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MONTREAL -- Georges St-Pierre doesnt know if hell be ready to return to the Octagon later this year in Montreal. cheap jerseys . In the meantime, the UFC welterweight champion is rehabbing his injured knee -- and working on his patience. "Im at the most dangerous stage of my rehabilitation right now," St-Pierre told a news conference Thursday. St-Pierre explained that while his muscles feel good, theres no way to tell if his torn ligament has fused properly. "Its not 100 per cent right now, so I need to be patient," said the MMA fighter, who injured his knee in training late last year. "Im used to training all the time, every day, and for me not to be able to do what I love every day, its very hard for me so I have to work on my patience on myself." St-Pierre said if all goes well, hell start training again in a few months. "I think its fair to say that around July I should be good to go -- for training -- not for a fight," he added. There has been speculation he will make his comeback at UFC 154 on Nov. 17 in Montreal, where he says he enjoyed the best moments of his career. But St-Pierre said thats only a rumour, although hes keeping his fingers crossed. "I dont know yet, I need clearance from the doctor," he said. St-Pierre said he will have a better idea after he gets the final OK from his doctor and talks with the UFC. "But right now, its only at the rumour state -- when Im going to fight and where," he said. The UFC seems to be banking on GSP being ready, In a conference call with Canadian reporters Wednesday, UFC president Dana White said he expected GSP to be featured on the November card against interim champion Carlos (Natural Born Killer) Condit. "Condit hit me the other day and said All right, man. Be honest with me. How long is GSP going to be out? And I told him were expecting GSP to be back in November," White said. "So hes going to wait." In other words, Condit will not opt for a fight in the interim and will instead focus on the champion in the fall. St-Pierre said Thursday that he knows Condit is waiting for him. White also said he doubted St-Pierres injury layoff would affect his status as the UFCs biggest pay-per-view draw. "I think people are going to be pumped to see him back. I think a lot of people are going to tune in to watch him fight again. And I think the Condit fight is interesting. The only question about GSP is going to be ring rust after being out for so long. But the guy trains so damn hard, I dont see it happening." Gavin McMillan has been supervising St-Pierres rehab at the Sport Science Lab in San Diego. He says the type of leg injury the UFC star suffered could have been career-altering -- "if not career-ending." As for the short term, St-Pierre will literally be playing his cards close to his chest. At the news conference, it was also announced that the UFC champ has signed an endorsement contact with 888poker and will play in the main event at the 2012 World Series of Poker. St-Pierre said jokingly that hes not ready to switch careers, but poker will be a good distraction and hes even hoping to eventually get good at it. "When I do things, I want to be the best and Im very competitive. and over time I hope to become an excellent player maybe like other good poker players like Guy Laliberte and Rene Angelil," he added. Angelil is the husband and manager of pop diva Celine Dion. Laliberte is founder of the world famous Cirque du Soleil. St-Pierre even admitted he got injured in December 2011 because he was training too much. "Maybe in a way, poker is going to help me focus on relaxation and help me rest my body between fights," he said. wholesale jerseys . He wore down the Colts defence and eventually made it pay. On a day when two of the leagues worst offences sputtered, Jones-Drew kicked things into high gear by rushing for 114 yards and scoring on a late 3-yard TD run to give Jacksonville its first road win of the season 17-3. cheap nfl jerseys . The star shortstop left Saturdays game against the Yankees after two innings with tightness in his left hamstring. He went for an MRI on Sunday morning before arriving at Citi Field. . Manager Davey Johnson said left fielder Bryce Harper would not be suspended or fined by Major League Baseball for being ejected in Sundays 6-2 win at Pittsburgh.TORONTO -- To get to the 2014 World Cup, Canada faces at least 14 more matches. But the next two could shed a lot of light on how much of that journey the Canadian mens soccer team will get to take. Canada plays Panama in a vital home-and-away series that opens Friday at Torontos BMO Field before moving to Panama City on Tuesday. "The next two games for us are huge," said 32-year-old captain Kevin McKenna. "Especially (Friday) night. Its probably the biggest game Ive played in with the national team, probably every player here also. "I think were all looking forward to it. Obviously everyones a bit on edge." Picking up points at home is crucial in qualifying. Poor performances on Canadian soil have cost the national team in recent qualifying campaigns and Stephen Harts squad missed an opportunity with a 0-0 draw with Honduras in June. "Every home game is a must win," said midfielder Patrice Bernier. Panama leads the group with six points from two matches. Canada is second with four points from its two matches. Honduras has one point and Cuba none. "They have been very consistent over the last four years," Hart said of Panama. That has shown in the FIFA world rankings with Panama rising to a high of No. 46 in June from a 2008 low of No. 96. With Honduras, ranked 72, expected to pick up points against Cuba, the group standings could change dramatically over the next week. Canada does not want to be left behind. After the Panama games, Canada wraps up group play next month with a home date with 147th-ranked Cuba and a tough match in Honduras. The top two teams will advance to the six-country final round of qualifying in CONCACAF, which covers North and Central America and the Caribbean. That group will send three to Brazil with a fourth CONCACAF country meeting a team from Oceania in a playoff to see who joins them. "We have a good belief within the team," Hart said after practice Thursday, "but for that belief to continue, you need to continue to get results." Panama is currently ranked 50th in the world, and third in CONCACAF behind No. 21 Mexico and the 33rd-ranked U.S. Hart, whose team is currently No. 73 to rank eighth in the region, has maintained from the get-go thaat the Panamanians will be Canadas toughest foe in this round. cheap jerseys from china. Panama is led by FC Dallas striker Blaz Perez, who scored both goals in an earlier 2-0 win in Honduras. "He scores goals -- with his head, with his feet . . . Hes always scored goals, wherever hes played," said Hart. Another threat is Luis Tejada, a striker known as El Matador whose stoppage time goal eliminated Canada from last years Gold Cup. Panama made it to the semifinals before losing 1-0 to the U.S. The good news for Hart is that his team is healthy, with the exception of midfielder Josh Simpson. And his players have been in good form. Bernier was just named MLS player of the week, attacking midfielder Dwayne De Rosario recently became the seventh player to score 100 MLS goals and forward Simeon Jackson has been turning heads at Norwich City. There is plenty of experience on the Canadian roster, which features solid citizens like 36-year-old defender Ante Jazic. Those close to the team say it is a harmonious, hard-working group under Hart. Canadas 21-man roster draws players from clubs in 10 countries. "We have a lot of players that play at big clubs and theyre getting their chance to play there," said McKenna, who was six when Canada made its lone World Cup appearance in 1986. "I think Canadas making that step forward." The attack has to kick into high gear, however. Canada has posted two shutouts to date in this round but has only scored one goal (Olivier Occean in a 1-0 win in Cuba). "Scoring has always been a little bit of a problem for us," said midfielder Atiba Hutchinson, who plays his club football in the Netherlands with PSV Eindhoven. "Weve been talking about it and working on it also. Hopefully it will just kind of connect (Friday) and work in our favour." NOTES -- Organizers expect a crowd of more than 16,000 Friday ... The Canadian womens team, bronze medallists at the recent Olympics, will be honoured prior to the match ... McKennas name has been linked to MLS in recent months. The defender has a year remaining on his contract with FC Cologne, relegated last season in Germany. McKenna says the MLS could figure in his future, although he noted both his wife and kids are German. cheap jerseys cheap nfl jerseys ' ' ' 

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