The Latest: No. 4 seed Tsitsipas beats Cressy at US Open


first_imgOsaka, the 2018 champion, defeated Camila Giorgi 6-1, 6-2 in the second round. Then came a congratulatory conversation by remote with her mother, who was shown on a courtside video screen.“Hi! What are you doing?” Osaka said. The audio connection wasn’t great, but Mom clapped.“Oh my gosh,” Osaka said.Her mom, who is Japanese, also held up a sheet of images, which Osaka later deciphered. Djokovic hit 16 aces and lost only 12 points on his first serve.___4:25 p.m.Alexander Zverev has won his second-round match at the U.S. Open, using a dominating serve to beat 19-year-old American wild card Brandon Nakashima 7-5, 6-7 (8), 6-3, 6-1.Zverev, a German who is seeded fifth, regrouped after losing the tiebreaker when he double-faulted with a 133 mph serve. He overcame 10 double-faults, hit 24 aces and won every service game. September 2, 2020 Pliskova failed to convert two set points in the second set and lost 6-1, 7-6 (2).It was the first time since 2008 that the top-seeded woman lost in the second round at the Open.Pliskova was a finalist at the Open in 2016 for the best Grand Slam result of her career.Garcia, ranked 50th, beat Pliskova for the fourth time in their seven meetings.___ Zverev advanced to his first career Grand Slam semifinal at this year’s Australian Open. His best showing at the U.S. Open came last year, when he reached the fourth round.___3:15 p.m.This is quite a comeback.No. 30 seed Kristina Mladenovic served for the victory while leading 6-1, 5-1 against Varvara Gracheva in the second round of the U.S. Open — and lost. “She’s saying, the first one is, ‘Good job,’ and then the second one is, ‘Don’t do Instagram and Twitter and instead go to sleep,’” Osaka said. “And then the third one is, ‘Drink green juice and get some rest,’ and then the fourth one is, ‘I love you.’”Osaka, who is seeded fourth, advanced while committing only 11 unforced errors.___6:40 p.m.Unseeded Americans Ann Li and Shelby Rogers have pulled off upset victories in the second round of the U.S. Open. 5:35 p.m. Novak Djokovic fell behind when he lost a tiebreaker for the first time this year but has rallied past Kyle Edmund in the second round of the U.S. Open.The top-seeded Djokovic won 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4, 6-2. Seeking his fourth U.S. Open title, Djokovic lost a physical first set that took more than an hour. He had been 10-0 in tiebreakers previously this year.Djokovic dominated from there, and won for the 19th time in his past 20 Grand Slam matches. He is 25-0 this year, including his 17th major title at the Australian Open. Li beat No. 13-seeded Alison Riske in a matchup between Pennsylvanians, 6-0, 6-3. Li, who is 20 and ranked 128th, now has two career victories over players ranked in the top 75, and the wins have come in her two matches this week.Rogers beat No. 11-seeded Elena Rybakina 7-5, 6-1. By advancing to the third round, Rogers matched her best showing at the U.S. Open. She’s ranked 93rd. ___6:05 p.m.Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova has been upset in the second round of the U.S. Open by Caroline Garcia of France. ___The second round of the U.S. Open is underway with a cloudy sky and a chance of rain at Flushing Meadows.Seventeenth-seeded Angelique Kerber is getting things started in the women’s bracket against Anna-Lena Friedsam, ranked No. 109 in the world. Former champion Naomi Osaka plays Wednesday night after a day off to rest a worrisome left hamstring.On the men’s side, top-seeded Novak Djokovic tries to remain unbeaten in 2020 when he plays Kyle Edmund. Djokovic is 24-0 this year, has won 18 of his last 19 matches in Grand Slam tournaments and is heavily favored to pick up his fourth U.S. Open title.The weather could play a factor, given the chance of rain, especially through early afternoon. Temperatures of 82 degrees Fahrenheit (28 degrees Celsius) are predicted. The No. 4-seeded Tsitsipas won 7-6 (2), 6-3, 6-4 on a humid night in Arthur Ashe Stadium.“It’s always great breaking a sweat,” the 22-year-old from Greece joked.He was a semifinalist at the 2019 Australian Open and has reached the fourth round at Wimbledon and the French Open, but hadn’t been past the second round at Flushing Meadows.To do so, Tsitsipas needed to figure out Cressy, who went to the net a total of 92 times, winning 52 of those points. Tsitsipas only moved forward 20 times.Cressy played serve-and-volley tennis 73 times, 67 more than Tsitsipas.center_img “His game is very difficult to read,” Tsitsipas said. “You don’t get to play against players like this very often … and you have to adjust as soon as possible.”Tsitsipas now faces No. 27 seed Borna Coric.___9:00 p.m.Naomi Osaka’s play at the U.S. Open has her mother, Tamaki, virtually applauding. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local):11:30 p.m.Stefanos Tsitsipas made it to the U.S. Open’s third round by withstanding the so-rare-these-days serve-and-volley style of his 168th-ranked American opponent, Maxime Cressy. Associated Press Mladenovic let that huge lead slip away, failing to convert four match points along the way, and eventually, Gracheva came all the way back to win 1-6, 7-6 (2), 6-0.Said Mladenovic: “She was brave and she went for it.”Gracheva is a Russian who is ranked 102nd and is a month past her 20th birthday. This is her first Grand Slam tournament.She will face No. 8 Petra Martic in the third round. ___2:05 p.m.Sixth-seeded Petra Kvitova needed only two sets to reach the the third round of the U.S. Open, the Grand Slam event that his been her most elusive.Kvitova beat Kateryna Kozlova 7-6 (3), 6-2 in an hour and 40 minutes Wednesday, overcoming her nervousness in the first set. This is her 14th U.S. Open. It’s the only Grand Slam tournament where she has failed to reach the semifinals. She reached the quarterfinals twice, in 2015 and 2017. She has two Wimbledon titles. ___1:05 p.m.Angelique Kerber is on her way to the third round of the U.S. Open, which she won in 2016.The No. 17 seed opened play Wednesday and beat Anna-Lena Friedsam 6-3, 7-6 (6) in an hour and 40 minutes. Kerber emerged on the WTA Tour by reaching the semifinals at Flushing Meadows in 2011. Last year, she got knocked out in the first round.The women’s bracket also had an upset Wednesday. No. 12 Marketa Vondrousova lost to Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-1, 6-2 in only 65 minutes. ___More AP tennis: https://apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Latest: No. 4 seed Tsitsipas beats Cressy at US Openlast_img read more

USC alum returns to speak about white-collar crime


first_imgFew USC graduates picture themselves ending up in prison, but that is exactly what happened to alumnus Justin Paperny, who became involved in unethical business practices and is returning to campus Monday to caution students against making the same mistakes he did.Paperny, a former Trojan baseball player who graduated from USC in 1997 with a degree in psychology, was sent to federal prison in 2008 and served an 18-month term for crimes stemming from unethical business actions committed while working as a junior partner at UBS Wealth Management, a financial management firm in Century City.This problem is not unique to Paperny.Kenneth Merchant, Deloitte & Touche LLP chair in accountancy and professor of accounting, said at least one Leventhal School of Accounting graduate each year experiences problems associated with illegal business decisions.“The worst is felonies, and then they’re getting sanctioned,” Merchant said. “It happens to at least one [former student] a year.”Paperny, however, has decided to use his experience to help warn others.Inspired to turn his life around by a fellow inmate, Paperny started a blog from prison in October 2008. Paperny would write blog entries and mail them to his mother, who would retype them and post them on the Internet. The blog became “Lessons from Prison,” which was published as a book in 2009 and is now required reading for business classes at several universities, including USC.Paperny, who now tours the country to speak to business students, said he had never intended to become involved in illegal activity.“My bad behavior, or unethical behavior, really started slowly. Nobody wakes up and says, ‘Today is the day I’m going to commit a white-collar crime and commit fraud,’” Paperny said. “I had this singular focus toward work and making money. I wasn’t able to discern the sort of person I was turning into.”Paperny said he made his first unethical decision six or seven months into his career, when a senior broker advised him to pad his sales numbers so he could qualify for a $10,000 bonus.“I can’t blame my senior brokers ­— I don’t blame anybody — but my senior brokers were teaching me the practical aspects,” he said. “I didn’t have enough patience or enough discipline at the time to decide there was a better way to do things. I knew it was wrong, but I figured the culture allowed it, so it must be OK.”Arvind Bhambri, associate professor of management and organization at the Marshall School of Business, said, like Paperny, most people who become involved in illegal business dealings have no intention of doing so initially.“People don’t set out to break the law,” Bhambri said. “It starts incrementally. It’s like riding a tiger, and you don’t know how to get off without getting eaten.”Bhambri said it is vital that students who enter the business world have full awareness of what they are doing at all times.“What I’ve found in my conversations [with former students] is that a lot of people will be engaged in unethical behavior, rationalizing it in their own mind, ‘This doesn’t benefit me, it’s for the company, if everyone else is doing it, it must be okay,’” he said. “And that’s a dangerous path. Just because something has been done a particular way before doesn’t make it right.”Bhambri said USC business students discuss ethics in almost every course, and the university also offers a course strictly on ethical behavior.“The debate that has gone on for a long time is whether we should have a separate course for ethics or if we should integrate it in [to all the courses]. We try to do it at both levels,” Bhambri said. “In the MBA program in particular, we try to get some exposure to ethics in the first couple of weeks.”Nathan Lowenthal, a freshman majoring in business administration, is currently taking a philosophy course called the Professions and the Public Interest in American Life (PHIL141), taught by Professor Dallas Willard. Lowenthal said the class is a popular choice among business students.“We talk about situations professionals are put in that require them to make tough ethical decisions,” he said.Paperny said it is possible for students entering the business world to succeed while holding on to their morals, despite an environment that “tacitly approves” of unethical or even illegal practices that would benefit a company’s bottom line.“I’m convinced you can,” he said. “You have got to be prepared to be different and know that it’s okay to say no to people.”Paperny said the ability to make the right decision in tough situations requires daily effort.“When I was a baseball player, I played every day and I got good. It’s no different being ethical. If you cultivate those habits daily and do it and not just talk about it — evaluate whether your words and actions correlate with the kind of person you want to become,” Paperny said. “When you practice doing the right thing, it will be so easy to make the right decision. But if you don’t cultivate those habits, it’s so easy to cross the line.”last_img read more

Messi: I dream of winning the World Cup


first_imgArgentina international Lionel Messi has admitted that he dreams of guiding his country to World Cup glory in Brazil next year.Alejandro Sabella’s men beat Paraguay 5-2 on Tuesday evening to seal qualification for next summer’s showpiece and the Barcelona star is eager to follow in the footsteps of Diego Maradona and steer la Albiceleste to their first world title since 1986.“I dream of winning the World Cup. We all do in Argentina. But there is still a long way to go,” Messi told reporters after his side’s away victory over Paraguay.“We got what we wanted, but it was difficult to play here. The most important thing was to qualify as soon as possible.“We want to continue like this and we want to keep winning.”Messi also briefly reacted to rumours that Barcelona have asked the Argentine football association (Afa) to leave the attacker out of the squad for their remaining two World Cup qualifiers and stressed that he always wants to play for the national team. “I don’t know anything about that. I always want to play for Argentina.”last_img read more