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first_img“My palms were sweaty,” senior guard Lodrick Stewart said. It was a first date of sorts, a date with the NCAA tournament. LOS ANGELES – USC players sat in the Galen Center stands, two television cameras ready to capture their reactions, and waited. And waited. Stewart, Nick Young and Gabe Pruitt waited for this opportunity for years. Their backs arched and heads tilted to catch a better view of the scoreboard screen from the arena’s plush new seats. They ached to find out who would be their dance partner and where they would be going. But the selection show teased them for more than 30 minutes, going through the complete West region before their name was called. No. 5 USC will face 12th-seeded Arkansas on Friday in Spokane, Wash. The players, some who brought along family members, erupted in cheers. Then they got the unique perspective of watching that delayed reaction on the CBS telecast seconds later. center_img “It was unbelievable,” Young said. “I’ve never been in a situation like that, where we see ourselves on the screen and everybody was yelling, then seeing the No. 5 pop up. That was great.” It’s USC’s first trip to the NCAA tournament since the 2001-02 season, before any current player was on the team. “We’ll get them back to Earth tomorrow, and they can take pats on the back today,” coach Tim Floyd said. The coach took over a team coming off a last-place finish in the Pacific-10 Conference and has it in the NCAA tournament two years later. The Trojans were picked by the media to finish sixth in the conference entering the season. “It’s absolutely ahead of schedule,” athletic director Mike Garrett said. “If you told me, with the team we had coming back and losing Ryan Francis, that we would make the NCAA tournament, I would have said that was a `Ripley’s Believe It or Not.”‘ Francis, the starting point guard last season, was killed in a Louisiana shooting during the off-season. The players wear a patch with his No. 12 on their jerseys. The fifth seed is higher than expected. The Trojans had an impressive resume with seven victories over top-25 teams but had bad losses to South Carolina and Arizona State as well as an RPI ranked 40th. The RPI improved last week, thanks to USC’s run to the Pacific-10 Conference tournament final, but the Trojans (23-11) had an embarrassing blowout loss to Oregon on national television in the title game. “We’re certainly happy with our seed,” Floyd said. “We think we were treated fairly.” The Trojans are 2-0 all-time against Arkansas, winning in 1986 and ’67. Arkansas (21-13) tied for the eighth-best record in the SEC but advanced to the final of the conference tournament before losing to Florida on Sunday. If USC can get by the Razorbacks, it could set up a second-round game against 15th-ranked Texas and national player of the year candidate Kevin Durant. “Obviously, he’s a top NBA prospect,” Pruitt said. “Hopefully, we can take care of business against Arkansas and see those guys in the second round.” matthew.kredell@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

first_img16 July 2004Pieter-Dirk Uys, South Africa’s most famous political satirist, has been sending up his mother country since the 1970s – most famously in the guise of his alter ego, Evita Bezuidenhout.But if you thought Evita was outspoken, just wait till you hear what her 102 year-old mother, Ouma Ossewania Kakebenia Poggenpoel, has to say about the state of the nation in Ouma Ossewania Praat Vuil (Talks Dirty).This hilarious memoir – the first in a trilogy of plays starring the Poggenpoel family – filled with social commentary and candid opinion from the filthy mouth of this Boere volksmoeder, comes to the Tesson at Johannesburg’s Civic Theatre from 10 to 28 August (Tuesdays to Saturdays at 8pm).The show is performed in Afrikaans, will be understood by anyone who has listened to a rude joke in that language, and should delightfully offend all adults.Ossewania Kakebenia – named after the Boer ossewa (oxwagon) and the kakebeen (jaw) of the Afrikaner ox – was born on 31 December 1900, during the Anglo-Boer war, in the concentration camp of Heldersonop. Her mother was the legendary Sarie Marais, who inspired the folksong but little else; her father was the charming rogue Gerhardus Poggenpoel.Little Ossewania grew up angry, eventually giving birth to two illegitimate daughters, Evangelie and Baby.After years in Bethlehem in the old Orange Free State – where Ossewania was for years the youngest organist in the Dutch Reformed Church – she moved to Johannesburg with her daughters and took over the management of a seedy boarding house in Doornfontein.Baby went to Europe to follow her dreams, while Evangelie became a Killarney film star, eventually marrying into the powerful and ruthless Bezuidenhout family, something Ossewania never approved of, especially when Evangelie changed her name to Evita.Mevrou Poggenpoel spent the glory years of the 1960s and 1970s in the shadow of her now-famous daughter, who had become the glittering hostess of the National Party in power. But Ossewania’s anger was never far from the surface.Now 102 years old, abandoned in an old-age home, waiting to be fetched by a family who never turn up, this ancient Afrikaner matron lets rip.She has had enough: enough of democracy and affirmative action, enough of lies, corruption and hypocrisy. She regards her famous daughter with contempt, and even though she loves her great-grandchildren, the fact that they are black does not sit comfortably with her. Her unnatural passion for church leaders has not waned, and even at her ripe old age Ouma Ossewania has been known to spy on the young dominee in the toilet of the local NG Kerk.Throughout her life Ouma Ossewania believed them when they said apartheid was a gift of God. Now she knows her life was wasted on a lie. Is it too late? Will the Zulu garden “boy” still sleep with her? Will he want more than the R20 she has saved?Ouma Ossewania Praat Vuil – n Afrikaans, in language that would make a tart from Benoni blush. Without censorship, without good taste, and without qualms.Book at Computicket or at the Johannesburg Civic Theatre.Source: Johannesburg Civic Theatrelast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation recently awarded $20,700 in grants to organizations that support and promote Ohio’s agricultural industry as well as local communities. The foundation’s Action & Awareness grants focus on four core areas: economic development, education, environment and the human-animal bond.Grant recipients are:AgriPOWER to support two scholarships for Ohio Farm Bureau’s intensive, year-long leadership program for farmers and agribusiness professionals.Crown Point Ecology Center to help convert an existing building into a honey extraction and beeswax processing facility that will be available to local northeastern Ohio beekeepers.Friends of the Juvenile Court in Clinton County to help expand an existing program that pairs at-risk youth with local farmers through the 4-H process.Ohio Energy Project in support of its Energy Sources Tour and Energy Sources Blitz programs that give teachers behind-the-scenes access to the energy industry.Ohio Hop Growers Guild to support its 2019 Ohio Hop Conference in January.The next application cycle for an Action & Awareness Grant is Jan. 1 to April 30, 2019. Grants may be used for general support, startup funding for new organizations, program expansion, or capital for equipment necessary to implement eligible programs. Learn more at ofbf.org/foundation/aagrants/.last_img read more

first_imgTwo pilgrims died of cardiac arrest near the holy cave shrine of Amarnath while another was killed in a road accident in Pulwama district, taking the death toll in this year’s pilgrimage to 20. A private vehicle, carrying Amarnath pilgrims, collided with a school bus at Padgampora in the Awantipora area, resulting in death of one woman pilgrim, a police official said. He said she was identified as Savita, a resident of Jaipur. A pilgrim, identified as Mahinder Pal, fell unconscious last night at Kali Mata track and later died, the official said. G. Koteshwara, a 70-year-old pilgrim from Andhra Pradesh, died due to cardiac arrest at the holy cave yesterday, he said. With these, the death toll in this year’s pilgrimage — which began on June 28 — has gone up to 20.last_img read more