Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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SOCCER

MESSI REgainS TROPHY as best player in 2015

ZURICH — Now score it Lionel Messi 5, Cristiano Ronaldo 3.

Messi won the Ballon d'Or trophy Monday as the world's best player in 2015, ending Ronaldo's two-year hold on soccer's top individual honor.

"It's incredible that it's my fifth," said the Barcelona and Argentina forward, 28, who won four straight FIFA awards from 2009-12.

Messi earned his record-extending fifth after being runner-up the past two years.

"It's a very special moment for me to be back here on the stage," Messi said in Spanish in his acceptance speech, "after being there in the audience watching Cristiano win."

Messi got 41.33 percent of total voting points in a 23-candidate ballot. Ronaldo received 27.76 percent.

LLOYD HONORED: U.S. World Cup-winning captain Carli Lloyd won the FIFA women's world player of the year award for 2015. Lloyd dominated a worldwide vote and collected the award at the annual ceremony in Zurich. "I honestly wouldn't be sitting up here, standing up here, without my incredible teammates," Lloyd said.

FA CUP: England's top sides were kept apart in the draw for the fourth round, with Manchester United and defending champion Arsenal paired with second-tier opponents.

BASEBALL

Cardinals sign Korean closer

The Cardinals signed Korean RHP Seung-Hwan Oh, an effective closer for the Hanshin Tigers in Japan last season, to a one-year contract with a club option for a second year. Oh, 33, had 41 saves last year and has 357 for his career. He's expected to be a setup man for closer Trevor Rosenthal.

DOPING

Officials propose dramatic steps

All world records in track and field should be reset and lifetime bans should be imposed on serious drug cheats to clean up the sport amid its global doping crisis, the governing body of British athletics said. UK Athletics published "A Manifesto for Clean Athletes" containing 14 proposals aimed at restoring credibility to the sport.

ET CETERA

AUTOS: Stephane Peterhansel of France moved into the overall lead in the car category of the Dakar Rally in Belen, Argentina. Peterhansel finished third in the eighth stage.

OLYMPICS: Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, the chairman of Rome's bid for the 2024 Games, sees no need for a public referendum on the candidacy despite an opposition party's call for one.

Times wires

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