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  • WNBA
    Dunkel

    Tuesday, September 26


    Los Angeles @ Minnesota

    Game 665-666
    September 26, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Los Angeles
    115.159
    Minnesota
    128.751
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Minnesota
    by 13 1/2
    155
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Minnesota
    by 5 1/2
    158 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Minnesota
    (-5 1/2); Under





    WNBA
    Long Sheet

    Tuesday, September 26


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    LOS ANGELES (30 - 8) at MINNESOTA (30 - 8) - 9/26/2017, 8:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    LOS ANGELES is 26-50 ATS (-29.0 Units) after 3 or more consecutive overs since 1997.
    MINNESOTA is 27-15 ATS (+10.5 Units) after allowing 75 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
    LOS ANGELES is 25-13 ATS (+10.7 Units) in all games this season.
    LOS ANGELES is 12-3 ATS (+8.7 Units) in August or September games this season.
    LOS ANGELES is 14-5 ATS (+8.5 Units) after a division game this season.
    LOS ANGELES is 20-12 ATS (+6.8 Units) after scoring 75 points or more this season.
    LOS ANGELES is 13-3 ATS (+9.7 Units) after 3 or more consecutive wins this season.
    LOS ANGELES is 13-4 ATS (+8.6 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
    LOS ANGELES is 9-2 ATS (+6.8 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record after 15+ games this season.
    LOS ANGELES is 15-6 ATS (+8.4 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game after 15+ games this season.
    LOS ANGELES is 19-9 ATS (+9.1 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game this season.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    LOS ANGELES is 11-8 against the spread versus MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
    MINNESOTA is 10-9 straight up against LOS ANGELES over the last 3 seasons
    12 of 19 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    WNBA

    Tuesday, September 26


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    Trend Report
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    8:00 PM
    LOS ANGELES vs. MINNESOTA
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Los Angeles's last 6 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Los Angeles's last 5 games when playing Minnesota
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 6 games when playing at home against Los Angeles
    Minnesota is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Los Angeles


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    • TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26

      GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS

      LA at MIN 08:00 PM

      MIN -6.0

      O 159.5

      Comment


      • Fowles grabs 17 boards, Lynx beat Sparks 70-68
        September 26, 2017


        MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Lynx were still stinging two days after they failed to grab a single rebound in the first quarter of their WNBA Finals-opening loss to the Los Angeles Sparks.

        So Sylvia Fowles decided to grab them all in Game 2.

        Fowles grabbed a Finals-record 17 rebounds and scored 13 points to lead the Lynx to a 70-68 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks on Tuesday night, evening the series at one game apiece.

        ''When we really put our minds to rebounding nobody can stop us. I think that was fresh in my head,'' Fowles said, referring to the zero rebounds. ''My mindset was just crash the boards. Every opportunity I got, crash the boards.''

        Fowles broke Taj McWilliams-Franklin's record of 16 for Connecticut in 2005. Lindsay Whalen scored 14 points, Rebekkah Brunson had 12 and the Lynx held the defending champions to 38.7 percent shooting while bouncing back from a last-second loss in Game 1.

        Candace Parker had 17 points, six assists and five rebounds for the Sparks, who had the ball and a chance to tie or take the lead with 13.1 seconds to play. But Chelsea Gray lost the handle on her dribble for a turnover, one of two big ones by Los Angeles in the final 14 seconds.

        ''We didn't have the fight and grit in the first half that could match Minnesota,'' Sparks coach Brian Agler said. ''They set the tone early in the game and we have to respond better.''

        Gray scored 15 points for Los Angeles, and Nneka Ogwumike had 11 points on 3-for-13 shooting and 13 rebounds.

        Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve torched her proud, veteran team on Monday after getting behind 28-2 in the first eight minutes on Sunday. She took little solace in watching them rally to a late lead, saying any pats on the back were from ''Loserville.''

        The Lynx responded in a major way in Game 2, grabbing a 15-point lead in the first eight minutes. They held Ogwumike and Parker to a combined 0 for 11 in the first half and Los Angeles shot just 28 percent in the first two quarters.

        But just like the Lynx didn't give up in Game 1, the Sparks wouldn't go away this time. Parker capped an 11-3 run that cut Minnesota's lead to three with 1:21 to play and Brunson was whistled for a questionable foul on Parker on the next possession. She converted both free throws to make it 70-68 and Maya Moore missed a jumper on the other end.

        With Seimone Augustus hounding her, Alana Beard was whistled for a five-second call on the inbounds pass.

        ''I didn't see anyone open,'' Beard said. ''That said, my responsibility is to get the ball inbounds. That's something I can't allow to happen.''

        The Sparks had one more shot, but Gray, who beat the Lynx with a jumper in the final seconds of Game 1, couldn't come up with the heroics for a second straight game. After she lost the handle, Brunson poked the ball away and Moore scooped it up and tossed it ahead to Whalen to seal the win.

        ''Our defense saved us,'' Whalen said. ''We were one play better.''

        The Sparks are trying to become the first repeat champions since 2002, and they head home having earned a split at raucous Williams Arena.

        ANTHEM STATEMENT


        For the second straight game, the Sparks left the court just before ''The Star Spangled Banner'' started, a show of support for their NFL brethren who have come under withering criticism from President Donald Trump for using the national anthem as a vehicle to protest social injustice.

        The Sparks were booed heavily as they exited the court and again as they reappeared after the song was over. Ogwumike and Parker have said that the display is not meant to be derogatory toward the flag or American soldiers.

        The Lynx locked arms in a show of unity before Game 1, but stood in line in normal fashion before Game 2.

        UP NEXT

        Game 3 is on Friday in Los Angeles.

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        • Armadillo: Friday's six-pack

          — San Juan tip-off hoop tourney will be moved to Coastal Carolina’s campus in South Carolina for this year. Event is Nov 16-19.

          — Road teams are 7-3 in the baseball Wild Card games.

          — Former UConn coach Jim Calhoun is now coaching a D-III team; St Joseph’s College- they will begin play next season. Calhoun is 75 years old.

          — 33-year old Matt Cain will start Saturday for the Giants and then retire; he helped SF win three world titles.

          — Dwayne Wade gets $2.3M to play for the Cavaliers this season.

          — Still can’t get over the Jaguars running a fake punt Sunday while leading 37-0.


          **********

          Armadillo: Friday's List of 13: Random stuff with weekend here……..

          13) First of all, congrats to the Minnesota Twins for making the playoffs this season; they lost 103 games last year. No team had ever made the playoffs when they had lost 97+ games in the previous season. Excellent accomplishment.

          12) NBA changed how their draft lottery will work, to discourage tanking; right now the top three teams have these percentages of getting the #1 pick:
          1) 25%, 2) 19.9%, 3) 15.6%

          Under the new system, the top three teams will each have a 14% shot at the #1 pick.

          11) JD Martinez made $11,750,000 this season; he is hitting .418 in September, with 16 HR’s and 36 RBI and is a free agent after this season. He is going to make a freakin’ fortune this winter.

          10) There were rumors on the Interweb Thursday that Clemson coach/Alabama alum Dabo Swinney might replace Nick Saban when Saban retires from the Crimson Tide.

          I’ve said this here before; replacing Saban in Tuscaloosa will be like replacing John Wooden at UCLA or even replacing Bear Bryant at Alabama 35 years ago. A rabid, spoiled fanbase. Very, very difficult job.

          9) Oakland A’s extended manager Bob Melvin’s contract thru 2019, which is excellent news; A’s were 46-35 at home this year, have a decent nucleus of young position players. Not sure their starting pitching will be good enough to contend next year. One can hope, though.

          8) Seattle Mariners have used 40 pitchers this season; 17 of them started at least one game.

          7) Arizona Wildcats lose 6-5 swingman Rawle Atkins for 8-12 weeks with a broken foot; he was supposed to be one of the Pac-12’s best players this winter.

          6) Tigers’ utility guy Austin Romine will play all nine positions for Detroit Sunday, which is pretty cool. Bert Campaneris of the A’s was the first player to do that, in 1965.

          5) Sam Saunders shot a 59 at the web.com championship Thursday; Saunders is Arnold Palmer’s grandson.

          4) Chris Fallica of ESPN points out that there are only six college football games this week that have a spread less than 7 points. 27 games have a double digit spread.

          3) Packers 35, Bears 14— Long time ago, I met John Fox; good guy. Too bad he’s going to get fired before New Year’s Day; the Bears turned ball over four times, are -7 in turnovers in two bad road losses. They’ve got a rookie QB sitting on the bench who might as well be playing, much like the Rams with Jared Goff last season. Chicago will hire an offensive-minded coach (Jim Bob Cooter??) to mentor Trubisky next year.

          2) Clippers are having training camp in Hawai’i, the Nets at the Naval Academy in Annapolis. Nothing against the Naval Academy, but advantage, Clippers.

          1) NBA preseason games start Saturday night, which is good news. Will be better news when the games count for real, in a couple weeks.

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          • Cheat Sheet - WNBA Finals

            (1) Minnesota vs. (2) Los Angeles

            Best-of-Five (2-2-1 Format)

            Game 1 – Sunday, Sept. 24
            Game 2 – Tuesday, Sept. 26
            Game 3 – Friday, Sept. 29
            Game 4 – Sunday, Oct. 1
            Game 5 – Wednesday, Oct. 4

            Series Price – per BookMaker.eu

            Minnesota -160
            Los Angeles +140

            Betting Notes - Minnesota

            -- Minnesota swept Washington 3-0 in the semifinals, winning all three games by double digits. The Lynx went 2-1 against the spread in the series.

            -- Including the playoffs, the Lynx have won six straight games by 10-plus points and they’ve covered the number in four of those games.

            -- The ‘over’ went 2-1 in the semifinals.

            -- Minnesota has gone 17-2 SU and 9-10 ATS at the Xcel Energy Center this season while the ‘under’ produced a 10-9 record.

            -- The Lynx were 13-5 SU and 11-7 ATS on the road this season.

            -- The ‘under’ has gone 6-1 in the last seven away games for Minnesota.

            Betting Notes – Los Angeles

            -- Los Angeles advanced to the WNBA Finals with a three-game sweep over Phoenix in the semifinals.

            -- The Sparks went 2-1 versus the number and only failed to cover Game 3 as they nipped the Mercury 89-87 as 4 ½-point road favorites.

            -- Los Angeles will bring a 10-game winning streak into the finals and the club has gone 9-1 ATS during this run while the ‘under’ is 7-3 over this span.

            -- The Sparks went 18-1 SU and 14-5 ATS at home this season.

            -- Los Angeles went 11-9 SU and 10-8 ATS away from home this season.

            -- Similar to Minnesota, the ‘under’ has been a solid wager for L.A. on the road lately with a 5-2 mark in its last seven.

            2017 Regular Season Encounters

            July 6 – Minnesota 88 (-6.5) vs. Los Angeles 77 (Under 166.5)

            August 11 - Los Angeles 70 (+5.5) at Minnesota 64 (Under 161.5)

            August 27 – Los Angeles 78 (-2.5) vs. Minnesota 67 (Under 155.5)

            2016 WNBA Finals

            Game 1 – Los Angeles 78 (+6.5) at Minnesota 76 (Under 161)

            Game 2 – Minnesota 79 (-7) vs. Los Angeles 60 (Under 159)

            Game 3 – Los Angeles 92 (+1) vs. Minnesota 75 (Over 159.5)

            Game 4 – Minnesota 85 (+1) at Los Angeles 79 (Over 160)

            Game 5 – Los Angeles 77 (+5.5) at Minnesota 76 (Under 156.5)

            WNBA Finals History – 1997-2016

            -- The league went to a best-of-five format during the 2005 season. In the 12 series, we’ve seen five sweeps (3-0), four matchups go to a decisive Game 7 and three series end in four games (3-1).

            -- The Sparks have won the WNBA Championship three times, including last year’s victory over Minnesota.

            -- The previous title for the Sparks came in 20012 when the franchise pulled off the rare repeat.

            -- Los Angeles failed to three-peat in 2003 as it was defeated by the now defunct Detroit Shock.

            -- Since the 2011 season, Minnesota has won three championships and finished runner-up twice. The victories included two sweeps.

            -- The Lynx have alternated titles the last six years and if that trend continues, they’ll be champions this seasons.

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            • WNBA
              Dunkel

              Friday, September 29


              Minnesota @ Los Angeles

              Game 667-668
              September 29, 2017 @ 9:00 pm

              Dunkel Rating:
              Minnesota
              119.072
              Los Angeles
              124.838
              Dunkel Team:
              Dunkel Line:
              Dunkel Total:
              Los Angeles
              151
              by 6
              Vegas Team:
              Vegas Line:
              Vegas Total:
              Los Angeles
              by 3 1/2
              155 1/2
              Dunkel Pick:
              Los Angeles
              (-3 1/2); Under





              WNBA
              Long Sheet

              Friday, September 29


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              MINNESOTA (31 - 8) at LOS ANGELES (30 - 9) - 9/29/2017, 9:00 PM
              Top Trends for this game.
              LOS ANGELES is 26-13 ATS (+11.7 Units) in all games this season.
              LOS ANGELES is 22-12 ATS (+8.8 Units) as a favorite this season.
              LOS ANGELES is 14-5 ATS (+8.5 Units) in home games this season.
              LOS ANGELES is 14-5 ATS (+8.5 Units) in a home game where where the total is greater than or equal to 150 this season.
              LOS ANGELES is 13-3 ATS (+9.7 Units) in August or September games this season.
              LOS ANGELES is 7-1 ATS (+5.9 Units) on Friday this season.
              LOS ANGELES is 15-5 ATS (+9.5 Units) after a division game this season.
              LOS ANGELES is 14-4 ATS (+9.6 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
              LOS ANGELES is 10-2 ATS (+7.8 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record after 15+ games this season.
              LOS ANGELES is 16-6 ATS (+9.4 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game after 15+ games this season.
              LOS ANGELES is 20-9 ATS (+10.1 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game this season.
              MINNESOTA is 9-1 ATS (+7.9 Units) on Friday this season.

              Head-to-Head Series History
              LOS ANGELES is 12-8 against the spread versus MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
              MINNESOTA is 11-9 straight up against LOS ANGELES over the last 3 seasons
              13 of 20 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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              WNBA

              Friday, September 29


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              Trend Report
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              9:00 PM
              MINNESOTA vs. LOS ANGELES
              The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 6 games when playing Los Angeles
              Minnesota is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Los Angeles
              The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Los Angeles's last 6 games when playing Minnesota
              Los Angeles is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Minnesota

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              • Preview: Lynx (27-7) at Sparks (26-8)
                Date: September 29, 2017 9:00 PM EDT


                The 2017 WNBA Finals head into Game 3 of a contentious battle between Los Angeles and the Minnesota Lynx as the Sparks play host for the first time in the series on Friday at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.

                The best-of-five series is tied 1-1.

                In Game 1 on Sunday night in Williams Arena, the Sparks narrowly prevailed 85-84 after giving up a first quarter lead of 28-2.

                On Monday, the Lynx battled back for a tight 70-68 victory after earlier having a 20-point lead.

                With both teams so equally matched, the outcome of Game 3 is anything but a given and both teams will be battling hard in the first quarter to establish dominance.

                "It'll be a test of wills," Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said.

                Earlier in the week, she had harsh words for her team after falling behind in the first eight minutes of Sunday's game, a correction they made in Game 2 when they were ahead by 15 points in the first eight minutes.

                "Each team is trying to establish themselves early," Reeve said. "It's a possession game. You've got play hard. You've got to play with passion in everything that you're doing, and we didn't do that in Game 1."

                Sparks star Candace Parker said much the same about her team's game plan for Game 3.

                "It's having a sense of urgency," said the two-time WNBA MVP. "Who started out with the first punch? We were able to work our way back into Game 2 and they were able to work their way back into Game 1 but it's starting out with a sense of urgency."

                Starting strong is key for the Sparks. It's about, she said, "whoever is dictating the game."

                That much was noticeable in Game 2 as the Sparks' slow start meant they shot 28 percent in the first two quarters.

                "If we're hesitant," Parker said, "it affects us."

                The games so far have been marked by intense, physical battles.

                "It is intense," said Sylvia Fowles, who set a WNBA Finals record of 17 rebounds for the Lynx in Game 2, breaking an earlier record set in 2005. "That's what it comes down to. A lot of physicality."

                Both teams, she said, are gritty. "That's what you expect," Fowles said, "You see a lot of similarities in both teams."

                The battle will continue at Staples Center, where both teams are preparing for another intense match up, with both agreeing home court advantage has almost no meaning in a series so evenly matched.

                "If you look at last year's series," Sparks coach Brian Agler said, "this year, head-to-head, last year head-to-head, we won on each other's court. So I don't know how much home court means."

                What it comes down to was summed up by Reeve in one word: "Talent."

                "That's what makes it so good," Reeve said. "There's really, really good players on both teams. That's what you see."


                WNBA HEAD TO HEAD

                Sep 26, 2017 Score ATS Results
                LOS 68 Cover: 5
                MIN « 70 Under: 138
                Tools: Recaps

                Sep 24, 2017 Score ATS Results
                LOS « 85 Cover: 6.5
                MIN 84 Over: 169
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                Aug 27, 2017 Score ATS Results
                MIN 67 Under: 145
                LOS « 78 Cover: 8.5
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                Aug 11, 2017 Score ATS Results
                LOS « 70 Cover: 12
                MIN 64 Under: 134
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                Jul 6, 2017 Score ATS Results
                LOS 77 Under: 165
                MIN « 88 Cover: 4.5
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                Oct 20, 2016 Score ATS Results
                LOS « 77 Cover: 6.5
                MIN 76 Under: 153
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                Oct 16, 2016 Score ATS Results
                MIN « 85 Cover: 7
                LOS 79 Over: 164
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                Oct 14, 2016 Score ATS Results
                MIN 75 Over: 167
                LOS « 92 Cover: 16
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                Oct 11, 2016 Score ATS Results
                LOS 60 Under: 139
                MIN « 79 Cover: 12
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                Oct 9, 2016 Score ATS Results
                LOS « 78 Cover: 8.5
                MIN 76 Under: 154
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                • FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29

                  GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS

                  MIN at LA 09:00 PM

                  LA -3.0

                  U 155.0

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                  • Armadillo: Sunday's six-pack

                    Six most popular picks for Week 4 in the Westgate Super Contest:

                    6) Kansas City +6.5, 575

                    5) Cincinnati, -3, 595

                    4) New Orleans, -3, 705

                    3) NJ Giants, +3, 726

                    2) LA Chargers, -1.5, 774

                    1) Denver, -2.5, 963

                    Season record of top 6 picks: 6-12


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                    Armadillo: Sunday's List of 13: Wrapping up a sports Saturday……


                    13) Oklahoma State 41, Texas Tech 34— OSU’s kicker clanked two really short FG’s off the right upright, but the Cowboys overcame all that and scored a TD with 1:12 left to send the fans home unhappy in Lubbock. Good ballgame, except for Gus Johnson’s occasional screaming on FOX.

                    12) Florida State 26, Wake Forest 19— Seminoles ran opening kickoff back for a TD, it was called back by a penalty. From that point on, Wake outgained them 367-270 but FSU hit a long pass in the last minute to win game. If you knew nothing about reputations/teams and just watched this game, you could have easily thought that Wake Forest is the better team.

                    11) Troy 24, LSU 21— Troy State is in Alabama; they play in the Sun Belt; they got a check for $985,000 to come and be a patsy to help LSU get ready for SEC play. Problem is, they won.

                    Last year, LSU fired Les Miles, who was 62-28 in SEC games while coaching the Tigers. LSU then hired Ed Orgeron, who is 7-24 in SEC games in 4+ years as coach at Ole Miss/LSU. This was administrative malpractice, replacing a really good head coach with a career assistant.

                    Don’t believe me? Go find the book Meat Market, written by Bruce Feldman; it details one of the recruiting periods during Orgeron’s tenure at Ole Miss. If you read that book and think Orgeron should be an SEC head coach, then we’ll agree to disagree.

                    10) Upsets of the Day— wasn’t a big day for surprises:
                    Troy +20.5 won 24-21 at LSU
                    Maryland +13 won 31-24 at Minnesota
                    North Texas +8.5 won 43-28 at Southern Mississippi

                    9) Washington State 30, USC 27— One of season’s best games ended way after midnight Friday night. Three of USC’s five starting offensive linemen are hurt and they don’t have a week off until November, which will make Sam Darnold’s season a lot more difficult.

                    8) Maryland 31, Minnesota 24— Terrapins win here as a 13-point underdog with their #3 QB playing- their top two QB’s are out for the year.

                    7) Florida 38, Vanderbilt 24— Two starting QB’s here are both sons of NFL coaches; Florida’s Luke Del Rio is the son of the Raiders’ coach, Vandy’s Kyle Shurmur is the son of the Vikings’ offensive coordinator. Del Rio broke his collarbone here, is out for the year.

                    6) Georgia 41, Tennessee 0— If you’re an aspiring college football coach and you’d like to coach in the SEC, send your resume to:

                    Athletic Director
                    University of Tennessee, Knoxville
                    Knoxville, Tennessee 37996

                    Believe me, you couldn’t do any worse than the guy who has that job now.

                    5) Stanford 34, Arizona State 24— Bryce Love ran for 301 yards and three TD’s.

                    4) Utah State 40, BYU 24— This is the worst BYU team I can remember; they need to get into a league, makes your schedule more balanced. Cougars turned ball over seven times in this game; that makes it difficult to win.

                    Maybe when the Raiders’ dome gets built in Las Vegas and UNLV moves into it, they and BYU can join the Big X or the Pac-12 as a western tandem.

                    3) Clemson 31, Virginia Tech 17— It is October 1st; Tigers have already won at Louisville and Virginia Tech; they beat Auburn at home. How do you win as much as Clemson has the last few years and remain somewhat under the radar?

                    2) NFL Network has a pregame show that starts at 7am Sunday; I get that some people are awake on Sunday morning, whether it be for work or church, but do people really get up on Sunday morning and watch TV? At 7am? College games don’t get over until 2am or so on Saturday night— got to sleep sometime.

                    1) No drama for the last day of baseball season; Colorado-Arizona and Minnesota-New York are the two Wild Card games. There are probably executives at ESPN that don’t even know that there are major league teams in Denver/Phoenix, Lord knows they never show ‘em on TV.

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                    • Cheat Sheet - WNBA Finals

                      (1) Minnesota vs. (2) Los Angeles

                      Best-of-Five (2-2-1 Format)

                      Game 1 – Sunday, Sept. 24
                      Game 2 – Tuesday, Sept. 26
                      Game 3 – Friday, Sept. 29
                      Game 4 – Sunday, Oct. 1
                      Game 5 – Wednesday, Oct. 4

                      Series Price – per BookMaker.eu

                      Minnesota -160
                      Los Angeles +140

                      Betting Notes - Minnesota

                      -- Minnesota swept Washington 3-0 in the semifinals, winning all three games by double digits. The Lynx went 2-1 against the spread in the series.

                      -- Including the playoffs, the Lynx have won six straight games by 10-plus points and they’ve covered the number in four of those games.

                      -- The ‘over’ went 2-1 in the semifinals.

                      -- Minnesota has gone 17-2 SU and 9-10 ATS at the Xcel Energy Center this season while the ‘under’ produced a 10-9 record.

                      -- The Lynx were 13-5 SU and 11-7 ATS on the road this season.

                      -- The ‘under’ has gone 6-1 in the last seven away games for Minnesota.

                      Betting Notes – Los Angeles

                      -- Los Angeles advanced to the WNBA Finals with a three-game sweep over Phoenix in the semifinals.

                      -- The Sparks went 2-1 versus the number and only failed to cover Game 3 as they nipped the Mercury 89-87 as 4 ½-point road favorites.

                      -- Los Angeles will bring a 10-game winning streak into the finals and the club has gone 9-1 ATS during this run while the ‘under’ is 7-3 over this span.

                      -- The Sparks went 18-1 SU and 14-5 ATS at home this season.

                      -- Los Angeles went 11-9 SU and 10-8 ATS away from home this season.

                      -- Similar to Minnesota, the ‘under’ has been a solid wager for L.A. on the road lately with a 5-2 mark in its last seven.

                      2017 Regular Season Encounters

                      July 6 – Minnesota 88 (-6.5) vs. Los Angeles 77 (Under 166.5)

                      August 11 - Los Angeles 70 (+5.5) at Minnesota 64 (Under 161.5)

                      August 27 – Los Angeles 78 (-2.5) vs. Minnesota 67 (Under 155.5)

                      2016 WNBA Finals

                      Game 1 – Los Angeles 78 (+6.5) at Minnesota 76 (Under 161)

                      Game 2 – Minnesota 79 (-7) vs. Los Angeles 60 (Under 159)

                      Game 3 – Los Angeles 92 (+1) vs. Minnesota 75 (Over 159.5)

                      Game 4 – Minnesota 85 (+1) at Los Angeles 79 (Over 160)

                      Game 5 – Los Angeles 77 (+5.5) at Minnesota 76 (Under 156.5)

                      WNBA Finals History – 1997-2016

                      -- The league went to a best-of-five format during the 2005 season. In the 12 series, we’ve seen five sweeps (3-0), four matchups go to a decisive Game 7 and three series end in four games (3-1).

                      -- The Sparks have won the WNBA Championship three times, including last year’s victory over Minnesota.

                      -- The previous title for the Sparks came in 20012 when the franchise pulled off the rare repeat.

                      -- Los Angeles failed to three-peat in 2003 as it was defeated by the now defunct Detroit Shock.

                      -- Since the 2011 season, Minnesota has won three championships and finished runner-up twice. The victories included two sweeps.

                      -- The Lynx have alternated titles the last six years and if that trend continues, they’ll be champions this seasons.

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                      • WNBA
                        Dunkel

                        Sunday, October 1


                        Minnesota @ Los Angeles

                        Game 669-670
                        October 1, 2017 @ 8:30 pm

                        Dunkel Rating:
                        Minnesota
                        123.574
                        Los Angeles
                        120.336
                        Dunkel Team:
                        Dunkel Line:
                        Dunkel Total:
                        Minnesota
                        by 3
                        151
                        Vegas Team:
                        Vegas Line:
                        Vegas Total:
                        Los Angeles
                        by 3
                        152
                        Dunkel Pick:
                        Minnesota
                        (+3); Under





                        WNBA
                        Long Sheet

                        Sunday, October 1


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                        MINNESOTA (31 - 9) at LOS ANGELES (31 - 9) - 10/1/2017, 8:30 PM
                        There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

                        Head-to-Head Series History
                        LOS ANGELES is 13-8 against the spread versus MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
                        MINNESOTA is 11-10 straight up against LOS ANGELES over the last 3 seasons
                        14 of 21 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


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                        WNBA

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                        MINNESOTA vs. LOS ANGELES
                        Minnesota is 8-16 SU in its last 24 games when playing on the road against Los Angeles
                        The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Minnesota's last 7 games when playing Los Angeles
                        Los Angeles is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Minnesota
                        Los Angeles is 16-8 SU in its last 24 games when playing at home against Minnesota

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                        • SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1

                          GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS

                          MIN at LA 08:30 PM

                          LA -2.5

                          U 152.0

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                          • Lynx force decisive Game 5, top Sparks
                            October 1, 2017


                            LOS ANGELES (AP) Sylvia Fowles and the Minnesota Lynx weren't about to let their season end in Los Angeles.

                            The WNBA MVP helped the Lynx force a decisive fifth game in the WNBA Finals by scoring 22 points and grabbing 14 rebounds as Minnesota beat Los Angeles 80-69 on Sunday night. It's the second consecutive year that these two teams will play a deciding game in Minnesota for the crown.

                            ''Advantage? No, we're back in Game 5. We wanted to make sure we came out and we played well,'' Fowles said.

                            Minnesota, which is trying for its fourth title in seven years, played extremely well as they dominated inside the paint with baskets and rebounds. Minnesota outrebounded the Sparks 48-28. The Sparks had outrebounded the Lynx in Game 3 and that was a point of emphasis for the team to be more physical inside.

                            ''To compete with Minnesota, you have to stay in the same game with them in the rebounding,'' Sparks coach Brian Agler said. ''Obviously, that was a wide margin. They were more aggressive, no question. They doubled our free throw attempts. I'm not saying that to debate the officiating. The point is they were a lot more aggressive and got themselves to the free-throw line. They gave themselves opportunities and second-chance points on the offensive boards. We didn't play the way we needed to play to have success against them.''

                            Odyssey Sims led the Sparks with 18 points and Nneka Ogwumike added 17. No Sparks player reached double figures in rebounding.

                            Candace Parker, who finished with 11 points and eight rebounds, and the Sparks are hoping to become the league's first repeat champion since Los Angeles in 2002.

                            In order to do that, they'll have to win on Minnesota's home floor again.

                            Ogwumike doesn't enjoy that storyline, even though it finished with a storybook ending for the Sparks last season.

                            ''No disrespect to that question, but I'm really tired of that question,'' Ogwumike said. ''This year is this year. No disrespect at all. It's just like the 100th time I've heard it. This year is a different year, and I know it's the same and I know that's what everyone here wants to talk about it, but it's a different year.''

                            Facing an end to their season, the Lynx were aggressive from the start, grabbing a lot of loose balls and dominating the glass. They trailed 10-8 before scoring 11 straight points in the first quarter.

                            The Lynx, who never led in Game 3, built as much as a 19-point lead in the third quarter. The Sparks rallied, but could never get closer than eight points late in the fourth quarter.

                            ''I just love the way we competed for 40 minutes,'' said Moore. ''Everybody was really locked in and trying to be the aggressor the whole time. We didn't play a perfect game, but did enough to beat a really good Sparks team on the road.''

                            In the first quarter, Lynx point guard Lindsey Whalen used her arm in a chopping motion to foul Sims in transition. Whalen was called for a common foul but it was reviewed and upgraded to a Flagrant 1. Sims stayed down on the floor but was fine and would stay in the game. Still, that physical play seemed to set the tone for the Lynx, who were a different team than in a 75-64 loss two days earlier.

                            ''That was the beginning of the game,'' Sims said. ''It's over now. Our mindset is focused on getting better and concentrating on Game 5.''

                            Sims declined not to talk about that play, but it was clear it energized the Lynx.

                            ''Each team has the mindset that you don't want to give your opponent anything easy,'' Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said. ''It's kind of interesting, Magic (Johnson) is sitting there and I suspect he was thinking of when that was just a foul. Not review, flagrant, just a foul. It was a playoff foul. We have this new term of unnecessary. Well that's kind of subjective. We thought it was necessary that she not get the layup off.

                            ''With the new rules and the world we live in, it was deemed unnecessary.''

                            PARTY OF FIVE


                            The Lynx didn't have a good performance overall from their starters in Game 3 and two of them - Whalen and Seimone Augustus - didn't score. On Sunday, four of the five starters scored in double figures. Moore, Rebekkah Brunson, Fowles and Augustus combined for 65 points and 43 rebounds. Whalen scored four points, but added eight assists.

                            FREE THROW DISPARITY

                            The Lynx made 19 of 30 free throws while the Sparks shot just 16 and made 12.

                            RAINING ON THE 3-POINT PARADE


                            The Sparks missed 17 of 22 3-point attempts. Four of the five starters missed all of their 3-pointers. Alana Beard, Ogwumike, Parker and Chelsea Gray were a combined 0-for-12.

                            Flying the friendly skies?

                            The Sparks and Lynx are on the same flight from Los Angeles to Minnesota on Monday.

                            TIP-INS


                            Actor Anthony Anderson, actress Vivica A. Fox, former WNBA player Tina Thompson and Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti were at the game. ... The Sparks went into their locker room during the national anthem in silent protest for the fourth consecutive game.

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                            • SERIES
                              SCHEDULE

                              Game 1
                              LAS @ MIN
                              LAS 85, MIN 84
                              LAS Leads 1-0

                              Game 2
                              LAS @ MIN
                              MIN 70, LAS 68
                              Series Tied 1-1

                              Game 3
                              MIN @ LAS
                              LAS 75, MIN 64
                              LAS leads 2-1

                              Game 4
                              MIN @ LAS
                              MIN 80, LAS 69
                              Series Tied 2-2

                              Game 5
                              LAS @ MIN
                              Oct. 4
                              8 PM ET, ESPN

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                              • Preview: Sparks (26-8) at Lynx (27-7)
                                Date: October 04, 2017 8:00 PM EDT

                                MINNEAPOLIS -- After months of games -- hundreds of them -- and thousands of points scored, it all comes down to this.

                                Again.

                                The Minnesota Lynx and Los Angeles Sparks will end the 2017 season on Wednesday night in the same way and in the same city as they did in 2016, with one of them holding a trophy. After last year's high drama, when the Sparks came to Minneapolis and won the WNBA title on a last-second shot in Game 5, it seemed almost inevitable that the four previous contests would lead us to this moment.

                                After Tuesday's practices at Williams Arena, on the University of Minnesota campus, it was noted that in their last dozen regular season meetings, the Lynx and Sparks are tied in points, 908 to 908. It's a trend that surely won't continue in the season finale.

                                "I don't think this is going to end in a draw," joked Sparks coach Brian Agler on Tuesday. "That number is very interesting, but we don't give it much thought because it's one of those deals. These are both very good teams, they compete hard against each other, and ... to this point it's been back and forth. Both teams have had their share of success."

                                Indeed, both teams have gone 1-1 on the other's court to get us to this point. It appeared the Sparks would have their way in the series after taking a 26-point lead in the opening quarter of Game 1. After beating Minnesota by double digits in Game 3, Los Angeles missed a chance to clinch at home when the Lynx dominated Game 4 start to finish, sending the series back to Minnesota. If the home team is feeling the pressure, with a deafening sellout crowd expected on hand, the Lynx aren't showing it.

                                "I'm actually relaxed. I think I was more jittery before Game 4 because I knew what was at stake, but I'm more relaxed this time around," Minnesota forward and reigning league MVP Sylvia Fowles said. "I'm comfortable with what the coach is putting us in and what we have to get done. I'm very confident that we can actually go out there and do it."

                                Although the Lynx coach admitted that when teams are this familiar with one another, there's less coaching that goes into a winner-take-all meeting.

                                "We told them Game 5 is time for the players. Coaches get out of the way. This is about players making plays. Recognizing your opportunities. Recognizing those moments that you can take advantage of your defender," Cheryl Reeve said. "At this point the plays are what they are, it's about what you can do out of those plays. It's the little things you're willing to do within a play, to keep playing and obviously the hustle plays on the glass. That's what it's about."

                                Wednesday's winner will become just the second franchise in WNBA history to win the title four times. The Sparks were previously league champs in 2001, 2002 and 2016 while Minnesota captured titles in 2011, 2013 and 2015.

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