MADRID - A week after finishing the World Cup as the tournament's top scorer with six goals, Colombia forward James Rodriguez signed a six-year deal with Real Madrid on Tuesday.
The 23-year-old Rodriguez, who helped Colombia reach the quarterfinals in Brazil, passed a medical examination at the Sanitas Clinic in the northern suburb of La Moraleja.
"I'm very happy," Rodriguez said as he left the clinic. "Everything went well."
Douglas Costa says he and his fellow players who are refusing to return to Ukrainian champion Shakhtar Donetsk do so because the conflict in the country puts their lives at risk.
Costa and five other South American players refused to leave France last weekend with the rest of the team to return to Donetsk for Shakhtar's first match of the season on Tuesday.
MOSCOW - Six South Americans — five Brazilians and one Argentine — have refused to return to Ukraine to play for their football club in the troubled city of Donetsk, risking possible fines and suspensions for breach of contract.
The players remained in France following Ukrainian league champion Shakhtar Donetsk's friendly against Lyon on Saturday. The Ukrainian military is attempting to retake Donetsk in the east of the country from pro-Russian rebels.
MOSCOW - Shakhtar Donetsk's owner says six players have refused to return to Ukraine for the new season as conflict rages around the club's home city.
Five Brazilian and one Argentine player remained in France following a friendly against Olympique Lyon on Saturday.
"If they don't come then in the first instance they will suffer," the club's billionaire owner Rinat Akhmetov said in a statement on the Shakhtar website.
LONDON - Two Newcastle fans flying to watch the team play in New Zealand were among the 298 people killed on the Malaysia Airlines jet shot down near the Ukraine-Russia border, the English Premier League club said on Friday.
Replica jerseys and flowers were left outside Newcastle's St. James' Park after the team named the fans on Thursday's Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur flight as John Alder and Liam Sweeney. Ages were not given.