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Best Bets Sept. 16/17: What to watch, where to go

FRIDAY, SEPT. 16

  • TELEVISION

GERMAN BUNDESLIGA

VfB Stuttgart at SC Freiburg

ESPN Deportes, 11:25 a.m.

Papiss Cisse has four goals in five games for Black Forest club Freiburg, which hasn't turned the production into points, with just four so far. Stuttgart is off to a 2-2-1 start.

UEFA Europa League

FC Vaslui (Romania) at Lazio (Italy), 1:30 p.m.

COLLEGE MEN

New Mexico at Akron

Fox Soccer Channel, 4 p.m.

Reigning NCAA champ Akron is young and talented, ranked fourth at 3-0-1, and needs a little more season to become what it will. No. 16 New Mexico is off to a 5-0-1 start, plus an impressive preseason victory over Tulsa.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

New England Revolution at Portland Timbers

Fox Soccer Channel, 8 p.m.

The expansion Timbers are looking like a real postseason contender, and winning games such as this one -- at home against a struggling side headed nowhere -- is an absolute must. Replay: Fox Deportes, 11 p.m.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

COLLEGE MEN

UC Santa Barbara at UCLA

Drake Stadium (Westwood), 7 p.m.

The Bruins and Gauchos annually meet in the game of the year around these parts, and UCLA's back-to-back wins last weekend after an 0-2-1 start adds some glitter to the showdown. UCSB is 5-0-0.

Also

San Jose State at Loyola Marymount (Westchester), 3 p.m.

Cal State Stanislaus at Cal State L.A. (University Heights), 4:30 p.m.

UNLV at UC Riverside, 7 p.m.

Cal State San Bernardino at Cal Poly Pomona, 7 p.m.

Chico State at Cal State Dominguez Hills (Carson), 7 p.m.

Point Loma Nazarene vs. Marymount, Home Depot Center Field 5 (Carson), 7 p.m.

COLLEGE WOMEN

St. Mary's at UC Irvine

Anteater Stadium (Irvine), 7 p.m.

UC Irvine dropped from 11th to 15th in the rankings after tying Santa Clara and losing to Stanford, now the nation's No. 1 team. Our favorite Anteater: All-American CoCo Goodson, a standout in the back or up top.

Also

Cal State San Bernardino at Cal Poly Pomona, 4:30 p.m.

Chico State at Cal State Dominguez Hills (Carson), 4:30 p.m.

Point Loma Nazarene vs. Marymount, Home Depot Center Field 5 (Carson), 5 p.m.

Cal State Stanislaus at Cal State L.A. (University Heights), 7 p.m.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 17

  • TELEVISION

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

Newcastle United at Aston Villa

Fox Soccer Channel, 7 a.m.

Heading into Birmingham won't scare the Magpies, who already have won (at Fulham) and tied without conceding (at QPR) in a quick run to No. 4 in the EPL standings.

Also

Arsenal at Blackburn, ESPN2, 4:30 a.m.; ESPN Deportes, 4:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Wigan at Arsenal, Fox Deportes, 7 a.m.; Fox Soccer Channel, 2 p.m.

Norwich City at Bolton, Fox Soccer Channel, 9 a.m.

Queens Park Rangers at Wolverhampton, Fox Soccer Plus, 9:55 a.m.

West Bromwich Albion at Swansea City, Fox Soccer Plus, 11 a.m.

Championship

Derby County at Nottingham Forest, Fox Soccer Plus, 4:55 a.m.

SPANISH LA LIGA

Osasuna at Barcelona

ESPN Deportes, 10:55 a.m.

The mighty Catalans have merely tied their last two -- in league at Real Sociedad, at home against AC Milan in the Champions League -- and now comes news that world's-best-player candidate Andres Iniesta will be out a month with a hamstring injury. Cause for panic? Uh, no. Replay: 6 p.m.

Also

Real Sociedad at Sevilla, GolTV, 1 p.m.

German Bundesliga

Cologne at Bayer Leverkusen, ESPN Deportes, 6:45 a.m.

Mainz 05 at Kaiserslautern, GolTV, 9:30 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Italian Serie A

Novara at Cagliari, Fox Deportes, 9 a.m.; Fox Soccer Plus, 11:55 a.m. and 1 a.m.

AS Roma at Inter Milan, Fox Soccer Channel, 11:30 a.m. and 8 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 11:30 a.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Chivas USA at Chicago Fire

Telefutura (KFTR/Channel 46) and KDOC/Channel 56, 1 p.m.

The Goats desperately need to end a three-game losing streak -- and desperately need all three points -- to hold onto realistic playoff hopes. Chicago's in the same place, and in similar form.

Also

Colorado Rapids at Toronto FC, MLS Direct Kick, 10:30 a.m.

Columbus Crew at Philadelphia Union, MLS Direct Kick, 4:30 p.m.

San Jose Earthquakes at Houston Dynamo, MLS Direct Kick, 5:30 p.m.

New York Red Bulls at FC Dallas, MLS Direct Kick, 5:30 p.m.

D.C. United at Seattle Sounders, MLS Direct Kick, 6 p.m.

Sporting Kansas City at Real Salt Lake, MLS Direct Kick, 6 p.m.

Vancouver Whitecaps at Galaxy, Prime Ticket, 10:30 p.m.

MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION

Cruz Azul at Monterrey

Telemundo (KVEA/Channel 52), 3 p.m.

The two best teams in Mexico? According to the percentage table, it's not close. The Cementeros and the Rayados are atop the list for points over the past two seasons-plus, and both expect to contend for the Apertura title.

Also

America at Jaguares de Chiapas, Azteca America (KAZA/Chane; 45), 3 p.m.

Atlas at Pachuca, Telefutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 5 p.m.

Puebla at Guadalajara, Telemundo (KVEA/Channel 52), 5 p.m.

Santos Laguna at San Luis, Galavision, 6:30 p.m.

UANL Tigres at Atlante, Telefutura (KFTR/Channe; 46), 7 p.m.

Liga de Ascenso

Merida at Irapuato, GolTV, 5 p.m.

Brazilian Brasileirão Petrobras

Ceara at Sao Paulo, GolTV, 3 p.m. and midnight

Colombian Liga Postobon

Itagüi Ditaires at America de Cali, GolTV, 7 p.m.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S FRIENDLY

Canada at United States

Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 4 p.m.

The U.S. women are in K.C. on their post-World Cup tour, even Hope Solo, who debuts Monday on “Dancing With the Stars.” But first she gets a love-rap from Sporting forward C.J. Sapong.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

COLLEGE WOMEN

UCLA at Loyola Marymount

Sullivan Field (Westchester), 1 p.m.

UCLA is 6-0-1 and up to No. 4 in the rankings. LMU is 6-1-1 and looking to crack the top 25.

Also

Academy of Art at Cal Baptist (Riverside), 12:30 p.m.

Redlands at Cal Lutheran (Thousand Oaks), 1 p.m.

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Occidental (Eagle Rock), 1 p.m.

Arizona Christian vs. Hope International at Fullerton College, 1 p.m.

Chapman at Whittier, 4 p.m.

Pomona-Pitzer vs. La Verne at Damien High School (La Verne), 7 p.m.

COLLEGE MEN

Vanguard at Chapman

Chapman Stadium (Orange), 7 p.m.

Four Orange County schools are unbeaten: UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton, Anaheim's Bethesda Christian and the Panthers, who have vaulted to No. 14 in the NCAA Division III rankings. Vanguard provides the next challenge.

Also

La Verne at Pomona-Pitzer (Claremont), 11 a.m.

Occidental at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Claremont), 1 p.m.

Menlo at Biola (La Mirada), 3 p.m.

Academy of Art at Cal Baptist (Riverside), 3 p.m.

Arizona Christian vs. Hope International at Fullerton College, 3:30 p.m.

Caltech at Whittier, 7 p.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Vancouver Whitecaps at Galaxy

Home Depot Center (Carson), 7:30 p.m.

The Galaxy are heavy favorites here, but the midweek CONCACAF Champions League encounter at Alajuelense is more important in the grand scheme, so no surprise if Bruce Arena rotates a few key players. The 'Caps have the makings for an offensive giant. Maybe next year.

TV: Prime Ticket, 10:30 p.m.