Honorable Mention: Eric Orze, New Orleans; Hayden Thomas, A&M-Corpus Christi; Will Warren, Southeastern Louisiana. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots. Davis hit safely in all four of the Demons’ contests last week, including three multi-hit games in a series win over Abilene Christian. He finished 8-for-16 (.500) with five RBI at the plate as NSU dropped an extra-inning tilt against Southern and took two out of three from the Wildcats. The Demons (11-4, 2-1 SLC) play all four games this week on the road with a Tuesday night matchup with Grambling at 6 p.m. followed by a three-game weekend slate against New Orleans. Stone (3-1) tossed the program’s third no-hitter to open the weekend series with Southeastern Louisiana with a 2-0 win. The junior struck out a career-high 13 batters, opposite just one walk. The Bears sealed the series victory with a 2-1 triumph on Saturday but missed out on sweeping the Lions on Sunday. UCA (7-8, 2-1 SLC) travels to Thibodaux, La., for a three-game series with Nicholls, beginning with a 6 p.m. first pitch on Friday evening. Honorable Mention: Brandon Bena, Houston Baptist; Itchy Burts, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Jake Dickerson, McNeese; Salo Iza, New Orleans. FRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State first baseman Peyton Davis is the Southland Conference Hitter of the Week and Central Arkansas ace Gavin Stone earns Pitcher of the Week honors, the league announced Monday. Pitcher of the Week – Gavin Stone, Central Arkansas – Junior – Starting Pitcher – Lake City, Ark.Stone went the distance on just 112 pitches, including 85 strikes, and recorded just the third no-hitter in program history in a series-opening win over SLU. He retired the side in order through each of the first five innings and struck out the side in the third inning. After surrendering a leadoff walk in the fifth, Stone retired the final 14 batters of the game, fanning eight Lions’ batters down the stretch. He struck out eight of SLU’s nine starters at least once. Hitter of the Week – Peyton Davis, Northwestern State – Junior – First Baseman – Bossier City, La.After tallying an RBI in the loss to Southern, Davis hit 7-for-12 (.583) across three games against ACU, including a pair of multi-RBI games. He homered Friday night to help NSU build an early three-run lead and sparked a pair of three-run innings Sunday with RBI hits. Davis finished with an OPS of 1.289 on the week.
West Ham coaches Julian Dicks and Chris Woods have signed new two-year contracts with the club.Former Hammers full-back Dicks, a team-mate of manager Slaven Bilic in their playing days at Upton Park, was named first-team coach last summer.Ex-Norwich and England keeper Woods has been goalkeeping coach since last summer, working with first-choice Adrian and back-up Darren Randolph, who is at Euro 2016 with the Republic of Ireland.Woods told the club’s official website: “Slaven has made me feel so welcome and he has been fantastic to work with since the day I arrived. He leaves no stone unturned and his enthusiasm rubs off on everybody.“It has been a great privilege for me to work for a club with such great tradition. Hopefully we can grow even stronger.” Chris Woods [far] left sits next to Julian Dicks on the West Ham bench 1
Choice Hotels International has announced their new partnership with SiteMinder, the number one cloud platform for hotel franchises.With this new technology agreement, Choice Hotels Australasia will have the ability to manage their entire room inventory through one main system.SiteMinder’s integration with Choice Hotel’s central reservations system (CRS) will enable franchisees to maintain room rates and inventory in order to expand operational efficiencies within the company.Choice Hotels senior vice president international division Mark Pearce says the company continues to lead in regards to technology initiatives.“Implementing SiteMinder for our international franchisees will help make their businesses more effective and efficient, helping to eliminate discrepancies in room availability entirely,” Mr Pearce said.The SiteMinder technology will help address parity issues across Choice properties by delivering all reservations into the company’s CRS.SiteMinder co-founder and managing director Mike Ford says the company is thrilled to be working with Choice Hotels.“We are excited to offer our online distribution platform to Choice Hotel franchisees so rooms are booked, inventories and properties are updated, and rates are managed in real-time,” Mr Ford said.SiteMinder is currently used by over 16,000 properties across more than 160 countries worldwide.Source = ETB Travel News: Brittney Levinson