World Cup Quarterfinals begin Friday: France-Germany at 9 a.m. on ESPN2 and Univision, Brazil-Colombia at 1 p.m. on ESPN and Univision

Here’s how the oddsmakers see the quarterfinals:

Brazil 11/4
Germany 7/2
Argentina 4/1
Netherlands 9/2
France 7/1
Colombia 11/1
Belgium 12/1
Costa Rica 40/1

Courtesy: Bovada

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World Cup Wednesday Kicks: Ban diving cheaters and more

Watch: Former EPL referee Graham poll suggest diver like the Netherlands’ Arjen Robben should be banned rather than escape punishment as it appears he will.

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World Cup Watch: Fans in Redondo Beach, Long Beach, Studio City, Pasadena, Redlands and elsewhere react to USA crashing out of World Cup in loss to Belgium

Long Beach




Photos and video by Staff Photographer Sean Hiller.

Almost 1,000 fans attended the viewing party on Pine in downtown Long Beach.

Redondo Beach




Photo and videos by Staff Photographer Brad Graverson

An estimated 4,000 fans turned out in Redondo Beach for an LA Galaxy-sponsored viewing party.

This was the scene at the Fox & Hounds Pub in Studio City.

Here’s how it was at Lucky Baldwin’s in Pasadena.

This was Buffalo Wild Wings in West Covina.

A photo gallery of fans in Redlands and elsewhere is here.

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Watch: Two great goals from Hawthorne’s Gyasi Zardes and Cubo Torres give LA Galaxy and Chivas USA MLS shutout wins

“If Barcelona scored a goal like that, people would be talking about it for weeks,” said Galaxy playmaker Landon Donovan. “It was a good sequence: it was a great ball by Robbie, great run by Marcelo and Gyasi peeled off with a great run and a finish, so I think it was as good a team goal as you’ll seen in this league.”

Here’s the Chivas USA game story from Los Angeles News Group reporter Phil Collin
Reporter Elliott Almond from our sister newspaper the San Jose Mercury News has more on the Galaxy win over the Earthquakes

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Major League Soccer resumes today: LA Galaxy in San Jose, Chivas USA hosts Real Salt Lake


Reporter Phil Collin has the capsule previews for the Galaxy and Chivas USA games.

The Galaxy and Earthquakes have just four wins each.

A big crowd is expected at Stanford Stadium for tonight’s Galaxy-Earthquakes game.

Here’s the perspective from Salt Lake City via sister newspaper The Salt Lake City Tribune.

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World Cup Watch: The best and worst commercial tie-ins to banned biter Luis Suarez

We’ll start with the worst, which is this YouTube video distributed by the Girl Scouts of America to media types Friday to pump up cookie sales.

That’s right, an organization that purports to build “girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place” is exploiting a violent incident seen around the world by a racist repeat offender like Luis Suarez.

“Have you ever wondered what Girl Scout Cookies do in their off-season?” read the accompanying press release. “Girl Scout cookies are biting back and staying active in the off season with a little help from the World Cup!”

In a word: tasteless

And here’s the best, from online casino Betfair, which has a whole host of creative Suarez bets including:

What will be the nationality of the next person bitten by Luis Suarez?

  • Goes Hungry (None, he won’t bite anyone ever again.) – 1/16
  • Fish and Chips (English) – 18/1
  • Paella (Spanish) – 18/1
  • Ratatouille (French) – 20/1
  • Bitterballen (Dutch) – 25/1
  • Bratwurst (German) – 25/1
  • Haggis (Scottish) – 25/1
  • Pizza (Italian) – 25/1
  • Roast Lamb (Welsh) – 33/1
  • Taco (Mexican) – 50/1
  • Hamburger (American) – 66/1
  • Kebab (Turkish) – 66/1
  • Sushi (Japanese) – 80/1
  • Stroganoff (Russian) – 100/1
  • Chow Mein (Chinese) – 250/1
  • Vindaloo (Indian) – 500/1
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World Cup Watch: How fans in Torrance, Long Beach, Hollywood and elsewhere in SoCal celebrated at viewing parties for today’s USA-Germany game


World Cup crunch time: The tension mounts at The Arena in Upland (Photo by Staff photographer Jennifer Cappuccio Mahr).

The scene at Clearman’s Galley in San Gabriel today during the game (Video by Keith Birmingham)

Jolly Germans: The crowd at Alpine Village near Torrance celebrates the Germany goal in today’s game (Photo by Staff Photographer Brad Graverson).

Fans at Legends Sports bar in Long Beach celebrate the U.S. World Cup result. (Video by Sean Hiller)

Fans cheer today at Dillon’s Irish Pub in Hollywood as the U.S. goes through to the last 16 in the World Cup. (Video by John McCoy)

Read more about the Alpine Village viewing here.

Here’s how it went down in Hollywood.

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