Patrick Mahomes threw for 318 yards and a touchdown and Harrison Butker kicked five field goals as the Kansas City Chiefs secured a playoff berth with a 22-16 win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
Receiver Travis Kelce caught eight passes for 136 yards and the go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter as the Chiefs improved to 11-1 for the second time in franchise history.
"We just keep building," said Kelce. "We knew coming into the season that we have to rebuild a championship team. We had different pieces and we had to put them all together to make a sound team. I think you saw that tonight."
The Chiefs won their 11th straight game against the Broncos, a streak that dates back five years. They will clinch the division championship if they win any of their four remaining games, including next Sunday's meeting with the Miami Dolphins.
They are a half-game behind the 11-0 Pittsburgh Steelers in the race for the AFC's top playoff seed.
The Chiefs will also be in the postseason for the sixth straight season, a team record.
Tyrann Mathieu intercepted Broncos quarterback Drew Lock twice, including one pick with just 24 seconds left that helped seal the game.
- Mayfield's stellar half -
Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield threw for four first-half touchdowns as the Browns scored on all six first-half possessions to beat the Tennessee Titans 41-35.
The Browns' six scores led to 38 points, which established a franchise record for points in the first half.
Mayfield completed 25 of 33 passes for 334 yards. The only other Browns' quarterback to throw four touchdowns in the first half was Otto Graham in 1951.
"Great plays. Up front, the protection was great, and our guys were getting open and making those plays. It is a combination," said Mayfield.
The Browns had a chance to add to their points total, but Donovan Peoples-Jones couldn't hold on to a potential scoring pass. That led to kicker Cody Parkey's 27-yard field goal with just under 11 minutes to go in the first quarter.
Cleveland improved to 9-3 on the season, while the Titans fell into a first place tie in the AFC South Division with Indianapolis, who beat Houston 26-20.
Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill finished 29 of 45 for 389 yards with three touchdowns. He also had an interception.
League rushing leader Derrick Henry was held to 60 yards on 15 carries for Tennessee.
- Rodgers 'fun' milestone -
In Green Bay, Aaron Rodgers threw three touchdown passes, and the Packers held on to defeat the struggling Philadelphia Eagles 30-16.
Rodgers turned 37 on Wednesday but is showing no signs of slowing down. He reached 400 touchdown passes in his 193rd regular-season game, making him the fastest in history to achieve the milestone.
Rodgers did it in 12 fewer games than Drew Brees, who was previously the fastest to 400.
Syrian archives images of Damascus homes to preserve them
Strolling through the alleyways of war-torn Syria’s capital, Rania Kataf snaps photos of the city’s famed houses, capturing their nooks and crannies for posterity.
After seeing how vulnerable they had become during the country’s devastating civil war, the 35-year-old began creating a digital archive of the buildings of Old Damascus.
“I was inspired by European photographers who tried to document buildings in their cities during the Second World War so architects could later rebuild part of them,” she said.
The old city of the Syrian capital is famed for its elegant century-old houses, usually two storeys built around a leafy rectangular courtyard with a carved stone fountain at its centre.
Their many rooms usually include both a summer and a winter guestroom, both looking onto the courtyard.
While the capital has been largely spared the violence of Syria’s almost 10-year war, several of these traditional homes have been abandoned by their owners or damaged in the conflict.
Some have even become home to families displaced by the fighting, who have settled in their high-ceilinged rooms and sometimes made slight alterations to their interiors.
In 2016, Kataf created a group on Facebook called “Humans of Damascus”, to which more than 22,000 Syrians from the capital have sent in photos of their homes.
“You don’t need to be an expert to document something,” she said.
- Grand family home -
Already her pictures are proving useful in restoration efforts.
Inside a palatial Ottoman-era home called Beit al-Quwatli, Kataf painstakingly captures shots of each section of an ornate wall, then scribbles in her notepad.
The building once belonged to the family of Syria’s first post-independence president, Shukri al-Quwatli.
Part of the home collapsed in 2016 after rebel rocket fire nearby cracked its walls, but today the authorities and private partners are sprucing it up to turn it into a cultural institute.
In a large hall, workers in yellow vests and blue hard hats dust off long beams painted in dark green and gold, propped up on trestles.
Kataf’s pictures of surviving features of the building will help as a reference as they repair the damage.
In 2013, UNESCO decided to add all six of Syria’s World Heritage sites, including the Old Cities of Damascus and Aleppo and the ruins at ancient Palmyra, to its World Heritage in Danger list.
Kataf, who studied nutrition in Lebanon’s capital Beirut, said she was spurred into action after seeing the conflict damage or destroy architectural gems elsewhere in Syria.
“I was scared the same would happen to Old Damascus, so I started to document as many of its details as I could,” she said.
Rebel rockets fell on Damascus in the early years of the war, but the guns have largely fallen silent since government fighters expelled the last rebels and jihadists from the city’s outskirts in 2018.
The “Humans of Damascus” project has continued, however, with many photos posted on the Facebook group and others stored by Kataf, who makes them available to researchers on request.
Today some buildings are still at risk of “losing their identity because of money-making projects, or becoming neglected and forgotten after their residents emigrated,” Kataf said.
- ‘I live in a museum’ -
But Raed al-Jabri, sitting by the fountain inside his home-turned-restaurant, said he has done all he could to preserve the building’s original beauty.
“We were going to lose the house completely. It was about to collapse and was in desperate need of repair,” the 61-year-old said.
He converted the house into an eatery in the 1990s, investing his profits in the building’s upkeep.
“A Damascus home is not just for its inhabitants,” he said, reminiscing about better days before the war, when tourists flocked to the city.
In another part of the Old City, 50-year-old businessman Sameer Ghadban said he was proud to still live in what was once the home of a famous 19th-century Algerian who had resisted the French occupation of his homeland then sought refuge in Syria until his death.
“My wife and I have been living here for 12 years, on the very spot where Emir Abdelkader did,” he said.
During his time in Damascus, Abdelkader is credited with saving thousands of Christians from sectarian violence in 1860.
Ghadban said he has strived to preserve the building’s uniqueness down to the very last detail, however much it costs, in honour of those who lived in it before him.
In a small summer living room open onto one of the house’s two courtyards, the walls are covered in intricate carvings, including verses from the Koran, under a painted wooden ceiling.
“I feel like I live in a museum,” he said. “I will never be able to live in a normal flat after this.”
Donald Trump said Sunday his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani has tested positive for Covid-19, the latest member of the president’s inner circle — where mask wearing is rare — to contract the disease.
The 76-year-old former New York City mayor’s age puts him in a high-risk group, and the New York Times and ABC reported he was hospitalized on Sunday in Washington as the US faces a record surge in coronavirus cases.
Giuliani’s diagnosis comes after he has been crisscrossing the country, leading the president’s defiant — and unsuccessful — effort to undo Joe Biden’s victory in the November 3 presidential election.
During his travels, Giuliani has been seen frequently without a mask: on Wednesday, he was at the Michigan state assembly in Lansing with his face uncovered for a hearing that lasted more than four hours.
On Thursday, CNN showed footage of him in Atlanta walking maskless down a hall chatting with several other people whose faces were uncovered.
“Giuliani, by far the greatest mayor in the history of NYC, and who has been working tirelessly exposing the most corrupt election (by far!) in the history of the USA, has tested positive for the China Virus,” Trump tweeted, using a term he applies to the coronavirus widely decried as racist and fanning conspiracy theories.
“Get better soon Rudy, we will carry on!!!”, the president added.
A few hours earlier, Giuliani was interviewed live on Fox News and showed no signs of the disease.
- ‘They are wrong’ -
The diagnosis was also a day after Trump, who long played down the severity of the pandemic and even mocked those who wore masks, held his first big political rally since the election — before a tightly packed crowd of thousands of largely unmasked supporters in Georgia.
White House coronavirus response coordinator Deborah Birx expressed frustration Sunday at anti-mask sentiment in the US.
“I hear community members… parroting back that masks don’t work,” she told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
“They are wrong.”
The United States — the country with the most coronavirus cases and deaths in the world — has seen a dramatic resurgence in its epidemic in recent weeks.
For the third day in a row, the United States on Saturday notched a record number of coronavirus cases in 24 hours, reaching nearly 230,000 new infections, according to a tally
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