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Afghanistan vet running the Boston Marathon for Boston Children’s Hospital, where he had life-saving brain surgery

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Afghanistan vet running the Boston Marathon for Boston Children’s Hospital, where he had life-saving brain surgery

An Afghanistan War veteran is running the Boston Marathon this year to give back to the hospital that saved his life as an 8-year-old boy.

Army Maj. David Frost, 34, was in third grade when doctors found a cavernous angioma on the right frontal lobe of his brain. He had emergency surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital, and was able to make a full recovery a year later.

Now 26 years later, the Maynard resident is training for the Boston Marathon and raising funds for the hospital that saved his life.

“It was a life-changing moment for me,” said Frost, who’s now in the reserves and attending MIT business school. “I’ll forever be thankful for the work they do, the care they provide, and their ability to show empathy for kids.”

Frost, who grew up in Franklin, still has memories of himself as an 8-year-old — laying on the couch in the family room as he battled excruciating headaches.

“They were these terrible splitting headaches,” he said. “To this day, I can go back to those moments.”

It was the August 1995, and he was getting ready to start third grade. Frost was coming off a great summer, playing football and enjoying all the other things that come along with being a healthy 8-year-old.

But then he started getting these horrendous headaches that forced him to miss football, stay inside and lay on the couch for hours.

Doctors at first said the headaches were caused by bad allergies. However, after weeks of pain, his pediatrician made the call to send him for MRIs. That’s when the doctors found the cavernous angioma, a benign growth that consists of small blood vessels, and he had emergency surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Frost has been symptom-free ever since the year of recovery. He went on to play sports, graduated from West Point, and served in the Army. He was deployed to Afghanistan in 2012.

Last year, Frost left the military and moved on to business school. But he started to feel something was missing.

“A part of me really craved the purpose I felt when I was in the military, contributing to an important cause, dedicating yourself to something and consistently working toward that,” he said.

“I was back home in Massachusetts, and thinking of different moments in my life that were impactful,” Frost added. “So I decided to run for Boston Children’s to help me fill that purpose and contribute to something important.”

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Jets owner Woody Johnson still has confidence in Joe Douglas, Robert Saleh

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NEW YORK — Despite the Patriots’ 54-13 obliteration of the Jets in Week 7, Jets owner Woody Johnson still believes in the organization’s new infrastructure.

“I have unwavering, steadfast confidence in Joe [Douglas], Robert [Saleh] and the coaching staff,” Johnson said Tuesday. “I’ve been around for going on 22 years, with my little absence that I had recently, and this is a good group. So we will get it right.”

Johnson — who returned to helm his struggling football team earlier this year after four seasons away while serving as President Trump’s ambassador to the United Kingdom — spoke to the media at the start of the NFL owners’ meetings in Manhattan.

Johnson labeled the beatdown from their arch-rival last weekend “frustrating,” but said his focus has turned to the red-hot Cincinnati Bengals (5-2) who crushed the Baltimore Ravens, 41-17, in Week 7 and are tied for the best record in the AFC. The Jets are 1-5 under Saleh, who was hired while Woody’s brother Christopher was still running Gang Green and is a first-time head coach. Douglas was hired in June 2019.

In the two seasons with Adam Gase as head coach the Jets started 1-8 (2019) and 0-13 (2020). But regardless of which Johnson is running the show, the Jets have been one of the worst-run franchises in the league and have the longest active playoff drought (10 seasons and counting).

The Jets’ latest embarrassing start is due to another inept offense and struggling defense. They rank in the bottom five in scoring offense and points allowed. Their offense hasn’t scored a point in the first quarter through six games.

But Johnson still believes in the direction of the long-term plan.

Why?

“Just talking to the leadership with Joe and Robert, talking to them and seeing how their plans are put together, how they’re deep thinkers,” Johnson said. “I think they want to do things like establish a culture and they’re getting the right players in the right positions.”

Johnson might have complete faith in this leadership team, but he might be one of the few.

Ex-Jets coach Rex Ryan — who led Gang Green to back-to-back conference title games at the start of his tenure with the team — blasted Saleh after the loss.

“A complete embarrassment for Robert Saleh and his coaching staff,” Ryan, now an ESPN analyst, said Monday on “Get Up!” “By the way, guys, here’s the scary thing — they’re coming off a bye, a bye! … There’s no passion.”

“You saw a team that knows what the hell they’re doing, the coaching staff with a rookie quarterback, the New England Patriots. That kid [Mac Jones] looks like a seasoned pro. You look at the other side, you’ve got a horrendous coaching staff with a quarterback [Zach Wilson] that looks 100 percent lost.”

There’s no question the shiny new toy hasn’t played well during his rookie year. The first-year quarterback has thrown for 1,168 yards with four touchdowns and nine interceptions while completing just 57% of his passes. It’s not all on the former BYU star, though. There have been offensive inconsistencies across the board from shaky offensive line play to an invisible running game to underperforming weapons.

And to add injury to insult, Wilson suffered a sprained PCL in the second quarter of Sunday’s loss in Foxborough that will likely sideline him between two to four weeks. But Johnson claimed he has zero concerns about the No. 2 overall pick.

“It’s a very young team with a young quarterback. He’s 22 years old. He just turned 22,” Johnson said. “So he’s seeing things for the first time. Like a lot of the young quarterbacks. It’s gonna take him a little bit of time but I have a lot of confidence in Zach, too.”

Wilson’s injury prompted the Jets to trade a conditional sixth-round pick to the Eagles for Joe Flacco on Monday because their only backup QB was Mike White, who saw his first NFL game action when Wilson went down on Sunday.

The Jets don’t look much different than how they did in 2020 — or for much of the last decade — but at least the boss seems to have an abundance of confidence in Wilson, Saleh and Douglas to get Gang Green in the right direction.

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Retired Patriots safety Patrick Chung arrested for domestic violence in Massachusetts

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Oct. 26—Three-time Super Bowl champion and recently retired Patriots safety Patrick Chung has pleaded not guilty to domestic violence and vandalism charges out of Milton.

The onetime fan favorite was hauled into Quincy District Court Tuesday for the charges against “a family member/household member” and vandalism. Milton Police, records state, arrested him Monday.

He’s accused of allegedly assaulting the mother of one of his children, records state.

Prosecutors asked for $10,000 cash bail and terms that he would not have contact with the victim, according to a spokesperson for Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey. Chung was released on $10,000 personal surety and a restraining order.

The victim’s name has not been released.

In May 2020, Chung signed a two-year contract extension with a $3 million signing bonus to play safety for the Patriots through 2023. He opted out of the 2020-21 season, citing COVID-19 concerns. In March 2021, the 34-year-old announced his retirement after 11 seasons in the NFL and three Super Bowl wins with the Patriots.

“I’m in tears writing this but I’ve decided to hang up the cleats. Bill, Mr. Kraft, thank you for giving me the opportunity to play for your team for 11 years. I love you. Bill, for teaching me life on and off the field, (I) will not forget that,” he said in part on social media when he retired.

Chung spent several seasons with the Patriots, playing in Foxboro from 2009 to 2012, and again from 2014 until his career’s end. Teammates voted him a captain in 2018. He was part of three Super Bowl-winning teams and was named to the New England Patriots 2010s “All-Decade” team.

This isn’t Chung’s first run-in with local authorities. In 2019, Chung faced a felony charge of cocaine possession after drugs were allegedly found in his home in Meredith, New Hampshire. That charge was dismissed in January 2020, on terms that he would remain on good behavior for two years.

Chung is due back in court on Jan. 7 for a pretrial conference.

On Monday, the day of his arrest, Chung posted the message, “Best day of my life,” from his personal Twitter account. He didn’t explain why.

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3 keys to a Giants win over the Panthers in Week 7

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1) RUN THE BALL EFFECTIVELY

The best way to protect a bad offensive line is to run the ball well. Daniel Jones’ legs will be important to controlling this game for the Giants. So will downhill backs Devontae Booker and Eli Penny.

2) DON’T TURN IT OVER

Sam Darnold and the Panthers offense have struggled and turned the ball over without top back Christian McCaffrey. Jones can’t turn the ball over and give Darnold short fields like he did with four giveaways to the Rams.

3) STOP THE RUN

The Giants run defense is giving up 137.2 yards per game, fourth worst in the NFL. Panthers coach Matt Rhule publicly said he wants to recommit to the ground game and run it 30-35 times. The Giants view that as a direct challenge. Stopping that may decide the game.

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