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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.

Messi seeks to meet Afghan boy in plastic jersey

Kabul - Barcelona star Lionel Messi is hoping to arrange a meeting with an Afghan boy who shot to fame after pictures of him dressed in a striped plastic bag jersey went viral, Kabul's football federation said Monday.

Neymar, Barcelona in the dock over murky transfer

Madrid - Barcelona star Neymar and president Josep Maria Bartomeu will be called to give evidence this week in the murky case over the deal which brought the Brazilian to the Catalan giants from Santos in 2013.

Dubai cop jailed for posting Messi's passport on social media

Dubai - A Dubai court sentenced a policeman to one month in prison on Monday for posting a video showing Argentine football superstar Lionel Messi's passport on social media, local media reported.

Lionel Messi trial for tax fraud to start May 31: court

Barcelona - The trial of Barcelona star Lionel Messi and his father for tax fraud will begin on May 31 at a court in Barcelona, a regional superior court said WednesdayMessi and his father Jorge have been charged with tax fraud for allegedly failing to declare 4.

Benzema left out of Madrid squad after extortion case charges

Madrid - Karim Benzema has been left out of coach Rafael Benitez's squad for Real Madrid's trip to Sevilla on Sunday just days after he was charged in an extortion case involving a sex tape featuring fellow French international Mathieu Valbuena.

Karim Benzema charged in sex tape extortion case

Versailles - Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema was charged Thursday in an extortion case involving a sex tape featuring fellow French international Mathieu Valbuena and both players were omitted from the national squad.

Spanish police find bike stolen during Tour of Spain

Madrid - Spanish police said Sunday they found a bike worth around 12,000 euros ($13,600) that was stolen from an Australian rider in the Tour of Spain for sale in a second hand shop for just 120 euros.
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