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Spain hails Enric Mas as next big thing after Vuelta performance

The 23-year-old rode to second place overall at the recent Vuelta a Espana.

All of Spain is abuzz following the breakthrough performance of Enric Mas during the Vuelta a España.

Mas’s second overall with a stage victory in the final week is pulsing through the Spanish cycling community, which is hungry for a new star to cheer for.

“Spanish cycling can dare to dream with him,” said Alberto Contador, the retired star who said Mas could be Spain’s next big thing. “He really stepped up and he did it in his style of attacking, which is something the fans really love.”

It’s not what the 23-year-old Mas did but how he did it that is reverberating. In just his second grand tour start, Mas put his stamp on this Vuelta with aggressive racing and strong character that has many in Spain hoping they’ve found a star to give fans and media someone to root for .

“This Vuelta only motivates me for the future,” Mas said. “I never thought I could do so well when we left Málaga, but by the third week, I started to believe.”

Thousands turned out this week to cheer on Mas on a homecoming to his village of Artá on the Spanish island of Mallorca. He now trains and lives in Andorra and is a product of Fundación Contador, a development team founded by Contador who hailed Mas as his natural heir last year.

Mas caught the eye of Joxean Fernández Matxin, now a director at UAE-Emirates who worked for years as a talent scout for Quick-Step Floors. In 2016, Mas joined the Belgian outfit’s Klein Constantia development team, which at the time included current WorldTour pros Ivan Cortina (Bahrain-Merida), Nuno Bico (Movistar), Remi Cavagna, Jhonathan Naváez and Max Schachmann (Quick-Step). Mas was impressive enough to get a bump to the WorldTour team in 2017.

After a solid rookie season, he won a stage at this year ’s Vuelta al País Vasco where he finished an encouraging sixth overall in what’s considered the most demanding one-week stage race on the calendar. After riding to fourth overall at the Tour de Suisse, he only raced four days before the Vuelta started.

“I really didn’t know how I would go,” Mas said. “I felt better and better as the race unfolded. I had no pressure and I could make my own race.”

Even more impressive about how Mas rode to second was that he did it without much of a team around him. Quick-Step brought half the team to help sprinter Elia Viviani, who delivered with three stage victories. Pieter Serry and Laurens De Plus helped out where they could, but it was often Mas vs. the world when the pack hit the major climbs.

“I don’t know how well I could have done with a full team at my service because a lot can happen over three weeks,” Mas said. “This Vuelta only encourages me.”

Mas was hanging around the top 10 for the first two weeks and with some firepower ahead of him on the GC, no one really had him on the radar for a podium spot.

A strong time trial at Torrelavega in stage 16 pushed him into fifth. Mas revealed his character and attacking style in the final three mountain stages, which he capped by winning the penultimate stage across Andorra.

Quick-Step knows it has a diamond in the rough, but will the team step up and sign riders to support him? With such bounty in the classics and one-day racers â€" coupled with ongoing sponsorship questions â€" the team might not have room on the roster to build a parallel GC program.

“That responsibility motivates me,” Mas said. “I know I have to keep learning and keep working to improve everything.”

Mas’s rising star coincides with a Spanish peloton suddenly bereft of major stars. Only Alejandro Valverde remains active of Spain’s golden generation that included Contador, Carlos Sastre, Ã"scar Freire, and Joaquim R odríguez.

There are some other young Spanish riders coming up and Mikel Landa (Movistar) seems poised for a breakout ride, but it’s Mas who is delivering the goods right now.

“I’d love to race the Tour, but I have time to speak with the directors and we can plan out the coming season,” Mas said. “It’s the first podium I’ve reached and I hope it’s not my last.”

Spain isn’t hoping it’s his last either.

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Trump pitches 3000-mile Saraha wall idea to Spain

President Trump told Spain’s foreign minister that he had a sure-fire plan to prevent asylum seekers from Africa from flooding European shores â€" build a wall in the Sahara desert.

Foreign Minister Josep Borrell, a former president of the European Parliament, revealed that Trump told him that a border wall in the desert â€" like his long promised wall on the Mexican border â€" would work for Europe as well, The Express reported.

The Spaniard did not reveal when the commander-in-chief floated the plan, although other sources said it was in June when he flew to the States during the White House visit of Spain’s King and Queen.

Borrell mentioned Trump’s Saharan solution â€" in which Spain and other European countries would apparently have to construct the barrier on foreign soil â€" during a lunch in Madrid organized by the cultural association Club Siglo XXI.

The Spanish da ily El Pais said the minister made it clear he disagreed with Trump’s proposal.

Spain has overtaken Italy and Greece as a popular entry point for migrants, with most coming from Morocco, Guinea and Mali.

Trump’s call for a wall on the southern border â€" which he repeatedly insisted that Mexico would pay for â€" was a hallmark of his presidential campaign, with “Build the Wall!” chants still breaking out at his frequent “MAGA” rallies.

But Mexico has flatly told the president that it won’t spend a dime on his wall, and Congress has refused to cough up much cash for it.

The Senate this week passed a spending bill to avoid a government shutdown that included no new funding for the barrier.

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Celia Barquin Arozamena's hometown in Spain mourns her death: 'She was in the best moment of her life'

close Suspect in custody after the body of 22-year-old former Iowa State golfer Celia Barquin Arozamena was discovered at Coldwater Golf Links.Video

Decorated college golfer found dead on course

Suspect in custody after the body of 22-year-old former Iowa State golfer Celia Barquin Arozamena was discovered at Coldwater Golf Links.

The small northern Spanish town of Puente San Miguel is observing three days of mourning in honor of hometown hero and rising golf star, Celia Barquin Arozamena, who was murdered on an Iowa golf course more than 4,300 miles away.

Just hours after police in Iowa announced Barquin’s body was found littered with stab wounds in a pond on the Coldwater Golf Links in Ames, the flags in the small Spanish town were lowered to half-staff.

Hundreds of the town’s 3,000 residents held a moment of silence to pay tribute to the rising star who was considered by many as the future of Spanish golf.

In this Sept. 7, 2017, photo provided by Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, golfer Celia Barquin Arozamena poses for a photo. The former ISU golfer was found dead Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at a golf course in Ames.  Collin Daniel Richards, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in her death. (Luk   e Lu/Iowa State University via AP)

In this Sept. 7, 2017, photo provided by Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, golfer Celia Barquin Arozamena poses for a photo. (Luke Lu/Iowa State University via AP)

“I bragged about Celia,” the town’s mayor, Pablo Diestro, told El Pais newspaper. “I am a road engineer and I was so proud of her, who said that when she finished her [engineering] degree, she would return home and work here.”

DECORATED COLLEGE GOLFER FOUND DEAD ON COURSE, MAN ARRESTED FOR MURDER

He recalled: “I have her math reinforcement classes because she wanted to be No. 1 in everything she did. [Her death] has been an impressive blow. She was a very dear girl, very hardworking. We paid her a tribute when she won the European championship.”

Diestro told HoyTorrelavega that Barquin was looking forward to finishing her studies and focusing on golf.

"Everyone predicted she'd have a great career," Diestro said.

The 22-year-old Barquin was a top golfer in Spain as a teenager and came to Iowa State University to pursue her career, drawn by the school's facilities, coaches and picturesque campus. She became one of the best golfers in school history and was completing her civil engineering degree after exhausting her athletic eligibility earlier this year.

She recently won an amateur tournament in Europe and competed in the U.S. Women's Open Championship. Barquin was hoping to turn pro next year.

“She had the brutal ability to compete. As a child, you could see that she had something different, and then she continued with her successes,” Luis Arturo Ruiz-Capillas, general manager of the Municipal Golf Course of Llanes, t old El Pais.

On Monday, Barquin went to the golf course for an early practice. Hours later, her body was discovered not far from her abandoned golf bag.

This booking photo provided by the Story County (Iowa) Jail shows Collin Daniel Richards.  Richards has been charged in the killing of Celia Barquin Arozamena, a former champion golfer from Spain, after her body was found Monday, Sep   t. 17, 2018 at a golf course in Ames, Iowa.  (Story County (Iowa) Jail via AP)

Collin Daniel Richards has been charged in the killing of Celia Barquin Arozamena, a former champion golfer from Spain, after her body was found at a golf course in Ames, Iowa. (Story County (Iowa) Jail via AP)

Collin Daniel Richards, a 22-year-old drifter with a history of violence, was arrested some hours later -- just before he tried to leave town, police said. He was charged with first-degree murder and ordered jailed on $5 million cash-only bond at the county jail.

It was, said Iowa State football coach Matt Campbell, a "cowardly act o f violence."

Back home, Barquin's brother, Andres Barquin, tearfully addressed the press, saying the family has been in contact with authorities in the U.S. and with the Spanish embassy.

“Right now the family is shattered...,” he told local media.

Barquin’s death sent shockwaves across the golf world, including reaching pro golfer Sergio Garcia â€" one of Barquin's favorite players. Garcia tweeted he was heartbroken by the news, noting he’d had the pleasure of meeting Barquin and calling her a “special person.”

“She was one those [players] who would come in even on a Sunday, which was a day of rest. She would come early and train,” Nacho Gervas, the athletic director for the Spanish Golf Federation, told rtve. “She was in the best moment of her life.”

Maria Jose Rienda, the president of the National Sports Council in Spain, told El Pais: “Spanish sports is in mourning.”

The Big 12 conference champion, Barquin had dreams of making the pro tour and spent hours practicing at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames.

The university had planned to honor Barquin at its football game Saturday for being its female athlete of the year â€" news that had brought Barquin to tears, according to athletic director Jamie Pollard. Instead, football players will wear helmet decals with her initials to mourn the loss.

"We're all devastated and heartbroken," said Pollard, who choked back tears at a news conference.

A video shared on the Iowa State Athletics Facebook page five months ago details how Barquin transitioned to the United States â€" learning English, finding her classes and rising to the top of the ranks.

Barquin's former team announced Tuesday it was pulling out of the East & West Match Play in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to grieve their loss. Women's golf coach Christie Martens sai d Barquin was an "outstanding representative of our school."

A vigil in remembrance of Barquin will be held Wednesday night on the north side of the Campanile on the Iowa State University campus. The vigil is open to the public.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Lucia I. Suarez Sang is a Reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow her on Twitter @luciasuarezsang

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Where To Eat on Spain's Costa Brava, According to This Seasoned Chef

There are times when you feel your life about to change. For me, it was at a little restaurant called Rafa's on the Spanish coast, when I took my first bite ever of espardenya de mar.

Seared on a plancha (a cast-iron griddle) with a little bit of olive oil, the dishâ€"the closest translation is "sea cucumber"â€"had a flavor so mild, a texture so poised between chewy and tender, that it made that ephemeral promise of umami suddenly as real as the simple white platter in front of me. Next: tellarinas, the tiny purplish bivalves that reminded me instantly of the coquina clams I used to dig up as a little girl on the beaches of South Carolina. I scraped the delicate meat with my teeth like I was eating sunflower seeds, and built a colorful mound of their tiny shells.

I was enchanted with my meal and with the man sitting across from me, and ready to embrace all of it in a very big way.

Those lucky enough to spend time on the Costa Brava in Spain know that it is deeply romanticâ€"the romance feels baked in like the saffron in paella. Translated as "rugged coast," this stretch of northeastern Spain runs 132 miles from Barcelona to the French border and is marked by small villages filled with whitewashed buildings and terra-cotta roofs, tiny beaches called calas that often lie hidden from view, and incredible food. The Costa Brava was also home, for a time, to elBulliâ€"widely considered the best restaurant in the world. Aspiring to make my own mark in the culinary world, I'd landed a six-month apprenticeship in 2008 at the restaurant, located in a Costa Brava town called Roses. While there, I fell deeply in love with a Roses native and elBulli colleague, Félix Meana; with Spain; and with its marvelous food.

The flavors of the Costa Brava are of both the sea and the mountains. The Mediterranean announces itself in dishes like rockfish, anchovies, and, yes, sea cucumbers. From the land come meats crafted into cured perfection and cheeses that are sharp and pungent, mild and nutty. The region also borders Penedes, the home of Cava, Catalonia's sparkling wine that pairs effortlessly with the cuisine.

Over that brilliantly humble meal at Rafa's, I decided to return to the States with Félix to launch our own restaurant, Cúrate, devoted to Spanish cuisine. Even after marrying and starting a family, we've made annual trips to the coast that is so much a part of our lives. It remains my favorite destination in the world.

There is no better place for a taste of the Costa Brava than Roses. While we worked (and I learned) at elBulli, the lively streets of this ancient town amid low-lying hills provided small, unpretentious, and thrilling restaurants to explore. Cal Campaner, which just celebrated its 52nd anniversary, is like a dressed-up version of Rafa's, with a larger menu and a slightly fancier setting, but with the enduring Roses focus on seafood in the hands of generations of family. La Sirena, another house of deliciously fresh seafood, is known for its tapas classics like pimientos de Padrónâ€"blistered Padrón peppers tossed with sea saltâ€"and ensaladilla Rusa, a traditional potato salad prepared with tuna, olives, piquillo peppers, and a delicious house-made, olive oilâ€"based mayonnaise.

While lingering over plates might be the supreme activity on the Costa Brava, the ideal complement is to linger on the region's gorgeous beaches. Just up the road from Roses is one of my favorite haunts: the Platja de l'Almadrava, a pale, fine-sand beach sheltered from the tramonteâ€"the region's north wind. With a path along its shallow arc for an invigorating walk and calm, crystalline waters for midday plunges, it's the world's best way to work up an appetite. And when it's time to dig in again, Almadrava has the perfect restaurant: Santallúcia, a whitewashed bist ro that spills out onto the palm treeâ€"dotted sand. Sit with a bottle of Garnatxa blanca (a Catalan white Grenache) and order the fideuà, a cousin to shellfish-rich paella that's cooked and served in the same broad, shallow pan but made with noodles instead of rice.

The coast stretching north from Almadrava is a beach-lover's cornucopiaâ€"a bit like a tapas menu of small delights. This is a land of calas: smaller, pebble-covered beaches that form a scalloped shoreline, their confines protected by rocky outcroppings and headlands. Pick your pleasure: the isolated intimacy of the tiny Cala Calís (reachable only via a short hike); the deep waters off sandy Cala Montjoi that draw boaters and scuba divers; the charming open-air restaurant and beach bar at Playa La Pelosa (known for its rice stew with lobster and its mojitos); and the pure beauty of Jòncols, a dreamy, tight horseshoe of pebbled beach that holds the azure Mediterranean in its arms.

While it can be so tempting to make a beeline for the cosmopolitan lures of Barcelona just two and a half hours south of Roses, the real treasures of the Costa Brava are its small fishing villages, and each seems to have a taste that calls from its waters. The port town of L'Escala, for example, is home to a famous anchovy fishery and to the 17th-century salt trade that preserved the catch for transport and sale. Shop for locally cured anchovy brands sold in tins wrapped with bright paper: Callol Serrats, Anxoves el Xillu, Solés, Anxoves de l'Escala. Visit the Anchovy and Salt Museum. And do not leave town until you've ordered and eaten those little fish the best way I know how: piled atop pa amb tomàquet, the classic toasted bread o f Catalonia that's rubbed with fresh tomato, garlic, and olive oilâ€"an experience guaranteed to convert any anchovy nonbeliever into a devotée.

Another village, Palamós, offers up a treasure known throughout Spain: the gamba de Palamós, a large, bright red prawn prepared simply on the plancha with a little salt. The sweet meat is cooked to a divine texture, but it's the juices from the head of the prawn that are to die for, and that make the preparations here so distinctive. But there's more to this picturesque port town than just mind-blowing prawns. Palamós is also home to a daily fish market auction that is a parade of the afternoon's catch, unloaded by fishermen into blue plastic crates and rolled past weighers, inspectors, and price setters as it move s on to the market in the adjacent building. It's emblematic of the diversity of Spanish fisheries, how quickly the catch moves from boat to market to plate, and is really fun to watch.

Finally, there's the great discovery of a second-wave culinary revolution happening in the most unexpected spot. When elBulli closed its doors in 2011, a trio of its chefs migrated north to a remote little fishing villageâ€"Cadaquésâ€"to open their own place. Under the leadership of Oriol Castro, Eduard Xatruch, and Mateu Casañas, Compartir (Spanish for "to share") occupies a 300-year-old house in the historic center of town, and has taken elBulli's modern preparations and turned them into custom menus that are crafted for you based on your conversation with your server. These deeply gifted chefs create new dishes constantly, but imagine options like this: a salad of artichokes with raisins, surrounding a small scoop of vanilla-almond sorbet; the tender meat of local mussels set atop fresh green peas with a tiny dice of Iberian ham; or sardines marinated with whiting, raspberries, and radishes.

This is the challenge of the Costa Brava, and Félix and I twist with it on every trip home. Where to eat first, to eat next? Is there time for another lunch at Compartir? A return to our beloved Rafa's? And while we strive to visit all our favorites (and discover the next), we often do what Spaniards do best. We toss our swimsuits into a straw bag, and head to the farmers' market. We pick out local fruits like apricots and melon, cheese, cured por k sausage, and a bottle of rosé from Espelt Viticultors, a local wineryâ€"and decamp to the beach.

Because it's time again to work up an appetite.

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Get Here

American, Delta, United, Norwegian, and Iberia airlines fly direct to Barcelona's El Prat airport, which is about 110 miles south of Roses.

Stay Here

Begin and/or end in Barcelona at the Grand Hotel Central, set in the El Born neighborhood near the Gothic Quarter and the Cathedral. Rates start at $266 .

About 30 miles south of Roses in the medieval village of Begur, Hotel Aiguaclara has turned a Colonial-style mansion into a stylish boutique hotel. Rates start at $93.

The most luxurious retreat in Roses remains Hotel Vistabella, a five-star hotel with a Michelin one-star restaurant, els Brancs. Rates start at $220. For more casual beachfront digs, consider booking one of the apartments above the Santallúcia restaurant on the Platja de l'Almadrava, where you'll be steps from the sand. Rates start at $125.

North of Roses in Cadaqués, the Tramuntana Hotel pairs the whitewashed stone walls of a fisherman's cottage with minimalist touches of Mediterranean blues in its 12 guest rooms. Rates start at $110.

L et the Experts Take You There

See the Costa Brava with Katie Button and/or Félix Meana by joining Cúrate Trips's 2019 journeys to Spain. Button and Meana join culinary travel experts Paladar y Tomar to lead food-and-wine-focused luxury excursions of eight to 10 days to Catalonia and Andalusia, as well as Basque Country, Madrid and Castile, and Portugal. Prices start at $7,634 per person, double occupancy.

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Tokyo 2020: Spain aim to fight back

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Adolfo Acosta targets European title to qualify for Paralympics

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With 13 years playing for Spain’s national blind football team, Adolfo Acosta has a lot of experience playing at the highest levels.

He was able to use his wealth of knowledge at home for the first time in June when the World Championships came to Madrid.

Spain made it into the quarter finals but agonisingly lost 1-0 to Russia*. This was difficult for the team who have made it into the top three at five World Championships in their history.

“It is a bittersweet feeling,” Acosta said. “I think the team deserved a better position in the Championships. After the first phase, we played much better and were stronger but without luck in the match with Russia in the quarter finals.”

As well as the title on offer, Madrid 2018 offered a spot for the winners at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games which get underway in two years’ time. The place eventually went to Brazil after a convincing 2-0 over Argentina in the final.

But Acosta and his teammates are grateful to have had the chance to compete at home:

“It has been a n incredible and very rewarding experience. I had been playing since 2005 without playing an official international Championship in Spain and I really wanted to,” Rodriguez said.

“Madrid is also the city I live in. Having the support of your family and friends is very special. Also the students and workers of the Sacred Heart School [the venue of Madrid 2018] have given us a lot of support and love. I take a very special memory of all the people who have been supporting us during this World Championship.”

Spanish national team members also play in club teams throughout the season. As a side they train together twice a month at the Antonio Vicente Mosquete Sports and Cultural Complex. There they have the facilities to continue their preparations for major Championships.

Spain are now looking ahead to 2019 when they will get another chance to qualify. The winners of the European title, although the host has not yet been decided, will be heading to Tokyo 2020.< /p>

“Finally I have good vibes, we have demonstrated that we have a good team to keep on fighting, with clear goals, and a lot of experience,” Acosta said. “The level of the Championships has been quite well, but Brazil were superior to the rest.

“The qualification for the 2020 Paralympic Games is going to be complicated. In Europe there are several competitive teams, we must fight to play the final of the European Championship next year.”

Football will feature eight teams at Tokyo 2020.

*Editor's note: The International Paralympic Committee suspended the Russian Paralympic Committee on 7 August 2016 for its inability to fulfil its IPC membership responsibilities and obligations, in particular its obligation to comply with the IPC Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Code (to which it is also a signatory). As a result of the suspension, Russian athletes cannot enter IPC sanctioned events or competitions, including the Paralympic Games.

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Spain rejects extraditing 'Swiss Leaks' Hervé Falciani

The National Court said in a statement that it had already rejected his extradition in a previous case in 2013, adding there is no equivalent in Spanish law of the crime of "aggravated financial espionage" for which he was convicted in Switzerland.

The court argued that the crime "differs substantially with the Spanish offences that can be considered most similar, like 'disclosure' of secrets'."

Read also: 'I don't believe in Swiss justice' - HSBC whistleblower Falciani

Falciani was arrested in Madrid in April on his way to a conference on the need to protect whistleblowers and released on bail.

He had been convicted in absentia of financial espionage in Switzerland in 2015 for the scandal that became known as "Swiss Leaks".

A Swiss court handed him a five-year jail s entence but the 46-year-old has avoided Switzerland since.

The Franco-Italian national worked for the Swiss branch of HSBC and became known as the "the man who terrifies the rich" after leaking information in 2008 that alleged HSBC's Swiss private banking arm helped 79,000 clients evade billions of euros in taxes.

Read also: Switzerland remains top of 'financial secrecy ranking' as US rises to second

Falciani became an IT worker for HSBC in 2000 and moved to the bank's offices in Geneva in 2006.

There, he obtained access to encrypted customer information.

In 2008, he went to Lebanon with the information planning to sell the data, without success. Swiss authorities described it as "cashing in".

He then came back to Switzerland where he was under investigation and ended up leaving for France, where he passed on the pilfered information to tax authorities.

This led to the prosecution of tax evaders including Arlette Ricci, heir to France's Nina Ricci perfume empire, and the pursuit of Emilio Botin, the late chairman of the Spanish bank Santander.

Since then, he has become known as the "Snowden of tax evasion," in reference to former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, who in 2013 revealed the scope of the US government's electronic surveillance programme.

Falciani had already been arrested in Barcelona in July 2012 on an international warrant issued by Switzerland.

He then spent several months in a Spanish prison.

But in 2013, the National Court ended up refusing his extradition on the grounds that the charges he faced in Switzerland are not considered crimes under Spanish law.

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College Golf Star from Spain Killed in Iowa

A man believed to be homeless has been charged in the death of a college golf star who was attacked while playing on a course near Iowa State University in Ames Monday morning, police said Tuesday.

Collin Daniel Richards, 22, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the case. Ames police said Richards has no known address and appeared to be staying in an encampment in woods near the golf course.

On Monday, Celia Barquin Arozamena of Puente San Miguel, Spain, was stabbed in the head, neck and upper torso, and her body left in a pond, according to police. Officers were called to the Coldwater Golf Course after a golf bag was found on the course, but no golfer was nearby. Her body was found a distance away, and police said she "had been assaulted and died as a result."

Richards, who investigators said had a history of drug use and violence, was living in a homeless camp an d had recently told an acquaintance he wanted to “rape and kill a woman,” according a police report.

Celia Barquin Arozamena hits on to the ninth green during the first round of the U.S. Women's Open Championship golf tournament at Shoal Creek, May 31, 2018.
Celia Barquin Arozamena hits on to the ninth green during the first round of the U.S. Women's Open Championship golf tournament at Shoal Creek, May 31, 2018.

Arozamema, 22, was working toward joining the pro tour while finishing her degree. Earlier this year, she won an amateur tournament in Europe and and had competed in the U.S. Women’s Open Championship in Alabama. She was also a 2018 Big 12 champion and her college’s Female Athlete of the Year.

Her death was a shock to Ames, a small college town of 66,000.

"Celia had an infectious smile, a bub bly personality, and anyone fortunate enough to know her was blessed," Iowa State Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard said in a post on the university's sports website. "Our Cyclone family mourns the tragic loss of Celia, a spectacular student-athlete and ISU ambassador."

A judge ordered Richards jailed on a $5 million, cash-only bond during a court appearance Tuesday. If convicted, he will face a mandatory life sentence.

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