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KARL FINED: Milwaukee Bucks coach George Karl, fired by Seattle after the 1997-98 season, was fined $50,000 by the NBA for his criticism of the SuperSonics and general manager Wally Walker.


MARIS FAMILY SUIT: Former home run king Roger Maris' family will seek $2.5 billion in a breach-of-contract lawsuit against beer giant Anheuser-Busch, their attorney said.

The family members took over the lucrative Ocala-Gainesville beer distributorship after Maris' death in 1985, but Anheuser-Busch canceled the deal soon afterward.

The Maris family lost a related case against the St. Louis-based corporation in federal court last year. The latest lawsuit is scheduled to begin April 30 in Alachua County Circuit Court.


GOLFER GETS $1.2 MILLION: A golfer will receive $1.2 million for the vision she lost in one eye after a shot struck her as she stood on a green, her lawyer said.

Terri Deeb will receive $925,000 from Elks Lodge Golf Course near Rochester and $275,000 from the golfer who hit the errant shot, Sonney Mosley.


MASTERS SERIES: Venus and Serena Williams each lost just three games in the quarterfinals of the Masters Series tournament to set up a sibling showdown that is a reprise of last year's Wimbledon semifinals.

Venus Williams overpowered Elena Dementieva 6-0, 6-3, and Serrena Williams beat Lindsay Davenport by breezing to a 6-1, 6-2 win, her sixth in eight matches against Davenport.

In the men's second round, Andre Agassi beat Tommy Haas 7-6 (5), 6-3; Pete Sampras defeated Fabrice Santoro 6-3, 3-6, 6-0; and top-ranked Gustavo Kuerten beat Taylor Dent 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-2.