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Vegas needs to avoid NHL betting blackout

The NHL commissioner is showing a liking for Las Vegas, so that’s a start. Gary Bettman is planning to expand the 30-team league, and Seattle, Portland, Ore., Kansas City and Quebec City are on his short list. But he’s definitely ready to bring ice to the desert, according to a report from the Vancouver Province.

A’s Beane continues to work magic

In several ways, Billy Beane is a gambler working with a bankroll. But there’s not much money to play with, so the Oakland Athletics general manager must be smart with it, and he needs to make the right moves.

Hill, Schoen betting on the World Cup

Las Vegas Review-Journal sports writers Adam Hill and David Schoen have been given $5,000 fantasy bankrolls to bet during the World Cup on either sides, totals or props. Below are their bets for today, with an explanation of their picks.