Best Bets Sept. 13/14: What to watch, where to go

September, 13, 2011
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TUESDAY, SEPT. 13
  • TELEVISION
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
AC Milan (Italy) at Barcelona (Spain)
Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 11:30 a.m.

Defending champion Barcelona, with a vast array of stars, opens Group H play against the Italian champs -- the week's biggest showdown as the world's top club competition gets started in earnest. Replay: Fox Soccer Plus, 2 p.m. and 1 a.m.; Fox Deportes, 6 p.m.
Also
Bayer Leverkusen (Germany) at Chelsea (England), Fox Soccer Plus, 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.; Fox Soccer Channel, 2 p.m. and 1 a.m.; Fox Deportes, 2 p.m.
Arsenal (England) at Borussia Dortmund (Germany), Fox Deportes, 4 p.m.; Fox Soccer Channel, 11 p.m.
Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine) at FC Porto (Portugal), Fox Soccer Plus, 9 p.m.

CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Galaxy at Morelia (Mexico)
Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision, 5 p.m.
L.A. won its first two CCL games, both at home, but picking up road points always is tough in the region's club championship, especially in Mexico and Central America -- especially without David Beckham. The Monarcas are coming off a huge victory at Cruz Azul.
Also
Santos Laguna (Mexico) at Colorado Rapids, Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision, 7 p.m.
Copa Sudamericana
Nacional (Uruguay) at U. de Chile (Chile), Fox Deportes, 10 p.m.
Libertad (Paraguay) at La Equidad (Colombia), Fox Deportes, midnight
  • ON LOCAL FIELDS
COLLEGE MEN
Marymount at Vanguard
Vanguard Soccer Field (Costa Mesa), 6 p.m.

The Lions have surrendered just one goal in their last four games and count heavily on Kyle O'Brien, who scored 11 goals last fall and has four in six games this year. Marymount, from Rancho Palos Verdes, is in its second season as an NAIA school.
Also
Cal State Monterey Bay at Cal Baptist (Riverside), 3 p.m.


WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 14

  • TELEVISION
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Manchester United (England) at Benfica (Portugal)
Fox Soccer Channel, 11:30 a.m.

The English champs are aiming for another title-game appearance in the world's foremost club championship, although they're hoping for a different ending this season. The Red Devils open the competition against their primary opposition in Group C. Replays: Fox Soccer Plus, 2 p.m. and 1 a.m.; Fox Deportes, 2 p.m.
Also
Olympique Marseille (France) at Olympiakos (Greece), Fox Soccer Channel, 6 a.m.
Napoli (Italy) at Manchester City (England), Fox Soccer Plus, 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.; Fox Soccer Channel, 2 p.m. and 1 a.m.; Fox Deportes, 4 p.m.
Real Madrid (Spain) at Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia), Fox Deportes, 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Fox Soccer Plus, 9 p.m.; Fox Soccer Channel, 11 p.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Houston Dynamo at Columbus Crew
MLS Direct Kick, 4:30 p.m.
Eastern Conference leader Columbus can't stop anyone at the moment -- its last two foes have fired in 10 goals. Houston's postseason chances weren't aided by a 3-0 disappointment Saturday in Kansas City.

CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Tauro (Panama) at FC Dallas
Fox Soccer Channel, 5 p.m.
The Hoops are going through a rough patch in Major League Soccer but posted 1-0 wins in its first two Group C matches to vault atop the standings. Winning at home is critical in the region's club championship.
Also
Toronto FC (Canada) at Pumas UNAM (Mexico), Telefutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 5 p.m.
Seattle Sounders at Herediano (Costa Rica), Fox Soccer Channel, 7 p.m.
Monterrey (Mexico) at Comunicaciones (Guatemala), Telefutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 7 p.m.
Copa Sudamericana
Trujillanos (Venezuela) at Liga de Quito (Ecuador), Fox Deportes, 7 a.m.

INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY
Brazil at Argentina
ESPN Deportes, 5:50 p.m.
South America's big boys get together in Cordoba for the first of two friendlies two weeks apart. It's not a FIFA date, so the names everybody knows won't be around, but blooding players for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers is important, too.

MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION
San Luis at America
Galavision, 6:30 p.m.
The Aguilas, whether or not they want to admit it, are in crisis, with two successive shutout losses and just one win in their last six league games. They sit 16th in the standings, and that's the kind of number that could soon spell the end of Carlos Reinoso's tenure as manager.
Colombian Liga Postobon
Cartagena at Independiente Medellin, GolTV, 6 p.m. and midnight
  • ON LOCAL FIELDS
COLLEGE MEN
Pomona-Pitzer at Redlands
Farquhar Fields (Redlands), 7 p.m.

The Bulldogs, with former Galaxy coach Ralph Perez at the commands, shared last year's Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Association title. They open conference play at home.
Also
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Cal Lutheran (Thousand Oaks), 4 p.m.
Occidental at Caltech (Pasadena), 4 p.m.
Concordia at Soka (Aliso Viejo), 5 p.m.
Whittier vs. La Verne at Damien High School (La Verne), 7 p.m.

COLLEGE WOMEN
Cal Lutheran at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Pritzlaff Field (Claremont), 7 p.m.
Two of the SCIAC's best programs tangle in a conference opener.
Also
Dixie State (Utah) at Cal Baptist (Riverside), 3 p.m.
Redlands at Pomona-Pitzer (Claremont), 4 p.m.
Chapman at Occidental (Eagle Rock), 5 p.m.
La Verne at Whittier, 7 p.m.

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