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F1’s latest rule change requiring smaller engines robs cars of speed
March 10, 2014 12:32 AM
MADRID: Formula One’s latest changes mean the sexy purr of engines and the violent throttle of speed won’t be what they used to be. The usual title talk has surrounded preseason testing as usual, but the normally boisterous roar of F1’s engines has been slightly subdued.Get used to it.“I’ve grown...
Ronaldinho leads Atletico Mineiro against Raja
December 18, 2013 12:19 AM
AGADIR, Morocco: In a career that has been marked by comical gaffes and emotional miscues, Raja Casablanca’s goalkeeper has a chance to continue his standout Club World Cup by stealing the spotlight from Ronaldinho and Atletico Mineiro.While fans adore Ronaldinho for his bright personality and...
Messi’s recurring injury problems may be his own fault
November 21, 2013 10:56 PM
MADRID: Lionel Messi seems to keep getting injured these days, and he could be the one to blame for his own troubles. The four-time world player of the year hurt his left hamstring while playing for Barcelona Nov. 10 and will be sidelined for six to eight weeks, keeping him off the field until...
Victory returns Madrid’s good play, but questions persist over morale
September 20, 2012 12:50 AM
MADRID: While Real Madrid’s Champions League victory over Manchester City may have helped repair early season disorder on the field, the 3-2 win does not look to have completely mended morale within the squad. Cristiano Ronaldo’s 90th-minute winner capped a memorable comeback for the...
U.S. lose ‘road warrior’ tag after Davis Cup loss
September 18, 2012 12:52 AM
GIJON, Spain: The United States have reached the end of the road in its Davis Cup run. The Americans couldn’t overcome Spain’s superiority on clay, falling when David Ferrer beat John Isner 6-7 (3) 6-3 6-4 6-2 Sunday to secure the defending champions an insurmountable 3-1 lead in their...
Madrid, Mourinho hope for rebound against City
September 17, 2012 09:59 PM
MADRID: Real Madrid will go into Tuesday's Champions League opener against Manchester City looking to spark a turnaround after a poor start that has presented coach Jose Mourinho with perhaps his toughest test yet at the Spanish club. Madrid will host the Premier League champions on the back...
Ferrer guides Spain to Davis Cup final over US
September 16, 2012 09:37 PM
GIJON, Spain: David Ferrer proved that Spain's Davis Cup dominance wasn't just down to Rafael Nadal when he clinched its place in the final with victory over the United States. Ferrer beat John Isner 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 Sunday to give the five-time champions an insurmountable 3-1 lead...
Ferrer battles back to down Querrey
September 15, 2012 12:30 AM
GIJON, Spain: David Ferrer overcame a sluggish start to beat Sam Querrey 4-6 6-2 6-2 6-4 to give Spain a 1-0 lead over the United States in their Davis Cup semifinal Friday. Ferrer, who played in the U.S. Open semifinals Sunday, started well with a break but eventually surrendered his only two...
Madrid hope sad Ronaldo recovered
September 15, 2012 12:15 AM
GIJON, SPAIN: Cristiano Ronaldo has little time for moping as Real Madrid hopes a little group therapy helps him recover for a must-win match at Sevilla, with the Spanish champion needing to keep the pressure on leader Barcelona. After helping Portugal to consecutive victories, Ronaldo quickly...
Madrid desperate for 1st win, Barca next in Cup
August 28, 2012 10:05 PM
MADRID: Luka Modric has little time to adapt to his new surroundings as Real Madrid chases its first victory of the season against Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup on Wednesday. Madrid signed Modric from Tottenham on Monday, a day after a shock loss at Getafe continued its worst start in nearly...
Messi's late goals give Barca 2-1 win at Osasuna
August 26, 2012 10:42 PM
MADRID: Lionel Messi scored a pair of late goals Sunday as Barcelona came from behind to win 2-1 at Osasuna in the Spanish league. Barcelona's loss at Osasuna's Reyno de Navarra Stadium last season played a part in the Catalan club losing the title to Real Madrid, and the hosts looked...
Italy beats Bulgaria for Olympic volleyball bronze
August 12, 2012 02:24 PM
LONDON: Italy beat Bulgaria 3-1 on Sunday to clinch the bronze medal in men's Olympic volleyball. Italy capitalized better on its opportunities in the matchup of surprise semifinalists to prevail 25-19, 23-25, 25-22, 25-21. Captain Cristian Savani scored a game-high 23 points to guide the...
Alvaro Negredo up front for Spain against Portugal
June 27, 2012 09:01 PM
DONETSK, Ukraine: Surprise choice Alvaro Negredo will lead Spain's attack against Portugal on Wednesday in the European Championship semifinals, relegating both Cesc Fabregas and Fernando Torres to the bench. Negredo, one of the last players added to the defending champions' squad, played...
Spain coach rejects criticism over team's style
June 26, 2012 08:50 PM
DONETSK, Ukraine: Vicente del Bosque defended Spain's style of play on Tuesday ahead of its European Championship semifinal with Portugal, defying critics who say its possession-based football is boring. On Wednesday at the Donbass Arena, Spain will be just one victory away from becoming the...
Evolving Spain attack bad news for Euro 2012 foes
June 15, 2012 02:44 PM
GDANSK, Poland: Spain's attack is evolving into a ruthless force again at the European Championship, and that spells bad news for opponents. Fernando Torres and Cesc Fabregas have combined to score four of the defending champions' five goals in two games. Spain's attacking options were...
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