The British government condemned racist taunts by fans in Spain aimed at black players on England's team during an exhibition game, and FIFA, soccer's governing body, ordered an investigation yesterday.
Fans repeatedly made monkey noises whenever Shaun Wright-Phillips and Ashley Cole touched the ball during Spain's 1-0 victory in Madrid on Wednesday night.
British Sports Minister Richard Caborn said he was writing to Spanish authorities to express "outrage" at the fans' behavior. Prime Minister Tony Blair's spokesman said his government was disappointed by the taunts.
Spanish Sports Minister Maria Jesus San Segundo said the incidents were "much regretted" and that Spain's Anti-Violence Commission would consider ways of preventing future racist taunts.
"There is no room whatsoever for racism or discrimination in our sport," FIFA President Sepp Blatter said.
Gordon Taylor, chief executive of England's Professional Footballers' Association, said England should have ordered its players off the field in protest. . . .
Landon Donovan was voted the U.S. soccer team player of the year, becoming the first three-time winner of the award.
The 22-year-old forward, the only player to win the award in consecutive years, in 2002 became the youngest to earn the honor. Eric Wynalda is the only other player to win the trophy more than once since it began in 1991, receiving it in 1992 and 1996.
Donovan finished with 355 points to 272 for DaMarcus Beasley and 131 for Carlos Bocanegra in voting by 204 media members.
* GOLF: Annika Sorenstam birdied four of the last five holes, twice with a 7-iron into greens surrounded by trouble, giving her a 6-under 66 and a one-shot lead after the first round of the season-ending ADT Championship in West Palm Beach, Fla.
Cristie Kerr had a 67, while Karrie Webb was among those at 68.
It was the lowest opening round in the ADT Championship since it moved four years ago to Trump International, a tough course with a few waterfalls for decoration and plenty of water hazards for intimidation. . . .
Two-time PGA Tour winner Olin Browne, Kelli Kuehne of the LPGA and two-time collegiate champion JJ Jakovac shot 6-under 66s to share the lead after the first round of the Pebble Beach Invitational in California.
Browne, the 2001 tournament winner who was 127th on this year's money list, had seven birdies and completed his round with a bogey.
Kuehne, winless on her tour since her only victory in 1999, had eight birdies and two bogeys.
Jakovac, who played in college at NCAA Division II Chico State University, had six birdies and no bogeys.
The tournament includes 54 pros from the PGA, LPGA, Champions and Nationwide tours, as well as mini-tour players, club pros and amateurs.
* OBITUARY: Mikael Ljungberg, who won a gold medal for Sweden in wrestling at the 2000 Olympics, has died. He was 34.
Ljungberg died Tuesday night at a hospital in Goteborg in southwestern Sweden, the Swedish Wrestling Federation said. The cause of death was not immediately released.
Ljungberg won the gold medal in the 213-pound (79kg) class at the Sydney Games.
* TENNIS: Top-seeded Roger Federer overcame a second-set lapse and remained unbeaten in the ATP Masters Cup Championships with a victory over Carlos Moya in Houston.
Federer, who won, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, is 3-0 in the Red Group of the tournament's round-robin format and is assured of the top billing for tomorrow's semifinals.
Earlier, second-seeded Andy Roddick beat Marat Safin, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-4), and is 2-0 in the Blue Group.
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