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Lancashire captain Smith to miss rest of the season

Lancashire captain Tom Smith has been ruled out for the rest of the season Credit: Granada

Lancashire captain Tom Smith has been ruled out for the remainder of the season through injury, the club have announced.

The 29-year-old all-rounder will undergo an operation on the back problem which has limited him to just one LV= County Championship match in 2015 and he will play no further part this term .

Cricket Director and head coach Ashley Giles said:

"This is a huge blow for Tom and for the club."

"As club captain, Tom remains a very important part of the team and our season, and we look forward to him being able to start the journey to play after the operation."

– Ashley Giles
Smith has only managed one County Championship game in 2015 Credit: Granada

Smith, who succeeded Glen Chapple as captain in February, added:

"It is frustrating that I won't be able to play again this season, but I will be in good hands with the medical staff at the club. I would like to thank everybody at the club for their support and I would like to wish the lads all the best for the rest of the season."

– Tom Smith, Lancashire Captain

Smith was named as Lancashire's Player of the Year in 2014 after taking 54 wickets and scoring 773 runs, although he was not able to save the club from relegation from Division One.

Lancashire are currently top of the Division Two table with six wins and just one defeat from 10 matches.

Phil Neville tweets in Spanish at start of Valencia job

Former Manchester United and Everton player Phil Neville has begun his new job as Valencia's assistant manager.

Neville was a coach under David Moyes at Manchester United but has now made the step up to assistant and will face his former boss - who now manages Real Sociedad - next season.

He tweeted this morning in Spanish and English with the message: "Morning! First day with my new team. Looking forward to the challenge in front of me and my family in Spain."

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Liverpool confirm appointment of O'Driscoll as assistant manager

Liverpool have appointed Sean O'Driscoll as their assistant manager Credit: PA Images

Liverpool have confirmed the appointment of Sean O'Driscoll as their new assistant manager.

The former Bournemouth, Nottingham Forest and Bristol City boss has moved to Anfield after a spell in charge of England Under-19s.

The 58-year-old takes over as Brendan Rodgers' number two from Colin Pascoe, who was sacked last month following a robust end-of-season review.

Liverpool have also announced that Academy boss Pep Lijnders will step up to a newly-created role of first team development coach.

Both men began work as Liverpool returned to their Melwood base for the start of pre-season training on Monday.

The coaching shake-up comes as Rodgers looks to reinvigorate his squad - which has already been supplemented by the signing of six players - after last season's disappointing sixth-placed finish in the Barclays Premier League.

Rodgers has previously spoken of the qualities of O'Driscoll, who has never managed in the top flight but has considerable experience after close to 40 years in the game.

Rodgers said in a statement:

"My admiration for Sean, as a professional, is well documented. He is someone with a clear vision and philosophy and has proved he has the ability to transfer that knowledge, through his coaching, to the players."

"I am looking forward to working with him and also learning from his experiences and gaining valuable knowledge from his expertise."

– Brendan Rodgers
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O'Driscoll said:

"I am excited to be joining one of the world's most iconic football clubs. The hallmark of any successful club is its culture and that comes from the people who work there, from the chief executive and first-team manager to those people behind the scenes whose faces may not be known but who are the lifeblood of the club."

"From the moment I drove into Melwood last week and was greeted by Kenny the gate man, I could not have been made to feel more welcome. If you are going to have any level of success these people are as crucial as the players; from my experiences so far it is clear everyone wants to help this club succeed."

– Sean O'Driscoll

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

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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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