Ron Hay: Momentous shift a loss for us all

first_imgNZ Herald 25 Feb 2013Ron Hay says the proposed law change redefining ‘marriage’ will have deep implications for society.…The proposed legislative change, however, is no light thing. To change the meaning of the primary relationship in adult life and the foundation stone of all human societies is momentous. For more than two millennia Western society has defined marriage as the lifelong union of one man and one woman. While some societies took longer than others to move from polygamy to monogamy, the complementarity of the two sexes has been seen as of the essence of marriage in every age and culture.Even societies notably tolerant or even encouraging of homosexual relations, such as ancient Greece, never contemplated equating such relationships with marriage.Redefining marriage to include same-sex unions is to turn our back as a nation not only on our own cultural heritage, but also on the legacy of wisdom from every age and from every society as to what makes for human wellbeing.Proponents of the change say there is no intention in this legislation to down-value heterosexual marriage and its linkage to the nurture of children. The good of marriage is simply being extended to homosexual couples as well. And therein lies the major problem. Marriage is not just being stretched, it is being redefined, and with that comes major loss.What is happening is not the creation of a new all-inclusive term to embrace both heterosexual and same-sex unions.Instead, the two types of relationship, which we currently distinguish, are to be conflated under the term “marriage” which till now has applied to only one.So how will currently married couples feel when they no longer have a term which describes what is distinctive about their relationship?As British commentator Andrew Goddard points out, the force of this is at present hidden from us because we still distinguish these two relationships with qualifiers such as “same-sex”, “opposite sex” and “homosexual/heterosexual”. But the proposed legislation won’t create a new category with a new name – “same-sex marriage” as distinct from “opposite-sex marriage”. Instead, it will do away with the old category and give its name to a quite different new category – “marriage” as a new gender-blind institution. Are there good grounds for such a momentous change? The whole case for change rests on the call for equal treatment for homosexual couples. But equality under the law has already been granted with the legislation for civil unions. As this legislation was being introduced only a few years ago, a number of politicians including then Prime Minister Helen Clark assured us there was no need (or intention) to change the nature of marriage.Tim Barnett, the mover of the bill, said “The Civil Union Bill is an acceptable alternative; marriage can remain untouched.” read more

Memorial Day opener for Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour

first_imgVINTON, Iowa – A familiar tour for IMCA Modifieds totes higher payouts at each of its eight race dates and a bigger point fund when the 2018 season is complete.The Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour opens on Monday, May 28 at Benton County Speed­way. A minimum of $2,000 will be paid to win and $200 to start each tour feature, with the cham­pion earning a $1,500 share of the nearly $10,000 point fund.“This will be the seventh time we’ve started the tour at Vinton. The Prelude special the day before also pays $2,000 to win so it’s possible for a driver to enjoy a $4,000 Memorial Weekend at Ben­ton County Speedway,” IMCA President Brett Root said. “There’s a lot to be excited about the upcoming tour. We’ve increased the payout and point fund, a passing points format will be new and the Dirt Knights will be featured on MAVTV.”“Plus,” he added, “contingency awards will be given at each event and at the conclusion of the tour.”From Vinton, the tour travels out of state for the first time in its nine-year history, topping the card for the $10,000 to win Clash at the Creek at 141 Speedway in Francis Creek, Wis., on June 20-21.Completing the schedule are dates June 29 at Farley Speedway; July 19 at Knoxville Raceway; July 23 at Park Jefferson Speedway in Jefferson, S.D.; July 24 at Hancock County Speedway in Britt; July 25 at Buena Vista Raceway in Alta; and Aug. 6 at Clay County Fairgrounds in Spencer.“This is a pretty good schedule. The three-night swing in July is in a corner of the state that histori­cally has supported the tour very well,” noted Root. “It’s very appropriate that the final race is in Spencer, the hometown of tour title sponsor Arnold Motor Supply.”All events will be scored with MyLaps transponders. Twelve cars will qualify from heat races; ‘B’ features will be lined up by points earned in heats.After the third tour event, provisionals will be awarded to the top two qualifying drivers with perfect at­tendance, based on point standings. Promoters have the option to add track provisional(s) start­ing 25th on back.The tour ran under the Hawkeye Dirt Tour banner from 2010-2017.last_img read more

The Final Word: Syracuse men’s basketball drops another road loss, 85-68, at No. 9 North Carolina

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 16, 2017 at 11:38 pmcenter_img One of the country’s best offensive rebounding teams, No. 9 North Carolina (17-3, 5-1 Atlantic Coast), burned Syracuse down low, grabbing 18 offensive boards and totaling 20 second-chance points in its 85-68 victory over Syracuse (11-8, 3-3) on Monday night at the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. SU could not avenge its 2016 Final Four loss to North Carolina from over nine months ago. Syracuse plays next on Saturday at Notre Dame.Our beat writers Connor Grossman and Matt Schneidman discuss Syracuse’s loss to North Carolina and its current state as ACC play kicks into full gear.last_img

GAMSTOP adds Dr Jo Watts and Kevin Beerling to board of directors

first_imgShare Submit StumbleUpon Share UKGC suspends two licences over failure to integrate GAMSTOP April 3, 2020 National online self-exclusion initiative, GAMSTOP, has committed to broadening its governance and providing a trusted environment for all stakeholders through two new appointments to its board of Non-Executive Directors.The two new members, Dr Jo Watts and Kevin Beerling, follow the selection of the initiative’s Independent Chair, Jenny Watson CBE in September. Watson commented on the new appointments: “We are delighted that these two exceptional leaders in their fields have agreed to lend their expertise to this important project. I am very much looking forward to working with them in the future.” Dr Watts joins the board after 15 years experience in customer analytics and risk management. While overseeing the operations of data science company Effini as well as occupying a place on the Board of The Data Lab, she is heavily involved in initiatives promoting Women in Technology. Beerling, meanwhile, has a wealth of experience in legal services, risk management, HR and ICT. With a strong financial background, and upwards of 20 years Board level experience, he has previously held positions such as Group Finance Director of the Prospects Group.Both new members are hoped to bring fresh insight and a wealth pf experience which will facilitate the initiatives growth further. Gamstop assesses impact of lockdown in new report May 13, 2020 Related Articles UKGC launches public awareness campaign on gambling controls, rights and safeguards August 3, 2020last_img read more

ESI Gambling Report: ECS Season 5 Finals Preview

first_imgBetway 1.90Pinnacle 2.06Bet365 1.90 Luminosity GamingLuminosity was just barely able to clinch the 4th seed at the ECS Finals from the league – they finished the pitting stage with an overall record of 10-8. Aside from finishing first in the DreamHack Open Valencia 2018: North American Qualifier by beating out Rogue Esports and eUnited, Luminosity hasn’t displayed much durability against stronger teams. Luminosity has the highest odds at the ECS Finals, but don’t plan on betting on them to turn a profit; It’s doubtful we’ll see the all-Brazilian cast trounce any of the teams in Group B, let alone win the event. PredictionsThere’s a lot at stake in London this weekend, teams are looking to either fossilize their names among other CS:GO greats or redefine themselves halfway through the season – regardless of their status, no one wants to exit the ECS Finals early. Here’s our picks for who will appear in the Grand Finals.AstralisThe way we see it, Astralis practically has their names etched on the ECS Season 5 trophy already; the Danes have been in unsurpassable form the last few months and an upset seems dubious. Although we predict there may be some friction against Liquid and FaZe, Astralis likely has this one in the bag. Cloud9It’s been a rough season for Cloud9, after being crowned champions at ELEAGUE: Boston – the first major of the year – there were high hopes for the North American outfit; however, the rest of the season would show a cluster of poor results.After Jake “Stewie2K” Yip fled Cloud9 to join SK the team has seemingly been unable to recover since, especially with their current roster instability regarding Pujan “FNS” Mehta impending release. Cloud9 desperately needs a tournament win under their belts – however, taking a look at their group stage pitting, it’s unlikely we’ll see them break out into playoffs. Betway 7.00Pinnacle 8.11Bet365 11.00 Team LiquidLiquid clinched third in the ECS North American League, proving they belong at the ECS Finals but still facing a long road ahead of standing on the winner’s podium. Liquid has experienced growth as an upshot of Epitacio “TACO” de Melo joining the roster back in March; the Brazilian CS:GO superstar was a central part of former squad SK and has since proven he can carry that success over to bolster other talented squads. Earning first in the NA League yet falling just short of a title finish to none other than Astralis at ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals, Liquid’s steady ascent hasn’t gone unnoticed.It wouldn’t be surprising to see Liquid fashion a couple upsets at this event, hell, we’d consider them to be the dark horses in London, no pun intended. Betway 11.00Pinnacle 15.47Bet365 15.00 Eight of the best Counter Strike teams will venture to London this weekend to participate in the Esports Championship Series Season 5 Finals at the SSE Arena Wembley. The teams are set to square off in a double-elimination gauntlet for their slice of a $660,000 (£491,564) prize pool. Expect to see sparks fly this weekend in London, we’ve got your betting analysis covered in this week’s ESI Gambling Report.Group AThe degree of talent playing at ECS is lofty, and Group A is just one half of that equation. The group selection process saw the top seeded team (Astralis & NRG) in each division pick a competitor for the opposing group. The circle in the first group should prove to be bloggable contest, let’s have a glance. AstralisThe Danish powerhouse is perceived by many to be the strongest CS:GO troop playing the game right now; a collection of first place finishes in recent months including the ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals and DreamHack Masters Marseille 2018 has quickly raised Astralis into an elite prestige amongst competitors.After recruiting Danish gunman, Emil “Magisk” Reif, onto Astralis as their fifth-player, the team has seen unparalleled success as we’ve seen them raze through top squads in recent outings. The Dane’s velocity coming into London has identified them as the clear favourite to place first at the ECS Finals; barring another squad is somehow able to outclass Astralis at this event, we firmly believe they’ll walk away with the gold. G2 EsportsThe 2018 season has been a rocky one for G2, the squad has had a series of mixed results including 7-8th at the Intel Extreme Masters XIII Sydney and 13-16th at DreamHack Masters Marseille; the poor outcomes were thought to be correlated to the absence of Richard “shox” Papillon who announced his return to the active roster in time for the ECS Finals.G2 introduced a slew of other roster adjustments ahead of this event as well, hoping to bolster their squad and turn things around for the organisation in London. Nathan “NBK-” Schmitt would be removed from the starting five alongside Dan “apEX” Madesclaire and replaced by the returning shox and Edouard “SmithZz” Dubourdeaux from the coaching role; it was later revealed the G2 players had expressed discomfort in playing alongside NBK, thus the lineup rework should prove to enrich the chemistry of the team. Finally, recent triallist Óscar “mixwell” Cañellas is set to be replaced by Belgian veteran Kevin “Ex6TenZ” Droolans for this one event. FnaticSwedish troop Fnatic, landed in the first group amongst Cloud9 and Team Liquid where it’s suggested the three will race to 2nd place in the group. Fnatic is a team with a rich history of winning in CS:GO, unfortunately, this season hasn’t yielded their best results.The Swedes managed two impressive title wins at the Intel Extreme Masters XII World Championship and World Electronic Sports Games this year, but solely these two trophies are a far cry from Fnatic’s customary champion reign. There were a couple notable alterations to Fnatic’s roster prior to London – Jonas “Lekr0” Olofsson was benched as they picked up former NiP man, Xizt, after his short-lived loan with FaZe. Lekr0, thought to be pivotal in Fnatic’s success this season, would stir up a bit of a question as he moved from the active roster despite Xizt’s involvement in FaZe Clan’s recent tournament prosperity. There’s no telling how the new configuration will pan out for Fnatic until the frags start flying in London. Betway 5.00Pinnacle 5.57Bet365 7.00center_img To reach the final 1.49 To reach the final 2.11 FaZe ClanFaZe is going to be a fascinating team to watch at this event, and with that, perhaps an attractive pick for bettors to hoist the ECS trophy come Sunday. The payout for a FaZe outright win is higher than Astralis, and we expect they are one of only teams able to challenge the Danes in London. FaZe stripped Astralis of a title win at Intel Extreme Masters XIII Sydney just last month in a riveting best of five sweep. Although Richard “Xizt” Landström was credited with that win – filling in as a substitute for Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer Gustafsson during a personal leave.While at first it was expected Olof would be rostered to play in London, he announced just a few days ago he would be sitting out this event. Olof’s return to the original FaZe lineup would surely be preferred, adding a touch of color in their performance – however, they’ll have to settle with Norwegian Jorgen ‘Cromen’ Robertsen as a stand-in at the ECS Finals. Group BWhile the second group isn’t anywhere near as unforgiving as the first, Group B is still projected to be a tight-running. Despite being the first seed, NRG will have their work cut out for them – most likely contested by G2 to escape the group stage while FaZe Clan is forecasted to advance. Let’s break down Group B to see if we can get a better idea of how teams will stack up in the playoff prelims. NRG EsportsComing off a stellar 17-1 run through the ECS NA League, NRG is looking to be in good form coming into this event. Despite clutching onto just one Minor win in the 2018 season – the iBUYPOWER Invitational – NRG saw a crowd of victories in qualifiers against rugged groups such as Team Liquid, Luminosity Gaming, and SK.They’re also coming into this tournament after finishing second at the StarLadder i-League Season 5 Finals last weekend, only falling to Na`Vi at the last hurdle. We foresee NRG clashing stiffly against G2 and FaZe in Group B while Luminosity should be easy pickings for the top-seeded crew. Although the second group appears to be less menacing than the first, NRG is going to need to maintain this tempo if they want to survive. Betway 5.50Pinnacle 7.48Bet365 7.00 Betway 11.00Pinnacle 9.66Bet365 11.00 FaZe ClanI’m betting on FaZe delivering fans a compelling story at London for a few reasons – despite the lack of both Xizt and Olof, Cromen should serve to be a good surrogate within this formation. FaZe is the only group as of recently able to test Astralis while in their celestial shape – a skirmish between the two would be an enthralling bout. Betway 15.00Pinnacle 15.47Bet365 13.00last_img

Real Madrid’s Luka Jovic breaks foot in COVID-19 lockdown

first_imgReal Madrid forward, Luka Jovic has broken his foot despite being confined to his home during the COVID-19 lockdown.The club confirmed the player’s injury in a statement, although no return date was stated.“After the tests carried out today on our player Luka Jović by the Real Madrid Medical Services, he has been diagnosed with an extra-articular fracture in the calcaneus bone of his right foot. Pending evaluation.”It’s unclear how Jovic broke his foot but the latest injury continues a terrible start to life at Los Blancos for Serbian Jovic, who found gametime difficult to come by during the season.He made only 24 appearances for Real across all competitions, mostly from the bench, and scored two goals.His fortune hasn’t improved following the freeze on football, as he was investigated in Serbia for not following the mandatory self-isolation procedure after returning from a country affected by the virus.Jovic sparked massive controversy last week, when he travelled to Serbia went to his girlfriend’s birthday party, even though he was supposed to be at home as part of his side’s 14-day isolation.Photos circulated of Jovic on the streets of Belgrade and partying with his girlfriend.last_img read more

Moyes’s Man Utd lose to Everton

first_imgEverton scored a late winner to secure the Toffees’ first victory at Manchester United in 21 years – and make it a night of misery for their former manager David Moyes.Costa Rican defender Bryan Oviedo struck four minutes from time to ensure Everton manager Roberto Martinez achieved a result at the first time of asking that avoided Moyes in his 11-year managerial career at Goodison Park.Moyes was taunted throughout by the visiting supporters unhappy at the manner of his departure and his subsequent summer transfer pursuit of Marouane Fellaini – whom he signed – and Leighton Baines.Oviedo was standing in for the injured Baines, who Moyes may again try to capture in January. Everton defeat ‘very disappointing’Moyes and United were out of luck as both Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck hit the woodwork – but nothing should take away the significance of this victory for Martinez and his players.Everton followed the Spaniard’s instructions to the letter, with captain Phil Jagielka and midfielder James McCarthy outstanding.Martinez was hailed by his exultant supporters at the final whistle as Everton stay fifth in the Premier League table whereas Moyes heard the derision of United’s followers with their team now ninth and 12 points adrift of leaders Arsenal. The hosts were once again without the injured Robin van Persie, but Fellaini was given a start against the club he left for United in a £27.5m deal on deadline day in September.Everton, as has been their style this season, opened playing incisive passing football and United keeper David De Gea was forced to turn over an early rising shot from Kevin Mirallas.United, after a hesitant start, worked their way into the game and keeper Tim Howard twice came to Everton’s rescue with good blocks from Rooney and Shinji Kagawa.nd as pressure mounted on the Everton goal Ryan Giggs glanced a header just wide from Rafael’s cross and Rooney was desperately unlucky to see a shot deflected off the post via Jagielka and Sylvain Distin, allowing Howard to clear with his feet.It was end to end, however, and De Gea blocked from Romelu Lukaku, whose muscular presence was providing difficulties for United captain Nemanja Vidic. As the hour mark approached, Moyes decided on a double change with Nani and Adnan Januzaj coming on for Rafael and Kagawa.Martinez introduced Spanish teenager Gerard Deulofeu for Ross Barkley after 68 minutes and he wasted Everton’s best chance seconds later. The youngster’s pace took him away from United’s defence and on to Lukaku’s pass but he shot straight at De Gea’s legs.The biggest escape of the night came at the other end almost immediately as Howard first saved brilliantly from Patrice Evra and Welbeck could only hit the bar with a header on the stretch from the rebound.In keeping with the ebb and flow of such an entertaining game Everton were back with a response of their own and Mirallas saw his free-kick from just outside the area hit the woodwork with De Gea scrambling.Play media Martinez praises ‘outstanding’ EvertonRooney’s frustration at United’s failure to unsettle Everton boiled over and he received a yellow card from referee Martin Atkinson for a reckless kick and shove at Jagielka near the touchline. The striker will be suspended for the visit of Newcastle on Saturday as a result of his fifth booking of the season.Everton’s belief never wavered, even in those anxious moments, and their ambition was rewarded with a goal that will write Oviedo’s name into Goodison Park lore.Lukaku’s power was once again to the fore as he rolled away from Fellaini, who should have been booked earlier for a reckless high challenge on McCarthy, and when his cross from the right landed at the feet of Oviedo at the far post he drilled low past De Gea. United did not trouble Everton again and there were scenes of delight after the final whistle as match-winner Oviedo was hoisted high on the shoulders of defender Distin in front of their celebrating fans.Manchester United manager David Moyes said:”I am disappointed to lose, that’s the way the game goes sometimes. The game was tight we missed some opportunities to score and Everton took their opportunities.”We’ve got a long way to go, we’ll need to play some great football and win a lot of games in the run in if we’re going to be in there around it come the end of the season.”Everton manager Roberto Martinez said: “I couldn’t be prouder. We never felt inferior, we kept doing what we are good at. I have always felt this squad was capable of going anywhere and playing teams eye to eye.”The second half performance was a lot better. We had real composure in the final third. I thought it showed a real indication of what can be achieved but we have done nothing yet. We need to carry on improving and prove we can perform like that anywhere in the league.”We have got a fantastic blend of experience and arrogant young players and that excites me.”last_img read more

Edmonton Oilers’ Adam Larsson lands on LTIR after reportedly playing through broken bone in opener

first_imgEdmonton Oilers defenseman Adam Larsson has been placed on long-term injured reserve after breaking a bone during Wednesday’s season opener against the Vancouver Canucks.The eight-year veteran blocked a shot in the first period but finished the game with a fractured fibula, logging 22:19 of ice time in the 3-2 victory. “He’s got a broken bone that’s going to take some time to heal,” head coach Dave Tippett said on Thursday. “He’s disappointed, tough break for him.”He will reportedly not need surgery to repair the right fibula in his lower leg.“He’s got a broken bone that’s going to take some time to heal. He’s disappointed, tough break for him.”Coach Tippett on Larsson’s foot injury that occurred in the 1st last night, adds no surgery required. No definitive timeline for recovery yet.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) October 3, 2019The 26-year-old is expected to miss six to eight weeks, the team reported on Thursday. The #Oilers have announced that defenceman Adam Larsson will be out of action for six to eight weeks with a fractured right fibula.Here’s to a speedy recovery for Larss.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) October 3, 2019Larsson appeared in all 82 games last season, recording 20 points (three goals, 17 assists) and averaging 21:37 on-ice, third-most among Oilers’ defenseman.Evan Bouchard has been called up during his absence, providing an opportunity for the 2018 first-round pick to get a solid look against NHL competition. He played in seven games for the Oilers last October, recording a lone goal in his final appearance on Oct. 27 — the only point during that stretch for the young defenseman before being returned to the London Knights (OHL). In a corresponding move, defenseman Ethan Bear was also sent down to Bakersfield (AHL).last_img read more

MLB players explain sudden choice to kneel for anthem: ‘Simply put, things need to change’

first_imgIt appears the latest iteration of the U.S. protest movement, however, has stirred the sport.A large portion of Giants players knelt during the national anthem before exhibitions Monday and Tuesday, including veterans Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence, and veteran first baseman Joey Votto joined Reds teammates in kneeling for the anthem Tuesday afternoon. Giants manager Gabe Kapler also took a knee.Their gestures symbolized increased outrage toward police brutality and racial inequality in the U.S., mirroring a nationwide acknowledgement of the mistreatment of Black people that has crossed some typical racial and socioeconomic divides. Daily protests have taken place across the country following the May 25 killing of unarmed Black man George Floyd by Minneapolis police.”I’ve been taking time to educate myself over the past month about social injustice towards people of color in this country,” explained Giants outfielder Austin Slater, who chose to kneel this week. “Simply put, things need to change. Every person, no matter their skin color, have the fundamental right to expect the same experiences and treatment free from prejudices in this country and around the world.”Wrote Votto in a recent op-ed: “Desire for normalcy is a privilege by which I can no longer abide. That privilege kept me from understanding the ‘why’ behind Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the national anthem. That privilege allowed me to ignore my black teammates’ grievances about their experiences with law enforcement, being profiled, and discriminated against.”Unity 🧡🖤#BlackLivesMatter | #SFGiants— SFGiants (@SFGiants) July 22, 2020Unity. ❤️#BlackLivesMatter— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 21, 2020MORE: What to know about Alyssa Nakken, the Giants coach making historyVotto knelt next to Amir Garrett, Phillip Ervin and Alex Blandino before Tuesday’s game against the Tigers.In addition to Sandoval, Pence and Slater, Giants outfielder Jaylin Davis and first-base coach Antoan Richardson are among those who have knelt for San Francisco. With the exception of former A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell, MLB players largely declined to acknowledge the Black Lives Matter movement when NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick started his anti-racism protests during the national anthem in 2016.Given baseball’s long-term decline in number of African American athletes and its devotion to traditionalism, such widespread silence did not come as a surprise. MLB’s regular season begins Thursday night, and it’s possible members of other teams will follow the lead of the Giants and Reds.Stars elsewhere have spoken up off the field about the Black Lives Matter movement. Cardinals right-hander Jack Flaherty has suggested he could kneel this year, while Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw, has like, Votto acknowledged that many baseball players didn’t grasp the meaning of race-related protests a couple of years ago.“All the way back with Colin Kaepernick, I think everybody, myself included, just didn’t understand,” Kershaw told The Athletic over the weekend. “We were apologetic for that. I was apologetic for that. But … no, no ‘but.’ We’re going to try to do better now.”last_img read more

UIW’s Ayala, Pair of Islanders Tabbed Soccer Players of the Week

first_imgOffensive Player of the Week: Keeley Ayala, UIW – So. – Forward – Wichita Falls, TexasWith the Cardinals and Huskies knotted at 1-1, Ayala stepped up and netted her nation-leading sixth penalty kick goal of the season in the 28th minute. After HBU forced extra time with a late penalty kick, she needed just three minutes in the first overtime period to end the match with her conference-best fourth game-winning goal of the season. FRISCO, Texas – UIW’s Keeley Ayala and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Shayla Spearman and Kyleigh Hall are the Southland Conference Soccer Players of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Spearman is the Defensive Player of the Week, and teammate Hall garners her fourth Goalkeeper of the Week award of the year and third straight. The Islander duo played a vital role in keeping preseason favorite Abilene Christian to one goal on a penalty kick in a 2-1 upset of the Wildcats. A&M-Corpus Christi (7-5-1, 4-1-1 SLC) aims to maintain its five-match unbeaten streak at Northwestern State at 7 p.m. Friday and versus Central Arkansas at 1 p.m. Sunday. Defensive Player of the Week: Shayla Spearman, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – Sr. – Defense – Wichita Falls, TexasSpearman played all 90 minutes on the Islanders’ back line, holding ACU to one goal on a spot kick in the first half. The Wildcats only placed six of their 18 attempts on goal. In Southland matches, A&M-Corpus Christi boasts the top goals-against average (.500) in the conference. Honorable Mention: Cailey Croson, UIW; Madeline Talbot, Stephen F. Austin. Goalkeeper of the Week: Kyleigh Hall, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – Jr. – Goalkeeper – Mansfield, TexasHall turned in another solid performance minding the net for the Islanders, making five saves on 18 shots faced to help A&M-Corpus Christi knock off the first-place Wildcats. ACU’s penalty kick goal is the only attempt to get by Hall in her last 280:34 in goal. This is Hall’s fourth weekly honor of the season and her third consecutive.center_img Honorable Mention: Payton Adams, UIW; Kaisa Juvonen, Lamar. 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. Honorable Mention: Olivia Broussard, McNeese; Esther Okoronkwo, Lamar; Katelyn Termini, Stephen F. Austin. The Division I leader in penalty kick goals, Ayala earns Offensive Player of the Week honors after scoring her sixth of the season from the spot as part of a two-goal performance in a 3-2 overtime win over Houston Baptist last Friday to vault the Cardinals (6-7, 5-1 SLC) into a three-way tie atop the conference table. McNeese and Lamar, the two teams tied with UIW at 5-1 in league play, are the Cardinals next two opponents at 7 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Sunday, respectively. last_img read more