The best and worst moments of Diego Maradona’s turbulent career | Scott Murray | Football

Maradona’s best moments

1) 1979 World Youth Championship

Diego Maradona wasted no time in announcing his talent. On his first senior appearance in 1977, for Argentinos Juniors of Buenos Aires, the 5ft 5in 16-year-old nutmegged Jose Daniel Valencia of Talleres. Valencia was an Argentina international, one of six in the Talleres team. One incredulous reporter noted that “Diego could not care less.” César Luis Menotti didn’t select Maradona for Argentina’s upcoming World Cup, explaining: “He is too young this time, but I think he will be captain in 1982”. Maradona made no fuss in missing out on the subsequent ticker-taped triumph, instead leading the kids to glory at the 1979 Fifa World Youth Championship. He was player of the tournament, scoring six goals including a deal-sealing free kick in the final that landed in the back of the USSR net.

2) Mexico ‘86

Proper World Cup glory arrived seven years later. Brazil and France were the hot tips, with Uruguay, Denmark and hosts Mexico the hip ones. Maradona, Argentina’s only world star, was carrying a knee injury and also wore odd-sized boots, the legacy of a mangled ankle at Barcelona. The stars were far from alignment, but Maradona teased them into order again and again. A clever goal against reigning champs Italy was followed by second-round mastery of Uruguay. Then the piece de resistance: the field-long sashay against England. Or was it the even-more-intricate ramble which saw off Belgium? Or the defence-splitting pass to set up the winner in the final? Yeah, yeah, the Hand of God … but it’s fair to say that on the spiritual and artistic ledger, he came out of this tournament well in credit.

3) Napoli’s first Scudetto

No team south of Rome had won Serie A before Maradona pitched tent in Naples in 1984. Napoli only had two Coppa Italias to their name. But the outsider status of both city and club suited Maradona perfectly. He became the heartbeat of a team which would win two Scudettos, in 1987 and 1990, a Coppa Italia in 1987, and the Uefa Cup in 1989. The first time is always the most memorable, though, and in Naples the street parties went on for days, with mock funerals being staged for the Old Lady. Maradona was immortalised by several large murals. He left in 1991, under something of a cloud, accused of living life a little too fast and loose. But that never stopped the club retiring his No 10 shirt.

Diego Maradona of Napoli in action for Napoli against Fiorentina in 1987.

Diego Maradona of Napoli in action for Napoli against Fiorentina in 1987. Photograph: Etsuo Hara/Getty Images

4) Divides Italy … and conquers

Few thought Argentina had any chance of retaining the World Cup in 1990: dismally out of form, they had won just one of their previous 10 matches, and that against Israel. They were then shocked by Cameroon in the opening match of the tournament. But Maradona had other ideas, turning the ship around through sheer force of will. Against the USSR, he used his godlike

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Is Gavin Williamson the worst education secretary ever? | Department for Education

Since 1900, 44 men and nine women have had charge of English education. They included one duke, two marquesses, two earls, two viscounts and three hereditary baronets. Eight were old Etonians; four were old Harrovians; 10 went to state schools but only two, including Gavin Williamson, the present incumbent, to comprehensives. Only four had ever been schoolteachers; about twice as many were barristers. One (you know who) went on to be prime minister.

Until recently, the job – not considered one of the great offices of state – rarely interested politicians of stature. Winston Churchill turned it down in 1905 because it involved “smacking children’s bottoms and blowing their noses”. It was a position mainly for has-beens, never-weres and political climbers who couldn’t wait to move on to something else. Another Tory education minister, Edward Wood (later the 3rd Viscount Halifax), was equally dismissive of education: state schools, he said, should train children up “to be servants and butlers”. Civil servants complained it was hard to discuss anything with him because he spent so much time hunting.

Is Williamson worse? Or worse than another Tory predecessor, John Patten (1992-4), who called Birmingham’s then chief education officer, Tim Brighouse, “a nutter” and a “madman”, was sued for libel and had to pay substantial damages? Worse than Sir Keith Joseph (1981-6), who made it all too plain that he didn’t like the idea of state schools and once said “I wish we’d taken a different route in 1870”? Is Williamson worse, indeed, than any of his predecessors?

Margaret Thatcher visiting a school, in 1971.
You know who: Margaret Thatcher, the only education secretary so far who went on to become prime minister Photograph: Tom Stuttard/The Guardian

Many think so. “What could have been in the prime minister’s mind,” tweeted Nicholas Soames, Churchill’s grandson and a former Tory minister, “… to appoint so mere, so unreliable, so wholly unsuitable a man?”

“He’s fucking useless,” was the crisper verdict of an unnamed vice-chancellor, speaking to the Guardian. And: “Any minister who makes children cry is not in a good place,” said a Tory MP.

All were referring to this summer’s A-level grading debacle. With exams cancelled because of Covid, Williamson decided that grades would be decided by a combination of teacher assessments and a mysterious algorithm that would correct for teachers’ over-optimism and generosity. When 40% of assessments were downgraded, some drastically, an outcry ensued, in particular because disadvantaged pupils were most commonly the losers. Williamson insisted there would be “no U-turn”. Two days later, he announced the re-instatement of the original teachers’ assessments, for GCSEs as well as A-levels, pleasing students and teachers but throwing universities, which had already filled many of their places, into crisis.

It was A-level grading that also did for a Labour education secretary, Estelle Morris (2001-2), who had been popular and had seemed well qualified for the job. Not only had she taught for 18 years in a comprehensive, she had spent four years in more junior positions at the education department. Alas,

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Iwan Rheon had ‘worst day’ of his career on Game of Thrones

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Iwan Rheon admitted shooting a rape scene on ‘Game Of Thrones’ was the “worst day” of his career.

The 35-year-old actor’s alter ego, Ramsay Bolton did many cruel and sadistic things during his tenure on the fantasy drama series, but Iwan didn’t find any of them as “horrible” to film as the season five moment when his character forcibly had sex with his new wife Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) on their wedding night.

He said: “That was horrible. Nobody wanted to be there. Nobody wants to do that, but if it’s telling a story then you have to tell it truthfully.

“‘They didn’t sensationalise it or anything. It was very, very hard watching. It’s a horrible thing that happens, unfortunately, and it shouldn’t be. It was the worst day of my career.

“Chopping someone’s finger off you don’t really see it, and when you’re doing like a close up, it’s a piece of plastic. We’re just acting, it’s not real. Then something like that where you’re in the actual reality of the situation is very difficult to deal with. It was a horrible, horrible day.”

Iwan admitted it was particularly tough because he’s aware marital rape still happens.

He added to “This is something that we shouldn’t even have to worry about, because it’s something that shouldn’t exist in this world but unfortunately it does.”

Meanwhile, the ‘Riviera’ actor has been keeping busy during lockdown by making music, but he insisted it’s all just been for “pleasure”, not as part of a new career path.

He said: “I don’t necessarily want it to be a massive thing, and the lovely thing about it is there’s no pressure on the music. I get to just enjoy it.

“I’ve written another [album], I call it ‘Studio Iso-f*****g-lation’! I’ve recorded bits and bobs on my own but they’re only demos not for release, just to start to get a collection of songs. Hopefully at some point I’d like to record another album or something.”

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Iwan Rheon says that Game of Thrones rape scene with Sansa Stark was ‘the worst day of my career’

Game of Thrones star Iwan Rheon has said that the day of filming a rape scene for the show was ‘horrible’ and that ‘nobody wanted to be there’.

Rheon played the unhinged Ramsay Bolton in the HBO series, who rapes his new bride Sansa Stark, played by Sophie Turner, on their wedding night, in front of Alfie Allen’s character Theon Greyjoy.

The scene, from the episode Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken in the show’s fifth season, was rounded on by both critics and fans at the time of its broadcast in 2015.

Rheon told Metro: “That was horrible. Nobody wanted to be there. Nobody wants to do that, but if it’s telling a story then you have to tell it truthfully.

Sophie Turner and Iwan Rheon at Comic-Con 2016 (Credit: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

“They didn’t sensationalise it or anything. It was very, very hard watching. It’s a horrible thing that happens, unfortunately, and it shouldn’t be. It was the worst day of my career.”

It’s thought that some viewers voted with their feet after the episode was broadcast, with the show losing nearly one million viewers by the show’s next episode.

Read More: ‘Game of Thrones’ star Liam Cunningham refused Davos Missandei crush plot

In an article for The Atlantic, critic Christopher Orr wrote: “I continue to be astonished that showrunners Benioff and Weiss still apparently believe that their tendency to ramp up the sex, violence, and – especially – sexual violence of George R.R. Martin’s source material is a strength rather than the defining weakness of their adaptation.”

Watch: Turner and Williams were in tears over wrap party prank

US Senator Claire McCaskill also said that she would stop watching the show.

Other critics praised the show, however, Sarah Hughes in The Guardian noting: “I have repeatedly made clear that I’m not a fan of rape as a plot device – but the story of Ramsay and Sansa’s wedding was more than that… The writers are walking a very fine line here. They handled it well tonight, telling a gothic tale of innocence sacrificed.”

But following the broadcast, and the consequent uproar, the show’s producers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff curbed the show’s scenes of sexual violence.

Read More: Paddy Considine lands the lead role in ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel ‘House of the Dragon’

Jeremy Podeswa, who directed the episode, told reporters at the time: “We were aware ahead of time that it was going to be disturbing but we did not expect there would be people in Congress talking about it.

“It was a difficult and brutal scene and we knew it was going to be challenging for the audience, but it was very important to us in the execution that it would not be exploited in any way.

“To be fair, the criticism was the notion of it, not the execution. It was handled as sensitively as it could possibly be; you hardly see anything.”

Rheon had previously referred to the shocking nature of the scene

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World’s Largest Wetland Has Worst October Fires on Record

(Bloomberg) — Brazil’s Pantanal wetlands, a fragile cradle of endangered species, burned at the fastest rate for the month of October since record keeping started in 1998, further damaging the country’s environmental credentials.

At least 2,846 fire spots have been registered this month in the biome, surpassing a previous 2002 record, according to data from Brazil’s Spacial Research Institute, known as INPE. So far this year, an area larger than the size of Belgium has been lost to the flames.

chart: Brazil's wetlands are burning at a record rate this year.

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Brazil’s wetlands are burning at a record rate this year.

The Pantanal is home to around 1,200 species of animals, about 40 of which are threatened with extinction. Photos of burnt animals found among the ashes, including rescued Brazilian jaguars with bandaged paws, have shocked the world and raised questions about Brazil’s environmental policies.


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With the Amazon rainforest also burning at a record pace this year, foreign investors have started to demand more action from President Jair Bolsonaro’s administration to protect the environment.

Although a wetland, the Pantanal is facing its worst drought in 47 years, which has contributed to the spread of the flames. Brazil’s government has pointed to the drought as the “major cause” of the fires, but environmental organizations say the blazes have been caused primarily by humans. The environment ministry did not respond to a request for comment.

Read more: Bolsonaro Slams Biden’s Plan to Stop Amazon Deforestation

INPE uses satellites to detect fire spots at least 30 meters long and 1 meter wide. One spot, however, can encompass a vast area. More than 3.5 million hectares — an area larger than Belgium — have already burned this year in the Pantanal, according to data from the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, where the majority of the biome is located.

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Edge’s Best, Worst and Most Infamous Moments in WWE Career | Bleacher Report

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    Edge celebrates his 47th birthday Friday, and while there have been others, this year’s milestone is significant because it marks his first since returning to a job he was certain had passed him by.

    A Hall of Famer, multi-time world champion, WrestleMania headliner and icon of the Ruthless Aggression Era, he accomplished everything he could between the ropes before his dream job was ripped from him by injury in 2011.

    Healed and unexpectedly back in the ring, he has set his sights on creating matches and moments that will only further cement his legacy while entertaining an audience of old and new fans alike.

    As he celebrates his special day, relive these best, worst and most infamous moments of his legendary career…to this point.

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    Edge and Christian, The Dudley Boyz and The Hardy Boyz spent 2000 redefining and evolving tag team wrestling in a three-way feud that captivated audiences and made stars of everyone involved. When the following year’s WrestleMania rolled around, it was time to bring their rivalry to a head on wrestling’s grandest stage.

    And that they did in a jaw-dropping Tables, Ladders & Chairs match.

    Among the awe-inspiring spots in the match was one that would stand the test of time, living indelibly in the minds of all who watched it and any highlights package starring its perpetrator.

    Midway through the encounter, with Jeff Hardy hanging from the titles some 20 feet off the ground, Edge delivered a spear off a ladder that drove The Charismatic Enigma into the mat below. 

    The move popped the crowd, with its creativity and originality both stunning and preparing them for the climactic stretch that would bring the match to an end. 

    To this day, the spear is part of video packages celebrating both WrestleMania and Edge, living forever alongside iconic WrestleMania moments like the Ultimate Warrior-Hulk Hogan staredown and Hogan slamming Andre the Giant.

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    Imagine achieving your childhood dream of working for the company you watched as a kid. Then, in your first match, you execute a relatively simple plancha over the top rope and accidentally injure your opponent’s head and neck.

    Your opponent lies motionless, and the match is called off.

    That is the unfortunate reality that faced Edge in his first match on the June 22, 1998, episode of Raw.

    An accident, something that could have befallen any other Superstar in any other match, it left a dark cloud over proceedings.

    He would still be utilized in a relatively high-profile spot at SummerSlam in August, teaming with Sable in a win over Marc Mero and Jacqueline, but there was no denying the early setback the Toronto native would be forced to overcome before he found success in the company.

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    Edge made history at WrestleMania 21 in April 2005 by winning the inaugural Money in the Bank ladder match and the guaranteed championship shot that came along with it. For almost a year, he carried

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Coronavirus is surging in college towns. The worst spot? Texas

Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger passes downfield under pressure from defensive lineman Eli Howard during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Texas Tech, Saturday Sept. 26, 2020, in Lubbock, Texas. (AP Photo/Mark Rogers)
Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger passes downfield under pressure from defensive lineman Eli Howard during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Texas Tech on Sept. 26 in Lubbock, Texas. (Mark Rogers / AP)

As football fans tailgated without masks outside Texas Tech University’s 60,000-seat stadium in West Texas this weekend ahead of the Red Raiders’ homecoming game, it was easy to forget that Lubbock — a rural county of 310,000 — has one of the highest COVID-19 infection rates in the country.

The outbreak at Texas Tech, which has infected at least 2,200 students, comes as the U.S. reported a national single-day record of new infections — 83,757 — Friday. Part of what’s driving the national spike in infections has been a surge in college towns where restrictions have eased since students returned this fall. And nowhere is it more prevalent than in Texas, which has more infected college students than any other state in the country, 17,133, according to a New York Times database, and Texas Tech itself, with more infected students than any other school statewide.

As at many Texas high schools, canceling football wasn’t seen as an option by officials at Texas Tech or other state universities. Though the traditional homecoming parade was called off, last year’s king and queen still met this year’s winners in person for the crowning. And 15,000 fans, 25% of the stadium’s capacity, were allowed to attend Saturday’s football game, with tailgating OK’d for small groups outside.

Officials at Texas Tech, like those at other universities, say they’re trying to preserve as much of campus life as possible at the behest of students, parents and alumni.

“COVID has reinforced the value of the traditional residential college experience,” Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec said as he prepared to watch Saturday’s game from his suite atop the stadium, where masks were required. “You’re trying to balance being safe and providing some sense of the experience that the fans and the students want.”

As COVID-19 has surged on college campuses, some have moved to reevaluate their responses. Earlier this month, University of Michigan students were ordered to stay home until election day by health authorities because they accounted for 60% of local infections. In upstate New York, the president of SUNY Oneonta resigned after 700 of its 6,000 students tested positive.

At Texas Tech, where 60% of classes have met in person this fall, it’s full speed ahead, with Schovanec saying he hopes to expand to 80%.

“People have different levels of anxiety regarding COVID-19,” he said. “We were very flexible.”

Joyce Zachman, executive director of the nonprofit Texas Tech Parents Assn., said she hears more concern from parents about students being forced to take classes online than about them catching COVID-19.

“It’s not the college experience that parents had hoped for their kids,” said Zachman, who’s asthmatic but still attended Saturday’s game.

While studies this month show enrollment has dipped slightly at universities nationwide since the pandemic, Texas Tech’s

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College president resigns after worst COVID-19 outbreak at a NY public university

The president of the State University of New York at Oneonta abruptly resigned after the school experienced the worst coronavirus outbreak at a public university in the state. 

SUNY- Oneonta on Thursday reported 712 coronavirus cases since the start of the fall semester in August, and it is currently conducting classes remotely. 

The school said in a statement that university President Barbara Jean Morris has resigned to “pursue other opportunities.” Dennis Craig, who had been acting president of SUNY-Purchase, will be temporarily stepping in until a permanent president is found. 

The Oneonta campus announced on Sept. 3  that it was transitioning to fully-remote learning after nearly 400 students tested positive for the coronavirus after several parties were thrown. The outbreak forced the state to send a virus control crew to the university to keep the spread from reaching the rest of the city, according to the New York Times

Students began posting on social media about being taken out of dorm rooms in the middle of the night by men in hazmat suits. The posts went viral, angering staff members, parents and town residents. 

Meanwhile, Craig led a successful reopening of the SUNY-Purchase campus, and handled its response to the first wave of the pandemic, according to SUNY-Oneonta. 

The Purchase campus began pooled surveillance testing on Aug. 27, and to date has administered 2,787 tests with only three positive cases. The school resumed classes on Aug. 31, and about a quarter of students are enrolled in classes with some in-person instruction. 

SUNY-Oneonta said Craig will “develop a comprehensive and coordinated plan with SUNY, local officials and state health departments with the goal of reopening the campus safely in the Spring of 2021.” 

The SUNY system has reported 1,167 positive coronavirus tests as of Aug. 1.

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