highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Continuing his attack on India, Pakistani Science and Technology Minister Fawad Hussain Chaudhry on Tuesday accused India of coercing members of the Sri Lankan cricket team into dropping out of the Pakistan tour, sparking yet another controversy on social media.According to Chaudhry, India had threatened to remove Sri Lanka’s players from the Indian Premier League (IPL) if they didn’t refuse to play in Pakistan.”Informed sports commentators told me that India threatened SL players that they will be ousted from IPL if they don’t refuse Pak visit, this is really cheap tactic, jingoism from sports to space is something we must condemn, really cheap on the part of Indian sports authorities,” Chaudhry tweeted.Recently, Hussain had trolled India after the ISRO lost contact with Vikram lander during the moon landing.The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday said the scheduled home series against Sri Lanka will go ahead despite top players from the island nation pulling out of the tour. Most of the international teams have refused to tour Pakistan since a militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus during a Test match in Lahore in March 2009.The Sri Lankan cricket board had given the freedom to its players to choose if they want to travel to Pakistan. Twenty20 skipper Lasith Malinga and former captains Angelo Mathews and Thisara Perera are among 10 players who have decided against travelling to Pakistan, citing security concerns.Earlier, Chaudhry threatened that Prime Minister Imran Khan was considering a complete closure of airspace to India, a day the US agreed that Kashmir is a bilateral issue after a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra and President Donald Trump. He said the prime minister is contemplating the stoppage of routes to impede Indian trade.”PM [Imran Khan] is considering a complete closure of air space to India. A complete ban on the use of Pakistan’s land routes for Indian trade to Afghanistan was also suggested in a cabinet meeting. The legal formalities for these decisions are under consideration…Modi has started we’ll finish!” Fawad Chaudhry tweeted. Recently, Hussain had trolled India after the ISRO lost contact with Vikram lander during the moon landing.The PCB said the scheduled home series against Sri Lanka will go ahead despite top players from the island nation pulling out of the tour. Most of the international teams have refused to tour Pakistan since a militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus during a Test match in Lahore in March 2009.
Sophomore midfielder Sophia Donovan shoots against Jacksonville Feb. 24. (Michelle Mankoff/Daily Trojan) Donovan recorded her third hat trick of the season against Colorado and picked up an assist to go with two ground balls and a caused turnover, earning her Pac-12 Player of the Week honors. USC’s 6-goal winning margin matches the largest in the series’ history with the Buffaloes, who entered the match on a two-game winning streak with a pair of Pac-12 road victories over Stanford and Cal. The Trojans last faced the Buffaloes in 2017 at McAlister Field, a match they won 11-5. “I think the biggest thing we’ve done throughout the season is keeping a good morale,” Concialdi said. “We’ve developed such a good team culture and it makes the long hours worth it.” The Trojans faced Virginia Tech over spring break and came out on top, 13-11. The teams traded goals for much of the first half, but USC established a lead and picked up momentum going into halftime by scoring 3 goals in the final four minutes of the half. This outburst came after a nearly eight minute-long scoring drought. USC’s five-game winning streak is the longest of the season and the longest since it had 12 consecutive wins in the 2017 season. Although the team seems to be hitting a stride, its players always see room for improvement. The Women of Troy opened the game strong, with a 4-0 run on goals by senior attacker Emily Concialdi, who returned after a two-game absence. Concialdi dished out three assists to go with 1 goal, two ground balls and a caused turnover, making her the key player in the Trojans’ win. After halftime, the Trojans didn’t look back. Sophomore attacker Sophia Donovan scored the first 2 goals of the second half to put USC up 9-5. USC didn’t slow down, and Virginia Tech could not close the scoring gap. The two victories over top-ranked teams helped the Trojans jump the ranks from No. 22 to No. 13 this week. USC holds a four-game win streak, improving to 8-1 for a Pac-12 best. Donovan led the team with 4 goals and one assist against the Hokies. She is currently the leading scorer for the Trojans, already matching her season-high record of 20 goals from last season — a feat she attributes to the entire team. Sophomore goalie Riley Hertfod racked up two saves against Oregon to lead the Trojan defense. Concialdi added 2 goals for the Trojans before the match was minutes away from giving USC its fifth win. But USC took its foot off the gas and held the Ducks to 3 goals before the final horn for a 14-5 final score. No. 13 USC lacrosse capped off a dominant week of competition with a win over Pac-12 rival Oregon, marking the third victory of the week for the Trojans, who also beat No. 23 Virginia Tech and No. 24 Colorado. Donovan is shooting markedly better than USC’s team average of .422 at .556, demonstrating her individual value to the team. The Trojans finished their Pac-12 road trip with a win against the Ducks that not only extended USC’s season-long five-game winning streak with a 14-5 victory over Oregon, but also avenged an 18-11 loss to the Ducks suffered in Eugene last spring. “Making plays and scoring goals is never a one-person process, and I consider myself lucky to be a part of this offense,” Donovan said. “We have focused since August on building an offense that plays to our strengths,” Donovan said. “One of our main focuses has been making simple plays and working to make each other look good on the field.” With the Trojans strong, the team scored 5 unanswered goals throughout the first eight minutes of the game. But the Ducks answered by putting a stop to the run with a goal from sophomore attacker Lillian Stump. Following their matchup against the Hokies, USC won their fourth consecutive contest in a decisive 11-5 victory over No. 23 Colorado Buffaloes at Kittredge Field March 16. Despite a minor setback due to possible inclement weather conditions in the area, the Trojans improved to 6-2 all-time against Colorado. “Each and every day at practice is a chance to improve, and I think collectively, we have bought into that mindset,” Donovan said. “As long as we keep playing simple together there’s no limit to what we could accomplish this season.”
NATIONAL LEAGUE WESTLOS ANGELES DODGERS2019 Record: 106-56Rank in NL Runs: 1stRuns Allowed: 1st Lineup:C Will Smith/Austin Barnes1B: Max Muncy2B Gavin LuxSS Corey Seager3B Justin TurnerLF A.J. Pollock/Joc PedersonCF Cody BellingerRF Mookie BettsDH Chris Taylor/Matt BeatyFun Fact: After 60 games last year, Bellinger was hitting .376.Best Case: The Dodgers head into the playoffs with a reasonably fresh bullpen.Worst Case: The back of the rotation slips a notch.Prediction: First. Still the class of the National League.SAN DIEGO PADRES2019 Record: 70-92Rank in NL Runs: 13thRuns Allowed: 11thRun Differential: Minus-107Manager: Jayce TinglerRotation: Chris Paddack, Dinelson Lamet, Garrett Richards, Zach Davies, Joey Lucchesi/Cal QuantrillBullpen: Emilio Pagan, Craig Stammen, Drew Pomeranz, Matt Strahm, Pierce Johnson, Javy Guerra, Tim HillCloser: Kirby YatesLineup:C Austin Hedges/Francisco Meija1B Eric Hosmer2B Jurrickson ProfarSS Fernando Tatis Jr.3B Manny MachadoLF Tommy PhamCF Trent GrishamRF Wil MyersDH Ty FranceFun Fact: Padres were 39-43 when Tatis started.Best Case: Paddack, Lamet become a forceful 1-2 punch.Worst Case: Hosmer continues to struggle to find Kansas City form.Prediction: Second. A lot of upside here.ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS2019 Record: 85-77Rank in NL Runs: 5thRuns Allowed: 7thRun Differential: Plus-70Manager: Torey LovulloRotation: Madison Bumgarner, Robbie Ray, Luke Weaver, Zac Gallen, Merrill Kelly/Alex YoungBullpen: Andrew Chafin, Yoan Lopez, Junior Guerra, Hector Rondon, Silvino Bracho, Stefan CrichtonCloser: Archie BradleyLineup:C Stephen Vogt/Carson Kelly1B Christian Walker2B Ketel MarteSS Nick Ahmed3B Eduardo EscobarLF David PeraltaCF Sterling MarteRF Kole CalhounDH Jake LambFun Fact: Opponents hit .191 with five extra-base hits off Bradley in the second half.Best Case: Bumgarner can adjust to an unfriendlier park than the one in San Francisco.Worst Case: Young starting pitchers don’t develop.Prediction: Third, with a reasonable chance at postseason.COLORADO ROCKIES2019 Record: 71-91Rank in NL Runs: 4thRuns Allowed: 15thRun Differential: Minus-123Manager: Bud BlackRotation: German Marquez, Jon Gray, Kyle Freeland, Antonio Senzatela, Jeff Hoffman/Chi Chi GonzalezBullpen: Jairo Diaz, Carlos Estevez, Scott Oberg, Yancy Almonte, Bryan Shaw, James Pazos, Jake McGee, Daniel BardCloser: Wade DavisLineup:C Tony Wolters1B Daniel Murphy2B Ryan McMahonSS Trevor Story3B Nolan ArenadoLF Raimel TapiaCF David DahlRF Charlie BlackmonDH Sam Hilliard/Chris OwingsFun Fact: The oft-injured Dahl drove in 61 runs in 100 games.Best Case: Freeland transports himself back to 2018.Worst Case: Arenado’s problems with Rockies’ management get more intense.Prediction: Fourth. Few teams in sports have had a theme that has recurred more consistently than Colorado.SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS2019 Record: 77-85Rank in NL Runs: 14thRuns Allowed: 10thRun Differential: Minus-95Manager: Gabe KaplerRotation: Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija, Kevin Gausman, Drew Smyly, Trevor Cahill/Andrew SuarezBullpen: Reyes Moronta, Trevor Gott, Wandy Peralta, Sam Coonrod, Tyler Rogers, Dany Jimenez, Dereck RodriguezCloser: Tony WatsonLineup:C Tyler Heineman/Joey Bart1B Brandon Belt2B Mauricio DubonSS Brandon Crawford3B Evan LongoriaLF Alex DickersonCF Michael YastrzemskiRF Hunter PenceDH Jaylin Davis/Darin RufFun Fact: Yastrzemski was the only starter who hit over .270 last season.Best Case: A decent-looking rotation keeps the Giants in games.Worst Case: The veteran position players continue their decline.Prediction: Fifth. The Giants were 13-3 in extra innings and 38-16 in one-run games, but manager Bruce Bochy is long gone.——————————NATIONAL LEAGUE CENTRALCINCINNATI REDS2019 Record: 75-87Rank in NL Runs: 12thRuns Allowed: 3rdRun Differential: Minus-10Manager: David BellRotation: Luis Castillo, Sonny Gray, Trevor Bauer, Anthony DeSclafani, Wade Miley/Tyler MahleBullpen: Michael Lorenzen, Amir Garrett, Pedro Strop, Robert Stephenson, Cody Reed, Lucas Sims, Nate Jones, Tyler ThornbergCloser: Raisel IglesiasLineup:C Tucker Barnhart1B Joey Votto2B Mike MoustakasSS Freddy Galvis3B Eugenio SuarezLF Shogo AkiyamaCF Nick SenzelRF Nick CastellanosDH Jesse WinkerFun Fact: Votto’s on-base percentage (.357) and OPS (.768) were career lows.Best Case: Senzel makes a leap in his second year.Worst Case: Suarez doesn’t get more help in the power department.Prediction: First. Strong rotation, and a roster so deep that Aristedes Aquino (.891 OPS) must fight to get on the field.ST. LOUIS CARDINALS2019 Record: 91-71Rank in NL Runs: 10thRuns Allowed: 2ndRun Differential: Plus-102Manager: Mike SchildtRotation: Jack Flaherty, Dakota Hudson, Miles Mikolas, Adam Wainwright, Kwang Hyun Kim/Carlos MartinezBullpen: Andrew Miller, Ryan Helsley, John Brebbia, Tyler Webb, John Gant, Brett Cecil, Daniel Ponce De Leon, Austin GomberCloser: Martinez/Giovany GallegosLineup:C Yadier Molina1B Paul Goldschmidt2B Kolten WongSS Paul DeJong3B Tommy EdmanLF Tyler O’NeillCF Harrison BaderRF Dexter FowlerDH Matt CarpenterFun Fact: Edman had a .500 slugging percentage in 92 games and struck out only 61 times.Best Case: Cardinals find more power sources.Worst Case: The 36-year-old Molina begins acting his age.Prediction: Second. Top wild-card candidate in the league, at least.CHICAGO CUBS2019 Record: 84-78Rank in NL Runs: 5thRuns Allowed: 4thRun Differential: Plus-97Manager: David RossRotation: Jon Lester, Yu Darvish, Jose Quintana, Kyle Hendricks, Tyler Chatwood/Alec MillsBullpen: Jeremy Jeffress, Dan Winkler, Rowan Wick, Brad Wieck, Duane Underwood, Trevor Megill, Casey Sadler, Ryan TeperaCloser: Craig KimbrelLineup:C Willson Contreras1B Anthony Rizzo2B Nico HoernerSS Javier Baez3B Kris BryantLF Ian HappCF Albert AlmoraRF Jason HeywardDH Kyle SchwarberFun Fact: Kimbrel gave up nine homers in 20 ⅔ innings after he came to the Cubs.Best Case: The bullpen renovation works out.Worst Case: Cubs’ leadoff men don’t improve on their .294 on-base percentage.Prediction: Third, but there’s potential for a meltdown.MILWAUKEE BREWERS2019 Record: 89-73Rank in NL Runs: 9thRuns Allowed: 9thRun Differential: Plus-3Manager: Craig CounsellRotation: Brandon Woodruff, Brett Anderson, Josh Lindblom, Adrian House, Eric Lauer/Brent SuterBullpen: Freddy Peralta, Corey Knebel, Alex Claudio, Corbin Burnes, Ray Black, Devin Williams, Jake Faria, David PhelpsCloser: Josh HaderLineup:C Omar Narvarez/Manny Pina1B Justin Smoak2B Keston HiuraSS Orlando Arcia3B Eric Sogard/Jedd GyorkoLF Christian YelichCF Lorenzo CainRF Avisail GarciaDH Ryan BraunFun Fact: Ex-Dodger Lindblom was the 2019 MVP of the Korean Baseball Organization with a 20-3 record and 2.50 ERA.Best Case: Ex-UC Irvine star Hiura takes a major sophomore step.Worst Case: Hader, as brilliant as he is, doesn’t cut down on the homers (15).Prediction: Fourth. This isn’t anywhere close to the team that took the Dodgers to Game 7 two years ago.PITTSBURGH PIRATES2019 Record: 69-93Rank in NL Runs: 11thRuns Allowed: 11thRun Differential: Minus-153Manager: Derek SheltonRotation: Joe Musgrove, Trevor Williams, Mitch Keller, Derek Holland, Chad Kuhl/Steven Brault, Jameson TaillonBullpen: Kyle Crick, Richard Rodriguez, Robbie Erlin, Chris Stratton, Michael Feliz, Clay Holmes, Nick Burdi, Dovydas NeverauskasCloser: Keone KelaLineup:C Jacob Stallings1B Jose Osuna/Will Craig2B Adam FrazierSS Kevin Newman3B Colin MoranLF Bryan ReynoldsCF Jarrod DysonRF Gregory PolancoDH Josh BellFun Fact: Since Barry Bonds left after the 1992 season, the Pirates have not won their division.Best Case: Newman, Reynolds and Moran continue developing.Worst Case: The bullpen is as dicey as it looks.Prediction: Fifth. Ah, the freedom of low expectations.——————————————————-.NATIONAL LEAGUE EASTNEW YORK METS2019 Record: 86-76Rank in NL Runs: 7thRuns Allowed: 6thRun Differential: Plus-54Manager: Luis RojasRotation: Jacob deGrom, Marcus Stroman, Rick Porcello, Steven Matz, Michael WachaBullpen: Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Seth Lugo, Dillon Betances, Robert Gsellman, Hunter Strickland, Paul Sewald, Daniel Zamora, Erasmo RamirezCloser: Edwin DiazLineup:C Wilson Ramos1B Peter Alonso2B Robinson CanoSS Amed Rosario3B Jeff McNeilLF J.D. DavisCF Brandon NimmoRF Michael ConfortoDH Yoenis CespedesFun Fact: Lugo (0.900), not deGrom (0.971), had the best WHIP on the staff.Best Case: Davis somehow rides last year’s momentum.Worst Case: They find it tough to replace pitcher Noah Syndergaard.Prediction: First. They loaded up for the long haul, but the short run is fine, too.ATLANTA BRAVES2019 Record: 97-65Rank in NL Runs: 3rdRuns Allowed: 7thRun Differential: Plus-112Manager: Brian SnitkerRotation: Mike Soroka, Max Fried, Cole Hamels, Mike Foltynewicz, Sean NewcombBullpen: Mark Melancon, Shane Greene, Darren O’Day, Luke Jackson, Chris Martin, Bryse WilsonCloser: Will SmithLineup:C Travis d’Arnaud/Tyler Flowers1B Freddie Freeman2B Ozzie AlbiesSS Dansby Swanson3B Austin RileyLF Ronald AcuñaCF Ender InciarteRF Adam DuvallDH Marcell OzunaFun Fact: Acuña has 302 hits in his first 267 major-league games.Best Case: Newcomb can find his footing in the rotation.Worst Case: COVID-19 hangover is tough for Freeman to overcome.Prediction: Second, in the best pennant race in baseball, and then an ominous wild-card threat.WASHINGTON NATIONALS2019 Record: 93-69Rank in NL Runs: SecondRuns Allowed: FifthRun Differential: Plus-149Manager: Dave MartinezRotation: Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Patrick Corbin, Anibal Sanchez, Erick FeddeBullpen: Tanner Rainey, Will Harris, Javy Guerra, Ryne Harper, Williams Suero, Roenis Elias, Aaron BarrettCloser: Sean Doolittle/Daniel HudsonLineup:C Yan Gomes/Kurt Suzuki1B Eric Thames2B Starlin CastroSS Trea Turner3B Carter KieboomLF Juan SotoCF Victor RoblesRF Adam EatonDH Howie KendrickFun Fact: Kieboom, Anthony Rendon’s replacement, was 5 for 43 for Nationals after he hit .306 at Triple-A Fresno.Best Case: Rainey and Harris take over the setup relief.Worst Case: The championship run takes its toll on Scherzer and Strasburg.Prediction: Third. They can’t survive a slow start this year.PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES2019 Record: 81-81Rank in NL Runs: 8thRuns Allowed: 12thRun Differential: Minus-20Manager: Joe GirardiRotation: Aaron Nola, Jake Arrieta, Nick Pivetta, Vince Velasquez, Zack Wheeler/Zach EflinBullpen: Jose Alvarez, Adam Morgan, Tommy Hunter, Victor Arano, Enyel De Los Santos, Deolis Guerra, Bud NorrisCloser: Hector NerisLineup:C J.T. Realmuto1B Rhys Hoskins2B Scott KingerySS Didi Gregorius3B Jean SeguraLF Andrew McCutchenCF Adam HaseleyRF Bryce HarperDH Jay BruceFun Fact: Hoskins either walked, struck out or homered in 45.1% of his plate appearances.Best Case: Girardi, an obvious upgrade as a manager, makes a difference.Worst Case: The bullpen pitches as uncertainly as it looks.Prediction: Fourth. Another team built for slugfests.MIAMI MARLINS2019 Record: 57-105Rank in NL Runs: 15thRuns Allowed: 13thRun Differential: Minus-193Manager: Don MattinglyRotation: Caleb Smith, Sandy Alcantara, Pablo Lopez, Jordan Yamamoto, Jose UrenaBullpen: Yimi Garcia, Ryan Stanek, Adam Conley, Brad Boxberger, Drew Steckenrider, Stephen Tarpley, Sterling Sharp, Jeff BrighamCloser: Brandon KintzlerLineup:C Jorge Alfaro1B Jesus Aguilar2B Isan DiazSS Miguel Rojas3B Brian AndersonLF Cory DickersonCF Jonathan VillarRF Matt JoyceDH Garrett CooperFun Fact: Marlins have not been over .500 since Aug. 29, 2017.Best Case: Alcantara, who logged 197 innings last year, gives them a competitive No. 1 starter.Worst Case: Diaz, who hit .179 last year, can’t handle second base.Prediction: Fifth. An oasis for the rest of this tough division. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Run Differential: Plus-273Manager: Dave RobertsRotation: Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, Julio Urias, Alex Wood, Ross StriplingBullpen: Tony Gonsolin, Joe Kelly, Dustin May, Blake Treinen, Pedro Baez, Adam Kolarek, Caleb Ferguson, Dylan Floro, Brusdar GraterolCloser: Kenley Jansen