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BBC Sports Personality of the Year: One Last Contest After The Marvels of 2012

London 2012 Olympic Gold Medal

On Sunday night the annus mirabilis of British sport will conclude with one of 12 contenders being crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year. The famous trophy – a silver-plated camera on a tripod with the name of each winner engraved on individual shields attached to the plinth – has always been prestigious. But never more so than in 2012, a year of unprecedented sporting success.

Josh Hamilton signs for Los Angeles Angels in $125m deal

Josh Hamilton

The Los Angeles Angels have agreed a five-year, $125m deal with Josh Hamilton, according to reports. The slugger, a five-time All Star and free agent who is famous for having overcome problems with drugs and alcohol, most recently played for the Texas Rangers. He played for the Rangers in the 2010 and 2011 World Series.

Juan Manuel Márquez Looks to Future After Knocking Out Manny Pacquiao

Boxing Gloves

It looked like the end, but, this being boxing, it could just be the start of something new: for Manny Pacquiao, even though devastatingly knocked out, for Juan Manuel Márquez, who destroyed him in front of a disbelieving audience at the MGM Grand, and for the man who is never far from the epicentre of the business, Floyd Mayweather Jnr.

Juan Manuel Márquez Knocks Out Manny Pacquiao

Boxing Gloves

When Juan Manuel Marquez drilled a foot-long right of brain-numbing power on to the unprotected chin of Manny Pacquiao in the penultimate second of the sixth round of their fourth contest, leaving him sprawled face first in a twitching heap, he surely levelled the ledger between them – although there might be more life in this rivalry yet.