Collingwood retakes top spot with win over Western Bulldogs, Carlton beats Geelong despite injury to Madison Prespakis


Collingwood has re-established its one-game lead at the top of the AFLW ladder with a 36-point win over the Western Bulldogs at Victoria Park on Sunday.

The first half was the epitome of a defensive struggle, with just one goal kicked between the two sides.

The Bulldogs had the only major through Elisabeth Georgostathis as her team led by two points at the main break.

However, Collingwood lifted in the second half, dominating the attacking exchanges to run out winners by 7.9 (51) to 2.3 (15).

The Pies had scored eight straight behinds, before Chloe Molloy finally got them on the board with 10:40 left in the third term, following a free kick in forward 50.

This was the start of a relentless surge by the home side. Collingwood kicked four unanswered goals for the quarter, including one from Abbi Moloney with her first touch in the AFLW.

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An avalanche of forward entries from the Magpies proved too much for the Bulldogs’ defence.

When the three-quarter time siren went, Collingwood had turned a deficit into a 23-point lead.

The Bulldogs managed another goal to Jessica Fitzgerald in the final term, but the Magpies kicked another three, including Moloney’s second goal with her second kick.

Brianna Davey produced a dominating performance, with 28 disposals, eight marks, seven tackles and a goal.

Brittany Bonnici was another prolific ballgetter for the winners, racking up 22 disposals, five marks and five tackles.

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Moloney and Molloy both finished with two goals.

The Pies had 40 inside 50s to the Bulldogs’ 21, and eight marks inside 50 to their opponents’ one.

With three rounds left, the Magpies are a game clear at the top, with the Fremantle Dockers, Brisbane Lions and the Adelaide Crows on 20 competition points.

Houghton kicks five as Dockers dominate derby

The Dockers joined Brisbane and Adelaide on five wins for the season with a dominating display in the Western Derby against West Coast in Perth.

Fremantle jumped out to a 34-point lead at half-time and went on to defeat the Eagles 11.9 (75) to 1.2 (8) at Perth Stadium.

The Dockers had too much firepower and too much attacking class for West Coast, taking 15 marks inside 50 to none for the Eagles.

Gemma Houghton became only the second player in the AFLW’s five-year history to kick five goals or better in a single game.

Brooke Lochland holds the record, kicking seven for the Western Bulldogs against Carlton in 2018.

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The Dockers star joined the Magpies’ Molloy and the Crows’ Erin Phillips on 11 goals for the season to top the standings with three rounds to go before finals.

Sabreena Duffy booted three for Freo, while Roxanne Roux kicked two — including a set-shot following a brilliant pack mark.

Fremantle led in virtually all categories, with 32 more contested possessions, 18 more forward entries, 12 more clearances and 14 more tackles than their opponents.

The percentage-boosting win put the Dockers up to second on the ladder on percentage ahead of the Lions and Crows.

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They face Carlton, Melbourne and the Kangaroos in the run home.

Prespakis scare overshadows win for Blues

Carlton star Madison Prespakis had an injury scare on return from suspension as the Blues gave their AFLW finals hopes a boost with a comfortable 33-point win over Geelong.

Marquee forward Tayla Harris was left out of the selected side but Carlton still found plenty of avenues to goal, piling on their highest score of the season against the competition’s lowest-ranked team.

Darcy Vescio, Serena Gibbs and Georgia Gee kicked two goals each in the 10.4 (64) to 4.7 (31) victory at Princes Park on Sunday.

Carlton compiled its biggest points tally of the season in the 33-point win.(

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The result kept Carlton in touch with the top six but came at some cost as young gun Mimi Hill had to be helped off the field by trainers after suffering a knee injury early in the final term.

Earlier, reigning league best and fairest Prespakis hurt her left elbow pushing off the ground while trying to feed out a handpass through traffic from her knees.

She spent quarter-time on the bench undergoing medical assessment and had the joint strapped, but returned to play a key role in the Blues’ midfield.

Prespakis finished with 27 disposals and a goal as Grace Egan (24) and Kerryn Harrington (21) joined her in racking up huge possession tallies.

Carlton had previously struggled to score in first quarters this season — managing a total of just 1.2 in five opening terms — and conceded Sunday’s first goal to Geelong’s Rebecca Webster.

But Vescio found space out the back to kick two goals in a minute to seize the lead and the Blues had four on the board by quarter-time.

Geelong forward Phoebe McWilliams and Blues defender Alison Downie both left the field temporarily after a nasty head clash during the second quarter, and the Cats lost Millie Brown to a right hamstring issue.

Amy McDonald, Sophie Van De Heuvel and Webster were Geelong’s best contributors.

Harris has been listed as “managed” and will be available to return when Carlton host high-flying Fremantle in another crunch clash at Princes Park in round seven.

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Hugh Hefner’s ex-girlfriend Holly Madison reveals grim sex truth behind Playboy


It was sold as a world of glitz and glamour filled with beautiful women, but according to one of Hugh Hefner’s former girlfriends it quickly turned into an ugly nightmare.

When Holly Madison went to live rent-free at the Playboy Mansion, she naively didn’t realise there was going to be another price to pay: sex with Hugh Hefner.

Now 41, the aspiring model‘s early-20s dream of glamour quickly turned into an ugly nightmare – where she claims she was cut off from the outside world and strictly controlled.

Madison, who was with Hefner between 2001 and 2008, published an explosive memoir about her time with him and Playboy called Down the Rabbit Hole in 2015.

Now a TV adaptation of the book is in the works with Home And Away star Samara Weaving signed on to play Madison.

The series will dramatise what Madison saw going on behind the gates of the Playboy Mansion – where young women were given drugs and encouraged to take part in twice-weekly orgies with Hefner.

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“They knew it was kind of a quote-unquote requirement for living there, and expected,” Madison told Buzzfeed News.

“And it had kind of a chore vibe, I felt.”

Here‘s what Madison went through as the number one girlfriend in Hefner’s harem.

GROUP SEX AND ‘THIGH OPENER’ PILLS

What started as a party soon became like prison for Madison.

She was just 20 and still at university when she met a friend of Hefner‘s while working as a waitress at Hooters.

The friend invited her to a party at the Playboy Mansion – she thought it would be a one-time thing, but soon found herself going to its Sunday pool parties every week.

After a year, she decided to try and become one of Hefner‘s girlfriends in order to continue living in Los Angeles.

She thought none of them actually had sex with the ageing porn mogul, who was then in his mid-70s.

But she quickly lost any illusions during her first “Club Night” out with Hefner and the other girlfriends when he offered her a Quaalude, telling her: ”in the ‘70s they used to call these pills ’thigh openers.’”

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She refused the drugs – but couldn‘t refuse later at the mansion when she was told it was time to go to Hefner’s bedroom.

There, the women were expected to perform for him, and one of the other girlfriends pushed Madison towards Hefner.

“There was zero intimacy involved. No kissing, nothing,” Madison wrote.

“It was so brief that I can‘t even recall what it felt like beyond having a heavy body on top of mine.”

Madison soon realised the orgies happened like clockwork after the Club Nights, every Wednesday and Friday.

PUSHED TO THE BRINK

It wasn‘t just sex that was regulated – Madison soon found she was being controlled in other ways too.

She had to abide by a strict 9pm curfew and she was made to give up her waitressing job, cutting her off from the outside world.

Hefner would also make cruel comments about her appearance and he refused to let her see a therapist when she became depressed.

Madison says the situation became so desperate she considered ending her life.

“Drowning myself seemed like a logical way to escape the ridiculous life I was leading,” she wrote.

“I just couldn‘t take my misery anymore.”

The situation began to improve in 2005 when, along with Hefner‘s other girlfriends Bridget Marquardt and Kendra Wilkinson, Madison starred in a reality series called The Girls Next Door.

She says they didn‘t receive a penny for the first series, but eventually it allowed her to make her own money and ultimately offered her a way to leave Hefner, which she did for good in 2009.

After Madison left him, Hefner married a model 60 years his junior, Crystal Harris, in 2012.

He died five years later aged 91.

STRING OF SORDID STORIES

When Madison published her book, co-star Kendra Wilkinson poured scorn on its account of life at the mansion.

Wilkinson, who defended Hefner as an “amazing human being”, claimed Madison wasn‘t being truthful about her experience – or her motivation for publishing a tell-all memoir.

“Holly, you can tell, had this ulterior motive every minute being at the Mansion, and that motive was – it was clear as day – she wanted Hef’s kids, she wanted a piece of Playboy and she wanted to marry Hef for, obviously, his will,” Wilkinson told People.

“That didn’t happen. So what do you think’s going to happen? Revenge. So we’re witnessing some revenge here.”

Madison, for her own part, dismissed Wilkinson‘s objections – and Madison’s bleak picture of the Playboy Mansion is just one of many similar stories to come out in recent years.

Wilkinson herself wrote about the chore-like sexual obligations of being one of Hefner‘s girlfriends, saying she first had intercourse with him when she was 18 and he was 78.

“I had to be very drunk or smoke lots of weed to survive those nights – there was no way around it,” Wilkinson wrote in her book.

“At about the minute mark, I pulled away and it was done. It was like a job. Clock in, clock out. It’s not like I enjoyed having sex with him.”

HOLLY’S HEARTBREAK

After leaving the mansion, Madison found fame in her own right.

In 2009 she competed in the US version of Strictly, Dancing With The Stars, finishing in 11th place.

And she starred in her own reality show, Holly‘s World, about her new life and career in Las Vegas.

In 2013, she started married music business boss Pasquale Rotella in a lavish ceremony in Disneyland.

Her former Girls Next Door castmate Bridget Marquardt was a bridesmaid.

But after having two kids together, Madison and Rotella ended their five-year marriage in 2019.

She reportedly began dating Ghost Adventures paranormal investigator Zak Bagans the same year.

Madison is now looking forward to seeing her story played by Ready Or Not star Samara Weaving.

“I couldn‘t be more thrilled with this casting,” Madison told her million Instagram followers yesterday.

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Australian Open 2021 wild scenes: Animals invade Melbourne Park, Phillip Island Open, tennis news, Madison Brengle beats Bianca Andreescu


Australia’s wildlife ambushed two stars mid-match as Melbourne Park looked more like a scene from a horror movie than a tennis venue.

Away from the bright lights of the Australian Open, Melbourne Park was hosting another tournament on its outside courts — although observers may have mistaken it for a remake of an Alfred Hitchcock film.

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The Phillip Island Trophy kicked off on the weekend and players who had already been knocked out of the year’s first grand slam were able to enter into the WTA 250 event.

Madison Brengle and Bianca Andreescu both suffered early exits from the major Down Under but were keen to get more matches in and played each other in the opening round of the lower-profile tournament.

Or at least, they tried to.

Australia’s adventurous wildlife didn’t exactly make it easy as seagulls and insects combined to cause havoc in the Victorian capital.

First up, the start of Andreescu and Brengle’s match was delayed because there was so much bird poo on the court that had to be cleaned up before play could get underway.

Eventually the American and Canadian got going while a horde of seagulls flocked overhead, occasionally interrupting proceedings when they dropped down to the ground and swooped across at eye level during the match.

Play was interrupted when one winged spectator popped down onto the court, reminding Brengle of Hitchcock’s 1963 classic The Birds — a horror movie about ultra violent birds invading America.

“It’s like a Hitchcock … thing,” she said.

At one stage Brengle looked ready to use her racquet on a seagull rather than the ball, while on another occasion Andreescu was robbed of an ace because a seagull distracted her opponent as the ball was heading her way.

Not to be outdone, a stack of beetles also wanted in on the action.

The Tennis Podcast tweeted: “In addition to the seagull poo, the court is also being invaded by beetles. Because Australia.”

They certainly caught Brengle’s attention. “What is that one? It’s like a pill bug … but bigger!” she said.

New York Times reporter Ben Rothenberg summed things up perfectly when he tweeted: “This Brengle-Andreescu match should be airing on Animal Planet. It’s been absurd.

“That match deserves to go viral.”

For the record, Andreescu won 7-6 4-6 6-3 and will play Zarina Diyas in the next round.

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Carlton Blues defeat St Kilda Saints as Madison Prespakis shines


Kate Hore benefited from a flawless passage of play early in the second term but celebrations were halted by three straight goals down the other end.

Vice-captain Jasmine Garner slotted one for the Kangaroos but Tegan Cunningham and Jackie Parry booted their second and third for the game respectively, leaving the Demons with a 27-point lead at the main break.

Having conceded only two goals in as many games, Darren Crocker needed his shell-shocked group to tighten their defence heading into the second half.

Quick and free-flowing play allowed for an instant goal from Garner followed by a spectacular two in a row from Daria Bannister, the Kangaroos trailing by just seven points by the final break.

North fought until the end, Bella Eddey slotting her second ever AFLW goal to put them just two points behind, however former Dees co-captain Shelley Scott wouldn’t have it, booting a goal on the siren to seal the win.

CAPTAINS CLASH
It was a tight contest as Melbourne vice-captain Karen Paxman went head-to-head with Roos skipper and four-time All-Australian Kearney. With a game average of 31 disposals, Paxman met her match in Kearney but still managed 25 disposals and a goal for the winning side.

Carlton’s Madison Prespakis, left, tackles St Kilda’s Georgia Patrikios in round three. Credit:Getty Images

St Kilda
1.1 1.2 2.4 2.4 (16)
Carlton
0.0 3.1 5.2 6.4 (40)

GOALS: St Kilda: Greiser, Shierlaw Carlton: Prespakis, O’Dea, Brazzale, Downie, Stevens
BEST: St Kilda: Patrikios, Lucas-Rodd, Priest, Greiser, Shierlaw, Brown, Watt Carlton: Prespakis, Egan, O’Dea, Stevens, Downie, Moody, Harris

Meanwhile, Carlton have locked in their first win of the season against the flailing Saints, running out at Moorabbin for the first time in 32 years, at a crowdless RSEA Park.

The Saints sought to avenge last week’s loss to North Melbourne and wasted no time, with All-Australian Caitlin Greiser opening their account while the Blues’ score remained bare in the first term.

But Carlton came out firing after the first break, with strong defence and a major off the boot of former Dee Elise O’Dea opening the flood gates. Gun midfielder Madison Prespakis’ goal was followed quickly by Lauren Brazzale’s first goal for the season.

A clinical performance by the young Blues in the midfield left them ahead by nine points at the main break despite almost equal forward 50 entries.

Alison Downie continued Carlton’s dominance immediately in the third, booting a goal which was quickly answered by a clean mark and set shot from Saints co-captain Kate Shierlaw against her former team.

Nicola Stevens extended the Blues’ lead to 15 leading into the final term. They managed to hold off the Saints’ attack and with Stevens’ second goal for the day, and 11 inside 50s to none, the Saints were sent packing.

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Debutants Jessica Matin and Isabella Shannon joined the red, white and black’s ranks while the Blues welcomed back Rising Star nominee Lucy McEvoy. McEvoy missed the opening two rounds of the AFLW season after sustaining a facial fracture in the Blues’ January practice match with the Saints.

PRESPAKIS SHINES
A stand-out as usual, Prespakis dominated for the Blues leaving with 24 disposals and a goal.
Leading into round three, Prespakis had polled four votes in the last two games in the AFLW champion-player-of-the-year count, averaging 21 disposals and five clearances so far in 2021.

Saints co-captain Cat Phillips tagged her throughout the third but it was the midfield contest with Georgia Patrikios that showed the young guns are the ones to watch.

POWER OF PATRIKIOS
Patrikios had career-best figures of 27 disposals and six tackles in the Saints’ narrow loss to the
Kangaroos last week and was showing no sign of slowing down, tallying 20 disposals and three
marks. Awarded the AFLPA’s best first-year player award, a podium finish in the 2020 NAB Rising Star Award and selection into the AFLPA’s 22 under-22 team and All-Australian squad, Patrikios looks to be a lock in the Saints’ starting 18 with no questions asked.

AROUND THE GROUNDS
Greater Western Sydney slid to a 10-point victory in a wet contest against the still winless Gold Coast at Blacktown Oval.

It was Taylah Davies and skipper Alicia Eva who each slotted a first-quarter goal, which was enough
to keep the Giants ahead until the final siren.

It was slow going for the Suns who remained goalless until the dying moments of the final term, where one off the boot of midfielder Jamie Stanton got them on the board.

All-Australian and reigning GWS best and fairest, Alyce Parker, ran off with 24 disposals, including six clearances, and five tackles.

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Kristin Cavallari Is Team J. Lo After A-Rod, Madison LeCroy Revelation – E! Online


Kristin Cavallari isn’t blind to the tea being spilled.

Earlier this week, Southern Charm star Madison LeCroy—who recently had a fling with Jay Cutler—finally addressed the romance rumors involving herself and former MLB player Alex Rodriguez.

“He’s never physically cheated on his fiancée with me,” she declared to Page Six, adding that they’ve spoken on the phone but have never met up. Furthermore, a source close to the athlete previously told E! News that he doesn’t know the Bravo star and has never met her.

Ultimately, Kristin couldn’t help but inadvertently join the conversation on Instagram. And yes, she may have just revealed whose side she’s on.

On Thursday, Feb. 4, the Very Cavallari star’s BFF Justin Anderson shared an Instagram video of the pair working out. Their song of choice? “Let’s Get Loud” by Alex’s fiancée Jennifer Lopez.

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Athletes dispute Rep. Madison Cawthorn’s claims he was training for the Paralympics


Athletes have disputed Rep. Madison Cawthorn’s claims he was training for the Paralympics, calling them a ‘joke’ and saying ‘it’s like a kid saying they want to play in the NBA when they’re on their fourth-grade basketball team’. 

Cawthorn, who was paralyzed from the waist down in a 2014 car crash, previously said in social media posts he was training to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

In one February 2019 Instagram video, the congressman said the ‘world record’s going down’ in the 2020 Games as he trained on a wheelchair treadmill.

Five months later, in a July 2019 video he announced the ‘bad news’ that he would no longer ‘be able to compete in the Olympics’ after learning that wheelchair racing was worsening his existing back injury.  

In a May 2020 podcast he also said: ‘I had an opportunity for the Paralympics for track and field.’

But named Paralympic stars have cast doubt on these claims saying they had never met him, that some of the events he spoke about don’t even exist in the athletic calendar and that his claims are regarded as a ‘joke’ among the Paralympic community. 

Cawthorn’s name is also not included in the International Paralympic Committee’s list of athletes – a register of around 4,000 names that people must first be on to be able to compete.  

The North Carolina Republican has faced accusations of exaggerating his career credentials in the past, after a watchdog reported he was rejected from the Naval Academy prior to the accident that left him wheelchair bound. 

It comes amid calls for Cawthorn to be resign and face investigation by the House Office of Congressional Ethics over his part in the January 6 MAGA mob riot on the US Capitol that left five dead, after he spoke at the Trump rally moments before the violent insurrection.

Athletes have disputed Rep. Madison Cawthorn’s claims he was training for the Paralympics, calling them a ‘joke’ and saying ‘it’s like a kid saying they want to play in the NBA when they’re on their fourth-grade basketball team’

Amanda McGrory, a three-time US Paralympian wheelchair athlete who has won seven medals in track and field, told The Nation she was left puzzled asking ‘who is this guy’ when she saw an Instagram video where Cawthorn said he was aiming to beat the world record for the 100-meter dash in the Tokyo Games.

In the February 2019 post, Cawthorn shares footage of himself on a wheelchair treadmill alongside a caption reading: ‘Haunted by ambition. Ruthlessly pursuing this world record.’

Cawthorn says that he is ‘still a couple seconds too slow’ to beat the world record for the 100-meter dash of 13.76 seconds. 

‘Thirteen point seven six. To most of you it’s just a number. But for me, it’s all I can think about,’ he tells the camera. 

‘Thirteen point seven six seconds is the world record for the 100-meter dash. So in Tokyo, August 2020, that world record’s going down.’ 

McGrory said she saw the video at the time and thought it was ‘really weird’.

‘Who is this guy? Why does he think he’s going to break world records?’ she told The Nation.  

‘This is really weird. I don’t think he has any idea what he’s talking about.’  

Cawthorn, who was paralyzed from the waist down in a 2014 car crash, previously claimed on social media he was training to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games. In a February 2019 post (above), Cawthorn said he was 'pursuing this world record'

Cawthorn, who was paralyzed from the waist down in a 2014 car crash, previously claimed on social media he was training to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games. In a February 2019 post (above), Cawthorn said he was ‘pursuing this world record’

In the same post, Cawthorn referenced going to the ‘US Open’ in June – something McGrory said does not exist. 

McGrory likened him claiming he was training for the 2020 Olympics to ‘a kid saying they want to play in the NBA when they’re on their fourth-grade basketball team.’

She said all Paralympians must be internationally classified by the IPC to be able to compete and the names of those who have been are documented in its registry of athletes.   

‘You have to be on it to even compete internationally,’ McGrory said.

Cawthorn’s name is not on the 2020 database of registered athletes that is publicly available online.   

McGrory, who is also the archivist and collections curator for the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, also said the process for qualifying for the Paralympics is long and complex.  

‘You have to be involved in a team, usually your college or a local club,’ she said.

‘And then from there, you establish times at qualifying races, and then from there you get scouted.’   

Amanda McGrory. Named Paralympic stars have cast doubt on these claims saying they had never met him and some of the events he spoke about don't exist in the athletic world

Amanda McGrory, a three-time US Paralympian wheelchair athlete, likened his claims to 'a kid saying they want to play in the NBA'

Named Paralympic stars have cast doubt on these claims saying they had never met him and some of the events he spoke about don’t exist in the athletic world. Amanda McGrory, a three-time US Paralympian wheelchair athlete (pictured), likened his claims to ‘a kid saying they want to play in the NBA’

Two-time Paralympian Brian Siemann said Cawthorn's Instagram posts about his alleged Paralympic participation are a joke among the athletic community

Two-time Paralympian Brian Siemann said Cawthorn’s Instagram posts about his alleged Paralympic participation are a joke among the athletic community

Cawthorn briefly attended Patrick Henry College which doesn’t have a disabled sports program, The Nation reported.  

Brian Siemann, a two-times US Paralympian for track and field in the London and Rio Games, told The Nation Cawthorn’s Instagram posts about his alleged Paralympic participation was a joke among the athletic community. 

‘[My teammates and I] would share whatever posts [Cawthorn] put up and be like, ‘Look at what batsh** thing he said about the Paralympics this week,” he said. 

‘The claims he was making were just so absurd, you have to find some humor in it.’ 

Siemann said he ‘never want[s] to make someone feel like it’s impossible’ but both he and McGrory said some of Cawthorn’s alleged training efforts do not even exist in the world of athletics.  

In a May 2019 post, Cawthorn used the hashtag ‘qualifiers’ but the two Paralympians said there were no qualifying meets that year.  

Meanwhile, another former elite wheelchair marathoner Robert Kozarek said the Paralympic community is so small that Cawthorn would be known by others if he was competing. 

In a July 2019 video he announced the 'bad news' that he would no longer 'be able to compete in the Olympics' after learning that wheelchair racing was worsening his existing back injury (above)

In a July 2019 video he announced the ‘bad news’ that he would no longer ‘be able to compete in the Olympics’ after learning that wheelchair racing was worsening his existing back injury (above)

In another post he also talks about the move to no longer take part. Cawthorn's name is not on the 2020 database of registered athletes that is publicly available online

In another post he also talks about the move to no longer take part. Cawthorn’s name is not on the 2020 database of registered athletes that is publicly available online

‘The community itself is small. There’s probably 50 [elite wheelchair racers] in the entire country, and we see each other four, five, six times a year, at least,’ he told The Nation. 

Cawthorn’s office did not immediately return DailyMail.com’s request for comment. 

But a spokesperson for the lawmaker told the Washington Times he had trained for the 400 meters for the Tokyo Games but was forced to pull out due to a back injury.

‘Rep. Cawthorn trained for the 400 meters with the goal of competing in the Tokyo Olympics,’ said Micah Bock. 

‘Due to a back muscle injury, he was unable to continue pursuing that dream. 

‘Rep. Cawthorn’s journey from car crash to Congress was not an easy one, and his desire to compete in the Tokyo Olympics further underscores the passion Congressman Cawthorn has always possessed to represent his country.’  

Cawthorn has been accused of misleading Americans about his accomplishments in the past.   

On his campaign website, he says he was nominated to the US Naval Academy by Mark Meadows in 2014 but that his plans were derailed by the car crash. 

McGrory

Siemann

In a May 2019 post, Cawthorn used the hashtag ‘qualifiers’ but the two Paralympians McGrory (left) and Siemann (right) said there were no qualifying meets that year

But in a 2017 deposition, he admitted his application for the Naval Academy had been rejected before the crash. 

Cawthorn is also facing calls to resign following the insurrection on the US Capitol. 

The North Carolina lawmaker took to the stage of Trump’s rally on January 6 and pushed unfounded claims the election had been stolen from MAGA supporters. 

‘My friends, the Democrats with all the fraud that they have done in this election, the Republicans hiding and not fighting, they are trying to silence your voice,’ he said.

‘Make no mistake about it, they do not want you to be heard, but my friends when I look into this crowd I can confidently say this crowd has the voice of lions.’

This came one month after a speech in December where he encouraged Trump supporters to ‘lightly threaten’ members of Congress.

‘And feel free, you can lightly threaten them, and say, “You know what? If you don’t start supporting election integrity, I’m coming after you, Madison Cawthorn is coming after you. Everybody’s is coming after you,”‘ he said.  

Government watchdog group Campaign for Accountability filed a complaint this week asking the House Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate Cawthorn along with fellow Republican Reps. Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar and for them to be removed from their roles.

It accuses them of inciting the riot as part of ‘a seditious conspiracy to use force to prevent Congress from carrying out its constitutional and statutory duties to count the votes of the Electoral College.’

Cawthorn is also facing calls to resign following the insurrection on the US Capitol. The North Carolina lawmaker took to the stage of Trump's rally on January 6 and pushed unfounded claims the election had been stolen from MAGA supporters (above)

Cawthorn is also facing calls to resign following the insurrection on the US Capitol. The North Carolina lawmaker took to the stage of Trump’s rally on January 6 and pushed unfounded claims the election had been stolen from MAGA supporters (above)

Cawthorn was a vocal supporter of Trump’s unfounded claims of widespread election fraud – claims that were debunked in the courts and by Trump’s own administration.

When lawmakers returned to the Capitol after the riot to certify the election, Cawthorn voted to uphold objections to Arizona and Pennsylvania’s votes. 

Five people died in the storming of the Capitol including a Capitol cop who was struck over the head with a fire extinguisher by a rioter.  

Cawthorn, 25, became the youngest member of Congress in November after he defeated Democratic rival Moe Davis for North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District seat. 

This came after his surprise win over Trump’s nominee Lynda Bennett in the primaries.

In his campaign he often spoke about overcoming personal challenges after being wheelchair-bound following the 2014 car crash that almost killed him. 



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Rep.-elect Madison Cawthorn, 25, wants to create ‘new Republican Party’ that inspires young people


Rep.-elect Madison Cawthorn, R-N.C., beat out a candidate backed by President Trump and the Washington establishment to become the youngest incoming member of Congress at age 25.

So he arrived in Washington beholden to no one and determined to shake up the Republican Party through new messaging, new recruits and new ways to fundraise.

“My election was really a referendum on the establishment,” Cawthorn told Fox News in a recent interview. “They’re really sending me up here to fight against that.”

Winning the seat without the help of the GOP establishment has given Cawthorn a sense of freedom from the traditional power structures in Washington and a motivation to help other young patriots break the mold, too.

“I don’t owe anybody except the constituents of my district my victory,” Cawthorn said. “And so because of that, I’ll serve them no matter what. And I think that’s how it should be.”

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Cawthorn is determined to be a powerful voice for the next generation of conservatives, arguing the Republican Party must change to make inroads with young voters who think the GOP is “angry and just says ‘no.'”

“There is a generational time bomb going off in the Republican Party and that’s because they have failed to connect with this new generation,” Cawthorn said. “They’ve failed to iterate the fact that we are the party of freedom.”

Cawthorn wants to “brand a new Republican Party” that is bold and inspirational. Republicans can no longer be the party of “no” and dodge thorny issues like health care and the environment. Instead, the GOP should be “thought leaders” on solutions. 

Republicans also have been too hung up on social issues and should become libertarian on personal matters. The exception is abortion, which requires “very loud” opposition, he said. 

“I really want the Republican Party to be bolder,” Cawthorn said. “I want us to be a big tent party that says I don’t care if you’re gay. I don’t care what your religion is. As long as you believe in freedom and believe in our founding principles, you’re welcome in our party.”

“I really want our party defined as the Freedom Party,” he added.

Rep.-elect Madison Cawthorn speaks after winning the GOP primary in North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District.
(Photo provided by Madison Cawthorn campaign)

Cawthorn will replace Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 31, as the youngest member of the House. 

Much like Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., has challenged the status quo with the Democratic Party, Cawthorn wants to shake up the Republican Party establishment and its fundraising machine.

While Cawthorn says the two couldn’t be further apart on political issues, he respects what Ocasio-Cortez accomplished. “I have not met her yet, but if I ever do, I’d definitely shake her hand and say, ‘Thank you for setting the example that you can be in your 20s and still make a difference in your country.'”

Cawthorn is taking aim at the political party structure, specifically the National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC), which helps incumbent GOP reps win reelection. Cawthorn says the existence of the NRCC is one reason why “great patriots” can turn into “establishment pawns.”

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“I think a lot of people are lazy, and they’re not good at fundraising, and they have to rely on these big-dollar donors to give to the NRCC and then the NRCC will come in and fund your reelection and win your race for you,” Cawthorn said. “Because of that, they’re at their beck and call.”

Cawthorn supports term limits and balks at the House committee assignment process that rewards GOP members who are loyal to the leadership. It’s going to take new faces coming into Washington to say, “That’s wrong, we need to fix that.”

While some current members are effective at GOP messaging on social media, including Reps. Matt Gaetz of Florida and Dan Crewshaw from Texas, Cawthorn plans to bring in new blood to challenge the establishment. 

He’s already started recruiting 2022 congressional candidates and hopes “to create a very-well funded super PAC so other patriots won’t require the NRCC’s help.”

“We’re going to have some great patriots that are going to come up,” Cawthorn said. 

Rep.-elect Madison Cawthorn, R-N.C., at a campaign event. 

Rep.-elect Madison Cawthorn, R-N.C., at a campaign event. 
(Photo provided by Madison Cawthorn’s campaign)

Cawthorn will succeed Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., in the 11th Congressional District that encompasses Western North Carolina. Meadows stepped down to become Trump’s chief of staff, and he and Trump endorsed Lynda Bennett in the GOP primary. 

Cawthorn, who used to work for Meadows’ congressional office, said Trump’s decision to weigh into the election was “wrong” and it motivated him to work even harder to win. 

“I think these big establishment people, these big-name people need to stay out of local politics,” Cawthorn said. “Let the people decide.”

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Cawthorn says his win shows that the people are in charge and he’s beholden to no one. “If I had relied on PAC money from the establishment Republicans, or from the conservative Republicans, or from Mark Meadows or Donald Trump, I would have been beholden to them. I would have owed my seat to them.”

Cawthorn poured $361,000 of his own money in the race, too, feeling confident his data-driven voter outreach strategy would prevail.

After Cawthorn beat Bennett in a landslide (66-34%) in the June primary, Trump congratulated the young Republican. Cawthorn got an invite to speak at Trump’s Republican National Convention where he made a splash by dramatically standing up out of his wheelchair. 

In this screenshot from the RNC’s livestream of the 2020 Republican National Convention, North Carolina congressional nominee Madison Cawthorn addresses the virtual convention on Aug. 26, 2020. (Photo Courtesy of the Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Committee via Getty Images)

In this screenshot from the RNC’s livestream of the 2020 Republican National Convention, North Carolina congressional nominee Madison Cawthorn addresses the virtual convention on Aug. 26, 2020. (Photo Courtesy of the Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Committee via Getty Images)

Cawthorn’s election to Congress wasn’t the first time he defied the odds. 

Cawthorn was a Hendersonville, N.C., high school senior and football player with military aspirations when his life changed in an instant in 2014.

The 18-year-old Cawthorn was a passenger in an SUV returning home from a spring break trip in Florida when his friend dozed off at the wheel and crashed into an abutment, the AVL Watchdog reported.

The fiery crash left Cawthorn partially paralyzed and with a 1% chance of survival, he said. He got through the painful aftermath with the support of his Christian faith and family, who raised him on “proverbs and pushups,” Cawthorn said. 

Prior to the accident, Cawthorn worked at Chick-fil-A. He had wanted to go to the prestigious U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. Meadows, his congressman, had nominated him, but the academy rejected his application.

Cawthorn told Fox News he believed the rejection was because of “some clerical error with congressman’s nomination process” and he was still holding out hope the decision wasn’t final. His other option was a full-ride scholarship to North Carolina State for the ROTC program, he said. 

But the near-fatal accident upended all of Cawthorn’s dreams. He fell into a “very dark” place when he realized he’d probably be in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. 

“I got to the point where I was trying to decide if I wanted to continue living or not,” Cawthorn said. “I consider myself a very decisive person so I decided one night I was gonna sit down … and [I] literally wrote down the pros and cons of living or not. Eventually, the pros won out and it was hinged upon the idea that I still had the ability to make a difference and that my job on this earth wasn’t done yet.”

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Cawthorn went on to attend college for two semesters at Patrick Henry College in Northern Virginia, he said. He said he dropped out with the belief that the majority of Americans don’t need a four-year degree. “I think that we need more carpenters and welders and linemen rather than we need more people with the four-year degree,” he said.

He worked for Meadows’ congressional office after the accident on a part-time basis. 

Cawthorn has been able to live off insurance settlement money from the car accident that left him partially paralyzed. He started his own real estate investment company. He also does motivational speaking.

Cawthorn disclosed making no income from either of those endeavors on the federal financial disclosure forms he filled out. Cawthorn said while Congress wasn’t his first job, “this will be my first time having a salary.”

After his Sunday swearing-in to Congress, Cawthorn will have another major milestone on the horizon. He’s engaged to be married to his fiancee, Cristina Bayardelle, on April 3, the anniversary of his car accident that nearly took his life.

“It’s just such a sad day in our life and so she just wanted to change the history of that day to where I don’t dread it every time it comes around and it’s more something I celebrate,” Cawthorn said. 

Rep.-elect Madison Cawthorn, R-N.C., speaks after his election victory in November 2020.

Rep.-elect Madison Cawthorn, R-N.C., speaks after his election victory in November 2020.
(Photo provided by Madison Cawthorn campaign)

After Cawthorn’s primary victory, he went on to defeat Democrat Moe Davis on Nov. 3 by a margin of 55%-42%.

Cawthorn marked the victory by sending out a snarky message on Twitter that was quickly panned as childish: “cry more, lib.” 

Cawthorn admitted to Fox News the tweet “wasn’t a good move” and if he could turn back time “I probably wouldn’t have sent it.” He chalked up the sentiment to being a fierce competitor relishing in his victory too much after a hard-fought campaign.

He said his tweet wasn’t directed at Davis, but rather the “cancel culture” that tried to take him down with “ridiculous allegations” of sexual misconduct and that Cawthorn was a Nazi sympathizer.

“[The tweet] was just saying people see through your lies,” Cawthorn said. “I think that cancel culture is very dangerous.”

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During the campaign, Cawthorn caught heat for a 2017 Instagram photo showing him visiting Adolf Hitler’s vacation house, called “Eagle’s Nest.” In the photo caption, Cawthorn said visiting the site was on his bucket list and he called the Nazi leader “supreme evil” as well as “the Fuhrer.”

Cawthorn faced allegations of sexual misconduct, including from a young woman who said Cawthorn tried to forcibly kiss her on a first date in 2014 when she was 17 and he was 19. Patrick Henry College alumni also released a public letter accusing Cawthorn of “sexually predatory behavior” when he was a student there in 2016-2017.

Cawthorn’s campaign rep told the Asheville Citizen-Times in August: “There’s a big difference between a failed teenage romantic advance and being forceful, to the extent that’’s possible when you’re a paraplegic.”

“I think that events were misconstrued,” Cawthorn told Fox News. “My intentions were misunderstood. If I ever made somebody uncomfortable it was never my intention. It was never something I wanted to have happened. It was strange that, you know, just a mistake, an innocent mistake … could be turned into someone trying to ruin your entire life. It’s a wild world out there.”

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Cawthorn drew comparisons between himself and now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who faced allegations of sexual misconduct when he was a teenager right before his confirmation hearings. 

“I really felt very similar to him,” Cawthorn said.

Rep.-elect Madison Cawthorn's congressional photo.

Rep.-elect Madison Cawthorn’s congressional photo.
(Photo provided by Madison Cawthorn campaign)

Cawthorn understands that he’s under scrutiny as “a high-profile target” and he’s got to make sure he and his team are beyond reproach. 

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He arrived in Washington last month for new member orientation feeling the weight of responsibility to prove himself not only to his constituents but also to the next generation of conservatives.

“I’m really kind of a representation for this Generation Z or millennial generation — the conservative side of them coming in to fight in Congress,” Cawthorn said. “And so I definitely take the responsibility very seriously and I want to make a difference.”





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Fires Lit in the Streets During Jacob Blake Protest in Madison


Fires Lit in the Streets During Jacob Blake Protest in Madison

Fires were lit in streets near the Wisconsin Capitol Building in Madison late on Monday, August 24, into Tuesday, as demonstrators marched to protest police brutality following the shooting of Jacob Blake by police in Kenosha on Sunday. Blake was shot by police several times and was hospitalized in serious condition on Sunday. On Tuesday, his father said he is paralyzed from the waist down, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Protests erupted in Kenosha on Sunday and again on Monday, also spreading to cities such as Madison; Portland, Oregon; Washington; and Los Angeles. According to local news outlet Isthmus in Madison, the videos show protest actions near the Wisconsin Capitol Building, including fires in the street, tear gas, and Madison police on horseback. Isthmus reported several businesses in the downtown area were smashed up and looted. Credit: Isthmus via Storyful



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Madison Prespakis re-signs with Carlton Blues


North Melbourne prime mover Jasmine Garner headlined her club’s long list of re-signings ahead of Monday’s list lodgment deadline. Garner, who claimed the AFL Coaches’ Association and the AFL Players’ Association’s most valuable player awards this year has also signed a two-year deal, tying her to the Kangaroos until 2022.

North have also indicated that gun defender Jess Duffin, who missed the 2020 campaign through pregnancy, is contracted to play next year.

Greater Western Sydney also announced a glut of re-signings, including emerging star Alyce Parker who is set to remain a Giant until at least 2022.

The delisted free agency period opened with Fremantle signing Tarnee Tester, who had been axed by cross-town rivals West Coast. The delisted free agency period continues until Friday, with the draft to be held later this year.



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