Obama attending Syracuse-Marquette basketball game

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is attending one of this weekend's big college basketball games.

The president is at Washington's Verizon Center to watch Syracuse and Marquette play for a berth in the Final Four of the NCAA basketball tournament.

Earlier Saturday, Obama played golf for the first time since automatic spending cuts known as the sequester went into effect on March 1.

Some conservatives have called on Obama to give up golf since popular public tours of the White House have been canceled because of the budget cuts. The White House has said the tours were canceled to keep Secret Service agents from being furloughed because of the spending reductions.

Obama played on the course at Andrews Air Force Base with a friend, Marty Nesbitt, and two White House aides.

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