Murray wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year award

Dec 20, 2015, 7:29 PM EST
Andy Murray
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Andy Murray has been voted the BBC Sports Personality of the Year for the second time in three years.

The BBC writes:

The 2013 winner helped make history by guiding Britain's tennis team to a first Davis Cup victory for 79 years. Rugby League star Kevin Sinfield was runner-up, with heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill third. The Scot won 361,446 of the 1,009,498 votes cast (35%), with Sinfield getting 278,353 (28%) and Ennis-Hill 78,898 (8%). Murray was presented the award by Northern Ireland boxing legend Barry McGuigan, in front of a sell-out 7,500 crowd at the SSE Arena in Belfast. A two-time major winner in his career, this year he reached the final of the Australian Open and the semi-finals of both Wimbledon and the French Open. The 28-year-old, who finished the year second in the world tennis rankings, won all 11 of his Davis Cup rubbers, three in the final against Belgium.

Meanwhile, Tyson Fury, the boxer at the center of controversy over comments about women and homosexuals, made an apology at the awards. Reuters writes:

Before tennis champion Andy Murray collected the prestigious award, an audience of 7,500 at the SSE arena applauded after world heavyweight champion Fury, 27, one of the 10 short-listed contenders, told them his remarks had been tongue-in-cheek. Fury, whose homophobic and sexist comments had led to more than 130,000 people signing a petition calling for the BBC to remove him from its shortlist, told the crowd, featuring many of Britain's greatest sportsmen and women: "I've said a lot of stuff in the past, none of it with intentions to hurt anybody. "It's all a bit tongue in cheek, it's all fun and games for me. I'm not really a serious type of person. Everything's happy go lucky with Tyson Fury. "If I've said anything in the past that's hurt anybody, I apologize to anybody's who's been hurt out there. It's not my intention to do that."