Time out – June 28

The Chicago Cubs were awaiting feedback from Major League Baseball to determine the length of Carlos Zambrano’s suspension for his wild outburst on Friday.

Big Z suspended

The Chicago Cubs were awaiting feedback from Major League Baseball to determine the length of Carlos Zambrano’s suspension for his wild outburst on Friday. The Cubs filed a report on the incident, and general manager Jim Hendry said he hopes to get a response “in the next day or so” after the league and players union look into it. Zambrano, who has a history of outbursts, unleashed a tirade against his teammates and had to be separated from Derrek Lee in the dugout after allowing four runs in the first inning of a 6-0 loss to the White Sox. He was sent home by manager Lou Piniella, suspended indefinitely by the team and won’t have a spot in the rotation when he comes back. Hendry, speaking before Sunday’s game, said he’s been in contact with Zambrano’s agent Barry Praver but not the pitcher. Nor has Piniella. “I think until something gets rectified, the less conversation the better,” Piniella said. The Cubs entered Sunday’s game against the White Sox at 32-42, and Zambrano hasn’t pitched to the level that led to his US$91.5-million, five-year contract extension three years ago. He’s 3-6 with a 5.66 ERA, and the outburst wiped out most if not all the good will he earned by accepting his five-week assignment in the bullpen. When he does return, Hendry said Zambrano will have some fences to mend.


Athlete of the week

Nathan Damiani of the Red Deer Servus Credit Union bantam AAA Braves accomplished a rare baseball feat June 20, hitting for the cycle against the Edmonton Cardinals. Damiani drove in six runs and scored three with a single, two doubles, a triple and a home run. In a second game of the league interlock, he knocked in four runs against the Spruce Grove Sox with a triple and home run. Damiani will play for Zone 4 at this year’s Alberta Summer Games July 29-22 in Peace River and suited up with the championship team from Zone 4 at the 2009 provincials. He was named Grade 9 male athlete of the year during the recent Hunting Hills High School athletic awards dinner.

Today

• Pro rodeo: Ponoka Stampede, 7 p.m.

• Senior men’s baseball: Cheers Pub at Lacombe, 7 p.m.; North Star Sports vs. Printing Place, (doubleheader), Del Rohn at Sylvan Lake, 7 p.m., Great Chief Park 1 and 2.

Tuesday

• Pro rodeo: Ponoka Stampede, 1 p.m.; chuckwagons at 6:30 p.m.

Women’s fastball: Sports World Panthers at Budal Ice, Stettler at Snell & Oslund Badgers, 7 p.m., Great Chief Park 1 and 2; N. Jensen’s Bandits at Lacombe, 7 p.m.

• Senior men’s baseball: Lacombe at Del Rohn 7 p.m., Great Chief Park 2.

• Parkland baseball: Innisfail at Lacombe, 7 p.m.

• Sunburst baseball: Calgary Redbirds at Red Deer Riggers, 7:30 p.m., Great Chief Park.

Wednesday

• Pro rodeo: Ponoka Stampede, 1 p.m.; chuckwagons at 6:30 p.m.

• Midget AAA baseball: Calgary Cubs at Red Deer Carstar Braves, 7 p.m., Great Chief Park.

Thursday

• Pro rodeo: Ponoka Stampede, 1 p.m.; chuckwagons at 6:30 p.m.

Friday

• Pro rodeo: Ponoka Stampede, 1 p.m.; chuckwagons at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday

• Pro rodeo: Ponoka Stampede, 1 p.m.; chuckwagons at 6:30 p.m.

• Junior B tier 1 lacrosse: Sherwood Park Titans at Red Deer TBS Rampage, 1:30 p.m., Kinex.

• Women’s rugby: Calgary Rams at Red Deer Titans, 2 p.m., Titans Park.

• Peewee AAA baseball: Fort McMurray at Red Deer Dairy Queen Braves, doubleheader starting at 4 p.m., Westpark.

Sunday

• Peewee AAA baseball: Lloydminster at Red Deer Dairy Queen Braves, 10 a.m., Westpark.

• Pro rodeo: Ponoka Stampede, chuckwagons, 6:30 p.m.

• Parkland baseball: Carstairs at Eckville, doubleheader starting at 1 p.m.

• Junior B tier 1 lacrosse: Edmonton Warriors at Red Deer TBS Rampage, 1:30 p.m., Kinex.