Cristiano Ronaldo has won the FIFA Ballon d'Or award for 2013, ending Lionel Messi's four-year run as the world's best soccer player.

Ronaldo scored 69 goals for Real Madrid and Portugal last year, and his stunning hat trick against Sweden in a decisive World Cup playoff was perhaps the defining individual performance.

"There are no words to describe this moment," said Ronaldo, who was sobbing after accepting the trophy with his young son, also named Cristiano, beside him on stage in Zurich.

He beat out Barcelona's Messi and France winger Franck Ribery, who helped Champions League winner Bayern Munich to a sweep of major titles.

Germany dominated the other major awards, with goalkeeper Nadine Angerer named women's player of the year ahead of United States forward Abby Wambach, last year's winner, and Marta of Brazil.

Voting was done by national team captains and coaches, plus selected journalists, in FIFA's 209 member countries.

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    Baseball

    Alex Rodriguez sued Major League Baseball and its players' union, seeking to overturn a season-long suspension imposed by an arbitrator who ruled there was "clear and convincing evidence" the New York Yankees star used three banned substances and twice tried to obstruct the sport's drug investigation.

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  • Four of the Giants' top prospects -- pitchers Kyle Crick, Clayton Blackburn and Tyson Blach and outfielder Mac Williamson -- are among the team's 26 nonroster spring training invitees.

    College football

    Arizona All-America running back Ka'Deem Carey will forgo his final season of college eligibility and enter the NFL draft. Also, three LSU players -- sophomore running back Jeremy Hill, junior receiver Jarvis Landry and sophomore right guard Trai Turner -- confirmed their intentions to turn pro.

  • University of Texas regents approved a five-year contract for new coach Charlie Strong worth more than $25 million.

    Miscellany

    Austrian ski jumper Thomas Morgenstern is recovering well from skull and lung injuries and still could compete at next month's Sochi Olympics. The three-time Olympic champion crashed Friday while training for a World Cup event in Tauplitz, Austria.

  • Former tennis star Jennifer Capriati, 37, won't have to face battery and stalking charges stemming from a 2013 confrontation with an ex-boyfriend. Mike Edmondson, spokesman for the Palm Beach County (Fla.) attorney's office, said the charges were dropped in exchange for Capriati's completion of 30 hours of community service and four hours of anger management counseling.

    Wire services contributed to this report.

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