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LONDON: US Open golf champion Graeme McDowell and World Cup final football referee Howard Webb were among the sports figures whose achievements were recognised yesterday in Britain's New Year's honours.
Call him knight rider - or simply Sir Chris Hoy. The British cyclist's feat of three gold medals at the Beijing Olympics received royal recognition yesterday in the New Year honours list.
World boxing champion Joe Calzaghe said he was 'knocked out' after his unbeaten run as a professional was recognised with the award of a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the Birthday Honours List of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II.
Ex-footballers and newspapers thrashed out on Friday whether former England captain David Beckham should be knighted, mirroring a reported row among British officials.