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GOAL-COUNTING KEEPS DOOLEY UP AT NIGHT

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Some people count sheep. Thomas Dooley counts goals.

Maybe he should stick to sheep.The American defender says lack of shuteye contributed to a forgettable performance in the 1-1 draw with Switzerland.

"I didn't sleep the night before," he said. "I slept only 11/2 hours. I couldn't sleep. I drank too much water, so then I had to go to use the bathroom every half an hour.

"Then I tried to sleep, and I think of the game, and I scored maybe 25 to 30 goals at night. I kept saying, `No, I have to sleep, I have to sleep,' then another ball came and boom, I hit it in."

SOCCER STARVED: Prisoners at a Bangladesh jail have threatened to go on a hunger strike unless they can watch the World Cup on television.

Authorities denied the petition by about 100 soccer-crazy prisoners at the jail in Feni, 80 miles from the capital Dhaka, the newspaper Ittefaq said. It did not say if the inmates will carry out their threat.

Prisoners in the 76 jails in Bangladesh cannot watch television, listen to radio or read newspapers.

Bangladesh students have forced universities to put off exams so they can watch the games.

HEAT TREATMENT: Italian coach Arrigo Sacchi says there are two World Cups being played: one on the East Coast, another on the West Coast.

"No doubt there are different weather conditions along the two coasts," he said. "Romania, Cameroon and Sweden could show a faster soccer because they did not play in heat and humidity. On the other coast teams used to quick moves had to slow down their pace."

Sacchi's team lost 1-0 to Ireland in stifling heat in New Jersey.

"I am not saying however that Italy has been penalized by heat," he said. "Italian and Mexican players are not as heavy as Irish and Norwegian opponents and are more used to heat. I'm not trying to find any alibi."

HE LIKES TO WATCH: Norway coach Egil Olsen, who has a profound distaste for American football, would be right at home in the NFL. He can't get enough of looking at films.

In preparing his team for Thursday's game against Italy, he is dissecting Norway's 1-0 victory over Mexico, frame by frame.

"I'm grouping it into themes," he said. "All the dead ball situations. All the goal chances. All the lost balls together, instead of chronologically."

THE GOOD TIMES ROLL: Chanting the name of Diego Maradona, thousands of fans in Buenos Aires poured into the streets Tuesday to celebrate Argentina's 4-0 rout of Greece.

"I'm happy," President Carlos Menem, who watched the game on television from Canada, told an Argentine radio station. "Argentina worked very well and demonstrated its capacity to move the ball around."

Virtually every business in Buenos Aires had a TV tuned to the game. Radios blared from buses and taxis. The streets were as quiet as if it were a holiday.

For TV viewers uninterested in soccer, there wasn't much to do. Of the nation's five major stations, four broadcast the game.

SAUDI AWHAT?: It might have seemed like a mirage to the Dutch, but this was definitely the real thing: Saudi Arabia has come to play.

The Saudis, once 250-1 shots to win the World Cup, jolted the Netherlands on Tuesday. They lost 2-1, but would have come away with a tie if not for a late goalkeeping blunder.

Now nobody can count on an easy three points when facing the Saudis.