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Football: Violence, cash problems hit Brazilian soccer

Brazil has the best footballers but a championship confronting violence, racism and money problems. The country that will host the World Cup finals from June 12 has a chaotic football industry. It ought to be different. "With the players who are produced here, Brazil ought to have the best league in the world," according to Dutch star Clarence Seedorf, who this year became coach at AC Milan after playing for Rio side Botafogo.

Football: Violence, cash problems hit Brazilian soccer

Brazil has the best footballers but a championship confronting violence, racism and money problems. The country that will host the World Cup finals from June 12 has a chaotic football industry. It ought to be different. "With the players who are produced here, Brazil ought to have the best league in the world," according to Dutch star Clarence Seedorf, who this year became coach at AC Milan after playing for Rio side Botafogo.

Ex-BP employee charged over BP stock sales after spill

Regulators Thursday charged a former BP employee who worked on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill with insider trading after he sold $1 million worth of BP stock days after the disaster. Keith Seilhan, who coordinated BP's cleanup of the giant oil spill, sold his family's entire portfolio of BP stock over two days in late April 2010 after he learned the spill was far bigger than BP was saying publicly, according to the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

Amid frigid winter, Goldman, Morgan Stanley see commodity gains

By David Sheppard and Lauren Tara LaCapra LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs <GS.N> and Morgan Stanley <MS.N> both cited stronger commodities trading as a bright spot in the first quarter, aided in part by extraordinary volatility caused by the coldest U.S. winter in three decades.

San Diego Padres - PlayerWatch

RHP Casey Kelly, who had Tommy John surgery on April 1, 2013, successfully completed a simulated game at the Padres' spring base in Peoria, Ariz. He will likely have one more simulated game before starting a rehab assignment. LF Tommy Medica's homer in the second inning was his fourth in 28 career games, the fifth-highest total over the first 28 games of a career in franchise history. 1B Dave Staton holds the record with seven, followed by five apiece for C Benito Santiago, 3B Chase Headley and C Yasmani Grandal.

Cleveland Indians - PlayerWatch

RHP Zach McAllister won his second consecutive start on Wednesday with six strong innings against Detroit. He gave up one run and struck out four while throwing 97 pitches. McAllister threw 7 2/3 shutout innings in his previous outing against San Diego. "I was able to make the adjustments I wanted to in that previous start, got the ball down, and I was able to carry that over to (Wednesday)," he said.

2 Dead after fishing boat capsizes off coast of Spain

Oviedo, Spain, Apr 17 (EFE).- Two people were dead and three others missing Thursday after a Portuguese-flagged fishing vessel capsized 20 miles off the coast of northern Spain. Seven of the 12 people aboard the trawler Mar Nosso were rescued by the crew of another fishing boat, a spokesman for Spanish Maritime Rescue told Efe. The 32-meter (105-ft.) vessel is based in the Spanish port of Marin and has a crew of five Spaniards and seven Portuguese nationals, Efe learned from sources in the area's fishing industry.

Ebola virus circulating in Guinea is new strain

The virus that has caused a deadly Ebola epidemic in Guinea is a new strain that emerged locally, possibly transmitted by fruit bats, virologists have said. The outbreak is the first to be recorded in west Africa, but researchers said the virus causing it did not come from other countries where Ebola already circulates. An international team of scientists unravelled the genome of the virus and found it to be distinct from strains in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Gabon, though they share an ancestor.

Cannes festival lineup mixes Hollywood star power, world cinema

By Alexandria Sage PARIS (Reuters) - Hollywood star power will vie with world cinema and a large crop of French films, including New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard's latest, for the top prize next month at the 67th Cannes film festival, the world's most important cinema showcase. Godard's "Adieu au Langage" will bring the accustomed Gallic flair to the swanky festival on the palm-lined French Riviera, whose top Palme d'Or prize can significantly boost a movie's revenue and awards potential.

Cannes film festival launches race for 2014 Palme d'Or

Movies by David Cronenberg, Jean-Luc Godard, Mike Leigh and Ken Loach are among the films selected to compete for the top Palme d'Or prize at next month's Cannes Film Festival, organisers said on Thursday. After months of speculation, just 18 of the more than 1,700 films submitted were rewarded with a berth in a line-up packed with Cannes' signature mix of established names and arthouse "auteurs".
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