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  • Barcelona lose, Real Madrid win to move 2nd in Spanish League 13-04-2014 08:34 AM

    Spain: Barcelona compounded their exit from the Champions League by losing 1-0 at Granada on Saturday, letting Real Madrid move ahead into second place in the Spanish league with a 4-0 win over Almeria. Barcelona's stumble ensured the same Atletico Madrid that ousted them from Europe's top-tier competition would maintain...
  • Lionel Messi strikes twice as Barcelona beat Real Betis 3-1 06-04-2014 01:03 AM

    Spain: Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona secured a 3-1 win over a spirited Betis side at Camp Nou on Saturday. Messi converted a 14th-minute penalty and followed up a second spot kick that was blocked by goalkeeper Adan Garrido to seal the lackluster victory in the 86th. Messi recorded...
  • Atletico Madrid stay on course for surprise La Liga title 05-04-2014 10:41 PM

    Atletico Madrid stayed firmly on course for a surprise La Liga title triumph when Raul Garcia's header secured a 1-0 win for the leaders at home to seventh-placed Villarreal on Saturday. Atletico were missing top scorer Diego Costa and playmaker Arda Turan through injury but dispatched Villarreal with an efficient,...
  • Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 87, hospitalised 04-04-2014 08:01 AM

    Mexico City: Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez has been hospitalised in Mexico City, federal health officials said on Friday. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to release the information. They declined to specify the cause of his illness, saying Garcia Marquez's family had asked...
  • Real Sociedad held to 1-1 draw at Osasuna 30-03-2014 11:45 PM

    Spain: Real Sociedad were held to a 1-1 draw at Osasuna on Sunday, missing the chance to climb closer to the top four in the Spanish league. Osasuna ended a five-game losing streak but fell into the relegation zone after Valladolid beat 10-man Almeria 1-0 at home. Sociedad started well...
  • Real Sociedad, Villarreal win to stay in European hunt 28-03-2014 08:33 AM

    Spain: Real Sociedad beat Valladolid 1-0 while Villarreal held on for a 1-0 win at Getafe in the Spanish league, both victors staying in the hunt on Thursday for a place in European competition next season. Sociedad remained in sixth place with Villarreal a point behind in seventh, both in...
  • El Clasico: Lionel Messi hat-trick guides Barcelona to 4-3 win at Real Madrid 24-03-2014 03:28 AM

    Madrid: Lionel Messi scored a hat trick to give Barcelona a 4-3 win at 10-man Real Madrid in an electrifying and contentious "clasico" match that kept the three-way Spanish league title race wide open. The result means Atletico Madrid now tops the table, with Madrid level on points in second...
  • Barcelona need almost perfect game to beat Real Madrid: Andres Iniesta 20-03-2014 11:18 PM

    Barcelona will need an almost perfect performance to win at La Liga leaders Real Madrid in Sunday's 'Clasico' and reignite their title bid, playmaker Andres Iniesta said on Thursday. Real are undefeated in La Liga since Barca beat them 2-1 at the Nou Camp in October and they are four...
  • Record-breaking Messi bags hat-trick as Barcelona rout Osasuna 7-0 17-03-2014 12:06 AM

    Spain: Lionel Messi set another scoring record by netting a hat-trick to pace Barcelona's 7-0 rout of Osasuna in the Spanish league on Sunday, ensuring the defending champions stayed in striking distance of leader Real Madrid before their critical "clasico" match next week. The three goals bring Messi's career tally...
  • Barcelona fall to shock defeat against Valladolid 08-03-2014 10:57 PM

    Spain: Barcelona's title defense took a blow on Saturday when they stumbled to a 1-0 defeat at Valladolid, missing the chance to move to the top of the Spanish standings ahead of their Champions League clash with Manchester City at Camp Nou. Lionel Messi was the only Barcelona player who...
  • Injury-hit Barca visit Valladolid as La Liga title race heats up 06-03-2014 08:52 PM

    While Barcelona come to terms with the news that talismanic defender Carles Puyol will leave the club in the summer they have more immediate concerns at the back for Saturday's trip to Real Valladolid (1500). Puyol, who has been battling with knee problems for the past few seasons, is again...
  • 10-man Levante beat Osasuna 2-0 in La Liga 02-03-2014 09:41 AM

    Spain: Levante struck early and relied on their staunch defense when reduced to 10 men to beat Osasuna 2-0 at home in the Spanish league on Saturday. Levante's win extended their unbeaten streak to eight consecutive rounds and provisionally lifted them ahead of Sevilla and Valencia into seventh place. First-year...
  • Barcelona can't afford any more mistakes, warns Xavi 26-02-2014 10:59 PM

    Barcelona playmaker Xavi has warned his team mates they cannot afford any more slip-ups and urged them to stay positive as the season enters a critical period. The holders surrendered the La Liga top spot to Real Madrid at the weekend after a surprise 3-1 defeat at Real Sociedad and...
  • Barcelona pay 13.5m euros in Neymar tax fraud case 24-02-2014 09:36 PM

    Spain: Barcelona paid 13.55 million euros ($18.6 million) to Spanish tax authorities on Monday to cover any potential irregularities in their signing of Neymar, all the while maintaining their innocence of the fraud charges levied against them. The Spanish champion said in a statement they had paid the "complimentary" amount...
  • Real Sociedad stun Barcelona 3-1 in Spanish League 23-02-2014 08:30 AM

    Spain: Four days after affirming their European credentials by toppling Manchester City, Barcelona slumped to a stinging 3-1 loss at Real Sociedad to relinquish the provisional Spanish league lead to Real Madrid on Saturday. Gareth Bale scored a blistering long-range strike to help Madrid brush aside Elche 3-0 at home,...
  • 1983 and our love affair with cricket

    Life As It Is |  Rajesh Kumar
    There is something about cricket that makes it a more egalitarian sport than football. If football is paalada prathaman, cricket is ari paayasam, anyone can...

  • Barcelona vs Real Madrid King's Cup final set for April 16 in Valencia 21-02-2014 08:27 AM

    Madrid: The King's Cup final between record winners Barcelona and Real Madrid has been set for Wednesday April 16 at Valencia's Mestalla stadium, the Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) said on Thursday. The match, a repeat of the 2011 final at the same venue which Real won 1-0, will take place...
  • Real Madrid beat Getafe 3-0 to restore three-way tie at top 16-02-2014 11:59 PM

    Barcelona: Karim Benzema and Jese Rodriguez scored early to help Real Madrid ease to a 3-0 win at Getafe and restore a three-way tie for first place in the Spanish league on Sunday. Madrid's win matched Barcelona and Atletico Madrid's victories on Saturday to keep the trio level after 24...
  • Lionel Messi nets twice as Barcelona defeat Sevilla 4-1 10-02-2014 08:29 AM

    Spain: Lionel Messi scored two goals and set up another to lead Barcelona to a 4-1 comeback victory at Sevilla on Sunday, moving the defending champions into a three-way tie for the Spanish league lead. Despite Barcelona showing the same vulnerability in defense, Messi's best performance since returning from a...
  • Gareth Bale scores on comeback as Real Madrid defeat Villarreal 4-2 09-02-2014 07:31 AM

    Spain: Real Madrid forwards Gareth Bale and Jese Rodriguez each scored and set up goals for Karim Benzema in a 4-2 win over Villarreal on Saturday, giving the powerhouse a share of the Spanish league lead after Atletico Madrid stumbled to a 2-0 loss at Almeria. With leading scorer Cristiano...
  • 10-man Espanyol beat Granada 1-0 in La Liga 08-02-2014 07:07 AM

    Spain: Hector Moreno's late goal gave 10-man Espanyol a 1-0 win at home over Granada in the Spanish league on Friday, as the Barcelona-based side ended a four-game winless run. Granada goalkeeper Roberto Fernandez saved Moreno's first two headers from corner kicks taken by Sergio Garcia, but the defender beat...
  • Real Madrid expect Gareth Bale return to ease Cristiano Ronaldo absence blow 07-02-2014 09:04 AM

    Barcelona: Real Madrid will be without the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo when they take on Villarreal on Saturday but will expect the return of their record-signing Gareth Bale to ease the blow. Competition is fierce at the top of the La Liga table with Atletico Madrid now leading the way on...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo facing three-game ban in La Liga 03-02-2014 03:23 PM

    Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo could be banned for three La Liga games after being sent off during Sunday night's 1-1 draw against Athletic Bilbao at the new San Mames. Ronaldo was sent off for reacting to a shove by Carlos Gurpegi and then a confrontation with Ander Iturraspe in...
  • AC Milan held by Torino, Cagliari upset Fiorentina in Italy 02-02-2014 08:38 AM

    Fiorentina lose 1-0 at Cagliari in Serie A Milan: Fiorentina fell to a surprise 1-0 defeat at Cagliari as they lost ground in the race for a Champions League place, while AC Milan coach Clarence Seedorf's winning start in the Italian league ended on Saturday. Milan were held to 1-1...
  • Real Sociedad defeat Elche 4-0 in Spanish league 28-01-2014 07:01 AM

    Madrid: Antoine Griezmann scored a hat-trick on Monday to help Real Sociedad beat Elche 4-0 in the Spanish league. The 22-year-old French midfielder put the hosts ahead in the fourth minute with a lob over goalkeeper Antonio Rodriguez that defender Damian Suarez then pushed into his own net while trying...
  • Barcelona ease past Malaga 3-0, reclaim top spot 27-01-2014 08:33 AM

    Spain: Barcelona were unfazed by the recent departure of their club president amid a lawsuit as they eased to a 3-0 win over Malaga on Sunday to reclaim their share of the Spanish league lead. Lionel Messi didn't score but he played a part in two goals, setting up Pedro...
  • Barcelona held to a 0-0 draw at Atletico Madrid in Spanish league 12-01-2014 02:52 AM

    Madrid: Atletico Madrid and Barcelona showed the battle for the title would be a long, drawn-out affair after the Spanish league co-leaders drew 0-0 on Saturday. Both teams finished the first-half of the season tied on 50 points after an exciting, back-and-forth showdown at Vicente Calderon Stadium yielded no winner....
  • Barcelona angry after Rosell targeted over Neymar contract 11-01-2014 06:24 PM

    Barcelona have reacted angrily to a request by the state prosecutor to open proceedings against club president Sandro Rosell for the alleged misappropriation of funds in last year's purchase of Neymar. The Brazil forward signed for the Spanish champions in the close season for 57.1 million euros, of which 17.1...
  • Gareth Bale back in training for Real Madrid after calf injury 04-01-2014 11:46 AM

    Gareth Bale had recovered sufficiently from a knock to his calf to return to training with Real Madrid on Friday, the Spanish club said as they prepare for Monday's La Liga match at home to Celta Vigo. The Wales winger, who became the world's most expensive player when Real bought...
  • Cesc Fabregas bullish on Lionel Messi's return to action 03-01-2014 08:46 AM

    Lionel Messi will be "like a bull" when he returns after almost two months out with a thigh injury, his Barcelona team mate Cesc Fabregas predicted ahead of Sunday's La Liga match at home to Elche. Messi flew back to the Catalan capital on Wednesday from his native Argentina, where...