Ramirez: 'I can still play'

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Ramirez: 'I can still play'

And in the latest installment of "Learning how to say hello when it's time to say goodbye" . . .

Manny Ramirez -- attempting to entice a major-league team to sign him in spite of his age (40) and the fact that he has a 50-game suspension for performance-enhancing drug use hanging over his head -- sat down with ESPN's Pedro Gomez to explain why he wants to return to baseball. It may be one of the longest interviews ever granted by Ramirez, who rarely spoke to the media when he was a superstar.

Now, of course, he needs them. So . . .

Asked why a team should give him a chance, Ramirez replied: "First, because I can still play. Second, because Im going to be a role model. A bunch of guys are going to look at me and say hey, this guy made a mistake but he didnt quit. Look how he finished. He did the right thing and came back."

Manny Ramirez, role model?

Stranger things have happened, I suppose.

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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