Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

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Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sports Extra

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Byline: DAVID JOHNSON

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Beat Ghana and pray.

That's the prescription for the United States soccer team on Thursday.

One more thing: No scoreboard watching. The Americans will be tempted to check on how the Italians and Czechs are doing with their game going on at the same time - 10 a.m.

The easiest path to the World Cup's second round involves Italy beating the Czech Republic.

But they need to focus on their own game. After all, Ghana did beat the Czechs 2-0. That's the same Czech team that routed the United States in the opening game.

The likely prize for the United States if they advance is a knockout game against Brazil.

Many fans would call that a terrible reward for advancing through one of the toughest groups.

I think it's the perfect scenario.

The Americans would get some respect for making it out of group play, and they'd have nothing to lose. Most importantly, they could see how they measure up against the world's best.

Just beat Ghana.

OGILVY'S TOP 10

What do you do the day after winning the U.S. Open in surprising fashion? If you're Geoff Ogilvy, you read the top 10 list for CBS' The Late Show With David Letterman.

A sampling:

"I wish I hadn't put all my money on Phil Mickelson."

"Even I've never heard of me."

"I hope this victory isn't overshadowed by America's World Cup excitement."

MAJOR HEADLINES

National embarrassment: A sampling of newspaper headlines Monday:

"Phil's Open Wound" - Philadelphia Daily News

"Major Malfunction" - Orlando Sentinel

"Phil Goes Belly Up ... Tin Cup Style" - Toronto Sun

"Major Meltdown" was the most common phrase.

LEFTY AND MONTY

Ah, the memories: The collapses of Mickelson and Colin Montgomerie on the 18th hole Sunday probably will be talked about - and laughed about - for years. …

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