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Rankings mover of the week: Dennis Novikov (up)

May 20, 2015

   Dennis Novikov cracked the top 200 in the world in doubles for the first time by reaching the semifinals of the $47,250 Heilbronn (Germany) Challenger on indoor clay last week with Alessandro Motti of Italy.   Novikov, 21, of San...

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TV schedule, calendar

May 20, 2015

TV SCHEDULE(All broadcasts on Tennis Channel; all times in California)    Thursday   Geneva (men), early rounds, 4-10 a.m. (delay).   Geneva (men), quarterfinals, 1-3 p.m. (delay).   Nurnberg (women), quarterfina...

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Traveling solo takes a special mindset

May 20, 2015
Traveling solo takes a special mindset

  I was a late arrival to international traveling. I spent most of my adult years imagining myself as an adventurous fellow, but I always found excuses to avoid trips to far-off places. Part of the reason was a fear … Continue reading

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Altamirano adds NCAA team title to resume

May 19, 2015
Altamirano adds NCAA team title to resume

Sacramento's Collin Altamirano, the 2013 USTA 18-and-under champion, helped No. 3 Virginia topple No. 1 Okla-homa 4-1 for the NCAA title. 2014 photo by Paul Bauman   Collin Altamirano is building quite an amateur resume.   The 19-ye...

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Novikov falls in French Open qualifying; Bellis to play

May 19, 2015

   Dennis Novikov had a tough assignment in his French Open debut.   The 21-year-old San Jose resident lost to No. 31 seed Facundo Arguello, who grew up playing on clay in Argentina, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 today in the first round of qualify...

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Novikov to play 31st seed in French Open qualifying

May 19, 2015

   Dennis Novikov of San Jose will face 31st-seeded Facundo Arguello of Argentina for the first time today in the opening round of French Open qualifying in Paris.   The 21-year-old Novikov is ranked a career-high No. 185. Arguello,...

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Altamirano helps Virginia reach NCAA final

May 19, 2015
Altamirano helps Virginia reach NCAA final

One second after a teammate's victory, Collin Altamiranoof Sacramento clinched No. 3 Virginia's win over No. 2and host Baylor. 2014 photo by Paul Bauman    It happened within one second.   Mitchell Frank and Sacramento's Collin Alta...

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Trip to Costa Rica begins with exploding volcano

May 18, 2015

The two-week adventure trip to Costa Rica began with a bang: Just as our plane had begun its initial descent into the airport at San Jose, the pilot announced that a volcano near the capital had exploded. The airport was … Continue reading

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Stanford women fall in NCAA quarterfinals

May 17, 2015

   The Stanford women's magic ran out.   The 14th-ranked Cardinal lost to No. 7 Georgia 4-1 today in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament in Waco, Texas.   Freshman Kennedy Shaffer provided the clincher, holding o...

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Altamirano, Virginia face battle in NCAA semifinals

May 17, 2015
Altamirano, Virginia face battle in NCAA semifinals

Collin Altamirano of Sacramento and No. 3 Virginiawill face No. 2 Baylor, playing on its home courts,in Monday's NCAA semifinals in Waco, Texas.2014 photo by Paul Bauman   The picnic is over for Sacramento's Collin Altamirano and the Virginia...

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