Jets trade picks to acquire Tebow

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Jets trade picks to acquire Tebow

The New York Giants can have the Lombardi Trophy. The city's sports pages now belong to the New York Jets. Indefinitely.

The Jets acquired Tim Tebow from the Broncos on Wednesday in exchange for two draft picks, a fourth rounder and a sixth rounder, according to reports. The Jets also acquired a seventh round selection in the deal.

Rex Ryan's bunch couldn't crack the postseason in 2011, but with this move they've succeeded once again in doing what they do best -- making noise.

It's unclear how Tebow will be used in New York. He wants to play quarterback, but we'll have to wait and listen for the Jets to explain themselves.

One would have to imagine that Mark Sanchez -- he of the newly reconstructed five-year contract -- is squirming in a chair somewhere.

In terms of traditional quarterbacking skill sets, Sanchez has Tebow beat. But New York can be a fickle and intimidating place. Despite the fact that Sanchez is currently a better pocket passer, and likely a better reader of defenses, who can say how he will handle the pressure of playing with Tebow looming over his shoulder?

It's a risky move to be sure. If Sanchez struggles, the world will be calling for Tebow. If Sanchez crumbles, the Jets will be stuck with Tebow. The Jets, just a season removed from making the AFC Championship game, could find themselves relying on a quarterback with a legion of fans but a 46.5 completion percentage.

Will Tebowmania play in New York? Will Sanchez withstand the heat? Will the Patriots indirectly benefit from how it all plays out? No one can say for sure just yet. What we do know: Things just got a whole lot more interesting in the AFC East.

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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