Best Bets Sept. 30/Oct. 1: What to watch




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.


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.


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.



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.




Liverpool at Everton

ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, 4:30 a.m.

Kenny Dalglish returns to Goodison Park as Liverpool's manager for the first time in 20 years, and with both sides battling to establish themselves within the group just below Manchester's powerhouses, this Merseyside Derby clash will be an intense one. Replay: ESPN Deportes, 5 p.m.


Manchester City at Blackburn, Fox Soccer Plus, 6:55 a.m.

Norwich City at Manchester United, Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 7 a.m.

Newcastle at Wolverhampton, Fox Soccer Channel, 9 a.m.

Wigan at Aston Villa, Fox Deportes, 9:30 a.m.; Fox Soccer Channel, 2 p.m.

West Bromwich Albion at Sunderland, Fox Soccer Plus, 11 a.m.


Derby County at Leicester City, Fox Soccer Plus, 1 p.m.

Portsmouth at Leeds United, Fox Soccer Plus, 3 p.m.


Napoli at Inter Milan

Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 11:30 a.m.

Inter has tumbled again and again since Jose Mourinho took off following the UEFA Champions League triumph 16½ months ago, and now Claudio Ranieri is trying to clean up the mess after replacing Gian Piero Gasperini last week. He's already got two wins and now looks to knock off his old club.


Atalanta at AS Roma, Fox Soccer Plus, 8:55 a.m. and 1 a.m.

German Bundesliga

Bayern Munich at Hoffenheim 1899, GolTV, 6:30 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Cologne at Hertha Berlin, ESPN Deportes, 9:25 a.m.

Spanish La Liga

Real Zaragoza at Villarreal, GolTV, 9 a.m.

Granada at Valencia, GolTV, 11 a.m.


Cruz Azul at Santos Laguna

Telefutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 5 p.m.

The Cementeros remain even on points with Apertura leader Jaguares despite winning just once in their last three matches. Santos could be within striking distance, but it's played one fewer game -- the Morelia clash suspended after gunfire outside the stadium.


America at Pumas UNAM, Telemundo (KVEA/Channel 52), 2 p.m.

Estudiantes Tecos at Morelia, Azteca America (KAZA/Channel 54) and Fox Deportes, 3 p.m.

Gallos Blancos de Queretaro at Guadalajara, Telemundo (KVEA/Channel 52), 5 p.m.

Puebla at San Luis, Galavision, 6:30 p.m.

Pachuca at Atlante, Telefutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 7 p.m.

Liga de Ascenso

Necaxa at Irapuato, GolTV, 6:15 p.m.

Brazilian Brasileirão Petrobras

Santos at Fluminense, GolTV, 2 and 10 p.m.

Colombian Liga Postobon

Atletico Nacional at Independiente Medellin, GolTV, 4:15 p.m. and midnight


FC Dallas at Colorado Rapids

MLS Direct Kick, 6 p.m.

This rematch of last year's MLS Cup final isn't the jewel it looked like it would be six weeks ago, with Colorado winless in its last five league matches and the Hoops having won just once in their last seven. Instead, this is a critical clash, with playoff berths -- especially for the Rapids -- perhaps in the balance.


Chicago Fire at Houston Dynamo, Telefutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 1 p.m.

New York Red Bulls at Toronto FC, Fox Soccer Channel, 4:30 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 11 p.m.

Seattle Sounders at New England Revolution, MLS Direct Kick, 4:30 p.m.

Real Salt Lake at Galaxy, Prime Ticket, 7:30 p.m.

Sporting Kansas City at San Jose Earthquakes, MLS Direct Kick, 7:30 p.m.



Cal State Fullerton at Cal State Northridge

Matador Soccer Field (Northridge), 7 p.m.

The Titans are off to their best start in a decade, bringing a 6-1-2 mark into their Big West Conference opener. Northridge is .500 but won its first conference game, 3-0 at UC Davis, which beat UCLA 3½ weeks ago.


Occidental at Whittier, 11 a.m.

Biola at Concordia (Irvine), noon

Point Loma Nazarene at Azusa Pacific (Azusa), 1 p.m.

Pomona-Pitzer at Cal Lutheran (Thousand Oaks), 1 p.m.

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Redlands, 1 p.m.

Hope International vs. Westmont at Fullerton College, 2:30 p.m.

The Master's at Vanguard (Costa Mesa), 6 p.m.

Caltech vs. La Verne at Damien High School (La Verne), 7 p.m.

College women

Cal Lutheran at Pomona-Pitzer (Claremont), 11 a.m.

Redlands at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Claremont), 11 a.m.

Hope International vs. Westmont at Fullerton College, noon

Biola at Concordia (Irvine), 2:30 p.m.

Point Loma Nazarene at Azusa Pacific (Azusa), 3:30 p.m.

The Master's at Vanguard (Costa Mesa), 4 p.m.

Whittier at Occidental (Eagle Rock), 7 p.m.


Real Salt Lake at Galaxy

Home Depot Center (Carson), 7:30 p.m.

David Beckham returns, and L.A. can knock the Utahns out of the Supporters' Shield race -- can clinch the regular-season title if Seattle somehow falls to win in New England -- and take another step toward a league record for points.

TV: Prime Ticket