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Monster Beverage Corp. confesses about a probe regarding their flagship product

Monster Beverage Corp., a U.S. maker of energy drinks, disclosed Thursday that it received a court order from an unnamed state attorney general in July as part of an investigation into its flagship product.

State bans alcoholic drinks containing caffeine

Sale of drinks containing both alcohol and caffeine has been banned by the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission.

MLS: New York 0, Real Salt Lake 0 (tie)

Harrison, N.J. -- Real Salt Lake hit Red Bull New York's goal post twice in the first half Saturday only to settle for a 0-0 tie that extended its unbeaten streak to 12 games.

Andy Williams drilled the right upright in the 9th minute and Robbie Russell smacked the left post 3 minutes later.

The draw left RSL four points back of the Los Angeles Galaxy for the top overall record in Major League Soccer's Western Conference with two games to play.

Real Salt Lake (14-4-10) goalkeeper Nick Rimando made just one save for his league-leading 13th shutout. RSL has lost just once in its last 23 games.

MLS: New York 1, Toronto 0

Harrison, N.J. -- Joel Lindpere scored in the 23rd minute Wednesday, giving Red Bull New York a 1-0 decision over Toronto.

New York improved to 6-2-1 at home this season and to 9-6-4 overall, solidifying its second-place spot in the Eastern Conference and moving within six points of first-place Columbus.

Toronto has not lost in 10 home games this year, but has won just once in nine away games.

Recent signee Thierry Henry brought the ball into the offensive third to start the scoring play and sent it to Seth Stammler, who lofted a perfect pass over the defense to Lindpere.

Lindsay Lohan finds alternatives to alcohol

Lindsay Lohan is finding alternatives to alcohol; she has now turned to caffeine. The troubled starlet has been gulping down can after can of Red Bull energy drink, after she was banned by the court from taking alcohol.

Webber, Red Bull charge through Monaco

Monte Carlo, Monaco -- Mark Webber led from start to finish and Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel claimed second Sunday, dominating the Monaco Grand Prix in Monte Carlo.

Webber was ahead in all 78 laps of the Formula One street circuit, receiving his main challenge from Vettel, who pressed for the lead after four restarts necessitated by various incidents.

Webber ended 0.4 seconds ahead of his teammate after the safety car exited the course for the final time during the final turn of the last lap.

The win was the his fourth career Formula One victory for the Australian driver, the first driver from that country to win the Monaco Grand Prix since Jack Brabham in 1959.

MLS: New York 5, Toronto 0

East Rutherford, N.J. -- Macoumba Kandji and Juan Pablo Angel each had two goals and an assist to lead Red Bull New York past Toronto FC 5-0 in the final MLS game at Giants Stadium.

New York, which moves into the new Red Bull Arena next season, salvaged three wins in the final eight games of the season under interim Coach Richie Williams.

The loss dropped Toronto out of the playoff hunt for the first time in franchise history.

Playing in a steady rain, Kandji scored less than two minutes into the match and New York never looked back.

Toronto had some solid chances but couldn't get the best of goaltender Bouna Coundoul.

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Jolts in a bottle now $700M market

New York -- Slugging down quick shots of a concentrated energy drink has now become a $700 million enterprise, a U.S. market research firm said.

Sales of small shots of caffeine-loaded drinks that typically come in 2-ounce bottles has almost doubled from the $370 million in business the energy shots rang up a year ago, Consumer Edge Research reported.

Sales of 16-ounce energy drinks, like Red Bull, have hit a plateau, The New York Times reported Friday. But energy shots are taking off.

Living Essentials, a Michigan firm, controls 80 percent of the market with with its product 5-Hour Energy, Consumer Edge Research said.

But competitors are hot on the trail.

Formula One again in danger of split

Nurburg, Germany July 8: Members of the Formula One Teams Association walked out of a meeting with the sport's governing body Wednesday, rekindling the threat of a series split.

The eight FOTA members, including the powerhouse Ferrari and McLaren teams, had threatened last month to form their own series before a compromise was reached in Paris.

When those teams arrived for a meeting Wednesday in advance of the German Grand Prix, they were told they would not be allowed to vote on regulations concerning the 2010 season. That precipitated a walkout.

Peace agreement reached in Formula One

Paris, June 24: Teams that had threatened to break away from Formula One racing agreed to remain in the series Wednesday and claimed a victory in the showdown.

Max Mosley,president of Formula One's governing body (FIA), said he would immediately step away from the day-to-day operation of the series and would officially resign in October when his contract expires.

Eight of the teams involved in Formula One, including the powerhouse Ferrari organization, announced this month they would create their own racing series.

Their chief complaint was a proposed budget cap. The cap was thrown out in the agreement that was reached Wednesday, but Mosley said the teams had agreed to an unspecified reduction in costs.