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Best Bets June 29/30: What to watch, where to go

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29

  • TELEVISION

FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP

Brazil vs. Australia

ESPN, 9 a.m.

Marta, if you didn't know, is the most gifted female player the world has known. And her teammates are also pretty talented -- a tad rough at times, too, with a full understanding of gamesmanship. The Matildas will try to keep up in the Group D opener.

Also

Norway vs. Equatorial Guinea, ESPN, 5:45 a.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Vancouver Whitecaps at Toronto FC

MLS Direct Kick, 4:30 p.m.

TFC hasn't won in 10 games, all competitions, and certainly hasn't had its way with its cross-Canada rival, losing in B.C. in the league opener and drawing away in the first leg of the Canadian Championship. They'll get together next week for the lightning-delayed second leg.

THURSDAY, JUNE 30

  • TELEVISION

FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP

Canada vs. France

ESPN, 8:45 a.m.

One of the most intriguing of the first-round matchups, and it's must-win (or at least tie ... but, really, win) for the Canucks after falling to title favorite/host Germany in their opener. France's Camille Abily and Canada's Karina LeBlanc used to be L.A. Sol teammates.

Also

Germany vs. Nigeria, ESPN, 11:30 a.m.

FIFA U-17 World Cup

England vs. Argentina, ESPNU, 10:30 p.m.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

USL W-LEAGUE

Colorado Rush at Santa Clarita Blue Heat

Valencia High School (Santa Clarita), 7 p.m.

The best of the Colorado clubs takes on So Cal's best: The surprising Blue Heat are the Western Conference's lone unbeaten team.

Also

Colorado Force at Pali Blues, Palisades High School (Pacific Palisades), 7 p.m.