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Daily Mail - - Sports Personality Of The Year - By MATT LAW­TON Chief Sports Re­porter

ANDY MUR­RAY and Tyson Fury have made late bids for the BBC Sports Per­son­al­ity of the Year award af­ter their stun­ning suc­cesses last week­end. The BBC judg­ing panel met in mid-Novem­ber but de­layed nam­ing their shortlist. They were aware that Mur­ray could play a cen­tral role in lead­ing Great Bri­tain to an his­toric Davis Cup vic­tory, while Fury had the op­por­tu­nity to be­come the heavy­weight cham­pion of the world by con­quer­ing Wladimir Kl­itschko. The pair’s re­spec­tive vic­to­ries per­suaded the judges to ex­tend the list to 12 names in­stead of the cus­tom­ary 10, with Mur­ray con­sid­ered among the front-run­ners. Jessica En­nis-Hill re­mains the favourite af­ter re­turn­ing from a spell away from her sport to have a child to win world hep­tathlon gold in Bei­jing in Au­gust. En­nis-Hill also won ad­mir­ers for the stance she adopted when Sh­effield United — who named a stand af­ter her be­tween 2012-2015 — con­sid­ered re-sign­ing con­victed rapist Ched Evans. But Mur­ray’s com­mit­ment in help­ing de­liver Bri­tain’s first Davis Cup tri­umph in al­most 80 years is sure to have earned him plenty of sup­port, too, even if it re­mains an un­usu­ally strong shortlist this year. Mo Farah and Greg Ruther­ford have con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate their events in athletics, while last year’s win­ner Lewis Hamil­ton is listed af­ter suc­cess­fully de­fend­ing his For­mula One world ti­tle — his third in all. Chris Froome is also nom­i­nated, hav­ing emerged from such ad­ver­sity in France in the sum­mer to se­cure a sec­ond Tour de France win. The win­ner will be de­cided by a pub­lic vote and an­nounced at a live event in Belfast on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 20.

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