Lionel Messi, the 29-year-old Argentine professional footballer who plays forward for Spanish club Barcelona has been sentenced along with his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, for tax fraud, according to Spanish media.
According to the BBC, Messi and his father were sentenced for defrauding Spain of $4.6 million between 2007 and 2009.
Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal adds another milestone to his career after winning the Barcelona Open for the ninth time, putting him on equal ground with the current record held by Guillermo Villas as having the most titles in clay court with 49. The 29-year old beat the defending champion, Kei Nishikori, in straight sets, 6-4, 7-5 to claim the title.
He's been always favored to win in a tournament on clay since that has been his forte all throughout his career. But this one is special for the 14-time grand slam victor since it puts him on record books. And at such a young age, he definitely can surpass that mark by Vila.
Nadal also has a rare chance of doing something that only a few have done, which is to win three major titles in one year. He already hoisted the Monte Carlo trophy last week, got the Barcelona Open today, and can cap it off with a win at the French Open scheduled for next month. more >>
The now world-famous botched fresco restoration of Jesus Christ in the northern Spanish town of Borja has attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors, Mayor Eduardo Arilla has said, revealing that the painting is to be featured at a new center.
"It's to give the painting a new impetus," Arilla told The Associated Press about placing the "Ecce Homo" ("Behold the Man") painting at a new center, which will also feature official merchandise, from T-shirts to teacups.
Arilla said that close to 160,000 people have come to the small town to see the restoration of a Christ painting by Cecilia Gimenez, which was fist displayed and went viral in 2012. more >>
Arsenal FC is looking to bounce back from defeat this time around, as they face Barcelona FC in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League last-16 tie.
In their first leg match on February 24th in at the Emirates Stadium in London, Barcelona, Barca emerged victorious with a score of 2-0. And according to Arsenal team manager Arsene Wenger, the game plan for the match is simple: "attack and score".
The second leg game will be taking place on Thursday, March 17th at Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain. more >>
A Spanish church is displaying a nativity scene that replaces baby Jesus with Aylan Kurdi, the 3-year-old Syrian boy who drowned off the coast of Turkey in September and sparked international awareness of the refugee crisis, as a way of highlighting the plight faced by migrants.
The Spanish news site The Local reports that San Anton Church in the Chueca district of downtown Madrid set up a nativity scene that features a doll model of Kurdi lying face down just like in the infamous photograph from September, which showed him lying dead with his face buried in the sand on a Turkish beach.
The nativity scene, which also replaces Mother Mary and Joseph with the boy's grieving parents, is housed inside of a refugee tent instead of a manger, while the floor is a map highlighting the main routes used by migrants to enter Europe. The walls of the tent are line with recreations of drawings done by refugee children. more >>
In a study published on Friday in Science Advances, Nicolas Biver of the Paris Observatory in France said a comet is spewing out large amounts of alcohol every second, equivalent to about 500 bottles of wine.
According to ABC News, it is the first time that ethyl alcohol was found in a space rock. Ethyl alcohol is the same type that can be found in alcoholic beverages. Aside from the mentioned molecule, Biver's team also found traces of formaldehyde and other elements considered to be poisonous.
First discovered in August 2014 by an amateur astronomer from Australia named Terry Lovejoy, the comet was formally named C/2014 Q2, commonly called "Comet Lovejoy." Studies reveal that Comet Lovejoy was one of the most active and significantly brightest comets when at its peak. more >>