Advantage Spurs after derby win

first_img Gareth Bale slipped behind a static Arsenal back four and slotted past Wojciech Szczesny to put Tottenham 1-0 up before Aaron Lennon breezed past the flat back line moments later, latching on to Scott Parker’s pass before beating the Arsenal goalkeeper from close range. Per Mertesacker pulled one back for the Gunners in the second half, but a mix of wasteful passing around the box, and excellent displays from Jan Vertonghen and Michael Dawson, stopped Arsene Wenger’s men from finding their way through again. Tottenham moved seven points clear of Arsenal in the race for a Champions League spot with a 2-1 win in a pulsating north London derby at White Hart Lane. Press Associationcenter_img Arsenal controlled the opening stages of the game and Santi Cazorla cut out the Tottenham back four with a jaw-dropping 40-yard pass to play Olivier Giroud through, but Vertonghen did just enough to put the Frenchman off. Spurs were on the back foot, but they managed to take the lead through man of the moment Bale. The Welshman latched on a clever pass from Gylfi Sigurdsson and stabbed the ball past the on-rushing Szczesny. Just 140 seconds later it was 2-0. Parker picked the ball up on the half-way line, Arsenal backed off, and he threaded a wonderful ball through to Lennon, who rounded Szczesny and tapped the ball in to the empty net. Whatever Wenger said at half-time to his players, it worked. The away side came flying out of the blocks in the second half and they pulled one back six minutes in. Mertesacker, so often criticised for his failings at the back, leapt in front of Bale and glanced home Theo Walcott’s corner from the near post. Arsenal continued to press. Walcott, now playing centrally, headed over, Jack Wilshere danced around the edge of the Spurs box and Nacho Monreal fired a powerful shot just wide of Hugo Lloris’ goal. Emmanuel Adebayor was carried off on a stretcher after suffering an injury and he was replaced by Jermain Defoe. A portion of the Arsenal support responded by taunting Adebayor about the 2010 gun attack on the Togo team bus at the African Nations Cup. “Shot in Angola, it should have been you.” Arsenal continued to control the game, but with 20 minutes to go Spurs hit them on the break through Sigurdsson, who got in behind the Gunners back four, but decided to square the ball when he should have shot at goal. last_img read more

Online USC course sees growth

first_imgRebecca Carpenter, a 45-year-old single mother looking to go back to school to receive her teaching credentials, sought out USC’s online Master of Arts in Teaching program.“I had been doing a lot of research on teaching and credential programs and I saw this Facebook ad for MAT@USC,” said Carpenter, who holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a master of fine arts from the University of Texas at Austin. “I started researching this program and what’s really strange is that it’s perfect for me.”MAT@USC is an online teaching program offered by the Rossier School of Education. The program, which began in June 2009, provides a fully online experience with interactive lectures and videos to replicate the traditional classroom experience.Daily TrojanDuring the first year, MAT@USC enrolled 144 students, of which 82  graduated in June.This year’s class consists of 1,000 students, a huge increase from the previous year, said Director of Operations Erika Klein. Yet, the program does not yet know why the numbers increased so rapidly.The appeal of MAT@USC is in its flexibility for nontraditional students who hold full-time jobs or have families to care for, Klein said.“We also have people in the military who, because of their situation … have to move around,” Klein said. “With our program, they don’t have to stop their education.”Carpenter said the versatility of the program was part of the reason she chose it over others.“I couldn’t afford to not be working. If I’d had to go to USC every day or four days a week or whatever, plus do my observations, there’s no way I could’ve done it,” Carpenter said. “It’s just not realistic for real people’s lives.”MAT@USC alumna Haley DeMaria of Annapolis, Md., said that when her husband had to work in London for three months, she didn’t have to make the decision between school and family.“I could have that fun with my family during the day and not have to put my educational goals on hold,” DeMaria, who typically worked on her classes at night, said.Other perks of the program, Klein said, include its staggered start dates and its particular attention to teaching in low-income, urban settings.“By going online, we’re producing more and addressing the needs of students across the country. We have students in Alaska, Hawaii, New York,” Klein said. Students enrolled in the program currently live in 46 states.MAT@USC students have the opportunity to exchange ideas and connect with other teachers nationwide looking to receive their masters of arts in teaching degree, which appeals to many students, DeMaria said.“I loved hearing about educational issues from my cohort, my colleagues, all over the country,” DeMaria said. “So many of our issues in schools were the same but had a different … spin to them.”The experience of getting to know one another is almost completely online, Klein said. The classrooms are video chat rooms with feeds of each student and the professor side by side on a grid.“It’s a live feed,” Klein said. “Everyone jokes that it’s like The Brady Bunch.”Though the program is online, the quality of the instruction is the same, she said.“We pay very close attention to who we hire,” Klein said. “We don’t just hire Joe from across the street. This program is composed of USC faculty, developed by USC faculty, overseen by USC faculty.”MAT@USC is also expanding, Klein said. They faculty already established Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, a program for teachers who want to teach English, and on Sept. 13 they launched an international program.“One thing I always remember our dean saying is that this is not your grandmother’s school of education,” Klein said. “We want people to be agents of change.”last_img read more

Syracuse advances to quarterfinals of ACC tournament with 83-64 victory over North Carolina

first_imgAlexis Peterson’s 29 points led sixth-seeded Syracuse (21-9, 11-5 Atlantic Coast) to an 83-64 victory over North Carolina Thursday night at the HTC Center in Conway, South Carolina. With the ACC Tournament second round win, the Orange will advance to face third-seeded Duke on Friday at 8 p.m.Eleven 3-pointers, 32 points in the paint and 27 points off turnovers helped Syracuse spring out to a 30-23 lead. By the end of the third quarter, SU commanded a 25-point advantage. The Orange’s 32 second-chance points is its highest total since Dec. 4 against Central Connecticut State, a 21-game span.“We had to rebound the ball,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “We really did a good job of crashing the boards and getting opportunities, second-chance opportunities and we were really aggressive.”Peterson, who was named this week the ACC Player of the Year, added six assists and grabbed seven rebounds. Redshirt senior guard Brittney Sykes scored 16 points and had 12 rebounds while senior center Briana Day scored 11 points and had a game-high 15 boards. Senior forward Isabella Slim scored nine points on 3-of-7 from the floor, the most she has scored since Jan. 8.Tip between the Orange and Blue Devils is set for Friday at 8 p.m. On Feb. 10, then-No. 14 Blue Devils handed Syracuse a 72-55 loss in Durham. In that meeting, Peterson and Sykes were held to a combined 30 points. SU committed 15 turnovers, shot only 25.4 percent from the field and got out-rebounded by nine. Duke’s 44 paint points were the most SU has allowed since December 2015.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“They attacked us in transition and when you don’t score, you can’t press, and that was big for us because we didn’t make enough shots,” Hillsman said. “We couldn’t get into our pressure. Hopefully we can get some shots to go in early and be able to press them.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 2, 2017 at 11:37 pm Contact Matthew: | @MatthewGut21last_img read more