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Man Utd and Arsenal among eight rivals appealing to enforce City’s UCL ban

first_imgReports that rivals were furious with what they see as City’s disregard for the rules have circulated for some time.And when proceedings do begin, the body will not only have City’s legal team to contend with – but also their rivals’.The Mail quote one source as saying: “For too long, City have been able to get away with breaching the rules at the expense of at least one other club that has been unable to get into the Champions League.”The fear is that they will be able to delay any punishment and — should they win the appeal — get off scot-free, which would be outrageous.”City were accused of attempting to deceive financial officials by covering up millions of funding by their Emirati owners as legitimate sponsorship income.Coach Guardiola has always maintained that his bosses have been open and honest, giving him confidence of overturning the ban.latest football newsTHE WIN CROWDFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titleTHEIR CALLReferees in Northern Ireland will be given choice on coming back says union bossGuardiola said in February: “We are going to fight like we have fought every single game and day we are together until the end of the season.“We are optimistic that at the end the truth will prevail and next season we will be in the Champions League.”However all CAS cases are currently suspended until May 1, at least, due to the coronavirus pandemic.José Mourinho jokes Man United should be awarded 2017-18 title after finishing second to FFP breach Man City AT LEAST eight Premier League clubs reportedly want to stop Manchester City from gaining a stay of execution in next season’s Champions League.Rivals including Manchester United and Arsenal are said to have lodged an application to prevent City putting off the ban while their appeal is heard.1 Pep Guardiola has asserted his confidence that City played by the rulesCredit: PA:Press AssociationUefa banned Pep Guardiola’s side from the competition for two years and handed down a fine of £25million for “serious breaches” of Financial Fair Play regulations in February.City immediately denied any wrongdoing and vowed to clear their name – but domestic rivals are now throwing their weight behind the authorities.According to Daily Mail, eight of the Premier League’s top ten have submitted a joint application to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to ensure City cannot play in the Champions League while their appeal is heard.A CAS statement in March confirmed last season’s Premier League champions had begun the appeal process and they can apply to have their punishment held off until their case is heard.That could gain them entry to next season’s competition, should that begin before the process is completed.Of the top ten, only City and Sheffield United are said to have not signed the application, with the standings completed by Liverpool, Manchester United, Leicester, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Wolves and Burnley.last_img read more

Euro 2016: England and Russia given disqualification warning

first_img‘Utter disgust’In a strongly-worded statement, European football’s governing body said it would not hesitate to impose sanctions on either Russia or England should such violence occur again.Measures included the potential disqualification of their respective teams from the tournament, it said.Earlier Russia’s sports minister Vitaly Mutko said Uefa had “done the right thing” to start a disciplinary case against the Russian Football Union, R-Sport news agency reported.”There were flares, there was a flare gun, there had been clashes in the stands, it’s necessary to sort all of this out,” he reportedly said.”The fans were rooting greatly, but there are people who do not come for the football.”Also on Sunday, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said alcohol restrictions near “sensitive” venues would be extended, with sales bans on match days and the eve of match days. ‘Slack’ securityEngland spectators who were at the match have described a “desperate scramble” to escape charging Russia fans, some of who were wearing gum shields and MMA (mixed martial arts) gloves, one witness claimed.Cory McLeod, who was in the stadium, told the BBC: “A wall of Russian fans charged at our section, which had kids, women, and even some Russian fans in.”I couldn’t see if any of them had weapons or anything but people were running fast, it was manic, just a desperate scramble towards a large fence in the corner.” It has begun disciplinary proceedings against Russia – but not England – after “totally unacceptable” scenes at Saturday’s England-Russia game.Footage appeared to show Russia fans rush at England supporters after the Euro 2016 1-1 draw in Marseille.Charges against Russia are for crowd disturbances, racist behaviour, and setting off fireworks, Uefa confirmed.There were issues with segregation of fans, the body admitted, promising security would be “strengthened”.The UK government said it had offered to send extra British police to France ahead of England’s next match in Lens on Thursday.Witnesses said trouble began in the stadium after flares were let off by Russian fans near the end of the game. Some then climbed across barriers designed to keep rival fans apart.A number of Russia supporters appeared to kick and punch fleeing England fans, who were forced to clamber over fencing to escape.Earlier in the day, England, Russia and local fans were embroiled in ugly clashes with riot police, with a number of bloodied fans being taken to hospital.last_img read more

Venus Williams: 2 1st-round Grand Slam exits in row for 1st time

first_imgWinfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Williams bowed out in the first round in her 21st appearance at Roland Garros, beaten 6-4, 7-5 by 85th-ranked Wang Qiang of China. That follows an equally abrupt exit for the 37-year-old American at the Australian Open in January.“The girl’s weapon is her forehand, but Venus kept hitting second serves to her forehand. You’ve got to realize what’s going on out there when you’re losing. And you’ve got to change. She didn’t change,” Witt said after watching Williams’ match Sunday from a guest box behind one of the baselines at Court Suzanne Lenglen.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I’m sitting there, going, ‘OK, you can’t keep making that mistake,’ but she does,” Witt said. “It’s easier said than done. Somebody watching can see it. Somebody that’s playing sometimes can’t see it, regardless if they’ve played 20 years or more.”The ninth-seeded Williams offered mostly terse answers in her news conference. “I mean,” she said, “nobody plans on this.”As for whether there were things she thought she could have tried to do differently Sunday, she replied: “Yeah, I think ‘differently’ is win the point.”She actually built a 3-0 lead in the second set, then frittered that away. Over and over, she would shank a shot — backhands, more than anything — then look over in Witt’s direction with a hand on her hip. Her often-terrific serve was not on target, either, with only 56 percent of first serves landing in and four double-faults.Over the course of 100 minutes on a muggy afternoon, Williams offered up 12 break points, four of which Wang converted. Williams made 16 of the match’s first 25 unforced groundstroke errors. She finished with 35 unforced errors in all, 21 more than Wang.“I just wanted to play no mistakes — not too many mistakes — and if I get a chance (at a winner), I just go for it,” said Wang, who entered the day with only six victories in 20 previous Grand Slam matches.ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES MOST READ Venus Williams of the U.S. leaves the court after losing to China’s Qiang Wang during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros Stadium, Sunday, May 27, 2018 in Paris. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)PARIS — Venus Williams has lost her opening match at two consecutive Grand Slam tournaments for the first time in her illustrious career.Her coach, David Witt, thinks the quick exit at the French Open on Sunday was because Williams did not do a good enough job of switching tactics on the red clay that has never been her best surface.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trialcenter_img Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Those 14 losses include one apiece against Williams at the French Open and Wimbledon in 2017.Those times, Wang said, she was “a little bit nervous,” but on Sunday, “I think: ‘I have nothing to lose.’”She has never been past the second round at a major.Williams, in contrast, owns seven Grand Slam singles championships and has been the runner-up nine times, including a loss to her younger sister, Serena, in the 2002 French Open final. The siblings are entered in doubles in Paris, where Serena will be participating in a major in singles for the first time since January 2017, returning after giving birth to a daughter.The older Williams revived her career last season by reaching the finals at the Australian Open and Wimbledon. But she is just 10-7 in 2018, including 1-3 on red clay.“Last year was probably one of her best years ever, as far as consistency. That’s going to be hard to duplicate,” Witt said. “The red clay — you sit there and say, ‘It’s not her surface.’ But at the same time, you see players like (Garbine) Muguruza win the French Open. You see Maria Sharapova win the French Open. You see big hitters.”But Williams, Witt said, is “a hard-court player trying to play on a red-clay court. … You can’t rely on hitting 30, 40 winners. You can’t rely on hitting that one, big knockout punch and think you’re going to get away with it. On red clay, if you go for the knockout punch, you leave yourself open. You have to learn to jab-jab-jab-jab-jab and work the point.”The two Williams siblings did not practice together in Paris in the leadup to the French Open, according to Witt. He said Venus worked last week on what she needs to do to succeed on clay, such as hitting angles and finishing volleys.That went out the window against Wang.“The easiest thing to do when you get out there, if you start losing, is to go back to your old ways of thinking: ’I’m just going to blast the ball and I’m going to win that way,’” Witt said. “It’s not going to happen.” Finals bound: LeBron leads Cavs over Celtics in Game 7 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

VP Taylor Signs Eton Finance, EBOMAF S.A. Contracts

first_imgVP Jewel Howard Taylor signs the two loan agreementsVice President Jewel Howard Taylor yesterday signed two loan agreements recently ratified by the Legislature; the US$536.4 million Eton PLT Finance, and the US$420.8 million EBOMAF S. A. loan Agreement. They are before President George Weah for his signature and for printing into handbill.The signing ceremony performed in the offices of the Vice President in the Capitol Building was earlier signed by the secretary of the Senate, J. Nanborlor F. Singbeh in accordance with Article 51 of the Constitution.In a brief statement to reporters, VP Taylor, praised the “farsightedness and patriotism of the lawmakers, who without any inducement decided to put the welfare of fellow Liberians first and foremost.”“And based on that confidence reposed in the President, “I can assure you on behalf of President Weah that not a dime will be used outside the already earmarked areas for the projects expected to be completed over the next three years; leading by example, President Weah is emphatic in his commitment to deal drastically with the slightest sign of corruption, especially with regards to the two loan agreements.”She said the country is on the verge of “great transformation and we as a people have long yearned for the advancement of our lives and the repositioning of our country to an enviable place in the comity of nations. We all agreed that the lack of basic infrastructure, particularly road networks, has inhibited our forward march in large measure for more than 170 plus years.”Due to the seriousness she attached to the signing of the agreements, VP Taylor informed those present at the ceremony that she was going to turn the pen she used to sign her first two most important documents to the National Archives, “because it is my historic pen, and when I am no longer Vice President, it would signify the importance of the document.”On Tuesday, June 5, the House of Representatives passed the Eton Financing PTE loan agreement with a vote of over 40 members, and it followed a day after the Lower House conducted a public hearing in the Joint Chambers of the Legislature, considered by political commentators as a mere formality.On Friday, June 8, the Senate during a special session concurred with the House of Representatives, but during another special session on Monday, the Senate concurred with the Lower House to ratify the EBOMAF S.A. Contract agreement, and at same time ratified the Mining Development Agreement between Hummingbird Resources(Liberia) Inc., and the Government of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Improvised weapons, other contraband found in Guyana prisons

first_img– hacksaw, bottles of ‘homemade’ wine, cellphones and accessories among findRanks of both the Guyana Prison Service (GPS) and the Guyana Police Force (GPF) unearthed a large quantity of prohibited items, inclusive of improvised weapons, inside the walls of the five prisons in Guyana on Saturday.Some of the cellular phones and other contraband items discovered by ranks of the GPF and GPS during their sweep of the prisons in GuyanaThe searches were executed simultaneously at the Camp Street, Georgetown; Lusignan (East Coast Demerara); Timehri (East Bank Demerara); New Amsterdam (Berbice); and Mazaruni (Region Seven-Cuyuni Mazaruni) prisons.During the extensive operation that lasted hours at each location, Prison Officers along with ranks of the GPF discovered, in total, 48 improvised weapons, scores of razor blades, four pairs of scissors, a hacksaw blade, 13 pieces of wires, five pieces of rope and constructions nails.Some of the homemade wine, scissors and pieces of rope and wires unearthed by law enforcement officials during their search at the prisons on SaturdayThere were 51 cigarette lighters, a quantity of cigarettes, 11 cellular phones, 12 cellular phone chargers, seven cellular phone batteries, nine SIM cards, 19 smoking utensils, a memory card, eight USB cables, a quantity of “triple A” batteries, 14 metal spoons, steel wool, sandpaper, and nail clips found.Additionally, the GPS and GPF ranks seized a quantity of cannabis, a small quantity of ecstasy powder, five bottles and two five-gallon bottles of homemade wine from the lock-ups.Several improvised weapons and cigarette lighters among other prohibited items found in the lock-upsIn the first quarter of this year, a joint operation by law enforcement agencies led to the discovery of a large quantity of contraband items among the various prisons.These include cellular phones, phone chargers, cigarette lighters, a quantity of cannabis, cellphone batteries, a quantity of razor blades, metal spoons and forks, nails clips, construction nails, smoking utensils, improvised weapons, playing cards, sandpaper, broken mirrors, copper wires, scissors, tobacco leaves and earpieces.The searches were conducted by in excess of 200 ranks inclusive of senior officers of the Guyana Police Force, Guyana Defence Force and the Guyana Prison Service.According to the Police Force, there were no incidents during these exercises.Contraband smuggling has long been a perennial problem within the prison system and this is compounded by the fact that both Prison and Police Officers are facilitating the illegal trade, which is said to be a “big business”.last_img read more

Exclusive – Austin key to QPR’s survival hopes, claims former coach

first_imgFormer QPR coach Glenn Hoddle believes the club can beat relegation this season – so long as they keep star striker Charlie Austin fit.The Rs are perched perilously above the drop zone in the Premier League table, having won just one of their last nine matches.Austin, 25, has found the back of the net 14 times this season and is just three behind Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero in the Premier League top scorer chart.And Hoddle, who was on the coaching staff at Loftus Road until Harry Redknapp’s departure earlier this year, insists the ex-Burnley forward holds the key to the west London club’s survival.“We all agreed from the start of the season that it was going to be tough job [at QPR], he told Hawksbee and Delaney. “There are five or six teams that knew it would be nip and tuck right until the end.“QPR have enough ability to stay out of the bottom three. They’ve got to keep Charlie Austin fit though. They’ve also got to keep 11 players on the pitch.”last_img read more

NEW OBJECTION TO DUNGLOE RESEARCH PROJECT LODGED AS LOCALS FEAR WIND FARM

first_imgOBJECTIONS to a huge research development near Dungloe have not failed despite An Taisce admitting they forgot to sign a cheque for their original objection which made it invalid.Queen’s University in Belfast want to build 54 massive concrete pillars close to Falcorrib Pier in Dungloe with each weighing 5 tonnes.The aim of the research is to see how concrete withstands the elements and it is estimated the structures will remain in the area for 25 years. Locals in the area are fuming at the plans and contacted An Taisce who objected to the plans to An Bord Pleanala.It was revealed yesterday that the first objection failed because the cheque which accompanied the objection to the value of €110 was not signed and subsequently deemed invalid and returned.However it has now been revealed that An Taisce managed to get a second objection through to An Bord Pleanala which is now being considered.Patricia Sharkey of the Gweebara Conservation Group said locals have many concerns about the project. “All this stuff could sure be done on computer simulation. The amount of disruption to the area just for research is not on.“The road which services this area is simply not big enough for the machinery that would be involved in such a project.“We also feel that these structures will merely open the way for the building of a wind farm in this are and we are opposed to that,” she said.EndsNEW OBJECTION TO DUNGLOE RESEARCH PROJECT LODGED AS LOCALS FEAR WIND FARM was last modified: May 21st, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

FUTURE OF HEALTHCARE SYSTEM UNDER THREAT, SAYS TD PRINGLE

first_imgThomas Pringle TD has today raised concerns on the future of the healthcare system following the resignation of former Minister of State Roisín Shortall.Speaking on the matter today to Joan Burton at Leaders’ Questions, the Independent TD for Donegal South West stated: “To lose one Junior Minister could be seen as misfortunate but to lose two is certainly careless.I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to Deputy Shortall for taking a courageous decision and standing by her and her party’s policy.” “She said last night the public has a right to expect that decisions on health infrastructure and staffing will be made in the public interest based on health need and not driven by other concerns. The question that now needs to be asked is where does the Labour Party now stand in this Government?It is clear that health policy is being led by clientelism and driven into privatisation by this Government, where primary healthcare centres like Ballaghaderreen are prioritised that were not even in the top 200 on the priority list have been approved- delivered through Public Private Partnerships which are licenses to print money.”“Labour’s manifesto claimed they would reform the unfair two-tier health system to reduce the cost of delivering care, and use those savings to extend universal access to essential medical care, but it seems this promise is dead.How can another junior Labour Minister ever hope to deliver on reform when they will not even be able to rely on the support of their party leader nor have any powers delegated to them? Our ‘noble’ Minister for Health has certainly shown his level of respect for the former Minister and healthcare reform itself by stating that ‘pressure’s only for tyres’ ”. “Deputy Shortall has shown that the emperor has no clothes and we now know that this is yet another area that Labour won’t deliver on, another broken promise,” stated Pringle. FUTURE OF HEALTHCARE SYSTEM UNDER THREAT, SAYS TD PRINGLE was last modified: September 27th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FUTURE OF HEALTHCARE SYSTEM UNDER THREATSAYS TD PRINGLElast_img read more

IT’S ‘WHEELY’ A BIT OF FUN AS DONEGAL POLITICIANS PUT TO THE TEST!

first_imgDonegal’s politicians will be getting into the driving seat this Friday as they participate in the “Donegal’s Best at the Driving Test” competition, one of the events taking place as part of the Swilly Group Relay for Life Fun Day.A large crowd is expected on the day with the “Battle of the Politician” attracting a lot of attention and some heavy betting at the bookies.Already confirmed are Padraig MacLochlainn TD Sinn Fein, Joe McHugh TD Fine Gael, Charlie McConalogue TD Fianna Fail, Dr James McDaid former TD Fianna Fail and Dessie Larkin Fianna Fail County Councillor and Letterkenny Town Mayor. Add to this, representatives of some of Donegal’s leading businesses with such people as Enda Nichols of Arena 7 with more adding their names to the bill. Entries are still being taken for all events on the day.A renowned Donegal political commentator has said that not for many years have we seen candidates of such calibre going head to head for a single prize, this is no 5 seat constituency!!The Swilly Group have decided to put up a separate award for Donegal’s best Political Driver, one of Mary’s homemade Sheppard’s pies. But we’re sure the entrants will be hungry to take home both the overall and political award.As part of a fund raising day, the staff and students of the Letterkenny based training company, the Swilly Group, are running what promises to be an action packed “Relay for Life” fun day on Friday 10th May from 10am to 4pm. Everyone is welcome on the day and invited to participate in one of the 5 events taking place. As well as the driving test event, there will be 4 other events taking place on the day to help raise funds for the Relay for Life cause. The Swilly Group team will be operating the “Drive me Crazy” obstacle course to the rear of the building.Participants will get an opportunity to demonstrate their driving skills inside a closed environment and receive an overall score for their efforts. This event may provide the definitive answer to the questions “Are women really better drivers than the men”?The Swilly Group will have a number of their driving school dual controlled Lorries available on the day if you want to have a go at driving a lorry. This will be in an enclosed area under the supervision of one of their senior ADIs.You can also have your car washed and a basic check done on the fluid levels. At 1pm there will be a charity walk leaving the Swilly Group Building up business park road, down by the hospital, down DeValera Road, past Oatfield, up Gortlee and back to the Swilly Group Building. The walk will last around 30 minutes and is just less than 3 km (mostly downhill).Tea Coffee and Scones, kindly prepared and served by the students from the Swilly Group Healthcare and Childcare courses, will be served all day as the events are taking place. If you would like to participate in any of the events, come a long on the day and you will not be disappointed. For pre booking call the Swilly Group offices on (074) 91 51212 or email Karl at karl@swillygroup.com. As Noel would say himself “Don’t say you weren’t tould”!IT’S ‘WHEELY’ A BIT OF FUN AS DONEGAL POLITICIANS PUT TO THE TEST! was last modified: May 8th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Driving testpoliticiansRelay for Lifelast_img read more

Tough decisions ahead for Angels

first_img Said Byrd: “There are 26 teams who would have loved to be in our shoes.” Byrd will be a free agent once the season is over, but he wants to come back and the Angels want him back. There are others who are free agents whose status is more ambiguous. Pitcher Jarrod Washburn is expected to command a three-year deal in the $20-24 million range, something the Angels may not be willing to do considering their plethora of young pitchers, like Jered Weaver and Joe Saunders, ready to emerge. Catcher Bengie Molina is looking for a four-year deal and probably would accept a three-year deal, but the Angels have prospect Jeff Mathis waiting in the wings. With general manager Bill Stoneman running the show, replacing experienced and expensive players with talented, younger and cheaper players is the norm. He did it last year with Troy Glaus, going with Dallas McPherson at third base. McPherson’s injuries prevented him from making Stoneman look good, but it won’t change the GM’s philosophy. “We don’t give shots, guys earn shots,” Stoneman said. “We’ve got a lot of young guys knocking on the door pretty soon, it’s not just the pitchers. When that happens, you try to create room for guys who earned spots.” Molina admitted it was “strange” to pack his things not knowing if he would be coming back. “I hope we get to an agreement, I don’t want to go to free agency,” Molina said. “But at the same time if I have to go, it means they don’t have any plans for me. I’ll move on and hope for the best.” Losing Bartolo Colon for the ALCS was big, said Molina, bigger than most people realize. “It hurt a lot, he was our No. 1 guy,” he said. “And we didn’t get any rest (between series). At the same time, you’ll never hear that from these guys. We went down with pride. We never made excuses.” Tim Salmon didn’t play all season as he recovered from surgeries to his shoulder and knee while in the final year of his contract, which paid him $10 million. He still has hope to come back next season but realizes it’s a long shot. “It’s definitely different,” Salmon said while packing his things. “You get a little sentimental. No question, most times you do this and you don’t give it a second thought. You know you’ll be back next year. Well, not this year, not this time.” If Salmon and Washburn do not return, the Angels will save $16 million that was on the books this season. But they have plenty of arbitration-eligible players who will command significant raises. They include Francisco Rodriguez, John Lackey, Chone Figgins, Scot Shields and Juan Rivera. Brendan Donnelly, Jose Molina and Jeff DaVanon also are eligible for arbitration. “There’s going to be some (financial) flexibility, but we’re not projecting a lower payroll by any stretch,” said Stoneman, whose payroll was $95 million in ’05. “It’ll probably be a little higher than it is now.” The Angels’ top priority this winter will be to add offense, and one of their potential targets just got done beating up on them. White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko will be a free agent when he’s done with the World Series, though he would fit into the Angels’ plans more as a designated hitter. That Erstad and Figgins are capable of playing different positions gives the Angels some versatility in their search, though manager Mike Scioscia said the answers could come from within. “The offense isn’t going to be purely resurrected from outside influences,” he said. “There’s a possibility it can be resurrected from within, with guys like McPherson and (Casey) Kotchman, and with (Steve) Finley’s struggles … was that it or was it getting used to a new league? There’s a lot to look at.” Joe Haakenson can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2239, or by e-mail at joe.haakenson@sgvn.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Do you mind if I take those with me to Venezuela?” Rivera asked. “There are lots of kids down there who could use those.” Byrd obliged. “I’m in a daze,” Byrd said. “I didn’t sleep last night.” Such is the state of mind of players who went so hard for so long, only to see their season end short of their goal of the World Series. The Angels won 99 games in 2005 — 95 in the regular season and four in the postseason, the second most in franchise history. Yet they view the season with mixed emotions. “No,” second baseman Adam Kennedy said when asked if the season was a success. “A lot of teams would have liked to have done what we did. But this team is built and has the ability to do a little more.” “I still feel like a bone’s sticking out of my arm,” Angels first baseman Darin Erstad said. “I’m still in shock a little bit.” Pitcher Paul Byrd, the Angels starting pitcher in Game 5, filled boxes with framed pictures, letters from fans and other personal belongings. He piled numerous pairs of spikes and athletic shoes near the trash can, which caught outfielder Juan Rivera’s attention. center_img ANAHEIM — One by one, Angels players filed into the Angel Stadium clubhouse for the final time in 2005 Monday morning. Soundly beaten in the American League Championship Series by the Chicago White Sox in five games, the Angels’ season ended abruptly Sunday night. Instead of a flight to Chicago on Monday, all that was left for them to do was clean out their lockers, some for the final time in Anaheim. last_img read more