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Names in the Game

Names in the Game

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 Wednesday in the New Year honors list.
Hoy's knighthood topped Queen Elizabeth II's list that gave every British Olympic champion an honor following the country's best medal haul in a century.
Team GB brought 19 golds, 13 silvers and 15 bronze back from China in August.
But despite Manchester United winning the Champions League and English Premier League titles, not one footballer is on the list. Lewis Hamilton is, however, after becoming the youngest Formula One world champion at his second attempt.
The nation enjoyed most success in 2008 on two wheels, with the 32-year-old Hoy becoming the first Briton in 100 years to leave a single Olympics with three gold medals.
"My girlfriend and my family will have to call me 'Sir' from now _ I'm going to enforce that," he joked. "I'm going to make my teammates call me it too, or maybe a little curtsy as well."
Bradley Wiggins, who won two of eight cycling golds, was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) as was the team's performance director, David Brailsford.
Swimmer Rebecca Adlington, a double winner at 19 and the first British female gold medalist in the pool for 48 years, was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).
Christine Ohuruogu, the only British athlete to win gold in a track-and-field event, was awarded an MBE after winning the 400 meters.
The 24-year-old Ohuruogu was banned for 12 months after missing three out-of-competition doping tests from October 2005 to July 2006, and had to win a court battle to overturn her lifetime ban by the British Olympic Association.
Paralympic swimmer Eleanor Simmonds, who was just 13 when she won two events in the Water Cube, became the youngest ever recipient of an MBE. No one under 18 had ever won one before, the Cabinet Office said.
Knights are addressed as "Sir" or "Dame," while CBE and OBE recipients have no title but can put the letters after their names.
Honors, in descending order, range from knighthoods to the CBE, OBE and MBE. Though the honors are bestowed by the queen, the recipients are selected by committees of civil servants from nominations made by the government and the public.
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FOXBOROUGH, Massachusetts (AP) _ New England Revolution midfielder Mauricio Castro has been called up to the Honduras national team for a training camp.
Castro, one of four MLS players called to the camp, has made four appearances for Honduras. The training camp begins Thursday in Miami.
The 27-year-old midfielder recorded a goal and three assists for the Revolution this year, his first season with the team.
Honduras will host the 2009 UNCAF Nations Cup beginning Jan. 22, with all 14 games of the tournament to be played at Estadio Tiburcio Carias Andino in Castro's hometown of Tegucigalpa.
The competition will determine which Central American nations qualify for the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup.


Updated : 2021-03-03 19:18 GMT+08:00