LONDON (AP) – Louis van Gaal delivered Manchester United’s first trophy since Alex Ferguson retired three years ago with a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace after the 135th FA Cup final went to extra time yesterday. With Ferguson watching at Wembley Stadium, Jesse Lingard, an academy graduate thrust into the first team by Van Gaal, completed United’s comeback by volleying in the winner in the 110th minute. United’s record-equalling 12th triumph in world football’s oldest cup competition comes at the end of a lacklustre second season under Van Gaal. The manager’s United future has seemed precarious for more than six months, and failure to qualify for the Champions League has only added to the uncertainty. But United showed the fighting spirit often lacking under Van Gaal to provide a winning end to the campaign. “We’ve had a tough end to the season but I thought we worked very hard today — our determination got us through this so I’m delighted,” United captain Wayne Rooney said. “It’s been a (while). It’s not always great of course. “Winning trophies lifts football clubs and lifts supporters. The fans have had a tough few years. Hopefully they enjoy tonight.” Alan Pardew won’t. The Palace manager produced a giddy jig on the touchline after Jason Puncheon put the London club ahead in the 78th minute, but Juan Mata equalised within three minutes to force extra time. Even being reduced to 10 men, when Chris Smalling was sent off in the 105th, did not dampen United’s resolve. Lingard, who replaced Mata at the end of regular time, produced the winner five minutes later to deny Palace a first major trophy. It is the first time United have won the FA Cup since 2004 — one of 38 major trophies Ferguson won as manager from 1986 to 2013. Ferguson’s immediate successor, David Moyes, was fired after less than a year in charge. Van Gaal has managed to end the club’s rare trophy drought, and the Dutchman has titles in four countries in management. “Not many managers can say that,” the former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach said.
View comments Globalport just notched its first win in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup, but skipper Stanley Pringle wants to see more effort from his team in the future games.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone The Batang Pier took the glow out of Rain or Shine with a 78-70 win Friday at Mall of Asia Arena in a game where defense became the all-encompassing theme.In its first two games, Globalport allowed its opponents to score upwards of 100 points and the 70 points the Elasto Painters scored were a testament to the Batang Pier’s improved defense.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkPringle, though, wants his team to rebound the ball more despite having a slight 59-56 edge over Rain or Shine in that statistical department.“It was a good win, but we need to rebound and box out better,” said Pringle, who had 29 points and nine rebounds. “We played okay defense today, we kept them under a hundred points, but the rebounding was terrible. We’ll try to bounce back with our rebounding.” Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ 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 Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globalport allowed Rain or Shine to gobble 24 offensive rebounds that in turn became 20 second chance points for the Elasto Painters.What the Batang Pier had going for them was Rain or Shine’s paltry 25-of-86 shooting and an even worse 10-of-48 clip from deep.Pringle is hoping the team could build on the victory en route to a winning streak.“We can’t be too happy and celebrate too much,” said Pringle, whose team improved to 1-2. “We got another game coming up and we still need to improve. We’re just going to take it game by game, chop up the film, and see what we can improve on.”ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Garcia laments miserable offensive night in loss to Globalport
Kevin Lee celebrates his win over Edson Barboza after their fight was stopped in the fourth round of their mixed martial arts featherweight bout, early Sunday, April 22, 2018, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Kevin Lee missed weight but was on the mark with injecting himself back into the UFC lightweight title picture.Lee pounded Edson Barboza until blood streamed down his face and won a 155-pound bout when the fight was stopped via TKO in the fifth round on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT Lee kept the fight on the ground at Boardwalk Hall and — except for absorbing one stiff kick to the face — dominated until the doctors stopped the bout with Barboza wearing the crimson mask as he sat against the cage.“I wanted to go all five rounds and show my complete game,” Lee said.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 crownEdson Barboza, bottom, tries to protect himself as Kevin Lee hits him during the second round of their mixed martial arts lightweight bout, early Sunday, April 22, 2018, in Atlantic City, N.J. Lee won the bout. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)Lee got the signature win he needed to remain in the lightweight championship picture and immediately took aim on the division’s champ, Khabib Nurmagomedov.You folks know what time it is. It’s Khabib time , baby,” he said. It was Lee’s time to shine in AC.Lee took the fight to the mat and spent the first round landing punishing strikes and did more of the same in the second. Lee connected with a series of shots to the right of Barboza’s face with more brute force than in any bench-clearing baseball brawl .Barboza rocked and wobbled Lee when he caught him with a spinning head kick in the third but couldn’t finish him. Lee again dragged Barboza to the ground and fans booed and cursed as they wrestled on the mat.Barboza was coming off a unanimous decision loss to Nurmagomedov, who won the 155-pound title stripped from an inactive Conor McGregor earlier this month. Lee was choked out by Tony Ferguson in October. Had Barboza and Lee won those bouts, they might have had a title fight lined up already instead of trying to use a Fight Night card to climb back into contention.“I can do it all. I feel I’m the most complete fighter in the division,” Lee said. “I wanted to go out there and show it.”ADVERTISEMENT P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments Lee failed to make weight by 2 pounds for the fight, forcing him to forfeit 20 percent of his purse.Seven weeks after he was knocked out for the first time in his MMA career, New Jersey’s Frankie Edgar returned to bloody and beat Cub Swanson by unanimous decision in a 145-pound bout.Edgar, of Toms River, New Jersey, was a clear fan favorite and had fans roaring and chanting his name throughout the fight. Edgar defeated Swanson by submission when they headlined a Fight Night card in November 2014 and got him again in Atlantic City.Edgar, who won 30-27 on all three scorecards, busted Swanson open under his right eye and controlled the three-round bout.“Jersey, I love you baby! I love you,” Edgar said. “My kids are here, first fight they’ve seen. This was a dream come true to come here and perform in front of my home state.”Edgar was fast on his feet, landed some hard jabs and connected on low kicks in the second round, and looked sharp in his return to the cage just seven weeks since he was knocked out by Brian Ortega in the first round at UFC 222. Swanson lost his last bout, also to Ortega — part of a winning streak that set him up for a title fight against Max Holloway in July.Edgar called out the winner of the Ortega-Holloway fight for his next bout.“I’m not going anywhere,” Edgar said.Also on the main card, Jim Miller matched Michael Bisping for most fights in UFC history with 29. Dan Hooker caught Miller with a right knee to the head that ended the fight just 3 minutes into the first round.“All respect to Jim Miller. He’s a legend in this sport,” Hooker said to applause from the home crowd. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. 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Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Filoil: Mapua sends UP to 0-2 start after shock win Hooker called out Paul Felder for a fight to his face — Felder is a Philly fighter who moonlighted Saturday as an announcer.Miller, a 34-year-old New Jersey native has had a solid but not spectacular career that has yet to see him fight for a UFC championship. He won seven straight fights from 2009 to 2011 but has lost four straight fights and six of nine overall.UFC ran a card in Atlantic City for the first time since July 2014 at the former Revel Casino.New Jersey was one of the first states that embraced UFC, and Dana White has credited cards at the Trump Taj Mahal for helping the company grow into a respected promotion in sports. Tito Ortiz and Randy Couture headlined cards in Atlantic City in UFC’s infancy and New Jersey was a regular stop on the circuit until MMA legalization in New York shifted major pay-per-views across the river.UFC also announced Matt Serra, who beat Georges St-Pierre for the welterweight belt in 2007, was announced as a 2018 Hall of Fame inductee.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding “I’m just thankful because I faced him in my final season in the UAAP and it really feels good,” the team captain said.Clariño, though, set aside his emotions to power the Maroon Booters to their 18th title in men’s football with an impressive volley that gave them their lone goal in the 21st minute on Wednesday.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 tried to think like it’s just any other game. I tried to focus and not let my emotions get the better of me,” he said as he faced his high school team. “Knowing UST, they’re strong and tough, and they never quit until the final whistle. They really gave it their all.”But at the end of it all, it was Clariño who gets a chance to bask in the glory of his success, ending his UAAP career not only as a champion, but also as the season’s Most Valuable Player. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew GALLERY: UP ends UAAP Season 80 with football crown 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 Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames View comments Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Those accomplishments made all of his sacrifice worth it as he kept repeating to himself that as a senior, it was his duty to always be the last line of defense for his team.“I always tell my teammates every game the same thing I repeat to myself whenever I sleep, that I will do my best and whatever happens, I’ll be there to catch all of you,” he said.Clariño, though, could only feel grateful as he dedicated the triumph to all of those who made the Maroon Booters’ success possible.“We’re doing this for all God, for the UP community, the people who are helping us, and for Rogie,” he said, referring to the late Rogie Maglinas, whose been the team’s guiding light since his passing back in 2015. “We’re fighting for Rogie and everyone who supports our team. This is all for them.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Julian Clarino – MVP. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRegardless of the outcome, Ian Clariño was just glad to share the limelight with his family in the UAAP Season 80 men’s football Finals for his last match as a collegiate player.Suiting up for UP in the winner-take-all match, the 22-year-old was honored to face off against his older brother Gino for the right to be called a champion.ADVERTISEMENT
‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs The UCI’s ruling ensured he could compete at the Tour after race organizer ASO had informed Team Sky it would forbid Froome from entering until the doping case was decided.His use of asthma medication has been well documented and he often uses inhalers during races. World Anti-Doping Agency rules state an athlete can be cleared for excessive salbutamol use if he proves it was due to an appropriate therapeutic dosage.Froome said he understands it may take time for fans to believe he is not a cheat.“But that data is available, and I would like to think that as people understand that more, they will understand my decision to keep on racing knowing I have certainly done nothing wrong,” Froome said. “Of course it has been damaging. As it is right now I’m just happy to draw a line in the sand and move on and focus on bike racing.”UCI president David Lappartient has also issued a call for calm.ADVERTISEMENT Four-time Tour de France cycling race winner Chris Froome of Britain leaves after a press conference in Saint-Mars-la-Reorthe, Vendee region, France, Wednesday, July 4, 2018, ahead of upcoming Saturday’s start of the race. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)SAINT-MARS-LA-REORTHE, France — Chris Froome has asked Tour de France fans to let him race in peace, even if they doubt the recent ruling that cleared him of doping allegations.The British cyclist has been targeted by spectators in the past. During the 2015 Tour, he said a man threw a cup of urine at him while yelling “doper”.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names 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 View comments With the latest edition beginning on Saturday, five days after the International Cycling Union finally ruled Froome had won last year’s Spanish Vuelta cleanly, the four-time Tour winner offered an alternative way for skeptical fans to show their distrust.“Support the race in a positive way, don’t bring negativity,” he said on Wednesday in western France. “In terms of safety I obviously would encourage fans of the sport to come watch the race, and if you are not necessarily a Chris Froome fan or a Sky fan, come to the race and put a jersey on of another team you do support. That would be my advice.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’A cloud hung over Froome after a urine sample taken during the Vuelta in September showed a concentration of the asthma drug salbutamol that was twice the permitted level.After months of silence, the UCI said Froome’s result did not represent an adverse finding, which could have led him to be stripped of his Vuelta victory, and a suspension. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “(Froome) has the right to operate in a safe environment. I have heard calls, sometimes completely irrational, to violence on the Tour de France,” Lappartient said. “I cannot accept that and I call on all spectators to protect all the athletes and to respect the judicial decision so that Chris Froome can compete in a safe and serene environment.”Teammate Geraint Thomas said Froome has shown poise even when fans are at their worst.“I’ve always been impressed by the way he is off the bike,” Thomas said. “But the last nine months have been the most impressive, really, how he was able to still perform and train and commit to all that while everything else was going on.”Thomas, however, said possible run-ins with the public are part of riding down roads lined by people, most of who are there to cheer on the athletes.“It’s not like football — it’s not in just a closed stadium when you can check everyone,” he said. “So there is that element of risk so to speak.”Froome is aiming to join Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain as the only riders to win the Tour five times.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Max Holloway out of UFC 226 title bout with concussion woes
Flasback: Enders speaking at second closing ceremony of the African Dream Academy last year has vowed to make District #6 shineThe proprietor of the African Dream Academy, Rev. Samuel R. Enders said his African Dream that has brought into operations the African Dream Academy and its children’s clinic, among many other initiatives is greater and bigger than the politics of a district.Appearing on the Bumper Show recently, Enders said even though he is into politics to help restructure and improve the conditions of Montserrado electoral district #6, he has not lost sight of his primary mission that compelled him to return home after many years of struggles in the US.“I came back to help rebuild my country by investing in education and social structures that have the capacities to shape and better the living conditions of any population, regardless of place of origin or challenging economic status,” he said.He noted that during political times, many lose sight of the cardinal issues affecting society and focus on trivial matters such as demonizing people they know nothing about and many other things that are not worth giving attention to. “We came to deliver and our service took us to the establishment of the African Dream Academy that began with 144 students in its first year of operations. Today we have 1000 students from homes across the district and its environs that are directly benefiting from the African Dream,” Enders said, noting that whether he wins or loses, his African Dream institution which goes beyond Liberia will continue to deliver to any given population in district #6 and other communities nearby.“Because it is political season some candidates and their surrogates go around defaming other people’s reputations. They use this time to totally fabricate lies so as to uglify the mutual coexistence between or among people,” Enders said.He pointed out that 1500 women are now receiving skills training and development at the African Dream Academy and with the skills and knowledge they will be able to contribute to the transformation of their communities.“They are receiving the trainings in many different skills, including cosmetology, hair braiding and dressing, tie and dying, tailoring and catering and pastry on a free of charge basis. All we expect from them is to go back to their communities after the acquisition of said skills among many others and help do something with their learnings for the good of those communities they represent and the families,” he noted.About the African Dream Academy children’s clinic, he said it is and will remain a free of charge medical service center for the children of Liberians and other nationals. “The clinic is well equipped and staffed to serve all children from all backgrounds,” he said, noting further that his opponents’ statement that he (Enders) goes to America to beg on behalf of Liberian children so as to enrich himself are in error and should think of saying or doing something else better.“I was petitioned by over 5000 people in December of 2015, right after our success in the fight against the deadly Ebola Virus to contest this District’s representative election come October 10, 2017. I did not beg for it, neither have I wished to enter into politics but I had no choice except to accept the call of these people who yearn for real change daily,” he said. He added that when elected as “it is already certain, the voices of the people of district #6 will drive his Legislative functions. “I will be the servant of the people to whose calls I must listen and carefully consider what will be good for the district. Continuous better education as already undergoing delivery by the ADA and other few standard schools and others to be improved within the district will be paramount and healthcare, reconciliation, security will top my office’s agenda for my people,” Enders assured.He meanwhile called on all his opponents in the legislative race to not see him as their enemy but as one opting to do what is right for district #6, which has not been done over the years. “We are not at war with each other, so let’s be civil and put the interest of our district above our selfish reasons,” he admonished.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Captain Dominic Gilpin was on Thursday remanded to prison on possession of gun, ammunition and narcotics charges while his alleged accomplice was granted bail when they appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Dominic GilpinThe 30-year-old Army rank was earlier this week nabbed by the Police in his private motor vehicle on the Avenue of the Republic, Georgetown with a large quantity of narcotics, a firearm that he was not licensed to carry, along with a matching magazine for the gun and several rounds of ammunition.Gilpin, a Coast Guard, and Paul Murray were jointly charged when they made their first court appearance before Magistrate Faith McGusty.They both pleaded not guilty to the trafficking charge which stated that on September 30, 2019, at the Avenue of the Republic, they had in their possession five kilograms (11 pounds) of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking. The Police also stated that on the same day, Gilpin had in his possession one .32 Taurus pistol, but he was not the holder of a firearm licence in force at the time.Gilpin was also accused of having two rounds of .32 ammunition in his possession when he was not the holder of a firearm licence in force at the time.In court, Gilpin was represented by Attorney-at-Law Latchmi Rahamat while Murray was represented by Attorney-at-Law Patrice Henry.Paul MurrayBoth lawyers contended that their clients had unblemished criminal records and would adhere to any conditions the court may implement on granting bail.In presenting the facts to the court, Police Prosecutor Ceon Blackman stated that on the day in question, acting on information, Police ranks intercepted motor car PXX 94 belonging to and driven by Gilpin. Murray was the lone passenger at the time.The ranks then approached the car, where Gilpin informed the Police that a gun with the matching rounds of ammunition was in the middle compartment.He then went on to tell the ranks that he was conducting business. The ranks conducted a search of the vehicle and the cannabis was unearthed. As such, both men were arrested and taken to the Brickdam Police Station.The Prosecutor objected to bail being granted.Murray was, however, granted bail in the sum of $250,000 while Gilpin was remanded to prison. Both men are slated to make their next court appearance on October 17, 2019.
The Bear Mountain Wind Park in Dawson Creek is one step closer to reality, after it received its first blade for a tower this week.The 41 metre-long blade was shipped all the way from Thunder Bay, Ontario via train cars. Top sections of the 78-meter towers were manufactured in Saskatchewan and traveled by a flatbed truck.The project started taking form last year, when concrete foundations were poured and electrical connections were installed.- Advertisement -Once it is completed this November, it will be the first operational Wind Park in BC. It is expected to generate 102 MW of power. The Wind Park is owned by Calgary-based AltaGas and was initiated by Peace Energy Cooperative.
She didn’t know if the two dead people were related to each other or to anyone else in the house. She said people were renting rooms there. email@example.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA HABRA – Authorities say a man decapitated a woman with a circular saw then used it on himself Tuesday. La Habra Police are calling it an apparent murder-suicide. The motive behind the slaying is still unknown. The couple hadn’t been identified by Tuesday afternoon. Officers responding to a 911 call about a family disturbance in the 700 block of East Pinehurst Avenue found the bodies at 5:41 a.m. in one of the bedrooms. “The door was closed. The officers had to break down the door,” according to police spokeswoman Cindy Knapp. Knapp said the woman’s body was lying on one of the bed. She had been decapitated. The man’s body was on an adjacent bed and he had sustained severe trauma to the neck. “He used a circular saw on her and turned the weapon on himself,” Knapp said. The saw was discovered on the bed next to the man. She said there were three other adults and a boy in the house. One was the owner of the house.
From news services Cecil Cooper will return as manager of the Houston Astros after receiving a two-year contract Friday that runs through the 2009 season. The 57-year-old was named interim manager when he replaced the fired Phil Garner on Aug. 27. The announcement was made before the Astros opened their final series of the season, against Atlanta. “It’s a great thrill for me,” Cooper said. “I’m very confident I can do this. I know I can do it. We’re going to get it done.” Cooper had worked as Houston’s bench coach since 2005. His promotion comes a week after the Astros named Ed Wade their new general manager to replace Tim Purpura. “I became very comfortable, very quickly being around Coop,” Wade said. “I look forward to a long association.” Houston has gone 13-15 since Cooper took over. Cooper, a first-time big league manager, is the first black manager in Astros history. Red Sox shelve Buchholz Red Sox rookie Clay Buchholz won’t pitch for the rest of the year and will miss the postseason because of shoulder fatigue. The 23-year-old right-hander pitched a no-hitter against Baltimore on Sept. 1 in his second major league start, then was sent to the bullpen and made a relief appearance on Sept. 6. He had just one outing after that, starting and losing at Toronto on Sept. 19. Surprise would-be ball savior If Gilbert Arenas has his way, the baseball Barry Bonds hit for his record-breaking 756th career homer will never be branded with an asterisk. Arenas’ solution? He wants to buy the ball. Fashion designer Marc Ecko bought the ball in an online auction, then set up a Web site so people could vote to determine its fate. Ecko announced the winning choice this week: branding the ball with an asterisk before it’s sent to the Hall of Fame. “I don’t think he should mess up history like that,” Arenas said. “It’s history. It’s still history.” Later Friday, Arenas posted an entry on his blog making the same point. “I’ll buy the ball from you Ecko for $800,000. If Barry Bonds is found guilty, I’ll give it back to you. I’m not going to let you go around like some little superhero,” the blog says. “I’ll put it in my hall of fame. The Gilbert Hall of Fame for Athletes no matter what you did.” Around the leagues Tigers: Carlos Guillen will shift from shortstop to first base next season. “It’s OK,” Guillen said. “I don’t have any problems. I want to help this team get better. We were in the World Series last year, and I want to bring us back.” Manager Jim Leyland said the team was making the move with Guillen’s health in mind. Guillen has been on the disabled list five times since 1999 and has played more than 140 games only once in his career. He agreed in March to a $48 million, four-year contract extension through 2011. Nationals: Washington exercised the 2009 option on Manager Manny Acta’s contract. The 38-year-old Acta, the youngest skipper in the major leagues, has led the Nationals to a 72-87 record going into the final weekend against the Phillies. Yankees: New York completed its buyout of Stephen Swindal, once George Steinbrenner’s designated successor as the team’s boss. Jennifer Steinbrenner, one of the owner’s daughters, filed for divorce from Swindal in March, a month after her husband was arrested early on Feb. 15 and charged with driving under the influence. Swindal was a Yankees general partner and chairman of Yankee Global Enterprises LLC, the holding company for the team and its stake in the YES Network. Hal Steinbrenner, one of the owner’s sons, succeeded Swindal as chairman on Yankee Global Enterprises, a sign of his increased influence in the team’s operations. Hal Steinbrenner also is a director of YES and chief executive officer of Steinbrenner Hotel Properties. Brewers: The commissioner’s office reversed course and revoked the three-game suspension assessed a day earlier Milwaukee reliever Seth McClung. The players’ union appealed the penalty. McClung and Manager Ned Yost were ejected Wednesday night after the pitcher hit Albert Pujols of St. Louis during the eighth inning of a 7-3 loss. John McHale, executive VP of administration, heard McClung’s appeal Friday during a video conference. McClung wrote out his comments for the appeal and had a videotape of the pitch that showed a hitch in his delivery – indicating bad mechanics rather than intent to throw at Pujols. Yost served a one-game suspension Thursday.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!