Brilliant Payet earns point for Hammers

first_imgLONDON (AP): Thirty years after Diego Maradona’s goal of the century, West Ham winger Dimitri Payet wound back the clock with a brilliantly executed solo goal yesterday evoking memories of the Argentina great. Unlike Maradona’s 1986 World Cup strike , after charging through brittle English resistance, Payet’s mazy run through Middlesbrough’s defence came on a far less significant occasion. But the English Premier League point it secured might just have saved Slaven Bilic’s job, preventing West Ham from crashing to a fifth successive loss. Payet lit up a drab game in the 57th minute at the Olympic Stadium, with home fans restless after Cristhian Stuani’s header six minutes earlier. The France international dropped a shoulder to turn past Antonio Barragan on the left touchline, jinked around Marten de Roon, and skipped past Calum Chambers and Ben Gibson. After cutting through the defence with ease, Payet provided the perfect finish to score his first goal of the league. One that evoked memories for Payet’s manager of Argentina’s current star rather than Maradona. “It reminded me of Lionel Messi’s goals,” Bilic said. “It was a brilliant moment of magic.” But West Ham remain winless since the opening day of the season, lodged in the relegation zone with four points from seven games. Promoted Middlesbrough are two points better off. HULL 0 CHELSEA 2 After a miserable September yielded one point from three games, Chelsea started the new month in style thanks to Diego Costa’s second-half contribution. First, Costa picked out Willian, who turned Markus Henriksen and David Meyler before curling a shot into the top of the net. Then Costa curled in his own strike from a similar position. The response to last week’s 3-0 loss at Arsenal was manager Antonio Conte dropping Branislav Ivanovic and switching to a three-man defence. It produced a second clean sheet of the season. “It is very important for the confidence,” Conte said. “It was a big change in the tactical aspect but we feel we must find the right solution to be more compact. We must trust in the world we are doing and it is important to understand we must play this way.” Chelsea are sixth, while Hull are in 15th place. SWANSEA 1 LIVERPOOL 2 With Liverpool trailing at halftime to Leroy Fer’s tap-in, Juergen Klopp entered the dressing room in a rage. “I was very angry,” the Liverpool manager said. “We were not ready and it is my responsibility. It was not good. The buildup was too static, no movement. “We were never compact enough and we lost a lot of balls … the second half was better, but still not brilliant.” Crucially for Klopp there were two goals — Roberto Firmino’s header and James Milner’s penalty — which were enough to take Liverpool up to second. Swansea, though, are on a six-game winless run since making a triumphant start to the season. Francesco Guidolin’s future as manager is looking increasingly precarious, with former Manchester United assistant Ryan Giggs linked with the Italian’s job. WATFORD 2 BOURNEMOUTH 2 Watford twice fought back to ensure manager Walter Mazzarri didn’t endure a miserable 55th birthday. Both teams, though, remain in the bottom half of the standings. Callum Wilson’s downward header was cancelled out by Troy Deeney. Josh King restored Bournemouth’s lead but Isaac Success scored his first goal since joining in the summer transfer window to secure a point. SUNDERLAND 1 WEST BROM 1 David Moyes remains winless as Sunderland manager but the northeast team did capture its first point in more than a month. Patrick van Aanholt, who was forced out of the Sunderland team last month on the advice of a cardiologist, came off the bench to wipe out Nacer Chadli’s goal.last_img read more

Good snooze good news for worker’s heart

first_imgAt the same time, the immune system shores itself up. Increasingly, researchers are recognizing the role the immune system plays in heart disease. “We all know that the three pillars of health are diet, exercise and sleep, and, sometimes, people forget about the importance of sleep,” said Dr. Alex Chediak, president-elect of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and a University of Miami researcher. Nighttime sleep has been much more thoroughly studied than napping. But researchers assumed that the benefits of nighttime sleep accrue from naps as well. The study released Monday is believed to be the largest ever to examine the link between napping and health. Napping, researchers believe, allows people a chance to reset their heart rates and blood pressure in the middle of the day. The researchers quizzed study participants about their siesta habits, defining regular nappers as those who took a midday break at least three times a week, with the nap lasting a minimum of 30 minutes. It was that group that derived the greatest benefit, with a 37percent drop in deaths attributable to heart disease. The effect was far more modest among those who napped only occasionally, and it was not considered statistically meaningful. The researchers said that while workingmen appeared to benefit the most from naps, they could not reach any conclusions for workingwomen because there were relatively few in the study. For retirees, siestas did not lower heart-disease risk. There’s a well-recognized biological impetus for the desire to take a break midway through the waking hours: Our bodies tell us to, said Michael Twery, director of the federal government’s National Center on Sleep Disorders Research. Drowsiness recurs right before bedtime. “The human biological clock has two cycles each day, with two dips,” Twery said. “One of those dips occurs shortly after lunch for most people. This is a period when many people feel perhaps a little sleepy, drowsy, less awake.” Napping has historically received scant attention from researchers, but with heart disease still ranked as the nation’s No.1 killer, specialists said the Harvard study should give rise to more definitive nap research. “Given how prevalent cardiovascular disease is, any intervention that could effectively lower risk would be welcomed and worthy of further study,” said Dr. Gregg Fonarow, a cardiovascular specialist at the University of California, Los Angeles. “The challenge now is how people read this. If they read it as, `I can continue to smoke, not eat healthy, not exercise, and just take a nap in the afternoon and be protected from cardiovascular disease,’ then that is absolutely not the right message to be sending.” In the 24/7 pressure cooker of American society, it is unlikely that many employers – or workers, for that matter – will embrace a 30- or 45-minute nap during the workday, sleep specialists acknowledged. If anything, they said, countries where napping has been part of the culture, notably Spain, have increasingly abandoned the practice. But there are a few places left that champion the midday nap. At a New England company called Yarde Metals Inc., in Southington, Conn., the nap room was upgraded last week to include a full-body massage chair that incorporates aromatherapy and motion. It can simulate the sounds and sights of a beach or a babbling brook. “It leads to improved safety,” said marketing director Susan Kozikowski. But even if workplace napping is unlikely to become widespread in the United States, there is something to be learned from the siesta study, said Dr. Michael Irwin, a sleep specialist at UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience. “The take-home message is we do need a good night’s sleep, we do need to look at how much sleep we get and optimize that,” Irwin said. “We need to recognize that sleep is a behavior we can control as humans, and if we do that, our overall health will improve in this country.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – At last, science has come up with proof that naps are good for you. Tell your boss! Tell your spouse! People who take at least three daytime naps a week lasting 30 minutes or longer cut their risk of dying from a heart attack by 37percent, according to a new study released Monday by a team of American and Greek researchers. Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health and in Athens reported that Greeks who took regular 30-minute naps were 37percent less likely to die of heart disease over a six-year period than those who never napped. The scientists tracked more than 23,000 adults, finding that the benefits of napping were most pronounced for workingmen. Researchers have long recognized that Mediterranean adults die of heart disease at a rate lower than Americans and Northern Europeans. Diets rich in olive oil and other heart-healthy foods have received some of the credit, but scientists have been intrigued by the potential role of napping. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, concluded that napping was more likely than diet or physical activity to lower the incidence of heart attacks and other life-ending heart ailments. Still, the authors cautioned that further research is needed to confirm their findings. “We don’t want the world to start sleeping in the afternoon yet. A single study never conveys a public health message,” said Dr. Dimitrios Trichopoulos, a Harvard professor and author of the study, who says he stopped napping when he moved to the United States 20 years ago. Specialists not involved with the study said there are sound biochemical reasons to believe that a nap may help protect against heart disease. Essentially, they said, sleep at any time of day acts like a valve to release the stress of everyday life. Blood pressure and heart rates slow. last_img

Sweden U-21s 0-1 England U-21s: Lingard strike hands Young Lions vital victory

first_img Jesse Lingard celebrates A stunning strike from Manchester United youngster Jesse Lingard gave England’s Under-21s a 1-0 win over Sweden and boosted their hopes of making the knockout phase of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship.It had looked like a case of being same old, same old, as the Young Lions put in a pedestrian display against opponents who were more than happy with a draw after winning their tournament opener.Gareth Southgate’s side were nowhere near their best but, with time running out, Lingard was able to collect a half-cleared corner and volley home past Patrik Calgren, who got a glove to the shot.The victory ensures England’s destiny is in their own hands going into their final group match with Italy, but there will need to be improvements to a side who lacked ideas.The game was tense throughout with the pressure created by a 1-0 loss to Portugal on Thursday telling, but there were moments of promise.A stunning through ball from Will Hughes to Nathan Redmond after 17 minutes offered a glimpse of what the Young Lions can do as the battled for supremacy in an edgy encounter, while Harry Kane struggled to find space as a swarm of Swedish stars blocked his path to goal.Tottenham star Kane then came close to scoring as he stretched to his fullest to meet a superb Carl Jenkinson cross with a diving header, but the ball flew just the wrong side of the upright.Seconds later Derby County playmaker Hughes was denied magnificently by Filip Helander’s sliding block as he shot from Alex Pritchard’s excellent pass inside the area.Spritely Spurs youngster Pritchard then dazzled again with another dribble into the box but the stoic Swedes once again had Patrik Calgren’s goal well defended.With James Ward-Prowse dropped from the team, England lacked threat from set-pieces and this was most evident when Kane’s tame, dipping free-kick from a promising position was easily claimed by Calgren.Meanwhile, Isaac Kiese Thelin saw his header saved by Jack Butland as Sweden offered a rare foray forward.After the break, Danny Ings was brought on for Hughes to offer Kane more support in the final third but Southgate’s side were hit with a blow eight minutes in to second period with Pritchard forced off through injury.His replacement, Manchester United youngster Jesse Lingard struggled to get into the match as England’s slow and sloppy showing was comfortably dealt with by the Swedes, who shocked Italy in their first match of the tournament.And England’s opponents nearly grabbed a lead when Ben Gibson almost turned the ball into his own net at a corner, which Liam Moore conceded after being bullied by ex-Manchester City striker John Guidetti as he attempted to shepherd the ball out of play.No matter what Southgate’s side tried it looked like they would be frustrated but, with just five minutes remaining,  Lingard produced a moment of magic to send his volley curling in off the outside of his boot to give the Young Lions a vital victory. 1last_img read more