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US thrash Japan 5-2 to lift World Cup

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Vancouver: Carli Lloyd scored three goals in the first 16 minutes as the US beat Japan 5-2 in the Women’s World Cup final on Sunday.

Lloyd’s flash of genius devastated Japan in a re-match of last World Cup final where Japan beat the American side in shootout, reports Xinhua.

Inspired Lloyd drew the first blood with only three minutes into game when she dashed onto a corner kick and drove the ball past Japanese goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori.

Two minutes later, she received a back-heel pass from teammate Julie Johnston and tapped the ball in to make it 2-0.

In the 14th minute, Lauren Holiday put the Americans 3-0 ahead as she volleyed on mis-clearance by the hapless Japanese defender Azusa Iwashimizu.

Image Credits: edition.cnn.com
Image Credits: edition.cnn.com

The 32-year-old Lloyd completed her hat-trick two minutes later with an amazing half-field-long lob.

Japanese forward Yiki Ogimi pulled one back in the 27th minute when she brushed aside Johnston and sent a curved shot past American goalkeeper Hope Solo.

In the 52nd minute, Japanese playmaker Aya Miyama sent the ball into the area and Johnston headed in an own goal when she tried to clear it.

Midfielder Tobin Heath regained the three-goal advantage for the U.S. side with a blank-point shot after two minutes.

(IANS)

 

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Sweetened Beverages May Increase Risk of Early Death: Study

Sugar-sweetened beverages intake is also on the rise in developing countries, spurred by urbanisation and beverage marketing

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The "soft drinks" were defined as caffeinated colas, caffeine-free colas and other carbonated beverages (such as diet ginger ale). Pixabay

Women who drink sugar sweetened beverages are at an increased risk of death from cardiovascular diseases, researchers have warned.

The study, led by Harvard University researchers, found that drinking 1-4 sugary drinks per month was linked with a one per cent increased risk of death and 2-6 drinks per week with a six per cent increase.

The increased early death risk linked with sugar-sweetened beverages consumption was more pronounced among women than among men, the findings, published in the journal Circulation, showed.

“Our results provide further support to limit intake of sugar-sweetened beverages and to replace them with other beverages, preferably water, to improve overall health and longevity,” said lead author Vasanti Malik.

However, drinking one artificially-sweetened beverage per day instead of carbonated and non-carbonated soft drinks, fruit drinks, energy drinks, and sports drinks lowered the risk of premature death.

One should go for healthier alternatives of cold drinks. Wikimedia Commons
One should go for healthier alternatives of cold drinks. Wikimedia Commons

For the study, the team analysed data from 80,647 women and 37,716 men.

The study supports policies to limit marketing of sugary beverages to children and adolescents and for implementing soda taxes.

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Sugar-sweetened beverages should be no more than 10 per cent of daily calories from added sugars.

Sugar-sweetened beverages intake is also on the rise in developing countries, spurred by urbanisation and beverage marketing, said the team. (IANS)