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Best Bets Jan. 26/27: What to watch

THURSDAY, JAN. 26

  • TELEVISION

ITALIAN COPPA ITALIA

Lazio at AC Milan

GolTV, 11:30 a.m.

Two of Italy's giants tangle in the cup quarterfinals, with unbeaten Juventus awaiting in the final four.

BRAZILIAN CAMPEONATO PAULISTA

Ituano at Santos

ESPN Deportes, 2:55 p.m.

One might expect more than .500 soccer from a side with Santos' talent -- Neymar, Borges, Elano, etc. -- but that's what they've been in Brazil, no matter their Copa Libertadores triumph. They were true to form in their state-league opener, a draw.

COPA LIBERTADORES

Once Caldas (Colombia) at Internacional (Brazil)

Fox Deportes, 6 p.m.

Internacional is the last of Brazil's five qualifiers for South America's club championship, so the club from Porto Alegre starts in the preliminary round, but let's not forget that it won the tournament two years ago. Once Caldas is the last from Colombia, but a year ago it was celebrating a league title.

Also

Caracas FC (Venezuela) at PeƱarol (Uruguay), 2:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, JAN. 27

  • TELEVISION

ENGLISH F.A. CUP

Fulham at Everton

Fox Soccer Channel, noon

The most-awaited F.A. Cup fourth-round clash America has ever seen, pitting the two biggest names in Yankee soccer -- Galaxy captain Landon Donovan, on loan to Everton, and Fulham star Clint Dempsey -- in a winner-take-all showdown.

2012 OLYMPIC WOMEN'S QUALIFYING

United States vs. Costa Rica

Universal Sports, 5 p.m.

The U.S. has crushed three foes in CONCACAF's qualifying tournament, scoring 31 goals and conceding none, and one more romp sends the Yanks to London.

MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION

Monterrey at Morelia

Azteca America (KAZA/Channel 54), 5:55 p.m./Fox Deportes, 6 p.m.

The Rayados have plenty to prove after missing the Apertura playoffs and quickly disappearing at the FIFA Club World Cup and need to do more than lost at Tijuana and draw at home against Pumas, as they have in their last two games, hardly disastrous results. Morelia also is 1-1-1 ... with a loss to Pumas and draw with Tijuana.

Liga de Ascenso

Veracruz at Correcaminos, GolTV, 6:30 p.m.

Copa Libertadores

Flamengo (Brazil) at Real Potosi (Bolivia), Fox Deportes, 11 a.m.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

CLUB FRIENDLY

Chivas USA vs. Ventura County Fusion

Oxnard College, 10 a.m.

The Goats close their week in Ventura County with their preseason opener against the PDL power. The first chance to see Ryan Smith, James Riley, Casey Townsend and Peter Vagenas in red and white.

INDOOR SOCCER

San Diego Sockers at Anaheim Bolts

Anaheim Convention Center, 8 p.m.

The Bolts look to end a four-game losing streak against the best team in the Premier Arena Soccer League. The Sockers, a descendant of the legendary indoor franchise, has won the last two PASL Pro titles and are 11-0 this year.