February 21, 2003 |
Irakli Labadze used a strong forehand Thursday to upset third-seeded James Blake, 7-6 (2), 7-5, in the second round of the Kroger St. Jude tournament in Memphis, Tenn. Labadze, a left-hander ranked 118th in the world, reached the quarterfinals for the first time since 2001 in Shanghai. Until this week, he had not won an ATP match this year, losing in the first round of six different tournaments. "He hit winners from well behind the baseline, and I let that get to me a bit," said Blake.
March 15, 2005 |
James Blake has cornered the market on coming back from things, and so a windstorm at Monday's Pacific Life Open that blew the flags stiff and sent empty tin cans clanging down the bleachers didn't faze him. Fernando Gonzalez's forehand did. In truth, the stroke that the stocky Chilean used to post his third-round, 6-4, 0-6, 6-3 victory over American Blake was not so much a forehand as it was a cannon.
February 11, 2006 |
It wasn't so long ago that the last Davis Cup match in Southern California brought on a sick feeling for the Americans. Andy Roddick said he never felt quite like this on the court before, though. Up two sets against Romania's Andrei Pavel, the world's No. 82-ranked player, Roddick grew ill and lost, 6-7 (2), 2-6, 7-6 (8), 6-2, 6-4, in an opening Davis Cup match that lasted more than 3 1/2 hours Friday at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.
August 29, 2005 |
James Blake beat Feliciano Lopez, 3-6, 7-5, 6-1, on Sunday, completing an improbable run from unseeded challenger to champion of the Pilot Pen tournament in New Haven, Conn., in front of a home-state crowd. Blake, raised in nearby Fairfield, was the biggest draw of the tournament and said the raucous crowds gave him confidence as he upset higher-ranked opponents every day.
November 12, 2007 |
James Blake Miller was in a world of pain, and I figured I should be by his side. A veterans' treatment program in West Haven, Conn. -- arguably the best in the nation -- offered hope. Moe Armstrong, a pioneer in vet-to-vet counseling, had heard of the Marlboro Marine's troubles and sent him feelers about coming for a visit. Despite my reservations about getting too involved, I had flown from Los Angeles to Kentucky to help Miller grab this lifeline. I coaxed him into my rental car and we headed north.
September 4, 2005 |
They admired James Blake before knowing much about him in that first moment in the spotlight at the U.S. Open four years ago, taking an instant liking to someone who left it all on the court, in a literal sense, against Lleyton Hewitt of Australia. After Saturday, fan enthusiasm here for the 49th-ranked player in the world is now James Addiction. Amid often-deafening cheers at a packed Arthur Ashe Stadium, admiration officially morphed into, yes, addiction on one glorious afternoon of tennis.
August 8, 2006 |
With Yao Ming out because of an injured left foot, China never had a chance against the powerful United States. LeBron James scored 22 points and Carmelo Anthony had 18 to lead the Americans to a 119-73 win over China on Monday in an exhibition at Guangzhou, China. "We are always going to be ready to play. The guys are bringing a lot of energy off the bench," said James, who thrilled the capacity crowd in the southern Chinese city with several dunks on the fastbreak.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 1992 |
The gentlemanly world of California's powerful water industry has suddenly been pulled into the mud of a wide-open political campaign, replete with unprecedented lobbying and allegations of back-room deals and vote swapping. At stake is control of the Metropolitan Water District, the world's largest water agency and the primary source of water for more than 15 million Southern Californians in a district extending from Ventura County to the Mexican border and inland to Riverside.
March 10, 2005 |
It was not as if Robby Ginepri had expected to see anything like this in his athletic career. He is, after all, a tennis player, not a boxer or race driver, where life-threatening situations are part of the sport. But there, on a dreary, drizzly day in Rome last May, was his friend, James Blake, not moving and face down on a clay court where they had been practicing. "I knew it was bad," Ginepri said recently. "I was shocked." Each had lost in the first round of the Italian Open.
August 2, 2011 |
U.S. veteran James Blake upset defending champion David Nalbandian , 6-2, 6-4, on Tuesday to reach the third round of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic at Washington. Once ranked as high as No. 4 in the world, Blake won the hard-court U.S. Open tuneup in 2002 and was the runner-up in 2005. But beset by a series of injuries, most recently a bad right knee, he dropped to 173rd in the rankings in March and began this week at 90th. His victory over the eighth-seeded Nalbandian, who had a first-round bye, allowed Blake to get to the third round for only the second time in 10 tournaments this season.