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June 18, 2018 8:23 AM Spanish king's brother-in-law jailed over graft conviction

MADRID, SPAIN: The Spanish king's brother-in-law was jailed Monday after losing an appeal against a graft conviction, the prison authorities said. Inaki Urdangarin, the husband of King Felipe's sister Cristina, entered the prison in Brieva, about 100km north of Madrid at 8am (0600 GMT), a spokesman said. The former Olympic handball player was sentenced 4

June 16, 2018 10:40 AM Costa reminds Spain why they asked him to switch allegiance

Five years since the Brazilian-born forward turned his back on his home nation and "signed" for Vicente del Bosque's Spain, Diego Costa has finally given a big match performance to win Spanish hearts. Barcelona (dpa) - "Not enough luck and too much Ronaldo" was the front-page headline on Spain's Diario AS newspaper as the country did its best to look on the bright 7

June 16, 2018 1:06 AM Spain and Portugal draw in thrilling battle on the Black Sea

Sochi, Russia (dpa) - A hat-trick from Cristiano Ronaldo helped Portugal draw 3-3 with Spain in World Cup Group B on Friday after a gripping clash amid the evening heat of the Black Sea resort of Sochi. Ronaldo slotted home a penalty to put Portugal 1-0 up after just 2 minutes, but Diego Costa equalized for Spain on 24 minutes. Then, right on half-time 12

June 15, 2018 11:36 PM Three things we learned today at the World Cup

SAINT PETERSBURG: The blockbuster clash of the day at the World Cup didn't disappoint as Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick denied Spain the perfect response to a turbulent week following the sacking of Julen Lopetegui in a thrilling 3-3 draw in Sochi. Both sides will remain confident of progressing to the knockout stages as Iran shocked Morocco 1-0 in Saint 9

June 15, 2018 11:35 PM Ronaldo toasts new career mark after hat-trick against Spain

SOCHI: Cristiano Ronaldo expressed his delight at setting another record in his remarkable career as his hat-trick against Spain on Friday allowed him to become just the fourth player to score in four World Cups. "I am very happy, it's a nice personal record to have, one more in my career," said the Portugal captain, whose goals secured a 3-3 draw for the European 6

June 13, 2018 2:00 PM Court orders Spain king's brother-in-law to jail in five days

PALMA, Spain: A Spanish court has given the king's brother-in-law, Inaki Urdangarin, five days to report to jail after he lost his appeal against a graft conviction and prison sentence, a judicial source said Wednesday. The former Olympic handball player and husband of Princess Christina has been sentenced to five years and 10 months in jail in a case which 10

June 13, 2018 10:12 AM Julen Lopetegui sacked as Spain coach: Spanish federation (Updated)

KRASNODAR, Russia: Spain sacked coach Julen Lopetegui just two days before the team's opening game against Portugal at the World Cup, Spanish football federation chief Luis Rubiales confirmed on Wednesday. In a surprise announcement on Tuesday, Real Madrid named Lopetegui as their next manager to start work after the tournament in Russia, sparking outrage 6

June 13, 2018 12:58 AM Monaco to sell Lemar to Atletico Madrid

PARIS: French World Cup star Thomas Lemar (pix) looks set to quit Monaco and join Atletico Madrid, the two clubs revealed on Tuesday. "Atletico de Madrid and AS Monaco have achieved a preliminary agreement over the transfer of Thomas Lemar to our club," for the definitive transfer," the Spanish club said of the 22-year old. "Over the next days, both clubs 8

June 12, 2018 10:25 AM 'Fiasco': How Saudi players had a rough time in Spain

MADRID: Nine Saudi players loaned to Spanish clubs to improve their level before the World Cup left without hardly playing in what ended up as a "fiasco". "Adapting is difficult," said David Cobeno, sporting director at Madrid-based second division side Rayo Vallecano, which signed 24-year-old Saudi midfielder Abdulmajeed Al-Sulayhem. "Everything outside 4

June 11, 2018 1:23 PM Spain's conservatives to choose new leader in July

MADRID: Spain's conservative Popular Party will choose a new leader in late July, its outgoing head Mariano Rajoy said on Monday, 10 days after he was ousted as premier. A major figure within Spanish politics for the past 14 years, Rajoy was unseated after losing a parliamentary vote of no confidence on June 1, later saying he would stand down as head of the PP. But he will stay on as PP chief 8