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Saturday, November 6, 2010
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SATURDAY, NOV. 6

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE
Aston Villa at Fulham
Fox Soccer Plus, 8 a.m.

Clint Dempsey is coming off a two-goal display in Fulham's victory last week over Wigan. Can he beat Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Friedel? Replay, 6 p.m.
Other games
Tottenham at Bolton, ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, 5:30 a.m.
Wolverhampton at Manchester United, Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 8 a.m.
Everton at Blackpool, Fox Soccer Plus, 2 p.m.

MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION
Cruz Azul at Guadalajara
Telemundo (KVEA/Channel 52), 6 p.m.

Mexico City's Cruz Azul has already clinched a playoff berth and is on the verge of nailing down the top seed. Chivas' postseason hopes might require an upset victory. Doesn't matter. They're two of Mexico's three biggest clubs -- America, of course, is the other -- and any meeting is a big one.
Other games
Santos at San Luis, TeleFutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 4 p.m.
Atlas at Jaguares, Azteca America (KAZA/Channel 54) and Fox Deportes, 4 p.m.
Gallos Blancos at Pachuca, TeleFutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 6 p.m.
America at Atlante, Telemundo (KVEA/Channel 52), 8 p.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
FC Dallas at Real Salt Lake
Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 7 p.m.

RSL has lost just twice at home since Rio Tinto Stadium opened in October 2008 -- the last time was in May 2009 -- but failing to lose won't be enough this time. A gorgeous late strike by former UC Santa Barbara star Eric Avila gave FC Dallas a 2-1 win in last week's first leg in the first-round playoff series, so the Utahns must win by one to force overtime and by two (or on penalties) to reach the Western Conference final. And they must do so without playmaker Javier Morales, who was red-carded in Texas.
Other game
Colorado Rapids at Columbus Crew, TeleFutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 1 p.m.



COLLEGE MEN
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Redlands
Farquhar Field (Redlands), 7 p.m.

Redlands won the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular-season title when Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, after beating the Bulldogs to forge a first-place tie, fell to cross-campus rival Pomona-Pitzer. Ah, well, it was all leading here anyway, with the SCIAC's two best defensive sides -- Redlands (13-2-2) surrendered just nine goals, CMS (13-3-2) only 11 -- battling in the conference tournament final.
Women's final
Redlands at Occidental, Patterson Field (Eagle Rock), 7 p.m.
Another women's game
Santa Clara at Pepperdine, Tari Frahm Rokus Field (Malibu), 1 p.m.




SUNDAY, NOV. 7

ITALIAN SERIE A
AS Roma at Lazio
Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 6 a.m.

Serie A leader Lazio, where Italian Fascism is alive and well -- at least among its violent ultras -- heads into the Derby della Capitale against cross-stadium rival Roma as huge favorites. Even suspended Roma captain Francesco Totti says so. “I will watch it from home, because I would suffer too much if I was at the stadium,” Totti said this week. “Who will win? Lazio. And [Sergio] Floccari will score from a penalty.”

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE
Chelsea at Liverpool
Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 8 a.m.

Is Chelsea's five-point advantage, after just 10 games, too much for its rivals to overcome? Could be, especially the way Didier Drogba and Florent Malouda are hooking up. There's new life in Liverpool too, where Reds fans are taking a liking to their new owners -- the Boston Red Sox -- after a (let's be kind) difficult relationship with former bosses Tom Hicks, owner of the Dallas Stars hockey team, and George Gillett, who used to own the Montreal Canadiens.
Other games
Newcastle United at Arsenal, Fox Soccer Plus, 5:30 a.m.
Manchester City at West Bromwich Albion, Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 2 p.m.

MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION
Necaxa at Pumas UNAM
Telemundo (KVEA/Channel 52), 10 a.m.

Mexico's City's UNAM is only two points off the playoff line, and Toluca's loss Friday to last-place Estudiantes Tecos props the door open. But the Pumas have won just two of their past 10 games, and a draw isn't going to be enough here.
Other game
Monterrey at Puebla, Azteca America (KAZA/Channel 54), 10 a.m.; ESPN Deportes, 11:55 a.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Seattle Sounders FC at L.A. Galaxy
ESPN and ESPN Deportes, 6 p.m.

The Galaxy has been better on the road than at home this year, so their 1-0 triumph last week at Seattle wasn't as surprising as it might have seemed. Frustrating Steve Zakuani and Fredy Montero again will be key for L.A., which knows this series isn't over -- and if they didn't know, then New York's dismissal Thursday against San Jose will provide the needed context.




COLLEGE WOMEN
Long Beach State at UC Irvine
Anteater Stadium (Irvine), noon

The Anteaters (17-1-2) are ranked 11th, riding 14-game winning and 17-game unbeaten streaks, and has pulled out one-goal victories in each of their last six games. They're going to the NCAA tournament win or lose in the Big West Conference tournament final, but the 49ers (13-5-2) might need a victory to push them into the 64-team field.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Seattle Sounders FC at L.A. Galaxy
Home Depot Center (Carson), 6 p.m.

The Galaxy disrupted the Sounders in Seattle and prevailed on a miracle shot by Edson Buddle. That means a tie in the second leg of the first-round playoff series will be enough to get them to the conference final next Sunday, but they'll be playing for a win nonetheless.