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Golding, Slessinger Reflect On Friendship, Careers After Securing 100th Wins

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – While their home arenas are nearly 700 miles apart, Abilene Christian men’s basketball coach Joe Golding and New Orleans’ lead man Mark Slessinger were just an hour away from each other when the two clinched the 100th win of their respective tenures.“It was really humbling,” Slessinger said. “My radio guy came and told me, and it caught me off guard. It’s been amazing to see all the hard work that went in to get to this point.”On Jan. 9, the Wildcats traveled to Lake Charles, La., to face McNeese while the Privateers went the opposite direction across the Sabine River to take on Lamar. Both teams came away with a crucial road win to improve to 2-1 in league play.“Honestly, I didn’t even know it was my 100th win until I was walking to the bus and [Voice of the Wildcats] Grant Boone found me and told me,” Golding said. “I was excited about it, but I was more excited to beat McNeese.”Although they were not the first coaches to reach 100 wins at a Southland Conference institution – actually the 12th and the 13th – it marked the first time that two coaches reached the milestone on the same day, much less in the same season.“We’ve known each other for years and both have amazing stories,” Slessinger said. “We’ve gone on a little different paths, but we have a good friendship and so much respect for each other. We talked on the phone and texted after on the bus, giving each other a hard time.”The duo, who both served as assistant coaches in the Southland before their head coaching days, were hired within three weeks of each other in the summer of 2011. Golding, a point guard for ACU from 1994-98, returned to his alma mater in 2005 and spent three seasons as the top assistant to Jason Copeland.“Not many people get to go back to the university they played for and get a chance to coach,” Golding said. “I’m very fortunate and lucky for that. The university and the town of Abilene really raised me. It’s a special place to me. I take a lot of pride in trying to turn this program around.”Prior to taking the job at New Orleans, Slessinger spent 11 years as an assistant coach under legendary coach Mike McConathy, who boasts the second-most wins by a Southland Conference coach (291).Congrats to @CoachSless on becoming the third in program history to reach ?? wins #504OurCity pic.twitter.com/fKH6W0hKQ5— Privateers Men’s ?? (@PrivateersMBB) January 10, 2019 Amongst the Wildcats’ nine upperclassmen are guards Jaylen Franklin and Payten Ricks, who through four Southland Conference games, rank third in the Southland Conference in points (80) and assists per game (5.0), respectively. While Golding claims he wasn’t allowed to shoot, he averaged a team-best 4.2 assists per game over his career and takes a lot of pride in coaching the position today.“I played guard here and I’ve got a lot of respect for those guys,” Golding said. “I’m probably harder on them than the bigs. The biggest key for us has been how unselfish they’ve been. We made a switch in our offense over the past few years and those guys have embraced it and bought in.”Golding and Co. wrap up the third week of conference play when they host Northwestern State at 6 p.m. Saturday, while Slessinger and his Privateers hit the road for a 5 p.m. contest against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, which can be seen on ESPN3. “I learned more than I have time to talk about,” Slessinger said. “How to run a program and keep things in perspective. How to make a program sustainable. A lot of people can have a flash in the pan, but the goal is to sustain it for years. I got an incredible blueprint from him.”Following each of their first years on the job, both schools accepted bids to join the Southland for the 2013-14 season. “Mark’s been a great friend of mine through this,” Golding said. “He got his program going quicker than us. When he made the NCAA tournament, that gave our staff hope that we could do it here. I’ve got the utmost respect for Mark.”For the Wildcats, it closed the book on a 40-year residence in the Lone Star Conference and marked a reunion with the league it helped found in 1963.“Going through that transition was the hardest thing a bunch of us had ever done in our lives,” Golding said. “When I got here, all I wanted to do was win games like any young coach, but I figured out quick that it was going to be a long road. It’s been challenging but very rewarding.”For the Privateers, it was a turning point as the athletic department contemplated dropping from Division I to Division III as the school dealt with declining enrollment, budget cuts and insufficient fundraising after Hurricane Katrina.“We had to be relentlessly positive,” Slessinger said. “It wasn’t a job for someone that wasn’t tough minded. I’ve seen a lot of hard work coming to fruition. It all goes back to that mindset of being relentlessly positive.” It was not an ideal situation for Slessinger to inherit as the department’s struggles left him with three players and one assistant. Negative press sprouting from NCAA sanctions further scared off potential recruits and assistants.Fast forward five seasons to 2016-17, when he guided New Orleans to its first 20-win season and first conference tournament title in 20 years, when now-Lamar head coach Tic Price was at the helm of the Privateers.“It was wonderful,” Slessinger said. “It was a great culmination of a lot of hard work and sacrifice by the student-athletes and staff. It was really rewarding to get that once-in-a-lifetime experience and bring joy and pride back to the city.”While Slessinger is no stranger to the conference tournament with four trips over the last four seasons, Abilene Christian is off to a good start in pursuit of a coveted trip to Katy after just missing out on a tiebreaker last season, their first year of postseason eligibility.“We don’t even know what door to go through to get in to the Merrell Center,” Golding joked. “We’re just trying to live day-by-day, trust the process, get better each day and see where it heads. We thought we were in a pretty good position last year, but we lost some tough games down the stretch.”Both coaches are now in their eighth seasons and seeing the payoff of their models of consistency as Abilene Christian and New Orleans are 4-1 through the first two weeks of league action.“We haven’t lost a player in three years,” Golding said. “We’ve done it all with high school guys and tried to develop them both as basketball players and as men. There’s some coaching involved with it, but it’s really about the players.”ACU beat McNeese 73-72 Wednesday night, giving head coach @CoachGoldingACU his 100th career victory. Congrats, Coach! #GoWildcats pic.twitter.com/qeBL2PcgHD— ACU Mens Basketball (@ACU_MBB) January 10, 2019last_img read more

Pochettino officially FREE to sign for clubs as Spurs gardening leave ends

first_imgMAURICIO POCHETTINO is officially free to sign for another club after his Spurs gardening leave came to an end on Monday.The Argentine was axed by Tottenham in November and paid a £12.5million compensation package that included a clause not to manage another club for six months.2 Former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is now free to sign for another clubCredit: ReutersThat time has now come to an end, meaning interested parties will not have to fork out any cash to secure Poch’s services.Real Madrid are known to be long-time suitors of last year’s Champions League finalist.And Manchester United have long been linked with Pochettino as a replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.However, it is Newcastle who are leading the charge for the talented tactician.2The fallen giants are on the verge of being taken over in a £300m deal by a Saudi-led consortium.And they want Pochettino to replace current boss Steve Bruce with immediate effect.Newcastle are ready to hand him an incredible £19m-a-year, a huge increase on the reported £8.5m he was earning at Spurs.Poch will also be backed in the transfer window with a gargantuan war chest.Most Read In SportTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’PicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubOne player said to be top of Newcastle’s wish list is Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly.He is said to be interested in a move to St James’ Park.But Newcastle will have to compete with Man Utd and Liverpool for the Senegalese superstar.Tottenham ask sacked Pochettino to take pay cut on severance package due to coronavirus shutdownlast_img read more

Nick Evans to help coach Quins

first_imgThe 36 year old New Zealander retired from playing at the end of the season after becoming Quins’ record points scorer in his nine years at The Stoop.”I am delighted Nick has agreed to the offer to join the Harlequins coaching team,” the Premiership side’s director of rugby John Kingston said.”His role will allow him to bring new and innovative ideas which will benefit the team massively.”Evans won 16 caps for New Zealand and was one of the most successful overseas imports to the Premiership, winning the title with Quins in 2012.The first-five scored 2,249 points in his 208 senior appearances.During the past two years he has coached Wimbledon RFC, guiding them to promotion to National Two last season.”He was an unbelievably intelligent player and has already met considerable success coaching Wimbledon over the last few seasons,” Kingston added. Photo: PHOTOSPORT Nick Evans of Harlequins in action against the Exeter Chiefs at Twickenham Stoop, 2015.last_img read more

Kearney coy on Nikorima joining Warriors

first_imgNikorima has been left out of the Broncos side to play South Sydney tomorrow with Brisbane coach Anthony Seibold saying he needed time to ponder his future.Seibold has said he couldn’t guarantee the out of form Nikorima a future at the NRL club beyond 2020.An announcement on Nikorima’s early release from the Broncos is believed to be imminent and Kearney confirmed the Warriors had offered Nikorima a four year deal from 2020 but Brisbane appear ready to let him go sooner although Kearney was sensitive about discussing Nikorima’s immediate future.”Whatever happens this year or (in the future) that’s in the (Broncos and Kodi Nikorima’s agent) hands and that’s all I need to say about that,” said Kearney.”I’m happy to talk about Sunday’s match and who’s available and who’s not available but that’s all I have to say on the (Nikorima) matter.”Senior Warriors players have dismissed concerns about Nikorima’s patchy form for Brisbane saying his arrival at the club would be a “great buy”.”I think it genuinely is going to be a great buy for the club,” said hooker Isaac Luke.Kearney was happier to talk about the NRL conceding a refereeing error effectively cost his side a win over the Melbourne Storm last week.The NRL’s head of football Graham Annesley said earlier this week that the referees made an error in awarding Melbourne a decisive penalty in the Storm’s 13-12 win.While frustrated Kearney said it’s good the NRL can admit the mistake “which wasn’t always the way in the past.””I get that everyone makes mistake but in that situation it was pretty tough to take given the circumstances of the game but you’ve got to live with it and I am hoping that we get a couple of those (decisions going our way) in the near future.last_img read more

VIDEO: 2015 Rugby World Cup Daily round-up

first_imgVunipola has been ruled out of the rest of the World Cup with a knee ligament strain.Harlequins number eight Nick Easter, 37, who has 52 Test caps, has been called up as a replacement.England have played two games in the World Cup. They beat Fiji 35-11 followed by a defeat against Wales on Saturday,They are third in Pool A and face Australia at Twickenham on Saturday and Uruguay a week later, with the top two progressing to the quarter-finals.last_img

Rome condemns the banners of Lazio fans in which they call Zaniolo “lame”

first_img“Zaniolo as Rocca, lame from Rome”, accompanied by the drawing of a wheelchair, is the writing of the banner made by some fans del Lazio, which caused the outrage of the surroundings of the Romanist complex and from your technician, Fonseca “Who has done it is not football fans. Who has done it does not love football”Fonseca said during the press conference prior to the Olympic derby, between Roma, fourth, and Lazio, third.Zaniolo, a talented 20-year-old midfielder, the ligament broke crossed right knee last January 6 during a Roma-Juventus and sees his participation in the Eurocup next June in the I was going to lead the Italian national team. In recent weeks, a part of the Lazio fans had sung chants that mocked of the midfielder from Rome (Zaniolo jumps with us) and the tension increased this Saturday after the banner stuck a few meters from the sports center of the city’s rivals.There were also controversies over the jokes against Rocca, who suffered up to five knee injuries that forced him to anticipate his withdrawal of football and still causing serious problems. The Portuguese Paulo Fonseca, coach of Rome, condemned this Saturday the banners displayed by a part of the fans of Lazio in which he mocks the serious crusader injury suffered recently by the romanista midfielder Nicoló Zaniolo. Some Lazio fans placed in the early hours of this Saturday, the eve of the derby of the capital of this Sunday, a banner in the area of ​​the sports center of Rome in which they define Zaniolo as “a lame one” and compare him to Francesco Rocca, former Romanian player who had to retire at age 26 after an ordeal of knee injuries.last_img read more

Kevin Krawietz goes from winning Roland Garros in pairs to being a stocker in a supermarket

first_imgWhat do you be taught there? “Extra appreciation. Colleagues right here generally stand up at 5, they’re in the shop from five-thirty to fill the cabinets,” he stated. “I, then again, have had the posh in my lifetime of being ready to flip my pastime into my occupationKrawietz made a splash on the French Open final 12 months alongside Andreas Mies by winning the Roland Garros doubles competitors. Krawietz is at present licensed to prepare as a skilled on an indoor tennis courtroom, thanks to an exception allow. “I play there three or 4 instances a week. In any other case, I purchased inline skates and use them to get on and off the Nymphenburg Canal in MunichAside from that, the motto for him is: disconnect and carton. The phrase service at present has a new that means for Kevin Krawietz, the German tennis participant who gained the doubles in the final version of the Roland Garros match along with Andreas Mies, He works as a stockman in a supermarket in these instances with out sports activities competitions. “I’ve been working for a supermarket for a number of weeks for a primary wage of 450 euros,” Krawietz, 28, revealed in an interview revealed right this moment by the journal “Der Spiegel”.You aren’t but allowed to scan and acquire merchandise on the checkout. “Along with a colleague, I replenish cabinets, I guarantee that the sausages and cheese are in sight and I type the empty bins, we name that cardboard“Krawietz reported on his second job.” Final week I as soon as did safety on the entrance, spraying the procuring carts with disinfectant. “Krawietz had”been planning to search for a regular job for a whereas, thanks to the coronavirus now I’ve the chance to accomplish that“he defined.last_img read more

Sports Briefs

first_imgWebb removed GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Island (CMC): Jeffrey Webb, the disgraced former president of CONCACAF, has finally been removed as president of the Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA). CIFA made the announcement in a statement issued after an emergency meeting of its executive Monday night which followed Webb’s guilty plea in a probe into corruption in international football. Webb initially pleaded not guilty to the charges but US Department of Justice officials revealed last week that he has switched his plea and agreed to forfeit more than US$6 million of ill-gotten gains. Putin moves to end WCup 2018 delays MOSCOW (AP): President Vladimir Putin has demanded delays in construction of 2018 World Cup projects be quickly overcome. After chairing a meeting on Russia’s preparations yesterday, Putin says there have been “certain difficulties” at various facilities, and he highlighted the Baltic port of Kaliningrad, where “delays there should be fixed as quickly as possible.”last_img read more

Lowly Hurricanes blow away Scorpions in Regional First Class Championship

first_img VOCANOES IN TROUBLE AT GUYANA NATIONAL STADIUM: Guyana Jaguars, leading Trinidad and Tobago Red Force by 58 on first innings, reached 244 for four at the close on the third day of their sixth-round match yesterday. Scores: JAGUARS 237 (Vishaul Singh 104 not out, Veerasammy Permaul 47, Leon Johnson 23; Marlon Richards 3-41, Rayad Emrit 3-44, Jon-Russ Jagessar 3-59) and 244 for four (Leon Johnson 111 not out, Tagenarine Chanderpaul 42, Anthony Bramble 39 not out; Jon-Russ Jagessar 4-67). RED FORCE 179 (Yannic Cariah 68, Jason Mohammed 30, Evin Lewis 26; Veerasammy Permaul 5-65, Devendra Bishoo 3-48). JAGUARS IN COMMAND NORTH SOUND, Antigua (CMC): Off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall grabbed his first-ever 10-wicket haul in first-class cricket to inspire Leeward Islands Hurricanes to an 85-run victory over Jamaica Scorpions and their first win of the Regional first-class championship here yesterday. Starting the final day of their sixth-round clash on 58 for two in search of 366 for victory, Scorpions were dismissed for 280 – undermined by Cornwall – who claimed seven for 131 to end with match figures of 12 for 205. Barbadian right-hander Kirk Edwards converted his overnight 28 into a top score of 93, while tail-ender Sheldon Cottrell got 39 and Carlton Baugh Jr, 25, but the task of scoring 308 on the final day proved too much for the visitors. Hurricanes had lost all five of their previous outings this season to languish at the bottom of the six-team standings. However, they broke out of their slump in style, taking wickets at regular intervals throughout the day to ensure that there was no way back for Scorpions. Edwards seemed to be steering Scorpions to safety when he anchored a series of small partnerships. He struck 13 fours and three sixes in an innings spanning 142 deliveries and 189 minutes before he was sixth out. He extended his overnight third-wicket stand with AndrÈ McCarthy to 41 before Cornwall grabbed his first wicket of the morning, trapping McCarthy lbw for 22 after 35 balls at the crease. Edwards then put on 38 with Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood, who made 21, and added another 47 for the fifth wicket with Antiguan Devon Thomas, who got 15. Unbeaten on 78 at the break, Edwards combined with Baugh afterwards to add 22 for the sixth wicket and looked set for his 10th first-class hundred when he edged Cornwall to slip at 189 for six. Cornwall then pulled off a fine return catch three balls later to remove David Bernard Jr, with no runs added to the score, as the death knell sounded for Scorpions. With hope dwindling quickly, Cottrell threw his bat around for three fours and three sixes in a 47-ball cameo, which unnerved Hurricanes, as he and Nikita Miller (15 not out) put on 34 for the last wicket. Fittingly, Cornwall took the final wicket to hand Scorpions their third defeat of the season. AT KENSINGTON OVAL: Windward Islands Volcanoes, trailing Barbados Pride by 200 runs on first innings, were 134 for seven in their second innings at the close on the penultimate day of their sixth-round match yesterday. Scores: VOLCANOES 250 (AndrÈ Fletcher 84, Kavem Hodge 53, Shane Shillingford 28; Miguel Cummings 5-47, Sulieman Benn 3-65) and 134 for seven (Keddy Lesporis 29, Johnson Charles 25, Andre Fletcher 25; Roston Chase 3-19, Sulieman Benn 2-38). PRIDE 450 for five decl. (Shai Hope 162, Kraigg Brathwaite 117, Roston Chase 40 not out, Kyle Corbin 38, Carlos Brathwaite 27; Johnson Charls 2-51, Shane Shillingford 2-131).last_img read more

Sandals club a playground of opportunity for juniors

first_imgFor many of the youth living in and around Upton District, St Ann, the Sandals Golf and Country Club provides a playground of opportunity with its junior golf programme. Catering to children as young as five years, the long-running golf project, part of the community outreach for the hotel resort chain, is enabling talent for the sport and bigger things. “It teaches them golf and life skills,” Miguel Arthurs, general manager, Sandals Golf and Country Club, explained. “Discipline, sportsmanship, honesty, provides tutors for academics, mentors,” he continued, outlining benefits of the programme that is coordinated from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Through training, the participants develop their game to a high standard, with many moving on to represent both Jamaica’s junior and senior golf teams. In fact, the current Caribbean Amateur Golf Championship winner, Romaine Evans, developed in the programme, as well as Wesley Brown, who has graduated onto the United States Professional circuit. It even provides opportunities for a higher education, through golfing scholarships. “We’ve people who joined the programme not thinking they’d have gone on to college,” exclaimed Arthurs. “It’s opening doors where they didn’t exist. “That’s teaching a man how to fish,” he continued. “In a word, that sort of experience is priceless.” The programme is funded by the Sandals Foundation, plus proceeds from events such as the recent series of Travel Industry Golf competitions, which culminated with the 21st staging of the Baxter’s Golf Tournament. During these events there are contests such as the Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive and Putting and Chipping. Participants pay to enter and those monies are funnelled into the golf club’s junior programme. “It’s the only way to secure the program and continue the development of the youth,” said Arthurs. Expanding on the positives, he pointed to tournaments held at the club that involve members of the programme and noted the effect it had in bringing out family and friends. “Families, friends come out to the tournaments, so you’re creating a ripple effect … That’s where you’re making a real change, when you can change the psyche (mindset) of a person that is priceless. That person can change the thought process of others as well,” Arthurs reasoned. “It’s a game of discipline and sportsmanship … and you’re seeing tangible results. If you’re not seeing tangible change then it’s pointless. There’s the community effect and it’s building families,” he added. “The junior golf program has rekindled my faith about what is possible when you invest in young people.”last_img read more