Mur­ray’s Beeb teaser

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THE Davis Cup tri­umph has lifted na­tional hero Andy Mur­ray to sec­ond favourite be­hind Jessica En­nis-Hill to be Sports Per­son­al­ity of the Year, with the Team of the Year an odds-on cer­tainty to go to the Davis Cup win­ners. That starts the an­nual guess­ing game of whether Mur­ray will leave his over­seas train­ing base — nor­mally Mi­ami but Dubai this year — to be present in Belfast on De­cem­ber 20. Mur­ray is not sched­uled to leave the UAE un­til two days af­ter the event, but he will surely be per­suaded to go to North­ern Ire­land, es­pe­cially as his team-mates will be in­volved and it is be­ing held nearer to Christ­mas than usual.

SUN­DER­LAND boss Sam Al­lardyce was a raf­fle win­ner at the Foot­ball Writ­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion North East din­ner, only to dis­cover his prize was a signed copy of his re­cently pub­lished au­to­bi­og­ra­phy. Big Sam asked that the book be auc­tioned for a char­ity and it fetched £200, which would have been a lot less if Sun­der­land had not just beaten Stoke. Mean­while, Al­lardyce’s be­lea­guered North East man­age­rial col­league Steve McClaren ad­mirably in­sisted that the two New­cas­tle award win­ners, Daryl Jan­maat and Ay­oze Perez, should at­tend the func­tion with him de­spite their week­end drub­bing at Crys­tal Palace. THE FIFA pres­i­den­tial con­test is de­vel­op­ing into a two-horse race be­tween Bahrain’s Sheik Sal­man, who has the unan­i­mous sup­port of the Asian con­fed­er­a­tion ex­ec­u­tive, and UEFA gen­eral sec­re­tary Gianni In­fantino, who has the back­ing of the South Amer­i­can con­fed­er­a­tion. With In­fantino along­side Sheik Sal­man in Delhi over the week­end for the AFC 2015 awards gala and singing the praises of Asian foot­ball on so­cial me­dia, a dream ticket looks in­creas­ingly on the cards. That would see the Sheik as pres­i­dent and In­fantino as FIFA sec­re­tary gen­eral.

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