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They lined up on the pitch against Real Sociedad, but then refused to contest the ball

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The Scottish Claymores, pre-season favourites to win the World Bowl, fell to their second consecutive defeat when they were beaten 10-7 by the Barcelona Dragons before a crowd of 16,500 in the Olympic Stadium here last night, writes Nick Halling from Barcelona.

Parliament prepares for Gonzalez inquisition

The Spanish Prime Minister, Felipe Gonzalez, tomorrow faces his toughest trial since last month's political crisis - the most serious for 12 years - sent the peseta reeling and prompted heated speculation that his term was drawing swiftly to a close.

Bridge: Left feeling low

SOME players favour the style of leading the lowest card from three small (which has the advantage of clarifying for partner whether the lead is from a doubleton or a worthless trebleton) but the method has its drawbacks.

Golf: Coceres conquers Catalonia

JOSE COCERES, the 30-year-old Argentinian, made it third time lucky when he won the Heineken Catalonia Open at Pals yesterday.

Golf: Clark defies pain

HOWARD CLARK, still in pain after elbow surgery last year, made a solid start to the Catalonia Open at Pals yesterday. The former Ryder Cup golfer shot a three-under-par 69, two strokes more than Gavin Levenson of South Africa and the Frenchmen Thomas Levet and Jean Louis Guepy, and one more than Wayne Riley of Australia.

Madrid pulls plug on Catalan anti-royalists

IT WAS called, officially, The Worst Programme of the Week. But even if it was, it is not any more. It has been taken off the air by Spain's state television channel TVE because its presenter, who goes by the name of El Gran Wyoming (The Great Wyoming), planned to interview a Catalan writer called Quim Monzo.

Catalonia's pride is reduced to ashes: Hundreds look on in horror as fire destroys Spain's foremost opera house, a 'jewel of Barcelona'

IT WAS the pride of Catalonia and of Spain and had echoed to the voices of Caruso and Callas before bringing fame to modern operatic masters such as Jose Carreras and Montserrat Caballe. As locals and tourists watched, many of them in tears, the Gran Teatre del Liceu, the nation's premier opera house, went up in flames yesterday and within hours was a burnt-out hulk.

Gonzalez in search of a partner: Catalans and Basques ask a high price for their support in Spain's new government

SOME have predicted a 'Persian carpet bazaar'. The Catalan leader, Jordi Pujol, opted for a slightly more graceful image: 'Let the dance begin,' he said. 'It's up to Felipe Gonzalez to choose his partner and take the first steps.'

Regional leader looks forward to role as Spain's power-broker: In Sunday's general elections the Catalans could tip the balance, writes Phil Davison in Barcelona

ALONG Barcelona's tree-lined Passeig de Gracia, where the world watched Olympic marathon runners battle towards the Montjuic stadium last summer, the election campaign posters of the local Catalan nationalists pretty much say it all: 'Ara, decidirem' (Now, we will decide).

Sport in Short: Drugs in Sport

A CIS weightlifting coach has confirmed a report that Alexander Kurlovich, who retained his Olympic super-heavyweight title last year, failed a drugs test just before the Barcelona Games. Leonty Goncharenko claimed that despite failing the original test in his own country Kurlovich had travelled to Barcelona and passed further tests, upon arrival and after his victory.

Swimming: Chief coach stands down

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OLYMPICS / Barcelona 1992: Ramsamy rejoices

HIS team won no gold medals, but Sam Ramsamy was one of the happiest men in Barcelona.

OLYMPICS / Barcelona 1992: Profit for games

THE people of Barcelona can be forgiven some confusion over the bill for the Games. Pre-weekend news that the government and city council were in dispute over dollars 250m (pounds 130m) of costs over budget prompted Pedro Palacios, spokesman of the organising committee, to say the Games would make a profit. How have they done this? The Games budget, he said, was separate from the dollars 9bn spent on pre-Games redevelopment of the city.

OLYMPICS / Barcelona 1992: Olympic Round-Up: Barcelona debt burden

THE Games have been lots of things, but they are not cheap, and the people of Barcelona could find themselves paying for them for some time to come, according to Santiago Roldan, chairman of the Barcelona Holding Olimpic, a development company set up by the city council and the government.

OLYMPICS / Barcelona 1992 -Update: Crime down, policing up

CRIME in Barcelona has actually gone down during the Games. Since 21 July, 850 crimes have been reported, mainly theft from people and cars. Of these, 150 have been 'violent', ie. involving knives or other weapons. This is, a spokesman said, an improvement on last year. Of course, this may have more to do with the 17,000 extra police drafted in than any spontaneous outbreak of Olympic goodwill among villains.
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