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Football: Salzburg win Austrian title in record time

Red Bull Salzburg wrapped up the Austrian Bundesliga title in record time on Sunday after a 5-0 win over Wiener Neustadt sealed the crown with eight games to go. With a 27-point lead on second-placed Groedig, Salzburg are assured of lifting the Austrian title for the fifth time since 2007. It is the first time the Austrian title has been decided this early in the season. Roger Schmidt's side have dominated this season with 22 wins in 28 Bundesliga ties and just two losses.

NBC's 'Sound of Music' live telecast was Thursday's favourite thing with 18.5 million viewers

NEW YORK, N.Y. - "The Sound of Music" has the sound of a hit for NBC. The Nielsen ratings company says nearly 18.5 million viewers tuned to Thursday night's live telecast of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. Although a preliminary audience average, NBC says the figure is expected to hold up as a measure of the three-hour production's viewership. "The Sound of Music Live!" starred Carrie Underwood in the role of Maria. Stephen Moyer, of HBO's "True Blood", played Capt. Von Trapp.

Wagner, Verdi and Buddhism at Salzburg Festival

The 93rd world-famous Salzburg Festival devoted to classical music, opera and drama opened Friday, with this year Wagner and Verdi in focus as well as a sprinkling of Buddhist music. As part of events worldwide in 2013 marking 200 years since their births, Salzburg will see performances of Wagner's "The Mastersingers of Nuremberg" and "Rienzi" and of "Don Carlo" and "Falstaff" by Verdi.

Austria's ruling party loses Salzburg poll after finance scandal

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria's ruling Social Democrats lost control of Salzburg to its junior coalition partner on Sunday in the wake of a finance scandal, dealing it a blow in the last provincial poll before national elections. The center-left Social Democrats' (SPO) share of the vote in Salzburg collapsed to 24 percent from 39 percent in 2009, according to exit polls. The conservative People's Party (OVP) took control with 30 percent, down from 36 percent.

"Grey mouse" denies secret dealings in Austria scandal

* Salzburg official accused of secret financial trading * Sacked finance manager says bosses knew of all her deals * Experts investigating province's finances * Auditors cite opaque accounts, lax controls By Michael Shields SALZBURG, Austria, Jan 25 (Reuters) - An Austrian provincial official accused of secret financial dealings more typical of hedge funds went public on Friday, saying her bosses knew all about the speculative investments and exotic currency trades.
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