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Link party! Newsday's World Cup preview

Landon Donovan holds up his fist during training

Landon Donovan holds up his fist during training at Pilditch Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa. (June 10, 2010) Credit: AP

Newsday ran its World Cup preview in today's paper. Here are the highlights:

-- John Jeansonne profiled the American with, perhaps, the most pressure heading into the World Cup: Landon Donovan. Jeansonne writes: "Donovan - nine times an MLS all-star - is the undisputed star of the national team, with 122 appearances going back to 2000 and an all-time record 42 goals. He wears uniform No. 10, traditionally awarded a soccer team's virtuoso."

-- Jeansonne also wrote a helpful "Soccer for Dummies" piece for you novices out there. Don't be ashamed. You're not alone.

-- We also have a breakdown of each group -- A through H.

-- We have a list of soccer bars to watch the World Cup -- no matter who you're rooting for.

-- Of course, online we have several features for you, including our pick 'em game, 20 players to watch, profiles of all the tournament favorites, All 23 U.S. player bios and a little U.S. history lesson.

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