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Andy Murray wins Sports Personality of the Year

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Andy Murray has been crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year for the second time at the SSE Arena in Belfast.

Murray, who ended Great Britain's 79 year wait for a Davis Cup title, beat rugby league star Kevin Sinfield into second place with Jessica Ennis-Hill in third.

"I didn't expect this -- a friend actually sent me a message the other day with an article from a newspaper which said Andy Murray is duller than a weekend in Worthing, which I thought was a bit harsh -- on Worthing," said Murray.

"It's very humbling to be up here in front of so many great athletes -- I'm just a great sports fan and I'm really nervous.

"This has been a five-year journey -- we were right down at the bottom level or tennis and now we're ranked number one in the world and I never thought that would be possible."

Murray, who also picked up the Team of the Year award along with his Davis Cup team-mates, had started as narrow favourite to win the award over Ennis-Hill.

But a sustained campaign by the rugby league community paid off as Sinfield -- the first nominee from his sport -- pipped his fellow Yorkshire athlete into second place.

Accepting the Team award, Great Britain Davis Cup captain Leon Smith said: "It is hugely humbling to receive this award, it is obviously very prestigious.

"It's been 79 years since we managed to win the Davis Cup and let's hope it doesn't take another 79. I hope that what this has achieved for tennis is that we get a really lasting and meaningful legacy from this."

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill was a popular winner of the Coach of the Year award after leading his nation to the Euro 2016 finals.

O'Neill said: "Two years ago we were not in a great place and it would have been easier for me to walk away and for the association to go with someone else, but we stuck together and we are where we are today."

Incredibly humbling to win #SPOTY2016. Thanks to everyone for voting and a huge thanks to my Davis Cup team mates for helping make this year possible. Bring on 2016.

Posted by Andy Murray onĀ Sunday, 20 December 2015

Jockey AP McCoy received the Lifetime Achievement Award after bringing his illustrious career to a close in April.

McCoy -- who won the main Sports Personality prize in 2010 -- retired after riding 4,357 winners and being crowned Champion Jockey 20 consecutive times.

After receiving the award from fellow Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy, McCoy said: "Could I just say what an honour and a privilege it is to receive such a prestigious award, especially here in Belfast.

"Being from Northern Ireland, a place that has produced so many talented and successful sports people.. it makes tonight even more special.

"Racing is a wonderful sport. I was lucky to live my life as a jockey through it and for that I will be for ever grateful."

Dan Carter, who helped inspire the All Backs to victory at the Rugby World Cup, picked up the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year award.