Pardew pleased to come ‘home’

first_imgAlan Pardew wants to restore the spirit of his playing days after coming “home” to take over as Crystal Palace manager. Pardew was released from his Newcastle contract on Saturday morning and signed a three-and-a-half-year contract to return to the club he served for four years as a player. The former midfielder was part of a successful spell in the club’s history between 1987 and 1991, scoring the winner against Liverpool to take them to the 1990 FA Cup final. And the new manager said: “Without putting pressure on the chairman – because it’s difficult when the manager keeps talking publicly about players – I think we’re going to need a player or two and that’s what we’re going to try and do.” Pardew is the permanent successor to Neil Warnock, after Keith Millen took caretaker charge for the goalless draw against Aston Villa, and becomes Palace’s fourth manager in less than 18 months. Warnock succeeded Tony Pulis in the summer, with the former Stoke boss also serving less than a year before walking away in a dispute over transfer targets. Pardew will now be looking to steady the ship and c hairman Steve Parish told the club’s website: “We wanted a manager with a great track record and proven experience in the Barclays Premier League. “In Alan we have both these things as well as a man who has great affection for this club and shares my determination to take us to the next level.” Pardew’s departure signals the end of an eventful era at St James’ Park during which he took the club to fifth place in the Premier League and the quarter-finals of the Europa League, but also came in for concerted criticism from some fans. Owner Mike Ashley remained strongly behind him, though, even after he had been banned from the touchline and fined for head-butting Hull midfielder David Meyler in March. Pardew said: “It’s been a privilege to manage Newcastle United and I want to thank my captain, Fabricio Coloccini, and all the players, John Carver, Steve Stone, Andy Woodman and all the staff, all of whom have been outstanding servants to Newcastle United. “A special thanks also goes to the fans for all their support over the last four years. “I must also thank Mike Ashley and the board for their unwavering support during my tenure at the club.” Newcastle announced that Carver and Stone will again lead the team in the FA Cup tie at Leicester as the club continue to search for a new head coach. That title – as opposed to “manager” – indicates the club will seek to a recruit a man comfortable with working under a continental model with managing director Lee Charnley and chief scout Graham Carr taking care of recruitment. With the likes of Steve Bruce, Pulis and Tim Sherwood having already been ruled out, according to sources on Tyneside, St Etienne’s Christophe Galtier and former Mainz boss Thomas Tuchel have been linked with the club in recent days. However, Press Association Sport understands no approaches have yet been made. And in an interview broadcast on the club website, he said: ” I think the fans remember that era I was in, they admired the spirit and they’d probably like to see a bit more of that. Hopefully I can bring that back. “It’s been a while since I played here but it’s somewhere I know well and it’s close to my heart. “It was difficult because I’m leaving a big club in Newcastle (but) r eally and truly, my home is in this area and for me it’s what you would class, as close as you can as a manager, as your own club.” Pardew takes over a side in the bottom three that has not won for eight matches, since the 3-1 victory over Liverpool at Anfield on November 23. And he acknowledged: “It’s a little bit sticky at the moment and we need to find a way out of that. “The players have got great attitudes here, I’ve been very impressed. Can I help change that energy into more tangible results? “That might take a transfer, it might take a change of style a little bit, and that’s what hopefully a manager of my experience can do.” One target Pardew has been linked with in the January transfer window is Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis. Press Associationlast_img read more

Tracy’s Karate hosts 106th tournament in Bucksport

first_imgBUCKSPORT — Tracy’s Karate of Ellsworth held its 106th tournament recently in Bucksport High School’s Ralph Jewett Gymnasium.The tournament, which included both fighting and throwing competitions, drew karate students as young as four years of age and as old as 75. Contestants represented dojos from the Downeast area, the rest of Maine and Atlantic Canada.Following the tournament, Tracy’s Karate held black belt testing at its Ellsworth headquarters. The following black belts were promoted to higher ranks: Mesa Baranowski, Kieran Everett, Gwen Everett and Heather Kilcollins (first degree); Olivia Underwood (second degree); John Dawes, Johnathan MacArthur and Lisa Richardson (third degree); Lucy Newbegin (fifth degree); Steve Chabot (eighth degree); Walter Garnett (ninth degree).Paige Trader, Lincoln Jordan, Simon Trader, Owen DiDonato, Ryan Gross, Jordan Brouty, Caleb DiDonato, Bridget Kutny, Mesa Baranowski, Elura Dorr, Krystall Webber, Tom Anderson, John Baranowski and Aidan Benner won trophies for first-, second- and third place performances in various fighting and throwing events.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textDuring the tournament, a moment of silence was held in honor of Orland’s Charles Bishop, who passed away April 21 at the age of 87. Master Bishop trained with the Tracy family for 47 years and remained physically active until the day of his passing.Master Kristy Tracy-Dawes, daughter of Tracy’s owners Karen and Dennis Tracy, organized the tournament with the help of her brother, Master Eric Tracy. More than six dozen black belts who have trained with the Tracy family throughout the past 50 years were on hand to assist with organizing efforts.Tracy’s next competition will be held Oct. 19 at Bucksport High School.last_img read more

Simmons’ vision did not ‘align’ with WICB’s – Muirhead

first_imgWICB chief executive officer Michael Muirhead has said there was no one specific reason for the termination of coach Phil Simmons’ contract, nor was it a sudden development.In a nutshell, Muirhead said, Simmons’ vision did not “align” with the strategic approach of the WICB and the divide widened over the past few months, reaching a point where a final decision had to be made.The decision to relieve Simmons of the job was taken by the board of directors at the quarterly WICB meeting last weekend in Dominica.It is understood the directors were asked to vote on the matter, but Muirhead would not reveal whether it was a unanimous decision to terminate Simmons’ contract. “It was the board’s decision. Let us leave it at that,” Muirhead told ESPNcricinfo.Asked whether it was his appraisal that eventually led to the decision, Muirhead did not reveal much. “I hired him, so therefore I have to release him but that is on the recommendation of the board,” he said.He did point out, though, that the WICB and Simmons had been deliberating on quite a few contentious issues behind the scenes. “The coach has an opinion and the board collectively had another opinion, and that had happened on more than one occasion.“It is a whole number of things over a period of time. I can’t say it was really one thing. There is no one thing that defines what may have taken place. I think things came to a climax when a decision needed to be made.”Simmons’ track record as West Indies coach was mixed. Appointed after last year’s World Cup, the high points of his tenure were West Indies’ draw at home against England last summer, and the World T20 win in India in April.Importantly, the players seemed to be on the same wavelength as Simmons. But Muirhead and the board of directors remained unconvinced.“Ultimately it is the performance of the team, and we want the team to perform the best it can do,” Muirhead said. “Was it (doing so) is a question that is still unanswered.”Technically, Muirhead was not Simmons’ boss. It was Richard Pybus, the WICB director of cricket. Simmons had mentioned in an interview that he and Pybus were not on the same page. “Relationship is a difficult word,” he had said of Pybus, soon after the World T20 triumph. “He communicates via emails but he has not spoken to me since the suspension. It’s sad because this is not about him or me, this is about West Indies cricket.”At last weekend’s meetings, the board discussed several reports including the ‘Cricket Report’ submitted by Pybus and the CEO’s report prepared by Muirhead. Pybus’ report was an overall review of cricket across the Caribbean, not limited to the West Indies teams and coaching staff.Reiterating the lack of alignment in strategies, Muirhead said: “It has been an ongoing thing where I think Phil, in all that he has said and done, he has not aligned … the relationships were breaking down. I think he himself had ideas for a different strategic approach, notwithstanding one already having been approved and adopted by the board. I don’t think he was aligned with that.”In a media release sent out on Tuesday, the WICB had pointed out it had identified “differences in culture” as one reason behind the friction between both parties. Muirhead elaborated: “The other thing was the work culture was a little different.“It was how we do business, how we execute things. It was an organisational culture. It was not the difference in ethnic culture as has been pointed out elsewhere.”Muirhead said he had had conversations with Simmons, and he had to intervene on quite a few occasions to resolve issues. The last time they had met was about two months ago, he said. When he called Simmons on Tuesday to reveal the board’s decision, he said the chat was “cordial” and not “hostile” in any way.Muirhead pointed out it was a “matter of coincidence” that the Simmons’ termination was announced the day the West Indies limited-overs squad left for the UAE to play Pakistan.“The sanctions and other things could not be discussed without the board meeting. We have board meetings every three months, where we discuss everything including the performance of the teams and the coaching staff.”(ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

The Latest: Stanford restricting attendance of sports events

first_img“We would recommend that there not be large crowds,” Fauci said. “If that means not having any people in the audience when the NBA plays, so be it. But as a public health official, anything that has crowds is something that would give a risk to spread.” 1:20One of college basketball’s postseason invitational tournaments has been canceled.Organizers of the College Basketball Invitational, widely known as the CBI, say they’ve decided to cancel this year’s event because of the “uncertainty about the coronavirus and the impact it is having on college campuses across the country.”The tournament is played at campus sites for teams that aren’t invited to the NCAA Tournament or the NIT.The statement issued Wednesday says officials look forward to bringing back the CBI in 2021. The Latest: Stanford restricting attendance of sports events Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the globe (all times EDT):1:35 p.m.Stanford is still willing to host the NCAA women’s basketball tournament with a strict limit on spectators if selected to do so next week. The school in Northern California said Wednesday that all sporting events on campus will be closed to the public through May 15 or until further notice in response to the spread of the new coronavirus.Only participants, coaches, working staff, officials, credentialed media and a very limited number of family members, friends and guests of the competing teams will be allowed to attend. Santa Clara County announced a ban earlier this week of gatherings of more than 1,000 people.The seventh-ranked Cardinal were expected to be picked as a host for the tournament that starts March 20. The top 16 teams are picked as hosts of the opening two rounds.The NCAA didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.— reporting by Josh Dubowcenter_img ___1 p.m.The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases told a congressional committee Wednesday that he would recommend the NBA not allow fans at games in response to the coronavirus.That answer by Dr. Anthony Fauci came hours before NBA owners are scheduled to meet to discuss the next steps in responding to the growing concern about the virus.Fauci was responding to a question from Rep. Glenn Grothman, a Wisconsin Republican, during a meeting of the House Oversight Committee. Grothman asked, “Is the NBA underreacting or is the Ivy League overreacting?” He was referencing how the Ivy League recently canceled its basketball tournaments, instead of having them played without fans in attendance or keeping the status quo. March 11, 2020 Associated Press last_img read more

Players prepare for Dino Babers’ new offense with revamped conditioning

first_img Published on April 1, 2016 at 3:17 am Contact Chris: cjlibona@syr.edu | @ChrisLibonati Jordan Fredericks had never seen so many teammates throwing up. More than five or six came out of station drills to get rid of the contents in their stomachs, including Fredericks.“It might’ve been the first time in football that I’ve ever thrown up three times a day,” Fredericks said. “I just kept throwing up. It got (running backs) coach (Mike) Hart mad, but I felt like I was getting in shape.”The Syracuse running back hadn’t even taken much time off during Winter Break before coming back to Syracuse. He had wanted to take a week off after coming home, but his mother set him up with his personal trainer in just a handful of days.“Yeah, I was hurting, too,” offensive lineman Omari Palmer said. “… We came from a team that was huddled up every time to no huddle. That was hard. You gotta do extra stuff, run extra, eat right, just live properly outside of football.”At 11 a.m. Saturday, SU will put its rapid-fire offense on the Carrier Dome turf for the first time at Syracuse’s annual spring game. When co-offensive coordinator Sean Lewis and Syracuse’s staff created the hashtag #OrangeIsTheNewFast, it became a recruiting tool, but it’s also a message of how SU plans to play, if its offense having the namesake (Baylor) of one of the best quick-strike attacks in the nation isn’t clear enough.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd while the offense’s logistics — its routes, blocking schemes and how it runs — might be a focus on Saturday, the work to shape players into the offense has been intense.The offense new head coach Dino Babers brought to Syracuse is supposed to require the players to be conditioned at their best. After running 63 plays per game (127th, second to last, in the country) and about two per minute in 2015 under head Scott Shafer and offensive coordinator Tim Lester, the players will be gears in an offensive machine that ran 83.7 plays per game (seventh in the country) and about three plays per minute at Bowling Green in 2015.“I’m like, ‘Wow, this is some official stuff,’” Fredericks said of the intense workouts. “You know you don’t expect that to happen to you. You think you’re in shape, and it wasn’t just me.”After Babers was hired, he changed around the football program’s training staff in addition to cleaning out the coaching staff. Will Hicks, now an assistant director of athletics for athletic performance for Olympic sports, had only handled the football team under Shafer and past coaches. Hicks shifted to only Olympics sports once Babers was hired. Players said they received the new training staff’s workouts when they returned to campus in January.While Babers did his part in getting his players in shape — he and his staff had soda removed from the vending machine — Palmer has adjusted his routines. On lifting days, the offensive lineman will lift twice for an hour apiece. Those workouts are followed by 15 minutes on the elliptical. Other days, Palmer will run a mile and a half and try and finish it in under 12 minutes. Instead of going home for Spring Break, Palmer decided to get some extra work in with Sean Edinger, the newly-hired assistant director of athletics for athletic performance, by hanging back in Syracuse.SU running back George Morris said the new training staff’s workout centers on explosion more so than the workouts under Shafer’s training staff. But when asked to point to specific drills, Morris said he’s still adjusting to the new workouts.“Honestly, there’s a lot of names, and I’m still learning,” Morris said in early March. “Every time we work out there’s a new one each day, so I’m still trying to learn the names.”Fredericks came into the offseason trying to cut weight and add muscle at the same time. Since working out with Edinger, Fredericks said his squat has increased about 150 pounds to nearly 500. The rising sophomore running back came into this spring seven pounds heavier than he was listed on last year’s roster.Babers has said the linemen in front of Fredericks will have to drop weight. Palmer, who is listed on the 2016 roster at 321 pounds, played in 2015 at 305 pounds. The average size of a lineman at Bowling Green last season was about 299 pounds. Even with a bit elevated weight, Palmer said he feels like he’s approaching the best shape he’s been in.On Saturday, Palmer will be able to put that to the test in pads during Syracuse’s scrimmage. For the first time, the new offense will be on display and so too will be players’ revamped conditioning.“Everything is fast,” Jordan Fredericks said. “Everyone needs to be in tip-top shape.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Millennials prefer experiences over buying material items

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. – More Americans are beginning to value experiences over purchasing products and materialistic items. Millennials are leading this charge.Two best friends from Alpena, Breanna Schmanski and Taylor Boboltz, found this trend to be true. They went on a sporadic trip to witness the moon cover the sun in Dawson Springs, Kentucky in 2017.“I love going on adventures, road trips with 24 hour notice and packing up my car with a bunch of my friends,” said Schmanski, 24.It’s gazing at a solar eclipse in 100% totality that makes the pair believe experiences are worth more than buying material objects.“I think every could really benefit just from these sorts of experiences,” said Boboltz, 25.According to a national study by Expedia, more Americans are saving their money specifically for travel. This is true of Millennials who mainly prioritize relaxing experiences.“It felt like twilight,” said Boboltz, “it got quiet. All the birds stopped chirping.”“Things lose their value over time,” said her best friend, “Whereas experiences, you’re going to have those memories forever.”Once the protective shades against the sun came off, all Schmanski and Boboltz could post on Facebook was “wow.”  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious What’s Trending for September 10Next ‘Mozart in the High School Years’last_img read more

L.A. Dodgers’ Joc Pederson is sacrificing power for patience

first_imgThe shorter swing has come with a tradeoff. Pederson has one home run in his last 27 games after hitting 20 in his first 77 games. If that’s the downside, the upside didn’t become apparent until recently: Pederson drew three walks Tuesday, three more Wednesday and enters Thursday’s series finale against the Phillies with six free passes in his last nine plate appearances.How does a shortened swing result in better plate discipline?“You can see the ball longer, react faster,” Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire said. McGwire said that Pederson has been “doing a lot of work underneath” in the batting cage to shorten his path to the baseball recently. The need was evident. Always a strikeout-prone hitter, Pederson was averaging one strikeout every 2.8 at-bats through July 1. In roughly one month since, he’s averaging one strikeout every 2.7 at-bats.Meanwhile, his home run (one since July 1) and walk rates (none in 48 plate appearances prior to this week) were dropping. Pederson’s on-base percentage was a season-low .345 on Monday and his chances at winning the National League Rookie of the Year award were slipping as well.“I just haven’t been swinging good, plain and simple,” Pederson said. “I’m just going to try to get back to the basics, hopefully wait for my pitch and swing at good pitches.”Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he’ll accept some growing pains at the plate in exchange for Pederson’s steady defense. “We made a conscious decision to be a better defensive club this year,” Mattingly said. “He’s a big part of that up the middle.”There’s been no talk of sending Pederson to Triple-A, the manager said, so Pederson will do all his tinkering in major league batting cages.“Things don’t happen overnight,” McGwire said. “Things take time. You have to have patience and understanding. … How he makes (the swing) his own will be how he’s shorter and quicker to the ball.”Rotation shuffle?Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw are starting Thursday and Friday against the Phillies and Pirates, respectively. Mattingly said he might split up the aces in two weeks, when the Dodgers have a pair of off-days sandwiching a two-game series in Oakland.Two weeks after that, from Aug. 31-Sept. 2, the Dodgers play three home games against the San Francisco Giants. Will Mattingly line up the rotation in order for Kershaw and Greinke to pitch in the critical division series?“That’s something we’ll definitely look at,” he said. “This year we haven’t really been able to do it all year. This year hasn’t worked out like that but we may have a chance to be able to do that.”Frias exits earlyPitcher Carlos Frias experienced a back issue during his latest start for Triple-A Oklahoma City and was removed after one inning as a precaution.Curiously, the Dodgers did not announce that Frias had been activated from the 15-day disabled list and optioned to Oklahoma City at the time it happened. According to the transactions page on the team’s website, Frias was optioned Sunday. He was originally placed on the DL July 1.But the right-hander had been medically cleared to rejoin the Dodgers when he took the mound in Triple-A Wednesday night. Mike Bolsinger was removed from his start for Oklahoma City on Tuesday because he was struck on the forearm by a line drive. He’s expected to make his next start. Frias and Bolsinger are currently the team’s sixth and seventh starters. PHILADELPHIA >> Joc Pederson hit his 11th home run of the season on May 22 against the San Diego Padres, a dramatic eighth-inning blast in a tie game that lifted the Dodgers to victory. Pederson was facing an 0-2 count against hard-throwing reliever Joaquin Benoit, yet he swung hard enough to launch the ball 430 feet into the cheap seats. After the game, a reporter asked Pederson if he ever shortens his swing with two strikes, as many leadoff hitters do.“I think you’ve seen my strikeouts,” he said, smiling.The anecdote is worth revisiting this week. Pederson’s swing path isn’t merely getting shorter at the plate with two strikes. It’s getting shorter in batting practice.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Danny Lee Lamb, 70, Wichita, services on Mon. Nov. 18

first_imgDanny LambDanny Lee Lamb, 70, died on Nov. 13, 2013. Memorial service will be held on Mon. Nov. 18, at 4 p.m., Affinity Mortuary, 2850 S. Seneca, Wichita, Kans.Danny worked at Boeing and Eby Construction as a crane operator, before retiring. He was born in Wichita to the late Delbert M. and Lavon (Collins) Lamb on May 10, 1943.Survivors, wife, Loretta Weidner, Wellington, children: Rick (Cathy) Lamb, Dana (Dick) Welch, Nichole Lamb, Paul (Christy) Lamb, Tina Weidner and Tara Weidner, Wellington, KS, brothers: Doc (Sharon), Jay (Vita), and Gary (Savannah) Lamb, 14 grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren. To share an online condolence please visit www.affinityallfaithsmortuary.com.last_img read more

Protests shake Rio hours before opening Olympics gala

first_imgBearers Diego Scofano (L) holds the Olympic Torch of Rio 2016 Olympic Games during a torch relay with Giuseppe Pellegrino atop the Sugarloaf in Rio de Janeiro on August 5, 2016. PHOTO AFPRio de Janeiro, Brazil | AFP |Thousands of Brazilians angry at political upheaval, corruption and the cost of the Rio Olympics blocked traffic in protests hours before the gala opening ceremony.Most people came to vent anger at center-right interim president Michel Temer who took power in May on the suspension of the elected leftist president, Dilma Rousseff, for an impeachment trial that her supporters claim amounts to a coup.The demonstrators, however, also targeted the Olympics, saying the billions of dollars spent on staging South America’s first Games fueled corruption and only helped the elite.Waving signs that read “No to the Olympics!” and “Temer out!”, about 3,000 people blocked a major avenue outside the luxury Copacabana Palace Hotel where many Olympic team members are staying.Guests with Olympic accreditation around their necks looked down from the hotel terrace at the protest, while the crowd jeered at vehicles taking Olympic VIPs and athletes through the upscale neighborhood.When a limousine surrounded by police outriders came through, the crowd surged forward, chanting “no to the coup” and “putschists, fascists, we won’t let them pass!”The protest was the latest unwelcome distraction for Brazilian authorities and Olympic organizers ahead of the opening ceremony at the 78,600 capacity Maracana stadium.Authorities are also dealing with rampant crime, including a lengthening list of muggings against Olympic delegates and journalists, despite the deployment of 85,000 soldiers and police to protect the Games.Police at the Copacabana protest, which was to be followed by more demonstrations near the Maracana stadium, were restrained.Even when the protesters blocked the busy Avenida Atlantica, causing a major traffic snarl-up, the dozens of officers held back. The tactic was in marked contrast to the tear gas and rubber bullets used several times in the last few days to clear protesters from the Olympic torch relay. Just a facade Protesters, many of them from Rousseff’s leftist Workers’ Party, said Brazil’s deep economic and social problems are being swept under the carpet for the Olympics. “They’re holding the Olympics when people are having a very hard time,” said Ricardo Parents 59, a psychologist.“The Olympics is a facade, it’s for show. It doesn’t represent the reality of Brazil. They want to show everything nice and perfect.”Over and over again the crowd chanted “Temer out” and called for Rousseff’s return.She is charged with breaking budgetary laws and looks almost certain to be thrown out of office by the Senate in the next few weeks at the end of an impeachment process that she says has been manipulated by Brazil’s right, calling Temer the chief “conspirator.”“I am demonstrating for democracy in Brazil. The world is watching so we are here to denounce the coup,” said one demonstrator, Iraci Franca, 57, a nurse.She also said that the Games were a distraction at a time of national economic crisis.“It’s very hard right now in Rio state for education and health because of the lack of funds and non-payment of salaries,” she said.Rio de Janeiro won the right in 2009 to host the Olympic Games at a time when Brazil was economically and politically on the rise. The collapse in stability and wealth since then has been brutal.Temer is to open the Games at the Maracana stadium, while Rousseff and her predecessor and political mentor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva have refused to attend the ceremony.With opponents promising to boo Temer at the stadium, organizers plan to play loud music immediately after his remarks and mask the heckling, according to Brazilian media.“We want to take advantage when the world’s attention is on Brazil to denounce what’s happening, how we are on the path to dictatorship,” said one demonstrator, Ubiratan Delgado, a 59-year-old engineer.“We’re not against the Olympics, it’s the criminal Olympics we oppose.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Watch: Joao Felix’s wonderful run against Getafe results in a penalty for Atletico Madrid

first_imgMADRID, SPAIN – AUGUST 18: Joao Felix of Atletico de Madrid battle for the ball for the penalty kick with Bruno Gonzalez of Getafe CF during the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Getafe CF at Wanda Metropolitano on August 18, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)Advertisement 5xrxcvNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vskn0Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ehw52( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7g19Would you ever consider trying this?😱0pjppCan your students do this? 🌚kf6dRoller skating! Powered by Firework Joao Felix’s 120mil Euros transfer from Benfica to Atletico Madrid was one of the biggest deals this transfer window and why it shook fans across the globe was because this massive fee was for securing the services of a 19 year old.Advertisement A player who many consider as one for the future, has become impatient and has started paying dividends on the pitch in his La Liga debut.Advertisement Watch his brilliant solo run into the box to earn his team a penalty :Advertisement With blistering pace to burn and a immaculate set of feet combined with his lethal finishing, Felix is destined for greatness. His call-up to Portugal National team before the UEFA Nations League was testimony to his insane potential.The attacking midfielder had a splendid preseason before this game against Getafe where he scored 5+ goals and assists. Advertisementlast_img read more