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Best Bets Sept. 25/26: What to watch

SUNDAY, SEPT. 25

  • TELEVISION

ITALIAN SERIE A

Genoa at Chievo Verona

Fox Soccer Plus, 3:25 a.m.

Michael Bradley and the Flying Donkeys take on Genoa, the surprise leader three games into the campaign. Replay: 1 a.m.

Also

Juventus at Catania, Fox Soccer Channel, 6 a.m. and midnight; Fox Deportes, 6 a.m.

AS Roma at Parma, Fox Soccer Channel, 11:30 a.m.; Fox Deportes, noon

German Bundesliga

Hertha Berlin at Werder Bremen, GolTV, 8:30 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Spanish La Liga

Racing Santander at Sporting Gijon, GolTV, 11 p.m.

French Ligue 1

Saint-Etienne at Stade Rennes, Fox Soccer Plus, 11:55 a.m. and 9 p.m.

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

Aston Villa at Queens Park Rangers

Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 8 a.m.

The Villans are one of four unbeaten teams remaining in the Premiership, but they've won just once in five matches. Promoted QPR, too, has seven points. Replay: FSC, 8 p.m.

Championship

Leicester City at Cardiff City, Fox Soccer Plus, 5:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Ipswich Town at Middlesbrough, Fox Soccer Plus, 2 p.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

New England Revolution at Chicago Fire

MLS Direct Kick, 1 p.m.

One of MLS's greatest rivalries -- these teams have met in three Eastern Conference finals, most recently in 2007 -- is renewed in a virtually meaningless game. Neither of these teams are going anywhere, although both, mathematically, remain in the playoff hunt.

MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION

Club Tijuana at America

Univision (KMEX/Channel 34), 2 p.m.

The struggling Xolos and Aguilas debut new coaches, with Antonio Mohammed taking over for Joaquin Del Olmo at Tijuana and Alfredo Tena stepping in for Carlos Reinoso at America.

Also

Morelia at Toluca, Telemundo (KVEA/Channel 52), 10 a.m.

Santos Laguna at Puebla, Fox Deportes and Azteca America (KAZA/Channel 54), 10 a.m.

Brazilian Brasileirão Petrobras

Sao Paulo at Botafogo, GolTV, 1 p.m. and midnight

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

COLLEGE MEN

SMU at UCLA

Drake Stadium (Westwood), 1 p.m.

The Bruins' victory last weekend over UC Santa Barbara vaulted them back into the top 25, at No. 18, which is below their talent level and potential. A victory over the longtime powerhouse from Dallas might push them higher.

Also

Seattle at Cal State Northridge, 11 a.m.

Cal State Dominguez Hills at Cal State L.A. (University Heights), 11:30 a.m.

Humboldt State at Cal Poly Pomona, 2 p.m.

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

UC Santa Cruz at Redlands, 5 p.m.

COLLEGE WOMEN

Washington State at USC

McAllister Field (Los Angeles), 1 p.m.

The Women of Troy are battling in every game but not finding success, and that has to change with the start of the Pacific 12 Conference season.

Also

Lamar at UC Riverside, 11 a.m.

Humboldt State at Cal Poly Pomona, 11:30 a.m.

Cal State Dominguez Hills at Cal State L.A. (University Heights), 2 p.m.

Dallas vs. Marymount at Home Depot Center Field 5 (Carson), 2 p.m.

MONDAY, SEPT. 26

  • TELEVISION

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

Sunderland at Norwich City

ESPN Deportes, 11:55 a.m.

Sunderland takes on the expansion Canaries without defender Phil Bardsley, who was banned four games for violent conduct. The Black Cats didn't appeal the penalty, so read between those lines.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

COLLEGE WOMEN/MEN

Dominican at Cal Baptist

CBU Soccer Field (Riverside), 1:30 and 4 p.m.

The Lancers are making themselves at home in the Pacific West Conference as they transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II, and although they aren't eligible for any titles -- or postseason appearances -- they could post the best mark in the league.

College men

Wheaton (Ill.) at Occidental (Eagle Rock), 4 p.m.