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9/29/2011

THURSDAY, SEPT. 29

  • TELEVISION

UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE

Lazio (Italy) at Sporting CP (Portugal)

GolTV, noon

The Romans' Group D debut was a nightmare, but they rallied for a point against visiting Romanians Vaslui. Making amends in Lisbon isn't going to be easy. Replay: Midnight

Also

Atletico Madrid (Spain) at Stade Rennes (France), GolTV, 10 a.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

D.C. United at Philadelphia Union

ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, 5 p.m.

The fight for the Eastern Conference crown goes on, with the second showdown in as many days among contenders. Dwayne De Rosario is making MVP noise, and he could be enough to lead D.C. to the top.

COPA SUDAMERICANA

Universitario (Peru) at Godoy Cruz (Argentina)

Fox Deportes, 5:30 p.m.

The U is seeded sixth now that the main bracket has been filled, and it starts its round-of-16 home-and-home in Mendoza. Hope they get some time for tourism -- it's one of Argentina's loveliest cities.

Also

Arsenal de Sarandi (Argentina) at Olimpia (Paraguay), Fox Deportes, 3 p.m.

Santa Fe (Colombia) at Botafogo (Brazil), Fox Deportes, 10:30 p.m.

CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Motagua (Honduras) at Alajuelense (Costa Rica)

Galavision, 7 p.m.

Alajuela clinches a quarterfinal berth with a victory if the Galaxy failed to win on Wednesday, but the result won't matter all that much if L.A. triumphed -- Group A wouldn't be decided until Oct. 20. Motagua has been the biggest disappointment in the group stage, won't have too much interest in the proceedings.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

COLLEGE MEN

San Diego Christian at La Sierra

La Sierra Soccer Field (Riverside), 7 p.m.

La Sierra has quickly rose from nobodies to No. 24 in the NAIA rankings, although a loss last weekend in Arizona dropped the Golden Eagles out of the top 25 this week.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 30

  • TELEVISION

GERMAN BUNDESLIGA

VfB Stuttgart at Kaiserslautern

ESPN Deportes, 11:25 a.m.

Martin Harnik already has four goals for the Swabians, who are looking to climb among the top group in a bid for their first title in five years. K-Town has taken shutout losses in four of seven league games.

UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE

Paris Saint-Germain (France) at Athletic Bilbao (Spain)

GolTV, 1:30 p.m.

The two big names in Group F of Europe's No. 2 club competition tangle in the Basque country. This is a delayed telecast from Thursday.

MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION

Atlas at Jaguares

Azteca America (KAZA/Channel 54), 6 p.m.

Jaguares is the surprise Apertura leader after 10 games, ahead of Guadalajara and Cruz Azul on goal difference and just a point in front of Tigres and Pumas. Atlas is in the basement, looking up four points at Tijuana.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

COLLEGE WOMEN/MEN

Oregon/California at UCLA

Drake Stadium (Westwood), 5 and 7 p.m.

A pair of perennial top 15 sides meet in the nightcap, a Pacific 12 Conference men's opener, although both are below form. The Bruins dropped to 25th in this week's rankings, and Cal isn't on the list. UCLA's No. 3 women's team looks for its second Pac-12 win in the opener.

College men

Cal State East Bay at Cal State San Bernardino, 3 p.m.

Cal State L.A. at Cal Poly Pomona, 4:30 p.m.

Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) vs. Marymount at Home Depot Center Field 5 (Carson), 7 p.m.

College women

Cal State East Bay at Cal State San Bernardino, 12:30 p.m.

Oregon State vs. USC at McAllister Park (Los Angeles), 3 p.m.

Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) vs. Marymount at Home Depot Center Field 5 (Carson), 5 p.m.

Cal State L.A. at Cal Poly Pomona, 7 p.m.

UC Santa Cruz at Chapman (Orange), 7 p.m.