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Lionel Messi, Barcelona Upset by Valencia in Copa del Rey Final

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Denis Doyle/Getty Images Valencia upset holders Barcelona 2-1 in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday, denying the Blaugrana a domestic double and fifth cup win in a row.Kevin Gameiro gave Los Che a deserved advantage after 21 minutes, and Rodrigo punished more poor defending to double the lead before half-time.Lionel Messi converted from close range to halve the deficit after 73 minutes, but Barcelona’s comeback fell short.The Catalans could have won their fourth domestic double in five years on Saturday after securing the 2018-19 La Liga title in April.Barcelona Must Break the Bank for De LigtWhile Valencia may have won the Copa del Rey on Saturday, perhaps the biggest winner wasn’t even on the pitch.Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt has been linked to the Blaugrana for months now, but according to Catalan radio station RAC1 (h/t Sport Witness), Manchester United are now the favourites for his signature because they’re offering him and his agent, Mino Raiola, much better terms.Sport Witne…

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Bill Yoast Dies at 94; HSFB Coach Portrayed in ‘Remember the Titans’ Movie

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JOYCE NALTCHAYAN/Getty Images Former T.C. Williams coach Bill Yoast, who was a key figure in Disney’s Remember the Titans movie, died Thursday at the age of 94. 

Per Alexandria City Public Schools, Yoast was living at the Aarondale Retirement and Assisted Living facility in Virginia when he died. No cause of death was given. From 1971-96, Yoast served as the T.C. Williams football team’s defensive coach, also coaching the track and field and golf teams during that 25-year period. He won a regional football championship in 1969 as head coach at Francis C. Hammond High School. In an interview with Jacob Bogage of the Washington Post, Herman Boone, who was head football coach at T.C. Williams from 1971-79, explained how their relationship evolved:“No doubt, the beginning of our relationship was rocky. I didn’t know Yoast. Yoast didn’t know me. I knew that Hammond had no black athletes and I didn’t know if coach Yoast had anything to do with that. But we got to [training camp] and became ro…

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Trump opens state visit to Japan with jab at trade imbalance

US President Donald Trump urged Japanese business leaders on Saturday to increase their investment in the United States while he chided Japan for having a “substantial edge” on trade that negotiators were trying to even out in a bilateral deal.Trump arrived in Japan on Saturday for a largely ceremonial state visit meant to showcase strong ties despite simmering trade tensions.Japan’s trade minister said no trade agreement is expected during the Trump visit.Shortly after arriving to a red-carpet welcome at the airport, Trump attended a reception at the residence of US Ambassador William Hagerty that the White House said included Japanese business executives from Toyota, Nissan, Honda, SoftBank and Rakuten.Trump told the company officials “there’s never been a better time” to invest or do business in the US and repeated a complaint that the Federal Reserve’s policies had kept the country’s economic growth from reaching its full potential.Trump said the US and Japan “are hard at work” ne…