Daily Bagel: Murray at SPOTY awards; Wawrinka disappointed in Federer
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• Video: Andy Murray may not have won the BBC's annual Sports Personality of the Year award (Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins took home the prize), but he contributed to one of the unintentionally hilarious moments of the night. Lennox Lewis didn't hear the announcement, which left Murray in the awkward position of presenting the third-place trophy to ... himself.
• Speaking of Murray, in an eerie piece of timing this story was posted on Friday morning before the events in Newtown, Conn., with recent quotes from Murray on changing the perception of his hometown of Dunblane, Scotland -- site of the gun massacre at his primary school that killed 16 children -- from a place of tragedy to one of hope. As a result of the Dunblane shootings, the UK banned private ownership of handguns.
• ESPN's Tom Rinaldi did a short documentary on that tragic day and Murray's role in bringing pride back to the town. You can watch it here.
• The Newtown tragedy touches the tennis community: Former ATP CEO Adam Helfant's niece, Grace McDonnell, was one of the victims. She was 6 years old.
• Congratulations to Madison Keys and Rhyne Williams, who secured main-draw wild cards into the Australian Open by winning the USTA's wild-card playoff last week. Keys, 17, ranked No. 135, defeated Stanford star Mallory Burdette 7-5, 6-3 in the final, while Williams, No. 190, beat Tim Smyczek 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-3, 6-3.
“Roger has been saying for years that he wants to play the Davis Cup and it is important, but that’s apparently not the case,” Wawrinka said. “It’s a shame how he interprets things to suit his own opinion. Davis Cup is not a priority for him at the moment.”
• Sam Stosur's coach, David Taylor, has stepped down as Australia's Fed Cup captain.
• A $125,000 WTA tournament will be held in Cali, Colombia, in February.
• Tournament entry news: Caroline Wozniacki is confirmed for Kuala Lumpur in February. ... Venus Williams will play the Paris Indoors. ... Ana Ivanovic and Maria Kirilenko will play the Pattaya Open in Pattaya City, Thailand. ... Mike and Bob Bryan have committed to the BB&T Atlanta Open.
• Casey Dellacqua has withdrawn from Hopman Cup due to a foot injury. She was set to pair with Bernard Tomic for the event. No replacement has been announced.
• A class-action lawsuit has been filed against Wilson Sporting Goods. "The plaintiffs charge that Wilson makes air-injected (hollow) tennis rackets which contributed to hundreds of millions of wrist, elbow and shoulder injuries since the inception of air-injected rackets in 1978."
• Federer won Sportsperson of the Year in Switzerland. In other news, snow is cold.
• Angelique Kerber came in second place in the voting for Germany's Sportswoman of the Year.
• The Slice lists 12 of the most memorable off-court moments in 2012.
• Former ATP No. 7 Peter McNamara is now coaching Australia's Matt Ebden.
• McWozilroy took in a Heat game over the weekend.
• Non-tennis: Slate lists 20 overlooked books in 2012.
• Bonus Video: Some of my favorite Maria Sharapova moments involve her attempts to get through awkward sycophantic interviews without losing her patience. Here's an example from Brazil.