Maniche released from Atletico contract

MADRID - Atletico Madrid have released Maniche from the last two months of his contract, the Primera Liga club said on Tuesday. The out-of-favour Portugal midfielder, who has had a number of run-ins with Atletico, was dropped from the side last week as a punishment for breaking club rules. The 31-year-old won the UEFA Cup and Champions League with Porto before joining the Spanish team from Dynamo Moscow in 2006 on a three-year contract.