MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua’s National Assembly, controlled by President Daniel Ortega, outlawed four private universities Wednesday, some linked to the Roman Catholic Church.
The best known of the schools whose legal standing was canceled by the assembly is Polytechnical University of Nicaragua, which was a hotbed of antigovernment protests in 2018.
MILAN (AP) — Spain’s cunning plan on how to beat Italy this time appears to have a flaw.
They meet in the Nations League semifinals on Wednesday, three months after another semifinal matchup at the European Championship.
MADRID (AP) — The 17-year-old Barcelona midfielder Gavi Páez has been summoned for Spain's Nations League semifinal against Italy next week.
If Gavi plays, he will become Spain’s youngest debutant, breaking the record held by Ángel Zubieta of 17 years, 284 days set in 1936.
MADRID (AP) — Coach Luis Enrique has called up Sergio Reguilón to replace the injured José Luis Gayà for Spain's World Cup qualifier against Kosovo, the Spanish soccer federation said Monday.
Gayà was substituted in the 75th minute of the 4-0 win over Georgia on Sunday because of a muscle injury.
MADRID (AP) — With three World Cup qualifying matches coming up, Spain coach Luis Enrique made seven changes Thursday from the team that reached the semifinals of the European Championship.
Among those missing were four players who also played with Spain at the Tokyo Olympics — Pedri González, Pau Torres, Mikel Oyarzabal and Dani Olmo.
MADRID (AP) — Losing big matches inevitably leads to questions about the future. With Pedri González, Spain already seems to have the answer.
Still only 18, Pedri was the man in the middle at the European Championship, starting every match for his team and controlling the transition between the defense and offense.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Spain has advanced to the European Championship semifinals as the highest-scoring team in the tournament.
Don’t be fooled, though.
The biggest flaw in Spain’s quest for a third continental title in the last four editions lies in its shortcomings up front.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Spain first gifted Croatia a bizarre own-goal, then threw away a late 3-1 lead. Alvaro Morata made sure it didn't matter in the end.
Morata and Mikel Oyarzabal scored in extra time Monday to give Spain a 5-3 win over Croatia and a place in the European Championship quarterfinals after a wildly entertaining see-saw match at Parken Stadium.
Dani Olmo will be lining up against some familiar opponents when Spain faces Croatia in the round of 16 at the European Championship.
In fact, he easily could have been lining up for Croatia instead of Spain at Euro 2020.
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SEVILLE, Spain (AP) — Spain’s reserve players jumped from their seats in anticipation when Álvaro Morata found himself with only the goalkeeper to beat inside the Sweden area.
A defender had whipped a cross into the box and the ball fell to Morata’s feet with no one else near him.
SEVILLE, Spain (AP) — It was only a week ago that Spain received some bad news that could have jeopardized its participation in the European Championship.
Captain Sergio Busquets tested positive for the coronavirus and the national team suddenly faced the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak.
MADRID (AP) — Spain has sent home the 17 extra players it called up this week to form an alternative squad after a coronavirus outbreak had threatened to infect the team at the European Championship.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain hopes captain Sergio Busquets and Diego Llorente will still have an impact on the European Championship after both players tested positive for the coronavirus.
Llorente’s positive test on Tuesday may have been erroneous after further tests came back negative, coach Luis Enrique said on Thursday.
MADRID (AP) — Spain celebrated another round of negative test results on Wednesday and welcomed the announcement that the squad would get vaccinated ahead of the European Championship.
The news came after “La Roja” expanded its parallel squad to 17 players following the detection of two coronavirus cases this week.
MADRID (AP) — Spain added more players to its “parallel" squad ahead of the European Championship on Tuesday, with goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga set to join the group training separately as possible replacements after captain Sergio Busquets tested positive for COVID-19.
MADRID (AP) — For the third straight time, Spain’s preparations for a major soccer tournament have taken a hit just before it is set to start playing.
After having to overcome problems ahead of the 2016 European Championship and the 2018 World Cup, “La Roja” enters Euro 2020 having to deal with the scare of a COVID-19 outbreak that could jeopardize its title chances.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — “Tiki-taka” is over, and Spain coach Luis Enrique is ready to move on.
Since winning back-to-back European Championships with the 2010 World Cup title in between, Spain has been a flop at major soccer tournaments as the team’s aging veterans lost their luster.
MADRID (AP) — For the first time in 15 years, Spain finds itself preparing for a major tournament without Sergio Ramos.
The veteran defender, however, is still attracting much of the attention ahead of the European Championship as Spain starts its preparations in Madrid.
MADRID (AP) — Sergio Ramos was left off Spain’s squad for the European Championship on Monday following a season plagued by injuries, a decision that means no Real Madrid players were called up by the national team for a major tournament for the first time.
MADRID (AP) — As Spain struggled against Georgia, coach Luis Enrique said he felt like he was about to have a heart attack on the sidelines...
MADRID (AP) — Young Barcelona playmaker Pedri was called up for Spain's senior national team for the first time on Monday...
Perfection is never easy, as Spain and Italy found out Thursday in European Championship qualifying.
Both kept perfect records, moving to five wins from five, but Italy needed two late goals to beat Armenia and Spain barely held on for a 2-1 win over Romania with 10 men...
MADRID (AP) — No Cristiano Ronaldo, no problem.
European champion Portugal sparkled on Thursday despite the absence of its star forward, defeating Poland to move a step closer to the last four of the UEFA Nations League...