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Richardson leaves Accrington for Chesterfield

Leam Richardson Credit: PA

Accrington manager Leam Richardson has left the club to become Paul Cook's assistant at npower League Two counterparts Chesterfield. Cook made the same switch when he took the reins at the Proact Stadium last October, leaving his then number two Richardson to step up.

A strong end to the season saw Stanley escape relegation with a game to spare, but the 33-year-old is now reunited with Cook a day after assistant manager Tommy Wright and reserve-team coach Mark Crossley headed a list of four members of backroom staff let go by the Spireites.

An official statement confirmed the end of Richardson's near eight-year association with a club he represented 147 times as a player. Shortly afterwards, Chesterfield confirmed the news with a statement of their own and Cook lavished praise on Richardson's abilities.

"Having worked with him before, I'm delighted to have been able to bring in Leam," he said. "He has great knowledge of League Two as a player, assistant manager and manager and I'm sure he's going to be a great asset to our club."

Foster injury blow for Bulls

Bradford expect to be without goalkicking winger Jamie Foster for three months after he ruptured a pectoral muscle during Sunday's Tetley's Challenge Cup win at Rochdale.

The 22-year-old former St Helens player his tendon had ripped off the bone and was due to see a specialist in Manchester today before undergoing surgery.

Bradford coach Francis Cummins said: "Jamie's injury has turned out to be bad one."


Sarah Stevenson retires from Taekwondo

Sarah Stevenson, Britain's most successful ever taekwondo player, has announced her retirement.

But the four time Olympian from Doncaster won't be leaving the sport.

Stevenson, 30, who fought for the final time at London 2012, has earned a coaching role on Britain's World Class Performance programme.

I've known in my heart it's what I have wanted to do for a while.

But I held off in case I missed competition and wanted to go back.

I felt this way after Beijing 2008 and thought 'I am going to stop.'

When I did, I missed it so I didn't want to make the same mistake again.

However, this time I didn't miss it and I am glad I don't have to fight again. I have done enough and didn't want to put my body through anymore.

– Sarah Stevenson

Stevenson, still the reigning world champion at -67kg, has almost single handedly raised the profile of taekwondo, becoming a trail blazer for the likes of Olympic champion, Jade Jones, and London 2012 bronze medallist, Lutalo Muhammad.

I've had a very tough couple of years, losing my mum and dad, and then suffering my knee injury last year.

But there have been plenty of highs and plenty of firsts.

Becoming senior world champion at 18 was a stepping stone for our sport to enable us to start getting funding.

Winning the first Olympic medal for taekwondo in Beijing was another big one.

And then to top it off, becoming world champion again in 2011 through such traumatic circumstances, was very special.

– Sarah Stevenson

With such a wealth of experience to call upon, Stevenson was an obvious candidate to be considered for a position on the GB coaching staff.

I am excited to finally say I am retiring but it doesn't mean I have lost my love for the sport.

I haven't lost my determination to be the best and to win. So, I am delighted I have been accepted onto the coaching team so I can help put that into the athletes we have now and the next generation.

– Sarah Stevenson


Yorkshire's next cricketing legend?

He's a young man following in the footsteps of cricketing greats such as Len Hutton and Geoff Boycott - Yorkshire born batsmen who've starred for club and country.

22-year-old Joe Root from Sheffield is the latest to emerge from the White Rose conveyer belt of talent. He's just returned from his maiden tour with England and ahead of Yorkshire's friendly against Lancashire. Chris Dawkes reports.

Millward leaves Castleford Tigers after seven defeats

Following the announcement that Castleford Tigers has parted company with Head Coach Ian Millward and Assistant Coach Stuart Donlan the club has released a statement

A run of seven straight defeats has left the Tigers bottom of the Super League table with three points from eleven games.

Following a meeting with Ian Millward, both parties agreed that he should relinquish his position as Head Coach.

After a promising start to the 2013 season, recent results have been unacceptable for all concerned, including sponsors and supporters.

The Club would like to thank Ian for his services and wish him all the best for the future.

Assistant Coach, Danny Orr, will take temporary charge of the first team.

– Castleford Tigers spokesperson

The club says will make an announcement regarding a new Head Coach in due course.

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