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Thursday's Need To Know

Now, I know a lot of professional athletes think the media is the enemy, but in truth, we're just a bunch of hard-working men and women trying to do our jobs in a highly competitive, yet rapidly shrinking industry. Yet this story out of the BBC gives one pause. Ronaldo comes all the way back from a major knee injury, only to get bloodied by a TV microphone. Maybe it's really not paranoia if they're all really after you. (H/T Steven Goff)

The headlines:

Ronaldo struck by bizarre injury

Galaxy coach lauds AC Milan

U.S. Women Defeat Denmark 2-0 to Open 2009 Algarve Cup

Police Arrest Ashley Cole Following Drunken Face-Off

Messi wants to finish career with Barcelona