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Faldo likes Scott's chances of repeat Masters win

By Mark Lamport-Stokes AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - Nick Faldo is one of only three players who have claimed back-to-back Masters victories and he rates Adam Scott's prospects of joining that illustrious group as "good" in this week's edition. Scott has enhanced his status as one of the game's leading players with a superb run of form over the past year, but needs to avoid "getting wound up about defending" if he is to retain his Masters crown, according to Faldo.

Richard Branson eyes move into cruise ships

British multi-billionaire and founder of the Virgin group, Richard Branson, is looking to move into cruise shipping, he told the German business daily Handelsblatt on Wednesday. "We want to move into the cruise-shipping business with Virgin in the next few years," Branson said. "We are already in negotiations with shipyards in Italy and Germany on the construction of big ships for Virgin Cruises," he said, adding that the chances that a German company could win a contract were "very good."

UK court approves Savile compensation plan

Britain's High Court on Wednesday approved a compensation plan for the victims of former BBC broadcaster Jimmy Savile, who was revealed to be one of the country's most prolific sex offenders following his 2011 death. Judge Philip Sales accepted a deal reached between the executor of Savile's estate and lawyers representing alleged victims. The victims' legal team explained that the scheme would not guarantee payouts but would establish a framework for claims. "This is a great result for the victims of Jimmy Savile," said lawyer Liz Dux.

UK court approves Savile compensation plan

Britain's High Court on Wednesday approved a compensation plan for the victims of former BBC broadcaster Jimmy Savile, who was revealed to be one of the country's most prolific sex offenders following his 2011 death. Judge Philip Sales accepted a deal reached between the executor of Savile's estate and lawyers representing alleged victims. The victims' legal team explained that the scheme would not guarantee payouts but would establish a framework for claims. "This is a great result for the victims of Jimmy Savile," said lawyer Liz Dux.

Victims of BBC sex offender Savile were laughed at: report

By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Victims of Jimmy Savile, the former BBC TV presenter who after his death was unmasked as one of Britain's most prolific sex offenders, said they were ignored or laughed at when they tried to report that he had abused them, a report said on Monday. Last year, police said Savile, one of the country's best-known celebrities in the 1970s and 1980s, had sexually abused hundreds of victims, mainly youngsters, at hospitals and at BBC premises over six decades until his death aged 84 in 2011.

Hyundai announces long-term sponsorship deal with London's Tate Modern gallery

LONDON - Autos will help fund art in a long-term sponsorship deal announced Monday between Hyundai Motor Co. and Britain's Tate Modern gallery. Tate director Nicholas Serota said the South Korean carmaker would fund commissions for the gallery's Turbine Hall — "the symbolic heart of the building" — until 2025. The first exhibition will open next year. Hyundai Vice-Chairman Euisun Chung said the deal was an "inspiring collaboration bringing together two different industries — art and cars."

BBC staff 'turned blind eye' to Savile abuse

BBC staff turned a blind eye to the sexual abuse by star presenter Jimmy Savile of up to 1,000 girls and boys in the corporation's changing rooms and studios, according an internal inquiry leaked Sunday. The inquiry by former judge Janet Smith found Savile's behaviour had been recognised by executives at the world's biggest public broadcaster but they took no action to stop him, according to the Observer newspaper.

British TV show uncovers lost Van Dyck masterpiece

By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - A British television show dedicated to valuing people's usually modest antiques said on Sunday that it has uncovered a "hidden masterpiece" worth up to 400,000 pounds ($659,800). The painting by 17th-century Flemish artist Anthony van Dyck depicts a bearded Brussels magistrate wearing a ruff and was brought to the show by an English priest who bought it in an antiques shop for only 400 pounds.

Cricket: Lee could have killed Piers Morgan - Hadlee

"Incensed" New Zealand cricket great Richard Hadlee claims TV host Piers Morgan could have been killed by Brett Lee in an exhibition over and he wants the former Australian speedster punished. During Saturday's tea break in the England-Australia Ashes Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Lee left Morgan battered and bruised as he pounded the Englishman with an over of short-pitched deliveries. "As a former fast bowler I was appalled and outraged at what I witnessed," Hadlee said in a column written for Fairfax News.

Entertainer Rolf Harris faces three new sex assault charges

LONDON (Reuters) - Veteran Australian entertainer Rolf Harris is facing three more sex assault charges, including one allegedly involving a girl aged seven or eight, Britain's public prosecutor said on Monday. Harris, 83, was already facing 13 child sex offences, dating back to the 1980s, as part of an investigation that has led to the arrest of more than a dozen celebrities.
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