Cav leads the way for BBC award

CYCLING: Sprint sensation Mark Cavendish is the early favourite to claim the prestigious BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award after the 10 nominees were announced yesterday. The 26-year-old has enjoyed a magnificent year, becoming Britain’s first winner of the Tour de France green jersey and Britain’s first male world road race champion for 46 years. Golf is well represented in the list, with world No1 Luke Donald, Open champion Darren Clarke and USā€ˆOpen winner Rory McIlroy all boasting strong claims for the title. Two members of England’s No1 ranked Test team, skipper Andrew Strauss and opening batsman Alastair Cook, make the cut as do Mo Farah and Dai Greene who won gold medals at the athletics world championships in Daegu. Boxer Amir Khan and world No3 tennis player Andy Murray complete the list.