Mary Earps Crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year, Stuart Broad Takes Second Place

In a thrilling race for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year, England women’s goalkeeper Mary Earps emerged victorious, leaving cricketer Stuart Broad in the second spot. The 30-year-old shot-stopper played a pivotal role in guiding England to the World Cup final in Australia, showcasing her exceptional skills and earning the Golden Glove award as the tournament’s best keeper.

Despite England’s 1-0 defeat by Spain in the final, Earps left an indelible mark by saving a crucial penalty. Throughout the tournament, she conceded a mere four goals, solidifying her reputation as one of the top goalkeepers in women’s football.

Addressing the audience, the Manchester United keeper expressed gratitude for the support of her loved ones, acknowledging the challenges faced on her journey. Reflecting on her achievements, Earps remarked, “The last two years have been unbelievable, I’ve done more than I could have ever imagined.”

This victory follows in the footsteps of her Lionesses teammate Beth Mead, who clinched the esteemed BBC award the previous year. In the voting, world heptathlon champion Katarina Johnson-Thompson secured the third position, adding to the excitement of a fiercely contested Sports Personality of the Year event.