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Tiger Woods golfing at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Orlando in December 2020. Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Tiger Woods is "awake, responsive and recovering in his hospital room" after sustaining serious leg injuries in a rollover car crash in Los Angeles County, his team said in a statement early Wednesday.

The latest: Per the statement, the 45-year-old golfing great underwent "a long surgical procedure on his lower right leg and ankle" at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center Tuesday night.

  • Anish Mahajan, the center's chief medical officer and interim CEO, said in the statement Woods "suffered significant orthopaedic injuries to his right lower extremity that were treated during emergency surgery."
  • The medical team inserted a rod into his leg, while injuries to his foot and ankle bones were stabilized with screws and pins, Mahajan added.

The big picture: Woods' SUV traveled several hundred feet downhill following the rollover in the single-vehicle crash in Los Angeles County on Tuesday morning, the LA County Sheriff's Department said.

  • The department initially said Woods was removed from the wreck with the "jaws of life" but Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby later said a different tool was used to remove him, per NBC.
  • "Deputies at the time, they did not see any evidence of impairment," Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said at Tuesday afternoon's press conference.

What they're saying: "It's very fortunate that Mr. Woods was able to come out of this alive, because this is an accident prone stretch of road," said Deputy Carlos Gonzalez at a press conference Tuesday. "We've seen a number of accidents on this stretch of roadway."

This post has been updated with further information about the car crash from Los Angeles County officials and the Woods' team.

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The Lincoln Park Covid-19 vaccination site on February 19 in Los Angeles. Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

California residents in affluent communities are taking up COVID-19 vaccination appointments meant for underserved communities of color, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times.

Why it matters: Although Gov. Gavin Newsom has frequently stressed the importance of establishing equity in the state’s vaccine rollout, affluent white and Asian-American Californians are still receiving the vaccine at higher rates than Black and Latino residents in underserved areas, per the Times.

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White House senior adviser Cedric Richmond told "Axios on HBO" that it's "doable" for President Biden to make first-term progress on breaking down barriers for people of color, while Congress studies reparations for slavery.

Why it matters: Biden said on the campaign trail that he supports creation of a commission to study and develop proposals for reparations — direct payments for African-Americans.

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Any future real-world conflict between the United States and an adversary like China or Russia will have direct impacts on regular Americans because of the risk of cyber attack, Kevin Mandia, CEO of cybersecurity company FireEye, tells "Axios on HBO."

What they're saying: "The next conflict where the gloves come off in cyber, the American citizen will be dragged into it, whether they want to be or not. Period."