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  1. U.S. Supreme Court justices fret over offensive trademarks

    By Andrew Chung WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices on Wednesday appeared concerned about allowing federal trademarks for racial slurs in a case involving an Asian-American rock band called The Slants that could impact the high-profile dispute over the name of the NFL's Washington Redskins. The eight justices heard arguments in the Obama administration's appeal of a lower court ruling last year that sided with the Portland-based band in its free-speech challenge to part of the 1946 law governing federal trademarks. The Redskins separately challenged the law on free speech grounds, but the Supreme Court declined to take up that case.
  2. Striking balance to test top players in golf difficult: Adam Scott

    File photo of Team USA vice-captain Tiger Woods talking at the 13th green during the practice round for the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in ChaskaBy John O'Brien SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Golf has come a long way since Tiger Woods changed the nature of the sport following his maiden major triumph 20 years ago - courses are longer, players are fitter and equipment is advancing as quickly as technology will allow. When Woods won the 1997 U.S. Masters with a staggering 18-under total it appeared no course could withstand the best in the game. Players admit that while the weather is one of the major factors in determining the outcome of a tournament, courses do not have to be outrageously long to offer up any sort of resistance to the current crop of top professionals.


  3. Golf-Striking balance to test top players difficult - Scott

    By John O'Brien SINGAPORE, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Golf has come a long way since Tiger Woods changed the nature of the sport following his maiden major triumph 20 years ago - courses are longer, players are fitter and equipment is advancing as quickly as technology will allow. When Woods won the 1997 U.S. Masters with a staggering 18-under total it appeared no course could withstand the best in the game. Players admit that while the weather is one of the major factors in determining the outcome of a tournament, courses do not have to be outrageously long to offer up any sort of resistance to the current crop of top professionals.
  4. Tiger Wood praised for raising the stakes

    Tiger Woods, a 14-time major winner, is returning after a long injury layoff and launches his 2017 campaign at Torrey Pines in California next weekTiger Woods' return can only mean good things for golf which reaped the rewards of his popularity, former world number one Ernie Els said Wednesday. Woods, a 14-time major winner, is returning after a long injury layoff and launches his 2017 campaign at Torrey Pines in California next week. Els, a four-time major winner himself, said the current crop of players had a lot to thank Woods for.


  5. Police say 526 possible victims in UK soccer abuse scandal, 184 suspects

    Former footballer Andy Woodward poses for a portrait at the launch of The Offside Trust, an independent group set up to support players and their families who have suffered abuse, in Manchester northern EnglandBritish police investigating allegations of widespread child sex abuse at soccer clubs dating back to the 1970s said on Wednesday they had now identified 184 potential suspects and 526 victims, adding other sports had also been implicated in the scandal. Police forces across the country launched inquiries after former player Andy Woodward revealed in November he had been abused as a boy by a youth team coach, prompting other ex-professionals to come forward with allegations. Victims say the scale of wrongdoing is likely to be worse than in the case of TV star Jimmy Savile, a cigar-chomping BBC television host who abused hundreds of youngsters over six decades until his death in 2011.



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