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By Andrew Chung WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Supreme Court justices walked a tightrope on Wednesday over government approval of offensive trademarks, expressing concern about endorsing racial slurs in brands and slogans while also worrying about protecting only positive words. The eight justices heard arguments in a case involving a Portland, Oregon-based Asian-American dance-rock band called The Slants that was denied a trademark on their name because the government deemed it offensive to people of Asian descent. The case, one of the most closely watched of the court's current term, could impact another high-profile dispute over the government's cancellation of the trademarks of the Washington Redskins of the National Football League for disparaging Native Americans.

"I'm sorry for my actions and behavior after Sunday's game," said Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown after posting a controversial video of coach Mike Tomlin's post-game locker room commentsPittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown has apologized for posting a video of coach Mike Tomlin's post-game locker room comments Sunday, harsh-language remarks that stirred an NFL uproar. After Pittsburgh's playoff victory at Kansas City set up next Sunday's showdown at New England for a Super Bowl berth, Brown streamed live on his Facebook account Tomlin firing up his players, including the comments that the NFL "spotted those assholes (New England) a day and a half" of preparation time.


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.


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.

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.


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