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Best Bets March 8/9: What to watch/where to go

TUESDAY, MARCH 8

  • TELEVISION

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Arsenal (England) at Barcelona (Spain)

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

The Gunners pulled out a stunner in the first leg three weeks ago, beating the world's top side on late goals by Robin van Persie and Andrei Arshavin. Van Persie is, we hear, injured, but he's on Arsenal's team list. Barca comes in at less than full strength, with both first-choice center backs out, Carles Puyol not ready to return from a knee injury and Gerard Pique suspended. Replays: Fox Soccer Plus, 2 p.m. and 1 a.m.; FSC, 5 p.m.

Also

AS Roma (Italy) at Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine), Fox Soccer Channel, 2 and 8:30 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 2 p.m.; Fox Soccer Plus, 5:30 p.m.

COPA LIBERTADORES

Emelec (Ecuador) at Jaguares (Mexico)

Fox Deportes, 6:30 p.m.

The Chiapas club's goal: Get through the South American club championship's group stage, then see what happens in the 16-team knockout phase. Emelec looks like Jaguares' primary competition for Group 6's second berth. Replay: 11 p.m.

CLUB FRIENDLY

New York Red Bulls vs. Atlas (Mexico)

ESPN Deportes, 6:55 p.m.

Rafa Marquez, the Red Bulls' Mexican star, provides the impetus for this one, coming from the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. Marquez's career started at Guadalajara-based Atlas -- and he trained with the club before joining New York's preparations for the coming Major League Soccer campaign.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS PLAYOFFS

El Rancho (Pico Rivera) at San Clemente

San Clemente High School, 6:30 p.m.

Francisco Lara's tenacity in front of the net led El Rancho to the CIF Southern Section Division 5 title. San Clemente captured its first Division 1 boys title. They face off in a Southern California Regional Championships Division I opener.

Also

Golden Valley (Bakersfield) at South East (South Gate), 4 p.m.

Mammoth (Mammoth Lakes) vs. Annenberg (Los Angeles) at West Adams Prep (Los Angeles), 4 p.m.

Santa Fe Christian (San Diego) at Salesian (Los Angeles), 4 p.m.

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS PLAYOFFS

Wilson (Long Beach) at El Camino Real (Woodland Hills)

El Camino Real High School (Woodland Hills), 4 p.m.

ECR has won 10 of the past 11 CIF L.A. City Section championships but have lost its opener in two previous Southern California Regional Championships appearances. Wilson, which won the regional Division I title in 2008, is coming off a loss to Buena (Ventura) in the Southern Section Division 2 final.

Also

Westview (San Diego) at San Clemente, 4 p.m.

Horizon Christian Academy (San Diego) vs. Flintridge Sacred Heart (La Cañada Flintridge), Occidental College (Eagle Rock), 4 p.m.

LACES (Los Angeles) at Oaks Christian (Westlake Village), 4 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9

  • TELEVISION

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

AC Milan (Italy) at Tottenham (England)

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

Are the north Londoners on the verge of a special upset, or is this more evidence of the Italian game's decline? Peter Crouch's late strike sunk the Serie A leaders at San Siro in the first leg of this round-of-16 clash. Replays: FSC, 5 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 7 p.m.; Fox Soccer Plus, 9 p.m.

Also

Valencia (Spain) at Schalke 04 (Germany), Fox Soccer Plus, 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.; Fox Soccer Channel, 2 and 8:30 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 2 p.m.

COPA LIBERTADORES

Estudiantes de La Plata (Argentina) at Guarani (Paraguay)

Fox Deportes, 4:30 p.m.

There's likely one round-of-16 berth available in Group 7 of South America's club championship -- tournament favorite Cruzeiro surely will win the group -- and a win in Paraguay will enhance Estudiantes' chances.

Also

Universidad San Martin (Peru) at Libertad (Paraguay), Fox Deportes, 7 a.m.

LDU Quito at Peñarol, Fox Deportes, 11 p.m.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS PLAYOFFS

Oak Hills (Hesperia) at Claremont

Claremont High School, 5 p.m.

The top-seeded Wolfpack survived a tough Division II opener, and a showdown with Oak Hills -- which won at Reedley, up near Fresno -- will determine a spot in Friday's final at Warren High School in Downey.

Girls

Coronado at Santa Margarita Catholic (Rancho Santa Margarita), 5 p.m.