Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto appealed a two-game suspension Friday for his home plate tantrum, saying that he didn't deserve to be ejected from a game let alone suspended.
Major League Baseball also fined Votto an undisclosed amount Friday before the Reds' game against the St. Louis Cardinals. By appealing the suspension, Votto could stay in the starting lineup.
The Toronto native was ejected by plate umpire Bill Welke during the eighth inning of a 5-4 loss to Pittsburgh on Wednesday night at Great American Ball Park. He took a second called strike during the at-bat and asked for timeout, but was denied.
The 2010 National League MVP had declined to talk about the matter until he received notice of his suspension Friday. Votto said he politely asked for timeout, using the word "please" three times, but Welke twice said no.
Votto said he'd never been refused a timeout in the major leagues.
"I've played for nine years now," Votto said during his 10-minute explanation to the media outside the Reds' clubhouse. "I'm granted a little bit extra time as long as I'm not showing up the umpire. There was no
"He said no, you can't have time."
During the loud disagreement that followed, Votto waved his arm and yelled at Welke. He said he used profanity, but didn't spit on the umpire and didn't bump him. Reds manager Bryan Price also was ejected.
"Did I overreact? Yeah, I did overreact," Votto said. "But I felt so compelled and was in such an intense place. Who's to decide how angry I'm allowed to get as long as I follow the rules? I didn't touch him.
"I disagree with the suspension. I disagree with the ejection."
The ejection was Votto's third of the season and seventh of his career. He was suspended for one game after bumping umpire Chris Conroy on May 6. Votto publicly apologized for his
He said Welke's refusal to grant him timeout will be central to his appeal.
"I've never seen that before and I don't know if he has a track record of saying no," Votto said. "It was just such an odd scenario and I didn't get it, I didn't get it at all.
"I know I'm appealing for some compassion here, but I've been hammered publicly for this over the last couple days and I feel like I'm trying to give my side of the story here."
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CALGARY — Employees at TransCanada were informed this week that more job cuts are coming as part of a major overhaul that includes shedding a fifth of senior leadership positions from the pipeline and energy company.
"Falling oil prices and the current environment are having a profound impact on our customers and we must do all we can to drive down costs and pursue our projects more efficiently and strategically," spokesman James Millar said in an emailed statement.
"We are now introducing significant changes that will make us a more nimble organization that will ensure each one of our three business units — natural gas pipelines, liquids pipelines and energy — are able to make the decisions necessary to maintain competitiveness and maximize shareholder value."
TransCanada's growth plan includes $46 billion in commercially secured projects that are set to be complete by the end of the decade.
Millar said about 20 per cent of senior leadership positions are expected to be cut when layoffs and retirements are taken into account.
After that, TransCanada will continue to analyze its organizational structure. It's not clear yet how many of TransCanada's 6,000 employees may ultimately lose their jobs.
TransCanada eliminated 185 positions from its major projects division in June, the first phase of a process that's expected to wrap up in November.
Earlier this week, U.S. presidential contender Hillary Clinton came out against TransCanada's (TSX:TRP) proposed Keystone XL pipeline, a cross-border oilsands conduit that has been stuck in U.S. regulatory limbo for seven years.
Meanwhile, U.S. benchmark crude prices are hovering below US$45 a barrel — about half of what they were a year ago and below what many producers need to turn a profit.
The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers has estimated 35,000 jobs in the oil and gas industry have been shed so far this year.
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NEW YORK — Another early goal cost Toronto FC.
Frank Lampard scored his first MLS goal and New York City FC beat Toronto FC 2-0 on Wednesday night to end a three-game losing streak.
Lampard, a former Chelsea and Manchester City midfielder, scored in the 20th minute. He settled RJ Allen's back-pass with his chest and rolled in a goal through traffic to send Toronto (11-13-4) to its third straight loss.
"We've gone down relatively early in a number of games lately," said Toronto captain Michael Bradley. "There's no time to feel sorry for ourselves. To look at the other results, the standings, this, that. It's about continuing to work and getting ourselves back home in front of our own fans in our own stadium and getting ourselves back on track."
New York City (8-14-7) won its first game since Aug. 13.
Lampard spent 13 seasons with Chelsea, won three Premier League titles and scored 176 goals in 599 games.
Patrick Mullins headed in Andrea Pirlo's corner kick in the 77th.
"Until they scored the second goal on the corner kick, up until then we are still in it and creating chances," said TFC head coach Greg Vanney. "A few too many times they are able to find that guy and relieve pressure. All in all we need to work harder collectively. Dig down and defend better collectively. Work a little harder, go a couple yards more when we need to.
"We've left a lot of opportunities on the table these last few games."
Josh Saunders had a diving save of Sebastian Giovinco's deflected free kick in the 62nd minute and he punched Bradley's shot from distance over the crossbar in the 70th.
"You have to give credit to their goalkeeper," said Bradley. "They had a number of really good plays in terms of saves and dealing with crosses and dangerous balls in the box. It's frustrating for sure. We let a few more points slip away.
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Cam Newton will be hosting a television show on Nickelodeon next year, the network has announced.
The network said Wednesday that the Carolina Panthers quarterback will host a show called "I Wanna Be" that will feature Newton taking children to help their dreams come true. There will be 20 episodes in all.
Newton will film the show during the
The quarterback said he wants to create positive messages to inspire the next generation.
"It's really unbelievable," Newton said during his weekly news conference before Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints. "You know I'm a kid at heart, we all know that — but yet, I think nowadays days, so much is really said about reality TV. After knowing so many people that are actually there, I didn't necessarily want to go that route."
Newton said his love of kids is what drove him to expand his horizons.
"I love giving back and just seeing their faces and the energy they give off, which is reciprocated because I'm enjoying that as well," Newton said.
The network's release said Newton will step into the lives of different children and taken them on a journey that will push them closer to fulfilling their dreams.
"It's coming off the notion of everybody sees the superhero in how I play," Newton said. "I've gotten the nickname Superman, SuperCam ever since I can remember.
"And now I'm showing that, to kids, you don't necessarily have to be a football player, you don't have to be a basketball player — but everybody has a superpower in them. Your superpower may be drawing, your superpower may be being a teacher, your superpower may be even being a scientist or a doctor."
Newton said he is anxious for what he expects to be a "wild ride."
"Meeting new kids and trying to make them maximize their superpower is pretty cool," Newton said.
AP Sports Writer Steve Reed in Charlotte, North Carolina contributed to this report.
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ORLANDO, Fla. — Defender David Edgar and midfielder Kyle Bekker have dropped out of Canada's roster for next week's friendly against Ghana due to injury.
The Canadian Soccer Association says Charlie Trafford, a newcomer to the Canadian program, will replace Bekker, who plays for the Montreal Impact. Edgar, currently on loan with England's Sheffield United, is not being replaced.
Trafford plays in Finland for Kuopion Palloseura (KuPS).
Canada, ranked 104th in the world, meets No. 25 Ghana at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 13. The team is currently in camp in Florida.
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