More history for Andy Murray as he wins third Sports Personality award

BIRMINGHAM, England -- Andy Murray has been named BBC Sports Personality of the Year for the third time.

The 29-year-old claimed the award after winning Wimbledon, Olympic gold and finishing the season as the world's top-ranked tennis player.

Two-time Olympic triathlon champion Alistair Brownlee was second and Olympic showjumping gold medallist Nick Skelton third at the ceremony in Birmingham.

"I'd like to thank everyone who voted. I really appreciate all of your support," Murray said after being presented the award by former boxer Lennox Lewis, poolside in Miami.

"I'd obviously like to thank my team. They make a lot of sacrifices for me. They spend time away from their families at times of the year like this and I really appreciate all of your support.

"I'd like to thank my family as well. I think my mum's in the crowd there - thanks for all of your help. My dad just got married 10 days ago. I miss you guys.

"I'd also like to say a huge thanks to my wife for all of her support over the years. And also my daughter who won't know what this means yet but maybe in a few years she'll appreciate it.

"I appreciate everyone's support and congrats to all of the athletes there tonight. It's been an amazing year for British sport and I'm very proud to be a part of it."

Murray revealed one of his biggest supporters had voted for a rival, saying: "I've got a bone to pick with my wife because she actually told me about an hour ago she'd voted for Nick Skelton.

"Not smart from her with Christmas coming up!"

Elsewhere, Leicester City Football Club completed a double, being named team of the year after manager Claudio Ranieri was crowned coach of the year following the Foxes' shock title triumph.

The Premier League champions, who also won their Champions League group to reach the knockout stages this season, picked up the trophy at the ceremony in Birmingham.

Captain Wes Morgan, speaking on stage, said: "It's a huge honour to receive this award. What we achieved this season was absolutely incredible. No-one thought we could achieve it. We proved it was possible. A huge thank you to everyone behind the scenes - they contribute so much to what we strive for and work towards."

Swimmer Michael Phelps won the lifetime achievement award after capping his career with five Olympic golds in Rio.