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Bronze in line for World Cup honour

Bronze struck gold in Canada for England Credit: PA Pictures

Manchester City Ladies' defender Lucy Bronze is among eight players short-listed for the Golden Ball at the Women's World Cup.

The Lionesses' campaign ended in heartbreak as they lost in the semi-finals to Japan courtesy of a stoppage-time own goal in Edmonton.

However, Bronze's performances in Canada have caught the eye and she has been nominated for the best player of the tournament award.

She started the first game, against France, on the left wing but switched to right-back for the remainder of the World Cup.

She was substituted in the closing stages of Wednesday night's Japan contest due to a minor injury.

The other players nominated are United States trio Julie Johnston, Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe, France's Amandine Henry, Japan's Saori Ariyoshi and Aya Miyama and Germany's Celia Sasic

United star Hernandez suffers 'broken collarbone'

Hernandez - faces a lengthy lay-off Credit: PA Pictures

Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez was taken to hospital after suffering an injury while playing for Mexico against Honduras in a Gold Cup warm-up match on Wednesday night.

According to reports, the 27-year-old has suffered a broken collarbone, although the Mexican Football Federation has yet to confirm the nature of the injury.

"We have no report, all I know is that he has gone to hospital," coach Miguel Herrera said on the federation's website. "We have not yet seen the results.''

Hernandez was hurt shortly before half-time in a collision with Honduras defender Brayan Beckeles and signalled for help before being substituted. The match finished goalless in Houston.

A significant injury will not only rule Hernandez out of the Gold Cup but also complicate his attempts to secure a move away from Old Trafford after a season out on loan with Real Madrid, who declined to take up an option to make the move permanent.

Broady's Wimbledon adventure comes to an end

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Liam Broady's Wimbledon adventure is over for another year after the British hope was outgunned in straight sets by 16th seed David Goffin.

British tennis' soap opera family now has no representatives left in the main draw, Broady's 7-6 (7/3) 6-1 6-1 second-round defeat following sister Naomi's first-round exit.

World number 15 Goffin's superior craft and baseline acumen proved too much for Stockport's Broady, who was conceding 167 places in the rankings.

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Preston North End drop Kevin Davies

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Preston North End have today confirmed that they are not offering Kevin Davies a further contract in either a playing or playing/coaching role.

Kevin joined us from Bolton Wanderers two years ago and his contribution both on and off the pitch over the last two seasons has been outstanding and his playing and leadership skills played a major part in us regaining our Championship status.

The current decision not to extend Kevin’s contract has been driven solely by budgetary constraints and we sincerely belief that Kevin can continue to contribute on the field if that is a route that he decides to pursue.

We would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Kevin and his family for his contribution to Preston North End Football Club.

– Preston North End statement

Liam Broady back in Wimbledon action

Liam Broady Credit: PA Images

Stockport tennis hopeful Liam Broady is in round two Wimbledon action today. The world 182 has been training hard for this years tournament - he'll take on Belgium's David Goffin at aroun 11.30 AM.

21-year-old Liam became the first Briton to reach the second round as well as the youngest British man to win a match at Wimbledon since 2008. Broady, came from two sets down to win a five-set thriller in his debut.

The player picked up £47,000 in prize money but faces a hefty fine after he was caught swearing on court.

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