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Philly native Chris Myarick’s ‘crazy’ first career catch helped bury the Eagles

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Philly native Chris Myarick’s ‘crazy’ first career catch helped bury the Eagles

Chris Myarick is as Philly as they come. The Giants tight end was born in Elkins Park and went to Cheltenham High School before moving seven miles south to go to Temple University in North Philadelphia. So of course his first career NFL catch was a decisive touchdown for the Giants against their hated division rivals, opening up a 10-0 lead in a 13-7 win that had real implications on the fringes of the NFC playoff race.

“Crazy play. Crazy first regular season catch for me,” Myarick said Sunday. “It was just crazy for me personally — finally getting the sign up, and that’s the first touchdown of the game and it was coming to me. It was kind of a crazy experience.”

Myarick is right, because it isn’t just crazy that a Philly native caught his first career NFL pass for a touchdown in a huge moment. It’s how he ended up on the field, and how he caught it — or not.

Backup tight ends Kyle Rudolph and Kaden Smith were out with injuries, so Myarick was signed off the practice squad for the second straight week. Undrafted out of Temple in 2019, Myarick appeared in three games with the Dolphins the last two years before joining the Giants this fall.

“I’d say it was pretty much just like any other week for me,” the understated Myarick said after the win. “I always try to prepare like I’m playing, prepare like I’m starting, even when I was on the practice squad. Not much of that changed. Obviously, a little bit more reps here and there, but that was pretty much it.”

The catch itself was outrageous. The one-yard pass from Daniel Jones late in the third quarter bounced off his stomach and slid down his leg before Myarick used his knees to squeeze the ball and then got a hand under it. Or at least that’s what replay officials concluded, as it was hard to tell if the ball hit the ground.

In a statement, the NFL said that Myarick “bobbles the ball, but gets his left hand underneath the ball before it touches the ground,” and therefore it was a touchdown.

Asked Sunday, he said that the ball didn’t hit the ground. “It wasn’t the cleanest catch,” he said, “but it still counts. I’ll take it.”

The Giants will take it too. Jason Garrett’s firing was supposed to result in an increased emphasis on playmakers like Kenny Golladay and Saquon Barkley, but for the second straight game, Jones’ only touchdown went to an extremely unlikely source. (Tackle Andrew Thomas caught one in the blowout loss to the Bucs.)

But Myarick’s teammates were thrilled for him, telling him to go ahead and celebrate and they would worry about tracking down the ball later. “I was holding on to it at first and they wanted me to spike it,” he said. “Saquon went and got it for me. I appreciate him for that.”

The people in his life who probably don’t appreciate him much right now? Eagles fans, including his friends and family. He lost his Eagles fandom once he got closer to pro ball, saying “Once you get to college … you root for guys you know in the league.” But that doesn’t apply to everyone he knows, obviously. “They might be a little mad at me,” he said of the countless Eagles fans in his life, “but that’s all good. I’ll take our win for sure.”

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Pittsburgh bridge collapses hours before Biden visit about infrastructure

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PITTSBURGH, Pa. (WTAJ) –A four-lane bridge collapsed in Pittsburgh, prompting rescuers to rappel nearly 150 feet while others formed a human chain to help rescue multiple people from a dangling bus.

The collapse comes just hours before President Joe Biden arrived in Pittsburgh to push his $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan and efforts to strengthen supply chains in America.

The collapse happened in the Frick Park area of the city Friday morning before 7 a.m. Several cars and a Port Authority bus were involved. It was reported by Pittsburgh Public Safety on Twitter that an odor of natural gas was detected and asked all residents to avoid the area.

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Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire Chief Darryl Jones said three or four vehicles were involved in the collapse and there were 10 minor injuries with three, who were on the bus, taken to the hospital. None of the injuries were life-threatening, Jones said.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki tweeted out that President Biden is grateful to the first responders who rushed to assist the drivers who were on the bridge at the time. The President will proceed with his trip planned for today and will stay in touch with officials on the ground about additional assistance we can provide.

The Red Cross is also on scene to assist.

Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey said the bridge over Hot Dog Dam Dog Park was inspected just last September, CBS reports.

Nexstar and Associated Press contributed to this story.

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Electric vehicle batteries scatter and catch fire in I-44 semi crash near Rolla

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Electric vehicle batteries scatter and catch fire in I-44 semi crash near Rolla

ROLLA, Mo. – A truck carrying 33 lithium-ion batteries designed for Chevy Volt cars, each weighing 1000 pounds, overturned at mile marker 184 on Interstate 44 last night. A second tractor-trailer struck the truck and crashed into the median. This caused the batteries to scatter everywhere and catch fire.

Rolla Firefighters were able to put out the fire. It took 12 people to free the victims. The truck drivers and one passenger were injured. They were flown to a hospital in Columbia for treatment.

The crash took around four hours to clear. A team from St. Louis is at the scene this morning to help with the clean-up operation, according to the City of Rolla Fire & Rescue.

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First half of America’s Center expansion project out to bid

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ST. LOUIS – A study on the expansion of America’s Center in Downtown St. Louis is complete and will be delivered to the St. Louis County Council on Friday.

More than a year after the city closed on the sale of bonds for its half of the $210 million expansion and rehab of the America’s Center, St. Louis County has continued to resist issuing its half of the bonds amid a dispute over the financing of a recreation center in north St. Louis County, FOX 2’s partners at the Post-Dispatch reported.

St. Louis City’s board of public service is handling the construction bids and they initially delayed issuing a request for bids for the first half of the project due to the uncertainty over when the county would move. Just before Christmas, a working group of city and county officials approved putting the project’s first half out to bid. This is an $83 million expansion of exhibit hall space along Cole Street on the site of a recently demolished parking garage. Contractor responses are due by March 1, and a contractor should be chosen by early May.

St. Louis County Councilman Ernie Trakas asked in November for the cost-benefit study of the convention center from the St. Louis economic development partnership. County budget officials said the pandemic’s hit to hotel taxes means it will be years before there is any excess to use for a new project. Councilwoman Rita Heard Days called for the county to back the project with a portion of its proceeds from a settlement with the NFL and Los Angeles Rams.

Final construction drawings for the second half of the project which includes the construction of a new public plaza on surface lots along the convention plaza and a new ballroom inside America’s Center should be complete by next month and go out to bid in April.

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