LOS ANGELES – For once, USC is not playing solely for pride and bragging rights when it travels to Pauley Pavilion tonight to face rival UCLA. If the No. 19 Trojans can shock the No. 2 Bruins, USC will tie UCLA for first place in the Pacific 10 Conference. “We were one shot away,” Lodrick Stewart said. “He misses that shot, we would have won. That gives us a lot of confidence that we can get this win.” Westphal said he thought after that 1971 season that USC and UCLA would be perennial top-10 teams for the rest of his life, but it didn’t turn out that way. The Trojans have had only fleeting moments of success. USC hasn’t won a conference title since 1961. For the team veterans – Stewart, Nick Young and Gabe Pruitt – this is an opportunity they relish. They remember being last in the Pac-10 just two years ago. “I can finally say we’re fighting for the No. 1 spot in the Pac-10,” Nick Young said. “We’ve come from last place to second place, and this could mean a lot to our program.” Pruitt hurt Starting point guard Pruitt said he expects to play though he suffered a mild sprain to his right ankle while making an awkward stop late in practice Tuesday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Former USC player and coach Bob Boyd, the program’s resident historian with 56 years following the team, said he doesn’t remember a USC-UCLA game this big since 1971. In that season, a Paul Westphal-led Trojans team coached by Boyd had a chance to tie the Bruins for first place in the final game of the regular season but lost 73-62. That game had even more drama than this one. USC had been ranked No. 1 in the nation for half the season before losing to UCLA in the first game. The Bruins took over No. 1 in the polls, but the Trojans had climbed back to No. 2 by the second contest. Back in those days, only the winner of the Pac-10 made the NCAA Tournament. So, even though they were the top two teams in the nation, only one was going to move on to the postseason. USC ended up 24-2, with both losses to UCLA, but did not advance. “The game meant either ending your year or moving on,” Westphal said. “It’s a different system now and a different kind of pressure, but this is still a very compelling game.” USC players thought that they gave the game away when they allowed UCLA to come back from a 10-point deficit and win on Arron Afflalo’s buzzer-beating jumper Jan. 13. That they outplayed UCLA for most of the game has the Trojans believing they can win at Pauley, where they have a pair of 21-point defeats the past two seasons.
Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez admitted he was lucky his winning goal against nine-man Chelsea was allowed to stand.Hernandez was in an offside position when he netted with 15 minutes to go, giving United their first league win at Stamford Bridge since 2002.“Probably,” the player replied when asked if his goal was offside.“It’s a habit I have to look to the linesman. It was a difficult game but we were lucky that we scored the last goal,” he told Sky Sports.More reaction to follow later.See also:Ferguson: Fernando Torres’ dismissal ‘was his own fault’Controversy as nine-man Chelsea loseFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Poets and musicians collaborate on The Mash Up, a weekly SAfm radio show. Between them and the audience, they teach the host and listeners about South Africa’s musical history.Naledi Moleo, host of The Mash Up, says the first show was broadcast on 13 August 2016. It was nominated for Best Music show in the 2017 Liberty Radio Awards in April. (Image supplied)Melissa JavanTo learn about South African music from the listeners and the artists in studio is one of the benefits of hosting The Mash Up radio show on SA FM Radio, says Naledi Moleo.“Songs like Jikijela by Letta Mbulu and Naughty Little Flea by Miriam Makeba are songs we would never have sourced and played had it not been for the listeners and artists who have requested real South African classics,” she adds.The Mash Up, explains Moleo, is a weekly hour-long show broadcast on Saturdays. It features live poetry and music by renowned and upcoming South African poets and musicians. “Each week, The Mash Up will bring together a poet and a musician. Through interviews, live poetry and music performances, they collaborate by ‘mashing up’ their respective crafts.”The artists may also give a selection of their favourite South African songs. “The listeners will be introduced to artists from different backgrounds, ages and genres. The show is about nation building and celebrating the extraordinary talent from South Africa.“The listeners love it. I get excited especially when listeners SMS us, giving us names of musicians and poets that we should have on the show,” says Moleo.How it startedShe realised there was a major opportunity to create a platform for South African poets, says Moleo. “Poetry has the power to either make really difficult conversations more palatable or raise our awareness of injustices. More than anything, poetry can also just uplift and renew us.“I believe that South Africans really need that in this day and age. We are bombarded with so much bad news and pressure that it is necessary to reflect. I too am in need of therapy that the live music and poetry offer at the end of every long week.”It is just magical, she says, to watch two artists who have never collaborated forced to make it work live on air — they have no prior preparation. “They always come into the studio feeling completely nervous and leave on cloud nine because they are so proud of themselves.“South Africa has always been a country that enjoys music and poetry. Think of how we sing with every major event. Think of the praise poetry and official events and even traditional weddings. The Mash Up is just a reflection of how South Africans have always expressed themselves. As a talk radio host all I really am interested in is hearing those different forms of self-expression.”The collaborationsMoleo says the musicians are usually the underdogs in the industry. “Artists like Nono Nkoane, Msaki and Tribute Birdie Mboweni are immensely talented and underrated. We think it’s important to celebrate their work.“Every now and then we will also have some of the legends of the music industry. Maestros such as Lex Futshane, Vusi Mahlasela and Pops Mohamed have also graced our studio and it’s wonderful because we get to celebrate their wonderful work and share with a younger listener who perhaps hasn’t had the opportunity to interact with their work.”One of the collaborations was Tshepo Molefe and Sabelo Mthembu.#TheMashUp with @naledimoleo brings you poet @tshepomolefe942 and musician @sabelomthembu. Expect an hour of awesome live poetry and music pic.twitter.com/YtmwB6mhL3— SAfmRadio ? (@SAfmRadio) June 24, 2017#TheMashUp thanks so much to our guests this evening the phenomenal @sabelomthembu and wordsmith @tshepomolefe942 @naledimoleo pic.twitter.com/6Fdk60HnfO— SAfmRadio ? (@SAfmRadio) June 24, 2017Molefe has been writing poetry for two years. “It began when I was still a student at [the University of the Witwatersrand] and I entered a poetry competition called DFL Lover + Another. There, I met a poet who goes by the name NoLiFE [or Nobody Lives ForEver] and he introduced me to a platform called Cuddle Sessions. This in turn introduced me to the Joburg poetry scene. I haven’t looked back.”According to Molefe his poetry ranges from social issues, such as alcohol abuse and miscarriage from a father’s perspective, to political commentary to his own struggles and the problems he has with his family.He describes his experience on The Mash Up as amazing.Molefe believes collaborations such as these build a better and more versatile network between artists. “What I mean by ‘more versatile network between artists’ is often we get caught up our own artistic spaces, for instance I would normally stay in and interact with my poetry circles, and not know of other creative spaces that are out there.“Such spaces would include soul singers and instrumentalists. The Mash Up kind of collaborations opens doors for artists in different fields to first know that they exist and if they would someday want to work on a joint project, provided that they like each other’s work.”Musician Mthembu agrees: “I truly enjoyed it. I wasn’t sure what to expect. But the vibe between the poet and I was great. It was the first time I collaborated with a poet.“There was an instant gel of styles.”He says collaborations teach him that artists need each other to grow. “Working together we have the capacity to achieve more as a people.”Mthembu has been in the music industry for about 10 years. “I did backing vocals for Louise Carver for about five years before releasing my solo project.”He says although he started singing in church when he was five years old, singing was not a first career choice growing up. “I enjoyed doing it very much though. It was only after participating on South Africa’s Idols in 2007 that I decided to pursue it more aggressively.Besides Carver, he has contributed backing vocals on various artists’ projects. He calls his music “Afrosoul with a touch of jazz and classical music”.You can listen to the podcasts of The Mash Up here.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With the likelihood of 2018 farm economics again favoring soybean production, soybeans being planted after soybeans could be on the rise this spring.With consecutive years of soybean production, yield potential declines and the potential need for additional inputs and precautions increases.“Agronomically, we never like to see beans after beans, but when it gets into your back pocket sometimes we have to do some things differently,” said Mike Earley, Seed Consultants, Inc. agronomist. “We need to make sure to not plant the same variety in the same field back to back. If we get into continuous beans for multiple years we need to do a lot more scouting and chances are we are going to need some fungicide applications because of a lot more disease pressure in the fields.”In addition to increased potential for soybean issues including Phytophthora, white mold and frogeye leaf spot, more soybeans could also mean more yield loss to soybean cyst nematode (SCN). The silent robber of soybean yields has been on the rise and has been found in over 60% of Ohio soybean fields, according to Ohio State University Extension. SCN yield losses of 25% to 50% can take place with no above ground symptoms.Of course, the easiest way to combat SCN is crop rotation, but if that is not an option then variety selection becomes increasingly important.“Almost all of the soybean varieties sold to farmers in Ohio are labeled ‘Resistant to SCN,’ ‘Resistant to SCN Race 3’ or something similar. Most of the time, a variety labeled as SCN-resistant got its resistance from an ancestral soybean line called PI (Plant Introduction) 88788,” wrote Anne Dorrance, Laura Lindsey, Terry Niblack, and Chris Taylor with Ohio State University Extension in the CORN Newsletter. “This source of resistance was considered broad-spectrum, highly durable, and relatively easy to transfer into the new high-yielding varieties via traditional breeding practices, and that’s why most of our soybean varieties have this resistance. Based on data from hundreds of trials in locations throughout the Midwest, varieties that have this source of resistance will yield higher than similar varieties with no resistance even when SCN populations are low.”Testing for SCN also becomes increasingly important in fields of soybeans planted after soybeans. There are numerous labs that measure the SCN populations, including OSU’s own C. Wayne Ellett Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic. The latest fact sheet has contact information for each of these labs and management practices can be found at http://ohioline.osu.edu/ac-fact/pdf/0039.pdf.
GC488RH – Ljubljanski nebotičnik / SkyscraperGC488RH – Ljubljanski nebotičnik / Skyscraper is a Traditional Cache with an amazing view of the capital cityIn the capital city of Ljubljana, one of the most recognizable landmarks is Nebotičnik also known as Ljubljana’s skyscraper. When construction was complete in February of 1933, it was one of the tallest buildings in all of Europe. When you enter the skyscraper, take a moment to admire the gorgeous spiral staircase before heading up to the grand 360° view and tiny geocache on the observation deck. The official slogan of the Slovenian Tourist Board is “I FEEL SLOVENIA”, and it’s easy to see why:Two-thirds of Slovenia is covered in forestsSlovenia is the only country in Europe that combines the Alps, the Mediterranean, the Pannonian Plain, and the KarstOne percent of Slovenia is covered by vineyardsSlovenia is the first of FIVE geocaching country souvenirs to be released this year! That’s correct! If the allure of varied landscapes, rich culture, and countless barrels of wine weren’t enough, you can now earn a geocaching country souvenir for logging a geocache in Slovenia (in addition to four other new countries that will be revealed soon). Souvenirs are virtual pieces of art that are displayed on your geocaching profile page when you find a geocache in certain locations.As an aperitif, we’ve put together five must-see geocaches from “the green piece of Europe.” Enjoy! GC1W8FM – Zelenci SourcesGC1W8FM Zelenci Sources is stunning EarthCacheGiven the piercing green color of this lake, it’s obvious to see how Zelenci Sources got it’s name: Zelen means “green” in Slovene. You’ll be able to spot mini water “jets” that resemble tiny volcanoes under the surface of the water, and find two types of lizards in this area. If you want to see super cool 360° photos of this natural wonder, click this link.Inspired yet? Better start packing your bags and exploring the wonders of Slovenia and meeting their lovely citizens! Slovenian GIFF Weekend 2015 in LjubljanaWe’ll unveil one new souvenir every week until all FIVE are officially released and awarded by mid December. Souvenirs that are currently available can be found here. A list of currently available geocaching souvenirs and even the ones you’ve already earned can be found on Geocaching.com. And, if you’ve already found a geocache in Slovenia, we will retroactively add this souvenir to your profile after all five country souvenirs are announced.Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or right here on our Blog to find out which countries are next.Have you found a geocache in Slovenia? Tell us your experience in the comments below! GC3QWBD – MorigenosGC3QWBD Morigenos is a Traditional Cache in the seaside town of PiranThis geocache will take you to a beautiful location overlooking the Adriatic Sea, and was made in partnership with the Morigenos – Slovenian Marine Mammal Society who study a resident population of bottlenose dolphins in the area. For an additional cost of 1 € and some extra time, head up to the top of the church tower for a view of the town and coastline. SharePrint RelatedSmileys by bicycle in SloveniaMay 10, 2017With 1 commentA Guide to Geocaching in LithuaniaNovember 23, 2015In “Geocaching.com Souvenirs”RUDNIK MANGANA / MANGANESE MINE (GC4RCD7) —Geocache of the WeekNovember 19, 2015In “Geocache of the Week” GC26YR7 – Blejski otok / Island on Lake BledGC26YR7 Blejski otok / Island on Lake Bled is a Traditional Cache on Slovenia’s only islandOne of the oldest castle in Slovenia is the site of countless picturesque postcards. As tradition goes, if a couple gets married at the church on Bled Island, the groom must carry the bride up all 99 steps to ensure a long and happy marriage. You have three methods for reaching the geocache on Bled Island:Take a boatSwim over in the summer months (make sure to bring extra clothes that are appropriate for entering the building on the island), orWalk across the frozen lake in winterOne would think that the storybook nature of finding this geocache would be impossible to top, but inside the geocache is another set of coordinates for a nearby bonus geocache. Fairy tales do come true! Share with your Friends:More GC14916 – Vas KocnoGC14916 Vas Kocno is a 6 stage Multi-Cache in a charming villageAccording to the geocache’s listing page, this geocaching is in one of the most idyllic regions of Slovenia:Kočno is a wonderful small village, surrounded by unspoiled nature. It counts about 20 homes with 85 inhabitants. It’s located on the eastern side of Pohorje mountain at some 500 meters altitude and on the south side of the Polskava river. The villagers are mostly occupied with farming, primarily agriculture, growing cattle, fruits and wine. The village is nicely arranged and is a real open-air ethnological museum. Old farming machines, tools and gadgets that were used in old times on farms in Kočno and surroundings, are put on display all around the village.While in this lush area, consider a side trip to Maribor, site of the world’s oldest fruit bearing grapevine—over 400 years old!
International Athletes and officials will continue to check in at the Commonwealth Games Village here with over 1300 more expected to arrive today for the October 3-14 event.The largest contingents to arrive today will be from Malaysia and Ghana with participants from sporting disciplines like cycling, aquatics, para-sports, shooting, boxing and athletics.The Cyprus team consists of participants from boxing, table tennis, weightlifting, archery, swimming and wrestling, the Organising Committee said in a statement.Among the other major teams arriving today are those of Canada, Scotland, Barbados, Lesotho, Jamaica and Australia.Apart from these, officials and athletes from Mauritius, England, New Zealand, Sierra Leone, Bahamas, Jamaica, South Africa, Wales, Northern Ireland, Lesotho, Falkland Islands, Guernsey, Zambia, and Cayman Islands are also arriving today.The squash and athletics teams from Australia and the badminton, netball teams from Jamaica will also join their counterparts from other countries at the Village.The Chefs-de-Mission of Bangladesh, Montserrat and Dominica will arrive along with an international media contingent.
The Delhi and Pune IPL match at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi was washed away on account of insistent rains on Saturday. Score | PhotosBoth teams were awarded one point each and as a result Delhi finished last on the points table with nine points from 14 matches. Pune too finished with nine points, but they had a better net run rate compared to Delhi.However, there was little that the two teams could have gained from it, had it continued till the end as the qualifiers for the knock-outs had already been decided. Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata and Mumbai have made it to the next stage while the rest would be hoping for a good show in the next season.Delhi captain James Hopes won the toss and elected to bat in the 68th IPL match of season 4.The match was reduced to that of academic interest, but Pune bowlers got on with the act of stifling the Delhi batsmen from the word go.Pune paceman James Faulkner got rid of opener David Warner with a perfect yorker in the fourth over of the innings when the Delhi total was 24. Then in the sixth over the other opener Naman Ojha departed to a Shrikant Mundhe ball on eight. Delhi were reduced to 32/2.Another yorker and another wicket! On the last ball of the 9th over Mitchell Marsh got rid of Matthew Wade with a yorker and Delhi were down to 47/3. With an average of 5/50 runs per over Delhi score was moving at a rather slow rate and by the 10th over they were 55/3.advertisementDelhi were batting on are 56/3 in 10.1 overs with Venugopal Rao and Colin Ingram at the crease when rain forced the match to be called off.Teams Pune Warriors: Manish Pandey, James Faulkner, Sourav Ganguly, Callum Ferguson, Yuvraj Singh(c), Robin Uthappa(w), Sachin Rana, Mitchell Marsh, Rahul Sharma, Alfonso Thomas, Shrikant MundheDelhi Daredevils: David Warner, Naman Ojha(w), Colin Ingram, James Hopes(c), Venugopal Rao, Matthew Wade, Yogesh Nagar, Irfan Pathan, Varun Aaron, Ashok Dinda, Umesh Yadav