What is it? SPOTY. It's the BBC's long-standing end of year sports review show which crowns this year's Sports Personality of the Year. It remains one of sport’s most prestigious awards. When is it? It is on Sunday December 16 - ie tonight. Where is it? This year, the event will be broadcast live from Birmingham's Genting Arena. What time will it start? Coverage begins at 7pm GMT, finishing at 9pm GMT. This year's winner will be announced in the 15 minutes before the end of the show. How can I watch it? BBC One and BBC website will have live coverage of the show, presented by Gabby Logan, Clare Balding and Gary Lineker. Alternatively, you can catch every winner and read all the latest with our rolling blog. Who are the contenders? Unlike previous years, there will be no pre-night shortlist, with contenders being announced during the show itself. Among the names expected to feature are Harry Kane, Lewis Hamilton, Dina Asher-Smith, Geraint Thomas and Tyson … [Read more...] about BBC SPOTY 2018: What time is the winner announced, what TV channel is it on and who are the contenders?
Opinion PUBLISHED: 10:18 16 December 2018 | UPDATED: 10:18 16 December 2018 Freddie Sears wheels away after scoring the only goal of the match in Town's first home win since April. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM © Copyright Stephen Waller At last Northstander Terry Hunt has an Ipswich Town home victory to savour... Now it’s time to build on that. Freddie Sears is surrounded by team-mates after scoring the winning goal in the game to give Town their first home victory since April. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COMYes, the weather was filthy, the game was ugly, and the goal was scrappy. But that doesn’t matter one little bit. The all-important thing was the win. How good it felt to cheer Chambo’s fist pump and then leave the stadium with three points in the bag.We deserved it. Of course, we still lack quality all over the pitch, but at least we’re playing with passion since Lambert’s arrival. And that … [Read more...] about Northstander: Filthy weather, scrappy goal, but who cares? We won! However, the maths still don’t look great
PUBLISHED: 14:41 16 December 2018 Lots of action this weekend in the non-league game PA Archive/PA Images It was another thrilling 2-2 draw for Coplestonians, the home side twice coming back to earn a deserved point against a powerful Bourne Vale outfit. Cops started the better but it was John Houchill who was called into action first when he saved from Lee Wilcox. Ross Lane then put in a fine block when Jamie Eaton-Collins looked likely to score for Cops. Franko Mallardo raced clear of the Cops back line and finished well to put the visitors in front, Danny Allen then headed wide from a Wilcox free kick as Bourne Vale pressed forward. However, Cops drew level when Eaton-Collins raced clear to fire home a right foot shot past Jamie Walden.After the break the visitors soon took the lead when Wilcox latched onto a loose ball and made no mistake with a fine shot. Mallardo fired wide as the visitors pressed forward … [Read more...] about SIL review: Cops thrilling draw, Capel win their first in six, while Henley thrash lowly Grundisburgh
PUBLISHED: 12:13 16 December 2018 | UPDATED: 12:13 16 December 2018 Sudbury's hat-trick hero Reece Harris surrounded by Dereham defenders. Photo: AFC SUDBURY Archant AFC Sudbury 8 Dereham Town 2 For the majority of the 194 brave souls who came to the King’s Marsh Stadium on a bitterly cold, windy and wet December afternoon it will be a day to remember as AFC Sudbury hit the back of the net eight times and in doing so left Dereham Town propping up the table in the Bostik North Division, writes Darren Theobald.Hero of the afternoon was Reece Harris who scored a hat-trick in just eight minutes early in the second half to make sure there was no chance of any Dereham revival.The first half was all Sudbury and when on 22 minutes Paul Hayes chipped the keeper the goal fest began.He doubled the lead on 40 minutes and then Callum Harrison scored the third on 42 minutes, all three goals taken from the left of goal with top-class precision. The second half continued in the same vein as … [Read more...] about Hot-shot Harris downs Dereham with eight-minute hat-track in Sudbury’s Christmas cracker of a performance
PUBLISHED: 11:26 16 December 2018 | UPDATED: 11:46 16 December 2018 barry grossmith Celebration for Felixstowe was short-lived at Maldon, where they lost 1-2 Photo: THOMAS BRADFORD Thomas Bradford 07885548899 Maldon & Tiptree 2 Felixstowe & Walton 1 Seasiders Liam Hillyard (red) puts pressure on Maldon's Billy Roast (blue). Photo: THOMAS BRADFORDThe message from boss Ian Watson to his squad this week had been, “You need to step up a bit more and take responsibility for your game,” writes Barry Grossmith.This performance at a windswept Maldon & Tiptree showed that the players did exactly that, despite the 2-1 defeat.The Seasiders went into this game at The Wallace Binder Ground with five senior players missing against a team on a good run of form and could easily have come away with all three points and probably deserved at least one.The driving rain meant everybody had to work hard and, speaking after the game, Watson said: … [Read more...] about Positives for Felixstowe & Walton but it’s the Jammers who go away with the points