LiveSportsday Personality shortlist revealed


  1. Jessica Ennis-Hill, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford named on shortlist
  2. Andy Murray, Lewis Hamilton and Lucy Bronze also in
  3. Tyson Fury, Chris Froome, Lizzie Armitstead, Adam Peaty, Max Whitlock & Kevin Sinfield complete list

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By Saj Chowdhury

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The nominees for BBC Sports Personality 2015...

Lizzie Armitstead

Lucy Bronze

Tyson Fury

Adam Peaty

Greg Rutherford

Mo Farah

Andy Murray

Jessica Ennis-Hill

Chris Froome

Kevin Sinfield

Max Whitlock

Lewis Hamilton

Balding to reveal SPOTY nominees

SPOTY contenders, BBC One's The One Show & this website, 19:00 GMT

Presenter Clare Balding is on The One Show couch and is about to reveal the nominees for Sports Personality of the Year 2015.

I wonder if there will be any surprises?

Get Involved #SPOTY

Your favourite SPOTY moment

What's your favourite moment from previous BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards?

Was it Sir Bradley Wiggins' winning speech in 2012?

Was it when the crowd rose for Sir Bobby Charlton when he won the Lifetime Award in 2008?

Get involved using #SPOTY and/or the BBC Sport Facebook page.

Who won what during SPOTY 2014?

SPOTY contenders, BBC One's The One Show & this website, 19:00 GMT

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Claudia Fragapane was the 2014 Young Sports Personality of the Year

Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton won last year's Sports Personality of the Year award in Glasgow, taking 34% of the 620,932 votes cast, with golfer Rory McIlroy second and athlete Jo Pavey third.

Real Madrid footballer Cristiano Ronaldo was named Overseas Personality of the Year, and the England women's rugby union team took the Team of the Year prize.

European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley won Coach of the Year, six-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy was honoured with a lifetime achievement award, and Young Sports Personality of the Year was given to gymnast Claudia Fragapane, who won four gold medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Who decides the SPOTY nominees?

SPOTY contenders, BBC One's The One Show & this website, 19:00 GMT

So who puts together the shortlist for the main Sports Personality of the Year award?

Here is your panel:

  • Dame Mary Peters (1972 Olympic pentathlon champion)
  • Maggie Alphonsi (England women's Rugby World Cup winner)
  • Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson (11-time Paralympic gold medallist)
  • Jermaine Jenas (former England international footballer)
  • Hazel Irvine (BBC Sport presenter)
  • Baroness Sue Campbell (Chair of the Youth Sport Trust)
  • Cliff Hayes (associate head of sport content at the Sun)
  • Tim Hallissey (head of sport at the Times)
  • Ian Prior (head of sport at the Guardian and Observer)
  • Barbara Slater (BBC director of sport)
  • Philip Bernie (BBC head of TV sport)
  • Carl Doran (Sports Personality of the Year executive editor).

Overseas Sports Personality voting

SPOTY contenders, BBC One's The One Show & this website, 19:00 GMT

Did you know you could vote for this year's Overseas Sports Personality of the Year right now?

To vote, you will need to be registered with a BBC iD. Signing up only takes a matter of seconds, and creating your BBC iD now means you will be in a position to cast your vote for the main Sports Personality of the Year award on Sunday, 20 December. 

The contenders:

  • Usain Bolt (athletics)
  • Dan Carter (rugby union)
  • Novak Djokovic (tennis)
  • Katie Ledecky (swimming)
  • Jordan Spieth (golf)
  • Serena Williams (tennis)

The full details for this award can be found here.

Sports Personality first for Belfast

SPOTY contenders, BBC One's The One Show & this website, 19:00 GMT


So when is Sports Personality of the Year? Where is it being held?

Belfast's 8,000-capacity Odyssey Arena will host the awards spectacular on Sunday, 20 December.

It will be the first time that Northern Ireland has hosted the event, which first went on the road in 2006.

Sports Personality nominees to be revealed

Watch The One Show, BBC One, 19:00 GMT & this website


Brit Awards? No thanks. Oscars? You must be joking.

No other nominees announcement* causes as much excitement, controversy, disputes and delight as the 'big reveal' of the shortlist for Sports Personality of the Year.

You need to tune into BBC One at 19:00 GMT or click the play button on this page, because The One Show will be making the big announcement.

If you're unlucky enough to not be able to receive BBC TV coverage, then I am here to reveal the names myself.

It's a BBC digi-simul-cast. 

*The opinion of some

'Some things never change'


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Before we go all Sports Personality, let's leave the last word of the day to Judy Murray - who, quite frankly, could win the Davis Cup if she declared her family an independent country. She spoke to 5 live earlier about her sons' achievements and their celebrations last night. 

"The players went out for the official dinner back at the venue and the family waited for them at the team hotel Andy came in with his suit on and went straight back upstairs and came back down in his joggers and t-shirt. Some things never change," she said. 

"We had some champagne at the table. Some fizz was consumed. Everybody was having a great time."

On seeing her two sons winning the doubles together, she said "It is a very special moment. The great thing for them is that they know each other very well but they also know each other’s tennis very well. 

"They intuitively know what they need to do. They’re both great fighters, great competitors. For me watching them, it’s always the doubles which gets me the most. It was really quite amazing to be able to watch that. "

Ranting and raving about Tyson


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In case you missed it, new world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury's father John is a very proud dad.

So proud that earlier at a media conference in Bolton, following his son's victory over Wladimir Klitschko, he embarked on an incredible rant in praise of the 27-year-old.  

Carter struggling with pain in York


Ali Carter says he was struggling with abdominal pain caused by Crohn's Disease during his UK Championship third-round exit against John Higgins. 

The two-time World Championship finalist lost 6-2 defeat at York's Barbican Centre, having previously overcome a battle with cancer. 

"I've got such a handicap against all the other players, living with this Crohn's Disease that I've got," he said. "You can't settle, when you've got constant abdominal pain like I have at the moment. I don't want to keep going on about it but it really is p***ing me right off at the minute."

Tonight on BBC Radio 5 live


Don't forget that in addition to the Sports Personality nominees being revealed at 19:00 GMT on the One Show, the Monday Night Club is well worth a listen on BBC Radio 5 live with Mark Chapman. Kevin Kilbane and Robbie Savage are among his guests. 

. @5liveSport 7-8.30 #mnc w/ @kdkilbane77 @RobbieSavage8 @RorySmithTimes 8.30-9.30 Euro Football Show w/ @Marcotti @andybrassell

Happy Birthday Gary

30th November

Forgive us for not mentioning this sooner but former England, Leicester and Everton striker Gary Lineker is 55 today. You may have seen him presenting Match of the Day recently where he looks slightly different.  

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Happy birthday Gary lineker have a good UN #oldgit

Doing it for the vegans



Peter Ebdon said his vegan diet helped him defy sleep deprivation to send world champion Stuart Bingham crashing out of the UK Championship at the last-32 stage.

Ebdon only finished his 6-5 second-round win over Dominic Dale at 1.30am and was back on the table at York's Barbican Centre less than 12 hours later. 

He said: "I've probably had four or five bananas today, I've had some apples, grapes. I feel as fresh as a daisy. It would have been so easy for me to fold today and I just felt fantastic. 

"I'm absolutely over the moon, it's not every day you beat a world champion."

Like father, like son


Zinedine Zidane's son, Luca, has reportedly been sent off for clashing heads with an opponent during Real Madrid’s youth game with Atletico Madrid over the weekend. 

It had echoes of Zinedine's infamous headbutt on Italian defender Marco Materazzi, while playing for France during the 2006 World Cup final. 

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Bingham out of UK Championship


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World champion Stuart Bingham suffered a shock defeat against Peter Ebdon at the the third-round stage of this year's UK Championship.

Bingham has struggled to find his best form since winning at the Crucible but had been impressive in winning through to the last 32. 

However, former world champion Ebdon wore down the Essex man in a tense opening six frames before easing to victory.

John Higgins joined Ebdon in round four, with a clinical 6-2 victory over Ali Carter.

Barca file complaint against pundits


Barcelona have filed a formal complaint against two former Real Madrid players turned pundits after they suggested Barca forward Neymar deserved the kick he received from Real midfielder Isco in this month's La Liga 'Clasico'.

Isco, who had come on as a substitute 10 minutes into the second half of Barca's 4-0 win at the Bernabeu, lashed out in apparent frustration at Neymar in the 85th minute and was shown a straight red card.

According to Barca, former Real players Manolo Sanchis and Poli Rincon "publically and repeatedly justified the aggression" on Spanish radio and the club said on Monday they had filed a complaint with a Spanish government commission that seeks to combat violence in sport.


Sports Personality nominees announced

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The Ballon D'or nominees were announced earlier and you can probably guess who was involved. But come 19:00 GMT the BBC Sports Personality of the Year contenders will be revealed on the One Show on BBC One and it promises to be a little bit more tricky to predict. 

Who do you think deserves a nomination?

A tale of two Cities



Only goal difference separates Premier League leaders Manchester City and second-place Leicester City but, on average, Manuel Pellegrini's players cost more than 10-times the amount of their Foxes counterparts, says new research by the CIES Football Observatory. 

Across Europe's big five leagues, only Real Madrid have fielded more expensive players than Manchester City, whose average cost is £19.9m per player.

By contrast, Leicester's stars cost an average of £1.76m. Real top the list with players who set them back £21.6m each. Ouch. 

England set Pakistan target of 155



England hit 154-8 in the third Twenty20 match in Sharjah to set Pakistan a target of 155 to win the game. James Vince's 46 runs have given England a chance after a poor start. They have an unassailable 2-0 lead. 

You can see how Pakistan do in our live text commentary. 

Fury's proud father


In case you missed it, new world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury's father John is a very proud dad.

So proud that earlier at a media conference in Bolton, following his son's victory over Wladimir Klitschko, he embarked on an incredible rant in praise of the 27-year-old.  

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Murray laughs off victory parade



Andy Murray and his Davis Cup team-mates have laughed off the idea of a victory parade after Great Britain won the title for the first time in 79 years against Belgium on Sunday. 

Murray said: "I'm not sure anyone would come, we'd just be going round London seeing sights on our own and waving at buildings."

Captain Leon Smith added: "Yeah, that could backfire."

No I in team - Ivanovic



Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic insists the needs of the team must come first as Chelsea reflect on Diego Costa's display of petulance in Sunday's goalless draw with Tottenham where the striker flicked a bib at Jose Mourinho after not being introduced as a substitute.

Ivanovic said: "I expect Diego to come back strongly. We start the season as a team and we have to finish as a team. Sometimes for a player who isn't playing it's difficult but it is a normal situation for the club. 

"When we start losing we all know it's not about the one or two players playing badly or playing well - it's about the team."

Manchester to stage Players Championship


Snooker’s Players Championship will be staged at Event City in Manchester for the first time next year.

The world ranking tournament will run from March 22 to 27 and will feature many of the sport's top players with a top prize of £100,000.

It was previously staged in Ireland and Preston, and last season took place in Thailand, where Joe Perry claimed the title by beating Mark Williams in the final.

Johnson 'deserves England recall'


Stoke and England goalkeeper Jack Butland believes clubmate Glen Johnson is playing well enough to warrant an international recall.

Full-back Johnson has not featured for national boss Roy Hodgson since last year's World Cup in Brazil.

"If he gets into the England side. it's because he's doing extremely well for us. He's relishing the opportunity to be back out there showcasing what he's got, which is a lot of talent," Butland told BBC Radio Stoke.

Moody wants Baxter involvement

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Former England captain Lewis Moody expects Eddie Jones to appoint Steve Borthwick and Leigh Jones, who worked with him while in charge Japan, when selecting his England coaching team, but believes Exeter's Rob Baxter must be given a role. 

Jones officially begins work at Twickenham on Tuesday after agreeing a four-year contract to become Stuart Lancaster's successor.

"I'd love to see Rob involved," Moody said. "I like everything he stands for at Exeter where he has done so much despite having fairly scarce financial backing."

Victor Valdes' wife hits out at Man Utd


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Victor Valdes' wife has hit out at Manchester United for not inviting her husband to a charity function at Old Trafford on Sunday. 

Manager Louis van Gaal and first-team players squad attended the club's annual dinner for Unicef, which raised £230,000 but Valdes was not invited. 

The goalkeeper's wife Yolanda Cardona took to Instagram to criticise the club. Underneath a picture of players she wrote: "Do not invite to my husband @vicvaldes1 to be part of the #united4unicef , it's the last thing you don't expect from one of the biggest club as @manchesterunited. A Charity event, its always a Charity event." 

United said Valdes was not invited because he is not a member of the first-team squad. Valdes signed for United on an 18-month contract in January, but the former Barcelona stopper has only played two games for the club.

Silly tackles must stop - Hutchinson


Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Sam Hutchinson has admitted he must cut out "stupid tackles" ahead of their League Cup quarter-final meeting with Stoke.

The 26-year-old has collected 10 yellow cards this season and missed Wednesday's last two games through suspension.

"I'm obviously learning the position because for 17 years at Chelsea I was a right-back or a centre-back, but the last three bookings were rash," he said.

West Ham wait on Sakho injury


West Ham are waiting to hear the extent of the injury suffered by Diafra Sakho after he limped off with a thigh problem against West Brom on Sunday.

The Senegal international's injury is the third to hit the Hammers attack after playmaker Dimitri Payet and winger Enner Valencia were hurt against Everton earlier this month. 

"You can see injuries in every club and to be fair the number who are missing is not a lot, but the ones missing are key players who play in the same position," said manager Slaven Bilic. 

"Valencia, Payet, and now Sakho. It is very hard to replace them." 

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Premier League agents fees hit £130m


The Premier League says its clubs' payments to agents from 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015 have risen from £115m for the same period last year to £129.86m this year.

Liverpool spent most on agents fees, amounting to £14.3m, with Manchester United second on £13.8m, Manchester City third on £12.4m and Chelsea fourth on £11.9m. 

Who'd be an agent eh?

Falcao could have to stay at Chelsea


The Daily Mail reports that Chelsea fear they could be stuck with striker Radamel Falcao until the end of the season.

The Colombia international has failed to impress during a season-long loan spell from Monaco and the Blues are keen to end the deal as they look to free up space for a new striker in January.

However, his parent club are reluctant to take him back in the transfer window.

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Postecoglou tips Cahill to stay playing


Australia coach Ange Postecoglou says former Everton striker Tim Cahill could play all the way to the next World Cup.

The 35-year-old, who now plays for Shanghai Shenhua scored three times against Bangladesh earlier this month to reach 45 international goals and would be almost 39 when it comes to Russia 2018.

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"He can't stop scoring goals and if he keeps scoring goals he'll keep getting picked," said Postecoglou. 

"At the moment I think he's still performing very very well for us and he's a massive contributor. We've got some young players coming through who we know will help us get to the next level but we're certainly not going to push Timmy into retirement while he's playing the way he is."

England win toss and choose to bat


England have won the toss and have chosen to bat in their third Twenty20 match against Pakistan in Sharjah. They might have an unassailable 2-0 lead but our man Marc Higginson can guide you through proceedings with his usual wit and wisdom. You can follow the match, which is about to start, right here. 

Smith agrees Brentford switch


Sounds like it's sorted. Dean Smith moves to Brentford following the sacking of Dutchman Marinus Dijkhuizen on 28 September after eight matches in charge.

BREAKING | #brentfordfc are delighted to announce that Dean Smith is confirmed as our new Head Coach

Ward 'unlikely to walk again'


Elite League rider Darcy Ward says he is "unlikely to ever walk again" following a high-speed crash in Poland three months ago.

The 23-year-old, who was on loan to Swindon Robins from Poole Pirates before the accident, is confined to a wheelchair and planning to return home to his native Australia.

"I know that this is probably it forever. But I also know that miracles can happen in medicine in this day and age," he told BBC South Today.

Three Kenyan officials suspended


The IAAF ethics commission has suspended three senior Kenyan track and field federation officials over the "potential subversion" of the anti-doping system in the country.

The IAAF says Athletics Kenya President Isaiah Kiplagat, vice president David Okeyo, who is also an IAAF Council member, and 2015 world championships team leader Joseph Kinyua have been suspended for 180 days "in the interests of the integrity of the sport.''

The three men are also accused of "potential improper diversion from Athletics Kenya of funds received from Nike.'' 

The IAAF says Kiplagat is also being investigated over an "apparent gift'" of two cars from the Qatar Athletics Federation received by Athletics Kenya in 2014-15. Qatar won the right to stage the 2019 world championships in a November 2014 vote.