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Last Updated: Saturday June 16 2007 11:21 GMT

Sport stars lead birthday honours

Kris Radlinski, Sir Ian Botham and Ryan Giggs

Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs and former England cricketer Ian Botham are among hundreds of people being rewarded in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Anybody can be nominated for an honour for doing something special in their life, but the Queen, with help from the Prime Minister, decides who gets them.

Ryan Giggs has got an OBE for all the years he's been playing football.

Ian Botham is now Sir Ian Botham after getting a knighthood for his skills on the pitch and charity walks off it.

He was the first player to score 5,000 runs and take 300 wickets in Test matches and has raised about 10m for Leukaemia Research.

David Beckham
Despite lots of rumours, David Beckham has missed out on an honour

He said: "I'm delighted that I've been honoured, not only for myself but for the people that have helped me get there."

Elsewhere, former England and West Ham striker Teddy Sherringham was awarded an MBE, as was Great Britain and Wigan's Kris Radlinski who said he was still in shock about it.

"It's a tremendous honour for myself and my family as well as for Wigan and the game in general, a massive honour," he said.

Missed out

The list also includes lots of people who aren't celebs, like teachers, charity workers and lollipop ladies.

But despite lots of rumours in the media, David Beckham hasn't been offered a knighthood from the Queen. Maybe next year David.



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