Kate Upton in skintight workout gear in NYC

She is known for flaunting her curves on the cover of magazines.

And on Wednesday, Kate Upton showed off her fit physique in skintight workout gear while stepping out in New York City.

The 25-year-old model appeared in high spirits as she headed inside Bandier Studio B to lead a fitness workout with wellness visionary, David Kirsch.

Out and about: On Wednesday, Kate Upton showed off her fit physique in skintight workout gear while stepping out in New York City

Out and about: On Wednesday, Kate Upton showed off her fit physique in skintight workout gear while stepping out in New York City

Out and about: On Wednesday, Kate Upton showed off her fit physique in skintight workout gear while stepping out in New York City

Kate sported pink workout leggings, a black sports bra, a white tank T-shirt, and mauve windbreaker jacket.

The stunner matched her ensemble with black, white, and pink Nike running shoes.

Kate kept her golden silky tresses in a bun while covering her makeup-free face behind a pair of stylish black cat-eye sunglasses. 

Feeling fit: The 25-year-old model appeared in high spirits as she headed inside Bandier Studio B to lead a fitness workout with wellness visionary, David Kirsch

Feeling fit: The 25-year-old model appeared in high spirits as she headed inside Bandier Studio B to lead a fitness workout with wellness visionary, David Kirsch

Feeling fit: The 25-year-old model appeared in high spirits as she headed inside Bandier Studio B to lead a fitness workout with wellness visionary, David Kirsch

So chic! Kate sported pink workout leggings, a black sports bra, a white tank T-shirt, and mauve windbreaker jacket

So chic! Kate sported pink workout leggings, a black sports bra, a white tank T-shirt, and mauve windbreaker jacket

So chic! Kate sported pink workout leggings, a black sports bra, a white tank T-shirt, and mauve windbreaker jacket

The stunner matched her ensemble with black, white, and pink Nike running shoes

The stunner matched her ensemble with black, white, and pink Nike running shoes

The stunner matched her ensemble with black, white, and pink Nike running shoes

The stunner matched her ensemble with black, white, and pink Nike running shoes

Comfy casual: The stunner matched her ensemble with black, white, and pink Nike running shoes

All smiles: Kate kept her golden silky tresses in a bun while covering her makeup-free face behind a pair of stylish black cat-eye sunglasses

All smiles: Kate kept her golden silky tresses in a bun while covering her makeup-free face behind a pair of stylish black cat-eye sunglasses

All smiles: Kate kept her golden silky tresses in a bun while covering her makeup-free face behind a pair of stylish black cat-eye sunglasses

Kate and MLB Houston Astros player Justin Verlander have been married since November 2017. 

Careerwise, Upton might be collaborating with Zac Posen as the designer shared a video of her wearing his cleavage-boosting, off-the-shoulder pink gown.

In the slow-motion clip, the Lip Sync Battle loser performed an epic hair flip with her hands behind her back.

The 5ft10in former equestrian likely met Posen on the set of Lifetime’s Project Runway where she served guest judging duties on the October 12 episode titled: ‘A “Little” Avant Garde.’ 

Perfect pair: Kate and MLB Houston Astros player Justin Verlander have been married since November 2017

Perfect pair: Kate and MLB Houston Astros player Justin Verlander have been married since November 2017

Perfect pair: Kate and MLB Houston Astros player Justin Verlander have been married since November 2017

Too many children in the North `not getting the…

Press Association

Improving schools in the North of England should be “at the top of the in-tray” for the new Education Secretary, it has been suggested.

A new report argues there is still a significant North-South divide in education, with too many northern young people, especially those from disadvantaged homes, falling behind other parts of the UK.

Disadvantaged teenagers in the North of England score around a grade lower on average in their GCSEs compared to their better-off peers, according to the Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP) study.

Improving schools in the North of England should be a top priority, study warns (David Jones/PA)

Improving schools in the North of England should be a top priority, study warns (David Jones/PA)

Improving schools in the North of England should be a top priority, study warns (David Jones/PA)

It calls for action to boost the achievement and prospects of the region’s young people, including urging businesses to mentor at least as many Northern schoolchildren as they have employees in the region.

Such a move could benefit at least 900,000 young people, aged 11 upwards, living in the North of England.

The report says the NPP was set up to increase the North’s contribution to the UK economy, re-balance the country and to provide opportunities for 16 million people in the region.

But it warns this will not be achieved without tackling the low educational performance of a significant proportion of children in the area, particularly at GCSE level, and dealing with a skills gap.

Data shows the average GCSE score across eight subjects in 2016/17 among teenagers across the North, those living in the North East, North West and Yorkshire and the Humber, was 45.1, compared to a national average of 46.1 and an average of 48.6 in London.

Separate figures for 2015/16 show that disadvantaged teenagers living in the North score around 13 points less across eight subjects than their better-off peers in the region.

This is equivalent to poorer pupils scoring around a grade lower on average, the report says.

Lord Jim O’Neill, NPP vice-chair said new Education Secretary Damian Hinds should make boosting the performance of Northern schools a top priority.

“For the Northern Powerhouse to succeed and deliver a North that pulls its weight in economic terms the first things we have to sort out are education and skills,” he said.

“Sorting out schools in the Northern Powerhouse should be at the top of the new Education Secretary’s in-tray, and we will be working closely with government to implement our recommendations.”

A foreword to the report says: “In all the work we have done consulting with businesses in the North, poor skills and inadequate training come across consistently as the major issues.

“As our report documents, the facts show educational attainment in the North of England lags behind the South.

“Compared with London pupils, pupils in the North make a third of a grade less progress overall at 16 and almost half a grade less in mathematics on average, one in four of them at secondary schools judged by Ofsted as inadequate or requiring improvement.

“Too many children in the North aren’t getting the education they need or deserve.”

The report argues that firms should pledge to offer youngsters meaningful careers advice and guidance, including work placements, to help boost skills and provide opportunities to youngsters in the North of England.

Among other recommendations are a call for extra money for early years services, and for disadvantaged pupils.

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Jessica Biel wishes Justin Timberlake a happy birthday

Justin Timberlake rang in his 37th birthday on Wednesday.

And his wife Jessica Biel marked the occasion with a sweet Instagram photo of the two of them snuggling in a field.

In her gushing caption, Jessica, 35, called herself Justin’s ‘OG fan girl #1,’ and praised him as a ‘hot dad’ no less than three times.

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'Here's to a spectacular year ahead': On Wednesday, Jessica Biel posted a gushing Instagram tribute to her husband Justin Timberlake for his 37th birthday

'Here's to a spectacular year ahead': On Wednesday, Jessica Biel posted a gushing Instagram tribute to her husband Justin Timberlake for his 37th birthday

‘Here’s to a spectacular year ahead’: On Wednesday, Jessica Biel posted a gushing Instagram tribute to her husband Justin Timberlake for his 37th birthday

Jessica – who married Justin in 2012 and welcomed their son Silas in 2015 – modeled a black leather jacket and mahogany-tinted sunglasses. 

Meanwhile, Justin could be seen wearing a white T-shirt sheer enough to reveal a cross tattoo on his left arm, and he accessorized with a bandanna round his neck. 

‘A picture says a thousand words. And thank goodness because there aren’t enough to express ALL the aspects of my love and respect for you,’ she began the caption.

‘Here’s to a spectacular year ahead. I’m so proud of all you’ve accomplished and all that is ahead for you. plus you’re a super hot dad,’ she rhapsodized.

Party of three: The pair married in 2012 and have a two-year-old son called Silas; the family are pictured in New York City this past August

Party of three: The pair married in 2012 and have a two-year-old son called Silas; the family are pictured in New York City this past August

Party of three: The pair married in 2012 and have a two-year-old son called Silas; the family are pictured in New York City this past August

‘A ninja dad. A kiddie teeth brushing, Jedi sleep mind tricking, intimidating dad voice disciplining SUPER HOT DAD. I love you, you hot dad.. I’m here, right by your side, OG fan girl #1. Happy birthday, my beloved. Now go crush it this weekend at SB LII.’ 

On Sunday, Justin will perform in the legendary halftime slot at the Super Bowl, which this year will be held at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

When it emerged in October that Justin had got this gig, there was a bit of a controversy, given his last Super Bowl halftime appearance.

During the 2004 halftime show, he was performing onstage with Janet Jackson when a ‘wardrobe malfunction’ occurred that entered American history.

On the field: On Sunday, Justin will perform in the legendary halftime slot at the Super Bowl, which this year will be held at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis

On the field: On Sunday, Justin will perform in the legendary halftime slot at the Super Bowl, which this year will be held at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis

On the field: On Sunday, Justin will perform in the legendary halftime slot at the Super Bowl, which this year will be held at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis

In the words of a statement from Janet’s rep at the time, via E! News: ‘Justin was supposed to pull away the rubber bustier to reveal a red lace bra. The garment collapsed and her breast was accidentally revealed.’

A rash of negative consequences followed for Janet’s career, including a Viacom blacklist of her singles and videos, plus a pulled invitation from the Grammy Awards held the next week, not to mention the loss of a biopic gig playing Lena Horne.

Justin, meanwhile, was neither blacklisted by Viacom nor uninvited from the Grammy Awards.

Though the FCC moved to fine CBS $550,000 over ‘Nipplegate,’ a legal battle ensued and the Third Circuit Court Of Appeals voided the penalty in 2011.

Flashback: During the 2004 halftime show, he was performing onstage with Janet Jackson when a 'wardrobe malfunction' occurred that entered American history

Flashback: During the 2004 halftime show, he was performing onstage with Janet Jackson when a 'wardrobe malfunction' occurred that entered American history

Flashback: During the 2004 halftime show, he was performing onstage with Janet Jackson when a ‘wardrobe malfunction’ occurred that entered American history

Some have felt it was unfair for the Super Bowl to bring back Justin and not Janet, and the hashtag #JusticeForJanet sprang up on Twitter.

The NFL have clarified she is not banned, so Justin could request that she accompany him this Super Bowl – yet not all of Janet’s defenders liked that idea.

As Wendy Williams said on her chat show in October: ‘Janet, I wouldn’t stoop. You’re a Jackson, for God’s sakes.’

This Friday, Justin will be releasing his fifth solo studio album Man Of The Woods.

Incoming: This Friday, Justin will be releasing his fifth solo studio album Man Of The Woods

Incoming: This Friday, Justin will be releasing his fifth solo studio album Man Of The Woods

Incoming: This Friday, Justin will be releasing his fifth solo studio album Man Of The Woods

Silo used to hold pecan shells explodes, no injuries

Associated Press

VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) – Authorities say a silo used to store pecan shells has exploded in south Georgia, shattering windows at businesses blocks away.

No injuries have been reported.

Workers said nearby buildings shook just before 1 p.m. Wednesday when the silo exploded outside the offices of South Georgia Pecan in Valdosta, a city of 56,000 people near the Georgia-Florida state line.

The Valdosta Daily Times reported windows shattered in a clothing shop, jewelry store and other businesses in the city’s downtown. Twisted metal littered a parking lot.

The cause of the blast wasn’t immediately determined.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has reported more than 500 silo explosions in the U.S. since 1976. Dust collecting in agricultural silos can be highly combustible and may ignite like gunpowder if triggered by a spark.

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Information from: The Valdosta Daily Times, http://valdostadailytimes.com/

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Arsenal stole transfer headlines in but were unconvincing

To the bitter end, Arsene Wenger seemed to be raging against another winter transfer window in which events had drifted out of his control.

The Arsenal manager’s personal reluctance to allow Olivier Giroud to leave for Chelsea was transparent in his decision to field the striker at Swansea on Tuesday night, to the astonishment of a buying club who understandably raised an eyebrow.

There had also seemed to be some choreography in Wenger being engrossed in deep conversation with Giroud in images published on Arsenal’s website in the past week. But beggars can’t be choosers. Arsenal had asked for £30million as compensation for losing a second striker to a Premier League rival in this window but were over a barrel as usual.

Arsenal spent big to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Arsenal spent big to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

But the Gunners let Olivier Giroud join rivals Chelsea

But the Gunners let Olivier Giroud join rivals Chelsea

Arsenal spent big to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but let Olivier Giroud join rivals Chelsea

Arsene Wenger clearly did not want to sell Giroud, who played against Swansea on Tuesday

Arsene Wenger clearly did not want to sell Giroud, who played against Swansea on Tuesday

Arsene Wenger clearly did not want to sell Giroud, who played against Swansea on Tuesday

The arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 28, at the Emirates from Borussia Dortmund was contingent on Dortmund taking Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi, which was contingent on Giroud going to Chelsea. So Giroud went for £21m instead, including all the extras.

There was some bizarre razzle-dazzle in the Arsenal club video which announced his arrival, in which Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Arsenal’s compensation for losing Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United, asked his former Dortmund team-mate: ‘Yo, Pierre, you wanna come out here?’

But a late bid on Wednesday to find the central defender they so badly need somehow summed them up. A derisory £12m bid for West Brom’s Jonny Evans was quickly rejected.

Arsenal’s sales income from this window was eclipsed only by Liverpool’s, for which the extraordinary £145m Philippe Coutinho deal must be factored in. If further evidence of their desperation and lack of direction were needed, then it is the £300,000-a-week deal Wenger’s club are paying to keep Mesut Ozil, who is about to fall out of contract.

Chelsea display little more vision. A desperate pursuit of any striker of reasonable height, and investment in a 31-year-old on the fringes of Wenger’s side, said everything about the way they have scaled down their own ambitions. Peter Crouch, 36 and Edin Dzeko, 31, are, with the greatest respect, both beyond their prime.

Chelsea added Roma full back Emerson Palmieri and Giroud to the early capture of Ross Barkley but it wasn’t exactly dynamite. They used to be in the top tier of spenders. Now that terrain is the preserve of Paris Saint-Germain, the Manchester clubs, Real Madrid and Barcelona.

In Manchester, United’s Sanchez coup has restored a little of the pride which has been lost by this title race, though it was an opportunist one. City — whose fight to sign Riyah Mahrez was waged in the knowledge that there was at least David Silva, Bernardo, Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero, Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus in the ranks — finished the window as the biggest spenders once again.

This was the window which confirmed beyond all doubt that the purpose of contracts is to keep the asking price high, rather than to keep a player. Coutinho, Virgil van Dijk and Sanchez all wanted out and had their way. Manchester City had to admit defeat in their bid to sign Leicester’s Mahrez for £65m.

Philippe Coutinho forced a January move to Barcelona despite having a long Liverpool contract

Philippe Coutinho forced a January move to Barcelona despite having a long Liverpool contract

Virgil van Dijk did likewise to leave Southampton for Anfield

Virgil van Dijk did likewise to leave Southampton for Anfield

Philippe Coutinho and Virgil van Dijk both forced January moves despite having long contracts

Claude Puel’s squad were staying at the Titanic Hotel in Liverpool, ahead of their match against Everton last night. That seemed an appropriate commentary on their long-term hopes of keeping Mahrez. Tottenham’s attempts to keep up with the best were limited to Lucas Moura, who arrived for £25m — an exciting acquisition.

Liverpool will feel that £75m Van Dijk can strengthen their back line. Yet Jurgen Klopp’s attack-at-all-costs mentality also has much to do with the side’s defensive issues. The loss of Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge exposes their lack of depth at the other end.

Of the many haunted by relegation already, Swansea were boldest as the window closed, beating their transfer record to re-sign Andre Ayew in a deal worth up to £18m, 18 months after selling him to West Ham for £20m.

At Newcastle, Rafael Benitez was restricted by the same old owner who shows no sign of selling up, though Leicester striker Islam Slimani was secured on loan, as was Martin Dubravka, the Slovakia goalkeeper.

At West Ham, David Moyes was demonstrating the same old reluctance to take risks. The loan deal for Inter Milan’s impressive midfielder Joao Mario seemed the limit of their new additions.

Arsenal were the ones commanding the headlines. Aubameyang called up the legend of Thierry Henry. ‘He’s an example for us strikers,’ he said. ‘I’m a fast player and I score goals too, like Henry a little bit. 

‘I think I have to work a lot to be like him, but I will do.’

Time will tell. For all of the spending and the talk this past month, Arsenal, like so many others, move ahead with uncertainty. 

Carrie Underwood’s husband Mike Fisher ends retirement

Nearly six months after announcing his retirement, Carrie Underwood’s husband Mike Fisher will be returning to the Nashville Predators.

And the country star was through the moon as she helped spread the news on Twitter on Wednesday.   

‘This is happening! Fish is back! So proud of you, baby! We want the cup!!!’ Carrie, 34, tweeted.

'So proud of you, baby!': Just six months after announcing his retirement, Carrie Underwood's husband Mike Fisher will be returning to the Nashville Predators (pictured 2017 in Nashville)

'So proud of you, baby!': Just six months after announcing his retirement, Carrie Underwood's husband Mike Fisher will be returning to the Nashville Predators (pictured 2017 in Nashville)

‘So proud of you, baby!’: Just six months after announcing his retirement, Carrie Underwood’s husband Mike Fisher will be returning to the Nashville Predators (pictured 2017 in Nashville)

After seven years playing for the Nashville Predators, Mike, 37, retired from playing for the hockey team in August 2017.   

He joined the team in 2010, and eventually became it’s captain.  

Carrie wrote a gushing heartfelt message in honor of her husband after he announced plans to leave the team at the time of his departure. 

‘Captain @mfisher1212 I sure am going to miss watching you play and cheering you on with the rest of Smashville, but I so look forward to seeing what God has in store for you in this next chapter of your life.

Big news! Underwood couldn't contain her delight at the news on Wednesday 

Big news! Underwood couldn't contain her delight at the news on Wednesday 

Big news! Underwood couldn’t contain her delight at the news on Wednesday 

He's back! The country star was through the moon as she helped spread the news on Twitter on Wednesday

He's back! The country star was through the moon as she helped spread the news on Twitter on Wednesday

He’s back! The country star was through the moon as she helped spread the news on Twitter on Wednesday

‘You’ve given your teammates and the game your all for so many years…you’ve worked so hard and made us all so proud! Isaiah and I love you so much and are so excited to be able to have you home a lot more…We can’t wait to cheer on the @predsnhl WITH you in the stands! #ThankYouSmashville #PredsFansForLife.’ 

Mike has also previously played for the Peterborough Bees, Sudbury Wolves, and Ottawa Senators. 

The hockey player plans to sign a contract and return to the Predators before the NHL trade deadline on February 26. 

Mike said to reporters on Wednesday Carrie encouraged him to return to the team.

‘Carrie asked me every few days if I was going to do it. She wanted me to do it. And she’s usually right,’ he said. 

Not so fast: Carrie wrote a gushing heartfelt message in honor of her husband after he announced plans to leave the team at the time of his departure

Not so fast: Carrie wrote a gushing heartfelt message in honor of her husband after he announced plans to leave the team at the time of his departure

Not so fast: Carrie wrote a gushing heartfelt message in honor of her husband after he announced plans to leave the team at the time of his departure

'She's usually right': Mike said to reporters on Wednesday Carrie encouraged him to return to the team (pictured 2017)

'She's usually right': Mike said to reporters on Wednesday Carrie encouraged him to return to the team (pictured 2017)

‘She’s usually right’: Mike said to reporters on Wednesday Carrie encouraged him to return to the team (pictured 2017)

 

Brendan Fevola drops I’m A Celebrity bombshell

They’re expected to butt heads when they come face-to-face on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Outta Here this week.

But Anthony Mundine’s feud with Danny Green could all be an act, according to Brendan Fevola.

Speaking on Fox FM’s Fifi, Fev and Byron on Thursday, season two winner Brendan said he witnessed an exchange between the pair 10 years ago which raised doubts in his mind about the boxing champs. 

'They're actually mates': Anthony Mundine's feud with Danny Green could all be an act, according to Brendan Fevola

'They're actually mates': Anthony Mundine's feud with Danny Green could all be an act, according to Brendan Fevola

‘They’re actually mates’: Anthony Mundine’s feud with Danny Green could all be an act, according to Brendan Fevola

‘Peek behind the curtain, they’re actually mates, there’s a bombshell,’ he said.

Hi co-host Fifi Box asked whether it’s all ‘pretend,’ to which Brendan replied ‘yes.’  

‘Yes and they make a fortune because they just box with each other again and again,’ he said.

‘It was about 10 years ago and I was at some hotel and [Anthony Mundine] was fighting and I was in his room to get some tickets.

He continued: ‘In walked Danny Green and Danny Green’s wife and I’m going, ‘Oh it’s going to be on! What’s happening? These guys hate each other!’

Former AFL star Brendan was left stunned when the pair instead shared a warm embrace. 

‘I’m going, ‘What the hell is going on here?’ And when he walked out he [Mundine] went, ‘Oh nah, we’re mates.’ That just wrecked it all for me.’ 

Danny Green has already sized up his future camp-mates ahead of his debut on the show this Thursday, telling The Daily Telegraph that he’s more than ready to deal with ‘palooka’ Anthony.

‘There are some really nice people in there and there’s one palooka so the nice people outweigh the palooka,’ he told the publication on Wednesday. 

'There are some really nice people in there and there's one palooka': Danny Green, 44, anny Green has taken a swipe at arch rival Anthony Mundine ahead of his debut on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! 

'There are some really nice people in there and there's one palooka': Danny Green, 44, anny Green has taken a swipe at arch rival Anthony Mundine ahead of his debut on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! 

‘There are some really nice people in there and there’s one palooka’: Danny Green, 44, anny Green has taken a swipe at arch rival Anthony Mundine ahead of his debut on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! 

‘I feel fortunate in that I’ve been able to see the field and look at the odds, to check it out and see the placement and there are some pretty good people in there.’   

The well-prepared camper has also been making sure to fatten himself up prior to entering the competition.   

‘I have been trying to get as overweight as I possibly can so I have some reserves in store to lose when the food is not coming my way. I am trying to get as big a beer belly as I possibly can,’ he explained.  

'I don't see us becoming bum chums!' Danny has made no secret of his disdain for Anthony, who has already settled into the South African jungle

'I don't see us becoming bum chums!' Danny has made no secret of his disdain for Anthony, who has already settled into the South African jungle

'I don't see us becoming bum chums!' Danny has made no secret of his disdain for Anthony, who has already settled into the South African jungle

'I don't see us becoming bum chums!' Danny has made no secret of his disdain for Anthony, who has already settled into the South African jungle

‘I don’t see us becoming bum chums!’ Danny has made no secret of his disdain for Anthony, who has already settled into the South African jungle 

Danny has made no secret of his disdain for Anthony, having told Dr Chris Brown and Julia Morris that he wouldn’t be extending an olive branch any time soon. 

‘I don’t see us becoming bum chums,’ he revealed. 

But while in a perfect jungle world the pair could keep their distance, this season sees Anthony play the role of team leader. 

'The rules are rules and I don't really follow rules that well': Although Danny, just like the other contestants, will technically be under Mundine's leadership, he said he'd be playing by his own rules

'The rules are rules and I don't really follow rules that well': Although Danny, just like the other contestants, will technically be under Mundine's leadership, he said he'd be playing by his own rules

‘The rules are rules and I don’t really follow rules that well’: Although Danny, just like the other contestants, will technically be under Mundine’s leadership, he said he’d be playing by his own rules

And although Danny, just like the other contestants, will technically be under Mundine’s leadership, he said he’d be playing by his own rules.

‘The rules are rules and I don’t really follow rules that well,’ he said. 

‘I am a non-conformist. We will see how it goes and play it by ear.’  

Watch out Anthony, he's coming for you! Watching rival Anthony nap via a monitor, he insinuated the athlete better watch out

Watch out Anthony, he's coming for you! Watching rival Anthony nap via a monitor, he insinuated the athlete better watch out

Watch out Anthony, he’s coming for you! Watching rival Anthony nap via a monitor, he insinuated the athlete better watch out

Watching rival Anthony nap via a monitor, he insinuated the athlete better watch out.

‘He might have another nap if he doesn’t behave,’ he joked. 

And after two pay-to-view fights which saw Anthony win in 2006 and Danny in 2017,  the jungle may play home to the third free-to-air decider.

Danny officially joins the other co-stars in South Africa on Sunday night’s edition of I’m A Celebrity….Get Me Out Of Here.  

The winning fight? After two pay-to-view fights which saw Anthony win in 2006 and Danny in 2017, the jungle may play home to the third free-to-air decider

The winning fight? After two pay-to-view fights which saw Anthony win in 2006 and Danny in 2017, the jungle may play home to the third free-to-air decider

The winning fight? After two pay-to-view fights which saw Anthony win in 2006 and Danny in 2017, the jungle may play home to the third free-to-air decider

Married At First Sight’s biggest secrets revealed

It’s the Channel Nine dating show that has the whole of Australia talking.

And now, the producers responsible for Married At First Sight are dishing on what really goes on behind the scenes.

Speaking to OK! magazine on Thursday, show producer Tara McWilliams and an ‘insider’ gave the low down all the secrets from the addictive reality series. 

From strange wedding cake requests to the shock reason there's no music when the couples walk down the aisle: Married At First Sight producers reveal the show's biggest secrets (Pictured: Sarah and Telv)

From strange wedding cake requests to the shock reason there's no music when the couples walk down the aisle: Married At First Sight producers reveal the show's biggest secrets (Pictured: Sarah and Telv)

From strange wedding cake requests to the shock reason there’s no music when the couples walk down the aisle: Married At First Sight producers reveal the show’s biggest secrets (Pictured: Sarah and Telv)

One of the biggest reveals was the intriguing reason why the brides are forced to walk down the aisle to no music.    

‘This is so we can clearly capture the bride and groom’s reactions to seeing each other for the first time,’ Tara told the magazine. 

The producer added that around four to six weeks generally goes into planning each wedding and they shoot approximately 40 hours of footage at each nuptials. 

They don't have to lift a finger! A Married At First Sight producer revealed they organise everything from the invitations to the venues (Pictured: Patrick and Charlene)

They don't have to lift a finger! A Married At First Sight producer revealed they organise everything from the invitations to the venues (Pictured: Patrick and Charlene)

They don’t have to lift a finger! A Married At First Sight producer revealed they organise everything from the invitations to the venues (Pictured: Patrick and Charlene)

While there’s glitz and glamour at every ceremony that takes place on the show, and Tara explained the couples don’t have to lift a finger or pay a cent.’

We do consult with them about what kind of wedding they’d like or not like, then absolutely every single detail is organised by us,’ Tara said, explaining they don’t give the couples a budget.

She continued: ‘Sending out the invitations to the guests, organising all guests’ flights and accommodation, organising the ceremony and reception venues, the celebrants, the cakes, limos, photographers, flowers…’

Dressed for the occasion! Brides can pick their own wedding gown but there is a budget

Dressed for the occasion! Brides can pick their own wedding gown but there is a budget

Dressed for the occasion! Brides can pick their own wedding gown but there is a budget

And when it comes all the finer details, the contestants involved do have a say on some elements but not others.

According to the magazine, the brides can choose their own wedding dress and grooms can pick their suits but they do have a budget.

However, it’s not the groom who selects the ring for his new bride – female members of the MAFS  crew are left with that task.

A insider reportedly also told the publication that strange requests can trickle in from the unlucky-in-love reality stars, with one bride requesting a ‘wedding cake made out of cheese’.

Capturing everything: The brides are forced to walk down the aisle to no music so the cameras can pick up the couples' reactions to every dramatic moment

Capturing everything: The brides are forced to walk down the aisle to no music so the cameras can pick up the couples' reactions to every dramatic moment

Capturing everything: The brides are forced to walk down the aisle to no music so the cameras can pick up the couples’ reactions to every dramatic moment

Tasty! One bride requested a 'wedding cake made out of cheese' for her nuptials

Tasty! One bride requested a 'wedding cake made out of cheese' for her nuptials

Tasty! One bride requested a ‘wedding cake made out of cheese’ for her nuptials

Democrats lag GOP in fundraising despite anti-Trump energy

Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) – The Democratic National Committee still lagged its Republican rivals in fundraising despite the left’s grassroots energy since President Donald Trump’s election.

But financial disclosure reports at the start of this election year also showed other Democratic groups and many individual candidates in stronger positions.

Republicans said the RNC’s financial strength will yield a superior campaign organization as they defend their majorities in Congress and advantages in U.S. statehouses. Democrats said they’ll have the resources to win and noted the party’s electoral successes in down-ballot races throughout 2017.

A look at part of the campaign finance picture:

AT PARTY HEADQUARTERS

The Republican National Committee raised $132.5 million in 2017 and ended the year with almost $39 million on hand and no debt. The Democratic committee took in $66 million and had $6.5 million in cash available, but also owed $6.1 million.

The RNC said its cash helped them build out their voter data operation and field offices intended to benefit GOP nominees around the country. Trump helped the party committee raise money during 2017 through a joint agreement that also benefited his re-election campaign.

Democratic Party aides said Chairman Tom Perez has had a difficult rebuilding job but noted the DNC’s 2017 haul was more than what the party raised in previous off years, including the year ahead of the 2006 midterms when Democrats regained control of Congress and years when President Barack Obama helped raise money.

Obama headlined one DNC fundraiser in 2017, and party leaders hoped to use him more this year.

BATTLE FOR HOUSE CONTROL

Democrats’ House campaign committee topped its GOP counterpart for 2017, raising $105 million to the Republicans’ $85 million. Democrats boasted more than 250,000 first-time donors online, a sign of enthusiasm among the party’s core supporters.

But the Republican committee had $44 million cash available, compared to $38 million for Democrats. Republicans also will get a boost from the Congressional Leadership Fund, a political action committee aligned with House Speaker Paul Ryan. CLF raised $26 million in 2017 and hoped to back GOP nominees with voter turnout operations in about three dozen districts.

Democrats must flip 24 GOP-held seats to regain a majority, and believe they can force Republicans to defend even more seats.

DEMOCRATIC SENATORS

Democrats are defending 26 Senate seats, counting two independents who caucus with them; 10 of those seats are in states Trump won in 2016. Republicans are defending just eight seats as they try to hold their 51-49 advantage.

But there are several early money advantages for Democrats and concerns for Republicans.

The GOP’s most vulnerable incumbent, Nevada’s Dean Heller, was outraised by Democrat Jacky Rosen more than 2-to-1 during the last three months of 2017, though Heller still has more to spend. Perhaps Republicans’ top target, Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, closed out 2017 with $9 million to spend, almost eight times her top potential challenger.

Several other Democratic senators – Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Jon Tester of Montana, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, among them – also have sizable cash advantages over their would-be opponents.

OUTSIDE MONEY

Democrats conceded Republicans will have the overall advantage in 2018 because of outside money. The greatest influence almost certainly will be the Koch brothers, the billionaire businessmen who just completed their annual fundraising confab where dozens of top campaign financiers announced plans to pool at least $400 million, dwarfing anything any individual party committee will spend.

FUNDRAISER-IN-CHIEF

Trump’s re-election campaign says it had $22 million balance to start 2018 after he made an unusually early start on his re-election effort. Trump isn’t on the ballot in 2018, and his approval ratings – mired in the 30s – could be a drag for many Republicans. But he’s still quite popular at Republican gatherings, particularly those where checks are written, and he’s expected to be active on the fundraising circuit in 2018 for himself and other GOP candidates.

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Manchester United fans are fuming at Harry Kane

Seven Premier League fixtures on the same day the January transfer window slams shut. Which blithering idiot came up with that idea?

It has been a manic day in English football with records being set in the transfer market and the football pitch, so don’t feel bad if you missed some of the quirkier events.

Fear not, however, as Sportsmail had their eyes around the grounds and can now bring you the best of the action that you may have missed… 

Harry Kane was the target of Manchester United fans frustrated with their team's display

Harry Kane was the target of Manchester United fans frustrated with their team's display

Harry Kane was the target of Manchester United fans frustrated with their team’s display

Man United fans fume at Harry Kane’s early invasion

Manchester United looked rather silly when Chrisitan Eriksen gave Tottenham the lead after just 11 seconds. But it soon turned out that it was in fact the match officials who should have been red-faced.

Replays appeared to show Harry Kane encroaching into Manchester United’s half before the game had kicked off. He ended up winning the header that led to the goal.

Manchester United fans were going mad on social media, posting a host of unrepeatable messages aimed at Andre Marriner. 

Then again, the same replay appears to show Jesse Lingard doing exactly the same thing in Tottenham’s half… so what is a referee to do?

Play on…obviously. 

Harry Kane was clearly in Manchester United's half before the game had kicked off

Harry Kane was clearly in Manchester United's half before the game had kicked off

Harry Kane was clearly in Manchester United’s half before the game had kicked off

Guardiola consoles Sterling after horror miss 

We all know Pep Guardiola is passionate about all things football — just ask Nathan Redmond! 

But it was still a surprise to see the Spaniard take his relationship with Raheem Sterling to the next level in full view of the Etihad Stadium crowd.

After missing an absolute sitting in their match against West Brom, Guardiola summoned the England international to the touchline. 

Instead of a dressing down, Sterling was told to pucker up. 

Pep Guardiola shows his affection for Raheem Sterling after the forward's huge howler

Pep Guardiola shows his affection for Raheem Sterling after the forward's huge howler

Pep Guardiola shows his affection for Raheem Sterling after the forward’s huge howler

When your 15 points clear, why bother watching?

Picture this: Your team is sailing towards the Premier League title, 15 points clear of your nearest rivals and scoring for fun. 

Dare we suggest it all sounds a bit, well, dull?

At least two Manchester City fans appear to agree as they focussed their attention on a matchday pie and a smartphone while Manchester City were on their way to another win.

A new Premier League record set

With Eriksen scoring against Manchester United after 11 seconds, you would assume that if any record was going to fall it would be for the Premier League’s fastest ever goal, but no.

Ledley King still holds that record with a rapid 10-second strike against Bradford in 2000, but another marker fell at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday night: the biggest ever attendance.

The 81,978 people crammed into watch Tottenham beat Wembley eclipsed the previous record of 80,827, which was set just three months ago for their game against Liverpool.

With a north London derby against Arsenal coming up on February 10, don’t expect that mark to last long. 

A record crowd of 81,978 people crammed into Wembley to see Tottenham beat Man United

A record crowd of 81,978 people crammed into Wembley to see Tottenham beat Man United

A record crowd of 81,978 people crammed into Wembley to see Tottenham beat Man United

Man City hit century for the season

CITY’S CENTURY 

Premier League: 73 goals

Champions League: 14

Carabao Cup: 8

FA Cup: 6

Total: 101

Goals-per-game: 2.65 

Manchester City’s 3-0 win over West Brom saw them surpass 100 goals for the season across all competitions.

The century of goals has become a marker for all great attacking sides in English football, and City have proven to be among the greatest after reaching the mark in January… albeit only just!

Sergio Aguero has done more work than anyone with 24 goals while Raheem Sterling has a very respectable 19.

But with five players all with over 10 goals this season, their demolition job has been very much a team effort!