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Best Bets Sept. 13/14: What to watch, where to go

TUESDAY, SEPT. 13

  • TELEVISION

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

AC Milan (Italy) at Barcelona (Spain)

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

Defending champion Barcelona, with a vast array of stars, opens Group H play against the Italian champs -- the week's biggest showdown as the world's top club competition gets started in earnest. Replay: Fox Soccer Plus, 2 p.m. and 1 a.m.; Fox Deportes, 6 p.m.

Also

Bayer Leverkusen (Germany) at Chelsea (England), Fox Soccer Plus, 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.; Fox Soccer Channel, 2 p.m. and 1 a.m.; Fox Deportes, 2 p.m.

Arsenal (England) at Borussia Dortmund (Germany), Fox Deportes, 4 p.m.; Fox Soccer Channel, 11 p.m.

Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine) at FC Porto (Portugal), Fox Soccer Plus, 9 p.m.

CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Galaxy at Morelia (Mexico)

Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision, 5 p.m.

L.A. won its first two CCL games, both at home, but picking up road points always is tough in the region's club championship, especially in Mexico and Central America -- especially without David Beckham. The Monarcas are coming off a huge victory at Cruz Azul.

Also

Santos Laguna (Mexico) at Colorado Rapids, Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision, 7 p.m.

Copa Sudamericana

Nacional (Uruguay) at U. de Chile (Chile), Fox Deportes, 10 p.m.

Libertad (Paraguay) at La Equidad (Colombia), Fox Deportes, midnight

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

COLLEGE MEN

Marymount at Vanguard

Vanguard Soccer Field (Costa Mesa), 6 p.m.

The Lions have surrendered just one goal in their last four games and count heavily on Kyle O'Brien, who scored 11 goals last fall and has four in six games this year. Marymount, from Rancho Palos Verdes, is in its second season as an NAIA school.

Also

Cal State Monterey Bay at Cal Baptist (Riverside), 3 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 14

  • TELEVISION

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Manchester United (England) at Benfica (Portugal)

Fox Soccer Channel, 11:30 a.m.

The English champs are aiming for another title-game appearance in the world's foremost club championship, although they're hoping for a different ending this season. The Red Devils open the competition against their primary opposition in Group C. Replays: Fox Soccer Plus, 2 p.m. and 1 a.m.; Fox Deportes, 2 p.m.

Also

Olympique Marseille (France) at Olympiakos (Greece), Fox Soccer Channel, 6 a.m.

Napoli (Italy) at Manchester City (England), Fox Soccer Plus, 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.; Fox Soccer Channel, 2 p.m. and 1 a.m.; Fox Deportes, 4 p.m.

Real Madrid (Spain) at Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia), Fox Deportes, 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Fox Soccer Plus, 9 p.m.; Fox Soccer Channel, 11 p.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Houston Dynamo at Columbus Crew

MLS Direct Kick, 4:30 p.m.

Eastern Conference leader Columbus can't stop anyone at the moment -- its last two foes have fired in 10 goals. Houston's postseason chances weren't aided by a 3-0 disappointment Saturday in Kansas City.

CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Tauro (Panama) at FC Dallas

Fox Soccer Channel, 5 p.m.

The Hoops are going through a rough patch in Major League Soccer but posted 1-0 wins in its first two Group C matches to vault atop the standings. Winning at home is critical in the region's club championship.

Also

Toronto FC (Canada) at Pumas UNAM (Mexico), Telefutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 5 p.m.

Seattle Sounders at Herediano (Costa Rica), Fox Soccer Channel, 7 p.m.

Monterrey (Mexico) at Comunicaciones (Guatemala), Telefutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 7 p.m.

Copa Sudamericana

Trujillanos (Venezuela) at Liga de Quito (Ecuador), Fox Deportes, 7 a.m.

INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY

Brazil at Argentina

ESPN Deportes, 5:50 p.m.

South America's big boys get together in Cordoba for the first of two friendlies two weeks apart. It's not a FIFA date, so the names everybody knows won't be around, but blooding players for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers is important, too.

MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION

San Luis at America

Galavision, 6:30 p.m.

The Aguilas, whether or not they want to admit it, are in crisis, with two successive shutout losses and just one win in their last six league games. They sit 16th in the standings, and that's the kind of number that could soon spell the end of Carlos Reinoso's tenure as manager.

Colombian Liga Postobon

Cartagena at Independiente Medellin, GolTV, 6 p.m. and midnight

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

COLLEGE MEN

Pomona-Pitzer at Redlands

Farquhar Fields (Redlands), 7 p.m.

The Bulldogs, with former Galaxy coach Ralph Perez at the commands, shared last year's Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Association title. They open conference play at home.

Also

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Cal Lutheran (Thousand Oaks), 4 p.m.

Occidental at Caltech (Pasadena), 4 p.m.

Concordia at Soka (Aliso Viejo), 5 p.m.

Whittier vs. La Verne at Damien High School (La Verne), 7 p.m.

COLLEGE WOMEN

Cal Lutheran at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

Pritzlaff Field (Claremont), 7 p.m.

Two of the SCIAC's best programs tangle in a conference opener.

Also

Dixie State (Utah) at Cal Baptist (Riverside), 3 p.m.

Redlands at Pomona-Pitzer (Claremont), 4 p.m.

Chapman at Occidental (Eagle Rock), 5 p.m.

La Verne at Whittier, 7 p.m.