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NOW SCHU BEATS TIGER.

Byline: IAN PRINE

MICHAEL Schumacher ended a controversial week on a high note last night when he was named the 2002 Laureus World Sportsman of the Year.

The German motor racing driver, who won nine grands prix on his way to last year's Formula One world title, claimed the award ahead of golfer Tiger Woods - the winner for the past two years - plus Tour de France cycling king Lance Armstrong, sprint ace Maurice Greene, and swimming sensation Ian Thorpe.

Schumacher has been summoned by the FIA, along with the rest of the Ferrari racing team, to appear before the World Motor Sports Council.

The decision follows Sunday's controversial finish to the Austrian Grand Prix.

The race ended in farce as Schumacher triumphed after team-mate Rubens Barrichello was denied _ a deserved win when ordered by team bosses to move over just metres from the chequered flag.

The embarrassed 33-year-old, who extended his lead in this year's drivers' championship to 27 points, allowed Barrichello to step on to the victory podium and keep the winner's trophy.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 15, 2002
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