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No. 1 USC men rout Stanford; Sac State men, women win

Feb 28, 2015

   The 37th-ranked Stanford men had their winning streak stopped at five matches, losing 6-1 to No. 1 USC in Los Angeles on Friday.   The Cardinal (6-3) won the doubles point against the Trojans (10-1), who have won five of the last...

Book review: "Locker Room Power"

Feb 26, 2015

   Many, if not all, matches are won or lost before a player steps on the court.   That's the underlying theme of "Locker Room Power: Building an Athlete's Mind" (2014) by David Sammel of Great Britain.   Locker Room Power...

Rankings mover of the week: Raquel Kops-Jones (down)

Feb 25, 2015
Rankings mover of the week: Raquel Kops-Jones (down)

Raquel Kops-Jones fell from a career-high No. 11 to No. 14 in doubles.2012 photo by Paul Bauman   Raquel Kops-Jones of San Jose slipped from a career-high No. 11 in doubles to No. 14 after losing in the first round at Dubai with Abigail Spear...

TV schedule, calendar

Feb 25, 2015

TV SCHEDULE(All broadcasts on Tennis Channel; all times in California)  Thursday   Dubai (men), quarterfinals, 3-4:30 a.m. (live) and 5-6:30 p.m. (repeat).   Dubai (men), Doha (women), quarterfinals, 4:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (live)...

Cal’s Manasse drops to No. 2 in college rankings

Feb 24, 2015

   Cal's Maegan Manasse slipped to No. 2 behind Virginia's Julia Elbaba in this week's college rankings, released today.   Manasse, a sophomore from Redondo Beach in the Los Angeles area, went 1-1 in deciding matches against rivals ...

World TeamTennis returns to Sacramento

Feb 24, 2015
World TeamTennis returns to Sacramento

Mark Knowles of the host Sacramento Capitals serves to  Bob Bryan of the Texas Wild in 2013. Bob and his brother,Mike, right, played for the San Diego Aviators last season.Photo by Paul Bauman   It didn't take long for the Sacramento are...

Bryans win their first doubles title of the year

Feb 23, 2015

   This year is looking a lot like the last one for Bob and Mike Bryan.   For the second year in a row, the former Stanford All-Americans won Delray Beach for their first title of 2015 after losing in the third round of the Australi...

Tursunov remains sidelined with foot injury

Feb 21, 2015
Tursunov remains sidelined with foot injury

Dmitry Tursunov, shown at Indian Wells in 2013, has been out for almost six months with plantar fasciitis. Photo by Paul Bauman   Dmitry Tursunov, sidelined for almost six months with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, remains out indefinite...

Ex-Aptos runner-up charged with fixing Aussie match

Feb 20, 2015

   Australian Nick Lindahl, the runner-up in the 2009 Aptos Challenger as a qualifier, has been charged with corrupt betting offenses.   New South Wales police arrested Lindahl, 26, saying he intentionally lost a match in a 2013 Fut...

Rankings mover of the week: Maria Sanchez (down)

Feb 18, 2015
Rankings mover of the week: Maria Sanchez (down)

Modesto product Maria Sanchez fell out of thetop 100 in doubles. File photo by Paul Bauman   Even while Maria Sanchez struggled in singles last year, she remained in the top 100 in doubles.   No longer.   The 25-year-old M...

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