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La Liga News: 1 May 2015; Valencia Let Two Points Slip Away, Granada Make Another Coaching Change

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New TV deal ends Barcelona and Real Madrid monopoly -
Real Madrid and Barcelona will no longer monopolize the television money in Spain after a new deal was announced Thursday. Spain's two biggest clubs have negotiated their own agreements for the sale of broadcasting rights in recent years, giving them a huge advantage over the rest of the teams in La Liga, but that trend will now end after the Spanish government gave the green light for a new deal to be brought in.

James Rodriguez a driving force for Real Madrid - ESPN FC
When Real Madrid splashed £63 million on World Cup star James Rodriguez last summer, manager Carlo Ancelotti said the Colombian would be one "for the future". The Italian admitted that his big bucks recruit would be "one for the present", too, but reading between the lines there was a sense that the Madrid boss did not expect too much too soon.

Pogba ruled out of Real Madrid clash -
Juventus has confirmed Paul Pogba will miss Tuesday's Champions League semifinal first leg against Real Madrid. The France international has been missing with a torn thigh since mid-March, missing the last-eight win against Monaco and several key Serie A games.

Sergio Asenjo ruled out for rest of the season, Villarreal confirm | Football News | Sky Sports
"Asenjo has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament of the right knee, along with less serious injuries and they will require surgery," a statement on the club’s website said. It is the latest injury setback for Villarreal whose results have suffered with the team falling well away from Champions League contention - they now lie sixth in the Primera Division on 53 points.

Athletic Bilbao Andoni Iraola to leave club at season end - ESPN FC
Andoni Iraola, who has made the fourth-largest number of career appearances for Athletic Bilbao, has said he will leave the club at the end of the current season. Iraola, 33, has a contract until June 30 by which time he will have played 12 seasons for the club.

Rayo Vallecano 1 Valencia 1: Dani Parejo earns point for Los Che | Sky Sports
Nuno's men could have re-established their two-point lead over fifth-placed Sevilla with victory but they fell behind to Adri Embarba's first-half goal. Dani Parejo levelled with a free-kick immediately after Jorge Morcillo had been sent off, but the visitors too finished with 10 men after Rodrigo was dismissed for a petulant kick out at Tono, who could have been given his marching orders for his part in the fracas.

Granada 1 Espanyol 2: Visitors keep European hopes alive | Sky Sports Football
Espanyol kept their hopes of qualifying for Europe alive by battling to a late 2-1 win at struggling Granada. The Catalans took the lead on the stroke of half-time through Sergio Garcia but Granada levelled in the 73rd minute through Diego Mainz, only for Paco Montanes to restore Espanyol's lead 11 minutes later.

Granada sack Abel Resino, with José Ramón Sandoval set to take over - Inside Spanish Football Inside Spanish Football
Resino has only taken 11 points from a possible 45 since taking over from Joaquin Caparrós earlier in the year, and that includes just two wins from his fifteen games in charge. Granada currently sit second bottom of the league and six points away from safety, which has forced the club to make one final change as they look to pull of a miracle in the season’s remaining four games.

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