Jamaica beat the United States 2-1 in their World Cup qualifier at the National Stadium in Kingston tonight.The Regage Boyz created history with the win at ‘the Office’, defeating their CONCACAF counterparts for the first time at the senior level.US opened the score less than a minute in the first half when Clint Dempsey collected from a rebound in front of the Jamaican goal and slotted into an empty net.The visitors held the on to the lead until the 24th minute when Rudolph Austin’s low, hard free kick took a deflection, beating US custodian and captain Tim Howard.The half ended one all.After the break Luton Shelton made it two for Jamaica shortly after the start.Read the rest of this story on the Jamaicaobserver.com
Jim Irsay, the enigmatic owner of the Indianapolis Colts, followed the wayward path of many NFL players: He failed a sobriety test, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and possession of multiple prescription drugs.Irsay faces discipline from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell—who, in essence, works for Irsay—was released from jail Monday after being held overnight.Irsay was pulled over late Sunday after he was spotted driving slowly near his home in suburban Carmel, stopping in the roadway and failing to use a turn signal. Police say the 54-year-old Irsay failed several roadside field sobriety tests before he was arrested, though details were not released.Carmel police said the drugs found in Irsay’s vehicle weren’t associated with any of the prescription bottles found inside.Irsay faces a preliminary misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated and four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Bryant Orem said. A hearing is scheduled for March 26.If convicted on the felony charges, Irsay could face six months to three years in prison on each count. So-called Schedule IV drugs such as those with which Irsay was allegedly caught include Xanax, Darvocet and Ambien, with a low risk for abuse or dependency, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency.Irsay was released from the Hamilton County Jail after posting $22,500 bond.An NFL spokesman says he is subject to discipline. Myra Borshoff Cook, a spokeswoman for Irsay, declined to comment, and Colts spokesman Avis Roper said the team was still gathering details.”The team will issue additional statements when the facts are sorted and we are aware of the next steps to this process,” Roper said. ”Many fans have reached out to express their concern and we appreciate their support.”The case has some similarities to that of Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand, who was suspended for 30 days and fined $100,000 in 2010 for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy following his guilty plea to driving while impaired.Irsay is a popular and colorful figure in Indianapolis, frequently interacting with fans on Twitter about everything from the fortunes of the Colts to his favorite music of the day. He was a key supporter in the drive to bring the Super Bowl to Indianapolis two years ago, and he helped build the Colts into an AFC powerhouse over the past decade behind quarterback Peyton Manning, now with Denver.When the Colts were forced into rebuilding mode, Irsay painfully parted with Manning and other veterans, but put together another winning team behind young quarterback Andrew Luck and others.
Junior midfielder David Planning (12) fights for position during a game against Penn State March 1 at Ohio Stadium. OSU lost, 11-8.Credit: Ryan Robey / For The LanternPlaying in the confines of Ohio Stadium, the No. 19 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team was unable to achieve the same outcome the football team did this fall — beat Penn State.Despite playing on the biggest stage campus has to offer, the Buckeyes (1-3, 0-0) couldn’t recover from a strong second half output by the No. 9 Nittany Lions (3-1, 0-0), allowing seven of the 11 Penn State goals after halftime to lose 11-8.The matchup started out as a defensive struggle, as both goalies stayed strong between the pipes throughout the first quarter.The Buckeyes had the lone score in the opening frame when junior midfielder David Planning fired a shot past the Nittany Lions’ senior goalkeeper Austin Kaut.The second quarter began with both teams trading goals as senior midfielder Tom LaCrosse got Penn State on the board, but OSU sophomore attackman Carter Brown answered with a goal of his own to regain the lead for the Buckeyes.The lead was short lived, however, as the Nittany Lions scored three goals before halftime to gain momentum heading into the break.Penn State rode that momentum into the third quarter and came out firing on all cylinders. Before five minutes passed, the Nittany Lions had tallied three more goals to take a commanding 7-2 lead and force the Buckeyes to call a timeout.“They came out and saw what we were doing,” OSU senior goalie Greg Dutton said after the loss. “We were a little bit slower and didn’t make the adjustments we needed to.”Buckeye junior midfielder Jesse King came out of that timeout ready to lead a comeback. He scored four goals over the final 20 minutes, but the Buckeyes only got as close as two the rest of the way.Nittany Lion senior attackman Shane Sturgis scored four goals of his own in the second half, helping to keep the Buckeyes at bay.OSU coach Nick Myers credited Penn State’s ability to switch defenses as a reason the Buckeyes’ offense became stagnant at times.“They played a variation of man and zone,” Myers said. “As they were getting into one defense or the other, it causes you to adjust. I think at times we did a nice job of it (adjusting) and at times we didn’t.”Faceoffs have been a recurring problem so far for OSU this season, and were again an issue for the Buckeyes Saturday as they won only six of 22 opportunities. With that many offensive opportunities, Dutton did his best to thwart the Nittany Lion attack by recording 12 saves.“I told him (Dutton) he had a courageous effort in there,” Myers said. “He stood tall.”Senior defenseman Joe Meurer said the Buckeyes did what they could to get things back even in the second half, but ultimately came up short.“We showed a lot of poise in the second half, but those lapses that we showed at the beginning of quarters can’t happen,” he said.The rough start to the season is not what OSU had in mind, but Myers said his team is capable of turning it around.“For this team, it’s not necessarily how we drew it up at this point,” Myers said. “This is a hungry group still and a team that has a lot of potential.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to travel to Hempstead, N.Y., Saturday to take on Hofstra at 1 p.m.
OSU coaches Tony Alford (left) and Zach Smith stand together before the Buckeyes game against Rutgers on Oct. 1. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOhio State announced Monday that head coach Urban Meyer had fired wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Zach Smith after his ex-wife filed a domestic violence civil protection order against him Monday. While addressing the media at the podium at the 2018 Big Ten Media Days, Meyer said he was aware of the 2009 incident involving Smith when he was an intern under him at Florida. A Gainesville, Florida police report states Smith was arrested and charged with aggravated battery of a pregnant woman. Meyer said he was contacted about the situation in 2009 and stands by Smith, despite terminating him from his role. “We’re certainly not going to investigate,” Meyer said. “It came back to me that what was reported wasn’t actually what happened.” The police report obtained by The Lantern states that Smith, “grabbed the victim by her t-shirt, picked her up and threw her into a bedroom wall.”Meyer said he would not get into specifics on what happened in the alleged incident involving Smith, saying, “The decision was made. I think the details I’m obligated to give, I gave.” This is the first time Meyer had to fire one of his assistant coaches. Meyer referenced this, mentioning turnover in terms of promotions from assistant coaches to head coaches or promotions to the NFL. Despite the situation, Meyer praised his coaching staff, saying the coaches are well-equipped to take over in the present after Smith’s firing. “This is the best group of young coaches I’ve had on both sides of the ball,” Meyer said. “And they’re very involved with our preparation game plan and development of our players.” Meyer said that the coaching change will be addressed and released in the coming week.
Dr Khan said the upturn in state school entries showed its efforts to increase applications from under-represented groups were “bearing fruit”. Oxford has offered 59.2 per cent of places to state school pupils this year, though the final figure for acceptances has yet to be confirmed, the BBC reported.This compares with 55.6 per cent last year, 51.4 per cent in 2005 and 48.1 per cent in 1995. Parliamentary figures show that in 1961 just a third of entrants were from state schools. ‘Intense political pressure on elite universities’ The revelations followed intense political pressure on elite universities to increase their uptake of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.Former Prime Minister, David Cameron, led calls for Oxford University, which he attended, to take more ethnic minority students as figures revealed Oxford had only taken 27 black undergraduates in 2014.Earlier this year it emerged University College was to increase offers by 10 per cent solely for minority students in efforts to widen access. More pupils from state schools will be among the intake at Oxford University this autumn than any time in the last 40 years. Six in 10 places at the university will come from a state-educated background, up almost 10 per cent on just over a decade ago. The record numbers followed calls for leading universities to accept pupils from a wider range of backgrounds.Dr Samina Khan, head of undergraduate admissions at Oxford, said they took responsibilities of diversity “incredibly seriously”. Last year its colleges worked with 3,400 schools on around 3,000 “outreach” projects. Professor Les Ebdon, director of fair access to higher education, welcomed the new data as “good news”. He said efforts to widen access at Oxford University were “a result of the long-term, sustained outreach work that [Oxford] have been doing to attract more applications from disadvantaged students”.But Prof Ebdon said British society was less socially mobile than four decades ago.He told the Today programme on BBC Radio 4: “One of the puzzles is how can we restore the mobility, and there are theories about that.”’Commitment to diversifying Oxford’Dr Kahn at Oxford University said: ‘We take our commitment to diversifying Oxford incredibly seriously – our work in recent years especially through initiatives like our UNIQ summer school for state school students has been about targeting the students and schools that are most under-represented at Oxford.“These figures, along with our continuing progress towards our access agreement targets for disadvantaged groups of students, are a positive indication that all our work is bearing fruit. That we are seeing progress during a time of potentially destabilising changes to university fees, school curriculum and qualifications is all the more encouraging.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Later, Mr Curtis unilaterally decided the agreed fee had been £150,000. Setting out his side of the bargain, Allardyce said: “Just know, it’s just delivering, for you, it’s just delivering value for money… they’ve got to enjoy the time they’ve had, enjoy the conversation. Not just the keynote speech but also in the bar after. During the meeting he remarked that Sir Alex Ferguson gets “four hundred, five hundred grand a pop” for speaking engagements, while Robbie Williams got “£1.6 million for a wedding. Just singing”.Less than 20 minutes into the meeting with total strangers, Allardyce had agreed, in principle, to a £400,000-a-year deal to represent a company he had never heard of. The England manager insisted he would deliver “value for money” in helping to attract investors, boasting of his popularity in the Orient. “It’s not only the England manager,” he said, “it’s the beauty of being a Premier League manager all them years like me… I have more pictures taken over there than I have here.” In return, he wanted £100,000 for each trip to the Far East, a figure that went up to £150,000 after an intervention by his agent, Mark Curtis. Naturally, first-class flights and accommodation would also be provided. Sam Allardyce appeared uncomfortable with the conversation and at one point, put a napkin over his faceCredit:Telegraph Shane Moloney, financial advisor to Sam Allardyce, leaves a meeting in London in AugustCredit:Paul Grover for The Telegraph Last week, Allardyce held a second meeting with the fictitious firm’s representatives, this time at Wing’s Cantonese restaurant in Manchester. Around the table were Allardyce, Mr McGarvey and two undercover reporters. Allardyce stressed that before he could sign a contract with the Far East firm, he would have to clear it with the FA, but already he was discussing dates when he could fly out.“We finish our fixtures in early November,” he said, “so between the middle of November and the beginning of March, if you leave Christmas and New Year out, I can fit the dates in then.”Mr McGarvey later turned to the subject of paying people to help secure business, to the deep discomfort of the England boss. Allardyce put a napkin over his head and said: “Oh, oh, you’re not, do not, I haven’t heard that. I haven’t heard that, you stupid man. What are you talking about? You idiot. You can have that conversation when I’m not here.”Later still in the three-hour meal, Mr McGarvey said: “At the end of the day Sam, they know, if I’m going to talk to you about a player, you’re going to advise, you’re going to do whatever. You’re not here for, this is the football. You’re here because, you’re advising on the group, whatever [undercover reporter] wants you to do in that sense. Not football.” Later the conversation turned back to the work of the mysterious company that was to start supplementing the England manager’s salary. “The thing they’re talking about is funding football transfers, aren’t you?” Mr Moloney asked the undercover reporter. The third party ownership of players was outlawed by the FA in 2008 and by Fifa in 2015, and an affirmative answer from the reporter prompted Allardyce’s agent Mr Curtis to ask: “Is that third party ownership a problem though?” Sam Allardyce insisted he would deliver ‘value for money’ in helping to attract investorsCredit:Telegraph “Not on the football side, no,” Allardyce replied. “If you were buying players, that would be no. Because I couldn’t associate my name with any of that.”His agent said: “It’s important that we get that out there rather than anyone being misled or disappointed.”Allardyce was, though, happy to be paid by the firm on a “loose basis” to speak at “intimate” functions and then spend time with carefully selected investors in the bar afterwards.Mr Moloney said: “I know Singapore, China, the idea of an England manager out there in China. Huge. And that’s … that’s the value of it. They’ll come just to be there. To hear him,” he added. “He’s a brilliant speaker. Loves it.”And there was a potential for a closer relationship in years to come, Mr Curtis said. He said that when Allardyce’s time as England manager ended, “that relationship can grow down the line”. Mr Curtis insisted that “there’s no way he will do anything that would compromise himself or the position that he’s got – bring any embarrassment on any employer”. He added that Allardyce would “have to run it past the powers that be” before he could commit to anything, and said: “Now, there might be a different role down the line when he is no longer involved at the FA, whether it’s two years, four years or wherever, but it’s always good to have relationships, for sure.”Allardyce said: “That loose basis that we talked about will be OK – it’ll be all right. I’m not putting myself in a position that the papers can investigate, cause me a problem, or the FA could.”Introducing the subject of money, Mr Moloney said: “And the fees will be sensible?” Allardyce chipped in: “Your guys set the agenda out of what it would look like. Me flying out on a day, landing in Hong Kong or Singapore, staying in this hotel, meeting these people, doing that keynote speech, travelling back either two days later or one day later. If I get there first day, I don’t want to fly in and fly out.”Asked to name a figure, Mr Curtis joked: “I’d want a million pound but I mean you’re not going to pay that.” He went on: “To do that, you pay first class travel, and a hotel. And I would have thought, a hundred thousand pounds.” Also present was Allardyce’s financial adviser, Shane Moloney, from the chartered accountancy firm Shipleys. Mr Moloney told the undercover reporters: “The way I see it working is this: what you want to do, is to have Sam as the attraction, that brings investors into the fold. So he could talk about football for 15 minutes.”Allardyce agreed: “Keynote speaking, that’s what I’d be doing, keynote speaking. I’m a keynote speaker.”Mr Curtis explained that the role would only conflict with Allardyce’s day job if he was advising on players and transfers. Allardyce replied: “But you slipped up tonight. You can’t go there any more. You can’t pay a player, you can’t pay a manager, you can’t pay a CEO. It used to happen 20 odd years ago, 30 years ago. “You can’t do it now. You can’t do it now. Don’t ever go there.” Mr McGarvey said: “No, no I wouldn’t go down there.”Allardyce went on: “This place is so tight, now. It’s, you just daren’t even think about it. We all know how deals get brokered in every business. You know someone in the town hall, you know what I mean, and he gets you planning. Know what I mean?… but not here, not in football now.”A spokesman for Mr McGarvey said: “There is little doubt that the lure of the project and his role in it has resulted in our client providing colourful information to enhance and secure his role as was being offered to him … our client does not accept that he made statements about apparently improper behaviour.”Exclusive investigation: England manager Sam Allardyce for saleWhat he said about the football world: Allardyce mocks Hodgson and criticises others “I don’t come in like a lot of them, come in, right bang, you’re off. Do you know what I mean? That’s the end of that, done that, I’m off. I’m going to stand at the bar, have a few social drinks.”Later the conversation turned back to the work of the mysterious company that was to start supplementing the England manager’s salary. “The thing they’re talking about is funding football transfers, aren’t you?” Mr Moloney asked the undercover reporter.The third party ownership of players was outlawed by the FA in 2008 and by Fifa in 2015, and an affirmative answer from the reporter prompted Allardyce’s agent Mr Curtis to ask: “Is that third party ownership a problem though?” “It’s not a problem,” Allardyce replied, naming agents he said “have been doing it for years”. He did, however, express an apparent nervousness about being publicly linked to the firm. One of the undercover reporters asked if it could bill the England manager as its “strategic adviser”. The meeting at the May Fair Hotel on August 19 – less than a month after Allardyce was hired as England manager – was arranged by football agent Scott McGarvey, a friend of Allardyce since the days when both were footballers. He, too, thought he was going to be employed by the fictitious Far East firm. “In principle it’s OK,” Allardyce added. “The fact that I’m going to be turning up on four occasions throughout the year, doing meet and greets and nothing else, so it’s not, nobody’s going to come back to me and say ‘I met Sam and I invested in this, this portfolio, and he told me to go and buy these young players, and that young player’, and that’s, you know. So they can’t blame me, do you know what I mean?”Allardyce did not appear to have considered the potential conflict of interest that would arise if players part-owned by the Far East firm were selected to play for England, raising their value and increasing profits for the firm’s investors. “It’s not a problem,” Allardyce replied, naming agents he said “have been doing it for years”. Third party ownership involves a company or individual acquiring the economic rights of particular players and then being entitled to a portion, or the entirety, of the sell-on fee each time they are transferred between clubs.The rules explicitly outlaw any entity that is not a club from having “any rights” in relation to the transfer of a player. But during the meeting, which lasted barely an hour, Allardyce explained a way around the rules. If the company were to have an agent working for it, then that agent could represent the individual players and so benefit from the financial rewards of a transfer.“You get a percentage of the player’s agent’s fee, that the agent pays to you, the company,” he said, pointing out that such portions could now amount to “millions and millions of pounds.” He suggested: “You need somebody … to be dedicated to that department … For many investment companies now, it’s quite lucrative.”He had agreed to the meeting even before he had got round to speaking to his England players. On August 22, three days after the meeting, he told the BBC that he had not spoken in person to any of the squad, as “if I speak to one I’ll have to speak to absolutely everybody”. Sam Allardyce, centre, with his financial advisor Shane Moloney, left, his agent Mark Curtis, second left, and football agent and former player Scott McGarvey at a meeting in London in AugustCredit:Telegraph CORRECTION: This article inaccurately reported that in conversation with undercover reporters posing as a sports management company, Sam Allardyce, the then England Manager, had set out a model by which a third party could benefit financially from “sell on fees”. While Mr Allardyce had suggested a way that a third party could share in the financial rewards of a transfer, he had made clear that a third party could not take a portion of the transfer fee. This correction has been published following a complaint upheld in part by the Independent Press Standards Organisation.He had not yet taken charge of his first international match, or even his first training session, but already another pressing matter was on Sam Allardyce’s agenda: how to make as much money as possible from his new status as England manager.The job comes with a salary of £3 million per year, plus bonuses, but as Allardyce sat down to a meeting in a May Fair hotel he was eager to explore ways of earning even more.On the table was an offer for Allardyce to fly to Singapore and Hong Kong four times a year to address investors in a Far East firm that wanted to buy football players. Allardyce, 61, was unperturbed by the fact that the firm – in reality a fictitious company whose representatives were undercover Telegraph reporters – was proposing third party ownership of players, in contravention of Football Association and Fifa rules. 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Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Prince Philip leaves after attending a Christmas day church service in Sandringham, England, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016. A heavy cold is kept the Queen from attending the traditional Christmas morning church service Credit:Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP But police who were waiting for them at King’s Cross station and in King’s Lynn were stood down shortly before their train was due to leave.Instead the couple were flown directly from Buckingham Palace to Sandringham by helicopter the following day.The 110 twin-engined Sikorsky S-76C helicopter from The Queen’s Helicopter Flight with a top speed of 178mph took just 40 minutes to make the 110 mile flight.Buckingham Palace was forced to confirm that the Queen had not died this week after hoaxers announced her ‘death’ in a fake BBC Twitter account. It is thought the Queen has not been seen going around the 20,000-acre Royal estate in Norfolk as she often does when in residence.However Prince Philip is said to have joined other members of the Royal family on their traditional Boxing Day pheasant shoot. The Queen and the Prince were forced to cancel their plans to travel up to Sandringham on December 21 at the last minute due to their illness.The couple, who traditionally spend their Christmas and New Year Break on the estate, were due to catch a train as usual from London to King’s Lynn. The Queen may miss the annual New Year’s Day church service at Sandringham, with a decision expected to be taken on Sunday morning on whether she is well enough to attend.The 90-year-old monarch has not been seen in public for 11 days since she and Prince Philip fell ill with what was officially described as “heavy colds”.The illness forced the Queen to miss the Christmas Day service at St Mary Magdalene church in Sandringham for the first time in 28 years. Sandringham House and lake near Kings Lynn, Norfolk Credit:Rod Edwards/Alamy Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive to attend the morning Christmas Day service at St Mark’s ChurchCredit:Andrew Matthews/AP Philip, 95, who is known for his robust health, was well enough to attend and walked briskly to the church as usual on Christmas morning with Prince Charles, Prince Harry and other family members.But a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said she was unable to confirm or deny if the Queen would be going to the 16th century church today on New Year’s Day, adding: “The Queen is continuing to recover from her heavy cold and is still in residence at Sandringham.””We probably will not know what is happening until the morning.”If the Queen does attend church, it is possible she will be joined by Prince William and wife Kate who spent Christmas with the Middleton family in Berkshire.The Queen and Philip are believed to have spent most of the last week staying indoors together at Sandringham House in north Norfolk.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. A pre-sentence report said he posed a risk of serious harm to women.The judge said: “You still deny any responsibilities for your actions, saying they have lied to get you wrongly convicted.”Outside court, Detective Chief Inspector Warren Shepheard said: “This is the most harrowing, disturbing, complex case I have dealt with in my 25 years’ service.” “Paranoid” Dunn imprisoned and raped a second female victim, subjecting her to repeated violence, and filled his house with cameras, locks on the outside of doors and alarms.He also groomed and sexually assaulted another vulnerable teenager in the 1990s, giving her alcohol and cigarettes.She told her mother what happened but when police investigated, Dunn got witnesses to lie and the victim was told her complaint was not going any further.In a Victim Personal Statement, the complainant said that following Dunn’s conviction, “I know I have been believed and that means so much to me”.Dunn also raped a girl aged 10 or 11 when he was 19, telling her “this is what boyfriends and girlfriends do” and said she was not to tell anyone.Years later, after she had told her mother, Dunn threatened to have her prosecuted for slander.The girl who was hidden said in her statement she had suffered from nightmares and she had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.The woman Dunn raped said she had suffered depression, anxiety and panic attacks.Rod Hunt, defending, said Dunn was undergoing tests for cancer, and partly blamed his client’s violence and sexual offending on his alcoholism.Judge Briggs told Dunn, a father-of-six, he had a “volcanic temper, particularly when you are in drink”.The court heard Dunn lived in Greater Manchester, Cambridgeshire, Newcastle and finally Redcar before he was arrested.The judge said the case was horrific and described it as “repellent” that he would pick on a girl who had already been abused. The cavity that Michael Dunn used to hide the runaway girl from policeCredit:Cleveland Police The ‘hidey hole’ in the home of violent paedophile Michael Dunn, which he used to conceal a girl he was abusing Credit:PA Dunn wept in the dock during the sentencing, which followed his conviction for 10 rapes, three charges of false imprisonment and three charges of indecent assault after a trial in January.Jurors were told that Dunn used a bag of dust and a panel to camouflage the hole where the girl was kept, concealing her from the police on eight or nine occasions.Judge Briggs said previous reporting was wrong to liken the case to that of Josef Fritzl, the Austrian who kept family members captive, as Dunn’s runaway victim wanted to be hidden from the authorities.Richard Bennett, prosecuting, said Dunn knew the girl had already been sexually abused by a relative when he raped her, cynically telling her that she had had sex “before so she knew how it felt”. A violent paedophile who made a “hidey hole” in his home to conceal a girl he was abusing has been jailed for 27 years for a string of serious sex offences.Michael Dunn, 57, from Redcar, knocked through the wall behind his fridge to create a cavity which he used to hide the girl – who had run away from home – from the police.He preyed on four victims, raping one aged just 10 or 11, over a period of decades, Teesside Crown Court heard.Judge Tony Briggs said: “The history reveals you to be a devious, manipulative and controlling man with a strong urge to dominate.” His kept his two German shepherd dogs near the hidey hole to put off the police from looking too hard for her, the court heard.
He famously first encountered his future girlfriend when he auditioned for the The X Factor as a fresh-faced 14-year-old.Nine years later, Liam Payne is dating former Girls Aloud singer Cheryl and they are expecting a baby together.Now the One Direction star has broken his silence over his relationship with Cheryl to confirm what many suspected: she was his teenage crush when they first met in 2008. But he had much better things to say about pop star Justin Bieber, who has often fallen foul of the media over his handling of fame. Payne added: “She is a wonderful, wonderful person and it’s amazing to have someone who can relate to so much of things – someone who’s taken greater steps than me.”Her solo career was amazing. She’s been in the industry for 14 years now. She fully supports me.”We’re super happy. It’s a very personal, precious time for us. I’m still learning. I’m only 23.”Last month, Cheryl showed off a prominent baby bump at a Prince’s Trust event. Payne also shared that he and his bandmates once angered US President Donald Trump before he came to power because they refused to get out of bed for his daughter.He said: “Donald Trump actually kicked us out of his hotel once. You wouldn’t believe it. It was about [meeting] his daughter.”He phoned up our manager and we were asleep. He said, ‘Well, wake them up’ and I was like ‘No’ and then he wouldn’t let us use the underground garage.”Obviously in New York we can’t really go outside. New York is ruthless for us. So he was like, ‘OK, then I don’t want you in my hotel.’ So we had to leave.” “I like you, I think you’re really cute,” Cheryl told the aspiring young singer afterwards. “I think you’ve got charisma: I saw you giving us that cheeky little wink.”Payne did not make it to the live shows that year, but returned to try once more in 2010 – and the rest, for One Direction fans, is history. I like you, I think you’re really cute. I think you’ve got charismawhat Cheryl told Liam Payne in 2008 Speaking for the first time about their romance, Payne, now 23, said that Cheryl was his “dream girl” when he was younger.”In a non-cliche way, it’s weird waking up every day and literally living out your dream,” Payne told Rollacoaster magazine. “This is the thing. You wake up in the most beautiful places.”Obviously I have the most beautiful girlfriend in the world and she’s absolutely amazing. She’s been my dream girl since I was younger. She’s so ace.”He first met 33-year-old Cheryl when he auditioned in front of her for The X Factor when she was 24 and married at the time to footballer Ashley Cole.Payne serenaded her and the other judges with his rendition of Frank Sinatra’s Fly Me To The Moon – winking at his future girlfriend halfway through. Payne and Cheryl first began dating last year following her separation from her former husband Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini.The couple are now dating and expecting a baby together, although neither of them has spoken about their romance before. Cheryl changed her birth surname Tweedy to Cole when she married Ashley Cole in 2006 and then became Cheryl Fernandez-Versini following her marriage to Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini in 2014.The pair were granted a decree nisi in October in their divorce proceedings. She now goes by the mononym Cheryl. Cheryl shows off her baby bump at Prince’s Trust eventCredit:L’Oreal Payne said: “He’s a great guy – inside there’s a really good heart. I said, ‘Look, the difference between me and you is I had four different boys going through the same thing to look to.’ He didn’t have that.”I said to him, ‘Take my number and any time you want a chat, let me know as I’m here and I understand exactly what you’re going through and I understand your world.’ He needs somebody like that and in that position.” Cheryl and Liam Payne pictured in London last NovemberCredit:Beretta/Sims/REX/Shutterstock Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Willow seems to have settled in well, hopefully she will be Flaviu soon:-) #romanceisintheair pic.twitter.com/3dZRonF7sq— Dartmoor Zoo (@DartmoorZoo) December 7, 2016 A rare bird of prey has escaped from Dartmoor Zoo, nine months after a Lynx ran free from the same place.Wendy, a nine year-old striated caracara, made her escape on Monday.This frustrated keepers who had finally found her a mature male to mate with.Wendy, whose species is native to the Falkland Islands and the tip of South America , is said to have flown ‘down-stream’ and ‘lost her bearings’ after a gust of wind during exercising. Farmers hunted them to near-extinction in the Falklands during the early part of last century but there numbers have since recovered.David Buncle, bird of prey specialist at Dartmoor Zoo, said: “She’s very inquisitive so may approach houses or people.”She’s got enough body fat to survive by herself for a few days, but the main concern is getting her back safe”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The escape comes just nine months after the zoo’s missing Lynx was found following a three week search.Escaped lynx Flaviu, from Dartmoor Zoological Park, was finally captured after killing four lambs on farmland. Flaviu escaped the day after arriving at the zoo from Port Lympne in Kent. Keepers arrived to find that the wildcat – similar in size to a Labrador – had chewed through a board in the wall.