AFP officers under investigation over Lily Allen arrest snap

Australian Federal Police officers who handcuffed Lily Allen at Gold Coast Airport as part of an Instagram prank gone wrong are now the subject of an internal investigation.

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The 29-year-old British singer landed at the Queensland airport on Sunday afternoon before her headline performance at Splendour In The Grass near Byron Bay, in northern NSW, that night.

After stepping off the Qantas flight she was greeted by fans and several Federal Police officers, one of whom broke protocol by obliging Allen’s request to be put in handcuffs for a photo.

The snap of the fake arrest, posted on Allen’s Twitter account to her near 4.8 million followers, shows the pop star kneeling down with her head bowed as one officer holds her cuffed hands behind her back.

An AFP spokesman confirmed Allen was being escorted through the terminal when the photo was taken, adding that the incident is now subject to “internal processes”.

“At her request, the members involved placed open handcuffs on Ms Allen for a photo opportunity,” the spokesman said on Monday.

“It appears the members involved were caught up in the moment and standard protocols were breached.”

The image, which was captioned “#uhoh”, garnered more than 7700 likes on Instagram and hundreds of retweets before it was taken down.

Allen, who performed at sideshows in Melbourne and Sydney last week, dazzled the North Byron Parklands crowd on Sunday night.

She last performed in Australia in 2009 at the Big Day Out.

Gold Coast City Councillor Dawn Crichlow said the stunt wasn’t a good look.

“I don’t appreciate a photo of … police playing around with their handcuffs,” she told Fairfax radio.

“It’s bad that the federal police allowed this to happen and they should be hauled over the coals.

“Just a bit of fun would have been to give her the police cap and have a photo taken like that, that would have been fun.”

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NZ Herald says sorry for Jackass blunder

The New Zealand Herald editor says he’s sorry he added to the grief of a family of a fallen Israeli soldier by mistakenly publishing a picture of a dead reality TV star.

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Monday’s edition of the NZ Herald featured a front page story on Kiwi-born Staff Sergeant Guy Boyland, 21, who was killed in Gaza.

But instead of a photo of St Sgt Boyland, the paper ran a large head-and-shoulder shot of the late Jackass star Ryan Dunn under the headline “Kiwi killed in Gaza”.

The photo – along with another incorrect picture – were taken from St Sgt Boyland’s profile pictures on his Facebook page.

NZ Herald editor Shayne Currie said he and APN chief executive Jane Hastings had personally apologised to St Sgt Boyland’s family.

“The family members have been remarkably forgiving, particularly in the circumstances,” he wrote in a statement published on the paper’s site.

“I have apologised for adding to their grief.”

Currie admitted staff had sourced the images from St Sgt’s Facebook page and said he’s reviewing what procedures were followed before it was published.

“I would like to reiterate how seriously we are taking this error and apologise again.

“I would also like to apologise to our readers – the public trust us to get it right and we must make sure that this does not happen again.”

A photo of Dunn also featured prominently on NZ Herald’s website, but was switched for a photo of St Sgt Boyland in army gear smoking a cigarette which has now been taken down.

Dunn, 34, died in 2011 after driving his Porsche at speeds over 200km/h in Pennsylvania.

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Ricciardo ‘one of F1’s best drivers’

Daniel Ricciardo has been hailed as one of the best drivers in Formula One after scoring his second grand prix win in Hungary.

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The Australian passed two former world champions in the final four laps to claim the stunning victory in a safety car-interrupted race at the Hungaroring on Sunday.

Tyre strategy proved the difference in the end, with a third pitstop and fresh rubber allowing Ricciardo to overtake Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso in the dying stages.

Ferrari’s Alonso finished second for podium number two of the season, with Hamilton – who started from the pit lane after an engine fire during qualifying – crossing third.

Ricciardo’s triumph follows his maiden career victory in Canada last month.

“I was just as hungry for this second one and it feels just as good,” he said.

“I am definitely going to celebrate tonight, party for a few days and enjoy a few days off.”

The 25-year-old won from sixth on the grid in Montreal and from fourth in Budapest – making him just the ninth man in Formula One history to win his first two grands prix from outside the top three. The last driver to do that was Kimi Raikkonen a decade ago.

He remains the only non-Mercedes driver to win in 2014 and heads into the four-week mid-season break third on the drivers’ standings – 43 points ahead of teammate and defending champion Sebastian Vettel.

Alonso again praised Ricciardo for his drive, a week after applauding him for an “unbelievable” start to the season with Red Bull.

“I think he’s leading the champion team – that says it all,” the two-time title-winner said.

“He’s doing a fantastic job this year and now he has a few bottles (of champagne).

“Congratulations to him for today, for the whole championship – it’s going to be an interesting fight in the next couple of years.”

Hamilton, 11 points behind leading Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, was just as complimentary.

“(He’s) not only one of the nicest guys in the paddock but also one of the best drivers here, for sure,” the Briton said.

“He’s been driving fantastically well from the beginning of the year.

“So, it’s not only now, it’s through the whole year he’s shown his capability and is going from strength to strength.”

His performance also drew admiration from the man he replaced at Red Bull, countryman Mark Webber – now a sportscar racer with Porsche.

“Great tactics from @redbullracing and another faultless drive by @danielricciardo spot on… proud Aussie,” Webber tweeted.

Ricciardo said his aim for the second half of the season, which begins on August 24 with the Belgian Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamp, was to “just get better”.

“That’s realistic. I’m young, I’ve still got to keep improving,” he said.

“I ain’t getting slower, so let’s keep on this ramp and build.”

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Commonwealth Games 2014: Michael Shelley wins marathon gold

Australia has had a flying start to the track and field competition at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

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Long distance runner, Michael Shelley, beat a field of African runners to take gold in the Commonwealth Games marathon event.

Shelley, who finished 16th in the London Olympics, clocked a personal best of 2hr 11min 15sec on the largely flat course around the streets of Glasgow, to better his silver-medal showing in Delhi four years ago.

   

“I’ve got to pinch myself, it is very exciting. To come back and actually win is indescribable,” said Shelley. “Now I have had a bit more experience, to come away with my first win is indescribable.”

   

“You just try to run the best you possibly can and it was a dream to be honest. I’m still buzzing, I can’t believe it.”

   

Shelley added: “It probably wasn’t until a kilometre out that I got a bit of a feeling. I just kept pushing on. My main idea was to stay relaxed and I was always there in the lead group.

   

“At 35k there was a surge. I just had to stay strong and it paid off.”

Stephen Chemlany of Kenya and Abraham Kiplimo of Uganda won silver and bronze respectively.

Jess Trengrove also beat her personal best, winning bronze in the women’s marathon in two hours, 30 minutes and 12 seconds.

Aussies fill the podium at the pool

Australian swimmers continued their domination with James Magnussen winning the gold in the 100m freestyle.

The two-time world champion clocked 48.11 seconds as Australia claimed the trifecta in the pool’s blue riband event.

National title holder Cameron McEvoy won silver in 48.34 with Tommaso D’Orsogna taking third in 49.04.

“Obviously it wasn’t the quickest time I’ve done in recent times, but I wasn’t really focused on times tonight,” said Magnussen.

   

“I had a race plan to let ‘Cam’ turn first and be ahead at 75m and really save myself for that last 25m to guarantee the win.”

And Australia made it four golds from four in the relays as the men’s 4x200m freestyle team held off an impressive challenge by Scotland and South Africa, who finished in second and third respectively.

There was more gold and silver for Australia in the first event of the evening as Belinda Hocking held off teammate Emily Seebohm to win the women’s 200m backstroke with Canada’s Hilary Caldwell in third.

Alicia Coutts also took home a medal, coming second in the women’s 200m individual medley.

Australia’s para-athletes also performed with Madeline Scott taking home silver in the para-sport 100m breaststroke.

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Players not forcing Potter out: Mayer

Wests Tigers boss Grant Mayer says the joint venture’s playing group is not agitating for the dismissal of embattled coach Mick Potter and that captain Robbie Farah remains a vital part of the NRL club.

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In his first comments since the Tigers board on Sunday night deferred a decision on Potter’s future until the end of the season, Mayer also told AAP that accusations that Farah is behind a concerted campaign to drive the coach out of Concord was “disrespectful and damaging”.

“The playing group has not fronted the board at any stage regarding head coach Mick Potter,” Mayer said.

“The unnecessary focus on our captain Robbie Farah is damaging and disrespectful to a player who has given his heart and soul to the Wests Tigers and is a life member of this club.

“Robbie is an integral part of Wests Tigers and we know he will be a part of this club for many years to come.

“Robbie and the players have stated publicly that they support the coach and that their focus is to make the top eight in 2014.”

Farah became involved in a heated exchanged with Gorden Tallis after the Tigers’ 28-12 round 20 loss to St George Illawarra on Sunday, after the Broncos great claimed on Triple M that the Wests hooker told him that Potter couldn’t coach.

It is a claim Farah strenuously denied in the post-game press conference.

The loss puts the Tigers in 11th place with six rounds to go before the finals series. They are equal with seventh placed North Queensland on 22 points but fall down due to their poor for and against.

Amid reports Potter needs to steer the Tigers to the finals to retain his position for next year, Mayer said the club’s priority was now solely on playing in September.

“From here on the club’s main focus is making the finals this year,” he said.

“We call on our fans to get behind Mick, Robbie and the team at this important time of the season.”

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