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Diplomats enjoy evening with FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Trophy

FIFA - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 7:05am
Diplomats from participating countries to the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Canada 2014 enjoyed an evening with the trophy in the host nation's capital.

Moyes Out as Head of Manchester United

NYT Goal blog - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 6:09am
After a calamitous campaign that saw United heading toward its worst finish in the league since 1990, the manager David Moyes failed to last a single season.






51 days to go

FIFA - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 11:54pm
FIFA.com is counting down to Brazil 2014 with a corresponding trivia fact on every one of the final 100 days. We continue with a look at France’s most prolific marksman.

Sports Briefing: Yankee Stadium Will Close Deck

NYT Goal blog - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 11:34pm
When New York City FC plays its home games at Yankee Stadium during the team’s first season in 2015, the upper deck will be closed off, leaving capacity at 33,444, down from the baseball capacity of 49,642, the Yankees’ chief operating officer, Lonn Trost, said.






Sports Briefing: Manchester City Still in Title Race

NYT Goal blog - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 11:31pm
Manchester City stayed alive in the Premier League title race by beating West Bromwich Albion, 3-1, with three first-half goals.






On Soccer: When Lending a Player Can Be Self-Defeating

NYT Goal blog - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 6:57pm
When Chelsea lent goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to Atlético Madrid, it could not have imagined the teams would meet in a Champions League semifinal.






Manchester City Still in Title Race

NYT Goal blog - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 6:48pm
Manchester City stayed alive in the Premier League title race by beating West Bromwich Albion, 3-1, with three first-half goals.

Countdown to 2014 World Cup in Brazil: Day 52

NYT Goal blog - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 2:19pm
Ivory Coast is going to Brazil with a star-studded roster, but an aging one.






We Are One

FIFA - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 9:12am
Each week, FIFA.com delivers you a football-related photo you won’t be able to resist paying a second glance to. This week’s showcases the cover to a song set for stardom.

Manchester United’s Moyes Is Out, According to Reports

NYT Goal blog - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 9:09am
David Moyes, the handpicked successor to Alex Ferguson, has overseen United’s tumble from Premier League champions to seventh place in his first season.






A memorable end to a global adventure

FIFA - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 7:02am

The FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola has come to the end of its worldwide journey, just 52 days before the 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Brazil.

52 days to go

FIFA - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 2:12am
FIFA.com is counting down to the FIFA World Cup with a corresponding trivia fact on every one of the final 100 days. This one highlights the move to a 52-match event.

Roundup: Liverpool Closes In on Premier League Title; Messi’s Free Kick Lifts Barcelona

NYT Goal blog - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 10:45pm
The Reds are near their first English championship in 24 years, and they also ensured themselves a return to the Champions League with a victory over Norwich on Sunday.






Pumas, Tijuana maintain pressure with wins

FIFA - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 8:18pm

Unam Pumas moved up to third in the Clausura after edging a 1-0 home victory over Guadalajara, while Tijuana remain just a point behind after a 2-1 comeback win over Atlante.

Lokeren deny Zulte-Waregem top spot

FIFA - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 6:40pm

Zulte-Waregem suffered their first defeat of the Belgian play-offs as they went down 3-2 away to Lokeren, leaving Standard Liege holding down top spot.

Countdown to 2014 World Cup in Brazil: Day 53

NYT Goal blog - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 6:37pm
The Barcelona star Neymar, who was injured last week, said he would be ready to play for Brazil in the World Cup.






Marathons Are Tough On The Heart, But Training Helps

Sports Are 80 Percent Mental - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 4:20pm
Now that it’s mid-April, thousands of amateur runners are realizing the time has come to get serious about their Spring marathon training plans.  The easier 4-6 mile weekday jogs increase quickly into 10-15 mile weekend long runs.  For those new to endurance distances, this jump in mileage can put a strain not only on the legs but also on the heart.  
In fact, there’s been some confusing research in the press lately with some claiming a marathon can do some coronary damage while others praising the health benefits of the cardiovascular training.

First, the encouraging news.  To understand the effects of marathon training on the heart, Jodi L. Zilinski, M.D., of Massachusetts General Hospital, recruited 45 amateur runners who registered to run last year’s ill-fated Boston Marathon.  While that race day ended tragically, the research was completed prior to the start.  As part of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge fundraising team, the test group of men, ages 35-65, were asked to join an 18-week training program including a running calendar, nutrition tips and coaching.
Before they started on their journey, a baseline of health diagnostics were taken on each participant from cardiopulmonary stress testing to heart imaging studies to cholesterol screening.  Despite their eagerness to train, half of the group had at least one heart risk factor to monitor.
"We chose charity runners because we wanted to focus on the non-elite type of runner, just the average Joe who decides to get out there and train for a marathon," said Dr. Zilinski, who was the lead author of the study. "They turned out to be a healthier population than we expected with a lot of them already exercising on a pretty regular basis, but they were still nowhere near the levels of elite runners."
Her research was presented at the American College of Cardiology's 63rd Annual Scientific Session.
At the end of the 18 weeks, another round of medical testing showed some significant improvement:-  LDL (“bad”) cholesterol was reduced by 5%-  Total cholesterol went down by 4%-  Triglycerides decreased by 15%-  Peak oxygen consumption, a measure of the heart’s efficiency, increased by 4%
"Overall, participants experienced cardiac remodeling -- improvements in the size, shape, structure and function of the heart," said Dr. Zilinski. "Even with a relatively healthy population that was not exercise naïve, our study participants still had overall improvements in key indices of heart health."
Even with this level of training, running 26.2 miles still takes a toll on our cardio system. Earlier research sent out early warning signs against too much exercise and even risks of scarring the heart in serious endurance athletes.
In a study released last Fall, Dr. Eric Larose, of the Institut Universitaire de Cardiologie et de Pneumologie de Québec (IUCPQ), gathered 20 recreational distance runners between the ages of 18 and 60 who were signed up to run the Quebec City Marathon.  They underwent extensive cardiac testing, including blood testing and an MRI of the heart, weeks before the race, the day before the race and 48 hours after the race.
Comparing the before and after race data, he found some significant short-term damage in the heart, including a decrease in left and right ventricular function in half of the runners. The heart also showed swelling and reduced blood flow.
"We also found that heart muscle changes were more common and widespread in runners with lower fitness and less training,” said Dr. Larose. “Finally, we observed that these changes were transient."
Luckily, three months after the race, a third MRI showed that the damage had reversed itself.  The takeaway is that without the weeks of preparation, the story could be different.
"The changes are more widespread among those with lower fitness levels and less training," warned Larose. "Although no permanent injury was observed in this group of runners, the findings suggest that there may be a minimum fitness level needed beyond which the heart can bounce back from the strain of training and running a long race. Furthermore, these results emphasize the need for proper preparation before recreational distance runners engage in a marathon race.”
Properly preparing your entire body for a grueling athletic event like a marathon requires months of preparation starting with a full physical examination by your doctor.  Daily tracking of mileage, heartrate, nutrition, sleep and even your mood with an athlete monitoring system will provide a complete picture of your readiness for one of the most satisfying accomplishments of your life.
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Global Soccer: Chelsea Suffers Classic Bite From a Visiting Underdog

NYT Goal blog - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 10:34am
Sunderland, fighting for its life at the bottom of the Premier League standings, managed an upset win on the road against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.






53 days to go

FIFA - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 5:20am
FIFA.com is counting down to the FIFA World Cup with a corresponding trivia fact on every one of the final 100 days. We continue with a look at one of Brazil's first superstars.

Wenger: Wilshere will be ready

FIFA - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 5:30pm

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has told England manager Roy Hodgson that Jack Wilshere will be available for selection at this summer's FIFA World Cup as the midfielder has stepped up his rehabilitation from injury. 

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