Global News Blog: The Enclosure Movement

April 20, 2009 by · 2 Comments 

Posted by Lauren Kuhner

The future of global press freedom will be at risk because the World Association of Newspapers feels sports organizations should be allowed to be involved in the editorial process of news organizations. This means they would be allowed with the new rules to pick which photos can and cannot appear, and to say they only want positive news about their sports organization printed.

Coalition of Major Professional Sports (COMPS) is seeking for tougher restrictions on sports reporting. And also wants the copy right act to extend to sports. “COMPS members believe sporting organizations should be granted ownership of copyright in the key elements of the performance of the major events promoted by those sports organizations,” it said. It warned that without more control over images and reporting, their sponsorship revenues would be at risk.

The real issue here is our freedom of speech is slowly being taking away. Boyle talks about the public domain as literature that is out in the public that is available for everyone. How can sports coverage be copyrighted? Sports coverage should be available to everyone and should stay in the public domain; but members of COMPS are all about the money and Boyle says greed leads to closure.

Thus the sports bodies and the rights holders want to restrict and eliminate competing providers of news and information so that their organization will be advertised to the public the way they feel it should be (with the right pictures and only positive news.

What is our world coming to when sports organizations want to have their sports coverage copyrighted? If you do not want your free speech to be taken away, we need to come together and protest greedy companies who want to take intellectual property and enclose it with a copyright.

Global News Blog: Kids Will Never Lose a Ball Ever Again

April 6, 2009 by · 2 Comments 

Posted by Chase Smith

In one of the coolest ideas I have seen in a while, the Australian Football League will be trying out a new football that contains a GPS micro chip. Along with other ideas presented in an article by The Australian, technology is about to change the face of sports forever.

“The prototype ‘gBall’, developed in partnership with the AFL and search and online mapping giant Google, will be tested in junior football matches this weekend.

The balls are fitted with durable global-positioning and motion-sensing chips that measure the location, force, and torque of a kick.

Women’s Players Grab Conference Honors

March 3, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Just days after winning the Conference USA regular season championship, the SMU women’s basketball team claimed several individual conference honors.

Junior guard Brittany Gilliam earned a spot on the All-Conference USA Second Team, as well as on the Conference USA All-Defensive team. She led the Mustangs with 14.3 pts/game this season and led the C-USA in steals with 71.

Junior Delisha Wills earned the All-Conference Second Team along with Gilliam. She is only 20 points shy of becoming the 16th player in SMU history to score 1000 points.

Freshmen Christine Elliott earned two awards with her strong play down the stretch of the season. She was named to the Conference USA All-Freshmen Team, as well as earning the C-USA Rookie of the Week this week (March 2-9).

The Mustangs begin the C-USA tournament Friday in New Orleans as the No. 1 seed. They take on the winner of East Carolina and UAB, both teams they beat in the regular season.

Women’s Basketball Loses Game, Top Spot in Conference

February 6, 2009 by · Comments Off 

The SMU women’s basketball team led most of the first half, but lost its share of the lead in the Conference USA after a 75-65 loss at Southern Mississippi Thursday night.

Southern Miss takes sole possession of first place in the conference, as SMU (14-8, 7-2 C-USA) drops to a tie in second place with Central Florida, who takes on SMU on Saturday.

Men’s Basketball takes on 14th-Ranked Memphis Wednesday

February 3, 2009 by · Comments Off 

The SMU men’s basketball team (6-13, 1-6 C-USA) takes on its toughest opponent this season Wednesday night at home against Memphis (18-3, 7-0 C-USA).

Memphis (14, AP) has had little trouble with conference opponents this season. They sit atop the C-USA standings with an undefeated conference record. Last season, they finished conference play with a perfect 16-0 record.

Similar to last year’s team a freshmen leads the team in points. Guard Tyreke Evans leads Memphis with 16.3 pts/game, followed by Robert Dozier, who had a significant role in last year’s national championship run, with 11.8 pts/game.

In 2008, Memphis swept the season series with SMU, winning at home 77-48, and in Moody Coliseum 72-55.

Memphis has won 12 straight and is coming off a 15 point win against Houston.

The Mustangs are on a four game losing streak, and have only one conference win (against Tulsa). The Mustangs will have to play their best game of the season to challenge the Tigers.

Game time is Wednesday at 8 p.m. at Moody Coliseum.

Men’s Basketball Loses Again

February 1, 2009 by · Comments Off 

The SMU men’s basketball team extended its losing streak to four Saturday in a 64-55 loss at Tulsa. Derek Williams led the Mustangs with 15 points.

Tulsa led by as much as 16, but SMU cut the lead to five with under three minutes left before Tulsa pulled away again for the win.

Mustangs Extend Winning Streak to Six

February 1, 2009 by · Comments Off 


LaShandra Hill goes up strong down low to help the Mustangs beat the Rice Owls 68-52 on Saturday afternoon. (THE DAILY MUSTANG / ALAN H. ROSE)

LaShandra Hill goes up strong down low to help the Mustangs beat the Rice Owls 68-52 on Saturday afternoon. (THE DAILY MUSTANG / ALAN H. ROSE)

By Alan Rose

Riding a five-game win streak, the SMU Mustangs came out strong, starting the game on a 13-7 run in their 68-52 victory over the Rice Owls (5-16, 0-8 Conference USA) Saturday at Moody Coliseum.

SMU shot 48 percent from the field and outrebounded the Owls 47 to 37. Christine Elliott had nine rebounds and eleven points.

“I just played my game. Scoring in the paint…I think I could be more physical. I wasn’t that physical,” said Elliott.

SMU head coach Rhonda Rompola said,? “I told her to get out there and use her physical ability and that the team needs her.”

SMU has won the last three meetings between the two teams dating back to last season. This is Rompola’s 326th career win and the eighth six-game win streak in program history all under Rompola’s tenure.

The Mustangs (14-7, 7-1 Conference USA) take on Southern Miss Lady Eagles (14-7, 7-1 Conference USA) in a battle for first place on February 5th.

Gilliam’s Three Wins it for Mustangs

January 30, 2009 by · Comments Off 

With the score tied and only 4.4 seconds remaining in regulation, Brittany Gilliam shoots a three pointer to win the game. (SMU DAILY MUSTANG / ALAN H. ROSE)

With the score tied and only 4.4 seconds remaining in regulation, Brittany Gilliam shoots a three pointer to win the game. (PHOTO BY ALAN H. ROSE / THE DAILY MUSTANG)

By Robby Gillespie

Brittany Gilliam was just happy it went in. She had missed every second half shot she took until five seconds left in a tied game when she swished a three-pointer to seal the Mustangs’ victory.

“It was just an open jump shot,” Gilliam said. “When it left my hand everything felt good.”

After scoring eight points in the first half, Gilliam missed her first three shots of the second, before clinching the victory for the Mustangs Thursday night over Houston (12-7, 4-3 Conference USA) at Moody Coliseum.

SMU head coach Rhonda Rompola said,? “We dodged a bullet today.”

SMU (13-7, 6-1 Conference USA) led by as much as 12 half way through the first half, but a ten point scoring spurt by Houston’s Cobilyn Hill dropped SMU’s lead to five at halftime.

Cold shooting from the Mustangs and more scoring from Hill in the second half led to a five point Houston lead with 3:06 left.

“She [Cobilyn Hill] hurt us today,” Rompola said. “But we still found a way to win.”

After a Jillian Samuels three-pointer and a Houston miss, SMU called a timeout with 11.2 seconds left.

“We were actually trying to run a play to post up [Gilliam] down low,” Rompola said. “You got to take what the defense gives you and that wasn’t exactly what we called but we reacted to what they did.”

The game-winning three gave the Mustangs a share of the top spot in the Conference USA. Gilliam and Samuels led the team with eleven points each.

SMU shot 39.3 percent from the field and was six for 13 from behind the arc.

“We were a little out of sync today,” Rompola said. “We needed to keep our cool as a team, not trying to get everything at once. We’ve got to play a little looser.”

The Cougars didn’t show their best play as well, making only 12 of 44 shots in the first half. They finished the game 24 for 72 from the field.

SMU looks to extend their winning streak to six on Saturday against Rice at Moody Coliseum. The Owls have lost their last seven games.

Gilliam said the team is growing more comfortable with each other, which leads to more victories.

“Everyone’s starting to know their own roles,” Gilliam said. “It’s just different people stepping up every night.”

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Men’s Soccer Wins Twice at Home

September 15, 2008 by · Comments Off 

By Casey Gibeaut and Josh Webb;

The SMU men’s soccer team opened its home schedule last weekend by defeating George Mason and Oakland, winning the Prego’s Express Italian Men’s Soccer Invitational.

Senior forward Paulo da Silva was named the tournament’s MVP, while teammates Kekoa Osorio, Ryan Mirsky and Craig Hill were named to the all-tournament team.

Against George Mason on Friday, forward Manuel Mariel scored the first goal just four minutes into the game. The Mustangs looked to have the game in control by leading 1-0 at the end of the first half.

In the second half, the Mustangs continued to show why they were the dominant team. Da Silva, the Conference USA player of the week, scored on a pass by Jeff Harwell from 22 yards in the 77th minute. Ahead 2-0, the Mustangs did let up. In the 81st minute, freshman Diogo de Almeida scored off of a George Mason turnover.

The Mustangs kept their momentum in game two of the tournament, defeating Oakland 3-1 on Saturday to win the tournament title.

Freshman Payton Hickey scored his first collegiate goal in the 41st minute from an assist by Dane Saintus. Freshman Joe Cooper also scored his first goal with an assist from senior midfielder Gabriel Arredondo.

However, Oakland refused to be shut out. In the 70th minute, Martin Sandell nailed a shot just inside the left goal post. But just 23 seconds later, SMU solidified the win with a goal by sophomore Leone Cruz.

This weekend the fourth-ranked Mustangs (5-0-1) head to Oklahoma to play in the Tulsa Tournament, where they will face-off against Northern Illinois on Friday and Hofstra on Sunday.

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