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Ronaldo agrees 18.8mln tax settlement: legal source

Madrid - Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed to pay the Spanish taxman 18.8 million euro ($20 million) to settle a tax fraud claim, a legal source said Friday.

Liverpool hoping experience not everything in final against Real

Kiev - Liverpool will attempt to end Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid's recent dominance in the Champions League when the sides meet in Saturday's final in Kiev, with Reds manager Jurgen Klopp insisting experience is not everything.

Spanish PM Rajoy cancels Champions League final trip

Madrid - Devoted Real Madrid fan Mariano Rajoy, the Spanish primer minister, has cancelled his trip to the Champions League final to deal with a political crisis, his staff said on Friday.

Liverpool and Real fans in for Kiev hotel price shock

Kiev - Fancy shelling out 3,500 euros ($4,200) for a night in a budget hotel?Liverpool and Real Madrid fans who do not may end up sleeping rough for the night when they come to Kiev for the Champions League final.

Real Madrid's Luka Modric charged with false testimony — prosecutors

Zagreb - Real Madrid's Luka Modric was charged Friday with giving false testimony at the corruption trial of Dinamo Zagreb's powerful former chief Zdravko Mamic, prosecutors said.

China fund takes control of Spanish football TV rights giant

Madrid - A Chinese investment fund has taken control of Spanish media giant Mediapro, best known for owning television rights to the Spanish and Italian football leagues, as Chinese investors widen their global media and sports interests.

China fund takes control of Spanish football TV rights giant

Madrid - Chinese investment fund Orient Hontai Capital has taken control of Mediapro, best known for owning television rights to the Spanish and Italian football leagues, the Spanish media group said Friday.The fund bought a 53.

Barca won't be used as political tool - Bartomeu

Barcelona - Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu insisted on Saturday the Catalan giants cannot be used by either side of a political battle over Catalonia's drive to gain independence from Spain.

Israel police dismiss report of knife incident at Spain match

Jerusalem - Israeli police dismissed on Tuesday local media reports that a pitch invader who ran towards Spanish attacker Isco at a World Cup qualifier in Jerusalem was carrying a knife.

Qatar hits back at rivals with Neymar soft power play

Dibai - With the anticipated transfer of football phenomenon Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain, Qatar is hitting back at its Gulf rivals with a high-profile soft power play.

Football: Picture this! Pensive Neymar stirs renewed PSG fever

Paris - Neymar's decision to post a photo of himself in thoughtful contemplation sparked a fresh wave of speculation that he is on the verge of sealing a world record 222-million-euro ($256.8 million) move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain.

Spain's federation chief held in fraud probe

Madrid - Police raided the headquarters of Spain's football federation on Tuesday and arrested its president Angel Maria Villar as part of an anti-corruption probe.

Spain mourns slain matador Fandino

Madrid - Spain's royal family joined politicians and the bullfighting world Sunday in mourning matador Ivan Fandino, gored to death in a fight in France.

Spanish bullfighter dies after being gored

Aire-sur-l'adour - Renowned Spanish bullfighter Ivan Fandino died in hospital on Saturday after being gored by a bull during a fight in southwestern France, a medical service source said.

Spanish bullfighter dies after being gored

Aire-sur-l'adour - Spanish bullfighter Ivan Fandino died in hospital on Saturday after being gored by a bull during a fight in south-western France, a medical service source said.

Spain Supreme Court confirms Messi fraud sentence

Madrid - Spain's Supreme Court on Wednesday confirmed a 21-month jail sentence and 2.09-million-euro ($2.25 million) fine imposed on Lionel Messi for tax fraud, months after the Barcelona football star lodged an appeal.

Spain Supreme Court confirms Messi's 21-month jail sentence

Madrid - Spain's Supreme Court on Wednesday confirmed a 21-month jail sentence and 2.09-million-euro ($2.25 million) fine imposed on Lionel Messi for tax fraud, months after the Barcelona football star lodged an appeal.

Spain shocked by violent parents at youth football games

Madrid - Ugly scenes captured on video of parents trading blows at youth football matches in Spain are exasperating referees, who are calling for stiffer penalties.

Barcelona hailed as living legends after miracle win over PSG

Barcelona - Barcelona were hailed as living legends Thursday after Neymar helped the Spanish giants pull off a Nou Camp miracle with a dying minutes Champions League win over stunned Paris Saint-Germain.

Lorenzo eyes victory in Yamaha farewell

Valencia - Three-time world champion Jorge Lorenzo looks to end his nine-year Yamaha career, and his stormy relationship with superstar teammate Valentino Rossi, with victory at the season-ending Grand Prix of Valencia on Sunday.

Spain doping case decision threatens to expose more sportstars

Madrid - A Spanish court on Tuesday reversed a decision to destroy blood bags seized as part of the Operation Puerto doping scandal, which may allow authorities to identify more sport stars implicated in the high-profile case.

Spain prosecutors seek Neymar corruption trial

Madrid - Neymar could follow Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi to court after Spanish prosecutors asked for the Brazilian striker to be tried over his murky multi-million-euro transfer to the Catalan giants.

Spain prosecutors ask Messi be absolved in fraud trial

Barcelona - Spanish prosecutors called on Friday for Lionel Messi to be absolved and his father found guilty on the final day of the pair's high-profile tax fraud trial in Barcelona.

Messi says 'knew nothing' at tax fraud trial in Spain

Barcelona - Argentina football star Lionel Messi said Thursday he trusted his father with his finances and "knew nothing" about how his wealth was managed as he took the stand at his tax fraud trial."I was playing football.

Barcelona agree reported record Nike deal

Barcelona - Barcelona agreed a "long-term" contract extension with American sportswear giants Nike on Saturday, which will reportedly see the Catalan club surpass Manchester United with the most lucrative kit-sponsorship deal in the world.

Valencia's Asian boss admits cultural differences

Singapore - Asian ownership of European football clubs can be tough because of cultural differences, Valencia's Singaporean president said on Friday after a turbulent period at the Mestalla Stadium.

Hamilton, Rosberg crash out in Barcelona clash

Barcelona - World championship leader Nico Rosberg and his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton collided and retired in a sensational crash on the opening lap at Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix.

Euro gold a stepping stone for Marin's Olympic dream

Madrid - Spain's two-time world champion badminton queen Carolina Marin is hoping to sweep aside the competition to retain her title at the 25th European championships in the La Roche-sur-Yon, western France, this week.

Zidane emerges from Cruyff-tinged Clasico the winner

Barcelona - A night that began with a colourful homage to a legendary Barcelona player turned coach in Johan Cruyff, ended with Real Madrid's own version of a one-time playing great in Zinedine Zidane celebrating his first big victory in management.

Messi sends autographed jerseys to his little Afghan fan

Kabul - Argentine football star Lionel Messi has sent not one, but two jerseys to the five-year-old Afghan boy who became an Internet sensation last month when he was pictured wearing a plastic bag with "Messi" scrawled on it in marker pen.
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