Gorman: With game on the line, I'll take Paul over Bird

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Gorman: With game on the line, I'll take Paul over Bird

Mike Gorman has been on the job since 1979 and seen 'em all, from one Big Three to another.

And with the game on the line, he'd prefer to see Paul Pierce -- and not Larry Bird -- taking the last shot.

I just would probably want the ball in Paul Pierces hands at the end of a game if I could pick one player that I needed to get points on the board from," Gorman, the Celtics' television play-by-play announcer for the last 33 years, told Bill Doyle of the Worcester Telegram. "I know that sounds like heresy to a lot of people, given all the great clutch shots that Larry made, but Paul has made his share of clutch shots, too.

"Where Larry, well deserved, always got a ton of credit, I never thought Paul got anywhere near as much credit as he should have gotten."

Lionel Messi says he is quitting Argentina national team

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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

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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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