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Best Bets July 24/25: What to watch

SUNDAY, JULY 24

  • TELEVISION

MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION

San Luis at Pumas UNAM

Telemundo (KVEA/Channel 52), 10 a.m.

Hard to figure out what Pumas' bosses were thinking after winning the Primera Division Clausura title in May. Yes, theirs was an aging side, but some the giveaways -- Israel Castro and Leandro Augusto, say -- made no sense. San Luis is ripe to expose the folly in an Apertura opener.

Also

Gallos Blancos de Queretaro at America, TeleFutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 2 p.m.

Monterrey at Jaguares, Azteca America (KAZA/Channel 54) and Fox Deportes, 4 p.m.

Brazilian Brasileirão Petrobras

Palmeiras at Fluminense, GolTV, noon and 7 p.m.

COPA AMERICA

Uruguay vs. Paraguay

Univision (KMEX/Channel 34), noon

This ought to be a crowning achievement for Diego Forlan, Luis Suarez and the other World Cup semifinalists from Uruguay, who, as last year in South Africa, went further in South America's nations championship than Brazil or Argentina. Paraguay hasn't lost in the tournament. It hasn't won either -- three draws in group play, penalty-kick triumphs in the quarter- and semifinals.

CLUB FRIENDLY

Manchester City (England) at Galaxy

ESPN and ESPN Deportes, 1 p.m.

The Galaxy hope to keep this one closer than last week's one-sided loss to Real Madrid, but the English F.A. Cup champs, who finished third in the English Premier League, have a lot of quality, more than L.A. usually faces.

Also

Chelsea (England) at Thailand All-Stars, Fox Soccer Channel, 3:30 and 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 7 a.m.

WOMEN'S PROFESSIONAL SOCCER

Western New York Flash at Boston Breakers

Fox Soccer Channel, 3 p.m.

Diamond Bar's Alex Morgan returned from a superb World Cup showing to the Flash for a midweek win over magicJack. Now she takes on the Breakers, which have a five U.S. stars returning from Germany, including rising star Lauren Cheney. Replay: 8 p.m.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

CLUB FRIENDLY

Manchester City (England) at Galaxy

Home Depot Center, 1 p.m.

It's not the club Man United favorite/fan David Beckham prefers, but even he'll acknowledge the Blues are bringing a lot of firepower into the clubs' World Football Challenge exhibition -- even with Carlos Tevez almost certainly on his way out.

TV: ESPN and ESPN Deportes

USL W-LEAGUE

Vancouver Whitecaps at Santa Clarita Blue Heat

College of the Canyons (Santa Clarita), 7 p.m.

The Blue Heat have put together a remarkable sophomore season, with Edite Fernandes, Liz Franco, Hannah Beard and Stacey Rodwell making huge contributions. A victory in the Western Conference championship game will send them to next week's W-League finals in Seattle.

MONDAY, JULY 25

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