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The Daily Dirt: Carli Lloyd named FIFA's world player of the year

A pretty easy choice considering her World Cup performance.

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A whirlwind six months for USWNT midfielder Carli Lloyd comes to a close with FIFA's biggest honor. Lloyd was named women's world player of the year on Monday, becoming the third American to become world player of the year. Mia Hamm took home the first two awards in 2001 and '02, and Abby Wambach won in 2012. To boost Lloyd's celebration, USWNT coach Jill Ellis was named women's world coach of the year.

Oh, and on the men's side, some guy named Lionel Messi won the top trophy. Barcelona manager Luis Enrique earned men's world coach of the year.

Nike honors Carli Lloyd with cleat for winning FIFA Player of the Year [SI]

These are pretty sweet.

Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini bans to be appealed by FIFA ethics committee [ESPNFC]

Sepp Blatter is already planning to appeal his ban, but apparently the FIFA ethics committee has the same idea. The organization thinks the bans are too short.

What's happening in The A?

In case you missed the sad news, the Atlanta Silverbacks have been shut down indefinitely. "The goal all along has been to secure committed local ownership in Atlanta, but despite significant conversations with a number of interested parties, we were unable to identify a group that could lead the Silverbacks in a direction consistent with the rest of our clubs," NASL commissioner Bill Peterson announced.

Forward Paul Millsap is having another outstanding season for the Hawks. Peachtree Hoops argues his case for being an All-Star Game starter.