- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 1, 2009

LONDON (AP) - He says he’s taken enough flak for making his NCAA college basketball selections, so President Barack Obama says he’s not about to wade into European soccer _ or, as he correctly called it in London, “football.”

He was asked at a news conference Wednesday with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown whether he had a “good luck message” for the team from England, which is playing Ukraine later in the day in a World Cup qualifying match.

Obama says his college basketball predictions, in which he envisioned North Carolina taking the championship, caused “all kinds of controversy.”

And he says although he “didn’t get a briefing” on it, he knows it would “be a mistake” to offer his views on soccer.

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