AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreHere’s a way to start your New Year with a full heart! We’ve collected our favorite stories from 2015 to remind you how good humanity can be – 9 acts of kindness from adults, and 9 from kids and teens. Which good deeds are your favorite?1. Man Builds Tiny House for Homeless Woman Sleeping in the Dirt (WATCH)The kindness of Elvis Summers has gone down in Good News Network history after he whipped up a tiny shelter for his homeless friend in only 5 days. Since his initial construction, Summers has hosted several tiny house building events in L.A. and crowdfunded over $80,000 to construct more houses. (Full story here…)2. Firefighters Pay it Forward–Big Time–After Waitress With Heart of Gold Picks Up TabWhen a young New Jersey waitress picked up the tab for some firefighters struggling against a neighborhood blaze, it sparked another good deed after the civil servants found out she had been struggling in her own way, using a GoFundMe page to raise money to buy a wheelchair accessible van for her father. (Full story here…)3. UK Football Stars Buy Hotel, Invite Homeless to Stay For WinterManchester United football stars Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs scored big time when they bought an old Stock Exchange building at £1.5 million for UK homeless folk to keep warm in the winter. (Full story here…)4. Elderly Strangers Step In To Help Struggling Young Man Tie His TieA senior couple in the subway showed how kindness crosses boundaries. They noticed a young man dressed to the nines but struggling with his necktie. The photo above was snapped by a pedestrian who overheard the exchange and it has been shared almost a million times on Facebook. (The wife looks like she is kindly blocking the view so no one spies on the young man being tutored.)5. Woman Buys Entire Toy Store to Donate to Kids in Homeless SheltersCarol Suchman wasn’t playing around for Christmas this year – the New York woman bought the entire inventory of a toy store going out of business and donated it to the local homeless shelters. (Full story here…)6. Homeless Man Spends Hours Pushing Cars in the Snow, Now His Luck is Turning AroundShelby Hudgens hadn’t been able to push himself out of homelessness since his house burned down, but that didn’t stop him from helping others whose cars were stuck in the snow. After a news crew interviewed him about his three hours of good Samaritan exercise, a GoFundMe campaign was set up for the generous man, which gathered over $23,000 in donations. (Full story here…)7. Orphan Burn Survivor Gets Over 185,000 Christmas Cards, $300K in DonationsThe internet wasted no time in stepping up to help little Safyre Terry have the best Christmas ever in 2015. Gifts, Christmas cards, and donations poured in after she sent out a Facebook plea asking for holidays cards to decorate with this year. As an update, she received a card and note from President Obama, and university students are now building her a prosthetic hand. (Original story here…)8. Karma Comes Back Around for Man who Broke Religious Rule to Help BoyOne good deed has led to another for a man who broke a tenet of his religion to help a little boy hurt in an accident. Even though Sikhs are never supposed to take off their turbans in public, Harman Singh removed his and used it to help an injured boy. The reward for the poor college student was even more beautiful than his kindness. (Full story here…)9. Find Out Why A Step-Father’s Photo Got 15 Million Views in 24 HoursIt had already been discussed that the biological father would walk Brittany down the aisle, but as a last-minute surprise, dad grabbed the hand of her step-father so they could give away their daughter together. (Full story here…)And Now, For Our Favorite Kids of 2015…1. Teen Volunteer Wins $70,000 SUV in Charity Raffle, Then Stuns CrowdSuper volunteer Erin Byrnes beat the odds and won a free car at only 13-years-old. Having a heart of gold, however, Erin immediately wowed the crowd by donating the car to the charity that had conducted the money-raising raffle. (Full story here…)2. When a Cheerleader with Down Syndrome was Bullied, 3 Players Walked Off the CourtDee Andrews’ has always had a unique way of dancing, but when bullies started criticizing her sweet cheerleading moves during a game, three eighth-graders on the Lincoln Middle School basketball team walked off the court to defend her. Dee has since described their actions as “sweet, kind, awesome, and amazing.” (Full story here…)3. Kind-Hearted Boy Helps Blind Deer Find Food Every Day Before SchoolBambi’s got nothing on this duo: every day before school, this little boy took the time to walk a blind deer from grassy patch to grassy patch to make sure he had enough to eat. Inspired by his kindness, one of the neighbors called a local rescue group to help the little deer. (Full story here…)4. High School Kids Start Food Pantry to Keep Classmates From HungerThe students of a North Carolina high school have opened their hearts – and their pantries – to fellow students in need. Filled with toiletries and non-perishables, the supplies have made a great difference to the needy teens attending the school. (Full story here…)5. Boy Who Emptied Piggy Bank For Vandalized Mosque Gets Big SurpriseJack Swanson had put away $20 in pennies to buy himself a shiny new iPad, but when he heard about a place of worship being vandalized, the boy pulled out every stop in his piggy bank to contribute. His good deed did not go unnoticed, however, when an Islamic attorney heard about his donation and sent along an iPad, courtesy of the American Muslim community. (Full story here…)6. Quick-Thinking Teen ‘Befriends’ Couple to Thwart Kidnapping in ProgressA detective in the making, Malyk Bonnet saved the day after watching over a scared-looking woman who was being abducted by an old boyfriend. Once the kidnapper asked for bus fare to a town 25 miles away, Malyk knew he had a chance to step in and possibly help. That is just what the brave teen did. (Full story here…)7. Teen Walks Home Old Man With Groceries, Photo Goes ViralChristian Trouesdale walked his way to internet fame after walking old man Bob and his groceries home from Aldi. The young teen has since kept in contact with Bob after sharing the news of their popularity. (Full story here…)8. Teen’s Simple Question Saves a Man’s Life, Baby Is Named After HimJamie wasn’t expecting to save a life when he went out to the cafe that day, nor was he probably expecting the man to call him ages later and say that he and his new wife had named their baby after him. (Full story here…)9. 30,000 US Teens Converge on Detroit in Massive Christian Volunteer Clean-up30,000 hardworking teenagers from the Evangelical Lutheran Church spent an entire week cleaning up the downtown Detroit city area along with 70,000 abandoned houses. 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NEW ZEALAND: Infrastucture manager Ontrack has awarded Balfour Beatty, Maunsell and Evans & Peck a NZ$10m contract for 175 track-km of electrification around Auckland. The project forms part of a NZ$1bn investment programme announced in 2007. Work on the Britomart – Papakura and Newmarket – Swanson routes will be completed by 2013.Balfour Beatty will manage the overall design process, and will also lead the design of the overhead electrification. Power and distribution design and procurement will be undertaken by Maunsell and Evans & Peck.
May 17Tulsa Athletic (NPSL) vs. Tulsa Roughnecks FC (USL)7:30 p.m. CTHurricane Soccer & Track Stadium; Tulsa, Okla. May 10FC Tucson (PDL) vs. Colorado Rush (Colo.)7:30 p.m. MSTKino North Stadium; Tucson, Ariz. May 17Louisville City FC (USL) vs. Derby City Rovers (PDL)7:30 p.m. ETWoehrle Athletic Complex; Jeffersonville, Ind. -or- -or- May 17Albion SC Pros (NPSL) vs. San Diego Zest (PDL)7 p.m. PTMission Bay High School; San Diego, Calif. May 10El Farolito (Calif.) vs. Burlingame Dragons FC (PDL)3 p.m. PTBoxer Stadium; San Francisco, Calif. May 10Jacksonville Armada U-23 (NPSL) vs. The Villages SC (PDL)7 p.m. ETPatton Park; Jacksonville, Fla. May 10Fredericksburg FC (NPSL) vs. Christos FC (Md.)5 p.m. ETUniv. of Mary Washington Battleground Stadium; Fredericksburg, Va. May 17Des Moines Menace (PDL) vs. FC Cincinnati (USL)7:30 p.m. CTValley Stadium; West Des Moines, Iowa -or- -or- May 10Miami United FC (NPSL) vs. Boca Raton Football Club (Fla.)7 p.m. ETTed Hendricks Stadium; Hialeah, Fla. May 17OSA FC (NPSL) vs. Reno 1868 FC (USL)7:30 p.m. PTStarfire Sports Complex; Tukwila, Wash. -or- May 10Atlanta Silverbacks (NPSL) vs. SC United Bantams (PDL)5 p.m. ETAtlanta Silverbacks Park; Atlanta, Ga. May 10Dutch Lions FC (NPSL) vs. NTX Rayados (Texas)7 p.m. CTDutch Lions FC Soccer Facility; Conroe, Texas -or- -or- May 17Legacy 76 (NPSL) vs. North Carolina FC (NASL)7 p.m. ETWanner Stadium; Williamsburg, Va. May 10FC Wichita (NPSL) vs. Azteca FC (Colo.)7 p.m. CTStryker Soccer Compex; Wichita, Kan. May 17AFC Ann Arbor (NPSL) vs. Indy Eleven (NASL)7 p.m. ETScicluna Field (Eastern Michigan Univ.); Ypsilanti, Mich. May 10Tulsa Athletic (NPSL) vs. Oklahoma City Energy U23 (PDL)7:30 p.m. CTHurricane Soccer & Track Stadium; Tulsa, Okla. -or- May 17Boston City FC (NPSL) vs. GPS Omens (Mass.)/GPS Portland Phoenix (PDL) winner7 p.m. ETBrother Gilbert Stadium; Malden, Mass. -or- DateGameTimeVenue May 10Fresno Fuego (PDL) vs. La Máquina FC (Calif.)7 p.m. PTChukchansi Park; Fresno, Calif. May 17San Francisco Deltas (NASL) vs. Burlingame Dragons FC (PDL)/El Farolito (Calif.) winner7:30 p.m. PTStanford University; Stanford, Calif. May 17Ventura County Fusion (PDL) vs. OKC Energy FC (USL)7 p.m. PTVentura College Sportsplex; Ventura, Calif. May 17Tartan Devils Oak Avalon (Pa.) vs. Louisville City FC (USL)7 p.m. ETRooney Field; Pittsburgh, Pa. May 10Sonoma County Sol (NPSL) vs. Anahuac FC (Nev.)7 p.m. PTCasa Grande High School; Petaluma, Calif. May 10Western Mass Pioneers (PDL) vs. Boston City FC (NPSL)7 p.m. ETLusitano Stadium; Ludlow, Mass. May 10Ventura County Fusion (PDL) vs. Moreno Valley Fútbol Club (Calif.)7 p.m. PTVentura College Sportsplex; Ventura, Calif. May 17FC Cincinnati (USL) vs. AFC Cleveland (NPSL)7 p.m. ETNippert Stadium (Univ. of Cincinnati); Cincinnati, Ohio May 10Carolina Dynamo (PDL) vs. Legacy 76 (NPSL)7 p.m. ETMacpherson Stadium; Greensboro, N.C. May 10New Jersey Copa FC (NPSL) vs. FC Motown (N.J.)7 p.m. ETSaint John Vianney High School; Holmdel, N.J. May 17Fredericksburg FC (NPSL) vs. Richmond Kickers (USL)5 p.m. ETUniv. of Mary Washington Battleground Stadium; Fredericksburg, Va. May 10Chicago FC United (PDL) vs. Grand Rapids FC (NPSL)7 p.m. CTMartin Stadium (Northwestern Univ.); Evanston, Ill. May 17Miami United FC (NPSL) vs. Jacksonville Armada (NASL)7 p.m. ETTed Hendricks Stadium; Hialeah, Fla. May 17Grand Rapids FC (NPSL) vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL)7:30 p.m. ETPat Patterson Field (Crestwood Middle School); Kentwood, Mich. The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, recognized as U.S. Soccer’s National Club Championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. The tournament has crowned a champion for 103 consecutive years dating from 1914. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor American soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt. May 17Jacksonville Armada (NASL) vs. Boca Raton Football Club (Fla.)7 p.m. ETSouthern Oak Stadium (Jacksonville Univ.); Jacksonville, Fla. May 10L.A. Wolves FC (Calif.) vs. San Diego Zest (PDL)7:30 p.m. PTBell Gardens John Anson Ford Park; Bell Gardens, Calif. DateGameTimeVenue May 9Red Force FC (Fla.) vs. South Florida Surf (PDL)8:30 p.m. ETTropical Park; Miami, Fla. May 17Western Mass Pioneers (PDL) vs. GPS Omens (Mass.)/GPS Portland Phoenix (PDL) winner7 p.m. ETLusitano Stadium; Ludlow, Mass. -or- -or- May 16Red Force FC (Fla.) vs. Miami FC (NASL)8:30 p.m. ETTropical Park; Miami, Fla. May 17Carolina Dynamo (PDL) vs. North Carolina FC (NASL)7 p.m. ETMacpherson Stadium; Greensboro, N.C. May 17FC Golden State Force (PDL) vs. Orange County SC (USL)7 p.m. PTCitrus College; Glendora, Calif. May 10Des Moines Menace (PDL) vs. AFC Cleveland (NPSL)7:30 p.m. CTValley Stadium; West Des Moines, Iowa May 17San Antonio FC (USL) vs. NTX Rayados (Texas)7:30 p.m. CTToyota Field; San Antonio, Texas -or- -or- -or- May 17OKC Energy FC (USL) vs. Moreno Valley Fútbol Club (Calif.)7 p.m. CTTaft Stadium; Oklahoma City, Okla. May 17Richmond Kickers (USL) vs. Christos FC (Md.)7 p.m. ETCity Stadium; Richmond, Va. May 10Ocean City Nor’easters (PDL) vs. Junior Lone Star FC (Pa.)7:30 p.m. ETCarey Stadium; Ocean City, N.J. May 10Albion SC Pros (NPSL) vs. Chula Vista FC (Calif.)7 p.m. PTMission Bay High School; San Diego, Calif. ATTENTION SOCCER FANS!The 104th 2017 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP SCHEDULE Has been released and can be viewed below.This year’s winning team will receive $250,000, a berth in the 2019 CONCACAF Champions’ League and have its name engraved on the historic Dewar Challenge Trophy, one of the oldest nationally contested trophies in American team sports. The runner-up will earn $60,000, while the team that advances the furthest from each lower division will take home a $15,000 cash prize. May 10Reading United AC (PDL) vs. Clarkstown SC Eagles (NPSL)7:30 p.m. ETExeter Township Senior High School; Reading, Pa. -or- May 17Reading United AC (PDL) vs. New York Cosmos (NASL)7:30 p.m. ETExeter Township Senior High School; Reading, Pa. May 17Junior Lone Star FC (Pa.) vs. Harrisburg City Islanders (USL)TBDHome Team TBD May 17Tampa Bay Rowdies (USL) vs. The Villages SC (PDL)/Jacksonville Armada U-23 (NPSL) winner7:30 p.m. ETAl Lang Stadium; St. Petersburg, Fla. May 17Chattanooga FC (NPSL) vs. Charlotte Independence (USL)7:30 p.m. ETFinley Stadium; Chattanooga, Tenn. May 10Derby City Rovers (PDL) vs. Tartan Devils Oak Avalon (Pa.)7:30 p.m. ETWoehrle Athletic Complex; Jeffersonville, Ind. May 17Ocean City Nor’easters (PDL) vs. Harrisburg City Islanders (USL)7:30 p.m. ETCarey Stadium; Ocean City, N.J. May 17Charleston Battery (USL) vs. SC United Bantams (PDL)7 p.m. ETMUSC Health Stadium; Charleston, S.C. May 17Chicago FC United (PDL) vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL)7 p.m. CTMartin Stadium (Northwestern Univ.); Evanston, Ill. May 10Michigan Bucks (PDL) vs. AFC Ann Arbor (NPSL)7:30 p.m. ETUltimate Soccer Arenas; Pontiac, Mich. May 17Dutch Lions FC (NPSL) vs. San Antonio FC (USL)7 p.m. CTDutch Lions FC Soccer Facility; Conroe, Texas -or- May 17FC Wichita (NPSL) vs. Saint Louis FC (USL)7 p.m. CTStryker Soccer Compex; Wichita, Kan. May 17L.A. Wolves FC (Calif.) vs. Chula Vista FC (Calif.)/Albion SC Pros (NPSL) winner7:30 p.m. PTBell Gardens John Anson Ford Park; Bell Gardens, Calif. -or- May 17Atlanta Silverbacks (NPSL) vs. Charleston Battery (USL)5 p.m. ETAtlanta Silverbacks Park; Atlanta, Ga. May 17Rochester Rhinos (USL) vs. FC Motown (N.J.)/New Jersey Copa FC (NPSL) winner7 p.m. ETCapelli Sport Stadium; Rochester, N.Y. May 10OSA FC (NPSL) vs. Sounders FC U-23 (PDL)7:30 p.m. PTSeattle High School Memorial Stadium; Seattle, Wash. May 17Tulsa Roughnecks FC (USL) vs. Oklahoma City Energy U23 (PDL)7 p.m. CTHurricane Soccer & Track Stadium; Tulsa, Okla. -or- May 10FC Golden State Force (PDL) vs. Outbreak FC (Calif.)7 p.m. PTCitrus College; Glendora, Calif. -or- May 17Charlotte Eagles (PDL) vs. Charlotte Independence (USL)7 p.m. ETCharlotte Christian School; Charlotte, N.C. May 17New York Cosmos (NASL) vs. Clarkstown SC Eagles (NPSL)7 p.m. ETRocco B. Commisso Stadium; New York, N.Y. -or- May 17Fresno Fuego (PDL) vs. Phoenix Rising FC (USL)7 p.m. PTFresno State Soccer & Lacrosse Stadium; Fresno, Calif. -or- First Round May 9-10 (PDL, NPSL, Open Division clubs enter)Second Round May 16-17 (NASL and USL clubs enter)Third Round May 31 (Winners of 26 Second Round games play each other)Fourth Round June 14* (Major League Soccer clubs enter)Round of 16 June 28* (matches determined by Round of 16 Draw on June 15)Quarterfinals July 11 (window of July 7-16 available for consideration)Semifinals Aug. 9*Final Sept. 20 -or- May 17South Florida Surf (PDL) vs. Miami FC (NASL)TBDHome Team TBD May 17Outbreak FC (Calif.) vs. Orange County SC (USL)7 p.m. PTLong Beach State Univ.; Long Beach, Calif. May 17Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (USL) vs. Colorado Rush (Colo.)/FC Tucson (PDL) winner6 p.m. MTWeidner Field; Colorado Springs, Colo. May 17Saint Louis FC (USL) vs. Azteca FC (Colo.)7 p.m. CTWWT Soccer Park; Fenton, Mo. May 17Chula Vista FC (Calif.) vs. San Diego Zest (PDL)7 p.m. PTEastlake High School; Chula Vista, Calif. Second Round May 17Michigan Bucks (PDL) vs. Indy Eleven (NASL)7:30 p.m. ETUltimate Soccer Arenas; Pontiac, Mich. May 17Sacramento Republic FC (USL) vs. Anahuac FC (Nev.)/Sonoma County Sol (NPSL) winner7:30 p.m. PTPapa Murphy’s Park; Sacramento, Calif. May 10GPS Portland Phoenix (PDL) vs. GPS Omens (Mass.)7 p.m. ETMemorial Field; Portland, Maine First Round May 10Charlotte Eagles (PDL) vs. Chattanooga FC (NPSL)7 p.m. ETCharlotte Christian School; Charlotte, N.C. Related Topics#neosiAFC Cleveland RoyalsLamar Hunt May 17La Máquina FC (Calif.) vs. Phoenix Rising FC (USL)7 p.m. PTSanta Ana Stadium; Santa Ana, Calif. May 17Sounders FC U-23 (PDL) vs. Reno 1868 FC (USL)7:30 p.m. PTSunset Stadium (Sumner H.S.); Sumner, Wash. Vince McKee
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Keona Jackson, NWLA Jordan Chadwick, UCA Adrienne Quillin, SHSU Triple Jump Johnathan Farquarshon, ACU Diana Garcia-Munoz, ACU Jasmine Cornelius, MCN Earning coach of the year honors were Southeastern Louisiana’s men’s coach Sean Brady and Sam Houston’s State’s women coach Dave Self. Southeastern’s Brady and Sam Houston’s Self track and field squads both won the indoor track and field championships in Birmingham, Ala. Brady won his second coach of the year award and first since 2009 after leading the Lions to a one-point victory over Stephen F. Austin (157-156). Southeastern claimed its second outdoor title. On the women’s side, Self earned his first coach of the year award after guiding the Bearkats to their fourth league championship and first since 2008. Lauren McFarland, ORU Southeastern La. Kierstin Santana, HBU Southeastern La. 3,000-Meter Steeple RaKira Turner, MCN Christian Chapman, SLU Hammer Justin Walker, NWLA Jonathan Kinchen, SLU Johnathan Farquarshon, ACU Sam Houston State Karl Saluri, UNO Beatrice Douglas, LU Rechelle Bessard, NWLA 200-Meter Dash Long Jump Lygia Foreman, SHSU Madison Reynolds, ORU Shot Put Bennett Harris, ORU 4×100-Meter Relay* Javelin Philipp Baar, AMCC Philipp Baar, AMCC Constant Pretorius, UNO 2nd Sharron-Ann Ourso, SLU Jeremy Tatham, ACU Jeffrey Milliron, SLU 100-Meter Dash 1,500-Meter Run Ashley Jenkins, SHSU Jasmine Waring, UIW 3rd 3rd Jermisha Frazier, SLU 1,500-Meter Run Derek Calvert, SFA 10,000-Meter Run Sam Stabler, LU Lamar Roy, a sprinter from New Orleans, La. (West Jefferson H.S.), is the first Privateer to win the award in school history after a runner-up performance in the 100-meter dash (10.34w) and fifth-place finish in the 200-meters (21.25).Olguin, an Arlington, Texas (Martin H.S.), native, scored 13 points for the Bearkats as she finished second in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 37:10.21 and fourth in the 5,000-meters (18:20.63). Olguin is only the second Bearkat to earn the award, joining Jessica Fisher (2007). Female Athlete of the Year: Jasmine Webb, McNeese StateFemale Outstanding Field Events: La’Tricia Griffin, Stephen F. AustinFemale Outstanding Running Events: Jasmine Webb, McNeese StateFemale Newcomer of the Year: Leigh Lattimore, LamarFemale Freshman of the Year: Olivia Olguin, Sam Houston StateWomen’s Coach of the Year: Dave Self, Sam Houston State De’Quad Binder, SHSU Brett Olsen, SLU 4×400-Meter Relay* 4×100-Meter Relay* 1st Colton Ross, SFA Cody Rhodes, SFA 5,000-Meter Run Kara Whitson, SHSU The top-three finishers in each event earned All-Southland Conference honors. The winner earned first-team honors, the second place finisher earned second-team accolades while third place finishers are honored with third-team awards.Men’s Individual Award Winners Justin Walker, NWLA High Jump 800-Meter Run Ryan Holroyd, MCN Erika Setzler, UCA Alyssa Dooley, SHSU Southeastern Louisiana junior Bret Olsen earned the men’s newcomer of the year award. Olsen was the third-highest scorer after placing second in both the discus (174-8) and shot put (54-6). Olsen, a native of Ridgecrest, Calif. (Burrough H.S.), also finished third in the hammer throw with a heave of 195 feet. He became the first Lion to receive the award since it was introduced in 2006.Lamar’s graduate student Leigh Lattimore was named the women’s newcomer of the year after winning the 5,000-meters with a time of 17:30.15. The Harrow, England (St. Mary’s Univ.) native is the first Lady Cardinal to win the award. Cody Brown, SFA Kerissa Wiley, AMCC Discus Brooke Cassar, UCA Michael Kershaw, LU Tim Jones, ORU Nicole Jenrette, SHSU 800-Meter Run Cameron Meyer, SFA Justin Estala, ORU Heptathlon Chance Curlee, MCN Shot Put Cass Brown-Stewart, SFA Alicia Noel, SLU Jessica Hatchett, SFA Male Athlete of the Year: Justin Walker, Northwestern StateMale Outstanding Field Events: Colton Ross, Stephen F. AustinMale Outstanding Running Events: Justin Walker, Northwestern StateMale Newcomer of the Year: Bret Olsen, Southeastern LouisianaMale Freshman of the Year: Darius Roy, New OrleansMen’s Coach of the Year: Sean Brady, Southeastern Louisiana Northwestern State *4×400-Meter Relay: 1. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – (Andres Salazar, David Carrillo, Javier Reyes, Angelo Garland)2. Southeastern Louisiana – (Antonio Herbert, Brian Verdin, Alex Holden, Brandon Daniels)3. Central Arkansas – (Trevon Boyd, Kelton Ray, Dustie Smith, Chance Turner) Andre Moseley, SHSU Stephen Eccles, MCN Charles White, SHSU Jackie White, NICH Baptiste Kerjean, ACU Brock Moreaux, MCN Men’s Outdoor Track and Field All-Conference Teams Brooke Cassar, UCA Javelin Kirsten Knox, SFA Stephanie White, SFA *4×100-Meter Relay: 1. Northwestern State – (Shakeir Ryan, Keenan Jackson, Justin Walker, Ty Shilling)2. Sam Houston State – (Torrance Williams, Justin Jenkins, Rodney Jones, Jarrick Wright)3. Abilene Christian – (Maliek Golden, Johnathan Farquarshon, Osei Allyene-Forte, Darian Hogg) Consuela Lindsay, NWLA Women’s Individual Award Winners *4×100-Meter Relay:1. McNeese State – (Meagan Moore, Danielle Epps, Simone Johnson, Jasmine Webb)2. UIW – (Brittney Holcombe, Daniela Anane-Bediokah, Stephanie Nelson, Courtney Miller)3. Sam Houston State – (Kristian Austin, Elizabeth Ene, Danielle Demas, Winnie Ileso)*4×400-Meter Relay:1. Sam Houston State – (Ruth Amaku, Jordan Grady, Alexandria Kimble, Lygia Foreman)2. Lamar – (Nia Davis, Sarah Shim, Elzbieta Gawron, Saschelle Slaughter)3. Southeastern Louisiana – (Domonique White, Vanessa Williams, Bayleigh Butler, Alicia Noel) McNeese State 1st 400-Meter Dash Women’s Outdoor Track and Field All-Conference Teams Chance Dziuk, UIW Jasmine Webb, MCN Sam Houston State Corentin Louis, UCA 100-Meter Hurdles 400-Meter Hurdles Clarence Robinson, SLU New Orleans Darius Roy and Sam Houston State’s Olivia Olguin were named men’s and women’s freshmen of the year, respectively. Erika Setzler, UCA Lygia Foreman, SHSU Stephen F. Austin senior Colton Ross claimed the men’s outstanding field performer award following a victorious performance in the pole vault. The Grand Saline, Texas, native, set the outdoor championships record when he cleared 18 feet, 2.75 inches, surpassing former Oral Roberts Jack Whitt’s one-year old record of 18-2. Ross currently is tied with Ole Miss junior Sam Kendricks for the nation’s top mark at 18-8.25. 200-Meter Dash Angelo Garland, AMCC Decathlon Kadarius Williams, SLU Courtnei Carter, MCN Olivia Olguin, SHSU Darius Roy, UNO Jeffrey Milliron, SLU Brett Olsen, SLU Tinashe Mutanga, ORU Hammer Porsha Thomas, NWLA Central Arkansas Jamal Peden, SFA Shakemia Johnson, NWLA Long Jump Aaron Williams, NWLA Brandon Daniels, SLU Rodney Jones, SHSU Louise Webb, LU 3,000-Meter Steeple Derek Hampton, SLU 2nd Leigh Lattimore, LU 400-Meter Dash Sam Houston State 400-Meter Hurdles Tanesha Maxwell, UCA Courtney High, SFA Nicole Jenrette, SHSU Luke Woods, ACU UIW Shambrail Woods, SFA Aaron Bennett, LU Jaimee Springer, NICH A&M-Corpus Christi Event High Jump Jasmine Webb, MCN Kaylynne Wright, SHSU Stephanie White, SFA La’Tricia Griffin, SFA Aaron Williams, NWLA Sam Stabler, LU Shelby Pesek, SFA 110-Meter Hurdles Discus Abilene Christian Daniel Block, ACU Pole Vault 10,000-Meter Run Pole Vault Jessica Talley, NWLA Danielle Demas, SHSU Brarysheyia Simpson, SFA Ryan Creech, LU 100-Meter Dash Marine Lecart, UCA Nicholas Guerra, SFA Walker, a native of Slidell, La. (Northshore H.S.), won the 100-meter dash with an all-conditions world-leading time of 9.95w seconds at the Southland Conference Outdoor Championships in Conway, Ark. last weekend. The senior sprinter had a 2.5 mph tailwind, which denied him from setting the conference record. Walker’s time earned him National Athlete of the Week honors from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Walker won gold in the 200-meter dash (20.47) and teamed up with sophomore Shakeir Ryan, junior Keenan Jackson and freshman Ty Shilling to win the 4×100-meter relay (39.89) title to claim his third gold medal of the championships. Walker also ran on the sixth-place 4×400-meter relay and was the second highest scorer of the championships with 23.5 points. He was also tabbed as the men’s outstanding running performer. Webb won her second consecutive athlete of the year award and became the first Cowgirl to win back-to-back awards since Sita Waru (2000, 2001). The Dallas, Texas (Bishop Dunne H.S.), native tied Sam Houston State’s Lygia Foreman for the women’s high-point scorer at the Southland championships after winning the 100-meters, placing second in the 200-meters and running a leg of the first-place 4×100-meter relay. She became the first Cowgirl to win gold in the 100-meters in consecutive seasons and the first repeat champion in the event since Jasmine Walls of former Southland member Texas-Arlington (2008-2010). The senior sprinter was also named the women’s outstanding running performer for the second consecutive year and became the sixth Cowgirl to win the honor. Sabrina Starr, SHSU Triple Jump Sofia Johnsson, UNO Tristan Joynes, MCN Madison Johnston, SFA SFA’s junior La’ Tricia Griffin notched top women’s outstanding field performer accolades following three top-five finishes at the outdoor championships. The West Columbia, Texas (Van Vleck H.S.), native won the shot put for the second-consecutive year with a distance of 49-8.25 to become the first to repeat in the event since Ashley Dorsey of Texas-Arlington (2001, 2002). The Ladyjack placed fourth in the hammer throw with a toss of 181-3 and fifth in the discus (147-6). Griffin is just the second Ladyjack to claim the award, joining Jennifer Hoppe who won the award in 1999. 4×400-Meter Relay* Jermisha Frazier, SLU Josh Taylor, SFA FRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State senior Justin Walker and McNeese State senior Jasmine Webb were named the Southland Conference Outdoor Track and Field Athletes of the Year by vote of the league’s head coaches, the conference announced Thursday. Abram Taylor, SLU Brett Olsen, SLU Madison Reynolds, ORU 5,000-Meter Run
Whether you rely on regional sales representatives, a freelance accountant, or a remote IT team to manage your ecommerce site, some of your most valuable employees may rarely set foot in the office. How do you create a cohesive company culture with a team that includes remote contractors? Finding ways to motivate, inspire, and integrate your freelance workforce into this culture can make the difference between an employee who’s simply working for a paycheck and one who is engaged with your core business values. Here are a few tips to bring them on board.Image Source: Pixabay1. Hold virtual team meetings. Holding regular meetings with the staff allows you to discuss the progress of current projects, future plans, and team priorities. It’s common to manage contractors individually, without giving them the chance to interact, network, and connect with the larger team. This can lead to the lonely feeling that there is a wall between them and the company as a whole. To bring them into your company culture, invite them to contribute in regular group meetings. Programs like Google Hangouts, Skype, and other group meeting tools allow contractors to network with one another as well as with the core team. This gives your business the added bonus of new, valuable perspectives from skilled specialists.2. Keep them in the loop. Along these same lines, if there are changes to interoffice procedures or project requirements, don’t make your contractor the last one to get the memo. Keep them updated as you would any regular employee, by sending out regular updates via email or reaching out with a quick phone call. In addition to useful information in the short term, share your company’s long term goals and vision. Knowing what you’re ultimately working towards can motivate contractors to help achieve those goals together.3. Take the time to check in. Small daily interactions are part of what makes up a company’s culture. Contractors miss out on the experience of brainstorming over a cup of coffee or casually chatting as they come in the office each day. When you draft emails to remote workers, don’t forget the pleasantries. Ask how their weekend went, details of upcoming travel plans, or about the status of other projects they may be working on. Casual conversations create a feeling of mutual trust, and will make remote workers feel like part of a team.4. Play to their strengths. Contractors are hired for their experience in a specific industry or area of competence. Use this specialist information to your advantage. Rather than micromanaging your freelancers, recruit skilled workers as aggressively as you would an in-house employee to be sure that they possess the values and skills your business needs. After this, delegate tasks according to their strengths. 5. Give positive feedback. Take the time to recognize the hard work and effort that your remote team puts in. Praise them for a job well done, or provide a financial incentive at the completion of a project. Even if you have no other work for a contractor at the present time, you still want them to remember working for your brand as a positive experience, and you may need their skills again in the future. A simple ‘thank you’ can go a long way!Rather than viewing freelance workers as a tool to be managed, view them as part of your overall talent strategy. Choosing employees with the right skills who understand your company values will make it easier to create a remote team that puts their all into every project.
PBA IMAGESGo for Gold assistant coach TY Tang clarified that his comeback tour is good for only one game.“It’s just a one-game contract,” said Tang on Tuesday. “Coach Charles (Tiu)’s offer was just too grand that I can’t say no. He told me he’ll treat me.”ADVERTISEMENT After Paolo Pontejos’ gutsy drive gave the lead back to the Heavy Bombers, 104-103, the Scratchers had one last chance to win the game in the last 7.2 ticks and went to Tang, but he air-balled his three-point attempt at the buzzer.“I was thinking of a Cinderella-story at that point in time. I thought it was gonna be a good ending for me,” he said.No go for TY Tang! #PBADLeague pic.twitter.com/jNnZvuwVEy— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) January 30, 2018Despite the loss, the current St. Benilde coach was happy to have been alongside his wards even for just a game as he hoped to have been an example to his players.“It was a good learning curve for the CSB guys,” he said as he has his sights set for the Blazers’ run in the upcoming NCAA Season 94.Tang elaborated: “I’ve been telling them that it’s really the smarts in the game that you need to have. More than the talent, it’s always the IQ and the skill level. You might have the talent, but if you don’t know how to use it, it will still be difficult. You have to play with five players inside the court, and that’s what coach Charles, me and the rest of the coaching staff are trying to instill in our team. Everybody has to rotate, everybody has to move the ball, share the ball, because that’s how we’re gonna get.””Hopefully, we bring that kind of experience to our campaign this coming season. Hopefully, we get there in a few months’ time.” Admittedly out of shape for his first organized game in almost three years, Tang was satisfied with how he fared, finishing the game with two points, three assists, and a rebound in his 15 minutes of action.But his run stops there as the Scratchers continue their search for a replacement for Kent Salado, who re-injured his MCL on his right knee in the team’s 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup opener against Gamboa Coffee Mix-St. Clare last week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“At least, I still performed well. But that’s all of it. It’s just really one game for me,” the seven-year PBA veteran said. “We’re still looking for a replacement for Kent right now. Hopefully, we get somebody in replacement of him so that we can continue on with our campaign for this conference.“But Tang, who last played with Mighty Sports in 2016, showed signs that he still got game — and more. View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. He almost became the Scratchers’ savior late in the game.The 33-year-old got fouled by JRU guard Jed Mendoza with 16.6 seconds left and canned his two freebies to put Go for Gold up, 103-102.TY Tang puts Go for Gold up, 103-102 with 16.6 left! #PBADLeague pic.twitter.com/KBAltwQy9U— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) January 30, 2018ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Kai Sotto raring to learn from Gilas seniors Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid LATEST STORIES
Hotel management clarifies SEA Games footballers’ kikiam breakfast controversy Another case filed vs Cardema Beal drew Collins, a 6-foot-10 forward, out to guard him in the third quarter and quickly cut past him. Rookie point guard Trae Young closed in the lane too late as Beal drove for a layup and a 19-point lead.Beal took the ball to the rim often enough to get to the foul line and hit 10 of 13 free throws. The Wizards finished 27 for 32 at the line.“We have to play fast, and that was easier because we got stops defensively,” Beal said. “We were able to get out in transition and get some easy ones. We just continued to move the ball and share it.”The Hawks used a 45-point third, their highest-scoring quarter of the season, to pull within seven in the first minute of the fourth on Bazemore’s jumper.Young had a chance to make it a three-point game but missed a wild layup attempt at the 9:48 mark, and Tomas Satorsky followed with a 3-pointer to push the lead to eight.ADVERTISEMENT Fossil launches its newest generation smartwatch: The Gen 5 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Hawks: Host Denver on Saturday. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games SEA Games: PH dancesport looking to sweep golds SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) passes as Atlanta Hawks forward DeAndre’ Bembry (95) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Atlanta. Washington won 131-117. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)ATLANTA — Bradley Beal could tell early in the first quarter that the rebuilding Atlanta Hawks had no answer for him.“Just being confident, just being aggressive,” he said. “Getting to the free throw line helped me out a lot. Being aggressive in that aspect. Just pretty much taking what they gave me.”ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Young, the fifth overall pick in this year’s draft, took a hard spill 30 seconds later as he tried to shoot a 3 at the top of the arc, falling into Austin Rivers on the way down and getting his feet knocked out. Young landed on his back and elbows and stayed down before getting up to make one of three free throws.“I didn’t even see what happened,” Young said. “I was just in the air and I fell. My arms were numb, and it was hard to move. I was pressing on my free throws, pushing the ball instead of shooting it.”Beal answered with a runner and hit a pair of free throws on the ensuing possession to push the lead back to double digits.“He’s so crafty,” Young said. “He showed that tonight. With John being out, they were able to use him a lot more.”Rivers started in Wall’s spot and had nine points, seven assists and seven rebounds.TIP-INSWizards: It was the first game Wall has missed this season. Knee problems sidelined him for 41 games last season. Washington coach Scott Brooks didn’t have an immediate timetable for Wall’s return. … F Jeff Green was sidelined with back issues for the second time in the last three games. … Beal has scored at least 20 points 18 times this season. … Rivers opened on the floor for the first time since starting 59 of his 61 games with the Los Angeles Clippers last season. … Wall didn’t play in a win last January in Atlanta, and the Wizards still posted 40 assists. Reserve guard Tim Frazier dished out 14 in that game.Hawks: Reserve G Jeremy Lin left with a lower back strain and didn’t return after playing four minutes. … Collins got his fourth double-double at the five-minute mark of the third. … Bazemore started in place of F Taurean Prince, who injured his left ankle in Monday’s loss to Golden State and will miss three weeks. … Atlanta closed the third on an 11-0 run.UP NEXTWizards: At Cleveland on Saturday. MOST READ Beal scored a season-high 36 points, Otto Porter Jr. had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and the Washington Wizards won their third straight game with a 131-117 victory over Atlanta on Wednesday night.Wizards star guard John Wall missed the game for personal reasons, but Washington still finished with a season-high 35 assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefBeal, with nine assists and nine rebounds, was a matchup nightmare for the Hawks, who began the night with the NBA’s third-worst record and lost their fourth straight. John Collins finished with 14 rebounds and a career-high 26 points, and Kent Bazemore added 22 points for Atlanta.Rookie guard Kevin Huerter was the first Hawks player assigned to guard Beal, and he was replaced early. 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Great team win today.!!— Ashton Lampkin (@OSU_DB6) October 23, 2016 That interception-pitch-pitch-almost fumble was completely unnecessarily, but damn it was fun to watch #okstate— Jeremy Seaton (@Jseaton44) October 22, 2016 Oklahoma State took care of business on the road Saturday, showing out despite an 11:00am kick against the bottom cellar Jayhawks to spoil their homecoming, 44-20. Here’s what the players had to say about the win on social media.I swear the game feels so much better when you win— Lenzy Pipkins (@Pippy_LONGsock) October 22, 2016 I love @OSUAthletics ???— brandon sheperd (@bshep10) October 22, 2016 Feel good to be back in Stillwater, proud of my brothas, as always. All GLORY to the man upstairs win, lose, or draw— Jordan Sterns (@31rzns) October 23, 2016 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.