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Best Bets Feb. 15/16: What to watch

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15

  • TELEVISION

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Arsenal (England) at AC Milan (Italy)

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

Robin van Persie has been nearly unstoppable for the Gunners, perhaps England's best chance in the European club championship now that Manchester United and Manchester City have dropped down to the Europa League. Replays: Fox Soccer Plus, 2 and 9 p.m.; FSC, 5 p.m.

Also

Benfica (Portugal) at Zenit St. Petersburg (Russia), Fox Soccer Channel, 8:55 a.m.; Fox Deportes, 9 a.m. and 10:30 p.m.; Fox Soccer Plus, 5:30 p.m. and 1 a.m.

COPA LIBERTADORES

Flamengo (Brazil) at Lanus (Argentina)

Fox Deportes, 4 p.m.

A Group 2 opener in South America's club competition, with both sides looking to match Ecuador's Emelec, winner of the group's first match.

Also

Universidad de Chile (Chile) at Atletico Nacional (Colombia), Fox Deportes, 5 a.m.

Santos (Brazil) at The Strongest (Bolivia), Fox Deportes, 2 p.m.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

MLS PRESEASON

Chicago Fire vs. Portland Timbers

Home Depot Center Field 4 (Carson), 11 a.m.

The Timbers have been the most impressive of the sides training in Southern California, with four goals in a romp over the Galaxy and two more to beat Houston -- at a time most attacks are lagging far behind defenses. This is the Fire's lone game at HDC.

THURSDAY, FEB. 16

  • TELEVISION

UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE

Manchester United (England) and Ajax Amsterdam (Netherlands)

GolTV, 2 p.m.

What a costly tumble for Man United, which finished third in its Champions League group -- behind Benfica and Basel -- and missed out on the big tournament's lucrative knockout stage. The No. 2 tournament's round of 32 is consolation.

Also

Atletico Madrid (Spain) at Lazio (Italy), GolTV, 10 a.m.

Valencia (Spain) at Stoke City (England), GolTV, noon

COPA LIBERTADORES

PeƱarol (Uruguay) at Godoy Cruz (Argentina)

Fox Deportes, 4:30 p.m.

Uruguay's most legendary club heads to lovely Mendoza for a Group 8 opener in South America's club championship.

Also

Libertad (Paraguay) at Nacional (Uruguay), Fox Deportes, 2 p.m.

Corinthians (Brazil) at Deportivo Tachira (Venezuela), Fox Deportes, 6:30 p.m.