Ex-Sunderland star nominated for BBC Sports Personality of the Year award

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Former Sunderland Ladies star Lucy Bronze has been named on the shortlist for the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year 2015 award.

Now with Manchester City, Bronze starred for England Women as they took the bronze medal at the World Cup in Canada.

Tyson Fury and Andy Murray are last-minute inclusions on the shortlist following their weekend triumphs.

Murray’s heroics in Great Britain’s historic Davis Cup victory in tennis and Fury’s points win over Wladimir Klitschko to become boxing’s heavyweight champion of the world have seen the pair included on a 12-strong list - two more than usual.

The early favourite according to William Hill bookmakers however is Jessica Ennis-Hill, who was crowned world heptathlon champion in August 13 months after giving birth.

There are two other contenders who enjoyed track and field success at the World Championships in Beijing. One is Mo Farah, who secured a unique ‘treble double’ in distance running having won golds in both 5,000 metres and 10,000m at two World Championships and the Olympics.

The other is Greg Rutherford, the long-jump world champion who became only the fifth British athlete to hold Olympic, Commonwealth, European & world titles at the same time.

Last year’s winner of the BBC award, Lewis Hamilton, is also shortlisted again after successfully defending his Formula One world champion title, his third drivers’ championship in all.

Tour de France winner Chris Froome is nominated, as is fellow cyclist Lizzie Armitstead, who won the UCI World Road Championship.

Kevin Sinfield, who retired from rugby league after an extraordinary career - including winning the Challenge Cup, League Leaders’ Shield and the Super League title in his final season - before switching codes to union is also nominated.

The final contenders are Adam Peaty, who became the first British swimmer to win three gold medals at a single World Championships, and Max Whitlock, who ended Britain’s 112-year wait for a men’s gold medallist at the World Gymnastics Championships.