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Credit: Lou

Welcome to Monday. RG went off to bed feeling ill so Lou volunteered me as a last minute substitute. I do not have an inventive daily planned like RG’s recent fabulous post so you will need to settle for something a bit more basic.

On Sunday night Christine broke out the Factbyte Factbox to cover the BBC Sports Personality of the Year. The replay is available for those who missed it.

The main award was won by 15 times champion jockey AP McCoy with 15 times darts world champions Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor in second and heptathlete Jessica Ennis third. The European Ryder Cup Team picked up the team of the year with their captain Colin Montgomerie taking the coach of the year. Naturally the award should have gone to Tottenham Hotspur. Tom Daley who won gold medals in diving at the Commonwealth Games and World Championships won the Young Sports Personality of the Year for the third time.

The Overseas Sports Personality of the Year was awarded to Rafa Nadal although I am sure Amy will be pleased to know Roger Federer appeared to say a few words about his rival. The most popular announcement of the night for us was the Helen Rollason Award going to Sir Frank Williams. The Unsung Hero award went to Lance Haggith who coaches disabled children in a range of sports. The final award was a Lifetime Achievement Award to David Beckham. It seems a bit previous to give an award like that to someone who is only 35 years old and still playing.

The real success of the evening though came after SPOTY when for the first time ever in 8 series I managed to pick the winner of the Apprentice. It should be impossible to pick the loser out of two that often but Alan Sugar picks the wrong one every single year. No wonder he has problems with the people he hires. Still he had the advantage for once that the better candidate had the better sob story this time. For someone with a reputation for being a hard-headed businessman he is a sucker for a sob story.

In F1 news Mark Webber demonstrated his Red Bull for the King of Thailand. On track Lucas Di Grassi won the first heat of the Felipe Massa International Kart Challenge at Florianapolis. Massa himself finished second with Antonio Pizzonia in third place. Politics are never far from the surface in F1 and Ferrari is usually at the centre of them. With the current Concorde Agreement due to expire in two years time Luca deMontezemolo has fired the first shot in the negotiation process. He is backing Bernie Ecclestone heavily so either he is looking to get his team a better financial deal or he is planning on stabbing Bernie in the back. In another article Luca is complaining about the cost reduction push in F1 so we could conclude that as that was an FIA initiative he plans to back Bernie against the Federation.

Don’t forget to check out the Advent calendars from Sidepodcast and from Alex.

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