On this day: Maradona reaches for both infamy and immortality

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Maradona in action during the match against England in the 1986 World Cup.

It is fair to say no other footballer has experienced a more eventful match than Diego Maradona did on this day 30 years ago.

The Argentina icon’s legend was secured during an unforeseeable afternoon in Mexico, bitter rivals England being felled in both controversial and majestic fashion at the quarterfinal stage of World Cup 1986.

The first incident featured the tiny Maradona getting away with a blatant act of cheating as his ‘Hand of God’ saw him illegally flick the ball home.

But true greatness was to follow.

The ‘Goal of the Century’ featured a 60- yard, 10-second dash in which he dribbled past four players and put keeper Peter Shilton on backside before slotting the winner.

Memorable events on this day

1814: The MCC and Hertfordshire played the first match at the presentday Lord’s, after the original ground laid by Sir Thomas Lord was moved.

 1937: Joe Louis knocked out defending champion James J Braddock to take the world heavyweight belt.

2012: Cricketer Danish Kaneria is handed a life ban for spot-fixing.

2014: Formula One ace Nico Rosberg edges a tight Austrian GP.

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Fohood Jumeirah trounce Al Ain Youth

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Celebrity fan: UAE star Omar Abdulrahman watched the futsal action at NAS.

Fohood Jumeirah were hardly troubled as they trounced Al Ain Youth 15-2 in futsal competition at the fourth Nad Al Sheba (NAS) Ramadan Sports Tournament.

Also winning at the NAS Sports Complex were Al Habtoor, Desert and Fohood Zabeel. Desert stunned Studio Zabeel 8-5, while Fohood Zabeel and Al Habtoor held on for narrow 4-3 and 3-2 wins against gutsy Al Theyaba and Tornado-4 teams respectively.

Making the difference for Fohood Zabeel and Al Habtoor were former Fifa Futsal Golden Ball winners Dovenir Domingues De Paiva (Neto) and Ricardinho.

In the padel competition, the action reached the semi-final stages with Mohammed Al Mansouri and Mohammed Ahli booking the fourth and final spot in the last four stage of the UAE Nationals competition with a comfortable 6-0, 6-3 win over Ali Al Qaiwani and Zayed Abbas.

Al Mansouri and Ahli will now meet second seeds Saeed Al Marri and Hassan Sharif Al Marzouqi in the second semi-finals, while top seeds Majid Bushagar and last year’s champion Mohammed Al Janahi will take on Ahmed Hussain and Abdullah Ahli.

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Happy Birthday - Doris Hart, Josh Kronfeld, Frank Lampard

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(L-R) Doris Hart, Josh Kronfeld, Frank Lampard

A former world No1 American tennis player, Doris Hart was the first person to complete a ‘career boxed set’ of grand slam titles – that is having at least one of every possible title in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles, from all four majors.

Hart, who was born on this day in 1925, was one of the stars of the women’s game in the 1940s and early 1950s, rising to the top of the rankings in 1951. She finished her career with 325 titles in total, 35 of them captured in grand slam events.

As a child, Hart suffered an infection, which prompted her doctors to consider amputating her right leg. As a result, she was slightly bow-legged, with one of her limbs thinner than the other.

Still that didn’t stop her from using her finesse and smart serve-and volley tactics to the top. Hart, who has won six grand slam singles titles, died in May last year aged 89.

Other sporting stars born on this day:

1971: Josh Kronfeld, New Zealand former rugby union player, who gained 54 caps with the All Blacks (45).

1978: Frank Lampard, English footballer and Chelsea legend, who plays as a midfielder for NYCFC in the MLS (38).

1982: Aleksei and Vasili Berezutski, Russian twin footballers, who play for CSKA Moscow and Russia (34).

1989: Javier Pastore, Argentinean footballer, who plays for Paris Saint-Germain and Argentina (27).

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