U.S. routs Finland in opener of FIBA World Cup basketball tournament

...the Finns, where their size and athletic advantages made it look like men against boys.And even if they draw host Spain in Madrid on Sept. 14 in the championship game, they wouldn't face a crowd that was much louder than this.Fans wearing Finnish blue...

Manchester United tops Real Madrid before 109,318 fans

...half, and Manchester United beat Real Madrid 3-1 on Saturday in front of the largest...Olympic final.Gareth Bale scored for Real Madrid, but the European champions finished winless...came on as a second-half substitute for Madrid.

US cruises in final tuneup game before the FIBA World Cup of Basketball

...Spain, and its big men of Pau Gasol, Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka, wouldn't come until the gold-medal game on Sept. 14 in Madrid. The Americans picked a bigger team than usual after years of playing small, perhaps with Spain in mind, and appear capable...


...Liverpool after signing a $26.5 million contract with the club Monday.? The Spanish soccer federation suspended Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone for eight matches Monday after he was sent off during the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup.Simeone...

Questions abound for Manchester United after poor start and humiliating defeat

...August.The optimism of pre-season, when United won six consecutive games under Van Gaal, including victories over Real Madrid and Liverpool, has disappeared.Van Gaal is now left hoping a spending spree of about $215 million capped by the club-record...


...at Besiktas in the Champions League playoff round Tuesday.? In Madrid, James Rodriguez scored in his Span ish debut as Real Madrid earned a 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the Super Cup.Rodriguez found the back of the...

All eyes on Madrid for Champions League semifinals

Madrid will be the center of the soccer world this week when Real Madrid plays host to Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid welcomes Chelsea in the Champions League semifinals.Bayern coach Pep Guardiola and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho dominated...

Real Madrid to play defending champ Bayern Munich in Champions League semifinals

NYON, Switzerland - Real Madrid will play defending champion Bayern Munich in the Champions League semifinals, and Atletico Madrid will face Chelsea.Madrid and Bayern have combined to win 14 European Cup or Champions...

Real Madrid roars back to beat rival Atletico in Champions League Final

LISBON, Portugal - Real Madrid broke down Atletico Madrid's resistance in extra time to win the Champions League...finally deliver the club's record 10th European title.Real Madrid struck three times in the second period of extra time...

Rafael Nadal wins Madrid Open title after foe withdraws

MADRID - Rafael Nadal won his fourth Madrid Open title on Sunday after Kei Nishikori was forced to withdraw...from the right wrist injury that forced him to withdraw from the Madrid Open a week ago.The second-ranked Serb has been practicing...