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THURSDAY 4 – MONDAY 8 Australia v England, Sydney MONDAY 15 – SUNDAY 28 Australian Open, Melbourne Sports Personality of the Year 2017: Mo Farah World 10,000m champion Sir Mo Farah has been voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017. The 34-year-old, a four-time Olympic champion, won his third successive world 10,000m gold medal in London in August - despite almost falling twice late in the race. He becomes the first long- distance runner to win the Sports Personality award since Paula Radcliffe won it in 2002. Farah, who could not be at the ceremony in Liverpool, was presented the award on video link by stepdaughter Rhianna. later introduced the Unsung Hero award with a cover version of the Beatles classic All You Need Is Love. Rea arrived on stage on his superbike, while, like Farah, contenders Johanna Former Liverpool and Scotland striker Kenny Dalglish announced the award at a sold-out Echo Arena after a public vote. Farah, who was at the Sir Mo Farah Track in London, looked genuinely surprised to be named the winner before the video link cut out. Farah, one of 12 contenders for the award, has been shortlisted five times before with his previous highest finish of third in 2011. He took the prize with 83,524 votes - 2,957 more than second- placed Rea, while Peacock took third with 73,429, just 18 more than boxer Anthony Joshua. A memorable night in Liverpool Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds opened the show in Liverpool and then 43 World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea Konta, Lewis Hamilton and Chris Froome joined on video link. However, Farah’s son Hussein stole the Continued overleaf