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TOP SPORTING EVENTS: OCTOBER 21-NOVEMBER 1

The 52nd Big Game will have an early 6 p.m. kickoff today at San Marcos High’s Warkentin Stadium. The Santa Barbara Dons bring a 3-3 record into their Channel League football opener. The Royals (1-6) lost their league opener to Buena last week, 49-21, while the Dons had a bye. Although winless last year, San Marcos made the Dons struggle to pull out a 6-0 victory, tipping the overall record in the series to 28-23 in favor of Santa Barbara.

There are several big games at UCSB this weekend. The Gaucho women’s volleyball team, 4-3 in the Big West, hosts Cal State Fullerton (4-3) tonight and conference leader Long Beach State (6-2) on Saturday night. UC Riverside, which upset the Gaucho men’s soccer team 3-1 earlier in the season, comes into Harder Stadium for an important rematch Saturday night. The Gaucho men’s water polo team, ranked No. 5 in the nation, plays its biggest home game of the year at noon Sunday against USC, the three-time defending national champion.

Friday, October 21

High school boys water polo – Servite at Santa Barbara, 3 p.m.; Esperanza at Dos Pueblos, 5 p.m.

High school football – Santa Barbara at San Marcos, 6 p.m.; Bishop Diego at Santa Clara, Oxnard Pacifica, 7 p.m.; Santa Paula at Carpinteria, 7:30 p.m.

College women’s volleyball – Cal State Fullerton at UCSB, 7:30 p.m.

College women’s soccer – Oxnard at SBCC, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 22

High school boys water polo – Esperanza at Santa Barbara, 11 a.m.; Servite at Dos Pueblos, 11 a.m.

High school 8-man football – Thacher at Laguna Blanca, 2 p.m.; Dunn at Cate, 2 p.m.

College football – L.A. Valley at SBCC, 6 p.m.

College men’s soccer – UC Riverside at UCSB, 7 p.m.

College women’s volleyball – Long Beach State at UCSB, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 23

College men’s water polo – USC at UCSB, 12 p.m.

Monday, October 24

Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon, Harry’s Plaza Café, 12 p.m.

Tuesday, October 25

High school boys water polo – San Marcos at Santa Barbara, 3:15 p.m.

High school girls volleyball – La Reina at Bishop Diego, 6 p.m.; Santa Paula at Carpinteria, 6 p.m.; San Marcos at Laguna Blanca, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 26

College men’s soccer – UC Davis at UCSB, 7 p.m.

College women’s volleyball – Moorpark at SBCC, 7 p.m.

Thursday, October 27

High school boys water polo – Righetti at Santa Barbara, 3:15 p.m.

High school girls volleyball – San Marcos at Santa Barbara, 6 p.m.

Friday, October 28

High school cross country – Santa Barbara County Championships at Lompoc River Park, 2 p.m.

High school girls volleyball – Tournament of Champions at Santa Barbara; Laguna Blanca at Cate, 6:30 p.m.

High school football – Santa Barbara at Ventura, 7 p.m.; Dos Pueblos at Buena, 7 p.m.; Bishop Diego at Grace Brethren, Moorpark College, 7:30 p.m.; Oak Park at Carpinteria, 7:30 p.m.

College women’s volleyball – Oxnard at SBCC, 7 p.m.

College women’s soccer – Cal Poly at UCSB, 7 p.m.

College men’s soccer – Hancock at SBCC, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 29

High school girls volleyball – Tournament of Champions at Santa Barbara.

College women’s soccer – Point Loma Nazarene at Westmont, 12 p.m.

High school 8-man football – Cate at Laguna Blanca, 2:30 p.m.

College men’s soccer – Point Loma Nazarene at Westmont, 2:30 p.m.; UCSB at Cal State Fullerton, 7 p.m.

College football – Glendale at SBCC, 6 p.m.

Monday, October 31

Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon, Harry’s Plaza Café, 12 p.m.

Tuesday, November 1

High school boys water polo – Dos Pueblos at Santa Barbara, 3:15 p.m.

High school girls volleyball – Buena at Dos Pueblos, 6 p.m.

College women’s basketball – Vanguard at UCSB (exhibition), 7 p.m.

College men’s soccer – UCSB at Cal State Northridge, 7 p.m.

College women’s soccer – Ventura at SBCC, 7:30 p.m.

RUNNING, WALKINGCYCLING

Saturday, October 22 – Santa Barbara Century bicycle ride, Leadbetter Beach, 7 a.m. For experienced riders. santabarbaracentury.org.

Saturday, November 5 – Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk, Santa Barbara Zoo, 9 a.m. alz.org.

Walk Now for Autism Speaks, 2 miles, East Beach, 10 a.m. walknowforautismspeaks.org.

Saturday, November 12 – Select Staffing Santa Barbara International Marathon, Dos Pueblos High School to SBCC, 7:15 a.m. Half Marathon, Page Youth Center to SBCC, 7:45 a.m. sbimarathon.com.

Saturday, November 19UCSB Recreation Turkey Trot, 5K-10K walk/run, UCen lawn, 8:30 a.m. gauchosplay.com.

Thursday, November 24 – Thanksgiving 4 Miler, Magnolia Shopping Center, 9 a.m. runsantabarbara.com.

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