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Five things we learned from La Liga

Real Madrid were handed a let-off as they edged closer to a first La Liga title in five years on a controversial weekend of action. Barcelona’s defeat at Malaga leaves Real three points clear at the top and with a game in hand to come. Here, we look at five things we learned from the 31st round of fixtures.

Sevilla 3-3 Real Madrid: Real go record 40th game unbeaten in Copa del Rey thriller

Karim Benzema struck deep into stoppage-time as Real Madrid set a new Spanish record by extending their unbeaten run to 40 games in a thrilling 3-3 draw at Sevilla, progressing to the Copa del Rey quarter-finals in the process. Holding a 3-0 first leg lead, a Cristiano Ronaldo-less Real looked set for defeat for the first time in eight months as an own goal from Danilo and second-half strikes from...

Pratto on the prowl for Argentina

“I spoke to Lucas and I told him not to forget where he comes from and how hard he’s fought. I mean, he used to play on pitches with more dirt and glass on them than grass,” said Lucas Pratto’s mother Daniela ahead of Argentina’s crucial 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ qualifier with Colombia earlier this week. As those words suggest, hard work is something that 28-year-old Pratto is used to, making h...

Rio 2016: Was Chinese proposal romantic or just a form of male control?

The crowd loved it – but did He Zi? The Chinese diver had tears in her eyes when fellow athlete Qin Kai proposed during her silver medal ceremony. A smile, however, took a lot longer to appear. She eventually said yes to her boyfriend of six years, but his very public stunt has since divided opinion around the world. In China, where unusual marriage proposals are widely shared and commented ...

Why are so many Olympians covered in large red circles?

A number of Olympians – including the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time, Michael Phelps – have been photographed with large red circles on their skin What are they, and why is everyone suddenly going dotty over them? The mark of an Olympic athlete, at least at Rio 2016, seems to be a scattering of perfectly round bruises. Swimmers and gymnasts, particularly from Team USA, are ...

Rio Olympics 2016: Games set for opening ceremony

The 2016 Olympic Games officially start in Rio on Friday with the opening ceremony at the Maracana Stadium. Athletes from 206 nations and a refugee team are in Brazil to compete in 28 sports and be watched by a global audience of billions. The build-up has been dominated by a Russian doping scandal, the Zika virus and issues with the city’s security, infrastructure and venues. But it is time...

Euro 2016: France ends Iceland’s dream with crushing win

The remarkable saga of Iceland’s adventures at Euro 2016 was ended in brutal fashion by hosts France in Paris Sunday The game was effectively over by the end of the first half as France entered the interval 4-0 up after goals from Oliver Giroud, Paul Pogba, Dimitri Payet and Antoine Griezmann. Iceland did score twice in the second period — thanks to goals from Kolbeinn Sigthórsson and ...

“BYE” Messi Said

Argentina’s Lionel Messi, considered by many to be the best player in the world, said he will likely retire from international soccer. The news came shortly after his side lost the Copa America final to Chile on penalties. “This is tough and a difficult time,” Messi, the Argentina team captain, said. “The first thing that comes to my mind and that I have thought is that the...

Euro 2016: Gareth Bale has last laugh as Wales leapfrogs England

Gareth Bale made sure Wales had the last laugh Monday after inspiring a thumping 3-0 win over Russia at Euro 2016, demoting England to second place in Group B. The Real Madrid star, who took his tally for the tournament to three, was in fabulous form as his team crushed its opponent with ease in a one-sided contest in Toulouse. While Wales was on cruise control, UK rival England was back to its st...