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Saturday 14th July 2012, 3:54am
In the almost nine months since Tom Brady was last
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. J.J. Watt Elite Jersey . - In the almost nine months since Tom Brady was last seen on a football field, hes added a wife, a few pounds and a knee brace that wont let him forget the injury that cost him all of last season. \"The reality is, in this sport, you really never know. Any day could be your last day in football,\" the New England Patriots quarterback told a crush of reporters after practice on Thursday. \"I dont think about the end too often. Hopefully, this is still, relatively, in the early part of my career.\" In his first news conference since torn knee ligaments finished his 2008 season in the opening game, Brady said he has moved on from the injury. His comments showed that hes used some of his time off to think about the role football plays in his life. Having married supermodel Gisele Bundchen and spent some extra time with his 21-month-old son, Jack, Brady said hes grown more appreciative of the things that are important to him. One of them is football. \"I think when you sit on the sidelines for an entire year you realize how much you love it. ... You experience things in a much different way, and a way that I never experienced as an athlete,\" he said. \"I love being out here. I love participating and being around these guys.\" A two-time Super Bowl Most Valuable Player and the NFL MVP in 2007, Brady crumpled to the ground last September when he was tackled in the pocket by Kansas City Chiefs safety Bernard Pollard. He had surgery in October and then another to clear up an infection, and he wore a knee brace under his long sweat pants on Thursday. \"You wake up the next day and think, Was that a dream? Because thats not really how I thought it was going to go,\" Brady said. \"I think I felt bad for myself that night, and I think I moved on after that. Since then, its about trying to get better.\" On other topics, Brady said: --He is a few pounds over his playing weight. --He would rather not wear the brace, but he acceded to the demands of the teams trainer. --He hasnt talked to other quarterbacks who have had reconstructive knee surgery, though he has talked to teammates who went through the same thing. --He is looking forward to the teams game against the Buccaneers in London this year: \"Id much rather play in London than at Tampas stadium.\" --The team will find a way to replace offensive co-ordinator Josh McDaniels, who left to become the head coach of the Denver Broncos. \"Thats part of the NFL: Things change every year,\" Brady said. \"I hope that we find ways to move on without him. Weve already started that process. It doesnt stop for anybody around here. \"You leave and someone else fills your spot and theyre anxious for the opportunity.\" Bradys injury usually takes from eight to 12 months to recover from, but he said he isnt at all limited in what he can do on the football field. Although he was critical of his own performance in practice -- his third with the full team -- he said it was more a lack of work than anything related to the injury. \"This is a hard game. You always think its going to get easier as you get older, and youre going to complete more balls. Thats not the way it works,\" he said. \"I feel as good as I could possibly feel. ... There is obviously a lot of rust by all of us, being off for four months. Thank God the season is a few months away, but we need the work and I need the work.\" Otherwise, nothing should keep him from being available for the Sept. 14 regular-season opener against Buffalo. Yet perhaps his injury also has given Brady a new perspective on that. \"There are a lot of things that could happen in two months,\" he said. \"Ive got to drive home this afternoon in Boston traffic. You never know what could happen.\" Ichiro Suzuki Jersey . -- Bruce Chen will never overpower with a blazing fastball. Ben Zobrist Jersey . Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Albert Pujols lone hit of the night was a two-run double that broke up a tie game in the fourth, and the St. Ryan Mathews Elite Jersey . The 20-year-old from Toronto staked his claim to his fourth consecutive Canadian mens figure skating title Saturday, easily winning the short program with his jazzy program to Paul Desmonds \"Take Five. Walt Weiss Jersey . Conditional seventh-round picks in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft could also be exchanged depending on several criteria. MacMillan, a center, was taken in 2007 with the 19th selection. He has yet to appear in an NHL game, playing in 2009-10 with the Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL -- where he registered 2 goals and 6 points in 30 games -- and the Abbotsford Heat of the AHL, going scoreless in seven games. Blaine Gabbert Elite Jersey . And he said it vehemently. \"The coaches are in place. Ive said that. How can I be any clearer?\" Jones said. \"Look, Ive said that our coaching staff, as far as Im concerned, is in place. I just want to make the statement rather than answer questions, because your questions imply certain things that I dont want to imply. San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Joe Pavelski recorded his first career hat trick and added an assist, as the San Jose Sharks jumped on the St. Louis Blues early en route to a 5-3 win at HP Pavilion. Antti Niemi made 42 saves for the Pacific Division-leading Sharks, who got goals from Torrey Mitchell and Devin Setoguchi in their third straight win. We feel confident with the puck and its led to chances, said Pavelski. T.J. Hensick, David Backes and Andy McDonald all scored for St. Louis, which has dropped three of four and is all but out of playoff contention in the Western Conference. Jaroslav Halak was pulled after yielding three goals on 10 shots to open the game. Ty Conklin made 22 saves in relief. Theyve found their game. Theyve got really good balance through their lineup, Blues head coach Davis Payne said of the goal-happy Sharks. Mitchell cleaned up a rebound to get the scoring started 4:03 in, and Pavelski redirected Patrick Marleaus point shot into the back of the net while on the power play just 42 seconds lateer. Wade Davis Jersey. . The Sharks were on the man advantage again when Pavelski ripped a slap shot past Halak at 7:41, ending the netminders night between the pipes. Hensick was credited with a goal 8:19 into the second when Sharks defenseman Douglas Murray inadvertently put one in off his skate. Setoguchi answered a little over four minutes later with his 20th goal of the season, and Pavelski finished off his hat trick with another re-direct with just 5.3 seconds remaining in the frame. Backes and McDonald scored in the third at 8:00 and 18:21, respectively, to account for the final margin. GAME NOTES:Sharks head coach Todd McLellan was not in attendance due to personal reasons. Trent Yawney served behind the bench instead...San Joses Dany Heatley served the second game of his two-game ban for a hit to the head of the Stars Steve Ott on Tuesday...Sharks star rookie Logan Couture left the game with an apparent leg injury...The Sharks scored on both their power-play chances while St. Louis went 0-for-2 with the man advantage. ' ' '
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