Wolves complete club record deal for Portuguese striker

first_imgRead Also: Lionel Messi reveals date for Barcelona training return“Our head coach’s requirement for quality is very high, but he thinks Fabio is an important signing who will help the team immediately this season.“The timing of this deal is similar to the timing of when we bought Ruben Neves; we’ve waited for the right time to get a high-quality player at the right price.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Advertisement Wolves signed Portuguese forward Fabio Silva from Porto for a club record fee of 40 million euros ($47 million, £36 million), both clubs confirmed on Saturday. Silva, 18, has scored just three goals in 24 appearances for Porto’s first team. “Wolves are delighted to have secured the signing of highly-rated Portuguese youth international striker Fabio Silva from Porto, for a club record fee,” the Premier League side said in a statement. “The 18-year-old, who is Porto’s youngest ever player and goalscorer having broken now-Wolves teammate Ruben Neves’ club records last season, has put pen to paper on a five-year deal.” Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A VegetarianWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?What Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?7 Things That Actually Ruin Your PhoneIncredible Discoveries That Puzzled The Whole World Loading… Silva becomes the 10th Portuguese player in Wolves’ squad due to close links between Portuguese super agent Jorge Mendes and the club’s Chinese owners Fosun.Wolves coach Nuno Espirito Santo is also a Mendes client.However, Wolves chairman Jeff Shi dismissed concerns over the huge fee for a player with so little first-team experience.“He’s a player that you only need several minutes to see his natural football talent,” Shi told the club’s website.“In recent years, Fabio has been developing very fast and now has proven himself in Porto’s first team, which is a top squad.last_img read more

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Butch should play more down stretch

first_imgImagine this: The San Antonio Spurs are down seven points with six minutes to play in the fourth quarter. Tim Duncan has only three fouls, and Greg Popovich sits him on the bench.For the remainder of the game.Sound crazy? I think so, too.In a sense, that?s what Badger head coach Bo Ryan has been doing all season. I?m not sure it?s working.It?s hard to question a coach who has lost to only two Big Ten schools at home in six-plus seasons and has won eight NCAA Tournament games. But everyone makes mistakes. This may be one of them.It?s hard to compare Wisconsin forward Brian Butch to Duncan, who was ranked as the 21st-best NCAA basketball player of all time by ESPN.com Monday. However, Butch does lead UW in scoring and rebounding, which includes the most offensive rebounds by a margin of 13 over Joe Krabbenhoft. Don?t you want to have that guy ? a former McDonald?s All-American ? on the court in crunch time while your team is trying to mount a comeback?Apparently not.All season Ryan has gone small during the final six or so minutes in close games with what is basically a four guard set: Trevon Hughes, Jason Bohannon, Michael Flowers, Krabbenhoft and Marcus Landry. That?s who ended the game Saturday night against Purdue.And to put it bluntly, they looked awful.This year?s Badger team is much different than last year?s, mainly because it lacks that go-to guy. This isn?t necessarily a bad thing, as it often makes players more team-oriented. Just ask the Washington Wizards, as they have put themselves in sixth place in the Eastern Conference without all-star Gilbert Arenas. However, down the stretch of close games, it?s nice to have that go-to option, and the Kammron Taylor and Alando Tucker-less Badgers seem to be realizing that right about now.Flowers was the go-to guy Jan. 2 against Texas, and he came through with a miraculous three-pointer and subsequent steal to shock the Longhorns in Austin. But unfortunately, I believe it was exactly that: a miracle.Twenty-four days later, Ryan drew up the same play for Flowers, but the results were far different, as the senior guard was rejected under the rim by Purdue guard Robbie Hummel.Saturday night?s rematch with the Boilermakers was equally unsuccessful, as Hughes committed a catastrophic turnover down four points in the midst of a comeback. This was followed by a fade-away miss on a three-pointer by Landry after Wisconsin failed to find a decent look at the basket when Bohannon, the team?s best 3-point shooter (though technically Jon Leuer and Tanner Bronson have better percentages than him) was nowhere to be found.So we?ve established that the Badgers lack that first-option presence in crunch time. Isn?t it time to give Butch a shot?In no way am I telling you that Brain Butch is the next Dwight Howard. He?s not. I?ve watched the same games you have; I?ve seen the dropped passes and the weak finishes.But I also watched Butch play against No. 2 Pittsburgh last season. Forget that one? That was the game when the Polar Bear scored 20 points in the first half against now-Chicago Bull Aaron Gray. He couldn?t miss from anywhere on the court, including behind the 3-point arc.I vividly remember him nailing a three, turning around waving his arms for the Grateful Red to get loud. The Panthers called a timeout and the place erupted. I thought it was going to fall down.Over break, I went to four Celtics games in Boston. When the Celtics are in a tight game, Kevin Garnett stands at midcourt, raises his arms, and the place goes bananas. Even if Paul Pierce and Ray Allen are the first and second options for Boston down the stretch, it?s Garnett who gets the place energized, creating a real fourth quarter home-court advantage.Again, Butch is no Garnett, but he brings that fire to the table, a fire currently absent on the Kohl Center floor.Come tournament time, analysts always talk about senior leadership and experience. Butch doesn?t have to be the first, or even second option in crunch time. But with the game on the line, I want my senior leader out on the floor.It?s time for a change.Derek is a sophomore majoring in economics. If you’d like to further discuss the Polar Bear’s playing time, you can e-mail him at [email protected]last_img read more

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Lakers analysis: Expectations high for Brandon Ingram

first_imgEL SEGUNDO >> On the official tour of his new basketball home, Brandon Ingram walked onto the court of the Lakers practice facility and upstairs to Jeanie Buss’s office to gaze at the franchise’s championship trophies; into the weight room to eye the iron he will use to pack muscle onto his wiry frame; and to the locker room, where the tour stopped in front of the locker where his No. 14 jersey will hang. “(General Manager) Mitch (Kupchak) told me I had some big shoes to fill,” Ingram said.The previous occupant of that space wore size 14 Nikes. He also won five NBA titles, was selected to 18 All-Star Games and spent 20 years with the Lakers.The symbolism said it all. The No. 2 pick in last month’s draft showed up to his introductory news conference dressed confidently in a narrow-cut blue suit, with a dark purple flower in his buttonhole. For the last year or more, he’s been compared nonstop to Kevin Durant, who was once a sinewy rookie himself. Now, with his arrival in L.A., he faces the inevitable measure of Bryant’s towering accomplishments. “Kobe is Kobe,” said Ingram’s father, Donald. “Michael Jordan is Michael Jordan. You’re going to see your own Brandon Ingram. He’s going to pave his own way, he’s his own person.”It’s a sizable load for such a young player to shoulder before he has so much as played in a summer league game. “He can have that pressure,” joked Ivica Zubac, the hulking but pleasant Croatian center the Lakers drafted with their second-round pick.While the Lakers two rookies addressed their audience, D’Angelo Russell lingered in the back of the gym. He will take the floor with Ingram this week when the Lakers hit Las Vegas for the NBA Summer League, but ducked out before he could be asked about his new teammate. One could only wonder what kind of lessons Russell, who was voted second-team All-Rookie last year, might impart to Ingram about transitioning to the NBA.“We’ve been talking,” Ingram said. “But I don’t think we’ve gotten that deep.” Twelve months earlier, Russell sat behind the same table and offered many of the same thoughts Ingram did Tuesday. He quickly learned it’s tougher than he bargained for a teenager to make an immediate impact in the NBA, bouncing in and out of favor with Coach Byron Scott, as well as the starting lineup. The team’s dynamic has changed dramatically, of course. Ingram will be welcomed by a new coach, Luke Walton, and while he will play in Bryant’s shadow, he won’t have to navigate the orbit of the genuine article, who in his final year never practiced and fired shots at will.That was the farewell tour. This is the welcome party. The Lakers are sitting on the ground floor of a rebuild. Having failed to land any of the big-name free agents available this month – and barring a trade for Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook – they are more than likely facing another development year. The veterans the organization did snare in free agency, Luol Deng and Timofey Mozgov, make them better than last year, but the Lakers’ long-term gambit of returning to prominence – championships – rests on the team’s young core and, notably, Ingram. There is a big difference, however, between embracing the pressure, and living up to it. Kobe Bryant is out, Ingram is in. Being named heir to the Black Mamba is a task no young player deserves. While the Lakers no doubt would like to shield Ingram from facing unreasonable expectations in the infancy of his career, there’s no question that the type of player they hoped to find at the top of the draft would take up Bryant’s mantle.Byron Scott was rightly criticized last year for comparing D’Angelo Russell to Magic Johnson on draft night, but the Lakers putting Ingram in Bryant’s old seat sends a similar message.Either Ingram did not read Henry IV, or he’s just too cool to care that the head that wears the crown is supposed to lie uneasily. “It’s all good pressure for me,” Ingram said Tuesday. “I just take it as motivation for me to do the right thing on the court and off the court.” center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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