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Summary

  1. We’re asking you why each Sports Personality contender should win the award
  2. Currently: Danny Willett 16:30-17:00 GMT
  3. Get Involved: #SPOTY

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That's all from us on Sportsday today.

Thanks for joining us and a particular thanks to those of you who have shared your views on this year's Sports Personality of the Year shortlist. 

There is plenty of live sport coming up tonight with Mark Sampson's England Women taking on the Netherlands as well as two EFL Cup quarter-finals.

You'll be able to follow those matches on the BBC website.

We'll be back with Sportsday tomorrow morning from 08:00 GMT.

See you then.

Benitez looking forward to Premier League test

Hull v Newcastle (19:45 GMT)

Rafa Benitez
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Despite a home defeat to Blackburn on Saturday, Newcastle are two points clear at the top of the Championship this season.

Manager Rafael Benitez said the EFL Cup quarter-final against Hull "is a motivation for us to play against a Premier League team". 

"They play at home, so they have a little bit of an advantage," he added.

"We approach every game with confidence. We know we will have the right motivation and the concentration to do well."

EFL Cup game a chance to change things - Benitez

Hull v Newcastle (19:45 GMT)

Mo Diame
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Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez is another manager hinting at changes in tonight's EFL Cup quarter-finals.

"When you play two games a week, the next game is a chance to change things," he said.

Jesus Gamez out with a collarbone injury but fellow defender Grant Hanley returns from a shin injury and midfielder Jack Colback is back from an eye problem.

Benitez made seven changes in the previous round against Preston one of which was Mo Diame, and the midfielder could again come in to play against the club he left in the summer.

Why should Danny Willett win Sports Personality of the Year?

#spoty

Danny Willett
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Richard Ashworth: And in any other year, (well, any year before the last decade) a @TheMasters champion would be an automatic winner @Danny_Willett

Puppyfeat: @Danny_Willett For the money you won me when I backed you for the Masters, you're my #SPOTY mate!

'Important we maintain momentum'

Hull v Newcastle (19:45 GMT)

Mike Phelan
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Hull look set for a Premier League relegation battle this season with just one win since August but manager Mike Phelan says the club want to go "as far as possible" in the EFL Cup.

"We have progressed in this cup and now we get to this stage it is important we maintain momentum," he said.

"If we get through this one there are two more games to be added to your calendar, when they come in January, after a busy Christmas.

"But all the players are looking forward to it. If you are in a cup competition and get that far, then you want to go as far as you possibly can."

Hull City team news

Hull v Newcastle (19:45 GMT)

Tom Huddlestone
Reuters

Hull will be without midfielders Ryan Mason (illness) and the suspended Sam Clucas for tonight's EFL Cup quarter-final against Newcastle.

Defender Andrew Robertson and striker Adama Diomande could start after coming on against West Brom following injury and suspension respectively.

Goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic, defender Harry Maguire and midfielders Tom Huddlestone and David Meyler could also all come in.

Why should Danny Willett win Sports Personality of the Year?

#spoty

Danny Willett
BBC

Willett claimed a shock Masters win to become the first Briton to triumph at Augusta in 20 years.

Willett, from Sheffield, had been a doubtful starter, with wife Nicole due to give birth on the final day, but he played after the early arrival of baby Zachariah.

He won the Dubai Desert Classic in February, finished second in the European Tour's Race for Dubai title, and made his Ryder Cup debut.

Sports Personality record: First nomination. Two golfers have won - Dai Rees (1957) and Nick Faldo (1989) - while the runners-up have included Rory McIlroy in 2014.

We are profiling every SPOTY contender throughout today.

If you think Danny Willett should win SPOTY get in touch and tell us why using the hashtag #spoty on Twitter.

'We're under no pressure'

Liverpool v Leeds (19:45 GMT)

Garry Monk
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In comparison, Leeds manager Garry Monk has no new injuries from Saturday's 2-1 win at Rotherham but he has not said whether he will make changes like in previous rounds.

"It's a historic fixture in English football and we have to respect that," said Monk.

"We're under no illusions. It's a very difficult game for us. 

"It's a great challenge, that's how we have to look at it. Our young players have a bit of freedom to go there.

"We're under no pressure. The odds are against us, but we have good belief in ourselves."

Why should Max Whitlock win Sports Personality of the Year?

#spoty

Max Whitlock
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Matt Alcock: Whitlock should be on that podium without a doubt!! Never won a gold in gymnastics and he wins 2 in a matter of hours. 

James Richards: Max Whitlock. His achievement is by far a Miracle and deserves to win this year. We have nether won a gold at gymnastics and he gets two in one night when bronze was meant to be best for us. Sorry Andy move over.

Klopp coy on EFL Cup line-up

Liverpool v Leeds United (19:45 GMT)

Jurgen Klopp
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On potential changes to his team in the EFL Cup, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said: "It is about having a line-up which can stand the intensity of the game because Leeds are in a really good moment.

"They are a football-playing side and they will force us into a lot of things so we need to work hard in these games. The players need to be fit for this.

"We don't want to rest somebody who doesn't need a rest. It is possible we will make a few changes; it is possible we will play nearly the same team."

Why should Max Whitlock win Sports Personality of the Year?

#spoty

Max Whitlock
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Rachel Armitage: Max Whitlock for #SPOTY, two Olympic golds! And what he's done for men's gymnastics is incredible.

TheWattmeister: Max Whitlock. Hard work. Phenomenal success. Inspiration. Already got my #SPOTY vote. Brilliant young man.

Liverpool EFL Cup team news

Liverpool v Leeds United (19:45 GMT)

Roberto Firmino
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Liverpool host Championship side Leeds for a place in the EFL Cup semi-finals tonight and will be without a number of first-team players.

Philippe Coutinho is out with suspected ankle ligament damage, Roberto Firmino (calf) is unlikely to be risked and Daniel Sturridge is out (also calf).

Simon Mignolet will replace Loris Karius in goal.  

Why should Max Whitlock win Sports Personality of the Year?

#spoty

Max Whitlock
BBC

Whitlock secured two Olympic golds in one memorable day as the gymnast from Hemel Hempstead made history.

He gained Britain's first Olympic gymnastics gold with victory in the men's floor, then 90 minutes later pipped team-mate Louis Smith to triumph in the pommel horse.

Earlier in the Games, Whitlock won Great Britain's first all-around gymnastics Olympics medal in 108 years, taking bronze.

Sports Personality record: Seventh, 2014, Eighth 2015. A gymnast has never won the BBC award, though Beth Tweddle was fifth in 2009.

We are profiling every SPOTY contender throughout today.

If you think Max Whitlock should win SPOTY get in touch and tell us why using the hashtag #spoty on Twitter.

Unwell Hamilton pulls out of tyre test

Formula 1

Mercedes 2017 Pirelli tyres
Pirelli

Lewis Hamilton has pulled out of a test aimed at finalising tyres for next season because he was feeling unwell.

Hamilton, who lost the world title to Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, was scheduled to drive all day at the Yas Marina circuit.

But after a few laps the Briton felt ill, and Pascal Wehrlein took over.

Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari are conducting the test, with modified 2015 cars to simulate the increased downforce of the 2017 new rules.

Why should Jamie Vardy win Sports Personality of the Year?

#spoty

Jamie Vardy
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Lucas Hutchings on Facebook: Jamie Vardy 100% the best sportsperson this year. World class. 

Neil Richards: Jamie Vardy for me. Football Writers player of the season, Premiership Champion, goalscoring record. All for Leicester City. Amazing.  

Wenger to make changes for EFL Cup

Arsenal v Southampton (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

Lucas Perez
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says his team to face Southampton in the EFL Cup quarter-final on Wednesday will include a "mixture of youth and experience".

Wenger confirmed striker Lucas Perez has recovered from an ankle injury - which he picked up in the previous round against Reading - in time for the tie.

Striker Olivier Giroud is out with a groin injury while Mathieu Debuchy has had a scan on a hamstring injury picked up on Sunday and is also sidelined.

Wenger said the club had not yet received the scan results for the defender who was forced off in the opening stages of the 3-1 against Bournemouth - his first competitive appearance for over a year.

Why should Jamie Vardy win Sports Personality of the Year?

#spoty

Jamie Vardy
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Aaron Fenton on Facebook: The man helped lead his team to a once in a lifetime victory. Give him the credit he deserves.

Vinnie Smith on Facebook: Got to be Jamie Vardy, what he and Leicester achieved is far more superior to an Olympic Gold medal.  

On this day...

Tennis

2015: Great Britain won the Davis Cup for the first time since 1936 as Andy Murray inspired a 3-1 success against Belgium.    

Andy Murray
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Iniesta fit for Saturday's El Clasico

Football

Andres Iniesta
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Barcelona manager Luis Enrique says captain Andres Iniesta is "fully fit" ahead of Saturday's El Clasico against Real Madrid.

Iniesta has been out with a knee injury since October but Enrique said the midfielder would have returned against Hercules in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday if he was not suspended.

"He is fully fit and we are just waiting for him to be given the all-clear by the club's doctors," Enrique added.

Barcelona are second in La Liga, six points behind leaders Real Madrid.

Why should Jamie Vardy win Sports Personality of the Year?

#spoty

Jamie Vardy
BBC

Vardy's goalscoring exploits helped 5,000-1 outsiders Leicester City to become Premier League champions. The Foxes have gone on to reach the Champions League knockout stage.

Vardy was voted player of the year by the Football Writers' Association as he scored 24 league goals last season, including in a record 11 consecutive matches.

Just four years after signing from then non-league side Fleetwood Town, he made the Ballon d'Or award shortlist for the world's best player.

Sports Personality record: First nomination. The award has been won five times by footballers (Bobby Moore 1966, Paul Gascoigne 1990, Michael Owen 1998, David Beckham 2001, Ryan Giggs 2009).

We are profiling every SPOTY contender throughout today.

If you think Jamie Vardy should win SPOTY get in touch and tell us why using the hashtag #spoty on Twitter.

Southampton team news

Arsenal v Southampton (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

Sofiane Boufal
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Southampton's record signing Sofiane Boufal and Steven Davis are both available for Wednesday's EFL Cup tie against Arsenal.

Boufal missed Southmapton's Premier League win over Everton on Sunday with a knock while Davis was ill. 

Midfielder Dusan Tadic (broken nose) and defender Matt Targett (hamstring) are both still unavailable however.

Why should Dame Sarah Storey win Sports Personality of the Year?

#spoty

Dame Sarah Storey
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Richard Cumiskey: Sarah Storey has to win #SPOTY. What she achieved in the paralympics was incredible, and a true inspiration to disabled people out there.

Jack Grummitt-Carel: I love Murray, but for 14 Paralympic golds, 27-times world champ & broken 72 world recs over 2 sports, Sarah Storey has my vote.  

Van Dijk transfer rumours 'just speculation'

Arsenal v Southampton (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

Virgil van Dijk
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Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk has been heavily linked with a move away from the club in recent weeks but his manager Claude Puel insists it is "just speculation".

"Van Dijk is a great player and has a contract," Puel added. "It is important all of the good players stay with us and continue their work and improve with Southampton.

"He has the ability to become one of the five or six best defenders in the world. 

"He has the capacity, it is difficult to see something better on him. 

"It is important he continues with stability, Southampton is a good club for him."

When Ronald met Gary

Football

Ronald Koeman and Gary Lineker
BBC Sport

They've both played for Barcelona, one used to bang in goals for Everton, the other now manages the club.

But what did Ronald Koeman and Gary Lineker chat about when they met at Goodison Park for the Premier League Show?

If you click here, you'll find out.

Why should Dame Sarah Storey win Sports Personality of the Year?

#spoty

Dame Sarah Storey
BBC

Britain's most decorated female Paralympian after three golds in Rio took her tally to 14 titles in all from swimming and cycling.

She completed a cycling hat-trick at the 2016 Games in the women's C4-5 road race, after winning both the individual pursuit and time trial.

The Cheshire cyclist, who returned to elite sport after becoming a mother three years ago, also won a gold and two silvers at the Para-cycling Track World Championships.

Sports Personality record: 12th, 2012. The last woman to win the award was Zara Phillips in 2006, after her triumph at the World Equestrian Games.

We are profiling every SPOTY contender throughout today.

If you think Dame Sarah Storey should win SPOTY get in touch and tell us why using the hashtag #spoty on Twitter.

Southampton news conference

(Arsenal v Southampton Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

Josh Sims
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19-year-old Josh Sims made his Southampton debut on Sunday against Everton

More from Claude Puel who has hinted he may make changes to his Southampton side in the EFL Cup quarter-final against Arsenal. 

"Every time we can rotate the team and keep the same philosophy," he said.

"Arsenal are the same. It will be a good game of football."

"It's important to continue to develop young players, and not just from the academy, but the whole team – every player."

Why should Nick Skelton win Sports Personality of the Year?

#spoty

Nick Skelton
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Beck Seward: To come back from breaking his neck to win gold is incredible. A true winner and hero.

Sam George on Facebook: Nick Skelton has been through and achieved so much. A long and successful career would be so nice for him to be rewarded. Most athletes LOOOONG.... retired by his age not raising their game and winning medals.    

'I strive to inspire'

Athletics

Dina Asher-Smith
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Dina Asher-Smith is twenty years old, studying a history degree at Kings College London. She also just happens to be the fastest female sprinter in British history. 

As she looks ahead to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Dina chats to Jane Garvey about her achievement. She says, ‘What I really strive for is to inspire somebody’.  

To hear the full interview, click here.

Why should Nick Skelton win Sports Personality of the Year?

#spoty

Nick Skelton
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Archie Moffat on Facebook: I think Nick Skelton deserves it. To come back from such a bad fall and then win individual gold is unbeatable.

Rebecca Turner on Facebook: Nick Skelton for me all the way what a fantastic rider and almost 60 years of age go Nick go!  

Puel emphasises EFL Cup importance

(Arsenal v Southampton Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

Claude Puel
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Southampton travel to north London on Wednesday to face Arsenal in the EFL Cup quarter-finals and manager Claude Puel has emphasised the importance of the match.

"It's an opportunity to try to win something," he said. "All my squad is ambitious.

"The last game against Everton was a fantastic game, with good intensity and a good physical level."

Southampton impressed on Sunday in their last Premier League game, beating Everton 1-0.

Have attitudes to the bouncer changed?

Cricket

Joe Root ducks under a bouncer
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Just over a year ago, Australia batsman Phillip Hughes died after being hit by a bouncer from Sean Abbott in a domestic game in Sydney.

The issue of short, fast deliveries in cricket has been under the spotlight since.

But have attitudes to the bouncer changed? Read here for more.

Why should Nick Skelton win Sports Personality of the Year?

#spoty

Nick Skelton
BBC

Show jumper Skelton finally claimed an individual Olympic title at his seventh Games - aged 58, he was Britain's second oldest Olympic gold medallist.

Having initially retired 16 years ago after breaking his neck in two places, the Warwickshire rider won on Big Star following a six-way jump-off.

Joshua Millner, who secured shooting gold in 1908 at the age of 61, is the only person older than Skelton to have won gold for GB.

Sports Personality record: First nomination. A show jumper has triumphed before - David Broome in 1960.

We are profiling every SPOTY contender throughout today.

If you think Nick Skelton should win SPOTY get in touch and tell us why using the hashtag #spoty on Twitter.

'A fairytale with a tragic ending'

Football

Chapecoense
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The incredible rise of Brazilian football team Chapecoense met with tragedy today, after a plane crash in Colombia killed the majority of their team.

The club were in the Brazilian fourth tier in 2009, but had recently made themselves a "national force" before their run in South American football's secondary continental competition - the equivalent of the Europa League.

Reports suggest just two players survived the crash in Medellin, which was taking the team to compete in the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final on Wednesday.

BBC Sport looks at "a fairytale story with tragic ending".

Why should Kate Richardson-Walsh win Sports Personality of the Year?

#spoty

Kate Richardson-Walsh
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Michele Jacques: Time to vote for #SPOTY, let's get Kate Richardson-Walsh to the top spot for her fantastic leadership.

Katy Stanlake: KRW - the most amazing role model. How many other athletes return to compete so soon after being smashed in the jaw? She did in 2012!  

Plays of the week

American Football

American footballers have great names. Watch the plays of the week from the NFL, featuring some fine work from Tyreek Hill, LeSean McCoy and Ted Ginn Jr...

NFL plays of the week featuring Tyreek Hill, LeSean McCoy,Ted Ginn Jr

Why should Kate Richardson-Walsh win Sports Personality of the Year?

#spoty

Kate Richardson-Walsh
BBC

Richardson-Walsh Great Britain's women to a historic first Olympic gold medal - winning in a penalty shootout against the Netherlands.

Chosen as GB flagbearer for the closing ceremony, the Mancunian played alongside wife Helen as they became the first same-sex married couple to win Olympic gold in the same final.

After Rio, she retired from international duty after a record 375 appearances, 49 goals and 13 years as England and GB skipper.

Sports Personality record: No hockey player has ever taken the main award, although Britain's men won team of the year in 1988 after clinching Olympic gold.

We are profiling every SPOTY contender throughout today.

If you think Kate Richardson-Walsh should win SPOTY get in touch and tell us why using the hashtag #spoty on Twitter.

Swansea wish Wickham well

Football

A nice touch from Swansea, the side against whom Connor Wickham suffered his injury...

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Why should Adam Peaty win Sports Personality of the Year?

#spoty

Adam Peaty
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Matti Hurst on Facebook: Didn't Adam Peaty break the world record for breast stroke and get a hand full of medals! He has got to win! He broke a world record people at the age of 21!   

Andy JD: Adam #Peaty deserves to win #SPOTY , what he has achieved this year is outrageous. Terrible he won't get close.  

Rotherham to take on MK Dons for Hearts boss?

Latest gossip

Robbie Neilson
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Earlier we told that League One MK Dons are expected to speak to Hearts manager Robbie Neilson about their vacant manager's position today.

But, according to the Daily Mirror