Company ends endorsement deal with Tiger Woods

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Company ends endorsement deal with Tiger Woods

From Comcast SportsNet Wednesday, August 10, 2011

GENEVA (AP) -- Swiss watchmaker Tag Heuer has ended its 10-year commercial relationship with Tiger Woods, and expressed hopes the former top-ranked golfer can "overcome his difficulties."

Tag Heuer had stopped promoting Woods's image in the United States in December 2009, weeks after revelations about his marital problems began to emerge. "We are confident that Tiger will eventually regain full trust with the public, and that his huge talent and mental strength will help him overcome his difficulties," Tag Heuer chief executive Jean-Christophe Babin said in a statement. "We wish Tiger all the best for the future endeavors in golf, with new business partners, and in his private life." Tag Heuer said it had enjoyed an "exemplary" partnership with Woods which had been "very beneficial to both parties." However, the watch brand joined other companies in backing away from Woods after his personal life began to unravel following a 2009 Thanksgiving holiday car accident at his Florida home. Babin said then that Tag Heuer had to "take account of the sensitivity of some consumers." Woods, a 14-time major winner, has not won a tournament since his personal problems were publicly aired. Tag Heuer said it will continue to support Woods's charitable foundation through sales of a watch he designed.

Royer's late goal rallies Red Bulls past Revolution, 2-1

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Royer's late goal rallies Red Bulls past Revolution, 2-1

HARRISON, N.J. - Daniel Royer finished a nice sequence in the 74th minute, Luis Robles made a diving save in the closing minutes and the New York Red Bulls rallied to beat the New England Revolution 2-1 on Saturday night.

Felipe sent the ball left to Kemar Lawrence alongside the box and he put a cross to Royer on the back post for an easy finish on his fourth goal.

Robles, who only allowed Lee Nguyen's penalty kick in the ninth minute, preserved the win with his fourth save, diving to his left to block Diego Fagundez's shot from outside the box.

Bradley Wright-Phillips tied it for New York (6-6-2), which was winless in its last four matches, when he pounced on a loose ball and backheeled it into the net. New England goalkeeper Cody Cropper had pounced on a cross by Kemar Lawance, but Cropper could hold on and Wright-Phillips was there to clean up for his sixth goal.

Damien Perrinelle fouled Fagundez in the penalty area after a great pass from Kei Kamara, allowing Nguyen to step up for his sixth goal. New England (4-5-4) had won two straight and lost just one of its previous six. It is 0-5-2 on the road.