Josh Shipp was back on the bench in street clothes. Jordan Farmar still was nursing a sprained ankle and Arron Afflalo was nursing a bruised hip. Afflalo then was whistled for a questionable foul on WSU’s Josh Akognon – who scored all of his 25 points in the second half – and he made both free throws with 13.3 seconds left to pull the Cougars (9-4, 2-2) within a point again. Afflalo made one free throw with 7.1 seconds left on the other end, and that was all UCLA would need. Kyle Weaver’s open layup attempt with about two seconds left was errant and Afflalo got the rebound to seal the win. Akognon made 7 of 11 shots in the second half, including 6 of 8 from behind the arc. “He was doing a lot of movement and he had three guys screening for him,” Afflalo said. “My teammates were doing a great job of helping me out. It’s kind of tough to dictate an offensive player’s movement when there’s no set to it. It was strictly motion and he was running free wherever he liked.” UCLA, which has won 10 of its last 11 games, shot 54.2 percent in the first half and led 31-17 at halftime. UCLA led by 17 points in the second half but couldn’t put the game away. Afflalo played 38 minutes – again, too many by UCLA coach Ben Howland’s admission – and had a team-high 18 points. He tipped in his own miss with 43 seconds left but fouled Akognon on a 3-point attempt and Akognon made all three shots to pull Washington State within one point, 60-59. Farmar added 12 points and seven assists. Mata was solid for the third consecutive game and played 29 minutes. He appeared to be in extensive pain as he slammed the court with his arm after colliding with Farmar’s knee. He was on crutches after the game and was scheduled to have an MRI late Thursday night. Center Ryan Hollins (groin) is expected to see a doctor today and could be cleared to play against Washington on Saturday. UCLA coach Ben Howland juggled his lineup and gave Roll his first start at small forward. Farmar started at point guard and Afflalo at shooting guard. Aside from the late scare, Howland was impressed. “I thought our defense in the first half was phenomenal,” Howland said. “That was our best defensive effort of the year.” Jill Painter, (818) 713-3615 [email protected] 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 MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita And for all the bumps and bruises and mishaps, UCLA is alone in first place in the Pac-10 Conference. UCLA held off a nerve-racking second-half rally by Washington State for a 63-61 win Thursday in front of 9,550 at Pauley Pavilion. Freshman Darren Collison, one of just three Bruins who has avoided the injury bug, made the big shot of the night, an uncontested layup to give UCLA a 62-59 lead with 19 seconds left. With Arizona losing at Oregon State and Cal playing Stanford tonight, the 11th-ranked Bruins (14-2, 4-1) have sole possession of first place in the conference by a half-game over the Golden Bears. But what’s a UCLA game without another injury? Mata injured his right knee on a collision with Farmar in the second half, but the extent of the injury won’t be determined until today. Nursing a one-point lead with 28.7 seconds left, Collison took the inbounds pass and dribbled in and out of defenders against a press. By the time he got past halfcourt, there was only one defender and Collison, the son of track standouts, sprinted to the basket for an unbelievably easy layup to give the Bruins a three-point lead. Lorenzo Mata played with a facemask for the first time to protect his fractured nose. Freshman Michael Roll made his first career start.
Amputee golfer Daniël Slabbert is the current Nedbank SA disabled golf champion, a title he first won in 2011.(Image: Nedbank) MEDIA CONTACTS • Werner Botes Publicity director, The PR Collective +27 76 275 2493 RELATED ARTICLES • Young SA disability activist lauded • ICT helps the blind • Laureus honour for Blade Runner • Finding strength through breast cancer • SA to host world’s richest golf eventCadine PillayYoung golfing champion Daniël Slabbert, an amputee, is living proof that adversity is no match for determination and a belief in one’s own talents.At just 21 years old, Slabbert is already a veteran of the golf course and a championship winner, and even with a prosthetic leg, he is capable of just about anything.While he also holds a successful reputation as a golfer, these days Slabbert is working towards his PGA (Professional Golfers Association) diploma at the University of Pretoria. Currently he holds the title of the Nedbank SA Disabled Golf Champion, a title he first won in 2011.That victory put him on the map in the golfing world, and this year, he successfully defended his title at the Langebaan Country Estate in the Western Cape. However, the success and recognition Slabbert has achieved in golf is a result of his determination to overcome the obstacles he faced as a young boy.Overcoming a tragedy Slabbert, who grew up in the Northern Cape province, was just 14 years old when an accident on his parents’ farm near Kathu caused a severe injury to his leg.“I was jumping on a trampoline alongside the farm house,” he says. “I landed slightly off balance, and it shot me towards this small window. My left leg went through the window, and that was it.”Every major artery and tendon above his knee was severed. Slabbert was rushed to the Kathu hospital, which didn’t have enough blood for him. The heavily bleeding teenager was bundled into an ambulance and rushed to Kuruman about 60km away.Medics managed to perform the transfusion in time, and then transferred him to Kimberley where he spent, amazingly, only six days in the hospital following an amputation through his left knee, after doctors were unable to repair the damage.After the amputation, the wound to the young man’s leg took a few months to heal and his rehabilitation started.Slabbert was fitted with a prosthetic leg and started his road to recovery, all the while refusing to let go of his dream to play the world-renowned Gary Player Country Club course during the week of the Nedbank Golf Challenge, held annually at Sun City in the North West province.Making each day a personal victoryThe spirited young man stayed positive despite the debilitating accident, and pressed on, making each day a personal victory.Three months after the accident, he was back on the family farm and walking again with his new prosthetic. And just six years later, Slabbert is one of the brightest stars in South African disabled golf.Before the accident, he was a keen golfer, having inherited his aptitude for the sport from his father. He continued playing after losing his leg, garnering a reputation as a brilliant young golfer. Slabbert also took part in several tournaments for the South African Disabled Golf Association.“At one of these tournaments, I experienced difficulty in walking comfortably,” he says.Slabbert was put in touch with Marco du Plooy, a prosthetist from Pretoria.“I was impressed with the way he built prosthetic limbs,” says Slabbert. “Marco was very accommodating and attentive in his approach and he understands that a great prosthetic leg is reliant upon a great foot, knee and socket – the part where the remaining part of the amputated leg fits into the prosthetic leg.“The sockets Marco builds are a cut above the rest and he has been making my legs ever since,” he explains. “I am very fortunate to have the best leg prosthetic technology is capable of creating. It helps me to do my best on the golf course.”Slabbert says with much conviction that he is not planning to slow down at all and advises those in similar circumstances that persistence and a positive attitude makes anything possible.
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The woman, Madhura Honey, who walked with the Indian contingent at the opening parade of Olympics 2012 in London, was reportedly a volunteer for the Games and she managed to sneak into the team using a pass.According to reliable sources, Madhura Honey, who hailed from Bangalore, was pursuing her post-graduate studies in the UK. She had enrolled as a volunteer for the Games. She studied in a reputed college in Bangalore in 2009 before moving to UK.”She had informed her parents that she would be seen on the big screen during the inaugural ceremony of the Games. We knew that she was part of the cast group and a volunteer. But all of us were shocked to see her walking along with our country’s contingent,” one of Madhura’s friends, who did not wish to be identified, said.Madhura had even put up her special pass to the Olympics on her Facebook account. She deactivated her account after she hogged the limelight for what is being considered as a major security breach.According to Madhura’s friend, her family, which is in Bangalore, is worried about her future. “They have stayed away from their friends after their daughter was seen on the TV during the live telecast of Olympics. So far, the parents have not been contacted by any representative of the Indian government,” she added.Apparently, Madhura was too excited about the Games and had informed her friends in Bangalore about her being part of the entertainment group. “She had shared her excitement with a common friend. But we don’t know how she managed to obtain the pass,” the friend said.advertisement