For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: After a nail-biting finish to the Asia Cup 2018, which India lifted for the record seventh time in an edge-of-the-seat last ball final finish against Bangladesh, Team India are set to play West Indies at their own backyard as the Caribbean team visit India for a complete tour, which includes 2 Tests, 5 ODIs, and 3 T20Is.The tour will be underway with a 2-match Test series, followed by 5 ODIs and 3 T20Is.ALSO READ | Exclusive | ‘Virat Kohli is class but we have a game plan for him’, says West Indies skipper Jason Holder ahead India tourThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are yet to announce the squad to play the series against West Indies. But, regular skipper Virat Kohli is expected to make a comeback after he was rested for the Asia Cup 2018.Meanwhile, some of the youngsters, who have been doing well in the domestic circuit and the shadow tours are also likely to get a call up.While India start as the favourites for the series, the West Indians have done well and any complacency by Team India could be turn the series upside down for them.ALSO READ: Did Cristiano Ronaldo rape American model in Las Vegas?Let us take a look at the complete schedule of the West Indies tour of India: TEST SERIES 1st Test from 4-8 October 2018Venue: Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, RajkotTime – 9:45 AM (IST)2nd Test from 12-16 October 2018Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, HyderabadTime – 9:45 AM (ISTODI SERIES1st ODI on 21 October 2018Venue: Barsapara Cricket Stadium. GuwahatiTime – 2:15 PM (IST)2nd ODI on 24 October 2018Venue: Holkar Stadium, IndoreTime – 2:15 PM (IST)3rd ODI (27 October 2018)Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, PuneTime – 2:15 PM (IST)4th ODI (29 October 2018)Venue: Wankhede Stadium, MumbaiTime – 2:15 PM (IST)5th ODI on 1 November 2018Greenfield International Stadium, ThiruvananthapuramTime – 2:15 PM (IST)T20I SERIES 1st T20I on 4 November 2018Venue: Eden Gardens, KolkataTime – 7:15 PM (IST)2nd T20I on 6 November 2018Venue: Ekana International Cricket Stadium, LucknowTime – 7:15 PM (IST)3rd T20I on 11 November 2018Venue: M.A. Chidambaram Stadium, ChennaiTime – 7:15 PM (IST)
No USC fan wants to relive last weekend’s embarrassment in Eugene.The Trojans were outworked, outhustled and outplayed. USC needs a small-scale game like this Saturday’s in Tempe, Ariz. to regain its skills, swagger and dominant attitude.If the Trojans recover their form, there’s no doubt they would love a rematch with Oregon at the end of the season. Too bad it won’t happen.Yet, after Oregon restored competition in the Pac-10 last weekend, this much has become clear: the Pac-10 needs to expand to 12 teams. This isn’t solely for USC’s sake, but for the sake of the conference in general.From a competitive standpoint, it makes sense. Two extra teams would give the hypothetical Pac-12 the ability to split into two divisions. Teams would no longer play a nine-game conference schedule, but rather eight games — giving them the opportunity to schedule a weaker non-conference foe.This is what Florida does when they schedule powerhouses such as Charleston Southern. In an informal poll conducted this summer by ESPN.com’s Ted Miller, Pac-10 coaches voted 6-4 against the current round-robin scheduling in favor of a new format. So the coaches are on board.This format would also allow the Pac-12 to play a championship game. Teams that are tied at the top of the conference, or that had one or two losses, would be able to go head-to-head in a dramatic and meaningful late-season battle.This would not only give the conference more exposure — which it desperately needs as everyone annually views the Pac-10 as an inferior BCS conference — but it would give the teams an extra shot to play for the BCS championship game.If this were the case, USC could theoretically play Oregon again in a month’s time. If both teams win out to that game, they will likely be in the top seven and the winner will get a big resumé boost for the championship game.In fact, a scenario like this is playing out right now in the SEC. No. 9 LSU plays No. 3 Alabama tomorrow. If LSU beats the Crimson Tide and wins the rest of its games, the Tigers will have a rematch with Florida, a team they lost to earlier this season, in the SEC Championship Game.It will be hard turning down the winner of that game for the BCS title match.But who would be the other two teams to include in the Pac-12?The first two obvious choices would be Boise State and Utah. Both teams have played in BCS bowls recently and have high caliber football programs.By joining the Pac-10, Boise State would be able to boost its profile because it no longer would be playing against Tulsa or Fresno State.It would silence the critics who claim that the Broncos play an easy schedule and don’t belong in the BCS championship game. Plus, it would be cool to see the Trojans play on a blue field.Utah is a solid choice too. The Utes have two BCS bowl victories under their belt, which is more than any Pac-10 team not named USC. They have good talent, recruit in California (see former No. 1 NFL Draft pick Alex Smith) and, for TV’s sake, sit in the 35th largest television market.Unfortunately, that might be the problem. College football is all about ratings and money these days, and university presidents and athletic directors aren’t so quick to add the two teams.It would just be two more teams with which to share revenue, and Boise and Salt Lake City aren’t exactly the television hot spots that would give the Pac-12 more exposure or money from TV deals.Last year, USC had the same win-loss record as the two teams playing for the BCS national championship, Florida and Oklahoma, yet after its loss to Oregon State, USC was never considered a true contender for the title match. If the Trojans played Cal, Boise State and Utah to compliment Ohio State and a conference title game, there’s a good chance USC would’ve gone the route of LSU two years ago.Remember that? In 2007, No. 5 LSU played No. 14 Tennessee in the SEC Championship game. After the victory, LSU jumped all the way up to No. 2, while idle and fellow two-loss team USC stayed below the Tigers. LSU played in and won the BCS title game.Expanding the Pac-10 by two more teams would no doubt bring more national intrigue and prestige to the conference. If it had been the Pac-12 from the start, the one-loss USC teams in recent past that made an annual tradition out of pummeling Big Ten opponents would definitely have had a better shot at reaching the national title game and proving to the country that the Pac-10 is reputable.“Spittin’ Sports” runs Fridays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or email Kenny at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Junior libero Matt Douglas leads the USC men’s volleyball team with 211 digs on the season. Photo by Katie Chin | Daily TrojanThe No. 12 USC men’s volleyball team traveled to Honolulu for the Texaco Rainbow Warrior Classic last weekend.USC handily won its first two matches against two Division III programs: Juniata College and Stevens Institute of Technology. However, a hosting Hawaii team reasserted itself as the king of the island as it swept USC to win the championship. The Rainbow Warriors handed the Trojans their first loss of the season.The Men of Troy kicked off the tournament on Thursday against Juniata. In the match, USC secured the upper hand early and never looked back. They jumped to a 7-0 lead in the first set, then recorded 10 unanswered points in the second set. Trojan redshirt junior outside hitter Jack Wyett led the team with 14 kills, five digs and an ace. USC outperformed Juniata in every major team statistic, paving the way for a 3-0 sweep with scores of 25-19, 25-9 and 25-21.The following day, USC faced Stevens. Similar to the first match, USC cruised in the first set by building an early 5-0 lead and ultimately finishing the set 25-17. In the second set, USC rallied from a 17-21 deficit after freshman middle blocker Sam Lewis left with an ankle injury. The Men of Troy were led by a star performance from junior outside hitter Ryan Moss, as he added a career best of 21 kills along with seven digs, three blocks and three aces. The Trojans concluded the match victorious with a score of 3-1 (25-17, 27-25, 22-25, 25-18).No. 5 Hawaii validated its ranking by sweeping USC on the tournament’s final day (17-25, 20-25, 22-25). The Trojans’ 4-0 start was not enough for them to claim the first set, as Hawaii responded with six unanswered points to steal the lead. In the second set, it was Hawaii’s turn to open with an early lead. The Rainbow Warriors scored five unanswered points out of the gate and continued to outscore the Trojans throughout the remainder of the match. A major part of Hawaii’s success came by doubling USC’s hitting percentage from .479 to .207. Sophomore outside hitter Gianluca Grasso contributed 13 kills plus two digs while Lewis sat out due to his ankle injury.USC’s overall record now stands at 3-1. The Men of Troy will go on the road to No. 5 UC Irvine on Friday, followed by a Saturday home game against UC Santa Barbara at the Galen Center.