By Alex Prewitt March 23 (Washington Post) -- A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that a large majority of the general public opposes paying salaries to college athletes beyond the scholarships currently offered. Only 33 percent support paying college athletes. At 64 percent, opposition is nearly twice as high as support, with 47 percent strongly against the idea. Nearly every demographic and political group opposes it except non-whites, for whom 51 percent support. The breakdown among whites (73 percent oppose, 24 percent support) tilted strongly in the opposite direction, echoing the perspective of NCAA President Mark Emmert. "We have long heard from fans that there is little support for turning student-athletes into paid employees of their universities," Emmert said in a statement. "The overwhelming majority of student-athletes, across all sports, play college athletics as part of their educational experience and for the
Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams underlined their status as title favorites by cruising into the fourth round of tennis’s Australian Open with straight-set victories. Li Na and David Ferrer also advanced in Melbourne as yesterday’s temperatures topped 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) for the fourth consecutive day.
Five-time champion Serena Williams advanced to the fourth round of the Australian Open tennis tournament with ease as temperatures topped 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) for the fourth consecutive day. China’s Li Na also won.
Former World No. 1 tennis player Roger Federer was beaten by Juan Martin Del Potro in the final of the Swiss Indoors for the second straight year, prolonging his quest to secure a spot at the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals.