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Best Bets Dec. 8/9 What to watch

THURSDAY, DEC. 8

  • TELEVISION

FIFA CLUB WORLD CUP

Auckland City (New Zealand) vs. Kashiwa Reysol (Japan)

Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 2:30 a.m.

FIFA's official club world championship begins with a preliminary-round clash in Toyota, Japan, with the host country's champion -- who went from second-division champ to winner of the J League in one year -- against Oceania's entrant. Replay: FSC, 5 p.m.

UEFA Champions League

Trabzonspor (Turkey) at Lille (France), Fox Soccer Channel, 8 a.m.; Fox Deportes, 10 a.m.; Fox Soccer Plus, 2 p.m.

Spanish Copa del Rey

Atletico Madrid at Albacete, ESPN Deportes, 10:55 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Italian Coppa Italia

Bologna at Juventus, GolTV, noon

COPA SUDAMERICANA

Universidad de Chile (Chile) at LDU Quito (Ecuador)

Fox Deportes, 4 p.m.

Hernan Barcos scored all three semifinal goals for 12th-seeded Liga in their upset of top-seeded Argentines Velez Sarsfield in South America's No. 2 competition. They're home for the first leg of the final, against a U de Chile side that's 8-0-2 in the competition.

Colombian Liga Postobon

Envigado at Millonarios, GolTV, 2:30 p.m.

MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION

UANL Tigres at Santos Laguna

Telefutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 6:30 p.m.

Monterrey's other club -- Tigres -- pulled out a tough stretch in late August, and it's been lights out since, with five straight shutouts. Too bad local hero Jonathan Bornstein can't make it onto the field. Santos has relied heavily on Oribe Peralta, who has a 16 goals this campaign, a dozen of them in league play.

FRIDAY, DEC. 9

  • TELEVISION

GERMAN BUNDESLIGA

Schalke 04 at Hertha Berlin

ESPN Deportes, 11:25 a.m.

Dutchman Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has 13 goals after 15 games, and the club from Gelsenkirchen is fourth in Germany's top league, just three points off the lead, heading to the capital.

Australian A-League

Perth Glory at Wellington Phoenix, Fox Soccer Channel, 8 p.m.

COLLEGE MEN

UCLA vs. North Carolina

ESPNU, 5:30 p.m.

The Bruins are back in the NCAA final four for the first time since falling to UC Santa Barbara in the 2006 title game, and their semifinal foe is top-seeded North Carolina, making its fourth straight College Cup appearance.

Also

Charlotte vs. Creighton, ESPNU, 3 p.m.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

CLUB FRIENDLY

Guadalajara U20 at Ventura County Fusion

Ventura College, 7 p.m.

Chivas' youngsters are in SoCal for three games this weekend, the first one against the local USL Premier Development League power.