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Murray favourite for Sports Personality award

ESPN staff
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Andy Murray is the heavy favourite to be named BBC Sports Personality of the Year next month after the shortlist of ten contenders was announced.

Murray, who ended Great Britain's 77-year wait for a male Wimbledon champion in July, faces stiff competition from 5,000m and 10,000m world champion Mo Farah and Tour de France winner Chris Froome.

The public will decide the winner in front of an expected 12,000 crowd at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on December 15.

Justin Rose, who won his maiden golf major at the US Open in the summer, is also in contention while AP McCoy - who recently celebrated an unprecedented 4,000th winner - and England's Ashes player of the series Ian Bell feature on the list.

Christine Ohuruogu makes the cut after taking 400m gold in Moscow, becoming the first British female to win two World Championship titles. Paralympics star Hannah Cockroft also features after her wheelchair racing World Championship double.

Completing the list are Sir Ben Ainslie, who led Team Oracle USA to an incredible comeback win from 8-1 down in the America's Cup, and rugby union star Leigh Halfpenny, who shone in the British and Irish Lions' victorious tour of Australia.

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