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Joint leaders of Volvo Ocean Race quit with broken mast

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Hours after a Chinese team suffered a staggering setback when its mast broke in the remote Southern Ocean, the youngest crew in the Volvo Ocean Race experienced one of sailing’s rarest and toughest feats when it rounded treacherous Cape Horn at the bottom of South America.

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Alcoholism, violence and neglect: life as George Best’s son

An April 7, 1978 file photo showing Pele, left, and former Irish  soccer star George Best, smiling together during an awards luncheon for Pele in Los Angeles. Approaching the tenth anniversary of the death in November 2005, His son Calum is telling the full story of their turbulent father-son relationship for the first time. "Although he was on this pedestal of being this amazing, iconic footballer, which I will always be proud of, there's a darker side to it," he says. "My dad suffered from a drink problem, which meant we suffered, which meant our relationship suffered."(AP Photo/George Brich, File)

LONDON (AP) — There’s one place where the memory of George Best is forever of the stylish winger who bamboozled defenders and thrilled fans. Immortalized in bronze outside Old Trafford, a statue featuring Best is as much as a crowd-puller as the Manchester United icon was in his footballing prime.

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Russia Football Union appoints new anti-racism leader

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Football Union has appointed its first dedicated anti-racism official in an effort to crack down on discrimination ahead of the World Cup.

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Former FIFA official Fernando loses appeal against life ban

GENEVA (AP) — A former FIFA executive committee member lost his appeal against a life ban for corruption in a long-running case of alleged bribery in a 2009 election.

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Review: ‘Woman in Gold,’ a remarkable story lifelessly told

This photo provided by The Weinstein Company shows, Helen Mirren, left, and Ryan Reynolds, in a scene from the film, "Woman in Gold."  (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company, Robert Viglasky)

“Woman in Gold” has a rich story to tell. The true account of Maria Altmann’s fight to reclaim a famed Gustav Klimt painting of her aunt, “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I,” first stolen by the Nazis and then appropriated by Austria after the war, is laced with riveting history, deep and complex emotion, and fascinating bureaucracy. Yet director Simon Curtis’s rendering of Altmann’s tale, though respectful and pretty, is somehow lifeless.

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