OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Kneeling on the carpet, neonatal nurse Surry Bunnell takes stock of baby Faith. How are her eyes? How is she eating? Is she wheezing?

Dressed in frilly pink, Faith makes a tiny fist and bats at the thin plastic tubing clipped to her nose _ the oxygen lifeline she needs to keep her fragile lungs working.

Barcelona sabe que es un blanco muy apetecido para ser la víctima de una sorpresa: perder puntos ante un equipo cuya modesta planilla no pasa del millón de dólares sería una humillación mayúscula.

Puchov nunca ha jugado con uno de los grandes del fútbol europeo y su cancha tiene capacidad para 6.600 aficionados.

Los eslovacos decidieron cambiar la sede del partido al estadio de la vecina ciudad de Trnava, que tiene 18.000 tribunas, pero ese aforo ni se le acerca a los 100.000 del Nou Camp de Barcelona.

Los catalanes no son el único club de alcurnia metido en la Copa UEFA.

Valencia, Roma y Liverpool también aspiran a alzar el trofeo, el segundo en jerarquía en Europa.

Barcelona ha proclamado a los cuatro vientos que quiere ganar la Copa tras quedarse sin nada la temporada pasada, una de las peores en su historia, y alineará a todos sus titulares.

El técnico holandés del Barsa Frank Rijkaard sólo enfrenta una baja lesión, la del volante holandés Philip Cocu debido a una dolencia en la pierna izquierda.

Cocu había venido jugando como el defensor central en los dos últimos partidos de los azulgranas. El mexicano Rafael Márquez, que vino procedente del Mónaco, sería de la partida.

El calendario de la primera etapa de la Copa fue diseñado cuidadosamente para evitar cotejos entre los favoritos.

Uno de ello es la Roma, campeón de Italia, hace dos años, que debutará ante el Vardar de Macedonia.

Los demás representantes italianos son Parma, Udinese y Perugia y en primera instancia chocarán con el Matalurk ucraniano, el Salzburgo austriaco y el Dundee escocés, respectivamente.

Valencia, segundo en la Liga de Campeones en el 2000 y 2001, visitará al Solna de Suecia y echará de menos a su defensa argentino Roberto Ayala debido a un problema muscular.

Es el quinto partido en el que Ayala quedá fuera del once titular desde que se vino abajo su traspaso al Real Madrid el mes pasado.

``Estamos tratanado de negociar un nuevo contrato con Ayala y su lesión te hace pensar que se trata de una táctica'', dijo el presidente del Valencia Jaime Orti.

El Villarreal, equipo del mediocampista argentino Juan Román Riquelme, recibirá al Trabzonspor turco. El conjunto español fue uno de los tres equipos que se clasificaron tras sortear la Copa Intertoto junto al Perugia y el Schalke alemán.

Mallorca, campeón de la Copa del Rey y el otro equipo español en la UEFA, no debería encontrar mucho sobresalto para deshacerse del Apoel chiprota.

Liverpool, favorito para por lo menos llegar a los cuartos de final, le hará la visita al Olimpija de Eslovenia, entonado por una racha de tres victoria en la liga premier y con un Michael Owen que ya lleva seis goles.

Tras dos rondas de eliminatoria directa, los 96 equipos iniciales se reducirán a 24, sumándose después los ocho clubes que queden terceros en la Liga de Campeones.

La final se jugará en la ciudad sueca de Goteburgo el 19 de mayo.

For mother Yolanda Bowman-Mattox, Ms. Bunnell's visits are a lifeline of a different sort, a home visitation program that's about to get a lot bigger thanks to a cash infusion from the cigarette taxes passed by California voters last fall.

Ms. Bowman-Mattox thinks that's a breath of fresh air.

``If they could just reach another 50 people it would do a lot of good to those families,'' said Ms. Bowman-Mattox, whose daughter was born nearly four months early, has chronic lung disease and cannot see out of one eye.

The new tax, 50 cents per pack on cigarettes, came about through Proposition 10, the 1998 ballot initiative championed by director Rob Reiner to raise money for programs aimed at those age 5-and-under.

The taxes are expected to generate about $700 million a year for social services including prenatal care, stop-smoking programs, immunizations and domestic violence prevention. The first payments, totaling $362 million, were sent out in October.

Critics argue the measure will create an intrusive bureaucracy and could take away from programs funded by existing cigarette taxes by cutting cigarette sales.

The new taxes also have weathered a legal challenge from cigar and pipe shops and will be the subject of a repeal initiative on the March ballot led by owners of the Cigarettes Cheaper! chain stores.

There's another hitch: To start spending the Proposition 10 windfall, counties must have a plan in place that has been submitted to a state commission chaired by Reiner.

So far, no counties have reached that point. Some appear to be months off, partly due to wrangling over where the money should go.

Alameda County, where Ms. Bowman-Mattox lives, is at the forefront, expecting to submit its plan in early December. Alameda got $14 million this year and expects to get $20 million annually.

``It's very exciting,'' said Mark Friedman, executive director of the county's Children & Families Commission. ``It's the first time in the eight years I've worked at the county where we get such a large amount of money with so few restrictions.''

The county's draft spending plan budgets $5 million for parenting support, $6.5 million for child care improvements and $3.7 million for administration, training, evaluation and marketing.

The windfall even includes $1.4 million to invest, a move that could make up for the drop in tax revenues that is expected as people quit smoking.

A key element is tying the programs together with existing services and using the money to get matching state and federal grants, county officials say.

The new funds also mean the Special Start program Ms. Bowman-Mattox is part of could go from a $600,000 pilot program to a $2.25 million program, said Janis Burger, children's coordinator for the county's Health Care Services Agency.

The program currently covers 50 families. With the new money, the county hopes to expand it to cover 1,000.

On one of her weekly visits, nurse Ms. Bunnell got an update on Faith's eyes _ she's already had two surgeries to try to improve her vision _ and talked about arranging the next appointments.

She also brought a bag of brightly colored toys to work on Faith's responses.

Although she's 9 months old, Faith weighs only nine pounds _ the size of some newborns. But doctors believe she will get better and may be able to breathe on her own in a year or two.

Getting there will be a lot easier with visits from people like Ms. Bunnell, said Ms. Bowman-Mattox, a single mother who also has a six-year-old daughter.

``People in my situation basically need services out there and there's not a lot of funds,'' she said. ``It's so important once you leave the hospital to have someone that you can talk to, someone who kind of understands what you're going through.''