*Diego Maradona, on criticism that he's not qualified to coach Argentina's national team: "It makes me laugh when they say I'm inexperienced. Football hasn't changed. I don't think there's anything there that can surprise me."
We all know how this is going to end, don't we?
*Americans abroad Monday:
F Charlie Davies 90 minutes (goal) in Hammarby's 6-3 loss to Malmo
GK Brad Friedel 90 in Aston Villa's 2-0 loss at Newcastle
MF Danny Szetela 7 in Brescia's 2-0 loss at Livorno
D Gregg Berhalter 90 in 1860 Munich's 0-0 tie at Kaiserslautern
*The two U.S. World Cup qualifiers scheduled for June 6-10 will now be played between June 3 and 7, FIFA announced. The reason for the change was the USA's participation in the Confederations Cup, which takes place June 14-28 in South Africa. The final round of CONCACAF qualifying begins Feb. 11. The schedule and pairings for each of the 10 matchdays are expected to be finalized next month.
IN: USA, Costa Rica, El Salvador. ALMOST IN: Mexico, T&T. CONTENDERS: Honduras, Jamaica. (The final semifinal-round games are Nov. 19.)
*Today's MLS postseason awards annnouncements: Goalkeeper (Busch, Hesmer, Reis) and Fair Play (Angel, Parkhurst, Rolfe).
*A Wizards auction, for a good cause.
*Euro TV offerings:
Liverpool-Atletico Madrid 2:30 p.m. ESPN2
Barcelona-Basel 2:30 p.m. ESPN Deportes
Roma-Chelsea 2:45 p.m. Setanta
Roma-Chelsea 5 p.m. (tape) ESPN Classic
Werder Bremen-Panathinaikos 5:40 p.m. Setanta
Sporting Lisbon-Shaktar Donetsk 7:30 p.m. Setanta
Marseille-PSV 8 p.m. ESPN Deportes
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