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  Sporting heroes Honours list
Updated 31 December 2001, 15.26

Every year the Queen gives people from sport, showbiz, politics and other famous people awards called OBEs, CBEs, MBEs and Knighthoods, if they are extra lucky.

Fact File
What are the Honours?
Knighthood: Those 'knighted' call themselves 'Sir' or 'Lady'
OBE, MBE, CBE: All Orders of the British Empire

These are known as the 'New Year Honours' and are an old British tradition. Those honoured are given special medals by the Queen.

The awards are given to those who have done a lot for their profession, like charity work or sporting achievement for instance.

This year, there were lots of sporting heroes who were honoured including England cricket captain Nasser Hussain as well as boxer Lennox Lewis, ex-England manager Graham Taylor and Liverpool midfielder Gary McAllister.

Here's the full list of the sports stars past and present who were recognised.


Cricket:


Nasser Hussain - OBE
Captain of England, he led the squad to four series wins in a row from 2000 and 2001.

Although being beaten by Australia and India recently, England have done very well under the captaincy of Hussain.

Hussain was pleased with his award, saying: "This is great news. Everyone knows how much playing for England means to me and I'm very proud to have been honoured by my country in this way."

Tony Lewis - CBE
The first Welshman to lead an England cricket tour - the MCC in India, Pakistan and Ceylon in 1972-73 - Lewis is honoured for his services to sport, to broadcasting and to Wales.

He retired in 1974 and became a cricket commentator. He was appointed president of the MCC in 1998.


Boxing:


Lennox Lewis - CBE
In November 2001, Lewis won back his WBC and IBF heavyweight titles in a re-match with Hasim Rachman.

Lewis lost the first time they met, but knocked out Rachman in the fourth round of their second bout.

Terry Spinks - MBE
An ex-British featherweight champion and 1956 Olympic boxing gold medallist, Spinks is honoured after a lifetime of boxing success.

"It's a lovely honour," he said. "It's a close second to winning the Olympics. It will be a very proud day at the Palace."


Football:

Graham Taylor - OBE
Taylor is well-loved at Watford where he led the club to the top leading the club to the top. He was also England manager but had a hard time there.

England did not qualify for the 1994 World Cup and many blamed Taylor for that.

"I'm very honoured by this award," he said, "and like a lot of people, probably very surprised as well."


Gary McAllister - MBE
McAllister was the Liverpool and Scotland midfielder and a vital part of Gerard Houllier's successful treble-cup winning Liverpool team last season.

He was pleased with his honour, saying: "I feel it is more to mark what has been 20 years for me in the game. It has made me very happy to receive it."


Golf:

Max Faulkner - OBE
Faulkner, 85, won the Open golf championship in 1951 at Royal Portrush, the only time it has been played in Northern Ireland.

"It was marvellous, I was very lucky," he said.


Cycling:

Yvonne McGregor - MBE
McGregor won the 3000m individual cycling pursuit at the British national championships eight times.

In the 2000 Sydney Olympics she won a bronze for Great Britain in the women's individual pursuit.


Athletics:

Dorothy Tyler - MBE
At the age of just 16, she won an Olympic silver medal in the high jump at the 1936 Olympics. Twelve years later she won silver at Wembley.


Motorcycle trials:


Dougie Lampkin - MBE
The 10-times world champion hopes his honour will give motorcycle trials more publicity as a sport.

"It's great to get this sort of recognition," he said.




 
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