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March 3/4: What to watch, where to go

SATURDAY, MARCH 3

  • TELEVISION

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

Arsenal at Liverpool

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

Liverpool returns to league play after beating Cardiff City on penalties in last weekend's League Cup final, and they need to beat the fourth-place Gunners to keep their European hopes alive for next season. Replay: ESPN Deportes, 6 p.m.

Also

Chelsea at West Bromwich Albion, Fox Soccer Plus, 6:55 and 10 a.m.

Bolton at Manchester City, Fox Deportes, 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.; Fox Soccer Channel, 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Aston Villa at Blackburn, Fox Soccer Plus, 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Norwich City at Stoke City, Fox Soccer Plus, 1:30 p.m.

Everton at Queens Park Rangers, Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 2 p.m.

Championship

Southampton at Leeds United, Fox Soccer Plus, 9:15 a.m.

GERMAN BUNDESLIGA

Bayern Munich at Bayer Leverkusen

GolTV, 6:30 a.m.

Bayern is the best bet to keep Borussia Dortmund from a second straight Bundesliga crown, but Germany's biggest club has ground to make up. Mario Gomez and Franck Ribery supply the firepower to do so. Leverkusen is fifth, ahead in what appears to be a three-team race for two Europa League slots. Replay: 7 p.m.

Also

Werder Bremen at Hertha Berlin, ESPN Deportes, 6:45 a.m.

Mainz 05 at Borussia Dortmund, ESPN Deportes, 9:25 a.m.

ITALIAN SERIE A

Chievo Verona at Juventus

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

Michael Bradley sure has impressed the Italians, both for Chievo and in Wednesday's U.S. victory over the Azzurri. A stern test awaits at unbeaten Juventus, which is a point behind AC Milan but has a game in hand. Replay: FSC, midnight

Also

AC Milan at Palermo, Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 9 a.m.

Spanish La Liga

Osasuna at Mallorca, GolTV, 9 a.m.

Sporting Gijon at Barcelona, GolTV, 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Atletico Madrid at Sevilla, GolTV, 1 p.m.

MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION

Monterrey at Cruz Azul

Azteca America (KAZA/Channel 54) and ESPN Deportes, 3 p.m.

The Rayados appear to have straightened things out after a dismal fall, sitting third in Mexico's top league, just two points off the lead. Cruz Azul has lost only once, too, last weekend, but they've found wins hard to come by. If that isn't solved soon, the Cementeros could miss the postseason.

Also

Morelia at Gallos Blancos, Telefutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 2:55 p.m.

Atlante at UANL Tigres, Galavision, 4:55 p.m.

San Luis at Santos Laguna, Telefutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 5 p.m.

Pachuca at Atlas, Galavision, 7 p.m.

Brazilian Campeonato Paulista

Catanduvense at Portuguesa, GolTV, 3 p.m.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS PLAYOFFS

San Fernando vs. Fremont

Contreras Learning Center (Los Angeles), 5:30 p.m.

A rematch of the 2010 CIF L.A. City Section Large Schools final, with San Fernando seeking another title-game triumph. Fremont knocked off No. 1 Bell in the semifinals and now take aim at No. 2.

Also at Contreras

East Valley (North Hollywood) vs. Sun Valley, 12:30 p.m.

Girls finals at Contreras

Port of L.A. (San Pedro) vs. LACES (Los Angeles), 10 a.m.

Palisades (Pacific Palisades) vs. El Camino Real (Woodland Hills), 3 p.m.

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS PLAYOFFS

Millikan vs. Ventura

Warren High School (Downey), 7:30 p.m.

Rod Petkovic has had Long Beach's Millikan among SoCal's powerhouses for, oh, 30 years now, but he's won the championship just twice. Unbeaten Ventura stands between the Rams and No. 3 in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 final.

Also at Warren

Cajon (San Bernardino) vs. Lakeside (Lake Elsinore), 9:30 a.m.

Crossroads (Santa Monica) vs. Desert Mirage (Thermal), noon

Cate (Carpinteria) vs. University Prep (Victorville), 2:30 p.m.

Channel Islands (Oxnard) vs. Paramount, 5 p.m.

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS PLAYOFFS

Sunny Hills vs. Los Osos

Mission Viejo High School, 7:30 p.m.

Top-seeded Sunny Hills, from Fullerton, has lost just once in 31 games. No. 2 Los Osos, from Rancho Cucamonga, hasn't lost in 25. The victor claims the CIF Southern Section Division 2 title.

Also at Mission Viejo

La Serna (Whittier) vs. Downey, 9:30 p.m.

Citrus Valley (Redlands) vs. Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth), noon

Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) vs. Marymount (Bel-Air), 2:30 p.m.

Bishop Amat (La Puente) vs. Claremont, 5 p.m.

SUNDAY, MARCH 2

  • TELEVISION

ITALIAN SERIE A

Lazio at Roma

Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 6 a.m.

The Roman clubs share a stadium and immense hatred of each other. Both are battling for European slots next season, but Lazio's in better shape -- Roma has won just twice in its last eight games and fell, 4-1, to Atalanta last weekend. Think that matters? Think again. Replay: FSC, midnight

Also

Napoli at Parma, Fox Soccer Plus, 8 a.m.

Catania at Inter Milan, Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 11:30 a.m.

DUTCH EREDIVISIE

Twente at PSV

ESPN Deportes, 6 a.m.

Holland's powers are in a virtual tie atop the first division table: third-place Twente is three points back with a game in hand. Winning in Eindhoven won't be simple -- PSV is 10-0-1 at home.

German Bundesliga

Cologne at 1899 Hoffenheim, GolTV, 8:30 a.m.

Spanish La Liga

Granada at Valencia, ESPN Deportes, 8:55 a.m.

French Ligue 1

Stade Rennes at Lorient, Fox Soccer Plus, noon

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

Manchester United at Tottenham

Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 8 a.m.

Word is Gareth Bale will be missing when third-place Tottenham takes on second-place United, but Harry Redknapp says the talk is “a million miles” from reality. Spurs look like they'll finish third regardless, but Man U is chasing Man City for the title, and a win away would be huge. Replay: FSC, 8 p.m.

Also

Sunderland at Newcastle United, Fox Soccer Plus, 4 a.m.

Wolverhampton at Fulham, Fox Soccer Plus, 6 a.m.

Championship

West Ham United at Cardiff City, Fox Soccer Plus, 10 a.m.

MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION

Jaguares at America

Univision (KMEX/Channel 34), 2 p.m.

The Aguilas' horrid, horrid autumn is well behind them -- new coach Miguel Herrera has guided the Mexico City giants to second in Mexico's top league with a 4-1-3 mark, the only loss to reigning champ Tigres. Only Toluca has scored more goals.

Also

Pumas UNAM at Toluca, Univision (KMEX/Channel 34), 10 a.m.

Guadalajara at Puebla, Azteca America (KAZA/Channel 54), 1:55 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 2 p.m.

Liga de Ascenso

Leones Negros at Toros Neza, Azteca America (KAZA/Channel 54), 9:55 a.m.

Argentine Primera Division

Boca Juniors at San Lorenzo, GolTV, noon and 9 p.m.