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  • Column: Up next for Leicester: "Multiple traps," coach warns

    Column: Up next for Leicester: "Multiple traps," coach warns

    Associated Press
    Column: Up next for Leicester: "Multiple traps," coach warns

    PARIS (AP) — Claudio Ranieri and his Leicester players should cherish the moment of lifting the Premier League trophy. Because the histories of other modest clubs that surpassed themselves suggest that the fortunes of the odds-beating Foxes could plunge sharply from here. …

  • Knee problem rules Bale out of Valencia clash

    Knee problem rules Bale out of Valencia clash

    Reuters
    Knee problem rules Bale out of Valencia clash

    Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale has been ruled out of Sunday’s crucial La Liga game with Valencia with a knee problem, extending a string of injury problems for the player. Bale was instrumental in Real’s 1-0 win over Manchester City on Wednesday that sent them into the Champions League final, forcing Fernando’s own goal, but was missing from training on Friday. Casemiro and Karim Benzema, who missed the game with City through injury, were able to take part in training. …

  • Why Spanish clubs are ruling Europe yet again

    Why Spanish clubs are ruling Europe yet again

    Reuters
    Why Spanish clubs are ruling Europe yet again

    By Richard Martin BARCELONA (Reuters) - Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid's passage to the Champions League final and Sevilla qualifying for the Europa League equivalent for a third straight year has underlined Spain's dominance of European soccer. The nation's hegemony can be put down to a blend of the financial muscle of Real and Barcelona, ranked the two richest clubs in the world according to the Deloitte Money League, and top-quality coaching from grassroots level to the elite. Since 2000 …

  • Things to know about North Korea's first congress in decades

    Things to know about North Korea's first congress in decades

    Associated Press
    Things to know about North Korea's first congress in decades

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea's elite are gathered in Pyongyang for their biggest political conference in decades. …

  • UEFA dismiss complaints over Europa League final venue

    UEFA dismiss complaints over Europa League final venue

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    UEFA dismiss complaints over Europa League final venue

    By Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - UEFA has dismissed complaints that the Europa League final venue in Basel is too small, after fans of finalists Liverpool complained that "a large number" of supporters would miss out. European soccer's governing body said on Friday that "at least" 9,000 tickets would be reserved each for Liverpool and opponents Sevilla at the 35,000-capacity St Jakob Park. The Liverpool supporters' club Spirit of Shankly had issued a statement on Wednesday, before the …