Lamont last to interview with Sox

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Lamont last to interview with Sox

BOSTON -- The final round of interviews for the Red Sox' managerial opening is now -- we think -- concluded. Gene Lamont met with Ben Cherington Saturday, closing out a list of five candidates.

Cherington said he hopes to narrow the field and talk to the finalists next week at the GM meetings in Milwaukee, with the goal of making a hire by Thanksgiving.

"All five guys, I could envision being the manager of the Boston Red Sox,'' Cherington said. "We've got to pick the right one.''

Lamont, who turns 65 on Christmas Day, is the only one of the candidates who has had a full-time managing job. He managed the Chicago White Sox from 1992-95 and the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1997-2000.

Lamont was the Red Sox third-base coach in 2001, when Jimy Williams was fired. Cherington said he didn't have much interaction with Lamont back then, but he was pleasantly surprised with how well they hit it off on Saturday.

"He has a strong voice. He's confident in his opinion,'' Cherington said. "All the things he's done give him a strong voice.''

Lamont was added to Boston's short list when Cherington said he wanted to have at least one candidate with major-league experience. Lamont, who has been the third-base coach for Detroit since 2006, said he would probably handle games like current Tigers manager Jim Leyland.

But he brings a very different personality than his current boss.

"If they think they're getting Jim Leyland here, they're not getting Jim Leyland," said Lamont."They're getting Gene Lamont. But I learned a lot from Jim."

"Lamont has a strong voice," Cherington said. "He's confident in his opinion. All the things he's done give him a strong voice.''

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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