Laura Davies, Dario Franchitti honored by Queen Elizabeth II in her birthday list


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LONDON — English golfer Laura Davies and three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti are among players and officials who have been honored in Queen Elizabeth II's birthday list.

Davies, the most successful English female golfer with four major wins, was knighted and made a Dame.

Franchitti was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire. He was forced to retire in November because of a spinal injury in a race crash the month before. That ended a career in which he won the IndyCar Series four times.

Wales rugby coach Warren Gatland was also honored. The former All Blacks hooker has coached Wales since 2007, and was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire. He's led Wales to two Six Nations Grand Slams, and coached the British and Irish Lions to a series victory in Australia last year.

Also receiving an MBE was British Olympic skeleton gold medalist Lizzy Yarnold.

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