Football - Bale up for top awards

Tottenham forward Gareth Bale tops the list of nominees for the 2012/13 Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year award.

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Manchester United duo Michael Carrick and Robin van Persie, Chelsea pair Eden Hazard and Juan Mata and Luis Suarez of Liverpool have also been nominated, the players' union confirmed on Tuesday.

Bale and Hazard are also up for the Young Player of the Year award alongside Aston Villa's Christian Benteke, Romelu Lukaku who is on loan at West Brom from Chelsea, Manchester United's Danny Welbeck and Jack Wilshere of Arsenal.

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