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Aug 22, 2015

Unconvincing Atletico make winning La Liga start

MADRID (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid got their La Liga campaign up and running when Antoine Griezmann’s deflected free kick secured an unconvincing 1-0 home win over promoted Las Palmas on Saturday.

Griezmann’s strike clipped the Las Palmas wall on its way into the net in the 17th minute but Atletico struggled to create further chances and the visitors, back in Spain’s top flight for the first time in 13 years, made them sweat in the second half.

Aug 22, 2015

Soccer-Unconvincing Atletico make winning La Liga start

MADRID, Aug 22 (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid got their La Liga campaign up and running when Antoine Griezmann’s deflected free kick secured an unconvincing 1-0 home win over promoted Las Palmas on Saturday.

Griezmann’s strike clipped the Las Palmas wall on its way into the net in the 17th minute but Atletico struggled to create further chances and the visitors, back in Spain’s top flight for the first time in 13 years, made them sweat in the second half.

Aug 20, 2015

Analysis – TV deal an extra incentive for La Liga’s lesser lights

MADRID (Reuters) – When La Liga kicks off on Friday, some of Spain’s more modest clubs will have even greater incentive to fight for their top-flight status thanks to a new framework for the collective and more lucrative sale of television rights.

Unlike in other major European leagues, La Liga teams had been negotiating individual deals with broadcasters, a system that allowed heavyweights Real Madrid and Barcelona to hoover up roughly half the available TV cash between them.

Aug 20, 2015

TV deal an extra incentive for La Liga’s lesser lights

MADRID (Reuters) – When La Liga kicks off on Friday, some of Spain’s more modest clubs will have even greater incentive to fight for their top-flight status thanks to a new framework for the collective and more lucrative sale of television rights.

Unlike in other major European leagues, La Liga teams had been negotiating individual deals with broadcasters, a system that allowed heavyweights Real Madrid and Barcelona to hoover up roughly half the available TV cash between them.

Aug 20, 2015

Barca facing tough task to retain La Liga title

MADRID (Reuters) – Champions Barcelona begin their bid for a sixth La Liga title in eight years at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday knowing that fellow heavyweights Real Madrid could, unusually, be just one of several challengers for their crown.

Under new coach Rafa Benitez, Real are desperate to recover from a 2014-15 season when they failed to win major silverware and will be looking to FIFA Ballon d’Or holder Cristiano Ronaldo to break more scoring records and hoping world record signing Gareth Bale can rediscover his best form.

Aug 20, 2015

Soccer-TV deal an extra incentive for La Liga’s lesser lights

MADRID, Aug 20 (Reuters) – When La Liga kicks off on Friday, some of Spain’s more modest clubs will have even greater incentive to fight for their top-flight status thanks to a new framework for the collective and more lucrative sale of television rights.

Unlike in other major European leagues, La Liga teams had been negotiating individual deals with broadcasters, a system that allowed heavyweights Real Madrid and Barcelona to hoover up roughly half the available TV cash between them.

Aug 20, 2015

Soccer-Barca facing tough task to retain La Liga title

MADRID, Aug 20 (Reuters) – Champions Barcelona begin their bid for a sixth La Liga title in eight years at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday knowing that fellow heavyweights Real Madrid could, unusually, be just one of several challengers for their crown.

Under new coach Rafa Benitez, Real are desperate to recover from a 2014-15 season when they failed to win major silverware and will be looking to FIFA Ballon d’Or holder Cristiano Ronaldo to break more scoring records and hoping world record signing Gareth Bale can rediscover his best form.

Aug 16, 2015

Barca need improvement for Super Cup showdown

MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona have leaked eight goals in their opening two official games of the season and will need a drastic improvement in defence if they are to have any chance of denying Athletic Bilbao the Spanish Super Cup.

After edging Sevilla 5-4 to win the European Super Cup last Tuesday, Barca suffered a 4-0 drubbing at Bilbao in Friday’s first leg and host the Basque side for the return on Monday.

Aug 16, 2015

Soccer-Barca need improvement for Super Cup showdown

MADRID, Aug 16 (Reuters) – Barcelona have leaked eight goals in their opening two official games of the season and will need a drastic improvement in defence if they are to have any chance of denying Athletic Bilbao the Spanish Super Cup.

After edging Sevilla 5-4 to win the European Super Cup last Tuesday, Barca suffered a 4-0 drubbing at Bilbao in Friday’s first leg and host the Basque side for the return on Monday.

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.