May 20, 2009
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Brady back with "no restrictions at all"
Get ready, NFL. Tom Brady is back. And if all the indications from this spring are correct, the new Brady should be pretty close, if not identical, to the old Brady who started the 2008 season with a clean bill of health. According to a source close to Brady, the quarterback has "no restrictions at all" as a result of his reconstructed left knee and is "more than excited" about his progress. Brady tore his ACL and MCL during last season's opening game and underwent reconstructive surgery Oct. 6. An infection resulted from the surgery, but the infection was quickly contained after follow-up procedures. Brady was able to return his normal rehabilitation schedule within "10 days to two weeks" after the follow-up procedures, the source said. That means the quarterback is roughly six months into the rehab process. "He's full go," the source said Tuesday. A second source confirmed that assessment.(Sporting News)
Notre Dame omits Weis's losing season
Notre Dame's media guide has a lot of helpful things -- except one. If you're trying to get a full picture of Charlie Weis' coaching career and how teams have done while he's been on staff, you'll need to do more research. Notre Dame omitted the losing seasons from Weis' year-by-year biography on page 15 of the 2009 Spring Prospectus and page 90 of the 2008 football media guide. Among the omissions is the Irish's 3-9 2007 season. The 2007 statistics appear on page 91 in the 2008 guide and in the school's year-by-year history, among other places. The decision to omit those records goes back to when Weis was hired in 2005 without any prior head coaching experience. Notre Dame's media relations department said Monday that it treated his coaching history like that of an assistant -- only accentuating the positive. "That's the way we did it at the time and that's what we've lived with, for the most part," said Notre Dame senior associate athletics director for media relations John Heisler said. "If you go back, it didn't necessarily look the same as Bob's or Tyrone's or anybody's. We weren't trying to make it look identical."(Fort Wayne Journal Gazette)
Nash wants some say in Suns moves
The Suns' upcoming personnel decisions don't just affect the franchise's future. They will affect Steve Nash's future with the franchise. Nash, 35, and his agent, Bill Duffy, have let the Suns know that they will wait to see how the Suns roster is altered before getting serious about negotiating a two-year contract extension. If and when that time comes, Duffy said Nash would ask for a raise from the current deal, which is slated to expire after paying him $13.125 million for the 2009-10 season. "Before he signs off on any type of extension, he would like to see tangibly what their plans are and, if not, I think that we should probably talk about alternatives, which may include him not being there," Duffy said. That likely means Nash would like a voice in Suns' decisions, as he had when he backed trading Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks for Shaquille O'Neal. After the season, Nash said the Suns needed active big men who defend well, and also energetic athletes.(Arizona Republic)
Must-See Photo
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) defends against Denver Nuggets point guard Chauncy Billups during the Lakers' 105-103 win in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. (AP)
Must-See Video
LeBron James knows when the game starts.
Game To Watch
Magic vs. Cavaliers, 8:30 p.m ET. Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Orlando Magic
Cleveland Cavaliers
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1994 -- Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan named NBA's MVP.

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