Beckham, Murray miss out on knighthoods

The Associated Press
Beckham, Murray miss out on knighthoods
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Former England national soccer team captain David Beckham speaks as he is interviewed by The Associated Press at a studio in Hampstead, north London, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013. Beckham was promoting his new photography book entitled "David Beckham". Beckham is finalizing plans to start a Major League Soccer team, and hoping one of his children could be good enough to make the squad. While trying to avoid putting any pressure on his children to follow in his path, the former England captain said in the interview that he hopes they can develop as players if they wish _without the spotlight or burden of the family name. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

LONDON (AP) -- David Beckham and Andy Murray will have to wait a while longer for a possible knighthood.

Both sports stars were left off Queen Elizabeth II's New Year's honors list, a surprise to some who had expected them to be knighted.

Murray became the first British man since 1936 to win Wimbledon in July, while Beckham ended his illustrious 20-year soccer career in May. Both have previously been made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.

On a low-profile list of sports names, former Football Association chairman David Bernstein and 1969 women's Wimbledon champion Ann Jones were made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

David Bedford, a former 10,000-meter world record holder who is now race director for the London Marathon, was awarded an OBE for services to athletics and charitable fundraising.