Top Sports Stories Of The Week 16th Of December

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Updated: December 16, 2013

It’s the beginning of the week and we look look back on a great week of sports.

Sports Personality of the Year

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Andy Murray is the winner of this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

The Briton tennis player earned the award after his showcase at last summer’s Wimbledon Grand Slam as the 26 year-old become the first British man to win the tournament in 77 years since Fred Perry in 1936.

Rugby player Leigh Halfpenny was the runner up after being highlighted for winning the six nations with Wales and overcoming Australia in the British & Irish Lions tour.

Horse jockey AP McCoy finished in third place after winning a staggering 4000th career win in horse racing earlier in the year. McCoy missed out on winning the award for the second time after winning it the first time in 2010.

It was the show’s 60th anniversary since its first edition back in 1953.

 

Football

Ozil's walk of shame

Manchester City showed Arsenal who actually is the best team in the Premier League and in style by beating the Gunners 6-3 with the goals coming from Aguero, Walcott (2), Negredo, Fernandinho (2), Silva, Mertesacker and Yaya Toure. Machester United got back to winning ways with a comfortable win against Aston Villa 0-3 with Danny Welbeck scoring a brace. Tottenham were humiliated at White Hart Lane against Liverpool 0-5 with Saurez and Henderson being the stand-out performers, the loss led to the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas on Monday morning. Everton stalled Fulham‘s good form by beating them 4-1 at Goodison Park. Chelsea just about edged past Crystal Palace 2-1 with Torres getting himself back on the score-sheet. High-flying Newcastle held Southampton to a 1-1 draw with the goals coming from Gouffran and Rodriguez. Struggling West Ham couldn’t manage to score against bottom of the table Sunderland in a dull 0-0 match. Cardiff beat West Brom 1-0, finally scoring after over 4 hours of play without scoring and which led to Steve Clarke being dismissed by West Brom. Norwich and Swansea evenly contested the match at Carrow Road 1-1 with Dyer and Hooper getting the goals. Hull drew 0-0 against Stoke in another dull match.

For more check out Seb’s weekly round-up of The English Premier League Arsenal Fall At The Feet Of City As Their North London Rivals Get Humiliated At Home To Liverpool

 

The Ashes

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England must do something extraordinary to keep hold of the ashes after once again being completely dominated by an Australian team who are on top form.

After bowling out Australia for what seemed a reasonable 385, England once again played a wholly uninspiring 251. Australia replied by scoring 369-6 declared, which included a joint record 28 runs in one over from George Bailey and centuries from David Warner and Shane Watson.

Now England, on 251-5, must bat throughout the entire last day to draw the test and have any hope in drawing the series. Kevin Pietersen‘s failure in the first innings (19) also received widespread criticism, mainly from former England batsmen Geoffrey Boycott who suggested that Pietersen couldn’t play a controlled, steady innings.

 

Formula 1

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Sebastian Vettel won this year’s overseas personality of the year.

The F1 world champion was given the award due to the German’s spectacular performance in the 2013 season. Winning 9 consecutive races in the second half of the season with a grand total of 13 race victories throughout the season.

All these wins achieved a fourth world championship in a row for the 26 year-old.

 

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