New Real Madrid tested in Champions League without Ronaldo

MADRID (AP) — Things have changed for Europe's most successful club. The Real Madrid team that will begin its Champions League campaign against Roma on Wednesday looks nothing like the one that domina...

Barcelona still far from its best despite perfect start

MADRID (AP) — Despite another win and a perfect record to start the Spanish league, there is reason for concern ahead of Barcelona's Champions League debut this week. The defending l...

Brazil great Ronaldo watches his Valladolid team lose again

MADRID (AP) — Ronaldo could be in for a tough time as a team owner in Spain. With the former Brazil striker watching from the VIP tribunes, promoted Valladolid conceded a stoppage-ti...

Dominant Yates wins Spanish Vuelta for 1st Grand Tour title

MADRID (AP) — Simon Yates has won his first Grand Tour title after a largely ceremonial ride into Madrid in the final stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Sunday. Yates was dominant throug...

Change in attitude key for Luis Enrique's revamped Spain

MADRID (AP) — After only two matches, Luis Enrique already knows the key to his early success as coach of Spain's national team. Enrique said the team's approach in the impressive wi...

Luis Enrique's Spain routs Croatia 6-0 in Nations League

MADRID (AP) — Luis Enrique couldn't have asked for a much better start as coach of Spain's national team. Two matches, two convincing wins against top opponents in the UEFA Nations League. ...

Portugal adds to Italy's struggles with Nations League win

MADRID (AP) — As Cristiano Ronaldo enjoyed his time off at the French Riviera, his Portugal teammates were busy handing Italy another disappointing result in the UEFA Nations League. ...

Spain's players say they'll make final decision on US game

MADRID (AP) — Spain's players' association says it will have the final say on whether La Liga will play a regular-season match in the United States this season. The announcement was ...

Enrique already bringing visible changes to Spain

MADRID (AP) — Luis Enrique's impact on Spain's national team is already visible, from new names in the starting lineup to a more aggressive approach to playing without the ball. The ...

Spain's Enrique imposes new rules, including cellphone ban

MADRID (AP) — Like a general inspecting his troops, new Spain coach Luis Enrique stood on a makeshift platform and attentively watched as his players practiced below on a recent hot morning in Madrid....

Real Madrid teen bitten on head in youth game

MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid wanted Brazilian teenager Vinicius Junior to gain experience in its B team. He got more than he expected when he was bitten on the head. The 18-year-old Vin...

With attacks clicking, Madrid and Barcelona dominate early

MADRID (AP) — With Lionel Messi thriving again and Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale making up for the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, Barcelona and Real Madrid are threatening to run away early in the Span...

Former players revamp Huesca, turn it into Spain sensation

HUESCA, Spain (AP) — It's been a different kind of summer for 13-year-old Sergio and his friends in the small Spanish city of Huesca. They've done something they could never do befor...

Luis Enrique leaves out Koke, Alba and Aspas in 1st call-up

MADRID (AP) — Luis Enrique had some surprises in naming his first squad as Spain's coach, leaving out regulars such as Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion, Jordi Alba and Iago Aspas. Enrique c...

Madrid taking its time with Vinicius Jr despite fans' plea

MADRID (AP) — Brazilian teenage sensation Vinicius Junior arrived in Spain giving Real Madrid fans hope he could be the future star who would help fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo's departure. ...