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Sports Personality names revealed

Gary Lineker, Sue Barker and Jake Humphrey
Gary Lineker, Sue Barker and Jake Humphrey will be the presenters on the night

Sports Personality of the Year
Venue: Liverpool Echo Arena Date: Sunday, 14 December Time: 1900 GMT Coverage: Live on BBC One, BBC Radio 5 Live & BBC Sport website.


The top 10 contenders for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award have been named.

The list features Olympic heroes swimmer Rebecca Adlington, and cycling champions Nicole Cooke, Chris Hoy, Rebecca Romero and Bradley Wiggins.

Fellow Beijing winners sailor Ben Ainslie and 400m gold medallist Christine Ohuruogu also make the list.

Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton, boxer Joe Calzaghe and British tennis number one Andy Murray make up the 10.

These sporting celebrities will now compete for the public vote on the night of the live show which will be broadcast live at 1900 GMT, Sunday 14 December on BBC One.

SPORTS PERSONALITY TOP 10
Rebecca Adlington
Ben Ainslie
Joe Calzaghe
Nicole Cooke
Lewis Hamilton
Chris Hoy
Andy Murray
Christine Ohuruogu
Rebecca Romero
Bradley Wiggins

The public will be able to vote for their BBC Sports Personality of the Year by telephone and details of the numbers to vote on will be given out during the programme which will be presented by Sue Barker, Gary Lineker and Jake Humphrey.

The live event will be held at Liverpool's Echo Arena for the first time and is a sell-out with around 9,000 people attending, making it the biggest Sports Personality ever.

EDITORS' BLOG

The shortlist of 10 contenders was put together by a panel of 28 sports editors from national and regional newspapers and magazines.

Details of the sports editors' votes are available on the BBC Sport website.

The other awards to be presented on the night will include:

- Team of the Year

- Coach of the Year

- Overseas Personality

- Young Personality

- Helen Rollason Award

- Unsung Hero Award

- Lifetime Achievement

Last December's show was held at the Birmingham NEC and this year the show moves to the Echo Arena. It promises to be another spectacular night, this time in the European Capital of Culture.

Roger Mosey, director of BBC Sport, said: "This is the first time Sports Personality Of The Year has been held in the north of England.

"It's a tremendous cast list and a great experience for the audience in the venue, and we hope this year will be a classic."

Coverage of the show will also be available on the BBC Sport website, the Red Button and BBC Radio 5 Live.

SPORTS PERSONALITY:
Sun 14 Dec, 1900 GMT,
BBC One & BBC Radio 5 Live.

see also
Sports Personality 10: Rebecca Adlington
02 Dec 08 |  Sports Personality
Sports Personality 10: Ben Ainslie
02 Dec 08 |  Sports Personality
Sports Personality 10: Joe Calzaghe
02 Dec 08 |  Sports Personality
Sports Personality 10: Nicole Cooke
02 Dec 08 |  Sports Personality
Sports Personality 10: Lewis Hamilton
02 Dec 08 |  Sports Personality
Sports Personality 10: Chris Hoy
02 Dec 08 |  Sports Personality
Sports Personality 10: Andy Murray
02 Dec 08 |  Sports Personality
Sports Personality 10: Christine Ohuruogu
02 Dec 08 |  Sports Personality
Sports Personality 10: Rebecca Romero
02 Dec 08 |  Sports Personality
Sports Personality 10: Bradley Wiggins
02 Dec 08 |  Sports Personality
Sports Personality nominations
01 Dec 08 |  Sports Personality
Sports Personality roll of honour
10 Oct 08 |  Sports Personality



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