Top of the morning: Pats clinch; Sox shop


Top of the morning: Pats clinch; Sox shop

Eric Frede of "SportsNet Central" has a recap and reaction from the Patriots' 23-16 win over the Dolphins in Miami.

The victory clinched the Pats' 10th AFC East title in the last 12 years and it wasn't easy. New England needed a 16-play, 77-yard drive that ate up about 7 minutes of the fourth quarter to secure the win.

While pleased with another AFC East title, the Patriots are,of course, looking for more. Right now they sit at 9-3 and in the No. 2 spot in the AFC. Coming into Foxborough next Monday night are the AFC's best, the Houston Texans (11-1).

Elsewhere, baseball's hot stove season is heating up with the winter meetings beginning in Nashville, Tenn.

The player who is on everyone's mind is free agent outfielder Josh Hamilton. He's been linked to the Red Sox in several reports.

The Sox have plenty of needs after a 69-win season, and they've got some money to spend, too, after shedding some contracts late last season.

Lionel Messi says he is quitting Argentina national team


Lionel Messi says he is quitting Argentina national team

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Lionel Messi says he is quitting Argentina's national team.

Argentina and Messi lost a final for the third year in a row, with Chile winning the Copa America 4-2 on penalty kicks following a 0-0 tie Sunday night.

His nation's career scoring leader with 55 international goals, Messi sent Argentina's first penalty kick over the crossbar.

Messi tells the Argentine network TyC Sports "the national team is over for me. It's been four finals, it's not meant for me. I tried. It was the thing I wanted the most, but I couldn't get it, so I think it's over."

Messi and Argentina lost to Brazil in the 2007 Copa final and to Germany in extra time in the 2014 World Cup final. They lost last year's Copa final to host Chile on penalty kicks.

The 29-year-old Messi has led Barcelona to four Champions League titles.

Perry's Patriots 53-man roster projection


Perry's Patriots 53-man roster projection

With New England Patriots organized workouts finished until next month, Phil Perry puts together another 53-man roster projection.

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