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Amanda Bynes’ New York Bong-Tossing Case Dismissed

Jun 30, 2014   //   by Administrator   //   World News  //  Comments Off on Amanda Bynes’ New York Bong-Tossing Case Dismissed

NEW YORK (AP) — The bong-tossing case against Amanda Bynes was dismissed Monday after the actress complied with the judge’s orders to stay out of trouble and go to counseling.

Bynes, 28, was charged last year with reckless endangerment and marijuana possession. Building managers called police because they said she was smoking pot in the lobby of her Manhattan residence. When officers entered her 36th-floor apartment, they said they saw her heave a bong out the window.

Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Lori Petersen sealed the case after the dismissal. Bynes’ lawyer appeared in court; she was not present.

The court previously had said the charges would be dismissed if Bynes stayed out of trouble and went to counseling twice a week. Attorney Gerald Shargel submitted an affidavit saying Bynes had complied with the court’s requirements.

“She did her counseling and it’s now all behind her,” Shargel said outside court.

In February, Bynes pleaded no contest to alcohol-related reckless driving for clipping a Los Angeles County sheriff’s patrol car in April 2012. She was sentenced to three years of probation and three months of attending alcohol education classes.

She received psychiatric treatment last year after authorities said she set a small fire in the driveway of a home in Thousand Oaks, California.

Bynes was 13 when she landed her own hit variety program, “The Amanda Show” on Nickelodeon. She went on to star in the TV series “What I Like About You” and several movies, including “What a Girl Wants,” “Hairspray” and “She’s the Man.”

She has publicly stated that she has retired from acting. Her last film credit was 2010’s “Easy A,” which starred Emma Stone.

Review: Country Rapper Colt Ford Brings The Party

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Colt Ford, “Thanks For Listening” (Average Joe’s)

Country music’s pre-eminent singer/rapper Colt Ford is out with his fifth studio album, “Thanks For Listening,” a release thick with featured vocals from other artists and a keen ear toward the caricature of the country lifestyle.

This is mostly good old boy territory, with an occasional hip-hop backing beat thrown in for good measure. “The High Life,” featuring Chase Rice alongside Ford, says as much. There’s football-watching, hard-drinking and late-night living to be had, and Ford’s having it all at high speed.

“Cut Em All” also delivers a mean country swagger, replete with four-wheeling and hunting. It even has featured vocals from Willie Robertson of the hit TV series “Duck Dynasty.” It begins with a duck call and continues with a rapped laundry list of things that, for better or worse, define the American South. There’s not much storytelling to it, but perhaps Ford fans don’t require as much.

Ford’s lyrics aren’t always the meatiest, but his approach is not to dwell too deeply on the human condition. He’s here to have fun and let us all know how he had it.

Mission accomplished, Colt Ford.


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AP Source: Kidd To Bucks After Nets Agree To Deal

Jun 30, 2014   //   by Administrator   //   News from US  //  Comments Off on AP Source: Kidd To Bucks After Nets Agree To Deal

NEW YORK (AP) — A person with knowledge of the details says the Bucks and Brooklyn Nets have agreed to a deal allowing Jason Kidd to become Milwaukee’s coach. The Nets will receive a second-round draft pick in 2015 and 2019.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on Monday on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced.

Kidd went 44-38 in his only season as Nets coach, but then sought control of the basketball operations department and was denied. The Nets gave him permission to talk to other teams about a job.

Milwaukee still has coach Larry Drew under contract.

Despite 52 Aces, Isner Loses To Lopez At Wimbledon

Jun 30, 2014   //   by Administrator   //   News from US  //  Comments Off on Despite 52 Aces, Isner Loses To Lopez At Wimbledon

LONDON (AP) — The last American singles player at Wimbledon, ninth-seeded John Isner, lost in the third round Monday despite hitting 52 aces, beaten by 19th-seeded Feliciano Lopez of Spain 6-7 (8), 7-6 (6), 7-6 (3), 7-5.

Lopez earned the only service break of the match in the next-to-last game with a cross-court backhand passing winner that he celebrated by leaping and punching the air. It was the only time Isner was broken during his three matches this year at the All England Club.

Lopez hit 34 aces Monday and saved the only two break points he faced.

A three-time quarterfinalist at Wimbledon, Lopez is back in the fourth round for the first time since 2011. He’ll play Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka next.

Once High-Flying Prosecutor Faces Threat To Legacy

Jun 29, 2014   //   by Administrator   //   World News  //  Comments Off on Once High-Flying Prosecutor Faces Threat To Legacy

NEW YORK (AP) — Charles “Joe” Hynes broke onto the national scene in the 1980s as the special prosecutor appointed by then-Gov. Mario Cuomo to investigate a notorious racial attack in Howard Beach, Queens.

In the decades that followed, Hynes established himself as a respected fixture as Brooklyn’s district attorney. But a recent wave of bad publicity — an election defeat after six terms, the recent voiding of wrongful convictions won on his watch and a corruption investigation into his use of criminal forfeiture funds — is threatening Hynes’ legacy.

Federal and state authorities are investigating allegations that Hynes funneled more than $200,000 in forfeiture money from drug and other criminal investigations into his failed re-election campaign. The probe was prompted by a scathing report by the city’s Department of Investigation that concluded the misuse of funds could amount to larceny.

“It’s a very depressing thing to see someone who had been a courageous prosecutor have things come to an end like this,” said Kenneth Sherrill, a retired politics professor at Hunter College. “You really have to ask, how could an old pro like Hynes screw up this badly?”

A lawyer for Hynes, Robert Schwartz, said his 79-year-old client stands by his record and denies any wrongdoing.

“He is a law-abiding prosecutor, a law-abiding citizen and a good man,” Schwartz said Friday.

Both the state attorney general’s office and the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn have declined to discuss the case.

More than 25 years ago, Cuomo turned to Hynes amid widespread outrage over Howard Beach. The facts of the case were disturbing: After a car carrying four black men broke down in the white neighborhood, a group of youths using racial slurs accosted them outside a pizza parlor. One victim was chased onto a highway where he was killed by a car. Another was beaten with a bat.

“I realized we were looking at more than a fatal combination of race and violence,” Hynes wrote in a book about the case. “We were looking at a tragedy. And that tragedy would consume the next year of my life.”

Hynes ended up winning three convictions for manslaughter and persuaded a judge to impose stiff consecutive sentences. The fame fueled a victory in his first run for district attorney in 1989.

The prosecutor earned a solid reputation, in part by pioneering programs that directed drug offenders into treatment programs and sought to reduce recidivism by helping parolees get housing and steady jobs. In the 2013 election, he was endorsed by old-guard politicians like former Mayor David Dinkins and a former congressman, the Rev. Floyd Flake.

But Hynes’ challengers were able to exploit a brewing scandal sparked by the dismissal of a man who was convicted of murder based on new evidence showing that a detective had coached a witness to pick him out of a lineup. Dozens of other cases are under review amid allegations that his office used tainted evidence to win other murder convictions.

“How did this happen on his watch?” the eventual winner, Kenneth Thompson, asked during the campaign.

Hynes left office with other baggage — a pending $150 million lawsuit brought by a Brooklyn murder suspect who accused his office of withholding evidence and knowingly allowing false testimony. The suspect’s lawyers have alleged that the misconduct was so pervasive that Hynes had to have known about it.

Things got worse this month with the disclosure that the city had investigated Hynes’ use of forfeiture funds. The probe focused on 6,000 subpoenaed emails exchanged among Hynes, a judge, a consultant and others in the 18 months before the election.

The Department of Investigation concluded that there was evidence he was using his official email account for campaigning. It also found the consultant — on the books as working for the Brooklyn DA press office — actually had been paid $200,000 to advise his campaign.

In one email to the judge, Hynes attacked the accuracy of a newspaper op-ed piece titled “Dump Hynes.” Referring to the editorial’s author, Hynes wrote, “Lying is his thing.” In another, he wrote the judge while preparing for a debate, asking, “How does this look for an opening statement?”

There was also this missive to Mario Cuomo boasting how he expected to beat Thompson: “Thank you Governor for your support for my campaign. I look forward to our lunch sometime in September after I beat this Turkey. Fondly, Joe.”

Atlantic City Casino Shutdown Needed, Analysts Say

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City started the year with 12 casinos. By Labor Day, it could be down to nine.

For years, economists and analysts talked in theoretical terms about “casino saturation” in the northeastern United States. But there’s nothing theoretical about what’s happening in Atlantic City now.

The Atlantic Club is dead, taken down by two rivals. Revel says it will close if a buyer can’t be found, and Caesars Entertainment, which says there are too many casinos in New Jersey, plans to shutter one of its four, the Showboat, on Aug. 31.

Mayor Don Guardian, who could see a quarter of his city’s casinos close during his first year in office, said Atlantic City is in the midst of a difficult but necessary makeover from being a gambling resort to a multi-faceted destination where betting is only part of the allure.

“Although it is sad today, it’s part of the transition that Atlantic City needs to have,” he said Friday, hours after the Showboat shutdown was announced. “There is pain as we go through this transition, but it’s critical for Atlantic City to realize we are no longer the monopoly of gaming on the East Coast. If you build more and more casinos and don’t increase the amount of people coming to them, you’re sharing that wealth. We’re just going through a very difficult time.”

Since 2006, Atlantic City’s casino revenue has plunged from a high of $5.2 billion to $2.86 billion last year. It has been beset by competition from Pennsylvania, which has surpassed it as the nation’s No. 2 casino market after Nevada, and suffered further losses with additional casinos coming online in New York and Maryland.

Israel Posner, executive director of the Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality and Tourism at Stockton College, said the resort has been dealing with casino saturation for a while now.

“We know that the oversupply of gaming product is a regional issue, as we’re seeing the effects of the pressure all around Atlantic City,” he said.

Bob McDevitt, president of Local 54 of the Unite-HERE casino workers’ union, called Caesars’ decision to close a profitable casino “a criminal act.”

Since before Revel opened, McDevitt warned that adding another casino to the 11 that were operating here at the time could cause one or more to shut down. That has come to pass — and then some.

“I’m heartbroken and angry,” he said.

Yet some analysts say what is happening in Atlantic City and other parts of the country is actually good for a market that has gotten too big to sustain itself. Fitch Ratings saw the upside in the shutdown announcement.

“The closure makes financial sense for Caesars and is a positive for the oversupplied Atlantic City market,” the company wrote in a note to investors. “Showboat has about $50 million in labor costs and pays about $15 million in property tax (although Caesars is appealing Showboat’s $625 million assessed value). Caesars will likely recapture most of the Showboat customers at its three other resorts in Atlantic City.”

Speaking at the East Coast Gaming Congress in Atlantic City in May, several Wall Street analysts said Atlantic City’s casino market is in the process of correcting itself, which they considered a good thing for its long-term viability.

Adam Rosenberg, a managing director with Goldman Sachs, said the reduction in capacity that is underway is a positive. Srihari Rajagopalan, a debt analyst with UBS, agreed.

“You are seeing the market right-size, which is a positive,” Rajagopalan said. “There are unprofitable casinos shutting down.”

That clearly applied to the Atlantic Club. It struggled for years before being bought in a bankruptcy court auction by two local competitors, Caesars Entertainment and Tropicana Entertainment, who divvied up its assets and closed it on Jan. 13.

It also would apply to Revel, which has never turned a profit since opening two years ago, if it shuts down.

But Showboat was profitable, having posted a gross operating profit of nearly $2 million in the first quarter of this year, down from nearly $8.5 million in the first quarter of 2013.

Guardian would not say how many casinos he thinks his city can profitably support.

“The market is going to set that,” he said. “At some point you’re going to have the right number of casinos.”


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How ‘Professor Godzilla’ Learned To Roar

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For William Tsutsui, president of Hendrix College and author of Godzilla On My Mind, the iconic lizard is an obsession and an inspiration.i i

hide captionFor William Tsutsui, president of Hendrix College and author of Godzilla On My Mind, the iconic lizard is an obsession and an inspiration.

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For William Tsutsui, president of Hendrix College and author of Godzilla On My Mind, the iconic lizard is an obsession and an inspiration.

For William Tsutsui, president of Hendrix College and author of Godzilla On My Mind, the iconic lizard is an obsession and an inspiration.

Hillsman Jackson

Hendrix College, a small school outside of Little Rock, Ark., is about to get a new president. His name is William Tsutsui, a Princeton-, Oxford-, and Harvard-educated economist, but he’s best known for a certain expertise that has landed him the nickname Professor Godzilla.

Tsutsui first heard the infamous roar of the radioactive monster lizard when he was 8 years old, living in the tiny college town of Bryan, Texas.

William Tsutsui in 1972 at age 9, in a Godzilla suit made by his mother for Halloween.i i

hide captionWilliam Tsutsui in 1972 at age 9, in a Godzilla suit made by his mother for Halloween.

Minoru Tsutsui

William Tsutsui in 1972 at age 9, in a Godzilla suit made by his mother for Halloween.

William Tsutsui in 1972 at age 9, in a Godzilla suit made by his mother for Halloween.

Minoru Tsutsui

“Unlike many Japanese-Americans, I’ve not ever had the experience of living in a place with a large Asian-American community,” Tsutsui says. “So I’ve never lived on the West Coast, I’ve never lived in Hawaii; so for me it’s really been, in a way, a very lonely experience.”

Tsutsui was an only child and biracial; his dad was Japanese, and he had an Anglo mom. There was only one other Asian-American family in Bryan. He felt like an outlier, he says, and was bullied so much he had to be transferred to a different school.

But everything changed one day, as he lay on the shag carpet in his parent’s bedroom, watching a big old Sylvania TV set.

“I see this huge Japanese monster dragging his scaly feet through Tokyo, and I thought, ‘That is so cool, I want to be that monster,’ ” he says.

Life became more fun.

“I just wanted to wrestle with my friends in the same way,” he says. “I’d be Godzilla and James would be Rodan, and we’d have this epic battle of monsters on the playground at Davey Crocket Elementary School in Bryan, Texas.”

Tsutsui went on to become an economist and wrote books about business and banking in Japan. Most recently, he was a dean at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

“For a long time, I thought I had serious work, but I realize all the books that I wrote about Japanese history, most of the people who read them were my relatives,” he says. “Whereas I wrote about a giant rubber monster rampaging through toy cities in Japan, and tens of thousands of people read it. So I’m actually real proud to be known as the guy that studies Godzilla.”

His first book on the giant lizard, called Godzilla On My Mind, earned him his nickname, recalls Tsutsui’s wife, Marjorie Swann.

“Often his students had trouble pronouncing his last name … so they’d call him Professor Godzilla,” Swann says.

It wasn’t always easy being the wife of Professor Godzilla, Swann says, and had to draw a firm line in the sand about how much Godzilla was allowed in the house.

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“Bill has an entire office full of Godzilla toys. So he has to have very large, professional offices to take up all the Godzillas,” she says.

Paul Dunscomb, a former student, recalls the lengths Tsutsui would go to to acquire Godzilla paraphernalia. Dunscomb did his dissertation in Japan.

“He actually sent to me his bank card and passbook, so I could draw on funds to basically buy for him Godzilla-related merchandise,” says Dunscomb, who has known Tsutsui for nearly 20 years.

“It is one of the things that certainly defines him as a human being, the fact that he has this outsized love for a 50-meter, radioactive lizard,” he says. “In many respects, I think he’s been a real pioneer.”

The way Tsutsui sees it, Asians were not really known in this culture for being leadership types, and Godzilla spoke to that view.

“Godzilla clearly was the boss; he was in charge, he was the hero, he was the focus of these movies,” he says. “And I think from that I perhaps have taken some lessons about leadership and stepping forward and asserting myself.”

As the new boss of Hendrix College, Tsutsui’s planning to make his mark by putting a giant inflatable Godzilla out on the quad for his inauguration next spring.

BRAZIL BEAT: Even 4-Legged Friends Wear Support

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SAO PAULO (AP) — With Sao Paulo gripped in World Cup fever, all sorts of people are adorned in yellow and green Brazil team gear. But dogs?

At Parque Trainon, dog owners appear to have imposed their loyalties on their four-legged friends. Dogs of all shapes and sizes have been spotted with Brazilian flags around their collars, capes over the shoulders, even hats wrapped around their floppy ears.

One canine, 4-year-old Nino, had a blue Brazil outfit wrapped around his small body. His owner said it was to protect against a rash. But she had no medical excuse for the baseball cap over his head. It was her son’s idea of showing support after Brazil won a penalty shootout with Chile.

Nino’s Sunday morning playmate, a 6-year-old mutt named Nina, had more straightforward attire: a plain yellow jumper featuring Neymar’s No. 10.

“I think it’s cute,” said her owner, Luiza Jatoba, 54. “It’s in honor of the World Cup. These days it’s the only thing we think about.”

— By Aron Heller —


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Argentina’s Debt Fight: What It Is, Why It Matters

Jun 28, 2014   //   by Administrator   //   World News  //  Comments Off on Argentina’s Debt Fight: What It Is, Why It Matters

NEW YORK (AP) — Time to resolve Argentina’s long battle with creditors is running out.

Argentina owes an interest payment to the majority of its creditors on Monday, though the government has a 30-day grace period after that to avoid going into another catastrophic default.

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against Argentina, letting stand a lower court ruling that it must pay off hedge funds that own bonds left over from the country’s default in 2001. President Cristina Fernandez has said Argentina couldn’t afford to pay them while also making regular interest payments to other lenders.

On Friday a federal judge pleaded with Argentina to continue negotiating with the hedge funds. At the same time, the judge called Argentina’s attempt to make its regular interest payment illegal.

One misstep and Argentina could slide into another default, thirteen years after a record $100 billion default devastated its economy.

Just how did Argentina wind up in this mess? And why is a U.S. court telling another country what to do? Here are some questions and answers:

Q: What happened after the Supreme Court turned Argentina down?

A: A lot. The Supreme Court also decided to let bondholders subpoena banks in U.S. courts to track down Argentina’s assets abroad. The decisions drove the country’s Merval stock index down 11 percent.

The next day, the rating agency Standard Poor’s cut Argentina’s rating further into junk territory — to CCC-, SP’s lowest grade for any country.

For most countries, the rating agency’s move would be a harsh blow, pushing up borrowing costs and making it harder to finance government budgets. But Argentina’s troubles are so well-known that the downgrade came as little surprise. Argentina hasn’t borrowed from the bond markets since its default in 2001.

Q: Who are the players?

A: In one corner, Argentina’s government. In the other, a group of investors led by NML Capital, a subsidiary of Elliot Capital Management, run by billionaire Paul Singer. Singer, a lawyer by training, has in the past successfully sued the governments of Peru and the Republic of the Congo to make good on their bonds. In this case, NML and other funds bought bonds left from Argentina’s default in 2001.

Q: What do they want?

A: When the hedge funds bought the defaulted bonds, they joined the ranks of Argentina’s creditors. Now, like lenders everywhere, they want the borrower to repay its debts on the original terms.

The problem is, other creditors had already agreed to cut Argentina a break in 2005 and 2010 by swapping their bonds for new ones worth much less. Investors traded in roughly 93 percent of the defaulted bonds altogether, and this helped Argentina’s government slash its debts.

The bonds acquired by Singer’s group were among those left over. In 2012, U.S. District Judge Thomas Griesa in New York ordered Argentina to pay the holdouts. They’re now owed $1.5 billion in principal and interest.

Q: Why is a US court telling a foreign government what to do?

A: When a big business goes bust, it winds up in bankruptcy court. By contrast, sovereign countries have no dedicated international court to help them strike deals with creditors. So in agreements involving bond sales, language typically stipulates that any legal battle must occur in one of the two biggest financial capitals: New York or London. “That’s where the money is,” said Anna Gelpern, a professor of international law at Georgetown University and an expert on government debt.

Q: Why does this matter?

A: One worry is that forcing Argentina to pay the holdouts would set a dangerous precedent. The thinking is that it could encourage bondholders to play tough when governments try to restructure their debts. After the Supreme Court’s decision, the International Monetary Fund warned that it could have far-reaching repercussions. “We are concerned about possible broader systemic implications,” the IMF said.

Another concern is that the ruling upends the usual order of things. In the past, when some creditors had to take precedence over others, sovereign governments typically came before investment funds, said Mark Blyth, a professor of international political economy at Brown University.

“The old hierarchy really no longer applies,” he said.

In negotiating with lenders, governments had the threat of default on their side. Creditors accepted restructuring deals in the certainty that they would at least receive something. Now, it seems, “the courts are taking away the possibility of default,” Blyth said. “It’s part of this wider push to put investors ahead of everyone else.”

Q: How big is Argentina’s economy?

A: It’s South America’s second-largest behind Brazil, according to the IMF. The IMF puts the country’s economic output for this year at $404 billion, or $9,639 a person. By contrast, the United States has a $17 trillion economy, or $55,000 a person, according to the IMF’s data.

Q: Argentina isn’t poor. Why doesn’t the government just pay off the holdouts and be finished with them?

A: It’s not that simple. Argentina is supposed to make an interest payment to bondholders June 30, and the judge’s verdict requires it to pay the holdouts their $1.5 billion at the same time. If that were the entire bill, it wouldn’t be a problem.

“$1.5 billion isn’t going to break Argentina,” said Siobhan Morden, head of Latin American strategy at the investment bank Jefferies. “The problem is all the other litigants that could join in.”

Paying the hedge funds in full would likely trigger lawsuits from other bondholders demanding to be paid on similar terms. Buenos Aires estimates that the liability could run up to $15 billion. Morden said it could approach $20 billion.

With nearly $29 billion in foreign reserves, Argentina appears to have the money to pay its bills. But those reserves include loans to other countries, deposits with the IMF and other assets that aren’t easily used. Take those away, and Argentina has roughly $16 billion on hand.

Struggling countries often find bond investors willing to lend to them to pay other creditors. But Argentina has been locked out of the bond markets for more than a decade. Some investors would probably step up to lend it money — at painfully high interest rates.

“You can see why they have some financial reservations about paying the holdouts,” Morden said.

Q: How are traders treating Argentina?

A: They’re keeping a safe distance. Judging by recent trading, bond buyers seem to think another default is imminent. In the market for credit default swaps, Argentina’s government debt is among the most expensive to insure in the world.

To insure $10 million in Argentine bonds for five years, investors must pay around $4 million up front, then an additional $500,000 a year, according to Markit, a data provider. That implies odds of three chances out of four that Argentina will default within five years.

Taking out insurance on debt from Brazil looks cheap in comparison. The cost to insure Brazil’s debt runs $139,000 for five years, and investors have to pay nothing up front.

Q: So if Argentina defaulted on its debts again, would it spread turmoil to other countries?

A: Not immediately. Argentina is already isolated from global credit markets, the usual route for financial turmoil to spread, because traders have been wary of just such a threat.

Over the long term, however, a default could still cause problems for other countries. Gelpern said her concern is that Argentina’s experience will make it harder for smaller countries to find a way out of their troubles. “Other weaker countries can’t afford to wage fights for 13 years,” she said.

Nadal Fights Back On A Rainy Day At Wimbledon

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LONDON (AP) — Rain played havoc with Saturday’s schedule at Wimbledon everywhere except under the closed roof on Centre Court, where Rafael Nadal recovered from a slow start against a player from Kazakhstan who hadn’t won a match at the All England Club until this week.

As he had the first two rounds, the second-seeded Nadal lost the opening set — this time in a tiebreaker. But he broke the 63rd-ranked Mikhail Kukushkin’s serve for the first time early in the second set en route to taking 11 of 12 games and winning that set and the third, too.

Rain first delayed the start of play on the outside courts for nearly two hours. Once play began, including top-seeded Serena Williams against Alize Cornet of France on Court 1, there was only about 15 minutes of action before rain began falling again and the tarps were pulled over the grass.

Organizers postponed more than 20 doubles and junior matches, but said there was a chance the weather would improve later in the day.

Sunday is a scheduled off-day at Wimbledon, the only Grand Slam tournament that takes a break midway through.

Later third-round matches Saturday guaranteed to be played on Centre Court — the only arena at the All England Club with a retractable roof — were 2004 champion Maria Sharapova against Alison Riske of the United States, and seven-time champion Roger Federer against Santiago Giraldo of Colombia.

Kukushkin, who lost in the first round in both his previous appearances at Wimbledon, started his match against two-time champion Nadal by belting the ball all around the court, and had 17 winners in the first set to Nadal’s 11.

With Kukushkin holding three set points at 6-3 in the tiebreaker, Nadal got one back with his second ace of the tiebreaker. But Kukushkin took the first set when Nadal’s backhand floated long.

Nadal won more total points in the first set, 43-41, but still found himself down early in the match.



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