BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017: Meet the contenders

BBC News

Here is a rundown of the 12 contenders who have been shortlisted for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017 award, to be presented on 17 December.

Cook & Beaumont among sports stars listed

BBC News

Former England cricket captain Alastair Cook and ex-England rugby union captain Bill Beaumont have been knighted in the Queen's New Year Honours list. Commonwealth Games Federation president Louise Martin is made a dame. Outgoing Premier League chairman Richard Scudamore and Geva Mentor, who helped England's netball team win Commonwealth Games gold, become CBEs. England boss Gareth Southgate and 2018 Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas are made OBEs. England captain and Tottenham striker Harry Kane is appointed an MBE.

The Sports Report: Lynn Swann has got to go

Los Angeles Times

My name is Houston Mitchell and I'm your host for the festivities. For those of you who emailed to say I was unfair to the schools involved in the "Varsity Blues" scandal, you should read what Bill Plaschke has to say: "After three years, it is a promise broken. With two scandals that drew FBI investigations having occurred under Lynn Swann's careless and chaotic watch, the Trojans heart has been damaged, its soul tainted, and it's time for a change. "In the wake of news that his program endorsed the admittance of fake athletes, it's time for USC to retire Lynn Swann and find a real athletic director. "Swann needs to go, now, for the sake of a world-class university with an otherwise sterling academic reputation that has been soiled by an athletic director who behaves like a dummy. "Athletics used to be one of the school's major selling points.

Algorithms (and gentlemen), start your engines!


On this Memorial Day weekend – traditional start of the racing season the US and the calendar home of the Indy 500 – we thought we'd take a look at the future of racing, and whether Ricky Bobby will find himself hammering it home in the driver's seat…or pushing fries in the concession stand. Racing leagues – including aptly-named Roborace – are popping up promising spectators the opportunity to see driverless cars compete in virtual battles of algorithms. Teams of researchers are taking algorithms similar to those already being used by major brands like Tesla and Google to put cars on the open road and put them to work on the racetrack. There is so much interest in the idea of pushing autonomous vehicle technologies to the extreme that track days have been set up to enable autonomous technologies developers to put their vehicles to he test on the track. Recently, Arrow Electronics broke records with its semi-autonomous vehicle at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Georgia man arrested after driving 112 mph 'for Snapchat' - Four injured after golf cart strikes pedestrians at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

FOX News

A Georgia man was arrested Tuesday after he was driving 112 miles per hour. He told police he was speeding while using the video-sharing app Snapchat. Malon B. Neal, 24, was charged with speeding, reckless driving and using wireless communications while driving after an officer shooting radar saw Neal's 2015 black Dodge Charger change lanes and accelerate, according to local reports. Neal's car has been towed and he was released from custody. The driver told police he was going home after hanging out with a friend, adding that he was driving that fast "for Snapchat," reports