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LONDON - The goalkeeper who won the World Cup will be challenging Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the Ballon dOr.While the footballer of the year prize has switched between the worlds top scorers since 2008, Manuel Neuer of Germany is the first goalkeeper to make the Ballon dOr top three since 2006.Ronaldo won the 2013 honour, ending Argentina forward Messis three-year run as the worlds best player since FIFA and France Football magazine merged their awards.In the womens category, five-time winner Marta of Brazil was nominated on Monday alongside 2012 winner Abby Wambach and Germany midfielder Nadine Kessler, who is seeking the honour for the first time.The winners, chosen by national team captains and coaches, plus selected journalists, will be announced in Zurich on Jan. 12.Messi has broken the Champions League and Spanish league scoring records this month after winning the Golden Ball at the World Cup, but he will end 2014 without a team honour.Argentina lost to Germany in the World Cup final, Bayern Munich goalkeeper Neuer keeping a clean sheet as he followed winning the German league and cup by lifting footballs biggest prize.The last goalkeeper to make the Ballon DOr top three was Gianluigi Buffon after Italy won the World Cup final in a shootout against France.Neuer earlier this month played down his chances of winning the top individual award in football by citing his lower profile away from the pitch, particularly his lack of photo shoots wearing underwear.Ronaldo, though, is one of the most marketable men in sport — posing regularly in adverts when wearing little and celebrating scoring in the Champions League final in May by ripping off his shirt to show his muscled body to cameras.Although the two-time Ballon DOr winner triumphed in the Champions League and UEFA Super Cup with Real Madrid this year, he scored only one goal at the World Cup as Portugal went out in the group stage.That solitary goal was not enough to make FIFAs goal of the year shortlist.Two nominees for the Puskas Award were World Cup goals: James Rodriguezs volley for Colombia against Uruguay and Robin van Persies header for the Netherlands against Spain.The shortlist was completed by an unfamiliar name with Ireland forward Stephanie Roche nominated for her goal for Peamount United, socred in front of a handful of fans in a domestic game against Wexford Youths.The FIFA ceremony in Zurich will also give awards to the best coaches in mens and womens football.The mens list features Carlo Ancelotti, who led Real to its 10th European Cup in May, Germanys World Cup winner Joachim Loew and Diego Simeone, who broke the dominance of Real and Barcelona to win the Spanish league with Atletico Madrid.The womens list is made up of Wolfsburg coach Ralf Kellermann, Maren Meinert, who won the under-20s 2015 World Cup with Germany, and Norio Sasaki, coach of Japans Asian Cup-winning side.___Rob Harris can be followed at www.twitter.com/RobHarris Cheap Indians Jerseys China .J. - Henrik Lundqvist has done more than set a couple of franchise records for the New York Rangers this week. Bob Feller Jersey .Y. -- Defenceman Ryan Murphy had a goal and an assist and Drew MacIntyre made 24 saves to help the Carolina Hurricanes beat the New York Islanders 4-2 in an exhibition game Wednesday night. http://www.cheapindiansjerseys.com/?tag=...rry-doby-jersey. The world No. 1 had one of the most dominating performances in a final and was on his way to a possible shutout on Sunday until the third-seeded Berdych broke the super Serbs serve in the 12th game of the match. Abraham Almonte Jersey . Kelli Stack and Alex Carpenter also scored for the Americans, who avoided a repeat of Finlands upset at the Four Nations Cup in Lake Placid, N.Y., in November. Finnish goalie Noora Raty made 58 saves in that one, but the three-time Olympian could stop just 40 of 43 U. Jose Ramirez Jersey . Boston is making its first appearance in the ALCS since 2008. For Detroit, its a third straight trip to the ALCS and its fourth in eight years.CLEVELAND -- The Cavaliers have acquired centre Brendan Haywood and forward Dwight Powell from Charlotte for guard Scotty Hopson and cash considerations. The Cavs announced the move Saturday, one day after LeBron James said hes returning to Cleveland. A 12-year veteran, Haywood has played in 794 NBA games, averaging 6.9 points and 6.1 rebounds. He missed all of last season with a broken foot. The 7-footer gives Cleveland some front line depth, but hes also only got one year left on his contract.dddddddddddd Haywood, who played on Dallas 2011 title team, was picked by Cleveland with the 20th overall pick in 2001 but traded on draft night to Orlando. Powell played four years at Stanford, averaging 10.8 points and 6.3 rebounds. The 6-11, 240-pound forward is the fourth Canadian on Clevelands roster, joining Tristan Thompson, Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins, this years top overall pick. ' ' '

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