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Tennis tourney heats up

No. 1 seed Fatma Al Nabhani of Oman scored a decisive victory over American Rima Asatrian, 6-1, 6-2, as action in the main singles and doubles draw began Tuesday in the $10,000 Sargent & Collins, LLP Women's Championship at the Miller Tennis Center in Williamsville.

Among the day's winners were three 14-year-olds — Shillin Xu of China, Nicole Frenkel of Winchester, Mass., and Tornado Alicia Black of Boca Raton, Fla.

There was one upset in the doubles. The team of Jamie Loeb of the United States and Nika Kukharchuk of Russia knocked off the No. 3 seed Alsabeth Abanda of Canada and Simone Pratt of the Bahamas.

Today's main draw has several talented U.S. players in action, including No. 2 seed Alexis King, Rochester's Quinn Gleason, No. 4 seed Jacqueline Cako as well as Frenkel and Black. All play will begin at 10 a.m. with the day's feature match starting at 4:30 p.m.

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Bills tickets go on sale early

The Buffalo Bills will hold a special online presale of individual game tickets for 24 hours starting at 9 a.m. on July 9, a day before they go on sale to the general public. The presale will be available to Buffalo Bills Facebook and Twitter followers, Bills email subscribers and by opting for Buffalo Bills text alerts by texting Bills to 46421. The online promo code will be required for purchase.

Individual game tickets for the first two home regular season games against Kansas City and New England are sold out. Season tickets are still available in most seating areas in price ranges.

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UB baseball players honored

Outfielder Matt Pollock and catcher Tom Murphy of the University at Buffalo were named to the American Baseball Coaches Association/ Rawlings NCAA Mideast Region team. Pollock, a junior who batted .357 with a .638 slugging percentage for the Bulls, earned first team honors. Murphy, also a junior, set UB records for most games started (56), home runs (13) and runs batted in (51) in the 2012 season.

The Mid-American Conference had eight selections on the first two teams — the two UB players, four from Kent State's College World Series entry and one each from Toledo and Miami (Ohio). The Big Ten had seven players on the first two teams.

Compiled from News and wire service reports.?