Balotelli signs with hometown club Brescia

Mario Balotelli has joined his hometown club Brescia on a free transfer, the Serie A side confirmed on Sunday. Balotelli, who was released by Marseille at the end of last season, returns to Italy for his third stint after playing for Inter, where he won three league titles, and AC Milan. The 29-year-old Italy international will…

Smith inches closer to Kohli in Test rankings

Steve Smith followed his two centuries in Edgbaston with a 92 at Lord’s and has now overtaken Kane Williamson in the ICC Test Rankings for batsmen. Smith is now trailing the top-ranked Virat Kohli by only nine points. On the other hand, Joe Root has dropped three places to the ninth position following a string of…

Bayern Munich sign Philippe Coutinho on loan from Barcelona

Bayern Munich have signed attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona on a season-long loan deal which includes an option to buy. Barcelona say the German side will pay 8.5m euros (£7.78m) to take the Brazilian, 27, on loan while the option to buy stands at 120m euros (£109.84m). Bayern will also pay Coutinho’s wages for…