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first_imgNoonU.S. final: Texas vs. GeorgiaCh. 7 Basketball NoonFIBA Americas: Canada at United StatesESPN2 3 p.m.FIBA Americas: Brazil vs. Virgin IslandsFSN 8 p.m.FIBA Americas: Argentina vs. MexicoFSN Women’s Basketball 10 a.m.Game 2: Sacramento at S. AntonioESPN2 Pro Football 3 p.m.Preseason: St. Louis at Oakland (taped)Ch. 13 4 p.m.Preseason: Detroit at IndianapolisNFL 7 p.m.Preseason: San Diego at ArizonaNFL1220 10 p.m.Preseason: Minnesota at Seattle (delayed)NFL College Football 8 a.m.College GameDay season previewESPN (re-airs at noon on ESPN) Prep Football 9 a.m.Booker T. Washington, Fla. at ESPN Summerville, S.C. 1 p.m.First Coast, Fla. at Berkeley, S.C.ESPNU Golf 6 a.m.PGA European KLM OpenGolf 10 a.m.Nationwide Pete Dye ClassicGolf NoonPGA The BarclaysCh. 2 1 p.m.U.S. Amateur, semifinals (delayed)Ch. 4 2 p.m.LPGA Safeway ClassicESPN2 3:30 p.m.Champions Greater Seattle ClassicGolf Motorsports 4 a.m.Formula One Turkish Grand Prix qualifyingSC 4 p.m.NASCAR CountdownESPN 5 p.m.Nextel Cup Sharpie 500ESPN540 5 p.m.Rolex Sports Cars Armed Forces SC Grand-Am 250, at Sonoma (delayed) 3 a.m.GP2 Series, at Turkey (delayed) (Sunday)SC Rodeo 5:30 p.m.PBR Chihuahua ChallengeVersus Soccer 7 a.m.England: Manchester City at ArsenalFSC 9 a.m.England: Blackburn at EvertonFSC 11:25 a.m.Italy: Livorno at JuventusFSC 1:30 p.m.Italy: Torino at Lazio (delayed)FSC 2 p.m.Friendly: Argentina at Norway (taped)Ch. 52 3 p.m.Mexico: Pumas at MonterreyGalavision 3 p.m.Mexico: Necaxa at Cruz AzulCh. 54 4:30 p.m.MLS: D.C. United at Toronto FCFSC, FSE 5 p.m.Mexico: Atlas at Chivas GuadalajaraCh. 461330 5 p.m.Mexico: Santos at PachucaCh. 54 6:30 p.m.Women: Finland at United StatesESPN2 7 p.m.USL-2 final: Harrisburg, Pa. vs. FSC Richmond, Va. (delayed) 7 p.m.Mexico: Atlante at Monarcas (delayed)Ch. 54 10:30 p.m.England: Birmingham at Derby (delayed)FSC 11:45 p.m.U-17 World Cup: Belgium vs. U.S.ESPNU MidnightU-17: Belgium vs. U.S. (Sunday)Galavision 3 a.m.U-17: Colombia vs. Ghana (Sunday)Galavision Tennis 10 a.m.ATP-WTA Pilot Pen, women’s finalCh. 2 4 p.m.ATP-WTA Pilot Pen, men’s finalESPN2 Track and Field 3 p.m.IAAF World Championships (delayed)Versus Beach Volleyball 11:30 a.m.AVP Brooklyn Open, men’s final (delayed)Ch. 4 Horse Racing 1 p.m.Travers Stakes, King’s Bishops Stakes,ESPN Bernard Baruch Handicap 2 p.m.Trackside Live: Del MarPrime Times may be different for satellite TV viewers; consult your guide. TV INDEX: CBS (Ch. 2); NBC (Ch. 4); ABC (Ch. 7); KCOP (Ch. 13); KFTR (Ch. 46); KVEA (Ch. 52); KAZA (Ch. 54); FSC (Fox Soccer Channel); FSE (Fox Sports En Espa ol); FSN (Fox Sports Net West); Prime (Fox Sports Net Prime Ticket); SC (Speed Channel). RADIO INDEX: XSUR (540 AM); KSPN (710 AM); KLAA (830 AM); KFWB (980 AM); KWKU (1220 AM); KWKW (1330 AM). ——— Home games ——— Away games *-SuperLiga final160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! 12:30 p.m.Boston at Chicago White SoxFSE 6 p.m.Toronto at AngelsCh. 13710, 830 6:30 p.m.Chicago Cubs at ArizonaWGN Little League World Series 9:30 a.m.Int’l final: Curacao vs. JapanCh. 7 ON THE AIR TODAY’S EVENTSTVRADIO Baseball 12:30 p.m.Dodgers at N.Y. MetsCh. 11980, 1330 last_img read more

Burbank welcomes long-awaited Cuban bakery

first_img Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 jason.kandel@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BURBANK – After serving up Cuban-style baked goods and tasty sandwiches for years in Glendale, Porto’s Bakery opened its Burbank store Monday to throngs of fans. More than 100 people lined the sidewalk in front of the popular eatery at Hollywood Way and Magnolia Boulevard in the heart of the city’s Magnolia Park area, eager for the doors to open. “After years of work, we finally come this morning to welcome the Porto family, embrace them and wish them the best,” Burbank Mayor Jef Vander Borght said during a ribbon-cutting ceremony. “All of us have invested countless years trying to find the right mixture of the right tenant and right uses for the area. We couldn’t have found a better use than Porto’s.” Owner Raul Porto, 45, said he and his family already are feeling welcomed by neighboring business owners, city officials and residents. His family opened its first bakery in Los Angeles in the early 1970s, then moved it to Glendale in 1978. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “I know that we picked the right place,” he said of Burbank. “I hope we can just become a big part of this big family.” It was a long-awaited grand opening. Porto’s was originally slated to open as early as September but was held up by renovations to the former Thrifty PayLess drugstore site. The city of Burbank gave Porto’s a $790,000 loan to help it with the $1.1 million in improvements needed at the former drugstore, which had been vacant since 1998. The loan is forgivable after 10 years if Porto’s stays that long. But if its sales exceed $5.5 million in a year, it must give 50 percent of the excess profits toward paying back the loan. Walter Tobar, 33, of Burbank and his 3-year-old son, Andrew, couldn’t wait to eat pastries. “We’ve been waiting every day – Is it open yet? Is it open yet?” said Tobar, a regular at the Glendale Porto’s at 315 N. Brand Blvd. “(Andrew) can’t wait to get some juice and bread. This is great.” last_img read more

L.A. car show tries to steal Detroit’s thunder

first_imgGeneral Motors Corp. Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner will give the keynote address Wednesday and is expected to outline a new emphasis on environmentally friendly technologies at GM. The automaker will unveil hybrid versions of the Saturn Aura and GMC Yukon. Golf superstar and Buick pitchman Tiger Woods also will be on hand for the unveiling of the new Enclave crossover. Ford Motor Co. will show off its next-generation Escape and Escape Hybrid. DaimlerChrysler AG’s Chrysler Group will debut its new Sebring convertible. Nissan Motor Co. will unveil a sporty SER version of the Sentra small car and another vehicle that it has only described as a “performance-oriented” model. That vehicle has been added to the production pipeline to expand Nissan’s range in the United States. The automaker struggled in the United States earlier this year because of a lull in new product introductions but is gaining traction with the launch of the Sentra and Altima cars. Nissan also plans to unveil the Rogue, a compact crossover, in Detroit in January, but it will give the media a brief glimpse of the car in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Honda Motor Co. will unveil a trio of design concept vehicles. L.A. organizers are striving to give their show a global focus. “This is more of a movement to get them away from a U.S.-focused auto show toward one that could be more of an international show,” CSM’s Robinet said. “Why should Detroit get all the glory?” If it’s successful in its new time slot, the L.A. show could lure some products from Detroit, but the Detroit show is massive enough to survive any damage L.A. could do, he said. Organizers on the West Coast have changed dates before. A decade ago, the L.A. event was moved from after the Detroit show to just ahead of it. The change this year to early December puts a month between the two shows. No matter when the show is held, L.A. organizers still must contend with a less-than-stellar facility in the L.A. Convention Center that requires that the show be split into three sections. And even with a record number of debuts, the L.A. show doesn’t come close to the scope of Detroit’s. The auto industry will unveil 35 new vehicles in L.A. – up from 28 last year, but well below the 60 introductions in Detroit in January. LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW Dates: Dec. 1-10 Where: Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St. Cost: $10 for adults, $7 seniors, children 12 and younger free with an adult; parking: $10-$30. For information and tickets: Call (213) 741-1151, Ext. 1, or visit www.LAautoshow.com. Overview: More than 1,000 new vehicles from 47 manufacturers. The unveilings include 21 world debuts, 17 North American debuts and seven new concept cars.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“Detroit is so much bigger,” said Michael Robinet, vice president of CSM Worldwide, an automotive forecasting firm in Farmington Hills, Mich. Still, the new dates for the L.A. show represent a major change on the U.S. auto show circuit, resulting in more media attention, bigger marketing investments by participating automakers and, organizers hope, a boost in stature for the show serving the nation’s No. 1 auto market. The show also is now designated an international show. The Los Angeles Auto Show, the smallest of the four major North American shows, has long been in the shadow of Detroit’s 14-day January extravaganza. “Automakers are going to do what’s in their best interest, and they’ve been saying, `If you move your dates, we will do more things with your show,”‘ said L.A. Auto Show spokesman Barry Toepke. The show has already had some early success in pulling in big names and big debuts. Los Angeles is out to steal some of Detroit’s automotive clout. When organizers of the Los Angeles Auto Show moved the event’s starting date to next week from its usual timing just days ahead of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January, they hoped to grab some high-profile vehicle debuts and media attention that might otherwise have come to the Motor City. Los Angeles, home to a plethora of automobile design studios and one of the world’s top markets for luxury vehicles, has traditionally been a showcase for import automakers, hot designs and green technologies, but competed with Detroit for the biggest, must-see vehicle debuts. Even with the L.A. show snagging its most first-time offerings from carmakers, however, organizers of the Detroit show and auto industry watchers are confident Motown will remain at the top for automakers. last_img

Assailants in killings called gang members

first_imgGang members are responsible for two homicides over the weekend, authorities confirmed Monday. On Sunday evening, a 30-year old North Hollywood man was gunned down outside his residence in the 7000 Block of Fulton Avenue. Gabriel Garcia was walking with a friend outside the apartment complex where Garcia lived, when a vehicle with several Latino men pulled up and shot him with a large-caliber weapon, Los Angeles police Detective Mike Coffee said. “It’s definitely a drive-by,” Coffee said. “There’s no doubt about that.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d seeIn another incident in Arleta on Friday evening, Mario Rodriguez, a 21-year-old man from Sylmar with no gang affiliation, was shot and killed after he and two friends were confronted by three individuals suspected of being gang members, police said. The shooting occurred about 11:35 p.m. in the 13100 block of Reedley Street. One of the suspects reportedly shouted an unknown gang name before pulling out a rifle and killing Rodriguez, who died at the scene, an LAPD spokesman said. Police are seeking the shooter, described as a Latino male, 17-19 years old, 6 feet tall and 180 pounds. There have now been 43 gang-related homicides in the San Fernando Valley this year, and 85 total. Anyone with information in the North Hollywood shooting can call North Hollywood detectives at (818) 623-4075; for the Arleta shooting, call Foothill Division detectives at (818) 834-3115. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Allan Johnston returns to Queen of the South as manager

first_img“As a club we have a very important week ahead and his priority will be to lift the players and to have them up for two games against Montrose as we aim to hold on to our Championship status. “Allan is someone who knows the club and the division very well and we feel he is the ideal appointment”. Johnston, who lost his job with Championship side Dunfermline in January, will again be assisted by Sandy Clark. Allan Johnston will take charge of Queen of the South’s play-off campaign after agreeing a dramatic return to Palmerston. Gary Naysmith was sacked on Saturday night, hours after a 3-0 home defeat by Partick Thistle consigned Queens to ninth spot in the Ladbrokes Championship and a trip to Montrose in a semi-final first leg on Tuesday. The Dumfries club have moved quickly to replace him with Johnston, who led Queens to a League One and Challenge Cup double in 2013 before moving to Kilmarnock. Gary Naysmith was sacked on Saturday night. SNS GroupChairman Billy Hewitson said in a statement: “After taking the decision to relieve Gary of his duties it was vital that we moved quickly to put the new man in place. last_img read more

Ask It Results: Best Fireworks, NYE or July 4?

first_imgShare This! On any given night, Disney fireworks light up the sky to oohs and aahs of everyone around. For certain holidays, like New Year’s Eve or the Fourth of July, those fireworks displays are sent into overdrive. The synchronization between music and pyrotechnics is its own kind of theater performance. But is one holiday display better than another? Last week, we asked you:Which holiday has the best fireworks shows at Walt Disney World?Here’s your results.July 4 (111 votes, 43%)And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night that it is Independence Day! It’s hard not to feel patriotic watching any of the Fourth of July fireworks displays at Walt Disney World. Filled with lots of red, white, and blue, it’s all about celebrating America by blowing up the skies over it. (Fun fact: Of all colors, blue is the hardest firework color to blend. You can tell the quality of fireworks used in a show based on how the vibrant the blue shells are.) The experience of waiting for fireworks in July can be challenging–some years it is brutally hot, which is certainly not fun if you’ve been camped in a crowded theme park all day. Other years, it can rain and the fireworks can be delayed. Still, it is worth the wait and far better than anything that your neighbors will be making with fireworks purchased for Crazy Joe’s firework bonanza.New Year’s Eve (145 votes, 57%)Remember back when you could count down to New Year’s Eve ever night at Pleasure Island? Ah, those were the days. But those parties have nothing on New Year’s Eve celebrations around Walt Disney World. Make sure your dental insurance is up to date–you may need to replace a filling or two knocked loose by the massive finales at each park. My favorite part of the fireworks show from Magic Kingdom is watching the shells launched that look like numbers in a countdown to help get from 10 to 1. Or maybe it’s watching the fireworks at Epcot where they are right on top of you. (The Studios is also on my list for a less-crowded experience.) At the end of the night, you can’t go wrong with any of them. One caveat is that it can be cold in Florida for New Year’s. And I’m talking honest-to-goodness cold and not Florida cold. The year when it was in the 30s with a brisk wind all evening made everyone look for places to huddle until the fireworks started. But it certainly is worth it to tough it out!And there you have it–your results for Ask It. Next week’s question is live on Twitter and on the blog here.last_img read more

Shadow IT: It’s Real — Companies Using Hundreds of Unauthorized Cloud Services

first_imgA study by IBM found that one-third of employees at Fortune 1000 companies share corporate data using third-party apps.  Often they reuse corporate login credentials when setting up these unauthorized accounts.Is it really that bad?  It may be worse.  A recent study by Cisco quantifies the gap between what IT groups think its employees do and what they actually are doing.About one year ago, Cisco asked IT groups how many cloud services that their companies were using.  The average response: 91.As a verification, Cisco next looked at the web traffic of those same companies.  After subtracting out traffic to standard web sites, they found that companies actually were using on average 630 cloud services.  More recently they ran those same tests again and found that the average had now jumped to 1220 web services per company.  The results were similar for almost all types of companies, regardless of the industry  — even manufacturing, oil and gas, financial services and healthcare showed high usages of cloud services.Bob Dimicco, senior director, of advanced services at Cisco, said that “when you step back, Shadow IT has been around for years. What’s new or interesting is that the data here is not from a qualitative survey, it’s the actual traffic to the cloud and the system has enough granularity to differentiate.”last_img read more

Application inventory starts with a definition

first_imgWeb sites without dynamic content, hosted within a dynamic web solution such as Microsoft Sharepoint or created with Microsoft Frontpage or another WYSIWYG client. Enterprise Application Developer Every software project I have worked on always started with some form of conflict and complicated interactions.  This usually resolved itself through the use of a definition regarding roles and responsibilities.  That definition kept people on the same page and helped everyone to understand who was doing what.Now depending on when you happened to look at my job title over the last 13 years, you may have seen one of the following: Hosting Platforms (configuration of hardware and application software) Software Developer This means only that I moved from one department to another, however, the physical tasks I employed were the same.  My output may have had a different installer/wrapper/output, however, it was the same.  I designed, developed, tested and deployed an application into our environment.When it was time to define the characteristic (metadata) of an application, we needed to start with definitions. Not only what an “Application” is but what “Software” is and how (if) it differs from each other and from an “Operating System”.This is vitally important because no matter who you talk to, they will have a difference of opinion in this area.  Let me give you an example that we are currently dealing with.  We are implementing a CMDB (Configuration Management Database) for our Service and Support organization.  As our application data is pumped into that solution we had to decide whether it is an application or software.  The CMDB definitions basically stated that software was the core items used to build a hosting platform whereas an application is the code hosted on that platform.  A very specific definition for their very specific implementation.Our definition was much more simple.If it’s coded, if you develop it, it is a software application simply referred to as an “Application”.  This can be developed internally or purchased.  An application is not an operating system.That means that everything running on our environment, that is loaded on top of an operating system, is an application and needs to be inventories.  That also means if it is a web-based solution, with software code, hosted within a web-hosting solution, however, it is still an application.We did draw a very discreet line in that we did not want to inventory certain things.  Those are items that are “configured” inside of other applications.  Item such as: Software Engineer Templates configured for an application. This minimizes the possibility that we inventory applications that are sitting in a box, not installed on the environment.  It also means that items we paid for, installed, licensed and such, are included.  Whether on a server or on a client, we need to know about them so that we can work towards the simplification of our inventory.Next I will cover how we have gone about gathering this data.  Some approaches work well while others don’t.  Additionally, before you start gathering data you must have a solid review, maintenance and data quality processes in place or the data will be of no use for future analysis.Have you undergone a similiar process?  Are you struggling with doing this inside your company?  Have questions?  Let us know.center_img Installed on Intel (or contracted) hardware? Application Developer Does this have (or has it ever had) a development/support team? Fileshare Does this have (or has it ever had) a development/release process? To put forth some simple rules, that people can evaluate their “Application” before attempting to add it for evaluation, we came up wtih some simple rules.  It has to meet all of these with a yes response. Initially used by more than one person (or application) at Intel?last_img read more

Changing for the better in a year of despair

first_imgThe year gone by has been an unsettling one. In this year we have plumbed the depths of despair as scandal after scandal brought the government to a standstill. But it was also the year of hope and expectations, when the popular movement around Anna Hazare showed the extent of the people’s anger against venal bureaucrats and politicians. This dialectic of despair and hope has produced a synthesis that suggests the country is on the threshold of change – for the better.It has been just a short four years ago, on November 16, 2007, when this newspaper was born. Yet, in terms of what the country has gone through, it seems like several lifetimes. That was a time, with growth riding high, when almost anything was possible. But in the intervening years we have learnt that growth is not an unmixed blessing, and that institutions deemed infallible, too, can fail. More important, we have learnt that there is no limit to the greed of the greedy, and that power corrupts – and absolute power corrupts absolutely.At the outset, I had promised you a newspaper that was irreverent and bold. And even if I say so myself, that is exactly what we have been and remain.Our attitude has been there for all to see. We were not taken in by the hype of the second United Progressive Alliance government’s first year. Neither have we given a free ride to its detractors in its second year. Our coverage of the Anna Hazare movement has been detailed, informative, but always questioning. In my experience, most messiahs sooner or later are found to have feet of clay.advertisementAS IN past years, Mail Today reporters have been in the forefront of exposing scandals and scams that, like worms, seem to keep coming out of the rotten woodwork in the country. Our Bangalore bureau was notable in the series it did on how former chief minister B. S. Yeddyurappa’s family benefited from denotifying land in favour of his favourites. In another expose, it revealed how the chief minister who replaced him, D. V. Sadananda Gowda, was building a house in violation of rules in Bangalore. Finally, because of yet another report, this time on the state’s newly appointed Lokayukta, Justice Shivaraj V. Patil, he was compelled to resign when we revealed that he had acquired multiple properties contravening the rules.Not to be left behind, our Mumbai bureau came up with a series of reports that showed how pressure from influential quarters led to the watering down of the chargesheet against Hasan Ali, who has been accused of a multi-billion dollar tax fiddle. The Supreme Court, as a result, hauled up the Enforcement Directorate for short- changing the investigation. Another report in the series revealed that Hasan Ali had given the names of two former chief ministers of Andhra Pradesh and three former chief ministers of Maharashtra as being parties to his moneylaundering operations.Speaking of Andhra Pradesh, it was our reporter who first wrote about the opulent palace that Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy had constructed in Hyderabad and the interest that the CBI was taking in its undervaluation. Reporters in New Delhi revealed the manner in which the government was seeking to muzzle the press in the Kashmir Valley by withdrawing advertising from them. More dramatic, perhaps, was the report of the discovery of unmarked graves in the Poonch and Rajouri districts of Jammu and Kashmir that came on the heels of earlier reportage on such graves in the Valley.Though scams and crooks were the talk of the year, Mail Today also focused on issues of concern to you, the reader. Perhaps the most telling was the series on the so- called fake pilots scam. It was a Mail Today report on a pilot’s incompetence in landing an aircraft which triggered the investigation that led to the revelation that many of the people at the helm of the flights we take had forged training diplomas.A major report from our science bureau exposed how the poor security practices by banks and credit card companies made Indian consumers vulnerable to fraud. In another story, based on a scientific survey, we held up a mirror to contemporary India which showed that far from being liberal, India was one of the most restrictive societies in the world.FOR Mail Today, this past year has been one of consolidation. We have tried to do better what we did well before. We are, notwithstanding our short years, already seen as an icon of new journalism in the country. This is the paper that seamlessly fuses politics, entertainment, sports, personal finance, health and education in its pages in a manner that many have begun to imitate. But a newspaper’s personality cannot be simply copied, defined as it is by an attitude that has been honed over the past four years. Though the year gone by has been one of drift and missed opportunities, there is every reason to see the one ahead as being one of renewal and growth. The long tussle between the people and the government seems to be yielding positive results, especially in the battle to fight corruption and the government’s sloth. A slew of laws are on the cards, but more important, we have an awakened civil society on the threshold of transforming the politics of this country. This is the transformation for which Mail Today will stand witness to in its iconic way.advertisementAs the years in the story of Mail Today roll, the burden of your expectations on us increases. There’s the accumulation of commitments and the standards to which we must live up to. All I can say is that we will be everything we have been – and more – in the coming year. This is an India, I think, that has been profoundly changed by the churning of the last couple of years and I believe will continue to change rapidly in the year to come. For a newspaper, there is no better news than to report on a fastchanging world.last_img read more

Djokovic and Cilic through to US Open fourth round

first_imgNovak Djokovic and defending champion Marin Cilic took different routes into the fourth round of the US Open while pressure mounted on Serena Williams’ quest for a calendar grand slam on Friday.After two routine wins to open the year’s final slam, Williams was given a major fright by Bethanie Mattek-Sands before the 33-year-old American recovered for a 3-6, 7-5, 6-0 victory.The 21-times grand slam singles winner, who is aiming to join Maureen Connolly (1953), Margaret Court (1970) and Steffi Graf (1988) as the only women to sweep the four grand slams in a single season, next faces fellow American Madison Keys.Looking further ahead is a potential quarter-final clash with older sister Venus. After a week of punishing heat that saw a record 13 players retire, cooler temperatures returned to Flushing Meadows as world number one Djokovic eased to a third round 6-3, 7-5, 7-5 victory over Italian Andreas Seppi.Cilic also kept his title defence on track but not without a scare as the ninth seed needed over four hours to put away Kazakhstan’s 56th-ranked Mikhail Kukushkin 6-7(5), 7-6(1), 6-3, 6-7(3), 6-1.The big-hitting Croat stepped onto the Grandstand court having won 16 straight sets at the National Tennis Center but that string quickly came to an end when Kukushkin took the opening set in a tiebreak in what was the start of a long and harrowing afternoon for the defending champion.”I’m happy with the fighting spirit today, just accepting that I wasn’t playing so well,” said Cilic. “For sure (being defending champion always has some weight to it.advertisement”Playing on a big court with a full house, that’s going to give you some extra motivation in the situations like today when I was a set and 5-2 down.”It had been a trouble-free visit to New York for Djokovic, the top seeded Serb not dropping a set while losing just 10 games going into his match against Seppi.But the 25th-ranked Italian at least made Djokovic work for his spot in the round of 16, the world number one needing a tiring two and a half hours at Arthur Ashe Stadium to secure his victory.”Just hanging in there, trying to create my own pace and control the rallies,” Djokovic said.”It was a tough three sets.”Frenchman Jeremy Chardy provided the upset of the day dispatching seventh seeded Spaniard David Ferrer 7-6(6), 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 and was joined at the exit by Canadian 10th seed Milos Raonic who was beat 6-2 7-6(4) 6-3 by Spain’s Feliciano Lopez.Venus Williams, who won the second of her two U.S. Open titles 14 years ago, struck a blow for the older set by taming Swiss teen Belinda Bencic 6-3, 6-4.Venus, 35, produced a vintage power-game performance to beat the 18-year-old in a match-up between the oldest and youngest players left in the women’s draw.”I just wanted to stay aggressive and keep my errors down,” said Venus, who had also beaten Bencic in straight sets in their three previous encounters.Joining the seven-times grand slam singles winner in the fourth round was Russian 13th seed Ekaterina Makarova, who advanced with 6-3, 7-5 victory over 17th seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine.last_img read more