BARCELONA, Spain (AP) – Important titles secured, Barcelona and Sevilla aim to sweeten already successful seasons in the Copa del Rey final today. Barcelona are defending their domestic cup trophy at Vicente Calderon Stadium in Madrid, a week after winning a second straight Spanish league title. The Liga champions face a Sevilla side that is riding high after coming back in the second half to beat Liverpool 3-1 and clinch a third straight Europa League title last Wednesday. “It’s the last game of the season, everything has a beginning and an end, and we are heading into the match highly motivated to win another title,” Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said yesterday. Despite his team’s advantage of four more days of rest and preparation, Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta expects Sevilla to be a bigger threat after having retained the Europa League crown. “It makes them more dangerous,” Iniesta said. “They have already won a title and will be feeling great. This is a team that always plays us tough. It has great players and a coach that gives it a lot of character.” Sevilla have tested Barcelona three times this season. Barcelona needed extra time to edge Sevilla in a 5-4 shootout for the European Super Cup last August. Unai Emery’s side then dealt Barcelona a 2-1 loss in Seville before the Catalan club won 2-1 at its Camp Nou in their two league meetings. Barcelona will again look to its trio of star forwards to finish off the campaign with another trophy, adding the cup to the league, Club World Cup and European Super Cup titles. Striker Luis Suarez leads Barcelona with 59 total goals across all competitions, followed by Messi’s 41 and Neymar’s 30.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LINCOLN, Neb. – In a move decried by some as state-sponsored segregation, the Legislature voted Thursday to divide the Omaha school system into three districts – one mostly black, one predominantly white and one largely Hispanic. Supporters, including the bill’s sponsor and the Legislature’s lone black senator, said the plan would give minorities control over their own school board and ensure that their children are not shortchanged in favor of white youngsters. Republican Gov. Dave Heineman was expected to sign the measure into law. Omaha Sen. Pat Bourne decried the bill, saying, “We will go down in history as one of the first states in 20 years to set race relations back.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“History will not, and should not, judge us kindly,” said Sen. Gwen Howard of Omaha. Attorney General Jon Bruning sent a letter to one of the measure’s opponents, saying the bill could be in violation of the Constitution’s equal-protection clause and that lawsuits almost certainly will be filed. But its backers said that at the very least, its passage will force policymakers to negotiate seriously about the future of schools in the Omaha area. The breakup would not occur until July 2008.