Sporting weekend in pictures

Another big weekend of football and rugby culminated in the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year awards on Sunday evening.

Here, the PA news agency picks out the best pictures of the weekend.

Manchester City’s Nicolas Otamendi (left) and Bernardo Silva (right) speak with referee Paul Tierney during their victory over Arsenal
Manchester City’s Nicolas Otamendi (left) and Bernardo Silva (right) speak with referee Paul Tierney during their victory over Arsenal (John Walton/PA)
Kevin De Bruyne produced a superb display for City
Kevin De Bruyne produced a superb display for City (John Walton/PA)
Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford punches the ball clear under pressure during their draw with Manchester United
Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford punches the ball clear under pressure during their draw with Manchester United (Martin Rickett/PA)
Jamie Vardy kicks a microphone stand during Leicester's draw with Norwich
Jamie Vardy kicks a microphone stand during Leicester’s draw with Norwich (Nick Potts/PA)
Chelsea's Erin Cuthbert kneels in the mud during the Women's Super League draw with Liverpool
Chelsea’s Erin Cuthbert kneels in the mud during the Women’s Super League draw with Liverpool (Richard Sellers/PA)
Lionel Messi dives for a header during Barcelona's LaLiga draw with Real Sociedad
Lionel Messi dives for a header during Barcelona’s LaLiga draw with Real Sociedad (Alvaro Barrientos/AP)
An fight breaks out between Saracens and Munster players during their European Rugby Champions Cup clash
A fight breaks out between Saracens and Munster players during their European Rugby Champions Cup clash (Adam Davy/PA)
The Champions Cup clash between Exeter and Sale was briefly stopped because of a hailstorm
The Champions Cup clash between Exeter and Sale was briefly stopped because of a hailstorm (Adam Davy/PA)
Ulster’s Stuart McCloskey stands behind a scrum during the Champions Cup clash with Harlequins
Ulster’s Stuart McCloskey stands behind a scrum during the Champions Cup clash with Harlequins (Adam Davy/PA)
Tiger Woods holds up the Presidents Cup trophy after victory for the US team
Tiger Woods holds up the Presidents Cup trophy after victory for the US team (Andy Brownbill/AP)
Australia’s Tim Paine reacts to a near miss from New Zealand’s BJ Watling during the Test match in Perth
Australia’s Tim Paine reacts to a near miss from New Zealand’s BJ Watling during the Test match in Perth (Trevor Collens/AP)
Ben Stokes holds up the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award
Ben Stokes holds up the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award (Jane Barlow/PA)
Tanni Grey-Thompson wipes away a tear after winning the Lifetime Achievement award during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony
Tanni Grey-Thompson wipes away a tear after winning the Lifetime Achievement award during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony (Jane Barlow/PA)
Doddie Weir waits to receive the Helen Rollaston Award during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year show
Doddie Weir waits to receive the Helen Rollason Award during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year show (Jane Barlow/PA)
Mikuru Suzuki after her narrow loss at the William Hill World Championships at Alexandra Palace
Mikuru Suzuki after her narrow loss at the William Hill World Championships at Alexandra Palace (Steven Paston/PA)
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