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Best Bets Dec. 9/10: What to watch/where to go

THURSDAY, DEC. 9

  • TELEVISION

ENGLISH F.A. CUP

Charlton Athletic at Luton Town

Fox Soccer Plus, 11:30 a.m.

The Premier League sides don't enter until next month's third round, but here's one of the matchups that make this 139-year-old competition so special. Luton Town, from the fifth-tier Conference, played third-tier League 1 power Charlton to a draw in London in the first second-round meeting. The replay's their chance for an upset. Replay: 5 p.m.

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Ajax Amsterdam at AC Milan

Fox Soccer Channel, 3 p.m.

Two longtime powers -- although Ajax has faded greatly since the Bosman ruling -- face off in a Group G finale from Wednesday. Replay: Fox Deportes, 7 p.m.

FRIDAY, DEC. 10

  • TELEVISION

FIFA CLUB WORLD CUP

Pachuca vs. TP Mazembe

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

Pachuca makes its third appearance in FIFA's top club event, taking on Africa's champion, from the Democratic Republic of Congo, in the first quarterfinal. The Tuzos, who could soon be giving up two of their Americans -- World Cuppers Herculez Gomez (coveted by Tigres) and Jose Francisco Torres (looking elsewhere, MLS included) -- finished fourth in 2008 and were ousted at this stage in 2007. Replay: Fox Soccer Channel, 5 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 6 p.m.

COLLEGE MEN

Louisville vs. North Carolina

ESPNU, 5:30 p.m.

Atlantic Coast Conference teams have won the past three and three of the past four NCAA men's soccer titles, and UNC -- making its third successive College Cup final four appearance -- is the lone ACC entrant this year. To get to Sunday, the Tar Heels must overcome top-ranked, unbeaten Louisville.

Other game

Akron vs. Michigan, ESPN2 and ESPNU, 8 p.m.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

COLLEGE MEN

NCAA College Cup Semifinals

Louisville vs. North Carolina

Akron vs. Michigan

Harder Stadium, UC Santa Barbara (Goleta),

5:30 and 8 p.m.

No. 1 Louisville hasn't been beaten, and its 5-4 comeback win over UCLA in the quarterfinals required a good deal of spine. The best team might be Akron, which has lost just once in the past two seasons and hungers for the trophy after falling to Virginia on penalties in last year's final.