ROME: Roma has completed the signing of United States midfielder Michael Bradley from Chievo Verona. The club confirmed the deal on Sunday, and revealed it had paid Chievo $4.6 million plus a 50 per cent share in Romanian youngster Adrian Stoian. Bradley has already joined his new teammates at their training camp in Riscone di Brunico. The 24-year-old American had an impressive season with Chievo last season after moving from Borussia Monchengladbach. He spent the first half of 2011 on loan at Aston Villa.
Bopara in for Bairstow
LONDON: Batsman Ravi Bopara has replaced Jonny Bairstow in the England squad for the first test against South Africa starting on Thursday. Inexperienced Bairstow struggled at No 6 in the three-test home series victory against West Indies in May and June with the short ball especially causing him problems. Bopara, who can also bowl medium pace, has rarely looked convincing during his 12 test appearances but shone with the bat in the recent limited overs matches against West Indies and Australia.