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Madrid loses to slip in race; Atletico, Barca win

FC Barcelona's Neymar, from Brazil, reacts after scoring against Celta Vigo during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, March 26, 2014. AP

Real Madrid lost 2-1 at Sevilla on Wednesday in the aftermath of its stinging “clasico” defeat as it slipped behind in the Spanish title race, while Atletico Madrid and Barcelona kept winning to move ahead of their rival in the standings.

Posted: March 27th, 2014 in Football,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports,Photos and Videos | Read More »

Lionel Messi breaks Fil-Spanish great’s record

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Filipino-Spanish football great Paulino Alcantara’s incredible scoring record of 369 goals for top Spanish club Barcelona that stood for 87 years was finally broken Sunday.

Posted: March 18th, 2014 in Football,Headlines | Read More »

Messi breaks Barcelona scoring record set by Filipino-Spanish player

FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, from Argentina, left, reacts after scoring against Osasuna goalkeeper Andres Fernandez during a Spanish La Liga soccer match against Osasuna at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, March 16, 2014. AP

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.

Posted: March 17th, 2014 in Football,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports | Read More »

Messi guides Barca past City into Champs quarters

Barcelona's Andres Iniesta, left, falls in front of Manchester City's Vincent Kompany during a Champions League, round of 16, second leg, soccer match between FC Barcelona and Manchester City at the Camp Nou Stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday March 12, 2014. AP

Lionel Messi and Dani Alves scored second-half goals as Barcelona beat 10-man Manchester City 2-1 on Wednesday to reach the Champions League quarterfinals for the seventh straight season.

Posted: March 13th, 2014 in Football,Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Puyol to leave Barcelona at end of season

FC Barcelona's Carles Puyol arrives for a press conference to announce his retirement as a FC Barcelona's soccer player at the Sports Center FC Barcelona Joan Gamper in San Joan Despi, Spain, Tuesday, March , 2014. The 35-year-old Puyol has spent his entire career with the Spanish league champions, having debuted in 1999. But he has made just 12 appearances this season after battling knee injuries in recent seasons. Puyol has been essential figure in Barcelona and Spain’s recent achievements, as the center back helped Spain win the 2010 World Cup two years after its European Championship triumph. Despite helping take Spain to the top of world football, Puyol has been the warrior defender center to Barcelona’s success, helping the club to 21 trophies including three Champions Leagues. AP

Barcelona defender Carles Puyol has decided to leave the club at the end of the season, preferring to take some time off after several injury-filled seasons and putting his football future in doubt.

Posted: March 5th, 2014 in Football,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports,Photos and Videos | Read More »

Messi scores as Barca beats 10-man Man City 2-0

Barcelona's Lionel Messi, left, scores the first goal of the game for his side from a penalty during their Champions League Round of 16 soccer match against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. AP

Feeling they had a point to prove, Barcelona’s players delivered in style leaving Manchester City bitter and bruised.

Posted: February 19th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Ronaldinho signs 1-year extension with Atletico

Ronaldinho of Brazil’s Atletico Mineiro, left, fights for the ball with Wellington of Brazil’s Sao Paulo FC at a Copa Libertadores soccer match in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Wednesday, May 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Eugenio Savio)

Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro says two-time FIFA player of the year Ronaldinho has signed a one-year contract extension.

Posted: February 1st, 2014 in Football,Latest Sports Stories,Photos and Videos | Read More »

Messi powers Barca past Getafe into Copa quarters

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Lionel Messi scored a pair against Getafe to power Barcelona into the Copa del Rey quarterfinals with a 2-0 win which was mired by an injury to Neymar on Thursday.

Posted: January 17th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Barca’s Messi begins rehab to finish healing leg

FILE - In this April 9, 2011 file photo,  FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi from Argentina, celebrates after scoring during his Spanish La Liga soccer match against Almeria at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain. On Friday, Dec. 20, Messi criticized a Barcelona vice president who said he doesn't deserve a better contract. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)

Barcelona says Lionel Messi will begin a period of physical rehabilitation to complete his recovery from a leg injury.

Posted: December 21st, 2013 in Football,Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Messi making good recovery from injury

Barcelona's Lionel Messi from Argentina poses for the media after receiving his Golden Boot award for scoring the most goals in Europe's domestic leagues last season in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Barcelona says Lionel Messi’s recovery from a hamstring injury is progressing positively.

Posted: November 29th, 2013 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Neymar leads Barcelona to 2-1 win over Madrid

FC Barcelona's Neymar, third left, reacts after scoring against Real Madrid with his teammates Cesc Fabregas, right, Lionel Messi, second right, Daniel Alves, second left, and Sergio Busquets, left, during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. AP

Neymar scored in his first clasico and set up Alexis Sanchez for an exquisite decider as Barcelona beat fierce rival Real Madrid 2-1 at Camp Nou in the Spanish league on Saturday.

Posted: October 27th, 2013 in Latest Sports Stories,Photos and Videos | Read More »

Messi rescues Barca in Champions League

Dortmund's Mats Hummels, left, battles for the ball with Arsenal's Oliver Giroud during the Champions League Group F soccer match between Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund at the Emirates Stadium in London Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013. AP

Lionel Messi preserved Barcelona’s unbeaten start to the Champions League by equalizing in a 1-1 draw at AC Milan while Arsenal’s 100 percent record disappeared with a 2-1 home defeat to Borussia Dortmund in Tuesday’s other marquee match.   Atletico Madrid made it three wins from three thanks to a double from in-form striker Diego [...]

Posted: October 23rd, 2013 in Latest Sports Stories,Photos and Videos | Read More »

Barca & Atletico fall 1 win shy of matching record

Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos, right, jumps for the ball with Atletico de Madrid's Gabi Fernandez, second from right, Raul Garcia (8), center, and Cristian Rodriguez from Uruguay, third from right, as Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata, left, watches, during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. AP

Barcelona drew 0-0 at Osasuna and Atletico Madrid fell 1-0 at Espanyol on Saturday, leaving both teams one victory shy of matching a 45-year-old Spanish league record of wins to start the season.

Posted: October 20th, 2013 in Football,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports,Photos and Videos | Read More »

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