For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Indian football team skipper Sunil Chettri continued his great form that led India thrash Kenya to clinch the Intercontinental at the Mumbai Football Arena.He scored goals in the eighth and 29th minutes after which he also levelled Argentina’s Lionel Messi international goals of 64.Team Kenya was more or less dominating in the second half of the match but could not convert it into a win as team India was in relax mode with already two goals scored in the first half.Chhetri was seen livid as India lost momentum in the second half. However, the defenders somehow managed to hold on to their lead. The visitors got nine corners in the match but failed to take advantage at all and in the end get on the score sheet.Indian defenders Sandesh Jhingan, Pritam Kotal and Anas Edathodika stood out for the hosts while Holicharan Narzary also did his bit to come in and protect the lead. But, one man, who was brilliant at the back was goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu.The Bengaluru FC goalie wasn’t called upon much but whenever he was, he showed why he is the best in the squad. From his safe handling to pin-point distribution, everything was a huge positive for the Men in Blue.The best part of the match was the crowd support for the Indian football team. Their presence and cheers throughout the 90 minutes was an added bonus even the players couldn’t stop appreciating.The 33-year-old Chhetri, who was playing in his 102nd international match, and Messi are behind leader and Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo who has 81 goals from 150 matches.
Experts in education discussed the underlying problems facing K-12 education around the country and how students could get involved with solving them to kick off Program Board’s Education Month on Monday in Bovard Auditorium.Organizers hope EdMonth, a two-weeklong event series, will make students more aware of educational disparities and spark similar events at other universities.Education · Traveler and his rider, Hector Aguilar, appeared Monday at the EdMonth Opening on Trousdale Parkway. Wendy Kopp, CEO of Teach For America, spoke at a kickoff event at Bovard Auditorium Monday evening. – Corey Marquetti | Daily TrojanLos Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa delivered opening remarks. He said students in Los Angeles K-12 public schools face an array of problems that could be solved by increasing accountability of teachers, raising the standards for teaching credentials and increasing wages.“If we want to compete in the world, we have to have the best public schools in the world,” Villaraigosa said. “If we want to compete in the world, we have to have the highest standards for our teachers.”The panelists said underperforming teachers have created underperforming students and decreasing graduation rates, which led to the U.S. falling behind other leading countries of the world in terms of education.“Other countries have gotten this, they do whatever they can to get the best teachers into schools for everyone and that makes a difference,” said Karen Gallagher, dean of the Rossier School of Education. “We don’t do that, and that is one of the things that we can control.”Wendy Kopp, CEO and founder of Teach for America, stressed that there is no perfect model for a school, but improving education requires administrators who can get parents, students and teachers to work together.“There is no magic,” Kopp said. “This is about a leader and a team that embrace a mission.”Gallagher said this concept can be applied in different ways. USC Hybrid High, a charter school for chronically truant students scheduled to open in fall, will have teachers working 40 hours a week, but not at traditional hours, allowing students to attend school while working or caring for family members.“We want to bring in parents,” Gallagher said. “We want to bring in community members.”The panelists stressed that USC students can help without pursuing a career in education by mentoring younger students or getting involved with the Joint Educational Partnership.Eddie Souler, a freshman majoring in civil engineering, said the call to action made the event unique for him.“Everyone was really into the whole reform idea,” Souler said. “Not just giving us information but pushing toward things.”Markus Mar-Liu, a freshman majoring in astronautical engineering, said the panel could have included more information about fixing systemic problems in education.“It had a really good selection of people with great experiences,” Mar-Liu said. “It would’ve been better if they talked about the solution more than the problem.”Latino/a Student Assembly Executive Director Steven Almazan, one of the event organizers, said he hoped the panel helped “offer insight into how students right now can make a difference.”Moderator David Belasco, a professor of business, said the panel of education experts addressed an important issue.“Education reform is probably the largest issue of our time,” Belasco said. “It’s fundamentally unfair. It shouldn’t matter who your parents are or where you were born, everyone should have a shot at education.”Los Angeles Unified School District Board President Mónica García said education must be equal for people to find success.“We know education changes lives. We know education is the great equalizer,” García said. “It is not okay for the U.S. to be 16th in graduation rates.”Marshall Tuck, CEO of the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, Villaraigosa’s initiative to help underperforming schools, said the city’s education disparity demonstrates the effect of inequality.“If you are born in a certain part of Los Angeles, you have a huge mountain to climb,” Tuck said.Some students said the panelists broke down a complex issue.“The panel really got to touch on various issues,” said Ruth Le, a junior majoring in public policy, managing and planning. “[The organizers] brought together a lot of dynamic people who had a lot to say.”
Tomorrow night when the No. 1 USC men’s volleyball team (3-1, 1-0) travels to the Bren Center to face No. 3 UC Irvine (4-1, 1-0) in a rematch of last year’s NCAA final, there will be a lot more at stake than a chance at revenge.This year’s Trojan team, full of seasoned veterans and battle-tested leaders, understands that an early-season matchup against the Anteaters represents an opportunity to make a lasting statement as they go forward through conference play in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.“The last two seasons UCI ended our season, so we don’t care for the Anteaters too much,” junior outside hitter Tri Bourne said. “If there is going be a statement game this season this is going to be it, and we will make a statement.”Though last year’s heartbreaking five-set loss to UCI in the national championship left the Trojans with a bitter taste in their mouths, they enter the 2010 season with the loss serving as a source of inspiration. As the team has its sights set squarely on the ultimate prize in collegiate sports, the match that got away last May has motivated the players to become a more disciplined and focused unit this year.“I think that the main thing for us is having the mindset where we just play our game instead of trying to play better than we already are,” Bourne said. “We were given the No. 1 ranking in the country, [and] even though we believe that we deserve it, we all know that we have to prove that.”For UCI, 2006 AVCA Coach of the Year John Speraw’s team comes into Friday’s match with the Trojans red-hot after losing opening night to No. 6 BYU. After their four-set loss to the Cougars, UCI closed the Elephant Bar Tournament with two convincing victories over No. 11 UCSD and No. 7 Long Beach State.Leading the Irvine team in their quest to become the first repeat national champion in men’s volleyball since the 1996 UCLA Bruins achieved the feat are sophomore opposite Carson Clark — and senior outside hitter Cole Reinholm — who had a career-high 21 kills in the team’s win over UCSD earlier this month.For the Trojans, this week has already created some early-season praise from around the conference, after the team Wednesday night dispatched crosstown rival UCLA in just four sets on the Bruins’ home floor (30-26, 29-31, 30-26, 30-28). Despite the big win over their main rivals, this year’s Trojans embrace the concept that in order to win a national championship, the team must not rest on its laurels at any point.“Despite a big win against rival UCLA, we understand that we need to approach each game one at a time,” senior middle blocker Hunter Current said. “Every team, including UCI, wants to ruin our season and we’re looking to prove them wrong every time.”While fourth-year coach Bill Ferguson feels confident about his team’s chances Friday night, he admits that in order to beat a team of UCI’s caliber, his team must improve from the service line.“We haven’t been able to put teams under pressure with our service game,” Ferguson said. “It is something we need to continue to improve upon if we want any consistent success at a high level.”So while notions of a statement game or a chance to seek revenge may initially surround tomorrow night’s huge 7 p.m. matchup, when the whistle blows, the Trojans will have only one thing in mind when they face the Anteaters: to win.“This match is a good step for us,” Ferguson said. “Winning on the road in our league is very tough. Any time we can get a win, we will definitely cherish it.”