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Can everybody stop giving up late goals already? New York edges Toronto on Cahill’s late strike

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New York has given away leads this year – and it has definitely hurt Mike Petke’s team, which was expected to contend for the Eastern Conference title but has looked something less than title contender-esque so far in 2013.

Luckily for the Red Bulls on Saturday, they came up against a team that deals with the same affliction.

It looked like RBNY goalkeeper Luis Robles would be on the hook for a late Red Bulls capitulation. Tim Cahill had given New York a lead just before the half, and Petke’s team held the margin until just before final whistle.

(MORE: Cahill hits his first of 2013 from New York)

Robles came charging out of goal for a ball he had no business going after; New York’s ‘keeper has two big center backs to deal with floating balls that land 16 yards from goal. When Robles couldn’t collect the ball, Jonathan Osorio’s skillful chip beat the scrambling, erring goalkeeper.

But it was Cahill to the rescue at the other end. Ashtone Morgan’s flubbed clearance for TFC set up the chance, and Cahill’s second goal on his most productive afternoon yet for the Red Bulls helped his team collect all the points.

It was a deserved three points, too, because his team controlled the play against a team that was missing something at home. Young attacker Luis Silva was having a deflated afternoon, and Justin Braun’s early injury left the home team’s attack a bit punchless.

Highlights from the Red Bulls’ win Saturday at BMO Field.


Cisse arrested in sex tape investigation

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Former Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse is embroiled in a bizarre investigation into the extortion of a sex tape.

The 34-year-old French striker has been arrested by French police who have confirmed that are investigating attempts to bribe another international footballer.

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Unconfirmed reports from France claim that the individual in question is France and Lyon midfielder Mathieu Valbuena, a former teammate of Cisse at both Marseille and with the French national team.

According to Reuters news agency, Cisse was questioned because he was familiar with the people involved and in total four individuals were arrested as it is alleged they plotted to ask for money from Valbuena for the sex tape to not be released. It is unclear if the tape is of Valbeuna and his partner Fanny Lafon, or if other individuals are involved.

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Cisse won the UEFA Champions League with Liverpool and scored 24 goals in 79 games during his three-year stay at Anfield until 2007. He also had spells with Sunderland and Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League, while he is currently out of contract after being released by Ligue 1 side Bastia following nine goals in 41 appearances. Cisse is due to appear on the French version of “Dancing with the Stars” in the coming months.

Further reports from France say that Cisse is expected to be “exonerated” and that the existence of the video is “not proven” at this point.

Agent: “There’s no hatred” between Bale, Ronaldo

Gareth Bale & Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid CF
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Gareth Bale doesn’t at all dislike Cristiano Ronaldo — or vice versa — despite what may seem a lukewarm on-field relationship between the two Real Madrid superstars, insists Jonathan Barnett, agent of Bale.

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Instead, Barnett insists that the two men with very different personalities have a healthy relationship, and competition, that pushes each Galactico to be the best player he can be.

Barnett, on Bale’s relationship with Ronaldo — quotes from the Guardian:

“They don’t go out eating every night together, but it’s fine. There’s no hatred there. Gareth is a quiet guy. They’re complete opposites. But I think Gareth can learn a little bit from Ronaldo as well, interacting maybe a little bit. But he wants his own life and he lives it. Gareth is a great footballer, he doesn’t want anything more. He has some very good endorsements but his whole life is to be the best footballer in the world. I don’t think he wants to be the best model in the world or the best underwear seller. That’s not him.”

That’s a hilarious closing quote from Barnett, but he knows exactly how some folks are going to interpret it: “Bale thinks Ronaldo loves himself too much.”

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There’s nothing better for the ultimate success of a team than healthy, friendly competition between teammates who are spectacularly talented as Ronaldo and Bale. The former will only be around to perform at his current level for so much longer, but at what point does the latter officially take the torch and supplant Madrid’s biggest star, and how accepting will he be of passing that proverbial torch?