Trump Briefly Leaves Press Briefing After Shooting Near The White House

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) via White House Pool Feed.WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump was abruptly evacuated from the White House briefing room by security on Monday after shots were apparently fired outside the building.Trump returned to the briefing room minutes later, confirming a shooting.“There was a shooting outside of the White House and it seems to be very well under control. I’d like to thank the Secret Service for doing their always quick and very effective work,” Trump said when he returned. After he returned to the podium, US Secret Service tweeted: “The Secret Service can confirm there has been an officer involved shooting at 17th Street and Pennsylvania Ave. Law enforcement officials are on the scene.”A senior administration official said there was an active shooter near the White House and that shooter is in custody.The incident happened just outside of the White House grounds close to Lafayette Square, the official said.Trump had been midsentence during the first attempt at a briefing when security came into the room and asked him to leave the area.“Excuse me?” Trump asked when the security approached.“Step outside,” the agent said.“Oh,” Trump said before departing the room.When Trump returned to the briefing room, he said he has been taken to the Oval Office when he was evacuated.“I feel very safe with the Secret Service. They’re fantastic people. They’re the best of the best. They’re highly trained,” Trump told reporters when he returned. “They just wanted me to step aside for a little while just to make sure that everything was clear outside.”Trump said he had asked whether White House facilities were breached.“I don’t think the person breached anything,” he added. “I don’t believe anything was breached. I asked that question.”last_img read more

Jamestown Man Pleads Guilty To Distributing Fentanyl

first_imgBUFFALO — A Jamestown man faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute and distributing fentanyl.Alfredo Diaz, also known as Dindo, 57, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo to possessing with intent to distribute, and distributing, fentanyl. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael J. Adler and Evan K. Glaberson, who are handling the case, stated that in April, investigators conducted three controlled purchases of fentanyl from the defendant. On May 13, searches were conducted of both Diaz’s residence as well as a storage unit he used. In the residence, investigators located approximately $8,000 in U.S. currency as well as drug distribution paraphernalia, including glassine bags and a digital scale. In the storage unit, a black 2016 Cadillac SRX sport utility vehicle registered to the defendant, as well as approximately $44,075 U.S. currency, was seized. The vehicle also contained a digital scale and packaging material.The plea is the result of an investigation by the Jamestown Police Department and the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force, under the direction of Acting Jamestown Police Chief Timothy Jackson; Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly; the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, under the direction of Cattaraugus County Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb; the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff James Quattrone; the Ellicott Police Department, under the direction of Chief William Ohnmeiss Jr.; and the New York State Police, under the direction of Major James Hall. Sentencing is scheduled for March 8, 2021, before Judge Vilardo. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Gold Coast beach house sells for $4.25 million in secret sale

first_imgThe ground level features a lawn and entertaining area. Four levels of luxury. Tolemy Stevens of Harcourts Coastal handled the off-market sale — he said the beachfront market was continuing the boom.“While most have witnessed the recent slowdown of the southern state markets, the Gold Coast luxury beachfront market continues to go from strength to strength and shows no signs of slowing,” he said.“I was working with this Brisbane based buyer for over 12 months to source the right property.”More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago He said the property offered the “ultimate beach lifestyle”.“This four-storey beach house was designed to reflect the best in exclusive living with interiors offering simplicity and style, an internal lift to all levels and secure parking for 4 cars as well as storage,” he said.“This residence features space for the whole family.”Property on the Gold Coast beachfront is in hot demand with several residences changing hands in recent weeks.center_img 1/5-9 Broadbeach Blvd, Broadbeach sold in a secret sale for more than $4 million.A GOLD Coast beach home has sold in a secret deal for more than $4 million.The property, a four-level house that’s part of Vogue on Broadbeach, went under contract for $4.25 million to a Brisbane-based buyer. There’s plenty of space to entertain here.Andrew Winter: Location, location, location WHY EVERYONE WANTS TO LIVE HERE MAGNIFICENT FROM EVERY ANGLE A Victorian developer snapped up a penthouse at Mermaid Beach for $5.25 million while a Brisbane-based buyer paid $4.6 million for a beachfront property at 13A Ocean View, Mermaid Beach. Another beachfront penthouse in the suburb also changed hands for $3 million.Further south a Casuarina home sold for $3.25 million.last_img read more

Arteta to sell £160m worth player for two new signings

first_img Arsenal could receive around £160m if Mikel Arteta decides to offload Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and a string of other players to fund moves for two top stars. The Gunners saw of their hopes of securing Champions League football next season take a huge hit after they crashed out of the Europa League to Olympiakos on Thursday night. That meaans only a top-four finish (top-five if Man City fail to overturn their European ban) will see them play in Europe’s premier competition and could prompt a fire-sale if they don’t get there.Advertisement According to, Arteta could receive a significant cash windfall if he starts offloading players at the end of the season. Aubameyang is Arsenal’s main asset, but the striker is out of contract in 2021 and Barcelona retain a long-running interest in the experienced £80m plus-rated Gabon international. The report adds, with very specific figures, that Shkodran Mustafi might be available in the summer for around £13.5m, while Sokratis Papastathopoulos could fetch a fee of around £16.2m. Read Also:We are progressing well, Arteta gives update as Arsenal boss Sead Kolasinac’s place in the first-team is also now under threat following the emergence of youngster Bukayo Saka, while Mohamed Elneny and Henrikh Mkhitaryan – who both out on loan at Besiktas and Roma respectively – also look to have no future at the club. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Mikel Arteta is ready to sell £160m worth of talent to bring in two new Arsenal signings; while Liverpool are plotting a huge new deal for Virgil Van Dijk, according to Friday’s Paper Talk. Loading… Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical10 Celebrity Dads Who Have A Bad Relationship With Their Kids8 Best 1980s High Tech GadgetsWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Breathtaking Train Stations Around The Globe20 “The Big Bang Theory” Moments Only A Few Fans Knew Aboutlast_img read more

Champions League exit: Klopp takes swipe at Atletico Madrid

first_imgJurgen Klopp revealed his pride at his Liverpool side… while sticking the boot into Atletico Madrid and their cynical style. Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThese Films Were Sued For The Weirdest Reasons8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Fascinating Ceilings From Different Countries7 Action Movies That’ll Give You An Adrenaline RushBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top Loading… The Reds boss admitted he was a poor loser, after finally relinquishing a remarkable record which had seen him go undefeated in European knockout ties before this painful defeat which saw Liverpool crash out of the Champions League. Klopp’s men did more than enough to win and go through to the quarter-finals of the competition they triumphed in last season – only a horror show from their keeper Adrian, and a miraculous night from his opposite number Jan Oblak denying the English club. And afterward, the German coach couldn’t resist a brutal assessment of the Spanish side, even as he praised his team. “The way they play, I don’t get it. I don’t understand how they get some of the best players in the world playing like that,” he said. “Congratulations to Atletico, but I’m a really under-average loser. And if I said everything that was on my mind I would come across as the worst loser in the world. “I’m super proud of the boys because for 95 minutes we played a sensational game. We were the clear better side, dominated a team which is packed with world-class players who are difficult to break down – but we did it constantly. “I feel proud. I told them already they should be proud. “The last two and a half years in the Champions League has been an incredible ride and journey. In some moments we needed luck or a really good hand and we didn’t have that tonight. “I loved the way we played in the 90 minutes. We caused them so many problems and I love that – our big mistake was to score the second goal five minutes too late. We should have scored that in the 90 minutes and it would have been fine!” Klopp refused to put the boot into his keeper Adrian, despite a shocking performance that threw away a winning lead given to the Reds by Roberto Firmino in extra time. “He’s a man – the first goal it was pretty obvious it was a mistake and he knows that, he didn’t want to do that,” he said. “But come on, Adrian has saved us in so many moments, and the boys know that. “This was not the moment when we lost the game, but it had big impact. He makes the wrong decision, it is clear. The public will judge you, but he is a grown man and he will deal with that. “That’s how football is and nothing to blame.” Even Atletico manager Diego Simeone admitted that his side had more than just fortune on their side, as they somehow carved out an Anfield victory even as it seemed they were out on their feet. He conceded that Adrian’s howler was the turning point in the game, but also insisted that the away goals rule was unfair on Liverpool. Read Also:Klopp confirms Liverpool captain ready for Atletico Madrid “It was unjust, because we had an extra half hour to score three away goals at Anfield, and that is not fair,” he said with a wry smile. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Norris notches IMCA Modified win at Springfield

first_imgNorris was able to take advantage of the final restart and quickly made his winning move for IMCA Modified career victory no. 99. Following Norris to the line were early leader Murphy and Jody Tillman. Murphy set a steady pace with action all around behind him as the battle for second through ninth was wicked. SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (July 25) – Arkansas hard charger Mark Norris took the lead from Carl Murphy with two laps remaining to become the seventh different Bad Boy Mowers IMCA Modified feature winner in eight races so far this season at the Quick-Quarter of Springfield Raceway. In a wild Saturday night feature, most of the pack was chasing Murphy, who jumped to the early lead from his third starting spot while Norris started 11th on the grid. Only Steven Bowers Jr. has won multiple features this season at Springfield. IMCA Modified action continues next Saturday with racing slated to start at 7:15 p.m.last_img read more

Dybala tells Ronaldo: You’re ‘hated’ in Argentina

first_imgRelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi Juve’s Pirlo gamble makes new Serie A season the most open for years Juventus midfielder Paulo Dybala has told teammate Cristiano Ronaldo that people in Argentina “hate” the Portugal forward. Former Real Madrid star Ronaldo has shared a rivalry with Barcelona’s Argentine striker Messi for many years, with fans of both players constantly debating who the better player is. Dybala, a teammate of Messi’s with Argentina, has become friends with Ronaldo since the Portuguese’ arrival at Juventus in 2018. And Dybala has told Ronaldo about how he is perceived in the South American country. “I said to him: ‘Cristiano, in Argentina, we hate you a bit because of your figure, because of how you are, of how you walk,’” Dybala told the Argentinian Football Association. “The truth is that you’ve surprised me [since we met], because I’ve found you to be different.” Dybala was one of three Juventus players – alongside Daniele Rugani and Blaise Matuidi – to be diagnosed with coronavirus in March, but said he has been recovering well after a period of self-isolation. Last month, Juventus players took pay cuts amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis in order to protect the Serie A club’s non-playing staff. Head coach Maurizio Sarri also accepted a wage cut.Tags: ArgentinACristiano RonaldoJuventusLionel MessiPaulo Dybalalast_img read more

A mother’s struggle turns to ‘Gold’ – Deshanna Skeete story

first_imgWHEN 15-year-old Deshanna Skeete won Gold in the girls 400M at the South American Youth Games in Chile, on the surface it seemed like just another first place and medal for Guyana, but, for Skeete’s mother Nicketa Weekes, it was ‘pay back’ for her hours of walking around the community of Linden, asking for donation to help realise her daughter’s dream.Apart from competing at this year’s Inter-Guiana Games (IGG) in Suriname, the South American Youth Games was Skeete’s first real taste of International competition and the Mackenzie High School (MHS) student introduced herself to the world in a rather ‘historic’ fashion.The South American Youth Games, held every four years, never heard the Guyana National Anthem until Saturday October 7, 2017, given the fact that Guyana had never won gold at the event.After crossing the finish line with a time of 57.28 seconds to finish ahead of Brazil’s Jessica Moreira (57.54) and Ecuador’s Andreina Valencia (58.81), Skeete palmed her face as tears started to flow. Those tears, however, came with a sorrowful story behind it.Upon her return, Skeete told Chronicle Sport that while she was happy to make Guyana proud, her medal actually belongs to her mother in recognition of her sacrifice and tireless effort to ensure she stay the course and rise above her personal challenges.Skeete’s mother, Nicketa, said “I would walk around Linden, begging people to help because there’s no other way for her to really be able to run and get a chance to live her dreams of representing this country.”After attending the Wisburg Secondary School, Skeete would continuously excel academically with grades in the 90s, and, in recognising her gifted athletic ability, the Region 10 Department of Education transferred her to MHS to enable her to be better educated.However, the move, according to Weekes, came with its share of financial burden. “When she moved to MHS, it became even harder, because we live in Wismar, so it wasn’t much to send her to school at Wisburg, but now, I have to find an extra passage to cross the river, then, she has training in the afternoons and lessons, because school is important to her.”Over three years ago, Deshanna lost her father. Her father’s death was a devastating blow as the athlete put it, but it also left her mother to cater for six children alone and one of whom is gifted beyond her own imagination.GOLDEN SMILE! Deshanna Skeete proudly displaying her 400M Gold MedalThanks to the Community Organised for the Restoration of the Environment (CORE) Programme; an initiative of the Coalition Government, Skeete’s mother is able to have an income, but the woman said it’s barely enough to maintain the family and take care of an athlete.“I make $23,700 a month and that’s not enough to even take care of us, much less to send her to represent Guyana. I walk around this place, asking people for help, some of them will tell you all sort of things, but I know what it means to Deshanna,” said Weekes.She added “When she was going to Suriname, I had to find money to get her stuff to travel. Then, when she was going to Chile, same thing and I know she has to eat right. Every time she travels, it’s expensive and it’s hard; trust me, it’s very hard.”“They want these athletes to bring back medals and do Guyana well, but they don’t look out for them otherwise. Since when she broke the national record last year, I reached out to people to help because this means a lot to her, that’s all she talks about and dream about and it is only right that the people in power do something to help these athletes.”Weekes said the Mayor of Linden, Carwyn Holland, is among those who would assist from time-to-time, but she had reached out to Director of Sport, Christopher Jones, for his intervention, but nothing was done.Meanwhile, Weekes noted she was disheartened by the reception her daughter received upon her return to Guyana and more so Linden, since her medal will forever be remembered as Guyana’s first at the games, which only comes around once every four years, just like the Olympics.“Things like these really frustrate athletes, and parents. Come on, some people don’t know the sacrifices us parents make to send our children to these events, because the Government and those in charge don’t do anything for them, everything is on the parents”It is Weekes’ hope that President David Granger could intervene to help athletes like her daughter and ease the burden of parents like her.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-NEWSNFL has plan to reopen training facilities as early as next weekUNDATED (AP) — The NFL continues to take steps toward a return to normalcy since the coronavirus pandemic. Former MLB All-Star and executive Bob Watson diesUNDATED (AP) — Two-time All-Star first baseman Bob Watson has died at 74, 24 years after becoming the first black general manager to win a World Series.Watson was an All-Star selection in 1973 and ’75 while with the Astros. He hit over .300 four times, collected at least 100 RBIs twice and has the distinction of scoring the millionth run in major league history.Watson was GM of the Yankees when they knocked off the Braves in the 1996 World Series. He also served in the commissioner’s office.Watson’s son, Keith, said his father died from kidney disease. May 15, 2020 VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNASCAR’s Pocono race up in the airUNDATED (AP) — NASCAR is resuming its schedule with racing at southern tracks, but it remains uncertain when the circuit can venture north.Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf says he’s told NASCAR officials that his state isn’t ready to make a decision on the reopening of Pocono Raceway, which is scheduled to host races June 27 and 28. The raceway sits in an area that is deemed a red zone by Wolf as the state deals with the coronavirus pandemic.NASCAR resumes its schedule Sunday and Wednesday at Darlington, South Carolina, before the circuit holds back-to-back races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. NASCAR then heads to Bristol, Tennessee, Atlanta Motor Speedway and Martinsville, Virginia, before events at Homestead-Miami and Talladega. Pocono is the first race scheduled north of Virginia and would be followed by the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Update on the latest sports Commissioner Roger Goodell has issued a memo to all 32 teams stressing that teams must be in compliance with any additional public health requirements in their jurisdiction and have implemented the protocols that were developed by league medical officer Dr. Allen Sills and distributed to all clubs on May 6. The memo obtained by The Associated Press added that clubs unable to meet these criteria on May 19 may reopen their facilities on the earliest date thereafter on which they are able to comply.Facilities have been closed since late March due to the coronavirus pandemic.Each team was required to submit a plan to the league for reopening its training/practice facility this week.In other NFL news:— The Colts now have seven of their nine 2020 draft picks under contract after signing Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor, Washington quarterback Jacob Eason and Michigan linebacker Jordan Glasgow to four-year deals. Taylor became the first junior in FBS history to rush for more than 6,000 career yards. Receiver Michael Pittman Jr. and cornerback Julian Blackmon remain unsigned. 76ers coach Brett Brown says stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) are recovering nicely from their injuries. Simmons had missed his eighth straight game and was receiving daily treatment for his nerve issues in his lower back when the season stopped. Embiid was recovering from surgery on his left hand and had just returned after missing five games with a sprained left shoulder at the time of the shutdown.Brown says he’s considered his fate as Sixers coach after a season of expectations to contend for an NBA championship faded to sixth in the Eastern Conference when it stopped because of the coronavirus pandemic.In other NBA news:— Pistons guard Bruce Brown says he had thumb surgery last month and is ready to play if the NBA season resumes. Brown said during a video conference Friday that a ligament was placed back onto his thumb bone. He said he had been dealing with pain in the thumb this season, but it didn’t limit him much. Brown has scored 8.9 points per game this season, more than double his average as a rookie in 2018-19.MLB-OBIT-BOB WATSON Associated Press — The Browns have hired former 49ers executive Kwesi Adofo-Mensah as their new vice president of football operations, making him the top assistant to first-year general manager Andrew Berry. Adofo-Mensah will join a new staff in Cleveland after Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam overhauled the front office following a 6-10 season.— Former NFL linebacker James Harrison says Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin did not offer a bounty for an illegal hit on a member of the Browns. Harrison told former teammate Willie Colon on a podcast that Tomlin handed him an envelope shortly after Harrison was fined in 2010 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massqoui. Harrison declined to specify what was in the envelope but posted on Instagram that Tomlin never offered a bounty on opposing players. Steelers President Art Rooney II said he’s “certain” the exchange between Harrison and Tomlin never happened.NBA-NEWSPistons’ Bruce Brown says he had thumb surgery last monthUNDATED (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers are confident they will be at full strength if the NBA season ever resumes. — The Belgian Grand Prix can go ahead on its original August date, but with no fans. Friday’s announcement by local Belgian authorities came two days after the Belgian government allowed outdoor training at sporting facilities to resume under a coach’s supervision starting next week. The Formula One race scheduled for Aug. 28-30 was under threat after Belgium banned all mass events in the country until Aug. 31 because of the pandemic. The track will reopen for professional practice on May 18.— The Russian soccer league will restart on June 21 after a break of more than three months because of the pandemic. The league intends to pack eight rounds of games into just over one month to finish on July 22. All games will be held in empty stadiums. The Russian Cup will also continue with the final on July 25. That means some clubs face up to 11 games to finish the season.— The CEO of next year’s Tokyo Olympics says the postponed games might not look like what fans are accustomed to. Toshiro Muto says cuts are likely in many areas with the cost of the postponement estimated in Japan at between $2 billion and $6 billion. Muto says one target for saving money was the torch relay. He says “we are looking into every possible area” for cuts.— Bowling Green has dropped baseball as part of a move to ease financial stress due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The school says it’s reducing its athletic budget by $2 million. Athletic director Bob Moosbrugger says the school will honor scholarship agreements through graduation and will assist student-athletes who want to transfer. Bowling Green’s move came one day after Akron, another member of the Mid-American Conference, dropped three sports because of fiscal hardship caused by the virus outbreak.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— A coalition of players is urging Congress to pass a coronavirus relief bill that would provide critical funding for elementary and secondary education. Among the signers of the letter from the Players Coalition are NFL players Devin McCourty, Kelvin Beachum and Sebastian Joseph-Day. The letter asks the House and the Senate to pass the HEROES Act, which would secure internet access for millions of economically disadvantaged students during the pandemic.— The Michigan tournament where the LPGA Tour hoped to resume has been canceled. The LPGA says the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational will not be played July 15-18. The tour did not offer any other specifics except for Commissioner Mike Whan emphasizing the long-term health of the tour is paramount. This is the only team event on the LPGA schedule. Whan says Dow has extended its title sponsor contract and the LPGA will return to the Great Lakes Bay region next year and beyond. The cancellation means the LPGA now hopes to return July 23-26 with the Marathon LPGA Classic in Ohio.— The professional tennis tours are extending their suspensions caused by the coronavirus pandemic through at least the end of July. The total number of tournaments scrapped by the ATP and WTA since March now tops 40. Both tours say they will make further scheduling announcements in June. The top tours already had been on hold at least until July 13. That was announced on April 1 on the same day that the All England Club said it would be canceling Wimbledon for the first time in 75 years because of the outbreak.— The International Tennis Hall of Fame’s 2020 induction ceremony for Goran Ivanisevic (ee-vah-NEE’-she-vihch) and Conchita Martinez has been canceled. So has the annual men’s grass-court Hall of Fame Open tournament. The induction was scheduled at the Hall in Newport, Rhode Island, for July 18. That is the same day the tournament was supposed to finish. But the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in the suspension of all sanctioned tennis competition since March and at least until the end of July. Ivanisevic and Martinez now will be honored alongside any Class of 2021 inductees in July 2021.last_img read more

Four Badgers face off over summer

first_imgView Gallery (2 Photos)Four members of the Wisconsin women’s hockey team shared the ice in the annual Under-22 U.S. Select/Air Canada Cup in late August.Playing for the United States, senior center Erika Lawler and sophomore forward Hilary Knight made their third straight appearances in the event. Junior forward Meghan Duggan made the trip for the second consecutive year. On the opposing bench, freshman defenseman Brittany Haverstock played for the Canadian squad.Adding to the intrigue of the matchup, the Badger veterans had yet to get acquainted with Haverstock.“We didn’t know her yet, but we were like, ‘Oh, that’s the girl going to Wisconsin,’” Duggan said. “So we were obviously looking at her.”Haverstock echoed the uncertainty of facing her future Wisconsin teammates.“It was definitely weird playing against them,” Haverstock said. “When you look at them on the ice you’re like, ‘I’m going to be playing with them next year.’ But it was really fun to get to play against them and see what kind of players they’re like.”Duggan added that the competition was friendly and productive between her U.S. team and Haverstock’s Canadian squad.“It’s always fun to play against teammates,” Duggan said. “I think you get a little extra chip on your shoulder, battle a little bit harder.”Although Haverstock’s Canadian team won the series two games to one, two of the contests went into extra periods, reflecting two evenly matched teams.Haverstock, who previously played for the Canadian Under-18 team, gave praise to the U.S. squad. She faced a level of play she feels prepared her for the NCAA season.“Going against their team, I think almost half of it was the [senior] national U.S. team,” Haverstock said. “It was obviously a big jump, but it was really good to have under my belt before going off to college.”Even though the competition was fierce, Lawler said playing for her country was ultimately its own reward.“Every time you get to play for the national team — whether it’s U-22 or the senior team — it’s always nerve-wracking, and it’s always exciting,” Lawler said. “Because you’re playing for something bigger, you’re playing for your country.”Duggan, too, noted the unique feeling of donning the red, white and blue.“International competition is always an amazing experience,” Duggan said. “Any time you play in a game like that, you’re always nervous because you’re playing with your country’s jersey on.”With the tournament taking place in the offseason, it gave the Badgers competing to get a bit more practice before the beginning of the season.“I love playing in the summer,” Haverstock said. “If I don’t play in the summer, I feel like I’m losing something. If I’m not getting better every day, I’m getting worse.”Duggan credited her strength coaches with making sure the summer sessions were beneficial.“I think taking the offseason off would be a bad idea,” Duggan said. “Obviously every athlete needs their rest, but we’re working with some of the best strength coaches. … I think they take good care of us.”The pressure of the international stage was not overwhelming, as all four had tasted competition at that level before. Duggan, Lawler and Knight all have played for the U.S. senior team at the World Championships for the past two years, bringing home the gold last year. Duggan was credited with an assist in the championship game that year. Senior goalie Jessie Vetter has also been a part of those teams. Haverstock won a silver medal with Canada’s Under-18 team last winter.Next month in Lake Placid, Lawler and Knight will return to the Four Nations Cup for the third year in a row. Duggan will join them for her second appearance, while Vetter will play for the first time.For Lawler, getting a little redemption will be on her mind when the U.S. faces Canada again.“I am definitely excited. Since we had the gold-medal earlier, Canada is going to be out to get us,” Lawler said. “It’s going to be really exciting, really physical and fast — just a fast, awesome game to be a part of. [I’m excited] for all the games in general, not just against Canada, but that’s the main goal right there.”last_img read more