Best Bets: What to watch, where to go




Virginia Commonwealth at High Point

Fox Soccer Channel, 4 p.m.

The only live soccer on TV this day features mediocre-or-worse college sides in a meaningless nonconference game. Why should you watch? Beats us. Perhaps any game is better than none.



UC Davis at Long Beach State

George Allen Field (Long Beach), 3 p.m.

The 49ers went from sizzling to suffering with successive shutout losses to fellow Big West title contenders Cal State Northridge and UC Irvine, but they beat UC Riverside last weekend and a victory over the visiting Aggies will put them just one point behind first-place UCI with one conference game to go. UCD can catch the Anteaters with a victory.


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

Bethesda Christian vs. Soka at Santa Ana Stadium, 2 p.m.

Portland at Loyola Marymount, 3 p.m.

Pacific at Cal State Fullerton, 7 p.m.


Washington at UCLA

Drake Stadium (Westwood), 7 p.m.

The Bruins have seen two five-game winning streaks halted by upset losses -- the last one last weekend by Cal State Northridge -- and it's a pattern they'll want to climb out of. If they fall after winning their next five, the loss will come in their NCAA tournament opener.


Cal Poly Pomona at Cal State San Bernardino, 3 p.m.

Bethesda Christian vs. Soka at Santa Ana Stadium, 4:30 p.m.

Vanguard at Biola (La Mirada), 7 p.m.

UC Santa Cruz at Chapman (Orange), 7 p.m.


Anaheim Bolts vs. United States

Anaheim Convention Center, 8 p.m.

Meet So Cal's newest pro soccer team: the Bolts, who next month open their debut season in the Premier Arena Soccer League -- one of several outfits in the fractured indoor soccer landscape -- but first offer a three-day International Cup with the U.S. and Mexican national “Arena Soccer” national teams.




Arsenal at Chelsea

ESPN2, 4:30 a.m.

The Gunners' start to the EPL season might have been their worst in history, but they've won seven of their last eight, all competitions, to climb to seventh heading into the London derby against the third-place Blues.


Manchester United at Everton, ESPN Deportes, 4 p.m.

Aston Villa at Sunderlands, Fox Soccer Plus, 6:55 a.m.

Wolverhampton at Manchester City, Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 7 a.m.

Liverpool at West Bromwich Albion, Fox Soccer Channel, 9:30 a.m.

Blackburn at Norwich City, Fox Soccer Plus, 1 p.m.

Fulham at Wigan Athletic, Fox Soccer Channel, 2 p.m.


Blackpool at Burnley, Fox Soccer Plus, 3 and 9 p.m.


AC Milan at AS Roma

Fox Soccer Plus and Fox Deportes, 9 a.m.

You've gotta feel for Milan tough-guys Genaro Gattuso, a World Cup veteran who has become blind in his left eye after a collision last month with teammate Alessando Nesta caused paralysis in a cranial nerve. The Rossoneri are fifth, three points above the Romans.


Juventus at Inter Milan, Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 11:30 a.m.

German Bundesliga

Nuremberg at Bayern Munich, ESPN Deportes, 6:25 a.m.

Spanish La Liga

Getafe at Valencia, ESPN Deportes, 8:55 a.m.

Mallorca at Barcelona, GolTV, 11 a.m., 3 and 10 p.m.

Real Madrid at Real Sociedad, ESPN Deportes, 12:55 p.m.

Australian A-League

Newcastle Jets at Gold Coast United, Fox Soccer Channel, 11 p.m.


Santos Laguna at UANL Tigres

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

The race in Mexico's top league has been a thriller from the start, and second-place Santos, still with a game in hand, and sixth-place Tigres are among the sides that have been in front. Now it's Guadalajara's lead, by four points with two weekends to go in the regular season.


Morelia at Atlante, Telefutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 2 p.m.

Pumas UNAM at Jaguares, Azteca America (KAZA/Channel 54) and Fox Deportes, 3 p.m.

Monterrey at Pachica, Telefutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 5 p.m.

Guadalajara at Atlas, Galavision, 6:30 p.m.

Liga de Ascenso

Leones Negros at Irapuato, GolTV, 5 p.m.


Seattle Sounders at Real Salt Lake

Fox Soccer Channel, 7 p.m.

The best matchup in the first round of MLS's playoffs pits No. 2 against No. 3 -- and the favored Sounders come in with stronger form, with Fredy Montero on fire -- but Mauro Rosales is iffy with a knee injury.



UC Riverside at UC Irvine

Anteater Stadium (Irvine), 7 p.m.

The ninth-ranked Anteaters could clinch the Big West Conference title with a victory over UCR, which has made its mark this season with two -- yes, two -- triumphs over mighty UC Santa Barbara.


Fresno Pacific at Concordia (Irvine), noon

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

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

Pomona-Pitzer at Whittier, 1 p.m.

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

UC Santa Barbara at Cal State Fullerton, 7 p.m.

Cal Poly at Cal State Northridge, 7 p.m.

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

College women

Whittier at Pomona-Pitzer, 11 a.m.

Hope International vs. Azusa Pacific at Fullerton College, noon

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

Fresno Pacific at Concordia (Irvine), 2:30 p.m.

Cal Lutheran at Occidental (Eagle Rock), 7 p.m.

La Verne at Redlands, 7 p.m.

Vanguard at Biola (La Mirada), 7 p.m.


United States vs. Mexico

Anaheim Convention Center, 8 p.m.

Game 2 in the Anaheim Bolts' three-day International Cup pits the national “Arena Soccer” teams of the U.S. and Mexico.