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Morning Sports Update: Detroit a destination for a Matt Patricia or Josh McDaniels?

Bob Quinn left the Patriots to be the Lions’ general manager. Could he bring Patriots staffers along? Duane Burleson/AP

Alabama wins the college football national championship. Stephen Gostkowski feels for Vikings kicker Blair Walsh. And could a Patriots coach follow Bob Quinn, a former Patriots staffer, to the Detroit Lions?

Stephen Gostkowski says he feels really bad for Vikings kicker Blair Walsh: “Blair Walsh lived out every kicker’s worst nightmare Sunday afternoon in Minnesota.’’ (NESN.com)

Alabama gets past Clemson, 45-40, in NCAA national championship game: “The Crimson Tide needed all its power and speed. It needed all its talent and steely resolve. When that alone couldn’t do it, it was up to one gutsy trick to help win the fourth national title of the Saban dynasty.’’ (Boston.com)

Are the Lions eying Patriots coordinator Matt Patricia or Josh McDaniels? “I think they’re both ready and willing to be head coaches,’’ [former Patriots staffer and current Lions general manager Bob] Quinn said. (the Detroit Free Press)

Tom Brady and Julian Edelman are moving well at practice: “I’m going to go full throttle regardless. If it goes, it goes,’’ Edelman said Monday after practice. (ESPN.com)

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Larry Lucchino jabs at the Yankees — again: “Rob Crain brings a breadth of minor league experience from several clubs across the country, including, of course, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, the Triple-A affiliate of a nearby American League team,’’ said Lucchino. “His defection from their minor league tentacles demonstrates hope for redemption for all.’’ (CSNNE.com)

John Farrell flies to Miami with staff to check on Hanley Ramirez’s offseason training: “Farrell was in Florida on Monday to meet with Ramirez and gauge his offseason conditioning. First base coach Ruben Amaro and one of the team’s mental skills coaches, Laz Gutierrez, also made the trip.’’ (The Boston Globe)

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