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Selena Gomez’s date with The Weeknd was the Disney romance of your dreams

10/04/2019 Posted by admin

In a modern day version of Disney’s Lady and The Tramp, hitmakers Selena Gomez and the Weeknd have unexpectedly been spotted sharing pasta in the rain before locking lips outside one of LA’s hottest celebrity spots.
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An eyewitness told People that the pair shared a three-hour private dinner at Giorgio Baldi and, while they are yet to confirm their budding romance, it seems like Gomez can’t keep her hands to herself in 46 different intimate shots snapped outside the restaurant.

The dinner seemed to be a low-key affair with Gomez opting to wear frayed jeans and patent booties, while The Weeknd wore a cap and hoodie.

In many of the images, Gomez, 24, is smiling towards the camera with her arms wrapped around the 26-year-old Starboy crooner.

“It was a romantic dinner date in the rain,” a source told People. “They acted like a couple. They ordered pasta and shared the food. She seemed very into him — she was smiling a lot. They left holding hands.”

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Gomez and The Weeknd (Abel Makkonen Tesfaye) have known each other for over a year, with the pair both performing at the 2015 Victoria’s Secret show. After the runway show Gomez took to Instagram to gush over the experience.

“This show was a dream to be on. Thank you so much @victoriassecret and all the angels for being SO nice, warm and fun!!” she wrote. “And looking at you guys all day wasn’t hard to do at all. Abel killed it as usual and Ellie [Goulding] was shining brighter than ever! I’m done. What is life? Love you!” Selena Gomez and The Weeknd Making Out (PHOTO GALLERY) https://t.co/jTBlzhPj9d— TMZ (@TMZ) January 11, 2017

While this could be a more-than-friendly meal shared between collaborators (ahem, we are looking at you Drake and J-Lo) there is a high possibility that they are dating, perhaps confirmed in the most modern form of shading by the Weeknd’s former flame, Bella Hadid.

Hadid has followed in Rihanna’s footsteps, tactically unfollowing Gomez – who happens to be one of her sister Gigi’s best girl-pals – on Instagram (considering Gomez is the most followed person on Instagram she is probably yet to notice).

Fans of The Weeknd and Hadid have taken to social media to express their sadness over their hopes for the couple getting back together being dashed. The pair were briefly reunited at last year’s Victoria’s Secret Show, making headlines for their awkward meet-up on the runway. The couple dated on-and-off until they pulled the plug last November after 18 months; Gomez has not been officially linked to anyone since her relationship with Justin Bieber.

Gomez returned to the spotlight in November to accept the award for Favourite Female Artist Rock/Pop at the American Music awards, following a three month break she took to deal with depression and anxiety stemming from her battle with Lupus.

Taking to social media at the time, she wrote, “my year has been the hardest yet most rewarding one yet. I’ve finally fought the fight of not ‘being enough’.”

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Months of work and worry to end when Divine Ten makes it to Flemington

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Astute trainer Kelvin Bourke hopes Divine Ten can find his best form after injury. Photo: Damian White While trainer Kelvin Bourke is excited by the challenge of resurrecting one-time world-class sprinter Divine Ten he is under no illusions that to repatriate an injured tendon in any racehorse is not easy.
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Patience, horsemanship and an understanding of the work required to bring large long striding horses back from the tiniest of tendon tears is painstakingly difficult.

A former champion jumps jockey, Bourke will see first hand at Flemington on Saturday what months of work have done to the seven-year-old sprinter when Divine Ten runs in the Arbroath Handicap at Flemington.

Divine Ten broke down in late September 2014, and midway through 2015 the sprinter was brought to Australia and spelled at The Nook Stud at Nagambie, north of Melbourne.

After that the horse was sent to Bourke, who has excellent  swimming  facilities  for his team.

“I probably spend 45 minutes a day with him either riding him or walking him in the salt water. That’s the best cure and he hasn’t looked back since he got off the float last year,” Bourke said.

“When he’s at his best he’s a serious racehorse. One day in Hong Kong he ran under 56 seconds for a thousand metres and that’s really moving.”

Divine Ten will race at  Flemington having had just eight race starts for five wins and two placings, only missing a stake money cheque on one occasion – the day he broke down.

During his time in Hong Kong Divine Ten scored over 1000m on five occasions from six attempts. Before going amiss he was earmarked as a potential world-class sprinter.

As an example of his brilliance, Divine Ten defeated Aerovelocity, who just last year took out the Sprint Championship in Hong Kong.

“The horse is owned in Hong Kong and they know the battles that lay ahead when you’ve got a horse in rehab attempting to come back from a tendon but I can honestly say we haven’t had one moment’s concern,” Bourke said.

“We’ve taken him to the Ballarat veterinary clinic for scans and we’ve had scans done here locally and they’re spot on.

“Of course it’s exciting if I can get him back. We’re under no illusion that it’s been a bit over two years and they sometimes need racing but he’s galloped up well in the jump outs and because of a bit of a mix up with the horse being under an embargo back in Hong Kong I’ve had to trial him.

“It meant that I had to scratch him from a race at Moonee Valley and take him to Terang to trial. I think it was a pretty good standard trial as horses like Palentino were in our heat. But he wasn’t asked to do much, but what he did I liked.”

Bourke laughs when he recalls Divine Ten’s life story, as the horse was sold as a yearling at a Victorian sale and was then taken to New Zealand where he ran in the Breeze Up Sales and was then bought again by a bloodstock agent for Hong Kong and he’s now on the Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria.

“He’s been around but that won’t stop him, he’ll enjoy the straight track on Saturday and we’ve got Damien Oliver on him so I couldn’t ask for much more. Everything going well he should be hard to beat, but with horses like this you’re always worried in the back of your mind that he hasn’t been to the races for two years and they often need a bit more time. We’ll just have to wait and see,” he said.

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Kris Lees has Sense Of Occasion ready for Gosford Cup

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Cup bound: Sense Of Occasion scores a shock win in the Villiers Stakes. Photo: Anthony JohnsonWizard of Odds: Live odds, form and alerts for all racing
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Kris Lees has learnt to stick with his plans and even winning the Villiers Stakes didn’t change the goal for Sense Of Occasion, which has always been Friday’s Gosford Cup.

“It is the race we had in mind for him because he gets to this sort of trip and performs his best,” Lees said. “He got a few things in his favour in the Villiers – the wet track and got a great run though – and got the win. It was a nice surprise.

“It means we get a free kick at the Doncaster, which you would be mad not to take, but this race was always in my mind when he came back.

“He gets a bit more weight because of that win and the six-horse field makes it a bit tricky but he is going to run well and then we will mark out a preparation to get to the Doncaster.”

Lees is on the Gold Coast, like most trainers looking for the next star, and will have five runners on Magic Millions day.

“Upstart is probably our best up here, he was good first-up at Newcastle and comes into this race on the way up. These country cups are very hard to line up in terms of form because they are coming from everywhere but I think he has the right form and barrier,” Lees said.

The Lees stable also has a strong hand at Randwick where  Admiral Jello and Awasita will look to continue their good campaigns.

“They are both into their preparations and racing well,” Lees said. “Admiral Jello is a stayer and stepping to 2400 metres will be good for him. He won a couple of runs back and is very consistent.

“Awasita has been racing well and has got a soft draw [in gate one]. If she gets any luck at the right time she should go close.

“It is the right time of year for both them to come through the grades and they should get a win in their next couple of runs.”

Lees’s autumn team will have a low-key start to their campaign on Monday as Danish Twist and dual group 1 winner Le Romain have their first barrier trials at Wyong.

“We are looking towards the Doncaster with Le Romain and the Coolmore [Classic] and Queen Of The Turf with Danish Twist,” Lees said. “They will have a soft trial on Monday and than another one before returning.

“We have to work out which way to go with both of them but Le Romain will probably have to run into Winx along the way.”

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John Thompson’s winners look to continue their good runs at Randwick

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On a roll: John Thompson. Photo: Darren PatemanWizard of Odds: Live odds, form and alerts for all racing
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John Thompson declares Thewayweare and Invincible Knight are the sort of horses you like having in the stable: “They are winners.”

The pair head to Randwick on Saturday for their biggest tests but Thompson is confident there might be better things in store for both.

“While they keep winning you keep getting excited,” he said. “Not too many horses string wins together like that and they look to have the potential to keep winning.”

Thewayweare, a brave front-running stayer, will take on a similar field to which he beat on Boxing Day, his third win in four starts, for twice the prizemoney while Invincible Knight looks to continue his great form since joining the Thompson yard.

“Thewayweare just gets out in front and breaks their hearts by the turn,” Thompson said. “He will just run along and make them chase. He is starting to creep up in the weights but Blake [Spriggs] has a very good record on him and rates him very well.

“He is stepping up in grade but the way he races he makes his own luck.”

Spriggs has had four rides on Thewayweare for three wins and a third when he was a $91 hope at Hawkesbury earlier this preparation.

“We could look to black-type sort of races if he goes well on Saturday,” Thompson said.

Invincible Knight has been a revelation for Thompson since joining his stable from the Peter Moody camp. He put together three wins on end before a midfield finish in the Queensland Guineas in the winter carnival.

“I just went a run too far with him,” Thompson admitted. “He came back and missed the start first-up and was still good enough to win.

“I have a couple of horses for the owner, him and Signposted, and they have both won four races, which is good for business.

“He is the sort of horse that is going to get to black type but we want to see him do it again and keep coming through his grades.

“He is getting up in the weights but Blaike [McDougall] rides all his work and can claim three kilos on him on Saturday, so that helps.

“I’m mindful that he might be a carnival type, so I have been trying to space his runs because it is still a little way away. We are going to work out a target for him after this run.

“Whether that will be in Sydney or Brisbane [is undecided] but he has got that sort of ability.”

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AusOpen champ Kerber to play like she has nothing to lose

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Garbiñe Muguruza at an Adidas promotional event for the Australian Open. Photo: Adidas/Supplied Angelique Kerber is going to play like she has nothing to lose. Photo: Adidas/Supplied
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Australian Open champ Angelique Kerber started 2016 match-point down to Misaki Doi in the first round of the tournament, staring at a big flame-out.

Kerber, the seventh seed, had lost just one game to the 64th-ranked Doi when they met. She lost a lot more, and quickly – losing the first set 7-6 and trailing 6-5 in a second-set tie-break on the 2016 Open’s first Tuesday.

That was the moment, the 28-year-old said on Thursday, when her career changed.

She won match-point, and swatted away Doi in the third set. But she thought her tournament was done.

“After this match I had no expectation at all,” she told media on Thursday.

Sometimes, for elite athletes – especially in so singular a game as tennis – that lack of expectation can be freeing.

“I was just feeling free, I was playing good tennis, and I was enjoying every single match,” Kerber said.

It worked. Last year Kerber played the best tennis of her career by attacking the ball, going for her shots and swatting away opponents.

Playing that way she won the Australian and US Opens, and was a beaten finalist at Wimbledon. She beat Serena Williams in three sets in Australia, Karolina Pliskova in three in America, and then lost in two to Williams at Wimbledon.

She enters 2016 the woman to beat, holding tight to the No.1 ranking after ending Serena’s record-tying 186 consecutive weeks in the top spot.

But she remains determined to play like she has nothing to lose.

“I have to go back to this feeling, to having no expectation, just going out there playing match by match and enjoying the feeling.”

“I am confident, I know how to win Grand Slams now. This year’s a little bit different, it will be a new challenge for me, but I’m ready for that new challenge.

“I’m feeling the pressure by myself as well, because now I know how good I can play. But the most important thing I have learned is to go out and have fun on court.”

The other non-Serena grand slam winner of last season, Spain’s Garbine Muguruza, believes this year’s Open field is more, well, open, than the past few in which Williams started as the clear title favourite.

“I think today it is a little bit more equal than last year’s,” said the French Open champion and world No.7. “There are a lot of girls that can hold the trophy.”

A key to it being Muguruza, she thinks, is the greater calmness she has been working towards after some rough patches post-Roland Garros. Expectations inevitably rose after the 23-year-old’s maiden major, but she did not pass the second round at either the Wimbledon or US Open that followed. She is yet to reach the quarter-finals at Melbourne Park.

“As soon as one person makes a great result [people] think ‘she’s going to eat the world’,” said Muguruza, “It is not like this. There’s a lot of girls playing incredible and they’re going to beat me sometimes. I’m trying not to really hear [that].”

A thigh injury and fatigue after several lengthy matches at the Brisbane International prompted Muguruza’s retirement just five games into her semi-final against Alize Cornet, and she admitted she was still not back to full fitness.

“I did have a lot of hours, it was crazy,” Muguruza said. “It was a very good tournament at the start of the year I had great three matches and I struggled to recover a little bit because it was very tough but I’m happy to be here in Melbourne already.

“I think [I am] not 100 per cent yet but I still have four more days to recover.”

Simona Halep will be seeded fourth, two spots lower than last year, when she was upset by China’s Shuai Zhang in the opening round. Now working with Australian coach Darren Cahill, the Romanian said she had deliberately avoided setting goals for 2017.

“I think I focused too much on the result before and it didn’t work that well. So now, I’m just relaxing and enjoying,” said the former French Open finalist. “I’m excited, but I’m nervous, too, because it’s the first grand slam of the year. But I am prepared. I worked hard in the off-season and I’ve worked hard since I have been here so I’m just waiting to start the official matches and to give my best.”

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