after good start under Luis Enrique
MADRID (AP) — It took less than a half to bring Spain back to reality.
Three goals before the break in a 3-2 loss to England were enough to turn all the hype into concern, and to prompt the first wave of criticism against coach Luis Enrique.
England hands Spain its first home loss in 15 years
MADRID (AP) — It was an odd scene at Benito Villamarin Stadium in Seville: The few visiting English fans were chanting "Ole" at every touch of the ball by their squad, while the home Spanish crowd was jeering its own players.
It was only halftime on Monday and the Spaniards had already seen their national team concede three goals for the first time ever in a competitive match at home. By the end, they were witnesses to La Roja's first home loss in 15 years.
FA condemns ‘unacceptable behavior’ by English fans in Spain
MADRID (AP) — The English Football Association has condemned "unacceptable behavior" by England fans ahead of the team's match against Spain in the UEFA Nations League on Monday.
Police in Seville had to intervene late Sunday as some fans caused trouble in the city, reportedly vandalizing property and getting into altercations with local residents.
No major incidents or injuries were reported.
The FA urged "those following the team to respect our hosts and act in a responsible manner."
Paco Alcacer making most of 2nd chance with Spain
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Close to seeing his career stagnate, Paco Alcacer is making the most of a second chance to become Spain's top striker.
Alcacer scored twice in his first appearance for Spain in two-and-a-half years to lead a 4-1 away win at Wales in a friendly last week.
On Monday, the former Barcelona player will likely feature again when Spain hosts England in Seville seeking a second win over Gareth Southgate's team in the incipient Nations League.
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.
Betis joins pack at top of Spanish league as leaders slip
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Real Betis joined a group of seven teams separated by only three points at the top of the Spanish league after squeaking out a 1-0 win at home over Leganes on Sunday.
Repeated slips by leader Barcelona and second-place Real Madrid have given hope to a pack of pursuers after seven rounds.
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Misfiring Betis must jump start attack in Seville derby
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Real Betis entered this season with high hopes after building on a squad that deployed one of the most attractive attacks in the Spanish league.
But the team has zero goals and only one point from two matches before it faces a derby on Sunday against a Sevilla side that is eager to restore its status as the top team in the city.
MADRID (AP) — Five Spanish men whose acquittal of gang rape charges and conviction on a lesser felony caused widespread outrage are back at home while a court considers their appeals against their nine-year prison sentences.
Agustin Martinez, the lawyer for four of the men, tells Spanish news agency Europa Press on Saturday that the five are back in Seville, their home city, after being granted bail and leaving prison.
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For many, the 1982 semifinal match between France and West Germany is the greatest World Cup game of them all.
It had everything — goals, high drama, arguably the worst foul in the tournament's history and, for the first time at the World Cup, a penalty shootout.
The International Skating Union will discuss limiting the number of quadruple jumps in a free skate routine, and will consider raising the minimum age to compete on the senior level from 15 to 17.
The ISU will hold its congress in Seville, Spain, from June 4-8.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Valencia was assured of a top-four finish in the Spanish league and a berth in next season's Champions League after Real Betis lost at Athletic Bilbao 2-0 on Saturday.
The defeat left fifth-place Betis eight points behind Valencia in fourth with two games left for the Seville-based club.
Iker Munian headed in a cross from Inigo Lekeu for Bilbao's opener in the 76th minute, and Aritz Aduriz scored from a pass by Inaki Williams in stoppage time.
Sevilla finally breaks through in Europe, 60 years later
MADRID (AP) — Sevilla needed a resounding victory over a European powerhouse to put itself back among the best in Europe.
About 60 years ago, Sevilla eliminated Danish club AGF to make it to the last eight in the European Cup for the last time. Now it needed a victory over a star-filled Manchester United to reach the Champions League quarterfinals.
Atletico routs Sevilla 5-2, continues its chase of Barcelona
MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid is making it clear that it won't let up in its pursuit of Spanish league leader Barcelona.
Atletico sent a strong message about its intentions on Sunday by routing Sevilla 5-2 with a hat trick by Antoine Griezmann in Seville. Diego Costa and Koke also scored for Atletico as it took advantage of a disastrous defensive performance by Sevilla, which gave away three goals on individual blunders.
Atletico stays in touch with Barca, Madrid wins 5-3 at Betis
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Atletico Madrid stayed within sight of Barcelona while Real Madrid's attack bailed out its porous defense in the Spanish league on Sunday.
Diego Costa and Kevin Gameiro scored second-half goals to give Atletico a 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao and keep it seven points behind Barcelona at the top of the table.
Atletico will visit Barcelona on March 4 in what could be its last chance to inject some drama into the title race.
Police in Seville, Spain, came across the bizarre scene when they pulled over two cars after a short chase.
According to Europa Press, officers suspected something wasn't quite right when they saw the cars driving very close together. When they tried to pull the cars over, they took off. A short chase through a dirt road followed, the news agency reported. Inside the vehicles, police found the oranges.
Blood, goals for Ronaldo as Madrid scores 7 to end poor run
MADRID (AP) — Despite watching Cristiano Ronaldo go off covered in blood, Real Madrid fans got to celebrate at home again with the team's biggest win of the season in the Spanish league.
Ronaldo, who left the game late with a cut to his face, scored twice as Madrid routed Deportivo La Coruna 7-1 Sunday, ending a three-match winless streak at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and easing the pressure on coach Zinedine Zidane and his players.
Spain: Several injured as train coach derails
MADRID (AP) — A train carriage derailed after part of a track became flooded between the southern Spanish cities of Malaga and Seville Wednesday, injuring 27 people.
Marian Alonso, spokeswoman for Spain's Adif railway infrastructure company, said the last of three coaches came off the track near the town of Arahal after water from a nearby stream rose suddenly and lifted the track's concrete sleepers.
Sevilla says Argentine coach Berizzo has a malignant tumor
MADRID (AP) — A day after Sevilla rallied to hold Liverpool to a remarkable 3-3 draw in the Champions League, the Spanish club said coach Eduardo "Toto" Berizzo has a malignant tumor.
Rumors about the coach's condition began spreading not long after Tuesday's match in Seville. On Wednesday, the club confirmed that the 48-year-old Argentine has been diagnosed with a prostate tumor.
Sevilla coach: Be cautious vs Liverpool in Champions League
MADRID (AP) — Don't expect Sevilla to take too many risks when it hosts Liverpool in the Champions League on Tuesday even though a victory would secure the Spanish club a berth in the knockout stages for the second straight season.
Sevilla coach Eduardo Berizzo said on Monday his team must play cautiously and avoid going all out on attack at Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium in Seville.
Real Betis rallies to draw with Getafe 2-2 in Spanish league
MADRID (AP) — Ryad Boudebouz scored an 87th-minute equalizer as Real Betis came back from two goals down to draw with Getafe 2-2 in the Spanish league on Friday.
The Algerian midfielder scored with a low shot from outside the area, his first goal since joining the club in the offseason.
Markel Bergara opened the scoring for the visitors with a header into the top corner, and Francisco Portillo added to Getafe's lead about 15 minutes later with a shot from inside the area.
Spanish league pushes match back to avoid high temperatures
MADRID (AP) — The Spanish league says it has decided to move Saturday's match between Sevilla and Leganes until the evening to avoid high temperatures.
The match that was originally scheduled for 4.15 p.m. (1415 GMT) local time in Seville will now be played at 10.30 p.m. (2030 GMT).
Spain's weather service says temperatures could reach 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) Saturday.
San Juan, Puerto Rico on Lonely Planet where to go 2018 list
Lonely Planet has put San Juan, Puerto Rico, on its list of best cities to visit in 2018 .
The list was compiled before Hurricane Maria hit. A fourth of island residents are still without potable running water, 80 percent lack electricity and only 10 percent of the island's 5,000 miles of roads open.
Bailey Freeman, a Lonely Planet editor, says the publisher believes San Juan "will be back on its feet for travelers in 2018."
Two scholars from Pablo de Olavide University in Seville, Spain, were in Brownsville this summer to talk about their groundbreaking and sometimes dangerous research into a brutal human trafficking network that smuggles Nigerian women and girls through North Africa into Spain, where they’re often forced into prostitution.
BROWNSVILLE — Two scholars from Pablo de Olavide University in Seville, Spain, were in Brownsville this summer to talk about their groundbreaking and sometimes dangerous research into a brutal human trafficking network that smuggles Nigerian women and girls through North Africa into Spain, where they’re often forced into prostitution.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Sevilla routed Osasuna 5-0 on Saturday in what coach Jorge Sampaoli hoped was his last match for the Spanish side before he takes over as the coach of Argentina.
Sampaoli announced on Friday that the Argentine Football Association will meet with Sevilla to secure his release from the last year of his contract.
Victor "Vitolo" Machin and Franco Vazquez scored twice each and Stevan Jovetic added another to ensure Sampaoli can finish his season in Seville in fine fashion.
Ganso scores twice to give Sevilla 2-0 win over Granada
MADRID (AP) — Paulo Henrique Ganso scored twice in his first start in more than three months to help Sevilla beat struggling Granada 2-0 in the Spanish league on Friday.
Ganso, the promising Brazilian midfielder who was yet to break through since joining the Spanish club this season, opened the scoring with a shot from inside the area less than five minutes into the match and increased the lead from close range shortly after halftime at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium in Seville.
AP PHOTOS: Hooded penitents celebrate Easter in Spain
MADRID (AP) — With their tall conical hats, monkish robes and facial hoods that only show their eyes, the so-called "nazarenos," or penitents, in Spain's immensely popular Easter processions cut an eerie, and stunning, look as they parade solemnly in silence, or to the beat of drums and wailing bugles.
While no longer the bastion of Roman Catholicism it once was, Spain has lost none of its fervor for religious celebrations, and Easter week is a spectacular example.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Sevilla drew 0-0 at Valencia on Sunday as its bid for an automatic Champions League berth continued to fade amid speculation over the future of coach Jorge Sampaoli.
Sevilla was mounting an outside challenge for the Spanish title as recently as six weeks ago, but its hope now is just to secure a place in Europe's top competition for next season.
The draw meant fourth-placed Sevilla fell three points behind third-placed Atletico Madrid, which beat Osasuna 3-0 on Saturday.
SEVILLE, Spain (AP) — Eight people in southern Spain have been arrested for allegedly provoking stampedes during Seville's overnight Good Friday processions that left one person in critical condition.
The city's emergency services say those arrested had reportedly screamed to spark the stampedes, which took place about 4 a.m. Friday. Televised images showed police trying to stop panicked procession-goers, several of whom were crying, from running away.
MADRID (AP) — Spanish police say they have arrested 38 people and dismantled a criminal organization dealing in credit card fraud on an international scale.
Authorities said Saturday those arrested were in a ring that specialized in the counterfeit and fraudulent use of credit cards from international banks, which were scammed up to 1.5 million euros ($1.6 million).
The victimized banks were mainly based in Italy, Britain, the United States, Australia and Germany.
Leicester’s Vardy ends goal drought in 2-1 loss at Sevilla
SEVILLE, Spain (AP) — Sevilla was unable to capitalize on its dominant performance in a 2-1 Champions League win over Leicester on Wednesday as Jamie Vardy scored a crucial goal — his first of the year — to keep the English champions alive in the Round of 16.
Vardy capped a spirited second half for Leicester in the first leg with a 73rd-minute goal in one of the few chances created by the visitors at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium in Seville.
Loan of Ukraine striker called off in Spain after protests
MADRID (AP) — The loan of Ukraine striker Roman Zozulya from Real Betis to second-division club Rayo Vallecano is being called off after protests from Spanish fans who accused the player of having connections to radical groups back home.
Real Betis director Miguel Torrecilla said Wednesday that the clubs had agreed to scrap the move to "protect the person and the player."
Madrid supports Ramos after Sevilla controversy
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid gave its "complete support" to team captain Sergio Ramos on Saturday after the defender was criticized for upsetting fans of former club Sevilla.
A day before the top two teams in the Spanish league meet in Seville, Madrid released a statement saying Ramos' "conduct is and has always been exemplary throughout his sporting career, to the point where he now represents a benchmark in values for all fans of football and sport in general."
Sergio Ramos’ spat with fans adds to Madrid-Sevilla rivalry
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos will be looking forward to seeing the back of Sevilla and its fans after their top-of-the-table Spanish league match on Sunday.
Most players who return in a different jersey to a club they used to grace, and where they were cherished, are often celebrated and welcomed, until kickoff. But almost 12 years after Ramos transferred to Madrid, some Sevilla fans retain a dim view of his departure.
Real Madrid sets Spanish record of 40 unbeaten games
MADRID (AP) — With a remarkable injury time goal, Real Madrid salvaged a 3-3 draw against Sevilla in the Copa del Rey to set a Spanish record of 40 consecutive games unbeaten on Thursday.
Madrid had its spot in the Copa quarterfinals all-but-secured in the final minutes in Seville when Karim Benzema made a great run past several defenders and entered the area to fire in a low right-foot shot that allowed Madrid to surpass the unbeaten mark that it shared with rival Barcelona.
34 Spaniards detained in tennis match-fixing investigation
MADRID (AP) — Spanish authorities have detained 34 people, including six tennis players, involved in a tennis match-fixing network that made more than half-a-million dollars from lower-tier tournaments in Spain and Portugal.
Police said Thursday that Operation Futures probed several Futures and Challenger tournaments in Iberia for the past several months and found evidence that results were rigged.
Fan stabbed in Spain ahead of Sevilla-Juventus match
MADRID (AP) — A man was stabbed during an altercation between fans ahead of Tuesday's Champions League match between Sevilla and Juventus, Spanish authorities said.
Seville police said the unidentified man was injured during a confrontation at a bar near the city center and hospitalized.
The man was in stable condition and his injuries were not life threatening.
At least two other people sustained minor injuries in the violence late Monday.
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.