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Best Bets Oct. 14/15: What to watch

FRIDAY, OCT. 14

  • TELEVISION

ENGLISH CHAMPIONSHIP

Leeds United at Doncaster Rovers

Fox Soccer Plus, 11:40 a.m.

Ross McCormack has eight goals in nine games for Leeds United. Or two more than the Rovers, all of them, have netted in 10 matches. Replay, 6 p.m.

MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION

UANL Tigres at Morelia

Azteca America (KAZA/Channel 54) and Fox Deportes, 6:10 p.m.

The Tigres are atop the Apertura standings after last weekend's rout of previous leader Pumas UNAM. Morelia expected to be in the fight, too, but injuries and indifferent form -- and that shootout in Torreon -- have them sitting 14th, seven points off the lead and three outside a playoff berth.

COLLEGE WOMEN

Stanford at Arizona State

Fox Soccer Channel, 7 p.m.

The No. 1 Cardinal ought to cruise to the Pacific 12 Conference title after routing UCLA last weekend. This one shouldn't be close.

College men

New Hampshire at UMBC, Fox Soccer Channel, 4 p.m. and midnight

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Houston Dynamo at Portland Timbers

MLS Direct Kick, 7:30 p.m.

The Dynamo are 10th in MLS's overall standings, the Timbers are 11th, just three points back, and only the top 10 make the playoffs.

Also

Real Salt Lake at Colorado Rapids, ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, 7:30 p.m.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

COLLEGE MEN

Santa Clara at Loyola Marymount

Sullivan Field (Westchester), 3 p.m.

The Lions' miserable seven-game stretch ended with a victory last weekend at last-place Portland, and the West Coast Conference is tight enough that another couple of wins could put them in the race. If somebody can slow down San Francisco, that is.

Also

Cal State Stanislaus at Cal Poly Pomona, 12:30 p.m.

Cal State Dominguez Hills at Cal State San Bernardino, 3 p.m.

Cal State San Marcos at Soka (Aliso Viejo), 7 p.m.

COLLEGE WOMEN

Long Beach State at Cal State Northridge

Matador Soccer Field (Northridge), 7 p.m.

The 49ers have won six in a row, are 3-0-0 in Big West play and have climbed to 22nd in the Division I poll. The Matadors are among Long Beach's top pursuers, at 2-1-1 in conference action.

Also

Cal State Stanislaus at Cal Poly Pomona, 3 p.m.

Cal State Dominguez Hills at Cal State San Bernardino, 12:30 p.m.

Cal State San Marcos at Soka (Aliso Viejo), 5 p.m.

UC Irvine at Cal State Fullerton, 7 p.m.

SATURDAY, OCT. 15

  • TELEVISION

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

Manchester United at Liverpool

ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, 4:40 a.m.

Lots of news going on at United. First place in the EPL. (Of course.) Chicharito gets a new five-year contract. Wayne Rooney will miss the group stage at Euro 2012 (for that ugly red card for England against Montenegro). Oh, and Liverpool is a big match again -- the Reds are moving in among the elites. Replay: ESPN Deportes, 11 a.m.

Also

Swansea City at Norwich City, Fox Soccer Plus, 6:55 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Aston Villa at Manchester City, Foc Soccer Channel, 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 7 a.m.

Everton at Chelsea, Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 9:30 a.m.

Blackburn at Queens Park Rangers, Fox Soccer Plus, 11 a.m.

Bolton at Wigan, Fox Soccer Plus, 1 p.m.

Fulham at Stoke City, Fox Soccer Channel, 2 p.m.

Championship

Barnsley at Portsmouth, Fox Soccer Plus, 6 p.m.

ITALIAN SERIE A

Palermo at AC Milan

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

Scudetto-holder Milan hasn't started well, with just one victory in its first five games. Nobody really believes the funk will last. Palermo is just a point off the Serie A lead.

Also

Inter Milan at Catania, Fox Soccer Plus, 8:55 a.m. and midnight; Fox Deportes, 2 p.m.

German Bundesliga

Hertha Berlin at Bayern Munich, ESPN Deportes, 6:40 a.m.

Spanish La Liga

Real Betis at Real Madrid, ESPN Deportes, 8:55 a.m. and midnight

Racing Santander at Barcelona, GolTV, 11 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Atletico Madrid at Granada, GolTV, 1 p.m.

Colombian Liga Postobon

Millonarios at Quindio, GolTV, 7 p.m.

Australian A-League

Perth Glory at Melbourne Heart, Fox Soccer Channel, 11 p.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

New York Red Bulls at Sporting Kansas City

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

K.C. can cement a worst-to-postseason run with a victory, and the Red Bulls are fighting for their playoff lives.

Also

Toronto FC at Philadelphia Union, MLS Direct Kick, 1 p.m.

Chicago Fire at D.C. United, MLS Direct Kick, 4:30 p.m.

Columbus Crew at New England Revolution, MLS Direct Kick, 4:30 p.m.

Vancouver Whitecaps at FC Dallas, MLS Direct Kick, 5:30 p.m.

San Jose Earthquakes at Seattle Sounders, Fox Soccer Channel, 7:30 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 11 p.m.

MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION

Estudiantes Tecos at Guadalajara

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

Chivas is desperate for a victory after switching coaches a couple of weeks ago, and who better than cross-Zapopan rival Tecos?

Also

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

Atlante at Jaguares, Azteca America (KAZA/Channel 54) and ESPN Deportes, 3 p.m.

Toluca at Santos Laguna, Telefutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 5 p.m.

Pachuca at Club Tijuana, Azteca America (KAZA/Channe; 54), 5 p.m.

Cruz Azul at San Luis, Telefutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 7 p.m.

Liga de Ascenso

Toros Neza at Irapuato, GolTV, 5 p.m. and midnight

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

BARRA CLASICO

Angel City Brigade vs. Union Ultras

Home Depot Center Field 5 (Carson), 6:30 p.m.

The Galaxy's (ACB) and Chivas' (Ultras) chief fan groups face off in their always-anticipated SuperClasico week friendly.

COLLEGE MEN

UC Riverside at Cal State Fullerton

Titan Stadium (Fullerton), 7 p.m.

The Titans had climbed into one publication's top 25. UCR's breakthrough campaign peaked with a victory over UC Santa Barbara. Both have quickly turned south, with six straight losses between them (with a 16-1 scoreline in the last three). Guess you can call this one must-win.

Also

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Pomona-Pitzer (Claremont), 11 a.m.

Azusa Pacific at Biola (La Mirada), 1 p.m.

Cal Lutheran at Caltech (Pasadena), 1 p.m.

Hope International vs. Concordia at Fullerton College, 2:30 p.m.

Point Loma Nazarene at The Master's (Santa Clarita), 2:30 p.m.

UC Davis at Cal State Northridge, 7 p.m.

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

Whittier at Redlands, 7 p.m.

Bethesda Christian at La Sierra (Riverside), 7 p.m.

College women

Pomona-Pitzer at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Claremont), 11 a.m.

Redlands at Whittier, 11 a.m.

Hope International vs. Concordia at Fullerton College, noon

Point Loma Nazarene at The Master's (Santa Clarita), noon

Azusa Pacific at Biola (La Mirada), 3:30 p.m.

La Verne at Occidental (Eagle Rock), 7 p.m.