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CLEVELAND -- Even if he did not have a supermodel spouse, Tom Brady would be living a life to die for. Fame, fortune, championships, leading-man looks and a job that makes him one of the most recognizable American men on the planet. Who wouldnt want all of that?But upon further review, this is one glamour boy who has never been about the glamour. For however many commercial endorsements Brady has, he could have dozens more. He surrendered that marketing battle to his retired rival, Peyton Manning, a long time ago.In other words, Brady is the ultimate grinder, a full-scholarship player who built his legend around a walk-ons approach to success. This was back on display about an hour before his return to the NFL, when Brady, 39, was already breathing hard and working himself into a lather Sunday in the bowels of FirstEnergy Stadium. Outside the New England Patriots locker room, he was pumping his arms and knees while running pregame wind sprints. Pregame wind sprints with a resistance band strapped around his waist and tethered to a trailing team staffer who was providing the resistance.This is the Brady you never see but sometimes read about, the guy who tortures his body and strains his brain to prepare himself for every given Sunday. Its hard work being a franchise player for a four-time Super Bowl winner, even harder when your boss -- in this case NFL commissioner Roger Goodell -- forces you to take an unpaid four-week vacation from a position that requires constant reps in order to survive, never mind thrive.Brady doesnt make it look as easy as it looked Sunday by accident. Of course, the winless Cleveland Browns contributed to the cause, providing less resistance to Brady than that staffer holding the band. But the home teams considerable flaws didnt define Bradys performance any more than the Deflategate suspension will define his career. Bradys 406-yard, three-touchdown debut in the Patriots 33-13 victory was just another reminder that the quarterbacks insatiable desire to be great has always been his most lethal weapon.I want to do the best job I can for the city, for all of New England, and for my teammates, and for my family, Brady said. With all of these players, you put a lot into it and ... you have to make certain choices in your life in order to play this game. You need a lot of support from your family and friends to do that, certainly from our fans.I love running out in front of 70,000 people that are cheering for us. I love running out when weve got 20,000 fans cheering us, and weve got 50,000 against us. Its just fun to run out and play.Brady had a blast at the Browns expense, throwing himself a comeback party that began in pregame warm-ups, when he pumped his fist at the overflow number of Patriots fans who had poured into town. On his first series, Brady completed his first three passes, hit Rob Gronkowski for 34 yards to the Cleveland 2, and celebrated LeGarrette Blounts 1-yard touchdown run around left end by turning toward his bench and pumping his fist even before Blount crossed the goal line to finish the 80-yard drive.Brady threw a 7-yard scoring pass to Martellus Bennett to punctuate his next series and then found Chris Hogan for 43 yards on the following possession to set up his second of three touchdown throws to Bennett. Brady later stepped into a perfect 63-yard heave to a streaking Hogan down the right sideline, defying his age and any notion that his right arm should be rusty, and closed out the first half with these staggering numbers: 18 completions in 25 attempts, 271 yards, two touchdowns.They have a big-time quarterback, said the losing coach, Hue Jackson.A big-time quarterback with a big-time source of extra motivation. Over the years, superstar athletes the likes of Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods have publicly admitted that real and imagined slights have driven them to a higher level of achievement. Asked if the same applied to him Sunday, Brady responded with an artful deflection.This isnt a time for me to reflect, he said. Im just happy we won today. Were not going to win every time we play. Ive got a job to do, and theres no point in looking back at anything, whether we won Super Bowls or lost championship games or the last four weeks. None of that matters.But Aaron Shea, a former Michigan and Browns tight end who is Bradys close friend, said last week that the Deflategate case hurt Tommy a lot more than hell let anyone know and that he feels certain Brady wants to stick it to Goodell by playing 2016 at the highest possible level. If so, Brady has his reasons. Outside the stadium before the game, a group of Browns fans approached a group of Patriots fans on West 6th Street and shouted, Cheaters. A moment passed before a woman in a Brady jersey fired back. Losers, she barked.Asked in his postgame news conference what hed say to those who feel Deflategate would be a stain on his career, Brady said, Ive just moved on, man. Im just trying to play a good game today.He played a hell of a game, too, completing multiple passes to seven receivers. Hogan, the kid from Monmouth, had 114 receiving yards. Gronk checked in with 109 receiving yards and wasnt even the best Patriots tight end on the field. In this rehab start of sorts, Brady looked like he was throwing BP fastballs, nice and easy and right in the heart of the strike zone.The visiting fans chanted his name, and perhaps Brady wanted to reward them for their loyalty and affection. So while holding a 30-7 lead in the third quarter, Brady did something that was downright mad -- he took off and ran with much bigger defenders on his heels.Understand that Tom Brady is in his 16th year as a starter, and though hes thrown for more than 58,000 yards in the regular season, he still hasnt rushed for even 900 (he has 999 if you include the postseason). In fact, when he tried and failed to escape an earlier sack, he moved as if Gronk and Bennett were strapped to his back. But something inspired Brady to take off out of the shotgun on third down at the New England 31, and take off (well, sort of) the old quarterback did. Brady gained 4 yards and a first down the hard way before getting blasted near the sideline, undoubtedly sending a shiver or three down coach Bill Belichicks spine. On cue, a defiant Brady hopped to his feet, planted his left hand on his right shoulder, and dramatically extended his right arm toward the sky to signal a first down.I dont run much, Brady said, so I was a little excited. I was just glad we got the first down.He spent most of his session with the press downplaying any Deflategate-related emotion and channeling questions about him into answers about the team. Belichick? He addressed Bradys effort like hed addressed Jimmy Garoppolos and Jacoby Brissetts in his absence -- as just another day to move on from. Just another day in the grind.If Belichick was moved by his own personal stake in this trip, a return to the city where hed worked five years as a first-time head coach, he wasnt asked about it. Brady was the one and only topic of discussion, and the most interesting thing Belichick had to say of his quarterback was this: I think theres a lot of things he needs to work on.Brady would have it no other way. He left the game with 6:02 to play, shook Belichicks hand, removed his helmet, and hugged defensive coordinator Matt Patricia. Soon enough Brady would be on a bus, and on a plane back home to his near-perfect life, and to a diet, workout regimen, and film study schedule that would leave most men on their knees crying uncle in five days.This is a blue-collar quarterback with a white-collar profile. You saw that first-down run from a lead-footed, 39-year-old man so desperate to win a record fifth Super Bowl ring that hed put himself in harms way with a 30-7 lead over the winless Cleveland Browns?You really shouldve seen him running with that resistance band in the hallway about an hour before kickoff. The scene was a reminder that Tom Bradys career has always been about his heart, not his arm or his brain. Cheap Atlanta Falcons Jerseys . Jason Zucker and Matt Cooke also scored for Minnesota, which has won five of six. Kuemper made five saves in the first, nine in the second, and nine in the third. The rookies best save came with 2:17 left in the third period when he denied former Wild forward Matt Cullen from just outside of the crease on the right side. Cheap Minnesota Vikings Jerseys . Numbers Game looks into the Canadiens securing the services of Thomas Vanek in a trade with the New York Islanders. The Canadiens Get: LW Thomas Vanek and a conditional fifth-round pick. . That left plenty of energy for pitching books and swatting away free agency questions. Anthony had 24 points and nine rebounds, and the Knicks avenged an embarrassing home loss with a rout of their own, beating the Boston Celtics 114-88 on Wednesday night for their third straight victory. Cheap Miami Dolphins Jerseys . Barcelonas entertaining victory ensured the defending Spanish champions retained their share of the league lead with Atletico Madrid two rounds ahead of their meeting in the capital. Real Madrid needed a late goal by substitute Jese Rodriguez to earn a 3-2 victory at Valencia to stay in third place and three points behind its title rivals. Cheap Dallas Cowboys Jerseys . Ouellette, from Montreal, already has three Olympic gold medals since joining the team in 1999. MINNEAPOLIS -- Byron Buxton homered in his return to the majors, and Trevor Plouffe continued his resurgence with a two-run shot as the Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 8-5 and ended a 13-game losing streak Thursday night.Minnesota got to Chicago starter Jose Quintana, who entered the day leading the American League with a 2.77 ERA. Quintana (11-10) allowed seven runs and seven hits in five innings and saw his ERA rise to 3.05.Ervin Santana (7-10) escaped trouble to win for the fourth time in five decisions. He gave up 11 hits and two walks, but allowed just two runs as the Twins snapped their losing streak, one off the franchise record for a season.Brandon Kintzler recorded his 13th save in 14 chances.Buxton started his third stint with Minnesota this season in surprising fashion, connecting for a three-run home run to cap a five-run second inning. The home run reached the second deck in left field and was Buxtons second of the season, his first in 34 games.The former top prospect has had a rough transition to the majors, hitting .199 entering Thursday in 109 career games the past two seasons. He was sent back to Triple-A Rochester on Aug. 7 after a 1-for-18 stretch saw his 2016 average dip to .193.Meanwhile, Plouffe has come around after a slow start to his season. He has hit .318 with three home runs and 16 RBI the past 16 games. Plouffe homered into the bullpens off Quintana in the fifth.Offense is a big reason the White Sox have gone 18-27 since the All-Star break. Chicago has scored 171 runs, the second-fewest in the league, since the break.The White Sox left runners in scoring position in each of the first five innings and left a total of 13 men on base in the game. Avisail Garcia snapped his bat over his knee in frustration after his second strikeout of the game in the seventh.Chicagos Todd Frazier hit his 34th home run to open the scoring in the second, and Jose Abreu connected for a two-run homer, his 20th, in the sixth.ddddddddddddCOME ON UPBuxton was Minnesotas lone call-up on Thursday with rosters expanding in September.Chicago added RHP Juan Minaya and C Kevan Smith from Triple-A Charlotte.Minaya, 25, was 5-6 with a 3.63 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 52 innings over 47 relief appearances since being claimed off waivers from Houston on June 22.Smith, 28, was recalled by the White Sox in April before going on the DL with a sacroiliac joint dysfunction without playing in a game. Smith was hitting .219 with eight home runs and 24 RBI for Charlotte this season.Minaya and Smith made their major league debuts in the eighth inning. Minaya pitched a scoreless inning. Smith lined out to center in his first at-bat.TRAINERS ROOMWhite Sox: SS Tim Anderson left the game in the third with a bruised right calf and was announced by the team as day to day. He was hit by line drive by teammate Melky Cabrera in the first. ... RHP Miguel Gonzalez (strained right groin) started a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday. Gonzalez took the loss while allowing seven runs -- six earned -- in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out seven.Twins: Pitchers Trevor May (low back strain) and Tommy Milone (left biceps tendinitis) each threw a bullpen session on Wednesday and are scheduled to throw in the bullpen again during the weekend. If all goes well, the two would make a simulated start sometime next week, Twins manager Paul Molitor said.UP NEXTRHP Kyle Gibson (5-8, 5.17 ERA) will start the second game of the four-game series for Minnesota on Friday against LHP Carlos Rodon (5-8, 3.91). Gibson has allowed nine earned runs over his past two starts but has given up just one earned run in 12 2/3 innings against the White Sox this season. Rodon has won his last three decisions and owns a 1.47 ERA in his past five starts. 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