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World Cup betting: African teams struggling

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:

Enner Valencia stars as Ecuador beats Honduras

A little under a year after the sudden death of star striker Christian Benitez, Ecuador has unearthed a new goal-scoring dynamo.

For a Las Vegas teen, World Cup trip is a wish come true

As a child, Tavori Lockhart could always be found on the field kicking a ball around, dreaming of becoming a professional soccer player. But all of that changed two years ago when the 17-year-old from Las Vegas was diagnosed with hyperthrophic cardiomyopathy. Tavori’s soccer career was over. But he can still watch.

Ecuador comes from behind to beat Honduras 2-1

Ecuador forward Enner Valencia scored twice in a 2-1 comeback victory over Honduras on Friday that kept his team in contention at the World Cup.

Stanley Cup arrives in Las Vegas

The Stanley Cup arrived in Las Vegas on Thursday for an extended weekend of celebrating with the Los Angeles Kings.

France beats Swiss 5-2 to take control of Group E

Forwards Olivier Giroud and Karim Benzema each scored one goal and created another as rampant France blew Switzerland away 5-2 Friday to take control of Group E and all but seal a place in the next round.

Costa Rica advances with 1-0 win over Italy

Costa Rica followed up its surprise win over Uruguay with another World Cup stunner on Friday, beating four-time champion Italy 1-0 to secure a spot in the next round and eliminate England in the process.