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Demi Lovato Crushes National Anthem At Super Bowl With Powerhouse Vocals

Before the 2020 Super Bowl kicked off, Demi Lovato provided a little entertainment. 

The “Sorry Not Sorry” singer warmed up the crowd ahead of the 54th championship game between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers in Miami, Florida, on Sunday, belting out the national anthem on the world’s biggest stage. 

Lovato, dressed in an all-white jumpsuit, delivered a stirring rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner,” hitting all the right notes, as the players watched on with their hands over their hearts.

The multi-platinum recording artist follows previous Super Bowl national anthem performers like Gladys Knight, Lady Gaga, Pink, Alicia Keys, Billy Joel, Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston.

Gospel legend Yolanda Adams performed “America the Beautiful” alongside a children’s choir before Lovato hit the field. 

Singing at the big game has been a long-held dream for Lovato, who predicted her performance a decade ago in a tweet, writing, “One day, I’m gonna sing the national anthem at the super bowl. Onnnee dayy…” 

“Dreams really do come true y’all,” she wrote alongside a screenshot of the 2010 tweet hours before kickoff.  

The Disney Channel alum is no stranger to belting out the ballad to a big crowd, performing the national anthem before Game 4 of the 2015 World Series and most recently ahead of the Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor fight in 2017.

Her Super Bowl performance arrives just a week after the singer made her triumphant return to the stage at the Grammy Awards for the first time since her 2018 overdose and hospitalization.

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Elsa via Getty Images Demi Lovato dazzled the crowd with the national anthem prior to Super Bowl LIV.

Lovato delivered a heartbreaking performance of her new song “Anyone” at the awards show, fighting back tears as she sang about feeling isolated amid her struggle with substance abuse.  

During her hospitalization, the singer revealed that she even considered leaving music behind altogether during a low point. 

“I think as time goes on I’ll be able to give more details, but it was a general thought,” she recently told Andy Cohen on his SiriusXM show. “We didn’t know what was going to happen. We didn’t know how healthy I would be when I left. It was a scary time in my life for sure.”

But Lovato has been on the road to recovery ever since, focusing on her own health instead of the pressures of the spotlight. 

While she hasn’t revealed any details about when we can expect new music, Lovato is certainly making herself at home on stage again. The night before the big game, Lovato joined Dan + Shay in concert at the Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest.

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Jay-Z says he turned down the Super Bowl halftime show after NFL demanded high-profile guests: ‘It was a principle thing’

Jay-Z has revealed his reasoning for turning down the opportunity to perform at a past Super Bowl halftime show.

The “Hard Knock Life” rapper, 50, recently told The New York Times that he turned down the offer because they asked that his show include appearances by Kanye West and Rihanna.

“Of course I would have [performed with them],” said Jay-Z, “but I said, ‘No, you get me.’ That is not how you go about it, telling someone that they’re going to do the halftime show contingent on who they bring. I said forget it. It was a principle thing.”

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Jay-Z’s company Roc Nation has a say in who performs at the Super Bowl halftime show. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Roc Nation)

Jay-Z also took notice when pop band Maroon 5 was booked to perform the 2019 halftime show in Atlanta, Georgia, a hub for hip-hop music.

In the summer of 2019, Jay-Z’s entertainment company Roc Nation partnered with the NFL, giving the rapper say in who performs at important NFL events, as well as influence in the NFL’s “Inspire Change” initiative, which according to their promotional materials, promotes “education and economic advancement, police and community relations, and criminal justice reform.”

The partnership received backlash as some saw it as Jay-Z turning his back on football player Colin Kaepernick, famous for kneeling during the national anthem in protest of the treatment of African Americans by law enforcement.

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“As long as real people are being hurt and marginalized and losing family members, then yes, I can take a couple rounds of negative press,” the rapper said, hoping white football fans will develop concern over police brutality as well.

Jay-Z also shrugged off criticism that the deal was made with purely economic motivations.

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Jay-Z was asked to invite Rihanna and Kanye West to perform in a Super Bowl halftime show should he headline the event. (Photo by John Roca/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

“We didn’t say, ‘Let’s go make some money off the NFL,” Jay-Z said.

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In 2018, performers including Rihanna and Cardi B turned down the opportunity to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show in solidarity with Kaepernick. Pink also said she was approached for the event, but turned it down, saying she’d “probably take a knee and get carried out.”

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Brit Hume on Democratic candidates making final Iowa push: ‘The race could change overnight’

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Speaking on Fox News on Sunday ahead of Monday night’s Iowa caucuses, Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume said after the results are in, “the race could change overnight.”

“What this race has needed, at least from my perspective as an observer, is some shape,” Hume said.

He then noted that “polls have been up and down” and “all over the place.”

“[Former Vice President Joe] Biden has managed to hang on to something of a national lead. Now in the early states, it appears that Bernie Sanders is ahead,” Hume said. “We’ll know an awful lot more about this race on Tuesday morning and I’m sort of looking forward to having a race that you could kind of get your arms around to understand it.”

Looking out at more than 3,000 supporters at a campaign rally and concert in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Saturday night, Sanders, I-Vt., boldly predicted victory ahead of Monday night’s Iowa caucuses — which will mark the first test of whether the fiery populist can achieve in 2020 what eluded him four years ago.

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His campaign quickly touted that it was the largest rally of any Democratic presidential contender this cycle in the Hawkeye State.

The gathering – coming just 48 hours before the first contest in the long road to the White House – was another sign of the Sanders surge in the race for the Democratic nomination.

Crowd sizes are one way to gauge the momentum – two others are polls and fundraising figures.

The independent Vermont senator who’s making his second straight bid for the Democratic nod has soared in polls in Iowa the past couple of months. In October and the first half of November, Sanders was in the mid-teens in the Real Clear Politics average of the latest Iowa Democratic caucus surveys, trailing two key rivals – former Vice President Joe Biden and fellow progressive rock star Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

But Sanders’ numbers edged up to the upper teens by December and skyrocketed in January. He now stands at 24 percent support among likely Democratic caucus-goers in the latest RCP average, ahead of Biden at 20 percent, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 16 percent and Warren at 15 percent.

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When anchor Martha MacCallum asked if he’s surprised that Sanders “is still such a big element in this four years later” Hume answered, “I don’t think so because if you look at the direction the Democratic Party has taken, the center left party of Bill Clinton is basically gone.”

“Bernie Sanders had strong staying power four years ago, he’s still got it today,” he continued. “He’s going to be in this, I think, until the end because he’s not going to run out of money and his supporters are ardent and energetic and so he’s going to be with us.”

He went on to say that “the only real question is whether he can mount an early lead and then kind of run the tables in this and win the whole thing which, I think, will result in delirium tremens among establishment Democrats. I’m sure they’re worried as hell that that could happen.”

Hume noted that after Iowa’s results are in, “Some candidates may fall by the wayside.”

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He added, “If Elizabeth Warren doesn’t do anything here, I think she’s in some trouble already, she may fall by the wayside and of course who does that strengthen? Guess who? Bernie Sanders in my view.”

Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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Super Bowl Players Honor Kobe Bryant With Moment Of Silence On 24-Yard Line

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The Super Bowl LIV paid tribute to basketball legend Kobe Bryant with a moment of silence on Sunday, one week after he and eight other people were killed in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles.

The names of Kobe Bryant; his daughter Gianna Bryant; John, Keri and Alyssa Altobelli; Sarah and Payton Chester; Christina Mauser; and pilot Ara Zobayan appeared on the screen during the tribute.

The players for both the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs stopped their pre-game activities and lined up at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium for the moment of silence around half an hour before kickoff. They chose the 24-yard line to honor Bryant, who wore jersey No. 24. 

They also honored Chris Doleman, a NFL Hall of Famer who died Tuesday at age 58. 

Bryant’s impact went beyond his own sport, and many NFL players spoke out during the past week about how he had inspired them with his famous “Mamba Mentality.”

Before the game, several 49ers and Chiefs players expressed what the self-described Black Mamba meant to them. 

Richard Sherman, a 49ers cornerback, said in a televised interview Monday that there were “not enough words in my vocabulary … to describe what Kobe means to me.”

“But he’s been a tremendous mentor, a tremendous person, and I’m very sad that he’s gone,” he said.

Sherman donned a Bryant jersey on arrival at the stadium Sunday. On Fox’s pregame show, he paid homage to Bryant personally, reading a version of Bryant’s famous “Dear Basketball” poem, titled “Dear Football.”

“We have given each other all we have. We love you Kobe. We love you Gianna. Love always, Richard,” he concluded his reading.

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Jay-Z addresses NFL partnership, Colin Kaepernick ahead of Super Bowl LIV

Jay-Z is defending his controversial partnership with the NFL, for which he has been accused of betraying former player Colin Kaepernick’s fight for racial justice.

The rap icon’s company Roc Nation partnered with the NFL on its entertainment presentations and Inspire Change Initiative, which was created after an agreement with a coalition of players who demonstrated during the national anthem to protest social and racial injustice in the U.S.

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FILE: Jay-Z attends 2020 Roc Nation THE BRUNCH on January 25, 2020 in Los Angeles. (Getty Images for Roc Nation)

In an interview with The New York Times published Saturday, the billionaire said he was willing to take negative press coverage for the opportunity to use the NFL as a platform to raise awareness about police brutality.

“As long as real people are being hurt and marginalized and losing family members, then yes, I can take a couple rounds of negative press,” he said.

Super Bowl Sunday features the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers — the former team of Colin Kaepernick, who made headlines in 2016 by kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality.

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The 32-year-old, who remains an unsigned free agent, has accused the NFL of conspiring to keep him off the field. Early last year, he received less than $10 million to settle grievances with the league, according to people briefed on the deal.

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“No one is saying he hasn’t been done wrong. He was done wrong,” Jay-Z said. “I would understand if it was three months ago. But it was three years ago and someone needs to say, ‘What do we do now — because people are still dying?”

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Jeff Bezos Is Sued by His Girlfriend’s Brother

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The brother of Jeff Bezos’s girlfriend has filed a lawsuit accusing Mr. Bezos and his security consultant of defaming him in connection with a 2019 National Enquirer story revealing Mr. Bezos’s extramarital affair.

Michael Sanchez, a Hollywood talent manager and the brother of Lauren Sanchez, said in his lawsuit, which was filed on Friday in state court in Los Angeles, that Mr. Bezos and Gavin de Becker, the consultant, had falsely told journalists that he had leaked “graphic, nude photographs” of Mr. Bezos to The Enquirer.

Among its other claims, Mr. Sanchez’s suit says Ms. Sanchez and Mr. Bezos, the founder of Amazon and the world’s richest man, kept their affair secret on the advice of a psychic. Mr. Sanchez also said his home was searched by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The Enquirer story, published online on Jan. 9, 2019, contained reproductions of text messages from Mr. Bezos to Ms. Sanchez. The tabloid later claimed to have photos of Mr. Bezos in various states of undress, but did not publish them.

The lawsuit blames Mr. Bezos and Mr. de Becker for spreading what it calls “the false narrative” that Mr. Sanchez had betrayed his sister by peddling the story to The Enquirer.

A lawyer for Mr. Bezos, William Isaacson, said his client “has chosen to address this lawsuit in court and we will do that soon.” Mr. de Becker declined to comment.

In a statement provided by her lawyer, Terry Bird, Lauren Sanchez said, “Michael is my older brother. He secretly provided my most personal information to The National Enquirer — a deep and unforgivable betrayal. My family is hurting over this new baseless and untrue lawsuit, and we truly hope my brother finds peace.”

A lawyer for Mr. Sanchez, Enoch Liang, said in a statement that the lawsuit “speaks for itself.”

Mr. Sanchez’s assertions contain apparent inconsistencies. Mr. Bezos and Mr. de Becker, who investigated how The Enquirer got its exposé, have not publicly accused Mr. Sanchez of leaking photographs to the tabloid.

Instead, Mr. Bezos hinted in a blog post last February that materials relevant to the story made their way to The Enquirer through a hacking of his phone by Saudi Arabia, which has denied any role in the exposé.

Mr. Bezos, who owns The Washington Post, suggested that the Saudis had been angry over the newspaper’s coverage of the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi dissident and columnist for The Post who was murdered by Saudi assassins weeks after writing critically of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the paper. Mr. Bezos also cited the wooing of Prince Mohammed by David J. Pecker, the chief executive of American Media, the publisher of The Enquirer, who was seeking Saudi investment in the company.

Last month, Mr. Bezos’ security team circulated the results of a forensic analysis he had commissioned. It concluded with “medium to high confidence” that the Amazon founder’s iPhone X had been hacked after he received a video from a WhatsApp message sent to him from an account reportedly belonging to the Saudi crown prince, with whom the billionaire had swapped contacts at a Los Angeles dinner. The analysis did not reveal a Saudi connection to the materials obtained by The Enquirer.

American Media said in a statement last month that Mr. Sanchez was the “single source” for the exposé.

According to an October 2018 contract reviewed by The New York Times, Mr. Sanchez granted American Media the right to publish and license text messages and photographs “documenting an affair between Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez” in exchange for $200,000. In his lawsuit, Mr. Sanchez did not address whether he had provided text messages or photographs, or whether he was compensated by the tabloid.

When federal agents and prosecutors examined allegations of wrongdoing in connection with The Enquirer’s handling of the story, American Media gave them evidence showing that Mr. Sanchez had obtained text messages and photos of Mr. Bezos from his sister, four people with knowledge of the matter told The Times.

In his blog post last year, Mr. Bezos quoted emails sent to Mr. de Becker’s lawyer by an American Media lawyer and a company executive, who wrote that “the photos obtained during our news gathering” included a nude “below-the-belt selfie.” American Media said in the emails that it would refrain from publishing the photographs if Mr. Bezos said publicly that he believed the exposé was not politically motivated. (The Enquirer had been a booster of President Trump, who was at odds with Mr. Bezos.)

After Mr. Bezos accused American Media of trying to extort him with the unpublished materials, which the company denied, federal prosecutors began looking into the matter.

The company had months earlier avoided prosecution for having paid a former Playboy model, in coordination with Mr. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, for the exclusive rights to her story of an affair with Mr. Trump, a story that was suppressed by the tabloid. The company agreed not to break the law again or face consequences. Prosecutors have not taken any action related to the Bezos article.

Mr. Sanchez in his lawsuit acknowledged engaging with The Enquirer, but said he did so to protect his sister and Mr. Bezos.

According to the suit, the two started an affair in 2017, while Mr. Bezos was still married to MacKenzie Bezos, a novelist who was Amazon’s first accountant. After Mr. Bezos and Ms. Sanchez “were guided in their decision to keep their relationship hidden by a psychic in New Mexico,” Mr. Sanchez’s lawyers wrote, Mr. Sanchez “was instrumental in covering up first, the existence, and second, the timing of the affair.”

Eventually, Mr. Sanchez’s lawsuit said, he tried to “get ahead of the story,” entering into a nondisclosure agreement with American Media. By his account, he “agreed to corroborate the existence of the relationship under conditions that would help Mr. Sanchez manage the timing of the story and the way in which the affair was portrayed.”

Karen Weise and William K. Rashbaum contributed reporting.

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Jeff Bezos Is Sued by His Girlfriend’s Brother

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The brother of Jeff Bezos’s girlfriend has filed a lawsuit accusing Mr. Bezos and his security consultant of defaming him in connection with a 2019 National Enquirer story revealing Mr. Bezos’s extramarital affair.

Michael Sanchez, a Hollywood talent manager and the brother of Lauren Sanchez, said in his lawsuit, which was filed on Friday in state court in Los Angeles, that Mr. Bezos and Gavin de Becker, the consultant, had falsely told journalists that he had leaked “graphic, nude photographs” of Mr. Bezos to The Enquirer.

Among its other claims, Mr. Sanchez’s suit says Ms. Sanchez and Mr. Bezos, the founder of Amazon and the world’s richest man, kept their affair secret on the advice of a psychic. Mr. Sanchez also said his home was searched by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The Enquirer story, published online on Jan. 9, 2019, contained reproductions of text messages from Mr. Bezos to Ms. Sanchez. The tabloid later claimed to have photos of Mr. Bezos in various states of undress, but did not publish them.

The lawsuit blames Mr. Bezos and Mr. de Becker for spreading what it calls “the false narrative” that Mr. Sanchez had betrayed his sister by peddling the story to The Enquirer.

A lawyer for Mr. Bezos, William Isaacson, said his client “has chosen to address this lawsuit in court and we will do that soon.” Mr. de Becker declined to comment.

In a statement provided by her lawyer, Terry Bird, Lauren Sanchez said, “Michael is my older brother. He secretly provided my most personal information to The National Enquirer — a deep and unforgivable betrayal. My family is hurting over this new baseless and untrue lawsuit, and we truly hope my brother finds peace.”

A lawyer for Mr. Sanchez, Enoch Liang, said in a statement that the lawsuit “speaks for itself.”

Mr. Sanchez’s assertions contain apparent inconsistencies. Mr. Bezos and Mr. de Becker, who investigated how The Enquirer got its exposé, have not publicly accused Mr. Sanchez of leaking photographs to the tabloid.

Instead, Mr. Bezos hinted in a blog post last February that materials relevant to the story made their way to The Enquirer through a hacking of his phone by Saudi Arabia, which has denied any role in the exposé.

Mr. Bezos, who owns The Washington Post, suggested that the Saudis had been angry over the newspaper’s coverage of the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi dissident and columnist for The Post who was murdered by Saudi assassins weeks after writing critically of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the paper. Mr. Bezos also cited the wooing of Prince Mohammed by David J. Pecker, the chief executive of American Media, the publisher of The Enquirer, who was seeking Saudi investment in the company.

Last month, Mr. Bezos’ security team circulated the results of a forensic analysis he had commissioned. It concluded with “medium to high confidence” that the Amazon founder’s iPhone X had been hacked after he received a video from a WhatsApp message sent to him from an account reportedly belonging to the Saudi crown prince, with whom the billionaire had swapped contacts at a Los Angeles dinner. The analysis did not reveal a Saudi connection to the materials obtained by The Enquirer.

American Media said in a statement last month that Mr. Sanchez was the “single source” for the exposé.

According to an October 2018 contract reviewed by The New York Times, Mr. Sanchez granted American Media the right to publish and license text messages and photographs “documenting an affair between Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez” in exchange for $200,000. In his lawsuit, Mr. Sanchez did not address whether he had provided text messages or photographs, or whether he was compensated by the tabloid.

When federal agents and prosecutors examined allegations of wrongdoing in connection with The Enquirer’s handling of the story, American Media gave them evidence showing that Mr. Sanchez had obtained text messages and photos of Mr. Bezos from his sister, four people with knowledge of the matter told The Times.

In his blog post last year, Mr. Bezos quoted emails sent to Mr. de Becker’s lawyer by an American Media lawyer and a company executive, who wrote that “the photos obtained during our news gathering” included a nude “below-the-belt selfie.” American Media said in the emails that it would refrain from publishing the photographs if Mr. Bezos said publicly that he believed the exposé was not politically motivated. (The Enquirer had been a booster of President Trump, who was at odds with Mr. Bezos.)

After Mr. Bezos accused American Media of trying to extort him with the unpublished materials, which the company denied, federal prosecutors began looking into the matter.

The company had months earlier avoided prosecution for having paid a former Playboy model, in coordination with Mr. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, for the exclusive rights to her story of an affair with Mr. Trump, a story that was suppressed by the tabloid. The company agreed not to break the law again or face consequences. Prosecutors have not taken any action related to the Bezos article.

Mr. Sanchez in his lawsuit acknowledged engaging with The Enquirer, but said he did so to protect his sister and Mr. Bezos.

According to the suit, the two started an affair in 2017, while Mr. Bezos was still married to MacKenzie Bezos, a novelist who was Amazon’s first accountant. After Mr. Bezos and Ms. Sanchez “were guided in their decision to keep their relationship hidden by a psychic in New Mexico,” Mr. Sanchez’s lawyers wrote, Mr. Sanchez “was instrumental in covering up first, the existence, and second, the timing of the affair.”

Eventually, Mr. Sanchez’s lawsuit said, he tried to “get ahead of the story,” entering into a nondisclosure agreement with American Media. By his account, he “agreed to corroborate the existence of the relationship under conditions that would help Mr. Sanchez manage the timing of the story and the way in which the affair was portrayed.”

Karen Weise and William K. Rashbaum contributed reporting.

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Trump Defends Closing Borders to Travelers to Fight Coronavirus

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Trump defended a decision that would bar foreign nationals who had recently visited China from entering the United States as his administration continued to assess the growing threat of a coronavirus outbreak.

Sitting with the Fox News personality Sean Hannity, Mr. Trump used a roughly nine-minute interview taped on Saturday evening at Mar-a-Lago, his private club in Florida, and broadcast on Sunday as an opportunity to condense his usual rally-speak into Super Bowl pregame chatter. The topics included the virus, his impeachment and quick-paced insults of his potential 2020 rivals.

“We pretty much shut it down coming in from China,” Mr. Trump said of the coronavirus. “But we can’t have thousands of people coming in who may have this problem, the coronavirus. We’re going to see what happens, but we did shut it down, yes.”

He said his administration was offering the Chinese “tremendous help” to contain the spread of the virus. On Sunday afternoon, the administration put into effect a rule that would also essentially quarantine American travelers who had visited China within the past two weeks, diverting them to seven airports “to implement enhanced screening procedures,” according to guidelines issued Sunday by the Department of Homeland Security.

There have been seven confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States, but no deaths.

Earlier in the day, Robert C. O’Brien, Mr. Trump’s national security adviser, appeared on television to advise Americans that there was “no reason to panic” about the spread of the virus. Indeed, during his Fox sit-down, both Mr. Trump and his interviewer seemed more interested in allowing the president to focus on his grievances over impeachment and his re-election effort rather than elaborate on a global public health crisis.

“It’s been very unfair from the day I won,” Mr. Trump said. “Mostly it was unfair to my family.”

He derided the impeachment effort as “a hoax” and said he had not thought to delay his annual State of the Union address before the culmination this week of his Senate trial — an expected acquittal that Mr. Hannity framed as a “fait accompli.”

Mr. Trump then spent a large part of the interview insulting a slate of potential Democratic rivals. He and Mr. Hannity played a lightning round where Mr. Hannity invited the president to say whatever came to mind about Democratic presidential candidates, including former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Michael R. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York.

Mr. Trump falsely called Mr. Sanders a “communist” and claimed that he had been married in Russia.

“I think of communism when I think of Bernie,” Mr. Trump said. “Didn’t he get married in Moscow?”

Mr. Sanders married in Burlington, Vt., before traveling to the Soviet Union soon after, and the trip has been used as fodder by his critics as evidence that he has communist leanings.

At one point, Mr. Trump falsely claimed that Mr. Bloomberg had requested a “box” to stand on should he attend a Democratic debate, a comment that drew sharp rebukes from both Mr. Bloomberg and his spokeswoman, Julie Wood, who called the president a “pathological liar who lies about everything: his fake hair, his obesity and his spray-on tan.”

Mr. Trump also called Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who oversaw the impeachment effort into his presidency, a “very confused, very nervous woman,” adding that Ms. Pelosi would not last in office: “I think the radical left is going to take over.”

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Richard Sherman arrives at Super Bowl LIV wearing Kobe Bryant jersey

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San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman arrived at Hard Rock Stadium for Super Bowl LIV on Sunday with the late Kobe Bryant on his mind.

Sherman was wearing a Bryant jersey as he arrived at the venue.

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It’s been a week since Bryant, his daughter and seven others died in a helicopter crash in California. Sherman talked about what Bryant meant to him earlier in the week as he and the rest of his teammates prepared for the Super Bowl against the Kansas City Chiefs.

“It’s unfortunate,” Sherman said. “It’s really sad. He was a friend of mine. He was a mentor. He meant a lot to this world and he made a positive impact. There’s nothing I can really say to qualify his impact on myself and on others.”

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“I just know how he would’ve, you know, wanted me to take this and to react especially in this moment and in this game,” he said. “I was really sad yesterday and I was sad this morning. I was kind of down. And then I thought about what he would tell me. He would tell me, ‘Stop being a baby and man up,’ and play it and do it in his honor and win this game for him. And that’s what we’re going to try to do.”

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The 49ers and the Chiefs are set to play in the Super Bowl at 6:30 p.m. ET.

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Trump Defends Closing Borders to Travelers to Fight Coronavirus

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Trump defended a decision that would bar foreign nationals who had recently visited China from entering the United States as his administration continued to assess the growing threat of a coronavirus outbreak.

Sitting with the Fox News personality Sean Hannity, Mr. Trump used a roughly nine-minute interview taped on Saturday evening at Mar-a-Lago, his private club in Florida, and broadcast on Sunday as an opportunity to condense his usual rally-speak into Super Bowl pregame chatter. The topics included the virus, his impeachment and quick-paced insults of his potential 2020 rivals.

“We pretty much shut it down coming in from China,” Mr. Trump said of the coronavirus. “But we can’t have thousands of people coming in who may have this problem, the coronavirus. We’re going to see what happens, but we did shut it down, yes.”

He said his administration was offering the Chinese “tremendous help” to contain the spread of the virus. On Sunday afternoon, the administration put into effect a rule that would also essentially quarantine American travelers who had visited China within the past two weeks, diverting them to seven airports “to implement enhanced screening procedures,” according to guidelines issued Sunday by the Department of Homeland Security.

There have been seven confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States, but no deaths.

Earlier in the day, Robert C. O’Brien, Mr. Trump’s national security adviser, appeared on television to advise Americans that there was “no reason to panic” about the spread of the virus. Indeed, during his Fox sit-down, both Mr. Trump and his interviewer seemed more interested in allowing the president to focus on his grievances over impeachment and his re-election effort rather than elaborate on a global public health crisis.

“It’s been very unfair from the day I won,” Mr. Trump said. “Mostly it was unfair to my family.”

He derided the impeachment effort as “a hoax” and said he had not thought to delay his annual State of the Union address before the culmination this week of his Senate trial — an expected acquittal that Mr. Hannity framed as a “fait accompli.”

Mr. Trump then spent a large part of the interview insulting a slate of potential Democratic rivals. He and Mr. Hannity played a lightning round where Mr. Hannity invited the president to say whatever came to mind about Democratic presidential candidates, including former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Michael R. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York.

Mr. Trump falsely called Mr. Sanders a “communist” and claimed that he had been married in Russia.

“I think of communism when I think of Bernie,” Mr. Trump said. “Didn’t he get married in Moscow?”

Mr. Sanders married in Burlington, Vt., before traveling to the Soviet Union soon after, and the trip has been used as fodder by his critics as evidence that he has communist leanings.

At one point, Mr. Trump falsely claimed that Mr. Bloomberg had requested a “box” to stand on should he attend a Democratic debate, a comment that drew sharp rebukes from both Mr. Bloomberg and his spokeswoman, Julie Wood, who called the president a “pathological liar who lies about everything: his fake hair, his obesity and his spray-on tan.”

Mr. Trump also called Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who oversaw the impeachment effort into his presidency, a “very confused, very nervous woman,” adding that Ms. Pelosi would not last in office: “I think the radical left is going to take over.”

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