Sports Personality

With 2008 reaching its climax and no more really important sporting events left to go, I was just wondering what everyone thought about this years Sports Personality of the Year Award.

I expect the leading contenders will be: Chris Hoy for his epic achievement in the cycling at the olympics, Rebecca Adlington in the swimming who I think was the favourite, Andy Murray for his rise up the ATP Rankings and of course the hero of the weekend Lewis Hamilton. You MIGHT include Theo Walcott, Rio Ferdinand, John Terry and maybe Ryan Giggs for his achievements this year.

The 24-minute news cycle

The 2008 Presidential Campaign gives Time magazine's James Poniewozik the chance to expound his theory that the 24-hour news cycle is dead. In its place, thanks to digital technology and the 'unofficial media', is the 24-minute news cycle.

"If you follow campaign news, you'll see this cycle in action several times a day, with stories sprouting, blooming and dying like flowers in time-lapse photography," he says.

Down to the last 400 metres

10 months, 900 laps, over 6000 miles, and the Formula One world championship went down to the last ¼ of a mile. Ten years after signing for McLaren, Lewis Hamilton re-paid Ron Dennis for his faith in him with the youngest world champion in history, which eluded him 12 months ago. A rain interrupted dramatic final Brazilian Grand Prix was won by Felipe Massa in front of his home crowd, but it was the drama going on behind him which had everyone’s focus back home.

Dismal England get out-shined by Superstars

It was 20/20 for $20 million, but England didn’t even deserve 20p after their dismal batting performance after winning the toss on a pleasant Caribbean Saturday evening. No-one got going and if it hadn’t been for Samit Patel and Stuart Broad’s calmer heads, the final score might have been even more pathetic than the paltry 99 they mustered up in just 19.5 overs.