Best Bets Dec. 22/23: What to watch/where to go
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 22
FRENCH LIGUE 1
Saint-Etienne at Lille
Fox Soccer Channel, 10 a.m.
Saint-Etienne, with Alta Loma's Carlos Bocanegra, is showing the kind of form that sent it atop the Ligue 1 standings earlier this season. First-place Lille is only three points ahead of Les Verts. Replay, 5 p.m.
Auxerre at Lyon, Fox Soccer Plus, 10 a.m., 5 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Lens at Girondins Bordeaux, Fox Soccer Channel, noon and 8 p.m.
Levante at Real Madrid
GolTV, 1 p.m.
Real coach Jose Mourinho might be the most entertaining man in the game. Witness his tirade after Sunday's win over Sevilla, railing against the referees and getting in a dig at Rafa Benitez, the embattled boss at Inter Milan -- Mourinho's former club -- that he should “thank me for practically winning the title for him.” Then, on a scale of one to 10, Mourinho gave himself … you know it -- an 11. This is the first leg of a round-of-16 series. Replay: 5 p.m.
Espanyol at Atletico Madrid, GolTV, 11 a.m.
THURSDAY, DEC. 23
2010 WORLD CUP
United States vs. Algeria
ESPN Classic, 7 p.m.
Relive the magic of America's best moment from South Africa, when Landon Donovan scores at nearly the last possible moment to send the U.S. to the round of 16, then gets buried in a jubilant dogpile! The other three U.S. games from the Cup precede this one.
United States vs. Ghana, ESPN Classic, noon
United States vs. England, ESPN Classic, 3 p.m.
United States vs. Slovenia, ESPN Classic, 5 p.m.