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June 10/11: What to watch, where to go

SUNDAY, JUNE 10

  • TELEVISION

2012 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP

Spain vs. Italy

ESPN and ESPN Deportes, 8:45 a.m.

Are the Spaniards still the favorite without David Villa and Carles Puyol? Some say yes, some say no, we're not entirely sure, but with that midfield intact, how do you bet against them? Italy is reeling from another domestic match-fixing scandal, but remember what happened last time: They won the 2006 World Cup. Replay: ESPN Deportes, 3 p.m.; ESPN2, 10 p.m.

Also

Ireland vs. Croatia, ESPN and ESPN Deportes, 11:30 a.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Houston Dynamo at Vancouver Whitecaps

MLS Direct Kick, 4 p.m.

The Dynamo have Honduran star Oscar Boniek Garcia coming, but not yet, and the injury bug has bitten. The 'Caps aren't 100 percent either, with Omar Salgado's fractured foot, and they haven't won in their last five, all competitions.

Brazilian Brasileirão

Botafogo at Nautico, GolTV, 2:30 p.m.

Argentine Primera B Nacional

Boca Unidos at River Plate, GolTV, 4:30 and 10 p.m.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

USL W-LEAGUE

Victoria Highlanders at Santa Clarita Blue Heat

Valencia High School, 2 p.m.

After crushing losses to Pali Blues and L.A. Strikers, British Columbia's Highlanders wrap up their annual SoCal trek in the Santa Clarita heat.

USL PREMIER DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE

Orange County Blue Star at Pali Blues

Palisades High School (Pacific Palisades), 3 p.m.

Blue Star looks to bounce back from its first PDL loss, a 2-1 heartbreaker against Southwest Division leader Ventura County Fusion. Pali looks for its first win, hoping to bounce back from a 6-1 loss to the Fusion.

MONDAY, JUNE 11

  • TELEVISION

2012 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP

France vs. England

ESPN and ESPN Deportes, 8:45 a.m.

Are the French back? They come into Euro 2012 with a 21-game unbeaten streak, and there's no arguing with their talent. High hopes for England, too. Might it not be overvalued this time? Replay: ESPN Deportes, 6 p.m.

Also

Ukraine vs. Sweden, ESPN and ESPN Deportes, 11:30 a.m.

2014 WORLD CUP QUALIFYING

Panama at Honduras

ESPN Deportes, 4 p.m.

One of Saturday's marquee matches to start the semifinal round of CONCACAF qualifying makes it to the tube on a two-day delay.

Also

El Salvador at Costa Rica, ESPN Deportes, 6:30 a.m.

Brazilian Brasileirão

Coritiba at Flamengo, ESPN Deportes, 4:30 a.m.

Corinthians at Gremio, GolTV, 10 a.m.