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December 18, 2007

Soccer -- Brazil midfielder Kaka completed a virtual sweep of annual awards yesterday by winning FIFA's World Player of the Year. The Milan playmaker received 1,047 points, ahead of Lionel Messi (504) and Cristiano Ronaldo (426), in a vote by national team captains and managers. Kaka also won European soccer's Golden Ball and World Soccer magazine's Player of the Year award. On the women's side, Marta of Brazil captured the award with 988 points, ahead of Birgit Prinz of Germany (507) and Cristiane of Brazil (150).

More Soccer -- The Argentina men finished No. 1 in the world rankings in 2007, winning FIFA's Team of the Year award in the process. The United States remained No. 19. Argentina was followed by Brazil and World Cup champion Italy.

Tennis -- U.S. Fed Cup captain Zina Garrison will be joined next year by coach Mary Joe Fernandez, who will take over as captain in 2009. The U.S. Tennis Association announced the pairing of the former doubles partners.

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