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  1. Andy Murray wins the 2015 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award
  2. Second: Kevin Sinfield
  3. Third: Jessica Ennis-Hill

Live Reporting

By Marc Higginson and Andy Cryer

All times stated are UK

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Right then, it's time for us to check out of here. We're off for a weekend in Worthing.

Well done to Andy Murray and thanks for your company. It's been good.

Stay across the BBC Sport website for plenty more reaction.


Andy Murray

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#SPOTY What more does Mo Farrah have to do to even come in the first 3 - but well done BBC on another GREAT show

Brilliant for tennis at #SPOTY but delighted that Kevin Sinfield was rightly recognised too. #leeds

Our winners

Overseas Sports Personality of the Year: Dan Carter: An integral part of the New Zealand team that beat Australia 34-17 to win the World Cup in October.

Young Sports Personality of the Year: Ellie Downie: The 16-year-old gymnast won bronze in the all-around at the European Championships to make her the first female gymnast to win an individual all-around medal for Great Britain.

Coach of the Year award: Michael O'Neill: The Northern Ireland manager helped his country end a 30-year absence from tournament football by sealing a spot at Euro 2016 last month.

Lifetime Achievement Award: AP McCoy: Twenty-time champion jump jockey AP McCoy, 41, who retired in April after a record-breaking career.

Helen Rollason Award: Bailey Matthews: The eight-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, completed his first triathlon unaided.

Sport's Unsung Hero: Damien Lindsay: The west Belfast youth football coach played a huge role in his local community in his work with the St James Swifts Football Club.

I suspect the after-show party is in full swing in Belfast now. And what a night it's been. Before I leave you, let me remind you of the awards which have been dished out.

Standing ovation

What a fantastic evening many thanks @BBCSPOTY and huge congratulations to @andy_murray #whatayear

What a fantastic evening many thanks @BBCSPOTY and huge congratulations to @andy_murray #whatayear

'A special squad'

Coach of the Year Michael O'Neill: "What we have in this squad is very special, and that's down to the players. Of course it's good to go to Euro 2016 without a huge amount of expectation, but there will be expectation within the group."

Around the web

Won @Wimbledon 🏆 Won @usopen 🏆 Won @Olympics gold 🏆 Won @DavisCup 🏆 And now #SPOTY 🏆 Congratulations, @andy_murray!

Won @Wimbledon 🏆 Won @usopen 🏆 Won @Olympics gold 🏆 Won @DavisCup 🏆 And now #SPOTY 🏆 Congratulations, @andy_murray!

Bring on Rio

Disability sport - 2015 in review

Hanna Cockcroft

Thirteen gold medals, 32 medals in all, five world records and 24 personal bests - not a bad IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha for GB.

London 2012 champion Hannah Cockroft won three golds in the T34 400m, 100 and 800m, while there was also success for fellow Paralympic champions Aled Davies, who triumphed in both the shot and discus, and Richard Whitehead, who set a new world record on his way to winning the T42 200m.

Sophie Hahn's two gold medals saw her nominated on the shortlist for the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year.

The team's display saw them finish fourth in the medal table, which was topped by China.   


2015 Sports Personality of the Year Andy Murray on the BBC Red Button: "It was great to be here and spend the evening with the guys. We all get on really well - the team spirit is something that Leon has done a great job with. It's nerve-wracking making an acceptance speech - you rarely get to be out there with so many people who you respect."

Team of the Year

Davis Cup captain Leon Smith: "Everyone has played a part - 12 or 13 players have played over the past five years. Beating France in the quarter-finals, who had a very strong team, gave us a lot of momentum. But this journey started a long way back."

Team Yorkshire

Cheers for the support everyone 😄 Yorkshire on the podium twice will do nicely @J_Ennis and Sir Kev! Congrats @andy_murray #SPOTY

Final results

The numbers are in... and there were more than one million votes cast in the 32 minutes of voting time.

Andy Murray polled 361,446 votes followed by: Kevin Sinfield 278,353, Jessica Ennis-Hill 79,898, Tyson Fury 72,330, Lewis Hamilton 48,379, Chris Froome 39,007, Mo Farah 31,311, Max Whitlock 25,925, Greg Rutherford 23,492, Lizzie Armitstead 22,356, Adam Peaty 13,738, Lucy Bronze 13,236.

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@andy_murray gets a lot of grief for being 'dull' but to be fair he spent over 2 hours with the fans after the Davis cup... #myspotymoment


SPOTY contender Max Whitlock on that piano routine: "It was a bit different. A while ago I did it on a terrace at the Houses of Parliament."

SPOTY finalist Adam Peaty: "It's been a fantastic year. My coach tells me never to give an inch. I know what's going to happen in the Olympics and will know how to prepare for it."

Tough year for judo

Judo - 2015 in review

British Judo endured a difficult pre-Olympic year. Glasgow was controversially stripped of hosting the 2015 European Championships and no athletes were able to claim medals at the inaugural European Games or World Championships.

Commonwealth champion Owen Livesey was one of eight GB medallists at the Glasgow European Open in October and London 2012 silver medallist Gemma Gibbons boosted her prospects with a history-making and moral boosting Grand Slam bronze in Tokyo earlier this month.

Olympic places will be secured via World rankings at the end of May.

Shouldn't you be picking your Apprentice winner, Lord Sugar?

A well deserved winner of sports personality of the year @andy_murray

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Well done @andy_murray on #SPOTY win! Fantastic athlete & one of my favs to watch. More grand slams in 2016 for sure!

'Hugely humbling'

The Team of the Year award was presented by former pentathlete and 1972 Sports Personality of the Year winner Dame Mary Peters, and Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill.

Davis Cup captain Leon Smith, who was presented with the award, said: "It is hugely humbling, it is very prestigious. It has been 79 years since we last won the Davis Cup, let's hope it doesn't take another 79 years.

"I hope what it has achieved is we get a lasting legacy for tennis."

Gone with the wind

Para sailing - 2015 in review

Helena Lucas

Paralympic sailing champion Helena Lucas has been named as the first member of the Great Britain team for Rio 2016.

The Southampton sailor, who turns 40 on Wednesday, is the first confirmed athlete on either the Olympic or Paralympic team.

It will be a third Games for Lucas, who competes in the one-person 2.4mR keelboat event.

GB athletes have currently secured more than 120 unnamed slots for Rio, across 15 sports.

'It's incredibly hard'

Third-placed Jessica Ennis-Hill: "After the Anniversary Games, I felt a little bit more confident in my ability. I wanted to make it 100% worthwhile and come back with a medal because I have to leave my son behind. It's incredibly hard, and the only person who really sees how hard it is is my husband Andy. But it's the most rewarding."  

'A brilliant night'

SPOTY runner-up Kevin Sinfield: "It's completely unbelievable, I'm really humbled. To be sat here is almost uncomfortable, to win an individual award when I've played a team sport all my life. But it's been a brilliant night, it's never happened before for a rugby league player. The game has given me absolutely everything. The rugby league family have been brilliant."

'A triumph'

Lifetime Achievement Award winner AP McCoy: "The whole evening was a triumph - it made me very proud of myself and Northern Ireland. Hopefully I will find something that will excite me like horse racing did, but I didn't leave anything behind."

Reaction from the stars

A great show @BBCSPOTY and huge congratulations to @andy_murray A very worthy winner! #SPOTY

Well deserved @andy_murray and huge congrats to @J_Ennis for what she achieved -especially after giving birth just last year! #SPOTY

Great result - three fantastic role models and sports achievers. #SPOTY

The richest fight of all time

Boxing - 2015 in review


2015 was also the yearFloyd MayweatherandManny Pacquiaofinally got it on in the ring. It was never likely to live up to expectation - and it didn't - butMayweather wonto add further weight to his claim of being the greatest ever.

However, perhaps the boxing story to really capture the imagination wasAnthony Crolla winning the WBA lightweight title less than a year after he suffered a fractured skull when confronting burglars.

Crolla is now one of four world champions from Greater Manchester - the others are, of course, Tyson Fury, Scott Quigg and Terry Flanagan.

Breeding ground.

Quite a year for Bingham

Snooker - 2015 in review

Stuart Bingham

The undoubted snooker story of the year saw outsider Stuart Bingham win the World Championship for the first time at the Crucible in May. Bingham was not even in the reckoning at the start of the tournament, but beating favourite Ronnie O’Sullivan and Judd Trump, before a brilliant victory in the final against Shaun Murphy, saw his name etched in history forever.

'It's all worth it'

AP McCoy

Lifetime achievement winner AP McCoy said: "Racing is a wonderful sport, I was very lucky to live my life as a jockey through it.

"There are so many people I would like to thank. I would like to thank the horses I have ridden, the stable lads and lasses who look after them so well, to the BBC for this – for this is amazing.

"I would like to congratulate all the 12 contestants. All I would like to say is make the sacrifices because it is worth it.”

Annabel Croft

Former British tennis number one on Radio 5 live

"Andy Murray is such a consummate professional. He's left no stone unturned, he lets his tennis do the talking and he's earned his enormous popularity with the British public. He's a genius on the court - he sees tennis matches like roadmaps and he sees a way from A to B."

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The right person won #SPOTY but the #Lionesses should have been team of the year.

Well done Kevin Sinfield. Hard to say that as a @OfficialBullsRL fan. P.s i voted for him #SPOTY

The right result?

BBC Radio 5 Live

From 22:00–23:00 GMT, BBC Radio 5 live will be taking your calls on what you made of Sports Personality of the Year.

Who did you vote for and why? Or should it have gone to someone not even on the short-list?

The lines are open, the number to call is 0500 909 693, text us 85058, find us on twitter @BBC5Live.

We want your thoughts on the show – from Tyson Fury’s apology to Lewis Hamilton’s hat/fireplace combo.

Stay where you are for more SPOTY reaction. There is also the winners' hour on the Red Button and BBC Radio 5 live.

On a serious note, what is there to do on a weekend in Worthing? I've never been. I'm sure it's a decent enough place though.

Andy Murray on stage after winning Sports Personality of the Year

More from 2015 Sports Personality of the Year Andy Murray: "This has been a five-year journey - we were down in the bottom level of tennis and now we're number one. I would like to thank the whole team and the staff, who were incredible. I would like to thank my wife and my family and everyone who voted for me - I dedicate my life to this sport and I work extremely hard every day to make you proud."

'Harsh on Worthing'

Andy Murray celebrates winning the 2015 Sports Personality of the Year

2015 Sports Personality of the Year Andy Murray on BBC One: "Thank you very much. I didn't expect this, a friend sent me a message the other day with an article saying 'Andy Murray is duller than a weekend in Worthing', which I thought was a bit harsh - on Worthing! Congratulations to everyone who was involved tonight."

Barry McGuigan reveals the 'incomparable' Andy Murray to be our winner.

Despite being one of the most talented sportsmen the UK has ever produced, Murray appears to be nervous and humble on stage. Almost surprised to win the award.

He's got time to slip in a gag though...



Second place

It's Kevin Sinfield. A very humble-looking rugby league legend takes his place on the podium.