BBC Sports Personality Of The Year 2016 Shortlist Revealed

BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2016 Shortlist RevealedSixteen contenders have been shortlisted for the 2016 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

The 16 for 2016 were named after a year in which British sportsmen and women had a lot of successes, including at the Olympics and Paralympics in Rio.

They will go into a vote on the night of the live show in Birmingham on Sunday, December 18.

Jamie Vardy makes the cut after helping guide Leicester City to the biggest title upset in Premier League history while Bale features for winning his second Champions League title with Real Madrid in May and being the standout star in Wales’ Euro 2016 campaign in the summer.

However, Andy Murray is heavy favourite to win the award, having ended the year as No.1 in the world rankings – a first for any British singles player in history.

The Scot secured victory at Wimbledon for the second time in his career, while he also won gold at the Olympics.

A host of Olympic and Paralympic athletes are on the shortlist.

The nominees are:

Nicola Adams – Boxing, Gareth Bale – Football, Alistair Brownlee – Triathlon, Sophie Christiansen – Equestrian, Kadeena Cox – Athletics/Cycling, Mo Farah – Athletics, Jason Kenny – Cycling, Laura Kenny – Cycling.

Andy Murray – Tennis, Adam Peaty – Swimming, Kate Richardson-Walsh – Hockey, Nick Skelton – Equestrian, Dame Sarah Storey – Cycling, Jamie Vardy – Football, Max Whitlock – Gymnastics, Danny Willett – Golf.

Murray Beat Djokovic To Win First ATP World Tour Trophy

andy-murrayBritain’s Andy Murray on Sunday lifted the ATP trophy after beating five-time champion Novak Djokovi 6-3, 6-4 in the final game.

It was his first Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Tour final title and with the victory, Murray finishes the year as the best player in the world.

“I’m very happy to win and to be world number one is very special, the Scot said. “It’s very special playing against Novak in a match like this.”

Murray, 29, extended his career-best winning run to 24 matches.

The victory at London’s O2 Arena also ends Djokovic’s four-year run of success at the tournament and the Serb’s bid to equal Roger Federer’s record of six titles.

Murray, who had won 10 of the pair’s previous 34 encounters, added: “We’ve played Grand Slam finals and Olympic finals before, but I am very happy to win”.

In the semi-final game, Murray had battled back from a set and a break down to beat Milos Raonic and book his place in the final.

Murray looked out of sorts in the opening set and first three games of the second, but he then rallied and eventually prevailed 5-7 7-6 7-6 in a tournament-record three hours and 38 minutes.