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Andy Murray & David Beckham overlooked in New Year's Honours

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Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and former England captain David Beckham have been overlooked in the New Year's Honours list.

The duo, who both have OBEs, had been tipped to be knighted.

Murray, 26, became the first Briton in 77 years to win the Wimbledon men's singles title in the summer, while Beckham, 38, retired from football in May after a 20-year career.

Former Football Association chairman David Bernstein has been made a CBE.

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Sporting world pays tribute to Mandela

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Fifa president Sepp Blatter has led the sporting tributes to his "dear friend", South Africa's first black president Nelson Mandela, who has died aged 95.

Mr Mandela had used sport to bring his country together following strict racial segregation by his predecessors.

Blatter said: "It is in deep mourning that I pay my respects to an extraordinary person.

"He and I shared an unwavering belief in the extraordinary power of football to unite people."

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Lance Armstrong settles $3m bonuses lawsuit

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Former cyclist Lance Armstrong has settled a lawsuit brought by an insurance company that paid him $3m (£1.9m) for successes while doping.

The American was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles before admitting he took performance-enhancing drugs.

Nebraska-based Acceptance Insurance said the Texan's drug use meant their policy with him was void.

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Lee Chong Wei lose in Denmark Open

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Chen Long (L) from China poses with the trophy after winning against Lee Chong Wei from Malaysia in the final man single's match of the Danish open Badminten in Odense, Denmark, on October 20, 2013. AFP PHOTO /Scanpix Denmark/ CLAUS FISKER DENMARK

CHINA’S Chen Long denied Lee Chong Wei a perfect birthday gift by winning the men’s singles title at the Denmark Open in Odense Sunday (20th October 2013).

Chen Long, the All England champion, recorded his second successive win over the World No 1 Malaysian in a tense 24-22, 21-19 victory in 72 minutes. It was Chong Wei’s seventh career defeat to his opponent.

Chong Wei, who turns 31 today, was hoping to clinch his sixth title of the season following wins in Malaysia, South Korea, India, Indonesia and Japan but found the World No 2 too hot to handle in the final.

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Olympics 2020 : Tokyo wins race to host Games

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Tokyo has been chosen to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games ahead of Istanbul and Madrid.

The Japanese capital won a final round of voting by International Olympic Committee (IOC) members in Buenos Aires to beat Istanbul by 60 votes to 36.

Madrid had earlier been eliminated in a first-round ballot.

The announcement was met with jubilant scenes in Japan, as Tokyo prepares to host the event for the first time since 1964.

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