Rams adjusting well to time change in London

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Rams adjusting well to time change in London

FOXBORO -- The Patriots travel to London on Thursday. The St. Louis Rams took a completely different approach to Sunday's game overseas, and decided to leave for London on Monday.

Rams coach Jeff Fisher talked about the strategy in a conference call on Wednesday morning, and he said he felt it would be best to put the travel behind them as early as possible.

"We talked to other clubs," said Fisher. "Ive been over here several times in the preseason in the American Bowls and we just felt that the fact that Rams owner Mr. Stan Kroenke has a facility here, we felt that it would probably be best to come over early to put the travel behind us and the time difference behind us and get settled. Thats what weve done thus far. I just, moments ago, got off the practice field and Im very pleased and proud with the way the guys have responded to the time change. They brought a lot of energy to the field. We had a great practice."

Rams quarterback Sam Bradford also believes his team had a solid practice on Wednesday, while the Patriots remain in New England.

"I thought we had a really good practice today," said Bradford after Wednesday's session in London. "Obviously, its been a long past two days, but it felt good to actually get outside and move around a little bit, after having been on the plane for close to eight hours and then yesterday really not doing much. So it was nice to get on the field. I thought we had a really solid Wednesday and well look to build on that tomorrow."

Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL

Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL


Tom Brady delivered a video message last week at the funeral of Navy SEAL Kyle Milliken, a Maine native and former UConn track athlete killed in Somalia on May 5.

Bill Speros of The Boston Herald, in a column this Memorial Day weekend, wrote about Milliken and Brady's message.   

Milliken ran track at Cheverus High School in Falmouth, Maine, and at UConn, where he graduated in 2001. Milliken lived in Virginia Beach, Va., with his wife, Erin, and two children.  He other Navy SEALs participated in a training exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011 where he met and posed for pictures with Brady.

Speros wrote that at Milliken’s funeral in Virginia Beach, Va., Brady's video offered condolences and thanked Milliken’s family for its sacrifice and spoke of how Milliken was considered a “glue guy” by UConn track coach Greg Roy.

Milliken had served in Iraq and Afghanistan, earning four Bronze Star Medals and was based in Virginia since 2004.  He was killed in a nighttime firefight with Al-Shabaab militants near Barij, about 40 miles from the Somali capital of Mogadishu. He was 38.

The Pentagon said Milliken was the first American serviceman killed in combat in Somalia since the "Black Hawk Down" battle that killed 18 Americans in 1993. 

In a statement to the Herald, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said: “It was an honor to host Kyle and his team for an exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011. It gave new meaning to the stadium being known as home of the Patriots. We were deeply saddened to hear of Kyle’s death earlier this month.

“As Memorial Day weekend approaches, we are reminded of the sacrifices made by patriots like Kyle and so many others who have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend and protect our rights as Americans. Our thoughts, prayers and heartfelt appreciation are extended to the Milliken family and the many families who will be remembering lives lost this Memorial Day weekend.”