England call up Archer for Ashes opener, Stokes reinstated

(Reuters) – Speedster Jofra Archer received his maiden call-up to the England test squad for the Ashes series opener against Australia while all-rounder Ben Stokes was reappointed Joe Root’s deputy on Saturday. Barbados-born Archer was one of the standout performers in England’s maiden 50-overs World Cup triumph earlier this month. The 24-year-old, who claimed 20…

Bale’s agent blames Madrid for failed China deal

Gareth Bale’s proposed transfer to Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning broke down because Real Madrid “changed their minds,” his agent Jonathan Barnett has told ESPN FC. On Sunday, Bernabeu sources told ESPN FC the proposed transfer was called off after the Wales international’s family opted against the move. However Barnett has blamed Madrid’s hierarchy for the…