Brady tells Patriots fans not to worry

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Patriots quarterback Tom Brady told New England fans not to worry about his left shoulder injury, even though it has kept him out of the team's first two practices this week.

Brady did not participate in practice on Wednesday, according to the team's injury report, although he was spotted on the field during the portion that was open to reporters. Brady was absent from the open portion of practice on Tuesday and reportedly received an MRI on his non-throwing shoulder.

Asked about the procedure, Brady said he would be on the field for Sunday's game against the New York Jets with first place in the AFC East on the line.

"I'll be there Sunday. Don't worry about that," Brady said. "I'll be there."

The 40-year-old Brady leads the NFL with 1,702 passing yards. He has thrown for 11 touchdowns with one interception and another pick-6 that was officially ruled a fumble.

He's also been sacked 16 times, more than in all 12 games he played in last year.

"It's a physical sport, so I think everyone is dealing with something," Brady said. "Everyone's running around and they're big and they're fast and they hit hard. You have bumps and bruises, but you just deal with them the best you can and try to get ready for the next week."


The NCAA says it will form a commission to study the inner workings of college basketball in response a federal investigation into bribery and fraud that rocked the sport and implicated several assistant coaches.

The NCAA announced the commission Wednesday and said former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will lead the committee.

NCAA president Mark Emmert says the NCAA needs to quickly make "substantive changes" in the way it operates. He says the changes will focus on the relationships between the NCAA, schools, athletes and coaches with outside entities like shoe companies, agents and financial managers. He says the committee will also examine the effects of the "one and done rule," and college basketball's relationship with the NBA.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tara VanDerveer has signed a three-year contract extension that takes the Hall of Fame Stanford coach through the 2019-20 season.

She discussed her new deal - not formally announced by the school and reached in July - over lunch during Pac-12 media day Wednesday.

In February, VanDerveer became just the third Division I coach to reach 1,000 wins , joining the late Pat Summitt as the only women's coaches in the elite club along with Duke's Mike Krzyzewski.


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - The New York Giants have suspended cornerback Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie.

Coach McAdoo announced the suspension Wednesday after practice without giving a reason. He said he had a meeting with the 31-year-old veteran on Tuesday night and Rodgers-Cromartie left the team Wednesday.

The timing could not be worse for the Giants. They are 0-5 after making the playoffs a year ago, and the suspension gives the impression that McAdoo is losing his team in just his second year as head coach.

McAdoo said his team had a great practice Wednesday when asked about the possibility of losing the team's confidence in him.

Rodgers-Cromartie had left the team facility and was not available for comment.

Most teammates did not hear about the Rodgers-Cromartie's situation until after practice.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Timberwolves have signed Andrew Wiggins to a new contract extension.

The Timberwolves announced on Wednesday that the two sides had reached agreement on a multiyear contract. Terms were not disclosed.

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