Best Bets Nov. 11/12: What to watch

November, 11, 2011
11/11/11
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FRIDAY, NOV. 11
  • TELEVISION
2012 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING
Portugal at Bosnia & Herzegovina
ESPN Deportes, 10:55 a.m.

Cristiano Ronaldo and his fellow Portuguese stars are 180 minutes from Euro 2012, and to fail to advance would be disastrous. But the Bosnians narrowly missed out on an automatic berth, finishing second to France by a point in Group D, and a home victory could be enough to prod them through.
Also
Croatia at Turkey, ESPN Deportes, 1 p.m.

INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY
United States at France
ESPN2 and Univision (KMEX/Channel 34), 11:55 a.m.
Jurgen Klinsmann
takes the U.S. back to Europe for a showdown with the French, who are restoring respectability following the South African debacle. Consider this another benchmark game: Can the Americans possess and attack, or are they at the mercy of Les Bleus' technicians?
Also
Germany at Ukraine, ESPN Deportes, 4 p.m.

INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY
Serbia at Mexico
Univision (KMEX/Channel 34), 5:50 p.m.
Rafa Marquez
's temper cost him a roster spot in the Mexicans' final friendly of the year -- Jose Manuel “Chepo” de la Torre left him out of the squad after that red card against the Galaxy -- but the other big names are available to take on the Serbs, who just missed out on the Euro 2012 playoffs.
  • ON LOCAL FIELDS
COLLEGE WOMEN
San Diego at UC Irvine
Anteater Stadium (Irvine), 7 p.m.

The Anteaters had won eight in a row, seven by shutout, before a tight defeat to Long Beach State in the Big West Conference tournament opener, and they've got two of the finest players in the region in All-America defender CoCo Goodson and forward Natalia Ledezma, a U.S. youth national teams veteran. USD, which has won its last seven to claim a share of the West Coast Conference title, dropped a 3-2 home decision to UCI in late September.
Also
Trinity Lutheran at The Master's (Santa Clarita), 2:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, NOV. 12
  • TELEVISION
ENGLISH F.A. CUP
Carlisle United at Alfreton Town
Fox Soccer Channel, 7 a.m.

The first round of the world's oldest soccer competition always brings some unexpected names to the screen. Alfreton Town, from Derbyshire, play in the fifth tier of English football. Carlisle is in third-tier League One. Replay: 8 p.m.
Also
Shrewsbury Town at Newport County, Fox Soccer Plus, 4:25 a.m.
Huddersfield Town at Swindon Town, Fox Soccer Plus, 6:55 a.m.
Wycombe Wanderers at Fleetwood Town, Fox Soccer Channel, 11:30 a.m.
Macclesfield Town at East Thurrock United, Fox Soccer Plus, 6 p.m.
Brazilian Brasileirão Petrobras
Atletico Mineiro at Fluminense, GolTV, 1 and 5 p.m. and midnight
Colombian Liga Postobon
America de Cali at Once Caldas, GolTV, 3 and 7 p.m.
Australian A-League
Wellington Phoenix at Brisbane Roar, Foc Soccer Channel, 7 p.m.

INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY
Spain at England
Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 9 a.m.
The English get to test themselves against the reigning World Cup and European Championship winners at Wembley. Replay: FSC, 5 p.m.
Also
Norway at Wales, ESPN Deportes, 6:55 a.m.
Switzerland at Netherlands, ESPN Deportes, 1 and 6 p.m.
Italy at Poland, ESPN Deportes, 3 p.m.

2012 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING
Ireland at Estonia
ESPN Deportes, 9 a.m.
Galaxy forward Robbie Keane leads the Irish in the first leg of their playoff series, a telecast delayed from Friday. The winner of this and three other playoffs head to Euro 2012.
Also
Montenegro at Czech Republic, ESPN Deportes, 11 a.m .
  • ON LOCAL FIELDS
COLLEGE WOMEN
Long Beach State at Pepperdine
Tari Frahm Rokus Field (Malibu), 1:30 p.m.

The seventh-ranked Waves don't give up a lot of goals and are capable of scoring in bunches. Long Beach, which won the Big West tournament, has an explosive attack and has shut out four foes on a five-game winning streak. It makes for what could be a dynamite first-round NCAA tournament matchup.
Also
Seattle Pacific/Grand Canyon at Cal State L.A. (University Heights), 1 p.m.
The Master's/Trinity Lutheran at Cal Baptist (Riverside), 1 p.m.
Puget Sound vs. Concordia-Morehead (Minn.) at Cal Lutheran (Thousand Oaks), 5 p.m.
New Mexico at UCLA (Westwood), 7 p.m.
UC Santa Cruz at Cal Lutheran (Thousand Oaks), 7:30 p.m.

COLLEGE MEN
Biola at Concordia
Concordia Soccer and Track Field (Irvine), 2 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara transfer Christian Ramirez has been virtually unstoppable for Concordia this season, scoring 18 goals with 11 assists. Goalkeeper Aaron Fenlason has been huge for Biola, which has won five in a row en route to the Golden State Athletic Conference title game.
Also
Pacific Lutheran at Redlands, 5 p.m.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps vs. Chapman at Redlands, 7:30 p.m.

COLLEGE MEN
UC Santa Barbara at UC Irvine
Anteater Stadium (Irvine), 7 p.m.
Big West Conference champion UCI won the regular-season meeting in Goleta behind two second-half goals, and another victory will secure an NCAA tournament berth. Both teams are probably NCAA-bound regardless of what happens, but the Anteaters know nothing is guaranteed after they were robbed in last year's pairings.

INDOOR SOCCER
San Diego Sockers at Anaheim Bolts
Anaheim Convention Center, 8 p.m.
So Cal's newest pro team makes its Professional Arena Soccer League debut against the two-time defending champions, a restart of America's most storied indoor franchise.

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