Second-seeded James Blake of Tampa, Fla., outlasted unseeded Mischa Zverev of Germany 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 Sunday to win the $100,000 RelyAid Natomas Challenger at the Natomas Racquet Club.
Blake, a 32-year-old veteran who reached a career-high No. 4 in the world in 2006, played in the Natomas final for the second consecutive year. He lost to 6-foot-10 Ivo Karlovic 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in 2011.
Karlovic fell to top-seeded Andy Murray in the first round of the Japan Open in Tokyo on the ATP World Tour last week.
In an All-American doubles final at Natomas, former Tennessee teammates Tennys Sandgren and Rhyne Williams saved four match points in a 4-6, 6-4, 12-10 tiebreak victory over Devin Britton and Austin Krajicek.
Hornets stay hot in men's soccer
Senior Max Alvarez scored on a penalty kick in the 72nd minute to give the Sacramento State men's soccer team (7-4-1, 4-0 Big West Conference) a 1-0 win over UC Riverside (8-4, 1-3) at Hornet Field, Sac State reported. The Hornets have won five in a row.
Keeper Shelby Tomasello posted seven saves as the Sac State women (5-5-4, 3-1-2 Big Sky Conference) played to a scoreless draw with host Northern Arizona (4-6-4, 2-1-2), according to Sac State.
Alex Aguiar converted a penalty kick in the first half, then Alex Henry scored in the 79th minute to lead the host UC Davis men (5-4-4, 3-1 Big West) to a 2-1 win over Cal State Fullerton (4-9-1, 0-3-1), UCD reported. The Aggies have won three in a row by a combined score of 6-2.
UCD falls to No. 3 UCLA in water polo
Chris Richardson scored four goals, and Davis High School graduates Trevor Allen and Teddy Nicholson each added two to account for No. 17 UC Davis' offense in a 15-8 loss to No. 3 UCLA in men's water polo action at Schaal Aquatics Center, according to UCD. The Aggies are 11-9 and the Bruins 17-2.
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