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Football: AVB the key to Zenit's title push - Hulk

Andre Villas-Boas has 'lit up' Zenit Saint Petersburg since his appointment as manager of the Russian title chasers, the club's Brazilian striker Hulk claims. Hulk's hat-trick in Saturday's 4-1 win over FC Krasnodar left Zenit leading the league by one point from Lokomotiv Moscow. Since Villas-Boas, sacked by Tottenham in December, was appointed last month Zenit have gone on a four-match winning spree. And Hulk, who has scored seven goals and made five assists in that period, says the credit should go to his former boss at Porto.

'Captain America' shoots to record box office debut

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" shot straight to the top of North America's box office in its debut weekend -- and scored the biggest April opening of all time, figures showed Monday. The superhero saga from Disney's Marvel Studios, starring Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson, pulled in a hefty $95 million, box office tracker Exhibitor Relations said. The critically-praised movie has made $207 million outside the United States, for a global take so far of $303.3 million, it said.

'Captain America' sets box office record, leaps past 'Noah'

By Ronald Grover and Chris Michaud LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," the sequel to Marvel's 2011 film about the red, white and blue superhero, smashed its way to $96.2 million in weekend ticket sales, setting a new record for an April release and speeding past last week's winner, "Noah."

'Captain America' sets box office record as it leaps past 'Noah'

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," the sequel to Marvel's 2011 film about the Red, White and Blue super hero, smashed its way to $96.2 million in weekend ticket sales, setting a new record for an April release and speeding past last week's winner, "Noah." The film, which stars Chris Evans as a scrawny World War Two reject given super powers from an experimental serum, easily exceeded the April take for the racing movie "Fast Five," which collected $86.2 million in ticket sales in April 2011.

Chris Evans on 'Captain America' and handling fame

By Lisa Richwine LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - With a suit of stars and stripes, and a loyal Marvel fan base behind him, actor Chris Evans once again brandishes the shield of superhero Captain America in a new film. In real life, the actor finds himself at odds with the demands of fame. Walt Disney Co's Marvel Studios sequel "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," out in U.S. and Canadian theaters on Friday, thrusts the patriotic superhero into battle with an elusive enemy.

Lights out for Earth Hour's global crowdfunding call

Iconic landmarks around the world were plunged into darkness Saturday as lights went out in thousands of places as part of a global fundraising drive for local environmental projects. New York's Empire State Building, the ancient Acropolis in Athens, Rio's Christ the Redeemer statue and Sydney's Opera House were among those blacked out for 60 minutes at 8:30 pm local time for the annual Earth Hour.

Rescuer reunited with woman he saved from U.S. mudslide with her painting

By Bryan Cohen ARLINGTON, Washington (Reuters) - In the terrifying moments after she somehow emerged alive from the wall of mud and debris that swallowed her house, the only possession that Robin Youngblood managed to salvage was a painted portrait that once hung in her now-flattened home.

Elsa Pataky gives birth to twins

Los Angeles, Mar 21 (EFE).- Spanish actress Elsa Pataky gave birth Friday to twins at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to a report posted on the TMZ Web page, which noted that the delivery took place under strong security measures. The husband of the star of the "Fast and Furious" saga, actor Chris Hemsworth ("Thor"), was at the hospital when the babies were born. Two bodyguards kept watch at the door to Pataky's room, while Hemsworth walked up and down the nearby corridors with an escort, according to TMZ.

Elsa Pataky gives birth to twins

Los Angeles, Mar 21 (EFE).- Spanish actress Elsa Pataky gave birth Friday to twins at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to a report posted on the TMZ Web page, which noted that the delivery took place under strong security measures. The husband of the star of the "Fast and Furious" saga, actor Chris Hemsworth ("Thor"), was at the hospital when the babies were born. Two bodyguards kept watch at the door to Pataky's room, while Hemsworth walked up and down the nearby corridors with an escort, according to TMZ.

US teen daredevil climbs to top of World Trade Center

A teenager evaded security in the middle of the night and managed to climb to the top of the new World Trade Center tower in New York, authorities said Thursday. The 16-year-old was arrested Sunday at 6:00 am (1000 GMT) and charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass, said Joe Pentagelo, a spokesman for the Port Authority, which owns the World Trade Center. The teen, whose name has not been made public, said he climbed through a gap in the fence around the construction zone at One World Trade Center and then climbed a scaffolding to the sixth floor.
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