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Jun 25, 2015

Doping – Athletics and cycling back on the defensive

MADRID (Reuters) – The spectre of doping was again looming over athletics and cycling on Thursday with a top running coach, a world champion steeplechaser from Spain and a Tour de France-winning cyclist on the defensive.

American running guru Alberto Salazar, whose British charge Mo Farah is a double Olympic champion, is being investigated by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), a source told Reuters.

Jun 25, 2015

Athletics and cycling back on the defensive

MADRID (Reuters) – The specter of doping was again looming over athletics and cycling on Thursday with a top running coach, a world champion steeplechaser from Spain and a Tour de France-winning cyclist on the defensive.

American running guru Alberto Salazar, whose British charge Mo Farah is a double Olympic champion, is being investigated by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), a source told Reuters.

Jun 12, 2015

Del Bosque urges Spanish unity before Belarus game

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has called for “unity” before Sunday’s Euro 2016 qualifier in Belarus after defender Gerard Pique was given a hostile reception by some La Roja fans in Leon this week.

Pique, who plays for treble-winning Catalan club Barcelona, angered Spain supporters who are also fans of Real Madrid by mocking Real forward Cristiano Ronaldo after Barca won the Champions League final last weekend.

Jun 12, 2015

Soccer-Del Bosque urges Spanish unity before Belarus game

MADRID, June 12 (Reuters) – Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has called for “unity” before Sunday’s Euro 2016 qualifier in Belarus after defender Gerard Pique was given a hostile reception by some La Roja fans in Leon this week.

Pique, who plays for treble-winning Catalan club Barcelona, angered Spain supporters who are also fans of Real Madrid by mocking Real forward Cristiano Ronaldo after Barca won the Champions League final last weekend.

Jun 9, 2015

Butcher’s boy Nolito has Costa Rica in his sights

MADRID (Reuters) – Celta Vigo forward Nolito has come a long way since he earned 30 euros ($33.74) a week as a butcher’s apprentice and should get a chance to show Spain coach Vicente del Bosque what he can do in Thursday’s friendly against Costa Rica.

The match is a useful opportunity for Del Bosque to experiment with Nolito and some of the other new faces in the squad ahead of Sunday’s Euro 2016 qualifier away to Group C rivals Belarus.

Jun 9, 2015

Soccer-Butcher’s boy Nolito has Costa Rica in his sights

MADRID, June 9 (Reuters) – Celta Vigo forward Nolito has come a long way since he earned 30 euros ($33.74) a week as a butcher’s apprentice and should get a chance to show Spain coach Vicente del Bosque what he can do in Thursday’s friendly against Costa Rica.

The match is a useful opportunity for Del Bosque to experiment with Nolito and some of the other new faces in the squad ahead of Sunday’s Euro 2016 qualifier away to Group C rivals Belarus.

Jun 6, 2015

Triumphant Luis Enrique won’t say if he will stay at Barca

BERLIN (Reuters) – Barcelona coach Luis Enrique declined to say if he will still be at the helm next season after leading them to a treble in his first season including Saturday’s Champions League triumph over Juventus.

Barca’s 3-1 victory in the final in Berlin meant they became the first team to win their domestic league and Cup and Europe’s elite club competition in the same season on two occasions, repeating their feat from 2009.

Jun 6, 2015

Soccer-Triumphant Luis Enrique won’t say if he will stay at Barca

BERLIN, June 6 (Reuters) – Barcelona coach Luis Enrique declined to say if he will still be at the helm next season after leading them to a treble in his first season including Saturday’s Champions League triumph over Juventus.

Barca’s 3-1 victory in the final in Berlin meant they became the first team to win their domestic league and Cup and Europe’s elite club competition in the same season on two occasions, repeating their feat from 2009.

Jun 6, 2015

Xavi ends Barca career in style with European triumph

BERLIN (Reuters) – Xavi brought his glittering Barcelona career to a fitting and emotional end when he hoisted aloft the European Cup following a 3-1 victory over Juventus in the Champions League final on Saturday.

Considered one of the finest midfielders of all time, Xavi announced last month he was leaving after more than two decades with the club he joined at the age of 11 during which he has won 25 trophies including four Champions Leagues and eight La Liga titles.

Jun 6, 2015

Soccer-Xavi ends Barca career in style with European triumph

BERLIN, June 6 (Reuters) – Xavi brought his glittering Barcelona career to a fitting and emotional end when he hoisted aloft the European Cup following a 3-1 victory over Juventus in the Champions League final on Saturday.

Considered one of the finest midfielders of all time, Xavi announced last month he was leaving after more than two decades with the club he joined at the age of 11 during which he has won 25 trophies including four Champions Leagues and eight La Liga titles.