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FBI Investigating Ray Lewis Threats

Sunday, February 13, 2005; Page E04

The FBI is investigating two e-mails that allegedly threatened Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, a federal law enforcement spokesman said yesterday.

The e-mails were traced to Akron, Ohio, and agents executed a search warrant there Wednesday, said Robert Hawk, a spokesman for the FBI's Cleveland office.

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The Baltimore Sun, citing an anonymous official with knowledge of the case, reported that the person suspected of sending the e-mail is believed to be related to one of two men killed in a fight in 2000.

Lewis was charged with murder along with two other men after the fight.

Charges against Lewis were subsequently dropped and he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor obstruction of justice charges. He was sentenced to a year of probation. . . .

The New England Patriots promoted Eric Mangini to defensive coordinator, succeeding new Cleveland Browns coach Romeo Crennel.

Mangini, who was the Patriots' defensive backfield coach, was pursued by Crennel and the Miami Dolphins.

But Patriots Coach Bill Belichick, playing at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament in California, told CBS that Mangini was taking over for Crennel.

• SOCCER: Jaime Moreno, Freddy Adu and Josh Gros scored as D.C. United beat the University of South Florida, 3-0, in Bradenton, Fla., to improve its preseason record to 3-0.

"Today's game was good for us," United Coach Peter Nowak said. "We were able to get a group of guys a lot of minutes and we'll be able to do the same for another group tomorrow. We still have a lot of work to do, however."

United will participate in the Tom Fitzgerald Memorial Soccer Festival today. Fitzgerald, a former Columbus Crew coach, died in a motorcycle accident in December. . . .

Eidur Gudjohnsen's second-half goal against 10-man Everton lifted front-running Chelsea to a 1-0 victory, giving the visiting Blues a 12-point lead as they continued toward their first English league title in 50 years.

Everton stayed with Chelsea at Goodison Park despite playing a man short after JamesBeattie was sent off in the eighth minute for head-butting defender William Gallas.

Gudjohnsen scored on a tap-in in the 69th minute -- his 11th of the season -- to give Chelsea 68 points with 11 league games remaining. Manchester United has 56, with defending champion Arsenal at 54. Everton has 48 followed by Liverpool (43).

United will play today at Manchester City and Arsenal will be home against Crystal Palace tomorrow.

Carlos Bocanegra started for Fulham and Eddie Lewis started for Preston North End, both having rushed back after starting for the United States on Wednesday in its 2-1 World Cup qualifying win at Trinidad and Tobago. Fulham beat Derby, 4-2. Preston North End defeated Queens Park Rangers, 2-1.

In Germany, Gerald Asamoah and Ebbe Sand scored on near identical headers and Schalke trounced Wolfsburg, 3-0, to pull even on points with Bayern Munich atop the Bundesliga. . . .

The referee who took bribes to fix German games was arrested and charged with fraud, and investigators said more people and matches could be involved than previously thought.

Robert Hoyzer was charged with eight counts of fraud, prosecutors said. The 25-year-old has admitted rigging four games in return for $85,000 from a gambling syndicate led by three Croatian brothers, who have been arrested. He tried to manipulate two other games without success, and in one game his help wasn't needed.

TENNIS: Second-seeded Gaston Gaudio beat Spaniard Alberto Martin, 6-3, 6-4, setting up an all-Argentine final at the ATP Buenos Aires.

In the earlier semifinal, Mariano Puerta defeated countryman Jose Acasuso, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5).

Loudly cheered by 6,000 fans packing Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club, Gaudio prevailed with fewer errors in a clay-court match featuring long rallies and mostly baseline play. Gaudio scored with good shot placement into the corners and took the first set with two service breaks.

Martin occasionally had Gaudio in trouble with strong backhand shots, though blustery winds on a hot summer day posed problems for both players.

HOCKEY: Three NHL players, in Europe during the lockout, were suspended for the rest of the season by Sweden's ice hockey federation after being accused of rape.

Kristian Huselius and Andreas Lilja of the Florida Panthers, and Buffalo Sabres defenseman HenrikTallinder reportedly told police they had consensual sex with the 22-year-old woman in their hotel room after meeting her in a bar early Wednesday.

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