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Mets Draw Royal Foe

Mets Draw Royal Foe

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares Yoenis Cespedes launching long drives, Lorenzo Cain dashing to catch them. Noah Syndergaard zinging 100 mph heat, Alcides Escobar trying to catch up.The pitching-rich New York Mets, boosted by Daniel Murphy’s power surge. The plucky Kansas City Royals, aiming to atone for last year’s near-miss.Served up with some BBQ and bagels, too. A tasty World Series, indeed.The Royals set the matchup Friday night, beating Toronto 4-3 in Game 6 of AL Championship Series. The Mets were waiting, having swept the Cubs on Wednesday night in the NLCS.“Really good team. Really good pitching over there,” Escobar, MVP of the ALCS, said about the New Yorkers.They start Tuesday night in Kansas City. Already, the clubs have made history — this is the first World Series between franchises born in the expansion-era 1960s.Maybe more on deck.Can Murphy, never a major home run threat with the Mets, extend his record by connecting in a seventh straight postseason game? How will Kendrys Morales, Escobar and KC’s contact hitters fare against Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and the fresh New York aces? When will closers Jeurys Familia and Wade Davis ever give up a run?Plus, the first World Series action at Citi Field when the scene shifts for Game 3. Then Game 4 on Halloween night, followed by Game 5 in November on the day of the New York City Marathon.Plenty of stars on both sides — David Wright and Curtis Granderson for New York; Alex Gordon, Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez for Kansas City — who fans can follow into the future.In fact, consider this a preview for the 2016 season. Yep, opening day in the majors next April 4 is Mets at Royals.This much is certain: One team wearing blue is about to end a long drought.The Royals, who lost to San Francisco in Game 7 at Kauffman Stadium last October, haven’t won the crown since George Brett and Bret Saberhagen starred in 1985. The Mets’ most recent title came in 1986, led by Darryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden.Over the years, the Royals and Mets did share some things. David Cone, Carlos Beltran and Saberhagen are among the guys who played for both teams.The teams have met only nine times since interleague play began in 1997, with the Royals holding a 5-4 edge. The Mets haven’t even visited Kansas City since 2004.But not much to link this current crop of Mets and Royals to each other. Other than a pair of clubs playing real sharp ball these days.Manager Ned Yost’s Royals are known for speed, defense and their bullpen. Cain and the other fleet outfielders seem to catch everything, and young ace Yordano Ventura has made his mark with every hard fastball.Kansas City also has loads of World Series experience and added veteran Ben Zobrist and Johnny Cueto for the pennant push.Mets manager Terry Collins is in his first World Series, as are nearly all his players. Few of them had been in the postseason until this year.No matter, they did just fine in the deciding Game 5 of the Division Series vs. major league ERA leader Zack Greinke at Dodger Stadium. Didn’t hurt them against the big-hitting Cubs, either — the Mets never trailed for a single inning in that series.last_img read more

MEDIA GROUPS SPEAK OUT ON CHARGES AGAINST ONTARIO JOURNALISTS ARRESTED ON THE

MEDIA GROUPS SPEAK OUT ON CHARGES AGAINST ONTARIO JOURNALISTS ARRESTED ON THE

first_imgAdvertisement Two media advocacy groups say charges against a pair of Ontario journalists arrested on the job are an assault on freedom of the press.The groups say Aylmer Express publisher John Hueston and his son, editor Brett Hueston, were arrested last year while trying to report on a vehicle crash on a road near Lake Erie.The vehicle had driven over a cliff, and the province’s Special Investigations Unit was called in to determine if the crash had been caused by a chase from Ontario Provincial Police. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The advocacy organizations say the Huestons drove past a road closure sign in order to get closer to the scene, but did not interfere with the ongoing police investigation and had minimal interactions with officers that consisted only of asking where to park and take pictures.The groups say the journalists were arrested and charged with criminal obstruction of a peace officer, charges the pair plan to fight on Thursday in a St. Thomas, Ont. courtroom.The OPP says it cannot comment on a matter that is before the courts, but the advocacy organizations say the charges violate freedom of the press and set a dangerous precedent.“The OPP’s decision to charge a father and son team who run a community newspaper is a stunning and unacceptable assault on press freedom and the public’s right to know,” said Karyn Pugliese, president of the Canadian Association of Journalists. “We urge the OPP to immediately withdraw all charges against the journalists.”A similar call came from the Ottawa-based Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom, who “condemned” the charges against the father and son as an “unacceptable assault” on journalists’ right to work effectively.The OPP was cleared of any involvement in the crash, which was ultimately ruled a suicide.Const. Adam Crewdson said the force could not comment on the particulars of the Huestons’ case, but said provincial police valued the media’s role.“The OPP strives for a good working relationship with our media partners,” he said in a statement. “The media-police relationship is very important to the OPP as they help us inform the public on policing matters, public safety concerns, traffic initiatives and much more.”The Huestons’ trial is expected to last only one day.BY MICHELLE MCQUIGGE | THE CANADIAN PRESSlast_img read more