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Last Updated: Saturday, 31 December 2005, 00:01 GMT
Honours for Ashes and 2012 heroes
New Year Honours list
England's Ashes-winning cricketers and the team behind London's 2012 Olympic bid lead the sporting New Year Honours.

Cricket captain Michael Vaughan and coach Duncan Fletcher are made OBEs, as are chairman of selectors David Graveney and tour manager Phil Neale.

England's women's captain Clare Connor becomes an OBE, with the rest of the men's team appointed MBEs.

2012 supremo Seb Coe - who is already a Lord - becomes a KBE, while Keith Mills and Craig Reedie get knighthoods.

Coe, who guided London to victory in the race to host the Games and is chair of the London 2012 Organising Committee, will now be known as Lord Coe KBE.

Other leading lights in the bid team were also honoured, including a CBE for technical director Dick Palmer, an OBE for communications director Mike Lee and an MBE for marketing chief David Magliano.

In fact, the London bid team's grand total of awards is three knighthoods (including Coe's KBE), two CBEs, three OBEs and six MBEs.

But cricketers and Olympic bid officials are not the only names from the sports world to be recognised in the 2006 list.

Alan Mills, who retired in July after 23 years as Wimbledon's tournament referee, is made a CBE, while Wales rugby union coach Mike Ruddock becomes an OBE.

From football and in the Overseas List, Clyde Best - the former West Ham striker from Bermuda who served as an inspiration for a generation of black youngsters in the 1960s and '70s - becomes an MBE.

Lawrie McMenemy, the former Southampton, Sunderland and Northern Ireland manager who also acts as honorary manager of the Parliamentary football club, is appointed an MBE, as is Rachel Yankey, the Arsenal Ladies and England star.

From rugby league, Johnny Whiteley, the Great Britain coach in the last Test series triumph over Australia back in 1970, becomes an MBE.

And Peter Tom, chairman of Leicester Tigers RUFC, has been awarded a CBE for services to sport and business.

Other sporting honours include MBEs for Julie Bradshaw and Ethel Lowry (swimming), Eileen Kear (athletics), Sydney Parkinson (football) and former boxer Nicky Piper, who is now director of the British Boxing Board of Control.

There are also four medals for services to disabled sport, with paralympic swimmer Giles Long, paralympic cyclist Aileen McGlynn, bowls champion Ruth Small and gymnastics coach Harold Sharpe all appointed MBEs.

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