5 things to know about the Spanish league

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during a Spanish Super Cup soccer match against Atletico Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 . (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Spanish league opens this weekend with the three main title contenders – Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, and Barcelona- all facing smaller clubs they will be expected to beat.

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Quintana favorite for Vuelta with rivals hurting

In this May 29, 2014, file photo, Colombia's Nairo Quintana pedals as he wears the pink jersey of the overall leader during the 18th stage of the Giro d'Italia cycling race from Belluno to Rifugio Panarotta, Italy. Movistar says Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde will share leadership roles for the team at the Spanish Vuelta. (AP Photo/Fabio Ferrari, File)

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — With his rivals banged and bruised, Colombian climber Nairo Quintana is viewing the Spanish Vuelta as an excellent opportunity to win his second grand tour of the season and confirm his status as cycling’s rising star.

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10th European Cup in hand, Madrid turns to Liga

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal, left, and Fiorentina's Borja Valero  challenge for the ball during their friendly soccer match  in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Real Madrid is set to place an even greater emphasis on winning the Spanish league title after ending its quest for an elusive 10th European Cup last season.

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Suarez pledges to not bite again with Barcelona

FC Barcelona's Luis Suarez, from Uruguay, attends a press conference of his presentation at the Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Barcelona unveiled Suarez on Tuesday, an event delayed for over five weeks since his transfer from Liverpool due to his latest suspension for biting an opponent at the World Cup. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Luis Suarez is ready to put his biting days behind him.

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