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New Year Honours: Jason Kenny knighted and Laura Kenny made a dame as Emma Raducanu receives MBE | Olympics News



Jason Kenny and Laura Kenny with their silver medals for the Men’s Team Sprint and Women’s Team Pursuit

Olympic cycling champions Jason and Laura Kenny have been awarded a knighthood and damehood respectively in the Queen’s New Year Honours list, while Emma Raducanu added one more prize to her 2021 collection.

Jason, 33, won his seventh gold medal at Tokyo 2020 to make him the most successful British Olympian of all time, while his wife Laura, 29, became the first British woman to win a gold medal at three consecutive Olympics.

Teenage British tennis champion Emma Raducanu is made an MBE after she ended Britain’s 44-year wait for a women’s Grand Slam singles champion with a remarkable victory at the US Open in September.

Raducanu said: “It makes me immensely proud and grateful to be listed to receive an MBE from Her Majesty the Queen. This year has been full of amazing surprises for me so to end 2021 with this appointment is very special.”

Emma Raducanu opens up to Sky News presenter Jacquie Beltrao about her fairytale in New York and her aims for 2022

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Emma Raducanu opens up to Sky News presenter Jacquie Beltrao about her fairytale in New York and her aims for 2022

Emma Raducanu opens up to Sky News presenter Jacquie Beltrao about her fairytale in New York and her aims for 2022

Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic stars feature prominently on the honour’s list, with Tom Daley made an OBE for services to diving, LGBTQ+ rights and charity after the 27-year-old won his first Olympic title at his fourth Games.

Matty Lee receives an MBE after teaming up with Daly to win the synchronised 10m platform.

Adam Peaty is awarded an OBE after becoming the first British swimmer to retain an Olympic title with gold in the 100m breaststroke in Japan.

Others made an OBE are Adam Peaty after becoming the first British swimmer to retain an Olympic title with gold in the 100m breaststroke and gymnast Max Whitlock, who retained his pommel horse title to land the third Olympic gold medal of his career.

Swimmers James Guy, Kathleen Dawson, Anna Hopkin and Freya Anderson – team-mates of Peaty during the 4x100m mixed medley relay all receive the British Empire Medal.

Double gold medallist Tom Dean has also received an MBE along with his 4x200m men’s freestyle relay team-mates Duncan Scott, Calum Jarvis and Matthew Richards.

British Swimming performance director Chris Spice is awarded an OBE after overseeing Team GB’s best-ever performance in an Olympic swimming competition as they took home eight medals, while British Olympic Association chief executive Andy Anson receives an OBE.

Hannah Mills also becomes an OBE for services to sailing and the environment, with her 470 class sailing gold medal-winning team-mate in Tokyo, Eilidh McIntyre, given an MBE.

The 49er gold medal-winning pairing of Stuart Bithell and Dylan Fletcher-Scott have also been awarded MBEs.

Galal Yafai with his gold in Tokyo

Galal Yafai with his gold in Tokyo

Boxing champions Galal Yafai and Lauren Price are also made MBEs, as have the triathlon mixed relay gold medal-winning quartet of Jonny Brownlee, Jess Learmonth, Georgia Taylor-Brown and Alex Yee.

Taylor-Brown and Yee also won individual silvers in the women’s and men’s events respectively.

Track cycling star Matt Walls has been awarded an MBE following his omnium gold, while Beth Shriever and Charlotte Worthington receive the same honour after their gold medals in the BMX racing and freestyle respectively.

Men’s cross-country mountain biking gold medallist Tom Pidcock is awarded an MBE, while British Cycling’s performance director, Stephen Park, becomes a CBE.

Team GB modern pentathlon champions Joe Choong and Kate French also receive MBEs.

Eight-time Paralympic gold medallist Jody Cundy is awarded a CBE for services to cycling after he became the first British man to medal at seven consecutive games.

Kadeena Cox took home two gold medals in Tokyo

Kadeena Cox took home two gold medals in Tokyo

OBEs have been awarded to fellow Tokyo Paralympic champions Kadeena Cox, Hannah Cockroft, Aled Davies, Natasha Baker, Hannah Russell, Bethany Firth and Sophie Wells.

Swimmers Reece Dunn and Maisie Summers-Newton, cyclists Jaco van Gass and Ben Watson, triathlete Lauren Steadman and athletes Owen Miller and Thomas Young are among the other Paralympic gold medallists to be made MBEs.

In football, Steve Holland, the assistant manager of the England men’s team, receives an MBE after helping the side reach the final of the Euros, their first major international showpiece since 1966.

Chelsea Women manager Emma Hayes has been awarded an OBE after helping the Blues retain their Women’s Super League title in 2021 and reach the Champions League final.

Former footballer Gary Bennett‘s work for anti-racism education charity Show Racism the Red Card sees him receive an MBE, while former England football captain Bobby Moore’s widow Stephanie has been awarded an OBE for services to bowel cancer research funding.

Elsewhere, six-time World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea from Northern Ireland becomes an OBE, while Jamie Jones-Buchanan has been recognised with an MBE for services to rugby league and to the community in Leeds.

Cycling’s golden couple rewarded for Olympic feats

Kenny celebrates after winning gold in the Men's Keirin final in Tokyo

Kenny celebrates after winning gold in the Men’s Keirin final in Tokyo

Jason and Laura Kenny, who got married after returning from the Rio Olympics in 2016, now have 15 Olympic medals between them.

Jason now has seven gold medals – one more than former team-mate Sir Chris Hoy – and nine medals in total, after adding Keirin gold and team sprint silver in Tokyo to surpass Sir Bradley Wiggins, who has eight in all.

Meanwhile, Laura, who gave birth to son Albie in 2017, recovered from the disappointment of missing out on gold for the first time at the Olympics with team pursuit silver to win gold alongside Katie Archibald in the madison in dominant fashion.

MBE caps off dream year for Raducanu

Emma Raducanu became the first British woman to win a Grand Slam since Virginia Wade at Wimbledon in 1977

Emma Raducanu became the first British woman to win a Grand Slam since Virginia Wade at Wimbledon in 1977

Raducanu beat fellow teenager Leylah Fernandez in a thrilling final to complete a fairytale success at the US Open in New York, which followed a run to the Wimbledon fourth round in July on her Grand Slam main draw debut.

In winning at Flushing Meadows, Raducanu, then 18, set a number of new feats, including becoming the first qualifier in the Open era to win a Grand Slam.

Now aged 19 and the British No 1, she will begin the new year ranked world No 19, having risen from No 343 at the start of 2021.

Full New Year’s Honours list for sport


Jason Kenny, CBE, for services to cycling (Marton, Cheshire).

Order of the British Empire, Dame:

Laura Kenny, CBE, for services to cycling (Marton, Cheshire).

Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE):

Andrew Cosslett, former Rugby Football Union chair, for services to rugby union (London).

Jody Cundy, OBE, for services to cycling (Manchester).

Stephen Park, OBE, British Cycling performance director, for services to cycling (Fareham, Hampshire).

Order of the British Empire (OBE):

Andy Anson, British Olympic Association chief executive, for services to sport, particularly during Covid-19 (Wilmslow, Cheshire).

Natasha Baker, MBE, for services to equestrian (London).

Jeanette Chippington, MBE, for services to canoeing (Maidenhead, Berkshire).

Hannah Cockroft, MBE, for services to athletics (Halifax).

Kadeena Cox, MBE, for services to athletics and cycling (Leeds).

Tom Daley, for services to diving, to LGBTQ+ rights and charity (London).

Aled Davies, MBE, for services to athletics, (Peterstone Wentlooge, Newport).

Bethany Firth, MBE, for services to swimming (Newtown, County Down).

Emma Hayes, MBE, Chelsea Women manager, for services to association football (Thame, Oxfordshire).

Hannah Mills, MBE, for services to sailing and the environment (Poole, Dorset).

Stephanie Moore, MBE, Bobby Moore Fund founder, for services to bowel cancer research funding (London).

Adam Peaty, MBE, for services to swimming (Kegworth, Leicestershire).

Jonathan Rea, MBE, for services to motorcycling (Dunadry, County Antrim).

Hannah Russell, MBE, for services to swimming (Chertsey, Surrey).

Michael Sharrock, British Paralympic Association chief executive, for services to athletes with disabilities (Checkendon, Oxfordshire).

David Smith, MBE, for services to Boccia (Swansea).

Chris Spice, British Swimming national performance director, for services to swimming and high-performance sport (London).

Sophie Wells, MBE, for services to equestrianism (Newark).

Max Whitlock, MBE, for services to gymnastics (Bulphan, Essex).

Order of the British Empire (MBE):

Karen Almond, for services to women’s rugby union (living abroad).

Freya Anderson, for services to swimming (Wirral).

Gary Bennett, patron, Show Racism The Red Card, for services to anti-racism in football (Houghton, Tyne and Wear).

Stuart Bithell, for services to sailing (Poole, Dorset).

Jonathan Broom-Edwards, for services to athletics (Loughborough, Leicestershire).

Mick Bromby, boxing coach, for services to boxing and the community in Hull.

Jonny Brownlee, for services to triathlon (Bramhope, West Yorkshire).

Ellen Buttrick, for services to rowing (Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire).

Jordan Catchpole, for services to swimming (Beccles, Suffolk).

Louis Cayer, tennis coach, for services to tennis (London).

Joe Choong, for services to modern pentathlon (Bath, Somerset).

Jonathan Coggan, for services to wheelchair rugby (Hertford, Hertfordshire).

Laura Collett, for services to equestrianism (Cheltenham).

David Cowling, for services to wheelchair rugby (Matlock, Derbyshire).

Nick Cummins, for services to wheelchair rugby (Leicester).

Kathleen Dawson, for services to swimming and women in sport (Stirling).

Tom Dean, for services to swimming (Maidenhead, Berkshire).

Reece Dunn, for services to swimming (Plymouth, Devon).

Dylan Fletcher-Scott, for services to sailing (Portland, Dorset).

Kate French, for services to modern pentathlon (Chapmanslade, Wiltshire).

Piers Gilliver, for services to fencing (Gloucester).

Kylie Grimes, for services to wheelchair rugby (Farnham, Surrey).

James Guy, for services to swimming (Bath, Somerset).

Charlotte Henshaw, for services to canoeing (Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire).

Steve Holland, England football team assistant manager, for services to association football (Leatherhead, Surrey).

Anna Hopkin, for services to swimming (Loughborough, Leicestershire).

Barry Horne, Activity Alliance chief executive, for services to inclusivity in sport (Nottingham).

Calum Jarvis, for services to swimming (Bath).

Jamie Jones-Buchanan, for services to rugby league football and the community in Leeds (Leeds).

Tully Kearney, for services to swimming (Walsall).

Erin Kennedy, for services to rowing (Henley on Thames, Oxforshire).

Jess Learmonth, for services to triathlon (Leeds).

Matty Lee, for services to diving (London).

Fred Magee, for services to association football in East Belfast (Belfast).

Jabeena Maslin, for services to modern pentathlon (Beaminster, Dorset).

Tom McEwen, for services to equestrianism (Tetbury, Gloucestershire).

Eilidh McIntyre, for services to sailing (Portland, Dorset).

Owen Miller, for services to athletics (Dunfermline, Fife).

Stephen Parry, for services to swimming (Manchester).

Phoebe Paterson Pine, for services to archery (Cirencester, Gloucestershire).

George Paul, for services to British Horseracing Heritage (Ipswich).

Daniel Pembroke, for services to athletics (Hereford).

Aaron Phipps, for services to wheelchair rugby (Southampton).

Tom Pidcock, for services to cycling (Leeds).

Lauren Price, for services to boxing (Hengoed, Caerphilly).

Emma Raducanu, for services to tennis (Bromley, Kent).

Giedre Rakauskaite, for services to rowing (Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire).

Matthew Richards, for services to swimming (Bath, Somerset).

James Roberts, for services to wheelchair rugby (Hertford).

Mark Robinson, Royal Yachting Association Olympic performance manager, for services to sailing (Southampton).

Stuart Robinson, for services to wheelchair rugby (Carnforth, Lancashire).

Matthew Rotherham, for services to cycling (Manchester).

Chris Ryan, for services to wheelchair rugby (Welwyn, Hertfordshire).

Duncan Scott, for services to swimming (Stirling).

Paul Shaw, Great Britain wheelchair rugby head coach, for services to wheelchair rugby (Birmingham).

Beth Shriever, for services to bicycle motor cross racing (Cheadle, Greater Manchester).

Chris Skelley, for services to judo (Walsall).

Andrew Small, for services to athletics (Nantwich, Cheshire).

Jack Smith, for services to wheelchair rugby (Stockton on Tees, County Durham).

Oliver Stanhope, for services to rowing (Reading).

Jamie Stead, for services to wheelchair rugby (Normanton, West Yorkshire).

Lauren Steadman, for services to triathlon (Portsmouth).

Laura Sugar, for services to canoeing (Billesdon, Leicestershire).

Maisie Summers-Newton, for services to swimming (Wellingborough, Northamptonshire).

Georgia Taylor-Brown, for services to triathlon (Leeds).

Oliver Townend, for services to equestrianism (Ellesmere, Shropshire).

Jaco van Gass, for services to cycling (Sale, Greater Manchester).

Gavin Walker, for services to wheelchair rugby (Rotherham, South Yorkshire).

Matt Walls, for services to cycling (Oldham, Greater Manchester).

Ben Watson, for services to cycling (Glossop, Derbyshire).

Charlotte Worthington, for services to bicycle motor cross racing (Corby, Northamptonshire).

Galal Yafai, for services to boxing (Solihull, West Midlands).

Alex Yee, for services to triathlon (Leeds).

Thomas Young, for services to athletics (Shepshed, Leicestershire).

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Chelsea and Liverpool prove Premier League excitement, even if title is a foregone conclusion



LONDON — Manchester City have shown themselves to be in a league of their own, so the Premier League should be thankful that Chelsea and Liverpool are still able to keep us all entertained. Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge helped neither team and only consolidated City’s vice-like grip on the top spot, but football is about jeopardy, risk and overcoming flaws, and when it all comes together, you get an unforgettable game like this one.

Even before City moved 11 points clear at the top of table with a 2-1 win at Arsenal on Saturday, this second-versus-third clash was always a case of both sides needing to win to maintain faint hopes of catching Pep Guardiola’s winning machine. City’s win at the Emirates was their 11th successive Premier League victory and they have all been won with such monotonous ease, scoring 33 goals and conceding just seven, that every three points is now met with little more than a shrug of inevitability.

Barring an unlikely collapse in the second half of the season, City will win a fourth league title in five years and you will struggle to count on the fingers of one hand the times they have had to dig deep into their reserves to overcome adversity during that period. Guardiola has built one of the all-time great teams in English football history during his six years at the Etihad, but they may simply be too good to contribute to games like this one.

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Chelsea and Liverpool gave us such a pulsating encounter because they both have weaknesses that can be exploited by their opponents. And as a result, they both had to take risks in an attempt to secure a crucial victory.

And they also had to go into the game with unwanted distractions hovering over both clubs.

Chelsea, with three wins from their past eight in the league, were without £97.5 million striker Romelu Lukaku, dropped by coach Thomas Tuchel because of an outspoken interview about his failure to impress so far at Stamford Bridge since returning to the club from Internazionale in the summer. And Liverpool were without manager Jurgen Klopp, goalkeeper Alisson, defender Joel Matip and forward Roberto Firmino — all isolating because of COVID-19.

City, in contrast, have enjoyed a remarkably serene run of successes since losing to Crystal Palace in October, which is why they are free-rolling to another title. But the Premier League is regarded as the most exciting in world football because of games like this, and teams like Chelsea and Liverpool and the drama they create.

From the first minute, when Sadio Mane was fortunate to escape a red card for appearing to strike Cesar Azpilicueta in the face with an elbow after just 14 seconds, the game was incident-packed. Azpilicueta later said it was a “clear red card” when interviewed after the game.

Christian Pulisic, playing centrally in the absence of Lukaku, wasted a golden chance to open the scoring on seven minutes when, with only stand-in keeper Caoimhin Kelleher to beat, he was indecisive and allowed the youngster to smother the ball. It proved a costly miss when, two minutes later, Mane took advantage of his lucky escape from a sending off by pouncing on a mistake by Trevoh Chalobah to score.

Chelsea were in disarray and Liverpool looked like the team that won the title in 2019. When Mohamed Salah made it 2-0 on 26 minutes with a stunning near-post finish after gliding past Marcos Alonso, it seemed as though Liverpool were about to give Chelsea the kind of hammering they inflicted on Manchester United during a 5-0 rout at Old Trafford earlier this season.

Liverpool were unable to score a third, though, and two Chelsea goals in the space of three minutes at the end of the first half turned the game on its head.

When Kelleher punched Alonso’s in-swinging free kick clear on 42 minutes, the keeper looked to have done well to deny the Chelsea defender. But the ball dropped the Mateo Kovacic on the edge of the penalty area and, as he was backpedaling, the midfielder somehow guided a volley beyond Kelleher and into the net. It was a spectacular display of technique by the former Real Madrid player and it gave Chelsea a foothold back into the game.

And it took them just three minutes to score the equaliser when Pulisic atoned for his earlier miss by latching onto N’Golo Kante‘s pass before beating Kelleher with a precise left-foot shot past the Republic of Ireland international. As the chaos continued on the pitch, Mason Mount almost put Chelsea 3-2 up in first-half stoppage time with a scuffed volley that bounced just wide of the post.

When a game is so eventful in the first half, it rarely delivers a second half of the same quality because of coaches plugging the holes that had led to the earlier excitement. But while the goals stopped flowing, the entertainment didn’t.

Salah forced a crucial save from Edouard Mendy with a 25-yard lob on 57 minutes and Mane was also denied by the Chelsea keeper. Kelleher, not to be outdone, then produced a stunning save to prevent Pulisic from scoring his second of the game.

In total, there were 25 chances over the 90 minutes, with both sides registering six on target. Neither could find a winner, though.

“For the outside world it was quite a good game to watch, but we came here for three points and didn’t get them,” Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk said.

Even if one team had done enough to claim all three points, it’s difficult to imagine they would have been able to close the gap on City, who are destined for another title. And the challenge facing both chasing clubs only grows more daunting in the next month, with Salah (Egypt), Mendy and Mane (both Senegal) now heading off to the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

But the Premier League still knows how to excite, even if the title is already a foregone conclusion.

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Michael Scudamore has Do Your Job in mind for Doncaster | Racing News



Doncaster’s Lightning Novices’ Chase could be next on the agenda for Do Your Job following his creditable effort in defeat at Kempton over the festive period.

Runner-up to My Drogo and Belfast Banter in Grade Two and Grade One novice hurdles in the spring, Michael Scudamore’s stable star made a successful start to his chasing career at Warwick in November.

The eight-year-old fell at the eighth fence when stepped up in class for the Henry VIII Novices’ Chase at Sandown, but bounced back to finish second to Edwardstone in the Wayward Lad last week.

With Scudamore keen to avoid a rematch with the winner, who is seemingly bound for the Kingmaker at Warwick, Do Your Job could instead bid for Grade Two honours at Doncaster on January 29.

Reflecting on his Kempton performance, the trainer said: “I was very pleased. He jumped well and travelled well and did everything right, he was just beaten by a better horse on the day.

“The main objective was a clear round really and maybe if we hadn’t fallen at Sandown we might have pressed on a bit more and made it more of a staying race.

“The most important thing was to get a clear round under his belt and get some more experience over fences for him.

“I think we’ll stick to novice races while we can and we might look to the race at Doncaster. That is what we have pencilled in at the moment, anyway.

“It would certainly be Plan A to try and avoid Edwardstone and I was very pleased to read he was going to go for the Kingmaker. Hopefully they stick to that plan!”

While Do Your Job looks set to remain in novice company on his next start, Scudamore admitted is considering a step into the handicap arena for the Grand Annual at Cheltenham – a race he won with Next Sensation in 2015.

He added: “I’m sure he’ll have an entry in that. He also ran very well at Aintree last year, so there’s that to consider as well.

“He looks like a horse that could have the right sort of profile for a Grand Annual and we’ll see nearer the time.

“In some ways it might make more sense to go for a handicap now, but as we saw at Kempton some of these novice events don’t have a lot of runners in them and there’s some decent prize-money on offer, so it seems silly to pass them over when you’ve only got one chance to run in them really.”

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Adiwang hopes to fight Saruta next



Lito Adiwang was booted out of ONE Championship strawweight rankings after coming up short against Jarred Brooks. ‘The Thunder Kid’ is already itching to step back inside the cage and hopes to fight a ranked fighter next.

Of the fighters in the ONE Championship strawweight division rankings, the 28-year-old Filipino seeks to score a date with No.2-ranked Yosuke Saruta.

“I want a big comeback. I still want a big name. I want to challenge Yosuke Saruta. Maybe if ONE allows it, and he wants it, then I’ll take it. Saruta is someone who I really want to test myself against,” said Adiwang in an interview with ONE Championship.

The 28-year-old admits it is a dangerous fight and a huge risk to take. The high-risk, high-reward scenario is something that Adiwang would like to take as he seeks to put his name back in the rankings again by beating a former champion.

“It’s a big risk for me because I’m coming off a loss, but I want a great comeback and a big name in my return so I don’t fall far off from the rankings.”

Lito Adiwang seeking for a better year in 2022 at ONE Championship

Adiwang now holds a professional record of 13-4 and has been competing in ONE Championship since October 2018. He won his first five fights before receiving his first loss against Koha Minowa via a split decision two years later.

The Benguet-based fighter had three fights in 2021. However, he also suffered his second loss in ONE Championship against Jarred Brooks.

Still in his prime, Adiwang goes back to the drawing board and seeks to polish his MMA skills in 2022.

“I have to check my mistakes inside the Circle, but I also have to check my mistakes outside the Circle. It has to be a balance. Sometimes, I forget other personal obligations and those are the things that I have to work on. I have to balance things out based on last year. I have to correct this in 2022.”

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