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Dec 19, 2014

Moyes demands mental toughness from Sociedad players

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Sociedad need to toughen up mentally if they are to reverse a poor away record when they travel to Valencia to face Levante in La Liga on Saturday, according to coach David Moyes.

Sociedad are yet to win away in Spain’s top flight this season and were thumped 4-0 at Villarreal and drew 0-0 at Deportivo La Coruna on their last two trips away from San Sebastian.

Dec 19, 2014

Soccer-Moyes demands mental toughness from Sociedad players

MADRID, Dec 19 (Reuters) – Real Sociedad need to toughen up mentally if they are to reverse a poor away record when they travel to Valencia to face Levante in La Liga on Saturday, according to coach David Moyes.

Sociedad are yet to win away in Spain’s top flight this season and were thumped 4-0 at Villarreal and drew 0-0 at Deportivo La Coruna on their last two trips away from San Sebastian.

Dec 19, 2014

Atletico’s Simeone pleased with improving Mandzukic

MADRID (Reuters) – Filling the shoes of Diego Costa at Atletico Madrid was always going to be a tall order but coach Diego Simeone is pleased so far with the performances of Mario Mandzukic.

The Croatia forward struck twice in Atletico’s King’s Cup game at home to third-tier Hospitalet on Thursday, a 2-2 second-leg draw that sent the 2013 winners through to the last 16 5-2 on aggregate and earned them a meeting with holders Real Madrid.

Dec 19, 2014

Soccer-Atletico’s Simeone pleased with improving Mandzukic

MADRID, Dec 19 (Reuters) – Filling the shoes of Diego Costa at Atletico Madrid was always going to be a tall order but coach Diego Simeone is pleased so far with the performances of Mario Mandzukic.

The Croatia forward struck twice in Atletico’s King’s Cup game at home to third-tier Hospitalet on Thursday, a 2-2 second-leg draw that sent the 2013 winners through to the last 16 5-2 on aggregate and earned them a meeting with holders Real Madrid.

Dec 16, 2014

Spanish women shine in dark year for men

MADRID (Reuters) – In a year when the men’s soccer and basketball teams flopped on the biggest stage and Rafa Nadal’s season was wrecked by injury and illness, it was the women who helped protect Spain’s reputation as a nation of sporting excellence.

The standout performers were swimmer Mireia Belmonte, who set two world records at the short course world championships in Doha this month, and badminton player Carolina Marin, who pulled off a huge upset to beat Chinese world number one Li Xuerui and win the women’s singles title at the world championships in Copenhagen in August.

Dec 16, 2014

Sport-Spanish women shine in dark year for men

MADRID, Dec 16 (Reuters) – In a year when the men’s soccer and basketball teams flopped on the biggest stage and Rafa Nadal’s season was wrecked by injury and illness, it was the women who helped protect Spain’s reputation as a nation of sporting excellence.

The standout performers were swimmer Mireia Belmonte, who set two world records at the short course world championships in Doha this month, and badminton player Carolina Marin, who pulled off a huge upset to beat Chinese world number one Li Xuerui and win the women’s singles title at the world championships in Copenhagen in August.

Dec 15, 2014

Aguirre, Herrera named in Spanish matchfixing case

MADRID (Reuters) – Japan coach Javier Aguirre, Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera, Atletico Madrid captain Gabi and 38 others have been named in an alleged case of match fixing involving a La Liga match in the 2010-11 season.

Spain’s anti-corruption prosecutor filed its case in a Valencia court on Monday following a probe into Real Zaragoza’s 2-1 win at Levante on the final day of the campaign, which meant Zaragoza avoided relegation.

Dec 15, 2014

Soccer-Aguirre, Herrera named in Spanish matchfixing case

MADRID, Dec 15 (Reuters) – Japan coach Javier Aguirre, Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera, Atletico Madrid captain Gabi and 38 others have been named in an alleged case of matchfixing involving a La Liga match in the 2010-11 season.

Spain’s anti-corruption prosecutor filed its case in a Valencia court on Monday following a probe into Real Zaragoza’s 2-1 win at Levante on the final day of the campaign, which meant Zaragoza avoided relegation.

Dec 15, 2014

Las Palmas eyeing King’s Cup upset at Celta

MADRID (Reuters) – Riding high in Spain’s second division, Las Palmas are looking to transfer some of that form into what could be one of the few upsets in the last 32 of the King’s Cup this week.

The Canary Islands club, who are three points clear at the top of the Liga Adelante, beat top-flight Celta Vigo 2-1 at home in the first leg, giving themselves a good chance of securing a last-16 clash against Athletic Bilbao or third-tier Alcoyano when they play at Celta on Tuesday.

Dec 15, 2014

Soccer-Las Palmas eyeing King’s Cup upset at Celta

MADRID, Dec 15 (Reuters) – Riding high in Spain’s second division, Las Palmas are looking to transfer some of that form into what could be one of the few upsets in the last 32 of the King’s Cup this week.

The Canary Islands club, who are three points clear at the top of the Liga Adelante, beat top-flight Celta Vigo 2-1 at home in the first leg, giving themselves a good chance of securing a last-16 clash against Athletic Bilbao or third-tier Alcoyano when they play at Celta on Tuesday.