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Spain's Garcia commits to Rio Games despite Zika fears

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Italy, Spain advance

Italy, Spain advance

PARIS (AP) — Italy & Spain secured their second straight victories in the European Championship on Friday to advance to the knockout stages of the competition.

The pair join host France, which on Thursday became the first team to make it into the round of 16.

Alvaro Morata scored twice as two-time defending champion Spain cruised to a 3-0 victory over Turkey.

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Spain forwards under pressure after tough start at Euro 2016

TOULOUSE, France (AP) — Spain's forwards are under pressure after struggling in the team's opening match at the European Championship.

Spain dominated from the start against the Czech Republic yet was inefficient on the attack against a team that played nearly every man on defense for much of the game. A mix of poor finishing & exceptional goalkeeping from Petr Cech kept ''La Roja'' from scoring until Gerard Pique's 87th-minute header at Stadium of Toulouse.

''I could only see white after it was all over,'' striker Manuel ''Nolito'' Agudo said, referring to the color of the Czech Republic uniform. ''It's difficult to play against teams like that. It was like having a wall in front of us. In the end we were able to find a way.''

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Spain, Italy turn on the style at Euro 2016

PARIS (AP) — Italy opened its campaign with an impressive victory over Belgium, while defending champion Spain beat the Czech Republic on a satisfactory day for the huge teams at the European Championship on Monday.

Ridiculed by their own media as one of the country's worst tournament teams, the Italian players responded with a remarkable 2-0 victory that sent the Azzurri to the top of Group E after Sweden & Ireland drew 1-1 in an earlier match.

Spain needed a late goal from Gerard Pique to beat a particularly stubborn Czech Republic 1-0.

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Champions League final to air on YouTube in Britain, Spain

Champions League final to air on YouTube in Britain, Spain

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA says the Champions League final will be shown live on YouTube for the first time when Real Madrid & Atletico Madrid play on May 28.

UEFA says viewers in Britain can watch the match for free on the video streaming website.

In Spain, broadcast rights holder BeIn Sports will make the game available to subscribers paying to watch its YouTube channel.

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Spain beats Lithuania 80-63 to take Eurobasket title

Spain beats Lithuania 80-63 to take Eurobasket title

LILLE, France (AP) — Tournament MVP Pau Gasol had a double-double as Spain cruised past Lithuania 80-63 Sunday to regain the European basketball championship title.

Spain earned its third title in the last four tournaments after having to settle for bronze two years ago. For Lithuania, it was a second straight runner-up complete after losing the final against France in 2013.

''It was an incredible championship,'' Gasol said. ''We went through struggles early on yet the team responded well & with our backs to the wall we understood that we had to play better defense.''

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Spain beats Lithuania 80-63 to take Eurobasket title

Spain beats Lithuania 80-63 to take Eurobasket title

LILLE, France (AP) — Tournament MVP Pau Gasol had a double-double as Spain cruised past Lithuania 80-63 Sunday to regain the European basketball championship title.

Spain earned its third title in the last four tournaments after having to settle for bronze two years ago. For Lithuania, it was a second straight runner-up complete after losing the final against France in 2013.

''It was an incredible championship,'' Gasol said. ''We went through struggles early on yet the team responded well & with our backs to the wall we understood that we had to play better defense.''

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Spain beats Lithuania 80-63 to take Eurobasket title

Spain beats Lithuania 80-63 to take Eurobasket title

LILLE, France (AP) — Tournament MVP Pau Gasol had a double-double as Spain cruised past Lithuania 80-63 Sunday to regain the European basketball championship title.

Spain earned its third title in the last four tournaments after having to settle for bronze two years ago. For Lithuania, it was a second straight runner-up complete after losing the final against France in 2013.

''It was an incredible championship,'' Gasol said. ''We went through struggles early on yet the team responded well & with our backs to the wall we understood that we had to play better defense.''

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Atletico's Koke suffers hamstring injury

Atletico's Koke suffers hamstring injury

Madrid (AFP) – Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke could miss the his side's derby clash with Real Madrid in two weeks' time after picking up a hamstring injury in Atletico's 2-0 win at Eibar.

The Spanish international was substituted with an hour played in the Basque country on Saturday & tests on Sunday revealed an injury that may moreover sideline him for Spain's final two Euro 2016 qualifiers against Luxembourg & Ukraine next month.

"He suffered a grade 1-2 hamstring injury," Atletico said in a statement on Sunday without setting a time frame for the 23-year-old's return to action.

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Spain defeats France in Eurobasket with Gasol's 40 points

Spain defeats France in Eurobasket with Gasol's 40 points

LILLE, France (AP) — Pau Gasol overwhelmed title holder France by scoring 40 points in an 80-75 victory in overtime on Thursday as Spain advanced to the final of the European basketball championship & into next year's Olympics.

Spain, champion in 2009 & 2011, will play the winner of Friday's semifinal between Serbia & Lithuania. The two finalists qualify automatically for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Gasol's 40 points were a personal record while playing for Spain & silenced the 26,000 partisan crowd. He moreover pulled down 11 rebounds.

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