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  1. Facebook live reaction with Gabby Logan
  2. Sports Personality shortlist announced on The One Show

Live Reporting

By Marc Higginson

All times stated are UK

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We're off now, but here's a Facebook live with Gabby Logan, who revealed the shortlist on The One Show a short time ago.

Thanks for joining us tonight.

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Here's a video reminder of the nominees

If you fancy a trip down memory lane, there's an iWonder guide looking at SPOTY's most memorable moments here.

It's worth a gander for this video of a horse in the studio.

Health and Safety wouldn't be too keen on that these days!


How to vote

And full details of how you will be able to vote on the night can be found here.

No excuses!

Meet the contenders

Now you need to start thinking about who to vote for.

I can help you with that big decision. A little bit, anyway.

Head to our profiles page, where you will find details of the achievements of each of our contenders.

Facebook live

Don't love us and leave us now you've got what you wanted. Stick around for some Facebook live reaction with Gabby Logan. We'll stream that here from 19:30 GMT approx.

Don't forget...

And here's a little reminder that, in addition to the main prize, there will also be seven other awards:

  • Team of the Year
  • Coach of the Year
  • Overseas Sports Personality of the Year
  • Young Sports Personality of the Year
  • Helen Rollason Award for outsanding achievement in the face of adversity
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Get Inspired Unsung Hero

Who picked the 16 names?

The shortlist was compiled by a 12-member panel:

  • Representatives from BBC Sport: Barbara Slater (Director, BBC Sport), Philip Bernie (Head of TV Sport) and Carl Doran (Executive Editor, BBC Sports Personality of the Year)
  • Former nominees of an award: Ryan Giggs, Victoria Pendleton and Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson
  • Representative from BBC Radio 5 live: Amy Lawrence
  • Pan-sports broadcaster: Ore Oduba
  • Representatives from sports journalism: David James (Sunday Mirror/Sunday People), Adam Sills (Daily/Sunday Telegraph) and Alison Kervin (Mail on Sunday)
  • Representative from UK sports industry: Liz Nicholl (Chief Executive, UK Sport)

Save the date

A little reminder that the winner of the award will be crowned on 18 December. Here's your shortlist in picture form once more...

SPOTY 2016

So there you have it.

Sixteen of sport's highest achievers in this wonderful year of competition.

Sports Personality nominee

Dame Sarah Storey

Sports Personality nominee

Alistair Brownlee

Sports Personality nominee

Mo Farah

Sports Personality nominee

Jason Kenny

Sports Personality nominee

Laura Kenny

Sports Personality nominee

Kadeena Cox

Sports Personality nominee

Adam Peaty

Sports Personality nominee

Max Whitlock

Sports Personality nominee

Nicola Adams

Sports Personality nominee

Danny Willett

Sports Personality nominee

Andy Murray

Sports Personality nominee

Nick Skelton

Sports Personality nominee

Sophie Christiansen

Sports Personality nominee

Kate Richardson-Walsh

Sports Personality nominee

Gareth Bale

Sports Personality nominee

Jamie Vardy

I know what you're thinking... give me some names.

I will. In a minute. Promise.

It looks like the names of SPOTY nominations are hidden behind lockers, which will be opened by Gabby Logan.

'We wouldn't be here without her'


The club administrator received the Unsung Hero award from two members of Warrington Gymnastics

Mandi Mellor is the latest regional BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero to be revealed.

The mother-of-four puts in an amazing 30 hours each week to help Warrington Gymnastics club become the thriving place it is.

Find out more about the Unsung Heroes from your area on the Get Inspired website.

Right... there's going to be 16 names on the shortlist.

Our very own Gabby Logan is on The One Show sofa and is ready to reveal who those names are.

Paul O'Grady, in boxing robe and gloves, is her fellow guest.

Right-o. We're almost ready.

Dish up tea, settle down on the sofa and watch The One Show.

SPOTY 2016 shortlist coming right up.

Sports Personality panel is made up of a mixture of @BBCSport bosses, sports pundits and media experts. Imagine shortlisting 2016... #SPOTY

If you can't wait for this year's SPOTY list to be announced, I can point you in the direction of... the shortlist for the young Sports Personality of the Year.

You'll find that here.

This year's show is being hosted in Birmingham, and will be presented by Gabby Logan, Gary Lineker and Clare Balding.

The date for your Sunday night viewing diary: Sunday, 18 December.

And that's before the success we've seen in a wide range of other sports.

2016 in sport: it's been good.

Better than your Mum's roast dinner.

Roast dinner

For starters, Team GB won a staggering 67 medals at the Rio Olympics.

At the Paralympics a couple of weeks later, that tally was 147.

Tom's spot on there. When the panel who picked the shortlist locked themselves in a room, they must have had a list as long as your arm.

Just where do you start?!

Tom Fordyce

Chief sports writer

This is an unparalleled era to be competing under the union jack.

Sports Personality of the Year? Good luck with whittling it down to the shortlist, let alone choosing your winner.


Marc Higginson here, checking in to bring you the Sports Personality of the Year shortlist.

We'll find out this year's nominations via The One Show. That's on at 19:00 GMT and can be streamed via this page or you can watch it on BBC One.

It's one of those evenings where you eat your tea/dinner* on your lap in front of the TV.

* Delete as applicable!

Jones has damaged his legacy with Australia, says Cheika

The pre-match talk is heating up for Saturday's Test between England and Australia because, according to Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika, England boss Eddie Jones has tarnished his legacy in Australia because of comments made during the summer.

During this summer's series down under, Jones said the Australian media had an orchestrated campaign against his side.

"There was a lot of vitriol about Australia, his home nation," said Cheika of Jones during the summer tour. "Personally if you're looking to leave a legacy somewhere, you don't want to hit back at it when you leave."

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