NEW YORK — Somewhere in the past few decades, pitching high and inside has become an offense, a violation of baseball etiquette if not the rules.Batters with multimillion-dollar contracts go ballistic when a cowhide-covered sphere of roughly 5 ounces and 9-inch circumference whizzes by their whiskers, even if they get up unscathed.So when the Mets’ Noah Syndergaard opened Game 3 of the World Series with a 97 mph pitch above the head of Alcides Escobar, sending the Kansas City leadoff hitter sprawling on his butt, the Royals screamed as if the rookie pitcher had turned into a mound version of Dirty Harry.Jun 9, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) throws to first base to check on a runner against the San Francisco Giants during the second inning of a baseball game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports“You watch guys growing up, Roger Clemens and Pedro Martinez, all those epic battles that they had, and I think the time has changed,” fellow Mets pitcher Matt Harvey said Saturday. “But this is part of baseball. As a power pitcher you’ve got to keep guys uncomfortable and off balance. When there’s a time to do it, there’s a time to do it.”With the Mets trailing 2-0 in the Series, Syndergaard said ahead of his outing that he had “a few tricks” up his sleeve for Escobar, who hit an inside-the-park home run on Harvey’s first pitch of the opener and flied out on Jacob deGrom’s opening pitch of Game 2. After Syndergaard’s opening offering, Escobar wound up sitting in the batter’s box, one leg on each side of home plate, as teammates shouted from the dugout with words that make parents blush.“I think it set a tone that, hey, look, we’re in this World Series, too, and we’re going to get after it,” Mets manager Terry Collins said.Escobar struck out, and the Mets went on to win 9-3. The day after Syndergaard caused a stir, Collins made it seem like it was Noah’s lark. He said he did not have advance knowledge of the plan. The manager said it showed “he’s not afraid of anybody” and called pitching inside “a lost art,” but he also admitted “guys take a huge offense to it, because you’ll miss time” if the batter actually does get it.“But I still think it’s got to be part of the game,” Collins said.Escobar thought Syndergaard could have backed him off by throwing low and inside.“You don’t need to throw to my head,” he said.If anything, perhaps Syndergaard was guilty of advertising his intentions.“No one in here is stupid. We know what he said,” Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer said.Major League Baseball did not appear to be investigating Syndergaard for possible discipline. But the words and action of the 23-year-old could lead to retaliation.“I didn’t expect him to throw a strike, but I didn’t expect him to throw it under his chin, either,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “But we’ve got a few tricks up our sleeves, too.”Fueled by adrenaline and testosterone, batters and pitchers have been battling for more than a century and a half. Umbrage has increased as the average salary has risen to about the $4 million mark, when an injury can have huge financial implications.“You can end a player’s career by not intentionally hitting them in the head,” Yost said.He viewed the chest as the contemporary dividing line for acceptability.“You’ve seen us at times with Daniel Murphy pitch in on him, but it’s never been up and in,” Yost said. “It was an acceptable thing to be able to move guys away, up top. And we’ve kind of gotten away from that now.”Back in 1969, when the Cubs played a key September series at Shea Stadium, Chicago pitcher Bill Hands knocked down Mets leadoff hitter Tommy Agee. Jerry Koosman hit Ron Santo leading off the second, breaking a hand. In the 1980 World Series, Philadelphia’s Dickie Noles threw under the chin of Kansas City’s George Brett, thought by some to be a pitch that sparked the Phillies to the first title for a franchise that started play in 1883.Collins was asked about those pitches and mentioned that fines from the league office had increased.“Once in a while you’ve got to take a stance, you have to protect your teammates and things happen,” Collins said “That’s just been part of the game for a hundred years.”RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer TweetPinShare0 Shares
Flipkart will be conducting its Big Billion Days sale from October 10 to October 14. During this period, you can expect to see tons of offers and discounts of products across various categories. A lot of smartphones are going to be on sale, some of which are going to see some attractive discounts as well. Notably, the popular Nokia 6.1 Plus will see a discount of Rs 1,000, which means it will be available at Rs 14,999.The Nokia 6.1 Plus has seen a pretty great response so far, but its discounted price looks more attractive than ever. In this segment, the phone goes up against the Realme 2 Pro (which will also go on sale on October 11), Xiaomi Mi A2 and Motorola One Power to name a few. For a limited time, the Nokia 6.1 Plus will be available at under Rs 15,000 which sounds great, but does this make it the best phone under Rs 15,000? Let’s find out.Premium design all aroundBoth the Nokia 6.1 Plus and Realme 2 Pro are stunning smartphones at affordable prices. These are among the best-looking phones you can buy at around Rs 15,000 so when it comes to design there is really no wrong choice between the two. Both the phones bring edge-to-edge displays with notches, but there’s a slight difference. The notch on the Nokia 6.1 Plus is wide and closer to an iPhone X-like notch while the Realme 2 Pro offers a waterdrop notch like the Oppo F9 Pro. This means the notch on the Realme 2 Pro is tinier and less intrusive than the one on the Nokia 6.1 Plus.advertisementYou also get a taller 6.3-inch FHD+ display with the Realme 2 Pro compared to the 5.8-inch FHD+ display on the Nokia 6.1 Plus. The latter is more compact and handy, but if you want an immersive display, the Realme 2 Pro is a better choice. You also have the Motorola One Power that also comes with a bigger display compared to the Nokia 6.1 Plus, but the phone is quite bulky thanks to its 5,000mAh battery. As for the rest of the design, the Realme 2 Pro comes with an attractive dewdrop arc panel on the back that nicely curves around the sides. Yet this is a plastic panel which makes it more prone to scratches and wear. The Nokia 6.1 Plus, on the other hand, offers Gorilla Glass 3 protection on the back, which makes it more premium and durable.The Motorola One Power, which is another Android One phone priced at Rs 15,999, offers similar hardware, but doesn’t impress greatly with design. It sports a notched display, but the metal rear panel is somewhat uninspiring when compared to the Nokia 6.1 Plus. The same can also be said for Xiaomi’s Mi A2 as well.Powerful specs, but advantage goes to RealmeWhen it comes to hardware, the Realme 2 Pro is hard to beat right now by any mid-range smartphone. At Rs 13,990, this is the cheapest phone with a powerful Snapdragon 660 chipset. This is coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The Nokia 6.1 Plus offers a Snapdragon 636 chipset, which is also pretty powerful, but just a little short of the SD660.The Realme 2 Pro also comes with some impressive 16MP cameras all around. The cameras offer detailed and crisp photographs in good lighting and also manage to hold well in low-light. The Nokia 6.1 Plus isn’t the best camera phone in this segment, but it manages to offer good, detailed photos with true-to-life colours in good light. The cameras suffer in low-light, giving the Realme 2 Pro and edge.The Realme 2 Pro also offers an impressive 3,500mAh battery, which will take the phone through two days on average usage. In comparison, the 3,060mAh battery inside the Nokia 6.1 Plus is good for a full day but not more than that. It delivers a decent battery life, but falls short in front of the Realme 2 Pro. However, when it comes to battery life, the Motorola One Power reigns supreme in this segment with a whopping 5,000mAh capacity. This comes at a cost of design, but for consumers who need a good battery phone, the Nokia 6.1 Plus may not rank high on the list.Android One trumps ColorOSArguably the biggest advantage that the Nokia 6.1 Plus has over the Realme 2 Pro is with regards to software. The Nokia 6.1 Plus is an Android One phone with stock, bloatware-free Android 8.1 Oreo. This is as pure of an Android phone as you can get, and this also means it is well optimised so the phone offers a consistently smooth user experience. The software is also optimised for the notch so it never intrudes the content. This is also why the Motorola One Power gets an edge over the Realme 2 Pro. Notably, the Nokia 6.1 Plus will also be the first among its competition to be updated to Android 9 Pie in October.advertisementThe Realme 2 Pro ships with Android 8.1 Oreo with Oppo’s ColorOS 5.2 on top. Software is the only thing that underpins what is otherwise an exceptional smartphone. ColorOS looks quite dated, comes with some bloatware and is not as smooth as stock Android. It also isn’t optimised for the notch, so even the tiny dewdrop notch is visible when it intrudes content.Both the Nokia 6.1 Plus and Realme 2 Pro are exceptional affordable mid-range phones. They both come with attractive designs and some powerful specs. The Nokia 6.1 Plus is for consumers looking for a compact, lightweight phone with pure Android software, while the Realme 2 Pro is for consumers looking for raw power at an affordable price. It also offers a more immersive display and a better battery life.The Nokia 6.1 Plus is a complete package that won’t let you down. The phone delivers on design, display, performance and software, which means it ticks mostly all the boxes. The few areas that it looks a bit wanting is with regards to cameras and battery life, but not by much. At under Rs 15,000, the Nokia 6.1 Plus is definitely one of the better options out there and should be worth considering during the Flipkart Big Billion Days sale.
REGINA – Two sites in northern Saskatchewan have been named in honour of a teacher and a teacher’s aide who were fatally shot by a teenage gunman almost two years ago.Teacher Adam Wood and tutor Marie Janvier were killed while trying to help students after the 17-year-old youth started shooting up the La Loche high school in January 2016.Janvier Point is located on Saleski Lake, just north of La Loche, and Adam Wood Memorial Landing is along a creek just east of the village.The province says it hopes that honouring the memory of Wood and Janvier will bring some comfort to their families and friends.A government release says Wood was an avid outdoorsman who was a frequent visitor to the wooded creek-side area that now bears his name.It says Janvier, who was a longtime resident of the area, was a caring and compassionate person who helped anyone in need.“Today marks a small gesture of our gratitude to Adam Wood and Marie Janvier, to show that we will be forever grateful for their courage and service to the students of La Loche,” Education Minister Bronwyn Eyre said in the release Tuesday.“It is our hope that everyone will know that Adam and Marie were loved, and that they will never be forgotten.”Janvier, who was 21, was a graduate of the La Loche school, and had recently been hired as a tutor. Her family said she loved children and animals, and lived with and cared for her mother and grandmother. The young woman planned on going to university to become a teacher.Wood, who was 35, had started his teaching career in La Loche the September before the shooting. His family in Uxbridge, Ont., said he was an adventurer, had a passion for life, and a knack for making people laugh. He had worked with youth at an urban farm in Thunder Bay, Ont.Brothers Dayne and Drayden Fontaine also died in the mass shooting on Jan. 22, 2016. They were killed in their home by the shooter before he went to the school where he killed Wood and Janvier and wounded seven people.The shooter, who was days away from his 18th birthday, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, second-degree murder and attempted murder. Arguments were heard earlier this year as to whether he should be sentenced as a youth or an adult. The judge’s decision is expected in February.Wood and Janvier were nominated posthumously for Saskatchewan’s GeoMemorial program by the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation and the Ministry of Education.They received community support through letters from fellow teachers, the Northern Lights School Division and the Northern Area Teachers’ Association.