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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— 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— ACU Mens Basketball (@ACU_MBB) January 10, 2019last_img read more

Lindener fined $45,000 for traffic violations

first_imgLindener John Joseph has been fined $45,000 by Linden Magistrate Wanda Fortune, before whom he appeared on Wednesday charged with several traffic violations.Joseph was fined $25,000 for being an unlicensed driver, and $20,000 for driving an uninsured motor vehicle. These charges were in addition to several others which were dropped by the magistrate.Both fines carry default sentences of one month’s imprisonment.last_img

He’s a football maniac! Klopp pays tribute to Wenger ahead of Liverpool v Arsenal

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has spoken of his respect for ‘football maniac’ Arsene Wenger as he prepares to come up against his Arsenal counterpart on Wednesday night.Wenger is approaching the 20th anniversary of his arrival in north London and Klopp says he is in awe of the Frenchman’s longevity in such a demanding league.Klopp said: “My respect goes up day by day because it’s really intensive to work in the Premier League, especially in a team with international matches (for their players) too.“He had always my biggest respect but now it’s a little bit bigger since I’m here. That’s really a brilliant job he’s done – 19-and-a-half years.“He’s a high-quality manager, one of the best in the world for sure. This long period, it’s really rare that you can do this but he did. He’s a football maniac, in the best (sense of the word).“It was always a challenge to play against him and again a challenge that I’m looking forward to.”Klopp and Wenger have become well acquainted with each other in recent years, having met in the Champions League group stages in 2011, 2013 and 2014 when the former managed Borussia Dortmund.The Arsenal boss claimed three wins to Klopp’s two after the first meeting finished all square.Another victory for Wenger at Anfield on Wednesday night would boost Arsenal’s hopes of a first title in 12 years and the Frenchman is keen to prolong his side’s winning run to four games.“The momentum creates confidence and confidence is vital at that level,” said Wenger.“In December and now in January we have been consistent and we go into a very important part of the season because we play many games and that consistency is a good basis to go into the next game with the right belief.“The consistency of our results is very important. Therefore it was important to win on Saturday (against Sunderland in the FA Cup) and not to break that belief.“It was good for me to see some players that have played less and to be down 1-0 and respond in the way we did and have an outstanding second half. It was all a very positive basis in preparation for Liverpool.” 1 Jurgen Klopp and Arsene Wenger last_img read more

Donegal school gets go ahead for new resource rooms

first_imgThe Department of Education is to provide funding for additional accommodation and ancillary works at Dunkineely National School.Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher Leas Cheann Comhairle has welcomed the approval.“I have been working closely with the School community in getting the necessary approval from the Department of Education and, I welcome the sanctioning of the necessary grant today. Pat the Cope added the works to be carried out will include the provision of two Resource rooms, 1 UA toilet, the removal of prefab building and other necessary ancillary works on the school site.He said “I am keenly aware that the school have been actively working in seeking the necessary approval for some time and I am delighted to be in a position to confirm the necessary grant approvals today. The school authorities will now have to obtain planning permission for the extension and upon receipt of the planning a contractor will have to be appointed to carry out the necessary works.Pat the Cope stated the additional room capacity and other improvements will be of huge benefit to the school and I am anticipating that no further delays will occur in bringing this project to completion.“I wish to compliment the school authorities in persisting in getting this project delivered – it is essential that we continue to invest in our schools in order to maintain the highest standards in our school building stock,” concluded Pat the Cope. Donegal school gets go ahead for new resource rooms was last modified: December 4th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Another rumor about Kevin Durant’s future (hint: It was the only one left)

first_imgFr … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceYou knew it had to happen at some point.The Athletic is reporting that there is a sense within “Warriors circles” that Kevin Durant will re-sign with the team this summer.Hey, it was the only rumor left. Shabbily sourced reports have had him going to the Knicks, Nets, Lakers, Clippers, Cirque du Soleil, the Audubon Society, the Fraternal Order of Masons and the cast of NPR’s “Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me!”last_img read more

Everything You Wanted to Know About Pterosaurs, Except Their Evolution

first_img(Visited 59 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Despite 200 years of study, evolutionists know almost nothing about how pterosaurs evolved.  A fossil graveyard in China adds to the mystery.Picture thousands of pterosaur bones mixed together in sandstone, mudstone and breccia.  That’s what has been reported in Current Biology this month: disarticulated skeletons from individuals of all ages, and even pieces of eggs.  While promising to shed new light on pterosaur ecology and life history, the fossil deposit is not helping explain where these advanced creatures capable of powered flight came from – a mystery since the first flying reptiles were discovered in 17xx.Evolutionists claim they died individually at the bottom of a lake, but the sediments bear marks of turbulence and rapid burial:In the sedimentary sequence, there are some tempestite interlayers, in which the gray-white sandstones and brown mudstone breccias that were deposited at different depths of the lake are mixed together. Tempestite interlayers where nearly all of the pterosaur fossils are found suggest that large storms caused the mass mortality, event deposits, and lagerstätte of the pterosaur population.Overall, the pterosaurs are well preserved, with the white-colored bones showing little distortion (Figures 1 and 2). About 40 individuals (wingspan 1.5–3.5 m) were recovered, but the actual number might be in the hundreds. These specimens provide new and important evidence regarding male and female morphologies, reproduction, ontogeny, and eggshell microstructure.The pterosaur species, named Hamipterus tianshanensis, shows sexual dimorphism in the head crests, long spoon-shaped beaks with 34 sharp teeth, and clear evidence that the reptiles laid eggs, probably with semi-rigid shells.  The shells were found mixed in with the bones.The authors make no attempt to explain how pterosaurs evolved, other than to note some differences from other species found in China (3/06/14) and elsewhere (Texas, 4/04/14, England, 10/13/11).  As with a pterodactyloid in China reported in April (4/27/14), the creatures were already advanced and capable of flight.  Their first sentence states, “Pterosaurs are extinct flying reptiles that achieved powered flight, developing an entirely distinctive anatomy that is not paralleled in any living reptile.”David M. Martil (University of Portsmouth) commented on the find in the same issue of Current Biology.  In “Which came first, the pterosaur or the egg?” he first notes their popularity:Pterosaurs are among the most awe inspiring of the archosaurian reptiles, vying with Tyrannosaurus rex and Velociraptor for a place at the top of the prehistoric popularity chart.But when it comes to pterosaur origins, Martil has only questions.The first pterosaurs described in the late 18th and early 19th centuries were compared to the fiend of Dante’s Inferno despite their rather small size. Later discoveries, however, hinted at wingspans of more than 6.5 meters, and pterodactyls, more properly called pterosaurs, quickly became the dragons of popular folklore, and with star performances in Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World and Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park. Knowledge of the palaeoecology of pterosaurs has advanced at a painstakingly slow pace and their evolutionary relationships with other archosaurs, as well as within the Pterosauria, remain controversial.Martil spends most of his column discussing the eggs and sexually dimorphic traits, drawing some inferences about the behavior and mating habits of the species.  As for the evolutionary relationships of Hamipterus with other pterosaurs, he says this one has “ornithocheiroid affinities” to place it with other similar species in the New World, some with longer wingspans. With nothing else to say about where pterosaurs came from, he ends with praise for the remarkable find:The authors have identified the remains of more than 40 individuals in the deposit so far, which is unprecedented for a pterosaur site. Hundreds more probably remain to be found. Never before have so many remains attributed to a single taxon been found in such close association, and in the presence of eggs. This discovery represents a unique opportunity to investigate pterosaur growth, development, reproductive behaviour and ecology. Expect many more papers on this amazing deposit when the sedimentology and taphonomy have been studied in detail.All the other pterosaur and pterodactyloid genera mentioned in the article were capable of powered flight, so nothing in either article contributes to the discussion of how pterosaurs might have evolved from non-flying reptiles.Creationists say pterosaurs were created and died in the Flood.  Where is any evidence to deny this?  Look at how these were buried.  Look at the world-wide distribution of pterosaurs, all capable of powered flight, without any transitional forms.  These creatures had complex eyes, brains able to control flight over long distances, social behaviors, ability to lay eggs, sexual dimorphism, and all the internal organs of complex vertebrates, down to the astonishing complexity of cells, tissues and organs.  How could any of that evolve by mistake?It’s entirely reasonable to invoke a Flood model for this fossil graveyard (note: lagerstätte refers to exceptional preservation).  A large colony of these creatures must have been swept up suddenly by a storm surge so rapid, they didn’t have time to fly away.  Males, females, juveniles, with clutches of eggs, perished together in “large storms” as the authors indicate.  Their remains became broken up in the “tempestite interlayers” of sand, mud and debris that hardened into “tempestite layers” where they are seen now.  Naming a pterosaur after Darwin (1/20/02) doesn’t help the evolutionists.  That would be like naming the Tea Party after Karl Marx.last_img read more

BJP leader quizzed for ‘aid’ to Maoist

first_imgA BJP leader from Bijapur district of south Chhattisgarh has been taken into custody by the Dantewada police for allegedly helping a Maoist leader with medical treatment.Though the Dantewada police are yet to make public any development related to the case, sources have told The Hindu that the leader is close to a Minister in the Raman Singh Cabinet. According to sources, the leader, a former sarpanch of Talnar village in Bijapur, was taken into custody along with two others, when he was returning in a car with a Maoist commander who had been taken to Telangana for medical treatment.Dantewada district Superintendent of Police Kamlochan Kashyap, however, denied any political links of the people taken into custody. “There is no political link to this case. We have called some people for questioning related to a case,” Mr. Kashyap told The Hindu.last_img read more

State extends official invite to Pope Francis

first_imgEven as the Union government dilly-dallies in taking any decision on the request by the Catholic community in the country to extend an invite for Pope Francis so that he can visit India, the Kerala government has sent out a hearty invite to the Pope, urging him to visit the state, where there is a large chunk of Christian believers, at an earliest convenient date. As per 2011 census, 18.38% of the Kerala’s 3.34 crore population are Christians.Read it at Times of India Related Itemslast_img read more

Mahatma Gandhi birth anniversary: Gujarat Congress to launch Yatra from Sept. 27

first_imgGujarat Congress will organise separate marches from Porbandar and Dandi to Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, a senior party leader said on Tuesday. Porbandar is the birthplace of the Father of the Nation while Dandi in Navsari district is associated with the famous Salt March led by Gandhi in 1930 against the British.“These marches under a week-long ‘Gandhi Sandesh Yatra’ will be taken out on September 27. They will culminate at Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad on October 2,” said State Congress President Amit Chavda. Leader of Opposition in the Gujarat Assembly Paresh Dhanani will lead the 412-km march between Porbandar and Ahmedabad and Chavda from Dandi and Ahmedabad, a distance of 368 km, he said. Participants of both the Yatras will meet at Kochrab Ashram in Ahmedabad, set up by Mahatma Gandhi, on October 2, from where they will march on foot towards Sabarmati Ashram, a distance of 8 kms, Mr. Chavda said.He said the ‘Gandhi Sandesh Yatra’ has been organised to foil the “contemporary designs to destroy Gandhian ideology and impose the ideology of (Nathuram) Godse on public”.“During the marches, members of the Congress will organise Gandhi ‘satsangs’ (discourses) and ‘bhajans’ to spread the message of communal harmony and social unity. ‘Prabhat Feri’ or morning rally will also be organised before resumption of yatras,” Mr. Chavda added. He said the Congress will also organise seminars, debates and essay competitions in schools and colleges on topics related to Gandhi.“During the British Raj, the country faced the problem of social inequality, communal polarisation, poverty, atrocities on women and weaker sections. There were attempts to target a certain section, and keep the poor and farmers out of the mainstream. The rulers of today are acting in a manner that will even put the British Raj to shame,” he alleged. He said the Congress has decided to launch a “second independence movement” through these yatras.last_img read more

Pet Passion

first_imgYusuf Pathan is a busy man. Not only is he attempting to demolish the opposition, but he also bought two grey parrots in Bangalore, each worth Rs 35,000,and two Amazon parrots for the same price. All four are trained to talk. The batsman who shows no mercy to bowlers is a soft touch when it comes to abandoned and injured animals. Six years ago, Pathan met Snehal Bhavsar of the Gujarat Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at her husband’s shop for pet foods. He has been associated with the NGO since then. Pathan has three horses, four cats, an imported goat and a couple of parrots at his home. He is getting a special shelter built for pets at his farm house in Nadial, 45 km from Ahmedabad. The 28-year-old is now waiting for a special certificate from the wildlife conservation department before taking the parrots home.last_img read more