Lions captain Warburton heads UK sports honours list

LONDON – British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton topped the sporting stars who featured in Britain’s traditional New Year Honours list announced late on Friday. The 29-year-old captained the Lions in a 1-1 series draw with rugby union world champions New Zealand in June and July, having also skippered the Lions in their 2-1 series win over Australia in 2013. He received the Order of the British Empire (OBE), and his award will come as a welcome fillip with the Welsh back row forward recovering from neck surgery.

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