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Thursday, January 28, 1999

Age Group places first at `C' meet

PECOS, Jan. 28 -- Pecos Aquatic Club swimmers won top honors
and improved on their individual times at a `C' met in
Midland last Saturday.

"I was really excited," said coach Rene Rodriguez about his
Age Group swimmers. "The team did well over what I expected.
Everybody cut their time in at least two events."

In addition, six of the nine Pecos swimmers won medals for
earning the most points in their age division, competing
against swimmers from Midland, Lubbock, Andrews and Monahans.

K.W. Winkles and Teddie Salcido won high point honors for
the boys and girls 11-12 age group division. In the 10 and
under division Matthew Oglesby and Matthew Elliott won first
and second place, while Heath Armstrong and Josh Elliott won
first and second in the eight and under division.

Individual results are listed below:

Girls 11-12

50 Freestyle -- Teddie Salcido, 1st, Lindsey Shaw 11th,
Korto Darpolar 12th.

50 Backstroke -- Lindsey Shaw 2nd, Korto Darpolar 12th.

50 Breaststroke -- Teddie Salcido 2nd, Korto Darpolar 10th.

50 Butterfly -- Teddie Salcido 6th, Korto Darpolar 8th,
Lindsey Shaw 10th.

100 Individual Medley -- Teddie Salcido 1st, Lindsey Shaw
4th, Korto Darpolar 11th.

Boys 8 and Under

50 Free -- Heath Armstrong 1st, Josh Elliott 2nd

25 Backstroke -- Josh Elliott 1st

25 Breaststroke -- Josh Elliott 2nd, Heath Armstrong 3rd.

25 Butterfly -- Heath Armstrong 1st, Josh Elliott 2nd.

25 Free -- Kyle Winkles 1st.

Boys 10 and Under

50 Free -- Matt Elliott 2nd, Matt Oglesby 3rd.

25 Back -- Kyle Winkles 2nd.

50 Backstroke -- Matt Oglesby 1st, Matt Elliott 2nd.

25 Breaststroke -- Kyle Winkles 1st.

50 Breaststroke -- Matt Oglesby 1st, Matt Winkles 2nd.

25 Fly -- Matt Elliott 1st, Matt Oglesby 2nd.

100 Ind. Medley -- Matt Oglesby 1st, Matt Elliott 2nd, Kyle
Winkles 3rd.

100 Free Relay -- M. Elliott, J. Elliott, Oglesby, Winkles,

11-12 Boys

50 Free -- K.W. Winkles 1st.

50 Backstroke -- K.W. Winkles 1st.

50 Breaststroke -- K.W. Winkles 1st.

50 Fly -- K.W. Winkles 2nd.

100 Ind. Medley -- K.W. Winkles 1st.

Gonzalez seeks at least $105m deal

DALLAS, Jan. 28 (AP) -- Lower priced players were the main
baseball free agent signings on Wednesday, but Juan Gonzalez
has his sights set far higher.

The Texas Rangers outfielder thinks he is worth as much as
any player in the major leagues, and told a newspaper in
Puerto Rico he is worth as much as free-agent pitcher Kevin
Brown, who recently signed a $105 million contract.

Gonzalez has been named Most Valuable Player in the American
League two of the past three seasons. During that three-year
period, he averaged .310, hit 45 homers and had 144 RBIs.

The Dallas Morning News reported Thursday that Gonzalez made
the remarks to El Nuevo Dia during the Dominican Republic
Winter League championship. He was not available for
comment, the newspaper reported Thursday.

``A pitcher cannot be worth more than an everyday player and
less than one who has won two Most Valuable Player awards in
three years,'' Gonzalez was quoted as telling the Puerto
Rico newspaper.

Gonzalez is signed for $8.5 million this season, and the
Rangers hold an option for 2000 for the same salary.

Rangers general manager Doug Melvin said he has not heard
from Gonzalez or his representative about renegotiating his
contract. Melvin did say the Rangers would start to work on
a contract extension for Gonzalez, perhaps as early as this

Going for far lower prices Wednesday were Jim Abbott and
Carlos Baerga.

The Milwaukee Brewers signed Abbott to a $600,000, one-year
contract and will take his comeback to the National League,
where the one-handed pitcher will have to bat for the first
time since high school.

Baerga, whose career slumped the last three years, agreed to
a $1.25 million, one-year deal with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Also, left-hander Mike Magnante agreed to a one-year
contract with the Anaheim Angels.

Among players in arbitration, left-hander Sterling Hitchcock
and the San Diego Padres agreed to a $15.5 million,
three-year contract, and left-hander Omar Daal and the
Arizona Diamondbacks settled on a $6.75 million, two-year

Abbott, a 31-year-old left-hander, was 5-0 with a 4.55 ERA
for the Chicago White Sox last year in five late-season
starts after a successful stint in the minor leagues.

``I'm really excited about it,'' Abbott said. ``I'm looking
forward to swinging the bat. I hope I can hold my own.''

Abbott was 2-18 with the Angels in 1996, then retired after
a poor spring training the following year.

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