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The early attempts of the Biden administration to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement are receiving a chilly early reaction from Tehran. Though few anticipated a breakthrough in the new administration’s first month, Iran’s tough line indicates a tough path ahead.

Having made many important openings to Iran in its first weeks in office, the outreach of the administration was all but shunned by the Iranians. They had already dismissed the opening gambit by Biden: a U.S. return to the arrangement that President Donald Trump withdrew from in 2018 if Iran resumes full compliance with the agreement’s obligations.

Iran is shaping up to be a big test of the overall foreign policy strategy of the Biden administration, which the president has said would realign itself with the kind of multilateral diplomacy shunned by Trump. Although there are other hot-button concerns, among them Russia, China and North Korea, Iran has a special significance for the top national security aides of Biden. They include State Secretary Antony Blinken, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, and Iran Special Envoy Rob Malley, all of whom have been closely involved in the drafting of President Barack Obama’s 2015 deal and may have personal stakes in saving it.

Biden took office pledging to reverse Trump’s pullout from the settlement, which in exchange for curbs on his nuclear programme gave him billions of dollars in sanctions relief. Just last week, in at least three ways, Biden delivered: agreeing to return to international talks with Iran to restart the agreement, rescinding Trump’s determination that all of the U.N. The sanctions on Iran and the lifting of onerous travel restrictions on Iranian diplomats posted to the United Nations must be restored.

Nevertheless, Iran has held firm to demands that it will not respond to anything less than a complete lifting of the reimposed sanctions by Trump. Iran made good on a threat to suspend adherence to the U.N. over the weekend. Agreement permitting intrusive inspections of the nuclear sites declared by it. While it stopped short of demanding the withdrawal of foreign inspectors, Iran reduced cooperation with them and, if sanctions were not lifted, threatened to reconsider the measure in three months.

The hard-nosed position of the Iranians has left the administration at the cusp of a tough choice: move forward with sanctions relief before Iran resumes full compliance and risks losing the leverage it has or doubling down first on demands for full compliance and risk Tehran fully walking away from the agreement.

Given the politically volatile nature of Iran in Washington, Republicans strongly oppose the nuclear agreement, and in Europe and the Middle East itself, especially in Israel and the Gulf Arab states that are most directly challenged, it is a delicate balance and one the administration is loathe to accept it faces.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken reaffirmed on Monday that the United States is prepared to return to the nuclear agreement provided that Tehran demonstrates “strict compliance” with it. Blinken told the U.N.-backed Geneva Disarmament Conference that the U.S. is committed to ensuring that Iran never acquires a nuclear weapon and is committed to working with allies and partners to expand and improve the agreement reached between Iran and Germany, France, Britain, Russia, China and the U.S.

“The best path to achieving that goal is diplomacy,” he said.

However, just 24 hours earlier, on Sunday, Iran rejected demands to suspend cooperation with the U.N. Atomic Watchdog. Although Iran has not expelled the International Atomic Energy Agency, which is responsible for monitoring Iranian compliance with the agreement, it has placed an end to the agency’s access to video from cameras mounted at a variety of locations.

There was no immediate reaction from the U.S. to that change, but the White House and State Department both downplayed the value of the move on Monday.

Our opinion is that negotiation is the only way forward to stop Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon,” reporters told White House press secretary Jen Psaki.” “That does not mean that they have clearly not taken the steps necessary to comply with them and we have not taken any steps or indicated that we are going to meet the requirements they are also putting forward.”

Speaker Ned Price addressed the IAEA mission more specifically at the State Department, praising the agency for its ‘professionalism’ in keeping inspectors and their apparatus in the country despite the early threat from Iran to expel them on Tuesday. He said the United States supports the progress of IAEA chief Rafael Grossi in reaching a provisional agreement with Iran, but regretted that Tehran remains out of compliance.

Price said the administration was worried that Iran seemed to be moving in the wrong direction, but did not comment on the view of the administration as to whether its outreach had yielded results to date. Nor was he prepared to say what the administration could do to force Iran back into line with the agreement, given that all the limitations it imposed were abandoned by its continuing threat.

“The United States is prepared to meet with the Iranians to hash out these difficult and complex issues,” Price said, referring to terms used by government officials to refer to their initial goal of “compliance for compliance” and then “compliance for compliance-plus.”

According to administration officials, “Compliance-plus” will include restrictions on Iran’s non-nuclear operations, including the production of missiles and support for Mideast rebel groups and militias. A primary reason Trump gave for withdrawing from the nuclear agreement was that it did not resolve those concerns and for more than a year his administration has sought to extend the deal to include them.

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Vikings linebacker Nick Vigil shows new team a little something special

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GLENDALE, Ariz. — Linebacker Nick Vigil was a two-way player at Utah State, and he looked the part Sunday.

Vigil, a 28-year-old linebacker in his first season with the Vikings, returned an interception 38 yards for a touchdown on the second play of the second half to give the Vikings a 30-24 lead, but it was the execution that brought out the athleticism.

Vigil extended his arms like a wide receiver to grab the pass from Kyler Murray on the left side of the defense, then demonstrated his ability to escape on the way to his first career touchdown in the NFL.

After stiff-arming speedster Rondale Moore at the 20, Vigil slithered past guard Josh Jones to get into the end zone before rolling to a finish.

Nothing, really.

“Just dropped to my spot, read (Murray’s) eyes,” Vigil said. “He was staring it down, so I was able to break on it and catch the ball. I thought (Moore) was gonna get me from behind. That guy’s a little faster than me, so he caught me pretty quick, but I was able to escape him.

“Ahh… I don’t know if you can say ‘due,’ but it felt good to finally get one.”

Vikings cornerback Patrick Peterson, a former Cardinals player who knows something about State Farm Stadium, was dropping into his zone and did not see the play develop, but the crowd reaction tipped him off.

“I just heard the crowd kind of take a gasp for air, so I knew we had to do something good,” said Peterson, who spent his first 10 pro seasons with Cardinals.

“I looked up on the big screen and Nick was going the other way with the football.”

Vigil also joined the Vikings’ defense as a free agent this season after playing his first four years with Cincinnati then joining with the Chargers in 2020. He signed a one-year, $1.75 million contract in March.

“Nick has been phenomenal for us since he got here in OTAs, throughout minicamps, and he’s been making plays for us thus far throughout the season,” Peterson said.

Principally a linebacker at Utah State, Vigil also spent time as a running back, and had 169 yards rushing and four touchdowns.

Vigil also was involved in a disputed play late in the first half, when he came up with a fumble that was disallowed after review.

On second down from the Vikings’ 5-yard line, Moore ran a jet sweep over the right side and lost the ball when cornerback Bashaud Breeland popped the ball loose on a tackle.

The ball popped into Vigil’s hands, but a review indicated that he did not have both feet in bounds after gaining possession, and the Cardinals retained possession.

“No, just kinda popped into my chest,” Vigil said. “I was joking with guys on the sidelines (that) I gotta start working on my toe-taps. Get two feet down.”

A.J. Green was called for holding on that play to move the ball back, but Murray scored on a designed quarterback keeper up the middle on the next play, following center Rodney Hudson.

“They had a good play called,” Vigil said. “In that situation, there’s not much you can do. We’ve just got to see it a little faster and all rally to it before he gets in.”

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St. Charles County achieves 50% full vaccination in COVID fight

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – One of the most populous counties in Missouri has reached 50% full vaccination in the fight against COVID-19. St. Charles County joins Boone County, the city of Joplin, and St. Louis County to reach the mark.

Fourteen other jurisdictions in the state are at least 40% fully vaccinated: Franklin, Atchison, Jackson, Cole, Gasconade, Greene, Shelby, Nodaway, Montgomery, Cape Girardeau, and Christian counties, as well as Kansas City, Independence, and St. Louis City.

According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, the state has recorded 662,380 cumulative cases of SARS-CoV-2—an increase of 1,270 positive cases (PCR testing only)—and 11,062 total deaths as of Sunday, Sept. 19, no increase over yesterday. That’s a case fatality rate of 1.67%.

Please keep in mind that not all cases and deaths recorded occurred in the last 24 hours.

State health officials report 53.1% of the total population has received at least one dose of the vaccine. Approximately 64.4% of all adults 18 years of age and older have initiated the process.

The state has administered 67,066 doses of vaccine in the last 7 days (this metric is subject to a delay, meaning the last three days are not factored in). The highest vaccination rates are among people over 65.

Vaccination is the safest way to achieve herd immunity. Herd immunity for COVID-19 requires 80% to 90% of the population to have immunity, either by vaccination or recovery from the virus.

(Source: Missouri Dept. of Health and Senior Services)

The Bureau of Vital Records at DHSS performs a weekly linkage between deaths to the state and death certificates to improve quality and ensure all decedents that died of COVID-19 are reflected in the systems. As a result, the state’s death toll will see a sharp increase from time to time. Again, that does not mean a large number of deaths happened in one day; instead, it is a single-day reported increase.

At the state level, DHSS is not tracking probable or pending COVID deaths. Those numbers are not added to the state’s death count until confirmed in the disease surveillance system either by the county or through analysis of death certificates.

The 10 days with the most reported cases occurred between Oct. 10, 2020, and Jan. 8, 2021.

The 7-day rolling average for cases in Missouri sits at 1,640; yesterday, it was 1,678. Exactly one month ago, the state rolling average was 1,969. 

Approximately 49.3% of all reported cases are for individuals 39 years of age and younger. The state has further broken down the age groups into smaller units. The 18 to 24 age group has 82,293 recorded cases, while 25 to 29-year-olds have 56,717 cases.

People 80 years of age and older account for approximately 44.1% of all recorded deaths in the state.

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Month / Year Missouri COVID cases*
(reported that month)
March 2020 1,327
April 2020 6,235
May 2020 5,585
June 2020 8,404
July 2020 28,772
August 2020 34,374
September 2020 41,416
October 2020 57,073
November 2020 116,576
December 2020 92,808
January 2021 66,249
February 2021 19,405
March 2021 11,150
April 2021 12,165
May 2021 9,913
June 2021 12,680
July 2021 42,780
August 2021 60,275
September 2021 31,353
(Source: Missouri Dept. of Health and Senior Services)

Missouri has administered 6,886,663 PCR tests for COVID-19 over the entirety of the pandemic and as of Sept. 18, 16.9% of those tests have come back positive. People who have received multiple PCR tests are not counted twice, according to the state health department.

According to the state health department’s COVID-19 Dashboard, “A PCR test looks for the viral RNA in the nose, throat, or other areas in the respiratory tract to determine if there is an active infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. A positive PCR test means that the person has an active COVID-19 infection.”

The Missouri COVID Dashboard no longer includes the deduplicated method of testing when compiling the 7-day moving average of positive tests. The state is now only using the non-deduplicated method, which is the CDC’s preferred method. That number is calculated using the number of tests taken over the period since many people take multiple tests. Under this way of tabulating things, Missouri has a 10.2% positivity rate as of Sept. 16. Health officials exclude the most recent three days to ensure data accuracy when calculating the moving average.

The 7-day positivity rate was 4.5% on June 1, 10.2% on July 1, and 15.0% on Aug. 1.

As of Sept. 16, Missouri is reporting 1,956 COVID hospitalizations and a rolling 7-day average of 1,944. The remaining inpatient hospital bed capacity sits at 16% statewide. The state’s public health care metrics lag behind by three days due to reporting delays, especially on weekends. Keep in mind that the state counts all beds available and not just beds that are staffed by medical personnel.

On July 6, the 7-day rolling average for hospitalizations eclipsed the 1,000-person milestone for the first time in four months, with 1,013 patients. The 7-day average for hospitalizations had previously been over 1,000 from Sept. 16, 2020, to March 5, 2021.

On Aug. 5, the average eclipsed 2,000 patients for the first time in more than seven months. It was previously over 2,000 from Nov. 9, 2020, to Jan. 27, 2021.

The 2021 low point on the hospitalization average in Missouri was 655 on May 29.

Across the state, 496 COVID patients are in ICU beds, leaving the state’s remaining intensive care capacity at 17%.

If you have additional questions about the coronavirus, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is available at 877-435-8411.

As of Sept. 19, the CDC identified 41,915,285 cases of COVID-19 and 670,565 deaths across all 50 states and 9 U.S.-affiliated districts, jurisdictions, and affiliated territories, for a national case-fatality rate of 1.60%.

How do COVID deaths compare to other illnesses, like the flu or even the H1N1 pandemics of 1918 and 2009? It’s a common question.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), preliminary data on the 2018-2019 influenza season in the United States shows an estimated 35,520,883 cases and 34,157 deaths; that would mean a case-fatality rate of 0.09 percent. Case-fatality rates on previous seasons are as follows: 0.136 percent (2017-2018), 0.131 percent (2016-2017), 0.096 percent (2015-2016), and 0.17 percent (2014-2015).

The 1918 H1N1 epidemic, commonly referred to as the “Spanish Flu,” is estimated to have infected 29.4 million Americans and claimed 675,000 lives as a result; a case-fatality rate of 2.3 percent. The Spanish Flu claimed greater numbers of young people than typically expected from other influenzas.

Beginning in January 2009, another H1N1 virus—known as the “swine flu”—spread around the globe and was first detected in the US in April of that year. The CDC identified an estimated 60.8 million cases and 12,469 deaths; a 0.021 percent case-fatality rate.

For more information and updates regarding COVID mandates, data, and the vaccine, click here.

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Courtland Sutton’s return-to-form game is career-best and helps Broncos beat Jaguars, move to 2-0

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — If Broncos receiver Courtland Sutton has the kind of career he and those around him anticipate, there will be longer catches and bigger wins and more game balls.

But Sunday might always stand out because it may be the start of something.

The start of Sutton returning to No. 1 pass-catcher status.

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Courtland Sutton (14) of the Denver Broncos signals first down after making a catch against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first quarter at TIAA Bank Field on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021.

The start of him assembling another Pro Bowl season.

And the start of him showing management he merits a long-term contract.

In the Broncos’ 23-13 win Sunday over Jacksonville, Sutton — after only one catch in the season opener at the New York Giants — set career highs in catches (nine) and yards (159), including receptions of 33 and 55 yards that led to touchdowns.

“He’s back,” coach Vic Fangio said.

And right in time.

The Broncos won’t have receiver Jerry Jeudy for another 3-5 weeks after his high ankle sprain sustained last week, so they needed Sutton to assert himself. Request granted and challenge accepted.

“My coaches always say, ‘Each play has a life of its own,’ and if you have that mindset, you’ll look up at the end of the day and the stats will take care of themselves,” Sutton said.

The stats were terrific; his previous high yardage game was 120 in the 2019 opener at Oakland and his high-reception game was seven in the same loss to the Raiders.

Sutton’s two splash plays were needed as the Broncos fell behind 7-0 and committed multiple careless penalties. But the defense adjusted and flummoxed Trevor Lawrence (114 yards passing and two interceptions), moving Fangio’s record against rookie quarterbacks to 19-9.

The Broncos are 2-0 for the first time in three years, erasing the stench of the last two awful Septembers (combined 0-7).

They have scored 50 points in Weeks 1-2, confirming the faith general manager George Paton had this offseason in the young group of skill-position players.

And they have allowed only three touchdowns in wins over the Giants and Jaguars, proof that using so many resources on defense has paid an immediate dividend.

Yes, before you say it, we know the Giants are chasing their collective tail in the NFC East and the Jaguars have lost 17 consecutive games dating back to last year.

But so what? The Broncos have played the schedule assigned to them by the NFL and conducted their East Coast business like any potentially good team does … by posting two double-digit wins.

“By no means did we play (perfectly) and we’re going to have to play better,” Fangio said. “But eventually, when you play good defense, which we did minus the first drive, and your offense is moving it … you’ll eventually plow your way through it.”

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Tim Patrick (81) of the Denver Broncos dances after catching a touchdown pass from Teddy Bridgewater (5) against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second quarter at TIAA Bank Field on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021.

If the Broncos can plow their way through the New York Jets in next week’s home opener, then things will get really exciting.

Simply put, beating the Giants was fine, but they couldn’t afford to erase it by losing to Jacksonville.

The Jaguars hung tough early, leading 7-3 late in the first half. But then Sutton went to work.

On third-and-6 from his 24, Sutton kept the drive alive with a 16-yard catch. Two plays later came his first big strike.

Sutton ran a crossing route and as quarterback Teddy Bridgewater extended the play, Sutton turned up the field to create separation from safety Rayshawn Jenkins for a 33-yard gain.

“Teddy being Teddy and finding a way to get the football to (me),” Sutton said. “No play is dead until they blow the whistle.”

The Broncos took the lead for good three plays later when receiver Tim Patrick was completely uncovered for a 12-yard touchdown.

Leading 10-7 to start the second half, Sutton helped put the game away. On second down from the Broncos’ 28, Sutton simply ran by cornerback Chris Claybooks on a post route that gained 55 when Bridgewater dropped the pass into his hands.

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Inside Patriots RB Damien Harris’ game-breaking touchdown run against the Jets

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Ivan Fears called it.

The Patriots long-time running backs coach thought Damien Harris would rebound from his costly Week 1 fumble against the Dolphins.

Did he ever.

During the Patriots 25-6 win over the Jets, Harris had a 26-yard-touchdown run that was one for the ages, running through tackles, finding his way through eight would-be tacklers.

It was a combination of will and skill, with a push from his teammates in the end to get over the goal line for a pivotal third-quarter touchdown.

“I knew he was going to find a way to get in the end zone,” said fellow back James White. “I knew he was extremely motivated to get out there, and for him to have a run like that, where they were ripping at the ball, and have him running through tackles was really impressive.”

Harris had no turnovers, rushing for 62 yards on 16 carries. None were more important than the score that put the Pats up 19-3.

Harris wasn’t going to be denied, pushing aside one defender after another, dragging several with him into the end zone, with a little nudge at the end from his linemen and quarterback Mac Jones.

“(I was) very determined, obviously,” said Harris. “Any time you touch the ball, you want to get it in the box. It was a great play, everybody was blocking their butts off, got a lot of help from a lot of guys, apparently got some help from Mac Jones, too … but it was a great play, and it was great to have that moment with the team.

“Everybody was feeling the energy, everybody was excited. It was truly a great moment.”

Said Jones: “The offensive line created the hole and Damien made the guy miss … there he goes, he kind of shot out the back door, and I was like, ‘Alright, here we go.’ He did a good job getting it in.”

Harris had rushed for 100 yards on 23 carries the previous week, but that effort was stained when he lost the ball with the Patriots at the Miami 11-yard-line, poised to go in for the winning score.

It ultimately cost the Patriots a chance at victory, and while Fears wasn’t pleased with the turnover, he was confident Harris would respond in a big way.

Bill Belichick was happy how the team, and Harris, bounced back from last week’s setback.

“Damien’s one of our hardest-working players,” Belichick said after the win. “He worked hard this week, prepared hard. He’s pretty consistent.”

The Jets defense was a tough unit to crack, especially on the ground, as the Patriots gained just 101 yards on 24 carries (4.2 yards per carry). That’s what made Harris’ run even more special.

“It was a statement for the offense,” said White.  “That play was huge.”

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Greg Joseph’s missed field goal as time expires extends Vikings’ historic kicking woes

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GLENDALE, Ariz. — For the fatalist Vikings fans out there, it would be unbelievable if it wasn’t so, well, believable.

A swing of the leg. A missed field goal. A heartbreaking loss.

You can add Greg Joseph to the long list of maligned Minnesota kickers that most notably includes Gary Anderson, Blair Walsh and Daniel Carlson.

With a chance to win the game on Sunday afternoon at State Farm Stadium, Joseph pushed a 37-yard field goal wide right as time expired, and the Vikings suffered a heartbreaking 34-33 loss to the Arizona Cardinals to fall to 0-2 on the season.

For Joseph, it was the conclusion of a roller-coaster game, during which he made a pair of 52-yard field goals and missed an extra point.

Though that missed PAT proved costly as the Vikings would have been tied with the Cardinals had he made it, Joseph had a chance to atone for his mistake in the final seconds. He crumbled.

Some people will say the Vikings should have tried to gain more yards on the final drive to make the potential game-winning kick a little easier. Kirk Cousins completed a pass K.J. Osborn at the 19-yard line on the final play before Joseph’s field-goal attempt.

With about 40 seconds left at that point, the Vikings were content to let the clock tick away before calling timeout. Asked if he thought about trying to gain more yards, coach Mike Zimmer replied, “Yeah, I thought about all those things.”

In the end, though, he was content with Joseph lining up for the 37-yard field goal. The ball was in the middle of the field. All that was left to do was split the uprights.

“I felt good about that kick,” Zimmer said. “He’s been kicking good. We’re indoors. It’s a perfect surface. I’m thinking, ‘This should be an easy one here.’ ”

As the the kick sailed wide right — not wide left like Vikings fans are used to — punter Jordan Berry slapped Joseph on the back in encouragement. Meanwhile, the Cardinals celebrated raucously, sprinting up and down the field with elation.

“That kick didn’t lose us the game,” Osborn said. “It’s a bunch of different plays throughout the game.”

In that same breath, Osborn mentioned how Joseph nailed a 53-yard field goal last week against Cincinnati to send that game into overtime.

“He’s going to keep knocking them in for us,” Osborn said. “It happens. We love him. That’s our guy.”

Asked about Joseph’s misfire, Cousins took the same approach as Osborn.

“He knows we’re here for him,” Cousins said. “What he did last week is no small feat. It was a very difficult thing to do. There were so many plays out there that each of us, individually, would like to have back, and that’s the way it’ll always be.”

Zimmer praised Joseph for his ability before adding that he would like to see him be more consistent. Does he expect Joseph to be the kicker moving forward?

“I don’t think you should make a decision today on things like that,” the coach said. “I don’t think you make decisions on personnel right after a guy misses a kick.”

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — A group of about two dozen people gathered Saturday to pay their respects to the 22-year-old Independence police officer killed in a shooting earlier in the week.

The small crowd gathered outside Centerpoint Medical Center as a motorcade escorted Officer Blaize Madrid-Evans’s body from the hospital to the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s office. Madrid-Evans died Wednesday after a confrontation with a man who was being sought for violating parole.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the suspect fired a handgun at Madrid-Evans and his partner, who returned fire.

The suspect, 33-year-old Cody L. Harrison, died at the scene and Madrid-Evans died at a hospital later.

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Broncos QB Teddy Bridgewater goes from steady to heady, joins Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees in NFL record book

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Teddy Bridgewater’s steady start has him in heady company, as the Broncos quarterback joined his old pal Drew Brees and the Packers’ Aaron Rodgers in the NFL record books.

After leading the Broncos to a 23-13 win at Jacksonville Sunday, Bridgewater became the first NFL quarterback since Brees three years ago to open a season with two games of two passing touchdowns, no picks, and a 75% completion rate (with a minimum of 12 attempts). Rodgers (2015) and Jeff George (1994) are the only other QBs to do so before that.

“Honestly, I just wake up every morning and I appreciate the opportunity to go to work every day with the group of men in that locker room,” Bridgewater said after completing 26 of 34 throws for 328 yards and two scores against the Jaguars (0-2). “And all I want to do is give them my best. And me at my best is being comfortable.”

For the second straight week, Bridgewater looked extremely comfortable in the Broncos’ pocket, even when that pocket seemed to be shrinking all around him. Despite taking three sacks, the veteran didn’t turn the ball over on Sunday. For the season he’s thrown four touchdowns and no picks.

“That’s a great quality to have at all positions, especially quarterback, especially cornerback,” Broncos coach Vic Fangio said of Bridgewater’s poise under pressure. “And he has it. It’s just in his DNA. I’d like to tell you that we’d coached that into him, but we got it when we (traded for) him. That’s who he is.”

He’s also won three of his last four NFL starts dating back to last fall, improving his career mark during the regular season to 28-23 (.549) overall.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — During the most memorable play of the Patriots’ 25-6 win over the Jets, Damien Harris covered 26 yards.

He broke seven tackles.

He scored six points.

And he enjoyed one final push from an unlikely source to get across the goal line: Mac Jones.

After the play, Harris and the Patriots broke out in vigorous celebration of his first touchdown of the season. It was a show of sheer strength and togetherness in a high-pressure situation, given the division stakes and difficult upcoming schedule. Jones’ push also brought some levity to the moment, and his teammates’ press conferences post-game.

Here’s how Harris and Co. reacted to Jones flying 30 yards downfield to help out:

Damien Harris: “I appreciate it, but I hope he never does it again. We need him.”

James White: “We’d preferably not have him down there when Damien’s in the pile, but he’s excited to be out there and do whatever he can to help the team.”

Devin McCourty: “He’s a tough guy. I guess Roll Tide, huh?”

Mac Jones: “My job is to make sure nothing bad happens and try to be by the ball. Maybe I should’ve stayed back.”

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Family members of four east metro residents shot dead and found in a Wisconsin cornfield last week had a common message to the public Sunday during a vigil and news conference: If you know something, say something.

Two men were arrested last week in connection with the slayings. But some family members at Sunday’s vigil at Mount Olivet Church said they believe there are other suspects out there.

Last Sunday, Sept. 12, a farmer in the Town of Sheridan, Wis., found an abandoned vehicle in a cornfield. Inside were the bodies of Jasmine Christine Sturm, 30, of St. Paul; her brother, Matthew Isiah Pettus, 26, of St. Paul; her boyfriend, Loyace Foreman III, 35, of St. Paul, and her lifelong friend, Nitosha Lee Flug-Presley, 30, of Stillwater. The last known contact anyone had with the four was at 2:08 a.m. Sunday when they were seen leaving a St. Paul bar.

Jasmine Christine Sturm, top left; her brother Matthew Isiah Pettus, lower left; her lifelong friend Nitosha Lee Flug-Presley, center; and Sturm’s boyfriend, Loyace Foreman III, right. (Courtesy photos)

Sunday’s event with the families of Flug-Presley and Foreman III included statements by St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell, St. Paul Fire Chief Butch Inks, and Mayor Melvin Carter.

“If you see something, say something,” Loyace Foreman II said at the vigil. His words were echoed and chanted by other family members and the crowd at the event.

When asked if he had a message for the suspects, he said, “I feel for you. I don’t know what type of mind, heart or spirit could do something like this to four young spirits.”

Damone Presley, father of Flug-Presley, repeated the message. “If someone knows something, say something,” he said.

Having two suspects in custody brought him some relief, he said, but it won’t bring back the four who were killed.

“I was relieved where I could at least breathe a little bit,” he said. “My daddy would say, ‘You do the crime, it’s time to do the time. You have two suspects. Justice is due.”

St. Paul activist Tyrone Terrill pleaded with the suspect or suspects to come forward.

“Be a man,” he said. “Give them some answers. The families have a right to know what happened. You can never have total healing without total truth.”

While the families want and need answers, he said, ultimately that’s not what matters, Presley said.

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Damone Presle, father of Nitosha Lee Flug-Presley, talks about her and Loyace Foreman III during a celebration of Foreman’s life at Mount Olivet Baptist Church in St. Paul’s Rondo neighborhood on Sunday Sept. 19, 2021. (John Autey / Pioneer Press)

“You can’t help but feel that this nightmare, this attack, this tragedy, is an attack on all of us,” Carter said.

“On behalf of the city of St. Paul (know) that we take it personally and that our officers are leaving no stone unturned,” he said.

Carter asked for those who know something to come forward.

“When somebody inflicts deep, everlasting, unfixable harm on our community, when you stand up and tell the truth, stand up and let every single person who inflicted this nightmare on us … that’s the only way to help, to heal, to move us forward.”

Axtell said his department is working with several agencies to solve the murders, saying “All hands are on deck.”

“It’s very personal. … I want you to know the St. Paul Police Department takes this personally, it touches us deeply, it makes us want to work harder to bring justice to the families who need the answers,” he said.

Jessica Foreman, Loyace’s mother, said her wish is that the suspects and their children and grandchildren “get to know Jesus” to break the cycle of violence.

Antoine Darnique Suggs, 38, of Phoenix, and his father Darren Lee Osborne, 56, of St. Paul, are both in custody in connection with the killings. Both are charged with four counts of hiding a corpse, as a party to a crime, in Dunn County, Wis. More serious charges could be brought against one or both men in Wisconsin or Minnesota when it’s determined where the four people were killed, Dunn County Sheriff Kevin Bygd said Thursday.

Flug-Presley and Suggs were seen together at the White Squirrel Bar on West Seventh Street near Randolph Avenue late Saturday night into early Sunday morning.

Suggs would fly in from Arizona and see Flug-Presley, an aunt of the woman told a sheriff’s office investigator. Flug-Presley’s mother reported to another investigator that she knew her daughter was recently with a man named Antoine.

Sturm and Pettit were brother and sister.

Further details about the four victims were found on their GoFundMe pages.

A joint fundraising page was set up for Sturm and Pettit who are siblings.

“From day one her bright eyes, zest for life, and infectious smile captivated everyone around her. Jasmine absolutely loved fashion, all things Audrey Hepburn, and was very involved in Minneapolis/St. Paul community activism. Jasmine loved and doted on her (two) children (5 and 11) and worked very hard to be an engaged and supportive mother,” the page said.

“Nothing and no one could slow Matt (Pettit) down. Matthew was infinitely curious and always on the move. Matthew and Jasmine shared a strong bond and were inseparable as children. Like his father, the late MCA recording artist Giorge Pettus, Matthew was a creative and talented musician, teaching himself the piano and the saxophone. Matthew had recently become a new father and he doted on that child as much as he could.”

Ashli Jones set up a GoFundMe page for her brother, Loyace Foreman III, and his children.

“My big brother Loyace III was a son, father, brother and friend,’ Jones wrote on his GoFundMe page. “He loved art and music. His loss was unexpected and horrifying. He leaves behind the broken hearts of his two sons, parents, siblings and many friends.”

Another page was set up for the children of Nitosha Presley by her father, Damone Presley.

“My daughter was a loving and caring mother of 2 children that are left behind. All of your help and support will be truly appreciated as they continue to live their lives,” Presley wrote on her GoFundMe page.

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8-year-old girl happy to come home after spending nearly 1 year in the hospital

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – After spending 277 days at the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hosptial in New York City, 8-year-old Payton Garcia Archie got a warm welcome home from friends and family Sunday afternoon!

Payton is a dancer, she is always ready to bust a move! She is the sweetest girl who adores all the disney princesses.

When Payton was born, she was diagnosed with pulmonary atresia, a form of heart disease in which the pulmonary valve does not form properly, causing blood to flow back into her heart. The doctors said she needed open heart surgery. Payton received two heart transplants, she received her first one when she was 4 months old. Her family calls her heart transplants angel hearts.

“I am extremely grateful my baby is back.” Payton’s grandma, Delisa Archie who also goes by ‘Glamma’ says it has been an extremely long and difficult battle. Payton received her second heart transplant in December 16, 2013. “We weren’t scared. We’ve been down that road before but on February 13th she had her first heart attack,” says Delisa.

Through the countless, sleepless nights, this little girl has experienced multiple life-threatening experiences. She had a kidney transplant and removal, 2 heart attacks, and 4 strokes. “She said don’t ever leave me again — my heart belongs to you Mema, that’s what she calls me Mema,” says Delisa.

Through many prayers, Payton’s family held onto hope. “There was one goal and that goal was to bring her home. There were times where it wasn’t looking good at all.” Her family call Payton a miracle.

Payton learned to love her scars and she doesn’t let them define her. Her family is beyond grateful to see the support at home and around the globe. Friends held a car parade for Payton, then they gathered at the The World of Dance in Colonie, where Payton dances. “Just seeing that support — she’s had love from California, Spain, Africa, from London — from all over. So, for the Capital District to come and Albany and Colonie Police Departments, it was just amazing,” says Delisa.

Now that Payton is officially home, she has a long list of fun things to do, penciling in plenty of snuggle time with her puppy Coach! “She said she couldn’t wait to dance and she wants to go swimming…” says Delisa.

Welcome home, Payton!

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