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Andy Roddick presses, Rafael Nadal folds at Sony Ericsson Open


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Roddick Presses Nadal to reach final

KEY BISCAYNE — Finding himself overpowered by Rafael Nadal early in their Sony Ericsson Open semifinal Friday, Andy Roddick decided to charge ahead instead of retreat.

"It's kind of like driving into head-on traffic," said the sixth-seeded Roddick, who repeatedly went to the net and rallied 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 to reach this final for the first time since he won in 2004.

Once Roddick fell behind, he became more aggressive, even following his second serve to the net on occasion. Momentum turned when he won the last 11 points of the second set, including a 143-mph serve for a winner to tie the match. Then he won 12 points at the net in the final set. "I took a lot of risks there in the last two sets," he said. "I rolled the dice a lot and came up Yahtzee a couple times."

Roddick will try for his first Masters 1000 title since August 2006 in Cincinnati when he plays Sunday against Tomas Berdych, who beat Robin Soderling 6-2, 6-2. Berdych, who upset top-ranked Roger Federer in the fourth round, broke serve four times and faced only one break point.

The crowd included Tiger Woods' wife, Elin Nordegren (sans wedding ring), and son Charlie, who watched under an awning at skybox level. Woods has attended in the past to root for Federer.

Venus Williams meets Justine Henin in today's women's final.

… Organizers of the Meineke Bowl terminated their title sponsorship agreement effective after this year's game, which means there will likely be a new name for the Charlotte, N.C., event in 2011..

et cetera

Horses: Blind Luck won the $300,000 Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said the horse is pointed to the Kentucky Oaks, not the Kentucky Derby.

Soccer: Striker Wayne Rooney of Manchester United of the English Premier League will be out 2-3 weeks with minor ligament damage to his right ankle but should be ready for England's World Cup opener June 12 vs. the United States.

Track: Gators running back Jeff Demps ran the fastest 100-meter time in the world this year at the Florida Relays in Gainesville, clocking 10.11 seconds. Jamaica's Nesta Carter had run 10.15 in January.

Antonya English, Times staff writer; Times wires

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ESPN's Erin Andrews receives death threats

ESPN college sports reporter and Dancing With the Stars contestant Erin Andrews has been receiving death threats in a stream of e-mails to a media outlet, her attorney said.

Marshall Grossman said that the media outlet, which he did not identify, had received at least a dozen e-mails since September. The most recent were explicitly violent and "threatened Erin with murder," Grossman said.

The messages discuss the case of Michael David Barrett, who was sentenced last month to 2½ years in federal prison for secretly shooting nude videos of Andrews. The FBI has been notified, Grossman said, and the man's identity is known to law enforcement. He added that Andrews has no plans of quitting the show.

More football: Gators senior receiver Carl Moore returned to spring practice after leaving abruptly Saturday, then missing two days this week. "Guys have things to take care of once in a while," coach Urban Meyer said.

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