Talking Points: Excitement in a spring training game




The second at-bat in Thursday’s Dodgers-Angels spring training game had a bit of everything.

The Angels’ Mike Trout lined a shot to center. The Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig made a diving attempt in center field, but the ball scooted past him and rolled to the fence.

Trout dashed around the bases in an attempt for an inside-the-park home run. But ultimately he was called out at the plate.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia challenged the call, the umpires went to the replay and 1 minute, 12 seconds later they upheld the call.

It was later determined after reporters talked to Scioscia and crew chief Gerry Davis that Scioscia was not issued a challenge and the decision to go to the replay was that of the umpires. The umpires wanted to make sure Ellis properly blocked the plate.


Wow, they take their sports seriously in the Kashmir region of India.

Dozens of Muslim students from the disputed Indian territory of Kashmir were expelled from their university and briefly threatened with sedition charges because they cheered for the Pakistani cricket team during a televised match against archrival India, police said Thursday, while the Indian state’s elected leader called for leniency.

Love of cricket — a legacy of Britain’s long colonial role of South Asia — is one of the few things that unites Pakistan and India, despite a long history of animosity that has fueled three wars since the subcontinent’s bloody partition in 1947.

But the fracas over Sunday’s match — which Pakistan won — shows how easily passions are inflamed over predominantly Muslim Kashmir.