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Sports briefs: Obama calls for more concussion research
First Published May 29 2014 06:54 pm • Last Updated May 29 2014 11:13 pm

Youth sports • President Barack Obama called Thursday for more robust research into youth concussions, saying there remains deep uncertainty over both the scope of the troubling issue and the long-term impacts on young people.

"We want our kids participating in sports," Obama said as he opened a daylong summit on concussions at the White House. "As parents though, we want to keep them safe and that means we have to have better information."

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The summit signaled an effort by Obama to use the power of the presidency to elevate a national conversation over youth concussions. The White House brought together representatives of professional sports leagues, coaches, parents, young athletes, medical professionals and others for the event.

Oregon beats Florida State on one-hitter

College softball • Sophomore left-hander Cheridan Hawkins threw a one-hitter and top-seeded Oregon beat Florida State 3-0 on Thursday in Oklahoma City in the opening round of the Women’s College World Series. Alexa Peterson had a pair of hits, including a run-scoring double for Oregon (55-7-1), which set a single-season program record for wins.

In Thursday’s other game, Kelsey Nunley threw a one-hitter, Lauren Cumbess homered and had an RBI double and Kentucky won the first Women’s College World Series game in program history, beating Louisiana-Lafayette 4-1.




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