Lewis Hamilton becomes the first motor racing star to win the award since Damon Hill in 1996

Sports Personality of the Year 2014: Lewis Hamilton beats Rory McIlroy to collect prestigious award and cap brilliant year

Hamilton secured the F1 title in a nail-biting finale by beating his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in Abu Dhabi

The star of The Adventure Show, for the first 55 minutes anyway, was Scotland
File photo of Lewis Hamilton celebrating becoming World Champion after victory in the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as he was made favourite to become the first motor racing winner of Sports Personality of the Year since Damon Hill

Sports Personality of the Year 2014: How can you compare levels of sporting genius?

Hamilton, McIlroy or Bale? Objectivity will go out of the window at tonight’s Sports Personality of the Year,  writes Kevin Garside

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Dan Hardy column: Junior dos Santos vs Stipe Miocic is important to the UFC heavyweight picture as a whole

British UFC welterweight and UFC commentator, Dan Hardy, looks ahead to the Heavyweight action at UFC Fight Night: Dos Santos vs. Miocic this weekend.

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Johny Hendricks in action

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British UFC welterweight and UFC commentator, Dan Hardy, looks ahead to the action at UFC 181 this weekend

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Basketball referee gets knocked out after being hit during tip-off in match

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This year Fran Halsall has won four medals for  England at the Commonwealth Games and five more for Great Britain at the European Championships. It is suprising  to hear her say there were aspects of her displays that “annoyed” her.

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This week, British UFC welterweight and commentator, Dan Hardy, looks back at the action from last weekend’s UFC fight card in Austin, and ahead at some epic fights to come

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Rory McIlroy is currently the bookies' favourite to win the annual award, followed by F1 driver Lewis Hamilton

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