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Williams says fan made at least one racist remark: American Serena Williams said a heckler bothered her throughout her match Monday at the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Fla., making at least one racist remark before he was ejected.

“The guy said, ‘Hit the net like any Negro would.’ I was shocked,” Williams said, later explaining she cleaned up her language for the news conference and that the man actually used a racist epithet. “I couldn’t believe it. I had to do a double take. I think I hit a double fault on that point.”

Williams won the third-round match against Czech player Lucie Safarova 6-3, 6-4. Williams complained late in the match to the chair umpire about the heckler.

“I shouldn’t have let it bother me, because growing up in Compton we had drive-bys,” said Williams, who was raised in Southern California. “I guess that’s what my dad prepared me for, but I’m not going to stand for it.”

Fans and security officials confirmed a man heckled Williams inappropriately, tournament director Adam Barrett said.

Federer hauls in awards: Roger Federer of Switzerland won a record four annual ATP awards — one for his tennis.

Federer received the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award for his charity and volunteer work in 2006. He received the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award, chosen by players, and was voted the fans’ favorite award for the fourth consecutive year. For the third year in a row, Federer was chosen player of the year.

American Mardy Fish was selected comeback player of the year.


Lake Nona sweeps: Henrik Stenson and Chris DiMarco routed Tiger Woods and John Cook 57-65 in best-ball play to help Lake Nona Golf and Country Club take a 10-0 lead over Isleworth after the first day of the two-day Tavistock Cup in Orlando, Fla.

College football

Heath dies: Leon Heath, a standout fullback at Oklahoma who played for coach Bud Wilkinson from 1948 to 1950, died Friday in Oklahoma City. He was 78.

Coe leaves Alabama State: Alabama State coach Charles Coe, unable to get timely assurance on a contract extension, said he is leaving to become wide-receivers coach for the NFL Oakland Raiders.


Team celebrated a birthday after loss to Germany: The Czech team was fined by the country’s soccer association for holding a party at the team’s hotel last weekend after losing to Germany 2-1 Saturday in Prague.

The association fined the team about $48,000 because the party to celebrate defender Tomas Ujfalusi’s 29th birthday “did not correspond to the proper behavior of a member of the Czech Republic’s national team,” Vaclav Tichy, an association spokesman, said.

Six prostitutes entered a room where several players were drinking amid loud music, the tabloid Sip reported, publishing pictures allegedly taken at the hotel.


IAAF reiterates its call for increase in doping bans: The International Association of Athletics Federations reiterated its call for an increase in doping bans from two to four years.

IAAF officials want the proposal to be included in the next version of the World Anti-Doping Code, which is to be ratified in November.

Horse racing

Harvard Avenue draws post 13: Harvard Avenue — bred and owned by Ron Crockett, president of Emerald Downs in Auburn — drew post 13 in a field of 16 for Saturday’s $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen, a straightaway 6-furlong race at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse.

Harvard Avenue, a 6-year-old gelding, is trained by California-based Doug O’Neill. Corey Nakatani is set to ride.

“We’re sending over a sharp horse,” O’Neill said. “He’s doing just great.”

Crockett and companion Wanda Shaw are to travel to Dubai today.

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