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Physical toll of football bothers Obama’s conscience

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is a big football fan with two daughters, but if he had a son, he said he’d “have to think long and hard” before letting him play football because of the physical toll the game takes.

“I think that those of us who love the sport are going to have to wrestle with the fact that it will probably change gradually to try to reduce some of the violence,” Obama told The New Republic.

“In some cases, that may make it a little bit less exciting, but it will be a whole lot better for the players, and those of us who are fans maybe won’t have to examine our consciences quite as much.”

In an interview in the magazine’s Feb. 11 issue, Obama said he worries more about college players than he does about those in the NFL.

“The NFL players have a union, they’re grown men, they can make some of these decisions on their own, and most of them are well-compensated for the violence they do to their bodies,” Obama said. “You read some of these stories about college players who undergo some of these same problems with concussions and so forth and then have nothing to fall back on. That’s something that I’d like to see the NCAA think about.”


Woods in control with 11 holes left to play today

SAN DIEGO – Everything became perfectly clear Sunday at Torrey Pines.

Tiger Woods was on his game and headed to yet another win.

Woods seized control in the fog-delayed Farmers Insurance Open with a 3-under 69 and a four-shot lead after the third round.

He stretched his lead to six shots through seven holes when the final round was suspended by darkness. He has 11 holes left to play when the tourney resumes today.

“It was a long day ... and I played well,” Woods said. “Overall, I’m very pleased that I was able to build on my lead.”

Thick fog washed out all of Saturday, forcing players to go from sunrise to sunset Sunday. They finished the third round, took about 30 minutes for lunch and went right back onto the golf course.

CBS Sports wants to televise the conclusion – no surprise with Woods in the lead – so the round will not resume until noon MST.

Woods was at 17-under par for the tournament.

Defending champion Brandt Snedeker was 4 under through 13 holes of the final round, and he was not making up much ground on Woods. Snedeker was at 11 under, along with Nick Watney, who was through eight holes.

ski racing

Maze thrills home fans with slalom win in Slovenia

MARIBOR, Slovenia – Overall World Cup leader Tina Maze rebounded from a close loss with an emphatic slalom victory before her home fans Sunday. The Slovenian now has won in four disciplines this season.

Maze, who lost Saturday’s giant slalom by 0.08 seconds to Lindsey Vonn, led after the opening run and finished her two runs in 1 minute, 33.68 seconds down the Radvanje course.

Frida Hansdotter of Sweden finished second, a distant 0.86 seconds behind. Kathrin Zettel of Austria was third, 1.13 back.

American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin of Vail moved up from 13th after the opening run to finish sixth and maintained a 13-point lead ahead of Maze in the slalom standings.

Hirscher thrills home fans with slalom win in Austria

KITZBUEHEL, Austria – Marcel Hirscher won a World Cup slalom for the 10th time in his career Sunday, drawing roars from a home crowd.

Hirscher became the first Austrian since Klaus Kroell in 2009 to win a race at the Hahnenkamm event, one of the classic stops on the men’s World Cup calendar.

Ivica Kostelic of Croatia won the combined, which adds the slalom results to those from Saturday’s downhill. He became the first skier to win that competition four consecutive years.

Associated Press