Trump says he would have a ‘hard time’ letting son play football in Super Bowl Sunday interview

Sports News Trump says he would have a 'hard time' letting son play football in Super Bowl Sunday interview

Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) —  Like millions of Americans this Sunday, President Donald Trump will be joined by family and friends to watch the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams face off in the Super Bowl.

But in an interview that aired on football’s biggest day, Trump, a self-proclaimed fan said he would have a “hard time” letting his own son play the game and called it a “dangerous sport.”

CBS News’ Margaret Brennan asked the president if he would let his 12-year-old pick up the game.

“If he wanted to? Yes. Would I steer him that way? No, I wouldn’t,” the president said.

Football has faced a backlash — and a decline in youth participation — amid concerns about long term brain damage and physical injury. The NFL has tried to make changes to the sport to address the issues, but the president said that “hasn’t solved the problem.”

“I hate to say it because I love to watch football. I think the NFL is a great product, but I really think that as far as my son – well, I’ve heard NFL players saying they wouldn’t let their sons play football. So, it’s not totally unique, but I — I would have a hard time with it,” Trump said.

In the past, the president has complained about the NFL’s changes to the game in an effort to prevent serious injury.

“Football has become soft. Football has become soft. Now, I’ll be criticized for that. They’ll say, ‘Oh, isn’t that terrible.’ But football’s become soft like our country has become soft,” Trump said while he campaigned in 2016 at a rally in Reno, Nevada.

“They’re ruining the game,” the president said in 2017 at a rally in Huntsville, Alabama. “Hey, look, that’s what they want to do, they want to hit, OK? They want to hit. But it is hurting the game.”

The president has had at times a strained relationship with the NFL, and railed against players like Colin Kaepernick for taking a knee during the national anthem in protest of police brutality against black people and people of color.

But the president told CBS on Sunday that he understands why some players would take that position, and said members of the NFL have reached out to applaud him for his administration’s efforts on criminal justice reform.

“They have been calling and thanking, you know, that people have been trying to get that taken care of and it’s now signed into law and affects tremendous numbers of people, and very good people,” Trump said. “I think that when you want to protest I think that’s great. But I don’t think you do it at the sake of our flag, at the sake of our national anthem.”

Trump signed the First Step Act in December which, among other things, aims to reduce recidivism rates among federal prisoners, and allows judges to hand down sentences below the mandatory minimum for certain offenders.

The president will tune in to the Super Bowl at his private golf club in West Palm Beach and plans to enjoy a special performance from the Florida Atlantic University marching band. Trump says his Super Bowl party has grown in size every year.

“Now I end up with about 700 people for a Super Bowl. And believe it or not, there are a lot of friends,” he said.

The president told CBS he would be cheering for the Patriots.

“Well, they have a very special owner and coach, and certainly they have, I guess, the greatest quarterback of all time. So I would say they would win. As the expression goes, who knows? I hope it’s a great game,” Trump said.

Whichever team wins, Trump hopes to see them at the White House. He plans to leave the Super Bowl party early to return to the White House.

“Not all the games are great. But I do tend to leave a little bit early, and I think I probably will in this case, too, because it’s good to get up in the air so we don’t affect the flights back to Washington and other places,” he said.

This is the president’s third time spending Super Bowl Sunday away from Washington at his private Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago, which he calls the “Winter White House.” It is also the president’s first time back in Florida after he chose to remain in Washington during the record 35-day partial government shutdown.

Trump spent the weekend in Florida playing golf and spending time at Mar-a-Lago. On Saturday the he played golf with greats Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.

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Posted On 03 Feb 2019

‘El Chapo’ jury expected to begin deliberations

WORLD NEWS 'El Chapo' jury expected to begin deliberations

Drew Angerer/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — An anonymous Brooklyn federal jury is expected to begin deliberations as soon as Monday afternoon in the sweeping drug conspiracy trial of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

Prosecutors have accused Guzman of trafficking cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana into the U.S. as an alleged top leader of the Sinaloa Cartel.

“This guy I think is the number one bad guy of our generation and I just don’t think people realize,” said Jack Riley, retired deputy administrator for the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Closing arguments ended Thursday, and the trial did not sit on Friday. The judge will give the jury instructions on Monday morning.

In 10 weeks of testimony, 53 prosecution witnesses have seemingly described every conceivable aspect of the life of the alleged former head of the Sinaloa cartel: a naked journey through a secret tunnel, plastic bananas filled with cocaine, brutal murders, spied-on mistresses and an alleged bribe to then-Mexican President Pena Nieto.

“Obviously we disagree with much of the allegations against Mr. Guzman,” defense attorney Jeffrey Lichtman said outside court.

The defense asserted in closing arguments that Guzman was the victim of an elaborate conspiracy.

Defending Guzman was never going to be easy after he bragged about being the world’s biggest drug trafficker in an interview with Sean Penn for Rolling Stone.

“In a case such as this the most damning evidence is the defendant’s own words,” said criminal defense attorney Alex Spiro, who is not involved in the case. “The recordings in which Mr. Guzman is allegedly talking about large narcotics transactions strikes me as the most damning evidence.”

Guzman, 61, was extradited to the U.S. on the eve of President Donald Trump’s inauguration in January 2017.

“Guzman’s destructive and murderous rise as an international narcotics trafficker is akin to that of a small, cancerous tumor that metastasized and grew into a full blown scourge that for decades littered the streets of Mexico with the casualties of violent drug wars,” Robert Capers, then-U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said at the time of Guzman’s extradition. The Eastern District is prosecuting Guzman’s case.

Jurors have been asked to weigh ten counts against Guzman, each with different components.

“They have to systematically go through each count in the indictment in their verdict sheet,” Sprio said. “Their decision can come quite quickly inside the jury room but it may take them time to work through all the charges.”

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Posted On 03 Feb 2019

Back in the Super Bowl, Tom Brady and the Patriots can’t escape Donald Trump

Sports News Back in the Super Bowl, Tom Brady and the Patriots can't escape Donald Trump

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — The New England Patriots have gone to the Super Bowl each year that Donald Trump has been president, and with his favorite team in the championship again this year, the president’s relationship with the Pats and star quarterback Tom Brady is back in focus.

Trump has repeatedly hailed the Patriots as “winners,” touted his friendly relationship with Brady, team owner Robert Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick and has even suggested as a candidate and president-elect that they supported his presidency. He has also dined with Kraft at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida.



Brady’s ‘MAGA’ moment

When asked about his relationship with Trump, Brady has largely been evasive, but amid ongoing speculation about Brady’s political leanings, football fans have continued to tie the Patriots to Trump.

In Sept. 2015, Brady was spotted with a “Make America Great Again” hat in his locker. He was also known to have golfed with Trump before the business mogul became president.

During an 2015 interview on the Dennis and Callahan Interview Morning Show on Boston sports radio station WEEI, Brady confirmed that the hat was indeed from Trump.

“Now that he’s running for president he sent me a hat and he gave it to RKK weeks ago,” Brady said, calling the team owner by his initials. “So it found its way to my locker.”

“I’ve known [Trump] since 2002 when I judged one of his beauty pageants … so I’ve known him for a long time,” Brady added. “He always gives me a call and different types of motivational speeches at different times.”

Last week, actor Daniel Radcliffe — most known for his film role as “Harry Potter” but also a notable NFL fan — told Variety that although he doesn’t think the Los Angeles Rams will defeat the Patriots at Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta Sunday, he is rooting for the Rams “because the whole world is rooting against the Patriots, sorry.”

Asked if Brady should retire, Radcliffe said, “no,” but “he should just stop winning things.”

Then he cited Brady’s relationship to Trump:

“Take that MAGA hat of your locker! I feel like that was the moment where as a country, we were all like c’mon dude … you’re awesome, we’re behind you, don’t put that in there.”

Trump fuels the fire

Amid continued backlash from fans over the “MAGA” hat and a constant stream of questions about his politics, Trump put Brady and the Patriots back in the spotlight, announcing a day before the 2016 general election that Brady and Belichick are supporting his campaign for president while addressing thousands of supporters at a rally.



“Donald, I support you, you’re my friend and I voted for you,” Trump claimed that Brady told him.

Trump also read a letter he said he had received from Belichick, saying, “You’ve proved to be the ultimate competitor and fighter. Hopefully tomorrow’s election results will give the opportunity to make America great again.”

Although Brady did not confirm nor deny the claims at the time, his wife, super model Gisele Bundchen, denied the reports in an exchange on Instagram.

“Gisele I heard you and Tom were backing Trump! Is that true?” one user wrote.

“NO!” Bundchen responded.

Then, while speaking at a pre-inaugural dinner, the president-elect said that Brady and Kraft called to congratulate him for winning the election.

When asked on WEEI’s Kirk and Callahan show in January 2017, Brady did not deny that he called Trump, but appeared to downplay it, saying, “I have called him, yes, in the past. Sometimes he calls me. Sometimes I call him.”

“But, again, that’s been someone I’ve known. I always try to keep it in context because for 16 years you know someone before maybe he was in the position that he was in,” he added. “He’s been very supportive of me for a long time. It’s just a friendship. I have a lot of friends. I call a lot of people.”

A surprise no-show

During the 2017 Super Bowl, which took place two weeks into Trump’s presidency, fans compared the Patriots’ historic comeback against the Atlanta Falcons to Trump’s unexpected win against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.



One day after the win, tight end Martellus Bennett told reporters that he would not participate in the traditional White House visit, where the Super Bowl LI champs were set to be honored by Trump.

“Basic reason for me is I don’t feel accepted in the White House. With the president having so many strong opinions and prejudices, I believe certain people might feel accepted there while others won’t,” Bennett said.

And after that, several other players including defensive end Chris Long, running back LeGarrette Blount, defensive tackle Alan Branch and linebacker Dont’a Hightower announced that they would also not attend, with some citing their opposition to Trump.

But everyone wanted to know: What about Brady?

After much speculation, the team’s star quarterback surprised many when he announced on April 19 — the day of the visit — that he would not be joining his teammates at the White House.

Brady cited “personal family matters” and Trump did not publicly comment on Brady’s absence.

“I am so happy and excited that our team is being honored at the White House today,” Brady said in a statement. “Our team has accomplished something very special that we are all proud of and will be for years to come. Thank you to the President for hosting this honorary celebration and for supporting our team for as long as I can remember. In light of some recent developments, I am unable to attend today’s ceremony, as I am attending to some personal family matters. Hopefully, if we accomplish the goal of winning a championship in the future years, we will back on the South Lawn again soon.”

It is not uncommon for players to skips visits to the White House — often citing scheduling issue. In 2015 Brady said that a “family commitment” prevented him from attending the ceremony held by then-President Barack Obama.

Trump’s feud with the NFL

Trump ignited a public war with the National Football League and some of the league’s biggest stars when he slammed black players like former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who routinely took a knee during the national anthem to protest institutionalized racism and police brutality. Trump also lambasted NFL owners for allowing the protests to continue and called on fans to boycott games.

The feud which has been ongoing for two years was sparked at a 2017 rally in Alabama, where Trump suggested that team owners should respond to players who protest and say, “Get that s– of a b—- off the field right now, he’s fired. He’s fired!”

When asked about Trump’s comment in Sept. 2017 during an interview on WEEI’s Kirk and Callahan show, Brady called Trump’s comments “divisive” and voiced support for players who protest.

“Yeah, I certainly disagree with what he said. I thought it was just divisive,” Brady said. “Like I said, I just want to support my teammates. I am never one to say, ‘Oh, that is wrong. That is right.’ I do believe in what I believe in. I believe in bringing people together and respect and love and trust. Those are the values that my parents instilled in me. That is how I try and live every day.”

After hosting the Patriots in 2017, Trump rescinded a White House invitation to last year’s Super Bowl champs, the Philadelphia Eagles, after several players announced that they planned to boycott the visit.



Whoever wins the Super Bowl this year, a question that cannot be avoided is whether they plan to visit the White House.

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Posted On 03 Feb 2019

MMA fighter Cedric ‘Spiderman’ Marks captured after jail van escape: Texas authorities jail van escape

Sports News MMA fighter Cedric 'Spiderman' Marks captured after jail van escape: Texas authorities jail van escape

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office(CONROE, Texas) — A mixed martial arts fighter suspected of murder after he was captured after escaping from a jail transport van on Sunday.

Cedric Joseph Marks fled from a private prisoner transport in Conroe Sunday morning, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office wrote on Twitter. The Conroe Police Department announced that he was captured later in the afternoon, but it was not immediately clear how.

Marks, 44, was arrested by U.S. Marshalls in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on a charge of burglary with the intent to commit another felony, Conroe Police Lt. Dorcy McGinnis said in a press conference Sunday afternoon. He was being extradited back to Bell County by Texas Prisoner Transport Services, McGinnis said.

Marks fled on foot after the van stopped at a McDonald’s in Conroe Sunday around 7 a.m., McGinnis said. Nine other inmates were in the van at the time, and the van — which had two transport guards — had recently stopped in Louisiana on its way to Texas, she added.

Marks, who fights under the nickname “Spiderman,” according to mixed martial arts website Sherdog, is 44 years old, stands 5-foot-11-inches tall, and weighs 185 pounds.

Marks has warrants for his arrest in Temple, Texas, for the deaths of Jenna Scott, 28, and Michael Swearingin, 32, McGinnis said. They were reported missing on Jan. 9 and their bodies were found in Oklahoma on Jan. 15, according to the Temple Police Department.

Scott was Marks’ ex-girlfriend, and the burglary charge he was picked up on was related to her, ABC Killeen affiliate KXXV-TV reported.

Scott had filed a protective order against Marks in Bell County on July 27, court documents show. They began dating in August 2015 after meeting on Tinder, according to the order.

In a sworn affidavit filed on July 30, Scott described Marks as a “master manipulator” and said she “became aware of his manipulative and deceitful nature” as their relationship progressed, the court document shows.

“I believe he is a pathological liar,” Scott said, according to the court document. “I also believe he is a psychopath. He told about me killing pets when he was a child in Oklahoma and that he was in and out of psychiatric facilities during his childhood. He told me he had killed someone in Oklahoma but that he was able to cover it up and that he could do the same here in Texas.”

Marks would threaten Scott every time she tried to break up with him and even choked her until she lost consciousness on two occasions, she said in the affidavit.

“Each time he allowed me to regain consciousness and then he choked me out again,” she said, according to the court document.

Marks allegedly broke into Scott’s home and threatened her on Aug. 21, KXXV reported, citing an arrest affidavit. After the incident, Scott told police she hadn’t given Marks consent to be inside her home and that he took her phone out of her hand and threw it, according to the station.

When Scott yelled for her daughter to call 911, Marks then instructed Scott to make her daughter hang up the phone, KXXV reported.

Marks allegedly said, “You know what I am capable of … your entire family and all your friends will need witness protection if you call the police,” KXXV reported, citing the arrest affidavit.

Two other members of Scott’s family were also listed in the protective order, the document shows.

Marks is considered to be “extremely dangerous.” Authorities do not believe he is in any kind of restraints, McGinnis said, warning residents to stay indoors and not to make contact with him.

Marks may not be wearing a shirt, the sheriff’s office said, adding that deputies found his shirt after he fled.

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Texas authorities searching for MMA fighter charged with murder after jail van escape

Sports News Texas authorities searching for MMA fighter charged with murder after jail van escape

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office(CONROE, Texas) — Texas authorities are searching for a professional fighter charged with murder after he escaped a jail transport van on Sunday.

MMA fighter Cedric Joseph Marks fled from a private prisoner transport in Conroe, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. It is unclear where Marks was being transferred to and from when he escaped.

Marks has three pending murder charges against him, authorities said, adding that he is considered to be “extremely dangerous.” The circumstances surrounding the murder charges against Marks were not immediately clear.

Marks, who fights under the nickname “Spiderman,” according to mixed martial arts website Sherdog, is 44 years old, stands 5 foot 11-inches tall, and weighs 185 pounds.

Marks may not be wearing a shirt, the sheriff’s office said, adding that deputies found his shirt after he fled.

Additional details were not immediately available.

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Posted On 03 Feb 2019

Norway hopes world’s first floating tunnel will be ‘like a new Eiffel Tower’

WORLD NEWS Norway hopes world's first floating tunnel will be 'like a new Eiffel Tower'

iStock(OSLO, Norway) — Highway E39 in Norway is one of the most beautiful drives in the world, hugging the country’s rugged west coast from Kristiansand to Trondheim.

It is 684 miles of unending scenery, including rivers and lakes, waterfalls, mountains and numerous fjords.

But if you look carefully at a road map, E39 is something of a dotted line. Each of the breaks occurs at seven fjords — where drivers must put their cars on a ferry to get across.

This stop-and-start, sea-and-land journey takes 21 hours.

But the government of Norway has a plan.

“Ferry-free E39” would cut the driving time almost in half with a series of bridges and tunnels across the fjords.

One planned tunnel will set a world record for a rock tunnel — drilled under the seabed of a fjord. It will be 1,286 feet deep and 17 miles long.

If that sounds like a long stretch in the nowhere-land of a tunnel, the Norwegians are planning to make the tunnel’s lighting as easy on the eyes as possible.

“Route E39 is a key route for Norway,” said Kjersti Kvalheim Dunham, a project manager overseeing the revamping of the E39 route. “Improved transport will improve welfare for the local population, open up to more exports and increase tourism.”

In fact, she said, “the tunnels may become attractions,” like a “new Eiffel Tower on and under the water.”

Creating “a pleasing driving environment” is just part of the plan for another unique tunnel along the future E39. At 4,265 feet deep, the largest in Norway, Sognefjord is too deep to dig a tunnel beneath the sea bottom.

Instead, the plan calls for something the world has never seen before: a submerged floating tunnel.

Think of a drinking straw, anchored in the bedrock on either side of the fjord, submerged about 98 feet below the surface of the water, low enough for the biggest ships to pass safely over, and with plenty of space underneath for submarines to come and go.

In addition to staying clear of water traffic, the depth of the tunnel assures smooth driving.

“Wind, waves and currents have hardly any influence there,” Arianna Minoretti, a chief engineer at Norway’s Public Roads Administration, told ABC News.

She said 50 international experts “are doing detailed simulations and detailed measurements of wind speed, current, undersea landslides, bedrock geology, etc.” to make sure the plans, as well as the tunnel, are rooted in “the real-world environment.”

The two concrete tubes of the tunnel — one for traffic headed in each direction — will be firmly fixed in position and attached to floating pontoons, spaced 820 feet apart to allow sea vessels to pass through.

This ambitious line of bridges and tunnels for the new Highway E39 is part of an even bigger network.

“Norway already has got 1,170 tunnels, 37 of which go underwater,” said Kvalheim Dunham. “Norwegians are quite used to going underwater in tunnels.”

The new highway won’t be ready anytime soon. To date, 10 percent of the project has been completed.

By 2025, 33 percent of the project is expected to be completed. The entire route won’t be fully finished until 2050, Kvalheim Dunheim said.

And the price? Just $40 billion.

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Posted On 03 Feb 2019

Scoreboard roundup — 2/2/19

Sports News Scoreboard roundup -- 2/2/19

iStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Saturday’s sports events:

L.A. Clippers 111, Detroit 101
Milwaukee 131, Washington 115
Charlotte 125, Chicago 118
Orlando 102, Brooklyn 89
Dallas 111, Cleveland 98
Indiana 95, Miami 88
Golden State 115, L.A. Lakers 101
San Antonio 113, New Orleans 108
Denver 107, Minnesota 106
Houston 125, Utah 98
Atlanta 118, Phoenix 112
Sacramento 115, Philadelphia 108

OT Philadelphia 5, Edmonton 4
OT New Jersey 3, Montreal 2
Detroit 2, Ottawa 0
St. Louis 4, Columbus 2
Florida 3, Vegas 1
N.Y. Islanders 4, L.A. Kings 2
Winnipeg 9, Anaheim 3
Toronto 3, Pittsburgh 2
Dallas 3, Nashville 1
Tampa Bay 3, N.Y. Rangers 2
OT Chicago 4, Minnesota 3
Vancouver 5, Colorado 1
OT San Jose 3, Arizona 2

(1) Tennessee 93, Texas A&M 76
(2) Duke 91, St. John’s 61
(3) Virginia 56, Miami 46
(4) Gonzaga 85, San Diego 69
OT Indiana 79, (6) Michigan St. 75
(7) Kentucky 65, Florida 54
(8) Nevada 93, Boise St. 73
(9) North Carolina 79, (15) Louisville 69
(11) Kansas 79, (16) Texas Tech 63
(12) Virginia Tech 47, (23) NC State 24
Arkansas 90, (19) LSU 89
(20) Iowa St. 65, Texas 60
(22) Mississippi St. 81, Mississippi 75
(25) Florida St. 59, Georgia Tech 49

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Posted On 03 Feb 2019