P. Subramanyam

London: England's Ashes-winning cricketers and the team behind London's 2012 Olympic bid lead the sporting New Year honours list, which was announced on Saturday.

Michael Vaughan, cricket captain and the coach, Duncan Fletcher are made OBEs (Order of the British Empire) as are the chairman of selectors, David Graveney and tour manager, Phil Neale.

England women's captain, Clare Connor, becomes an OBE (Order of the British Empire) with the rest of the men's team were appointed as MBEs (Member of the British Empire).

Sebastian Coe, who is already a Lord, becomes a KBE, while Keith Mills and Craig Reedle 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 CBE for technical director, Dick Palmer, an OBE for communications director, Mike Lee and an MBE for marketing chief, David Magliano. In tennis, Alan Mills, who retired in July after 23 years as Wimbledon's tournament referee, was made a CBE.

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