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  • #91
    DATE W-L-T % UNITS

    09/01/2017..............7-2-1...........77.78%....................+24.00
    08/30/2017..............2-2-0...........50.00%.......................-1.00
    08/29/2017..............1-1-0...........50.00%.......................-0.50
    08/27/2017..............5-1-0...........83.33%.....................+19.50
    08/26/2017..............4-0-0..........100.00%....................+20.00
    08/25/2017..............1-5-0............16.67%.....................-22.50
    08/24/2017..............2-0-0..........100.00%....................+10.00
    08/23/2017..............4-2-0............66.67%.....................+9.00
    08/22/2017..............2-2-0............50.00%......................-1.00
    08/20/2017..............3-5-0............37.50%.....................-12.50
    08/19/2017..............1-1-0............50.00%.....................-0.50
    08/18/2017..............4-5-0............44.44%.....................-7.50
    08/16/2017..............2-2-0............50.00%.....................-1.00
    08/15/2017..............2-0-0...........100.00%..................+10.00
    08/13/2017..............2-0-0...........100.00%..................+10.00
    08/12/2017..............5-3-0.............62.50%...................+8.50
    08/11/2017..............1-3-0.............25.00%...................-1150
    08/10/2017..............1-3-0.............25.00%...................-1150
    08/08/2017..............3-3-0..............50.00%...................-1.50
    08/06/2017..............4-2-0..............66.67%..................+9.00
    08/05/2017..............3-1-0..............75.00%..................+9.50
    08/04/2017..............4-6-0..............40.00%..................-13.00
    08/03/2017..............0-2-0................0.00%..................-11.00

    Totals...................63 - 51 - 1...........55.26%...................+36.50

    DATE.......................ATS................TOTA L............OU................TOTAL

    09/01/2017..............5 - 0.........+25.00..........2 -2 -1............ -1.00
    08/30/2017..............1 - 1.........- 0.50............1 - 1................-0.50
    08/29/2017..............1 - 0........+ 5.00............0 - 1................-5.50
    08/27/2017..............3 - 0........+15.00...........2 - 1...............+4.50
    08/26/2017..............2 - 0........+10.00...........2 - 0...............+10.00
    08/25/2017..............0 - 3........- 16.50...........1 - 2................- 6.00
    08/24/2017..............1 - 0..........+5.00...........1 - 0................+5.00
    08/23/2017..............2 - 1..........+4.50...........2 - 1................+4.50
    08/22/2017..............1 - 1...........-0.50...........1 - 1................- 0.50
    08/20/2017..............3 - 1..........+9.50...........0 - 4................-22.00
    08/19/2017..............0 - 1...........-5.50...........1 - 0................+ 5.00
    08/18/2017..............2 - 3..........- 6.50...........2 - 2................- 1.00
    08/16/2017..............1 - 1..........- 0.50...........1 - 1.................- 0.50
    08/15/2017..............1 - 0..........+ 5.00..........1 - 0................+ 5.00
    08/13/2017..............1 - 0..........+ 5.00..........1 -0.................+ 5.00
    08/12/2017..............2 - 2..........- 1.00...........3 - 1................+ 9.50
    08/11/2017..............1 - 1..........- 0.50...........0 - 2................- 11.00
    08/10/2017..............0 - 2..........- 11.00..........1 - 1.................- 0.50
    08/08/2017..............3 - 0...........+15.00........0 - 3.................- 16.50
    08/06/2017..............2 - 1...........+ 4.50.........2 - 1.................+ 4.50
    08/05/2017..............2 - 0...........+10.00........1 - 1...................- 0.50
    08/04/2017..............3 - 2............+ 4.00........1 - 4..................-17.00
    08/03/2017..............0 - 1.............- 5.50........0 - 1...................- 5.50

    Totals.................37 - 20 - 0........+ 69.50.........25 - 32 - 1.............-33.00

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    • #92
      Armadillo: Saturday's six-pack

      — CC Sabathia complained that Eduardo Nunez bunted in the first inning Thursday; Jim Rice shredded Sabathia for complaining on the NESN postgame show.

      — Cubs acquired OF Leonys Martin from Seattle just before the calendar turned to September.

      — Tigers will pay $8M of Justin Verlander’s $28M salary in each of the next two years.

      — Texas 3B Adrian Beltre has a strained hamstring, could miss the rest of the season.

      — Boston College 23, Northern Illinois 20— Best game of the day, in either sport

      — NFL rosters have to be at 53 by 4:00 Saturday, which means 1,184 players will have been cut in the last 48 hours. Busy time for front offices of the lesser teams, searching for free agents that can help improve their squads.


      **********

      Armadillo: Saturday's List of 13: Trends for the first college football Saturday


      13) In 2013-15, Michigan State was +14/+19/+13 in turnovers, for an amazing total of +46. Spartans went 36-5 in those three seasons.

      Last year, MSU was -5 in turnovers and slumped to an abysmal 3-9 record, with 14 senior starters. This year with only 8 returning starters, they’re one of youngest teams in country.

      12) Kent State football coach Paul Haynes has taken a medical leave of absence for a few weeks and will not be on the sidelines when the Golden Flashes visit Clemson Saturday.

      11) Wyoming is 25-12 vs spread in its last 37 games as a road underdog.

      10) Cal Golden Bears covered only twice in their last 10 games as a road underdog.

      9) Underdogs are 21-9-2 vs spread in Florida Atlantic’s last 32 games.

      8) Penn State coach James Franklin is 18-11 vs spread in his last 29 non-league games.

      7) Joe Flacco’s brother Tom is a quarterback at Western Michigan.

      6) Arkansas State is 1-8 vs spread in last nine games as a non-league road underdog.

      5) Ball State covered nine of its last 11 games when visiting a Big 14 team.

      4) South Alabama is 3-10 vs spread in its last 13 games as a road underdog.

      3) Boise State is 12-27 vs spread in last 39 games as a home favorite.

      2) Georgia Tech is 10-5 vs spread in last 15 games as an underdog.

      1) UCLA covered only three of its last thirteen home games.

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      • #93
        WNBA
        Long Sheet

        Saturday, September 2


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        SAN ANTONIO (7 - 26) at INDIANA (9 - 24) - 9/2/2017, 7:00 PM
        Top Trends for this game.
        SAN ANTONIO is 75-51 ATS (+18.9 Units) in a road game where where the total is greater than or equal to 150 since 1997.
        SAN ANTONIO is 59-38 ATS (+17.2 Units) in road games against Eastern conference opponents since 1997.
        SAN ANTONIO is 12-4 ATS (+7.6 Units) in road games after a non-conference game over the last 2 seasons.
        SAN ANTONIO is 59-38 ATS (+17.2 Units) in road games in non-conference games since 1997.

        Head-to-Head Series History
        SAN ANTONIO is 6-1 against the spread versus INDIANA over the last 3 seasons
        SAN ANTONIO is 4-3 straight up against INDIANA over the last 3 seasons
        4 of 7 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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        WNBA

        Saturday, September 2


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        Trend Report
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        7:00 PM
        SAN ANTONIO vs. INDIANA
        The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Antonio's last 6 games when playing Indiana
        San Antonio is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Indiana
        Indiana is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
        Indiana is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against San Antonio

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        • #94
          Preview: Stars (7-26) at Fever (9-24)
          Date: September 02, 2017 7:00 PM EDT


          The Indiana Fever will try to win their final home game of the regular season when they host the San Antonio Stars on Saturday evening.

          Both teams have been eliminated from playoff contention and are looking to snap lengthy losing streaks. This marks the third and final meeting between the teams.

          Indiana (9-24) has dropped seven games in a row, including an 80-69 loss to the Minnesota Lynx on Wednesday night. The Fever are 6-10 at home and 3-14 on the road.

          San Antonio (7-26) has lost four straight games and is the only team in the WNBA with a worse record than the Fever. The Stars will play on short rest after an 81-69 loss against the New York Liberty on the road Friday night.

          Although this season has not gone well for the Stars, they are 2-0 against the Fever and have an opportunity to complete a series sweep. San Antonio is 1-15 on the road this season, with its only win away from home coming July 12 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

          "They're a young team, and I think over the course of the season, they're starting to find their way," Fever coach Pokey Chatman told the team's official website. "They battled with injuries, people never talked about that, but they're really starting to find an identity. They're playing with a little more pace."

          Indiana is let in scoring by veteran forward Candice Dupree, who is averaging 14.9 points this season. Dupree also is averaging 5.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists.

          Guard Erica Wheeler is next on the Fever with an average of 11.7 points per game. However, the rest of the Fever's backcourt has been depleted by injuries as Shenise Johnson, Tiffany Mitchell and Briann January all are sidelined.

          San Antonio has two players averaging in double digits. Guard Kayla McBride has posted 14.9 points per game, and center Isabelle Harrison is averaging 11.5 points.

          The game marks the regular-series finale for both teams.

          "We know it's at the end of the season and everybody's tired," McBride told the team's official website. "We need to lock in this (final) week and get some more wins."

          Chatman said she was grateful to Fever fans for their loyalty.

          "They're so supportive," Chatman said. "I think about Hurricane Harvey relief and the donations they made. ... It tells you a lot about the support that's been in Indiana for years."


          WNB HEAD TO HEAD

          Jul 20, 2017 Score ATS Results
          IND 61 Under: 146
          SA « 85 Cover: 29
          Tools: Recaps

          Jul 12, 2017 Score ATS Results
          SA « 79 Cover: 15
          IND 72 Under: 151
          Tools: Recaps

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          • #95
            DATE W-L-T % UNITS

            09/01/2017..............7-2-1...........77.78%....................+24.00
            08/30/2017..............2-2-0...........50.00%.......................-1.00
            08/29/2017..............1-1-0...........50.00%.......................-0.50
            08/27/2017..............5-1-0...........83.33%.....................+19.50
            08/26/2017..............4-0-0..........100.00%....................+20.00
            08/25/2017..............1-5-0............16.67%.....................-22.50
            08/24/2017..............2-0-0..........100.00%....................+10.00
            08/23/2017..............4-2-0............66.67%.....................+9.00
            08/22/2017..............2-2-0............50.00%......................-1.00
            08/20/2017..............3-5-0............37.50%.....................-12.50
            08/19/2017..............1-1-0............50.00%.....................-0.50
            08/18/2017..............4-5-0............44.44%.....................-7.50
            08/16/2017..............2-2-0............50.00%.....................-1.00
            08/15/2017..............2-0-0...........100.00%..................+10.00
            08/13/2017..............2-0-0...........100.00%..................+10.00
            08/12/2017..............5-3-0.............62.50%...................+8.50
            08/11/2017..............1-3-0.............25.00%...................-1150
            08/10/2017..............1-3-0.............25.00%...................-1150
            08/08/2017..............3-3-0..............50.00%...................-1.50
            08/06/2017..............4-2-0..............66.67%..................+9.00
            08/05/2017..............3-1-0..............75.00%..................+9.50
            08/04/2017..............4-6-0..............40.00%..................-13.00
            08/03/2017..............0-2-0................0.00%..................-11.00

            Totals...................63 - 51 - 1...........55.26%...................+36.50

            DATE.......................ATS................TOTA L............OU................TOTAL

            09/01/2017..............5 - 0.........+25.00..........2 -2 -1............ -1.00
            08/30/2017..............1 - 1.........- 0.50............1 - 1................-0.50
            08/29/2017..............1 - 0........+ 5.00............0 - 1................-5.50
            08/27/2017..............3 - 0........+15.00...........2 - 1...............+4.50
            08/26/2017..............2 - 0........+10.00...........2 - 0...............+10.00
            08/25/2017..............0 - 3........- 16.50...........1 - 2................- 6.00
            08/24/2017..............1 - 0..........+5.00...........1 - 0................+5.00
            08/23/2017..............2 - 1..........+4.50...........2 - 1................+4.50
            08/22/2017..............1 - 1...........-0.50...........1 - 1................- 0.50
            08/20/2017..............3 - 1..........+9.50...........0 - 4................-22.00
            08/19/2017..............0 - 1...........-5.50...........1 - 0................+ 5.00
            08/18/2017..............2 - 3..........- 6.50...........2 - 2................- 1.00
            08/16/2017..............1 - 1..........- 0.50...........1 - 1.................- 0.50
            08/15/2017..............1 - 0..........+ 5.00..........1 - 0................+ 5.00
            08/13/2017..............1 - 0..........+ 5.00..........1 -0.................+ 5.00
            08/12/2017..............2 - 2..........- 1.00...........3 - 1................+ 9.50
            08/11/2017..............1 - 1..........- 0.50...........0 - 2................- 11.00
            08/10/2017..............0 - 2..........- 11.00..........1 - 1.................- 0.50
            08/08/2017..............3 - 0...........+15.00........0 - 3.................- 16.50
            08/06/2017..............2 - 1...........+ 4.50.........2 - 1.................+ 4.50
            08/05/2017..............2 - 0...........+10.00........1 - 1...................- 0.50
            08/04/2017..............3 - 2............+ 4.00........1 - 4..................-17.00
            08/03/2017..............0 - 1.............- 5.50........0 - 1...................- 5.50

            Totals.................37 - 20 - 0........+ 69.50.........25 - 32 - 1.............-33.00




            SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2

            GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS

            SA at IND 07:00 PM

            SA +2.5

            U 150.0

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            • #96
              Stars top Fever as road underdogs
              September 2, 2017


              INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Kayla McBride had 28 points, 11 rebounds and six assists to lead the San Antonio Stars to a 75-71 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night in a season-ending game for the two worst teams in the WNBA.

              After trailing 32-28 at the half, the Stars (8-26) erased a nine-point deficit in the third quarter, scoring 27 points behind McBride's nine, to lead 55-51 and went on to end a four-game losing streak.

              San Antonio swept three games from the Fever (9-25), who end the season with eight-straight losses, and finished with a 2-15 record on the road with both wins coming at Indiana.

              Kayla Alexander and Kelsey Plum added 11 points apiece for the Stars.

              Candice Dupree had 19 points and 13 rebounds for Indiana with Natalie Achonwa adding 18. The Fever had made the playoffs 12 straight seasons.

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              LEAGUE STANDINGS

              Rank Team W L PCT GB CONF HOME ROAD L-10 STREAK


              #1 Minnesota Lynx - x26 7 0.788 - 13-3 14-2 12-5 6-4 W 2

              #2 Los Angeles Sparks - x25 8 0.758 1 12-4 15-1 10-7 8-2 W 6

              #3 New York Liberty - x21 12 0.636 5 11-5 13-4 8-8 9-1 W 9

              #4 Connecticut Sun - x21 12 0.636 5 10-6 12-5 9-7 7-3 L 1

              #5 Washington Mystics - x18 15 0.545 8 12-4 11-6 7-9 4-6 W 1

              #6 Phoenix Mercury - x17 16 0.515 9 7-9 8-8 9-8 4-6 W 2

              #7 Dallas Wings - x16 17 0.485 10 7-9 10-6 6-11 5-5 W 2

              #8 Seattle Storm - x14 19 0.424 12 8-8 10-7 4-12 4-6 L 3

              #9 Chicago Sky - o12 21 0.364 14 6-10 4-12 8-9 4-6 L 3

              #10 Atlanta Dream - o12 21 0.364 14 5-11 9-8 3-13 2-8 L 1

              #11 Indiana Fever - o9 25 0.265 17.5 4-12 6-11 3-14 1-9 L 8

              #12 San Antonio Stars - o8 26 0.235 18.5 1-15 6-11 2-15 5-5 W 1


              **************************

              SCHEDULE FOR SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 3, 2017

              Time (ET) Away Home Site


              2:00 PM New York Liberty Dallas Wings College Park Center

              4:00 PM Atlanta Dream Phoenix Mercury Talking Stick Resort Arena

              4:00 PM Connecticut Sun Los Angeles Sparks Staples Center

              4:00 PM Washington Mystics Minnesota Lynx Target Center

              6:00 PM Seattle Storm Chicago Sky Allstate Arena

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              • #97
                Sunday’s six-pack

                — Undrafted rookie Cooper Rush won the backup QB job in Dallas.

                — Patriots traded #3 QB Jacoby Brissett to the Colts for WR Phillip Dorsett, who was their first round draft pick in 2015.

                — JJ Watt’s tremendous fundraising efforts have now raised over $17M.

                — Marlins 7, Phillies 4— Giancarlo Stanton hit his 52nd home run.

                — Miguel Cabrera’s suspension was reduced to six games; it started Saturday.

                — Get well soon to Tigers DH Victor Martinez, who will undergo cardiac ablation surgery to fix a recurring heartbeat issue.

                ****************************

                Sunday’s List of 13: Wrapping up a college football Saturday


                13) Alabama 24, Florida State 7— Horrific night for the Seminoles; QB Francois looks like he suffered a serious knee injury late in the game- they have no experience behind him.

                FSU’s special teams imploded late in the third quarter, allowing a blocked punt, then fumbling the ensuing kickoff after an Alabama FG.

                12) Maryland 51, Texas 41— Longhorns scored TD’s on defense, on a blocked FG and on a punt return, but STILL LOST BY 10 POINTS!!!! Texas was favored by 18.5. Oy.

                Maryland also scored a TD on a blocked FG; they ran ball for 263 yards, threw it for 219 and their backup QB played the whole 4th quarter. Great win for the Terrapins.

                11) USC 49, Western Michigan 31— Amazingly misleading final score; game was tied 14-14 at the half, was 28-28 with 7:30 left in 4th quarter. It was 35-31 with 4:00 left, but Trojans scored two TD’s in last 3:49 and won their opener, gaining 521 total yards.

                USC has a backup long snapper named Jake Olsen who has been blind since he was 12 years old. He came in and made a perfect snap on a USC PAT late in the game. Good for him.

                10) Oklahoma State 59, Tulsa 24— Cowboys averaged over 10 yards a play, but Tulsa converted 16-26 on third down, ran 98 plays, which is a huge red flag for an OSU defense that has to try and stop Big X offenses down the road.

                9) Michigan 33, Florida 17— Gators’ defense had two pick-6’s in a 1:29 span early in 2nd quarter, but those were Gators’ only two TD’s of the game. Young Wolverines made two FG’s of 50+ yards and added a defensive TD late in the game. Florida had ten kids suspended for this game; for their sake, hope those ten kids are mostly on offense.

                8) James Madison 34, East Carolina 14— Not only did the Pirates lose at home to a I-AA team, JMU was a 2.5-point road favorite. Not often a I-AA team is a road favorite at a I-A opponent.

                7) There have already been 45 games this year where a I-A team played a I-AA team. Lot of schools treat these I-AA games are dress rehearsals for their conference games, an “exhibition” game with regular season prices, where you can work some of the kinks out. Not sure how much they help, especially if you lose, like East Carolina, Georgia State and Baylor did.

                6) Liberty 48, Baylor 45— Speaking of which, Matt Rhule’s debut in Waco didn’t go very well.

                Missouri 72, Missouri State 43— This game was 48-35 at the half. when you give up 35 points in a half to any team, especially a I-AA team, you have defensive issues.

                Mizzou gained 815 yards, threw for 521, but they’re an SEC team and if you’re going to win SEC games, you damn sure better have a solid defense.

                5) California 35, North Carolina 30— Golden Bears (+12.5) come east and post the upset, with soph QB Bowers throwing for 363 yards and four TD’s, including passes of 54, 67 yards.

                4) Illinois 24, Ball State 21— Cardinals outgained the Illini 375-216 but couldn’t give the MAC an upset win. Illinois scored the winning TD with 2:06 left, then Ball State missed a 54-yard FG at the end. Cardinals were 12-21 on third down.

                3) Nebraska 43, Arkansas State 36— Red Wolves have only 2 returning starts on their offensive line this year- that almost never happens!!! Despite being so young up front, junior QB named Hansen threw for 415 yards and three TD’s. Cornhuskers led 41-26 with 10:00 left, but when the game ended, Arkansas State had the ball on the Nebraska 10-yard line.

                2) Louisville 35, Purdue 28— Lot tougher than expected. Cardinals committed 16 penalties for 110 yards, offsetting the 524 yards they gained from scrimmage.

                1) Iowa 24, Wyoming 3— Hawkeyes held Cowboys’ QB Josh Allen without a TD, in a game where total offense was only 263-233 in good weather. Iowa’s offense has lot of work to do.

                Flashback to 2003: Iowa (-10) beat Miami OH 21-3 in both team’s opener. Miami came to Iowa City with a highly-touted veteran QB, but also failed to score a touchdown that day.

                Before you write off Josh Allen, remember that Miami’s QB that day was Ben Roethlisberger.

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                • #98
                  DATE W-L-T % UNITS

                  09/02/2017..............2-0-0.........100.00%....................+10.00
                  09/01/2017..............7-2-1...........77.78%....................+24.00
                  08/30/2017..............2-2-0...........50.00%.......................-1.00
                  08/29/2017..............1-1-0...........50.00%.......................-0.50
                  08/27/2017..............5-1-0...........83.33%.....................+19.50
                  08/26/2017..............4-0-0..........100.00%....................+20.00
                  08/25/2017..............1-5-0............16.67%.....................-22.50
                  08/24/2017..............2-0-0..........100.00%....................+10.00
                  08/23/2017..............4-2-0............66.67%.....................+9.00
                  08/22/2017..............2-2-0............50.00%......................-1.00
                  08/20/2017..............3-5-0............37.50%.....................-12.50
                  08/19/2017..............1-1-0............50.00%.....................-0.50
                  08/18/2017..............4-5-0............44.44%.....................-7.50
                  08/16/2017..............2-2-0............50.00%.....................-1.00
                  08/15/2017..............2-0-0...........100.00%..................+10.00
                  08/13/2017..............2-0-0...........100.00%..................+10.00
                  08/12/2017..............5-3-0.............62.50%...................+8.50
                  08/11/2017..............1-3-0.............25.00%...................-1150
                  08/10/2017..............1-3-0.............25.00%...................-1150
                  08/08/2017..............3-3-0..............50.00%...................-1.50
                  08/06/2017..............4-2-0..............66.67%..................+9.00
                  08/05/2017..............3-1-0..............75.00%..................+9.50
                  08/04/2017..............4-6-0..............40.00%..................-13.00
                  08/03/2017..............0-2-0................0.00%..................-11.00

                  Totals...................65 - 51 - 1...........56.03%...................+46.50

                  DATE.....................ATS..............TOTAL... .........O/U................TOTAL

                  09/02/2017..............1 - 0........ + 5.00...........1 - 0...............+5.00
                  09/01/2017..............5 - 0.........+25.00..........2 -2 -1............ -1.00
                  08/30/2017..............1 - 1.........- 0.50............1 - 1................-0.50
                  08/29/2017..............1 - 0........+ 5.00............0 - 1................-5.50
                  08/27/2017..............3 - 0........+15.00...........2 - 1...............+4.50
                  08/26/2017..............2 - 0........+10.00...........2 - 0...............+10.00
                  08/25/2017..............0 - 3........- 16.50...........1 - 2................- 6.00
                  08/24/2017..............1 - 0..........+5.00...........1 - 0................+5.00
                  08/23/2017..............2 - 1..........+4.50...........2 - 1................+4.50
                  08/22/2017..............1 - 1...........-0.50...........1 - 1................- 0.50
                  08/20/2017..............3 - 1..........+9.50...........0 - 4................-22.00
                  08/19/2017..............0 - 1...........-5.50...........1 - 0................+ 5.00
                  08/18/2017..............2 - 3..........- 6.50...........2 - 2................- 1.00
                  08/16/2017..............1 - 1..........- 0.50...........1 - 1.................- 0.50
                  08/15/2017..............1 - 0..........+ 5.00..........1 - 0................+ 5.00
                  08/13/2017..............1 - 0..........+ 5.00..........1 -0.................+ 5.00
                  08/12/2017..............2 - 2..........- 1.00...........3 - 1................+ 9.50
                  08/11/2017..............1 - 1..........- 0.50...........0 - 2................- 11.00
                  08/10/2017..............0 - 2..........- 11.00..........1 - 1.................- 0.50
                  08/08/2017..............3 - 0...........+15.00........0 - 3.................- 16.50
                  08/06/2017..............2 - 1...........+ 4.50.........2 - 1.................+ 4.50
                  08/05/2017..............2 - 0...........+10.00........1 - 1...................- 0.50
                  08/04/2017..............3 - 2............+ 4.00........1 - 4..................-17.00
                  08/03/2017..............0 - 1.............- 5.50........0 - 1...................- 5.50

                  Totals.................38 - 20 - 0........+ 74.50.........26 - 32 - 1.............-28.00

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                  • #99
                    Armadillo: Sunday's six-pack

                    — Undrafted rookie Cooper Rush won the backup QB job in Dallas.

                    — Patriots traded #3 QB Jacoby Brissett to the Colts for WR Phillip Dorsett, who was their first round draft pick in 2015.

                    — JJ Watt’s tremendous fundraising efforts have now raised over $17M.

                    — Marlins 7, Phillies 4— Giancarlo Stanton hit his 52nd home run.

                    — Miguel Cabrera’s suspension was reduced to six games; it started Saturday.

                    — Get well soon to Tigers DH Victor Martinez, who will undergo cardiac ablation surgery to fix a recurring heartbeat issue.


                    **********

                    Armadillo: Sunday's List of 13: Wrapping up a college football Saturday

                    13) Alabama 24, Florida State 7— Horrific night for the Seminoles; QB Francois looks like he suffered a serious knee injury late in the game- they have no experience behind him.

                    FSU’s special teams imploded late in the third quarter, allowing a blocked punt, then fumbling the ensuing kickoff after an Alabama FG.

                    12) Maryland 51, Texas 41— Longhorns scored TD’s on defense, on a blocked FG and on a punt return, but STILL LOST BY 10 POINTS!!!! Texas was favored by 18.5. Oy.

                    Maryland also scored a TD on a blocked FG; they ran ball for 263 yards, threw it for 219 and their backup QB played the whole 4th quarter. Great win for the Terrapins.

                    11) USC 49, Western Michigan 31— Amazingly misleading final score; game was tied 14-14 at the half, was 28-28 with 7:30 left in 4th quarter. It was 35-31 with 4:00 left, but Trojans scored two TD’s in last 3:49 and won their opener, gaining 521 total yards.

                    USC has a backup long snapper named Jake Olsen who has been blind since he was 12 years old. He came in and made a perfect snap on a USC PAT late in the game. Good for him.

                    10) Oklahoma State 59, Tulsa 24— Cowboys averaged over 10 yards a play, but Tulsa converted 16-26 on third down, ran 98 plays, which is a huge red flag for an OSU defense that has to try and stop Big X offenses down the road.

                    9) Michigan 33, Florida 17— Gators’ defense had two pick-6’s in a 1:29 span early in 2nd quarter, but those were Gators’ only two TD’s of the game. Young Wolverines made two FG’s of 50+ yards and added a defensive TD late in the game. Florida had ten kids suspended for this game; for their sake, hope those ten kids are mostly on offense.

                    8) James Madison 34, East Carolina 14— Not only did the Pirates lose at home to a I-AA team, JMU was a 2.5-point road favorite. Not often a I-AA team is a road favorite at a I-A opponent.

                    7) There have already been 45 games this year where a I-A team played a I-AA team. Lot of schools treat these I-AA games are dress rehearsals for their conference games, an “exhibition” game with regular season prices, where you can work some of the kinks out. Not sure how much they help, especially if you lose, like East Carolina, Georgia State and Baylor did.

                    6) Liberty 48, Baylor 45— Speaking of which, Matt Rhule’s debut in Waco didn’t go very well.

                    Missouri 72, Missouri State 43— This game was 48-35 at the half. when you give up 35 points in a half to any team, especially a I-AA team, you have defensive issues.

                    Mizzou gained 815 yards, threw for 521, but they’re an SEC team and if you’re going to win SEC games, you damn sure better have a solid defense.

                    5) California 35, North Carolina 30— Golden Bears (+12.5) come east and post the upset, with soph QB Bowers throwing for 363 yards and four TD’s, including passes of 54, 67 yards.

                    4) Illinois 24, Ball State 21— Cardinals outgained the Illini 375-216 but couldn’t give the MAC an upset win. Illinois scored the winning TD with 2:06 left, then Ball State missed a 54-yard FG at the end. Cardinals were 12-21 on third down.

                    3) Nebraska 43, Arkansas State 36— Red Wolves have only 2 returning starts on their offensive line this year- that almost never happens!!! Despite being so young up front, junior QB named Hansen threw for 415 yards and three TD’s. Cornhuskers led 41-26 with 10:00 left, but when the game ended, Arkansas State had the ball on the Nebraska 10-yard line.

                    2) Louisville 35, Purdue 28— Lot tougher than expected. Cardinals committed 16 penalties for 110 yards, offsetting the 524 yards they gained from scrimmage.

                    1) Iowa 24, Wyoming 3— Hawkeyes held Cowboys’ QB Josh Allen without a TD, in a game where total offense was only 263-233 in good weather. Iowa’s offense has lot of work to do.

                    Flashback to 2003: Iowa (-10) beat Miami OH 21-3 in both team’s opener. Miami came to Iowa City with a highly-touted veteran QB, but also failed to score a touchdown that day.

                    Before you write off Josh Allen, remember that Miami’s QB that day was Ben Roethlisberger.

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                    • WNBA
                      Dunkel

                      Sunday, September 3


                      Washington @ Minnesota

                      Game 675-676
                      September 3, 2017 @ 7:05 pm

                      Dunkel Rating:
                      Washington
                      106.825
                      Minnesota
                      121,782
                      Dunkel Team:
                      Dunkel Line:
                      Dunkel Total:
                      Minnesota
                      by 15
                      163
                      Vegas Team:
                      Vegas Line:
                      Vegas Total:
                      Minnesota
                      by 11
                      160
                      Dunkel Pick:
                      Minnesota
                      (-11); Over

                      Atlanta @ Phoenix


                      Game 673-674
                      September 3, 2017 @ 6:05 pm

                      Dunkel Rating:
                      Atlanta
                      105.266
                      Phoenix
                      112.035
                      Dunkel Team:
                      Dunkel Line:
                      Dunkel Total:
                      Phoenix
                      by 7
                      156
                      Vegas Team:
                      Vegas Line:
                      Vegas Total:
                      Phoenix
                      by 9
                      161 1/2
                      Dunkel Pick:
                      Atlanta
                      (+9); Under

                      Seattle @ Chicago


                      Game 671-672
                      September 3, 2017 @ 7:05 pm

                      Dunkel Rating:
                      Seattle
                      109.011
                      Chicago
                      108.628
                      Dunkel Team:
                      Dunkel Line:
                      Dunkel Total:
                      Seattle
                      Even
                      163
                      Vegas Team:
                      Vegas Line:
                      Vegas Total:
                      Chicago
                      by 2
                      169
                      Dunkel Pick:
                      Seattle
                      (+2); Under

                      Connecticut @ Los Angeles


                      Game 669-670
                      September 3, 2017 @ 5:05 pm

                      Dunkel Rating:
                      Connecticut
                      113.620
                      Los Angeles
                      119.169
                      Dunkel Team:
                      Dunkel Line:
                      Dunkel Total:
                      Los Angeles
                      by 5 1/2
                      165
                      Vegas Team:
                      Vegas Line:
                      Vegas Total:
                      Los Angeles
                      by 8 1/2
                      160 1/2
                      Dunkel Pick:
                      Connecticut
                      (+8 1/2); Over

                      New York @ Dallas


                      Game 667-668
                      September 3, 2017 @ 4:05 pm

                      Dunkel Rating:
                      New York
                      118.545
                      Dallas
                      112.213
                      Dunkel Team:
                      Dunkel Line:
                      Dunkel Total:
                      New York
                      by 6 1/2
                      172
                      Vegas Team:
                      Vegas Line:
                      Vegas Total:
                      New York
                      by 2 1/2
                      167 1/2
                      Dunkel Pick:
                      New York
                      (-2 1/2); Over





                      WNBA
                      Long Sheet

                      Sunday, September 3


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                      NEW YORK (21 - 12) at DALLAS (16 - 17) - 9/3/2017, 4:00 PM
                      Top Trends for this game.
                      NEW YORK is 82-58 ATS (+18.2 Units) in road games against Western conference opponents since 1997.
                      NEW YORK is 82-58 ATS (+18.2 Units) in road games in non-conference games since 1997.
                      NEW YORK is 7-1 ATS (+5.9 Units) after a win by 10 points or more this season.
                      NEW YORK is 11-3 ATS (+7.7 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game after 15+ games this season.
                      NEW YORK is 16-6 ATS (+9.4 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game this season.
                      DALLAS is 25-36 ATS (-14.6 Units) after allowing 75 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
                      DALLAS is 20-32 ATS (-15.2 Units) after scoring 75 points or more over the last 2 seasons.

                      Head-to-Head Series History
                      DALLAS is 3-3 against the spread versus NEW YORK over the last 3 seasons
                      NEW YORK is 4-3 straight up against DALLAS over the last 3 seasons
                      4 of 7 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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                      CONNECTICUT (21 - 12) at LOS ANGELES (25 - 8) - 9/3/2017, 5:00 PM
                      Top Trends for this game.
                      LOS ANGELES is 21-12 ATS (+7.8 Units) in all games this season.
                      LOS ANGELES is 19-11 ATS (+6.9 Units) as a favorite this season.
                      LOS ANGELES is 8-2 ATS (+5.8 Units) in August or September games this season.
                      LOS ANGELES is 12-5 ATS (+6.5 Units) against Eastern conference opponents this season.
                      LOS ANGELES is 12-5 ATS (+6.5 Units) in non-conference games this season.
                      LOS ANGELES is 8-2 ATS (+5.8 Units) after 3 or more consecutive unders this season.
                      LOS ANGELES is 9-2 ATS (+6.8 Units) after 3 or more consecutive wins this season.
                      LOS ANGELES is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
                      LOS ANGELES is 15-8 ATS (+6.2 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game this season.
                      CONNECTICUT is 41-25 ATS (+13.5 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
                      CONNECTICUT is 24-13 ATS (+9.7 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
                      CONNECTICUT is 12-4 ATS (+7.6 Units) in road games this season.
                      CONNECTICUT is 12-4 ATS (+7.6 Units) in a road game where where the total is greater than or equal to 150 this season.
                      CONNECTICUT is 31-16 ATS (+13.4 Units) against Western conference opponents over the last 3 seasons.
                      CONNECTICUT is 31-16 ATS (+13.4 Units) in non-conference games over the last 3 seasons.
                      CONNECTICUT is 12-3 ATS (+8.7 Units) in road games revenging a loss versus opponent over the last 2 seasons.
                      CONNECTICUT is 17-9 ATS (+7.1 Units) after allowing 75 points or more this season.
                      CONNECTICUT is 11-3 ATS (+7.7 Units) after a loss by 10 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
                      CONNECTICUT is 18-9 ATS (+8.1 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
                      CONNECTICUT is 32-18 ATS (+12.2 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.
                      LOS ANGELES is 181-223 ATS (-64.3 Units) after scoring 75 points or more since 1997.
                      LOS ANGELES is 42-66 ATS (-30.6 Units) in home games versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game since 1997.

                      Head-to-Head Series History
                      CONNECTICUT is 4-3 against the spread versus LOS ANGELES over the last 3 seasons
                      LOS ANGELES is 5-2 straight up against CONNECTICUT over the last 3 seasons
                      4 of 7 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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                      SEATTLE (14 - 19) at CHICAGO (12 - 21) - 9/3/2017, 6:00 PM
                      Top Trends for this game.
                      SEATTLE is 4-13 ATS (-10.3 Units) against Eastern conference opponents this season.
                      SEATTLE is 4-13 ATS (-10.3 Units) in non-conference games this season.
                      SEATTLE is 8-17 ATS (-10.7 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game this season.
                      SEATTLE is 8-15 ATS (-8.5 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game this season.
                      SEATTLE is 43-23 ATS (+17.7 Units) after 3 or more consecutive losses since 1997.
                      CHICAGO is 4-12 ATS (-9.2 Units) in home games this season.
                      CHICAGO is 4-12 ATS (-9.2 Units) in a home game where where the total is greater than or equal to 150 this season.
                      CHICAGO is 14-28 ATS (-16.8 Units) in home games after allowing 75 points or more over the last 3 seasons.
                      CHICAGO is 35-54 ATS (-24.4 Units) in home games versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game since 1997.

                      Head-to-Head Series History
                      CHICAGO is 4-3 against the spread versus SEATTLE over the last 3 seasons
                      CHICAGO is 5-2 straight up against SEATTLE over the last 3 seasons
                      6 of 7 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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                      ATLANTA (12 - 21) at PHOENIX (17 - 16) - 9/3/2017, 6:00 PM
                      Top Trends for this game.
                      ATLANTA is 2-8 ATS (-6.8 Units) in August or September games this season.
                      ATLANTA is 2-8 ATS (-6.8 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record after 15+ games this season.
                      ATLANTA is 6-15 ATS (-10.5 Units) in road games versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.

                      Head-to-Head Series History
                      ATLANTA is 5-2 against the spread versus PHOENIX over the last 3 seasons
                      PHOENIX is 5-2 straight up against ATLANTA over the last 3 seasons
                      4 of 7 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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                      WASHINGTON (18 - 15) at MINNESOTA (26 - 7) - 9/3/2017, 7:00 PM
                      Top Trends for this game.
                      WASHINGTON is 309-368 ATS (-95.8 Units) in all games since 1997.
                      WASHINGTON is 0-11 ATS (-12.1 Units) as an underdog this season.
                      WASHINGTON is 47-70 ATS (-30.0 Units) in road games in August or September games since 1997.
                      WASHINGTON is 21-40 ATS (-23.0 Units) in road games on Sunday games since 1997.
                      WASHINGTON is 5-12 ATS (-8.2 Units) against Western conference opponents this season.
                      WASHINGTON is 5-12 ATS (-8.2 Units) in non-conference games this season.
                      WASHINGTON is 3-12 ATS (-10.2 Units) revenging a loss versus opponent this season.
                      WASHINGTON is 2-10 ATS (-9.0 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
                      MINNESOTA is 9-2 ATS (+6.8 Units) in home games in August or September games over the last 2 seasons.
                      MINNESOTA is 25-14 ATS (+9.6 Units) after allowing 75 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
                      MINNESOTA is 1-8 ATS (-7.8 Units) on Sunday games this season.

                      Head-to-Head Series History
                      WASHINGTON is 5-2 against the spread versus MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
                      MINNESOTA is 4-3 straight up against WASHINGTON over the last 3 seasons
                      4 of 7 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

                      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------




                      WNBA

                      Sunday, September 3


                      ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                      Trend Report
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                      2:00 PM
                      NEW YORK vs. DALLAS
                      New York is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Dallas
                      The total has gone OVER in 4 of New York's last 6 games when playing Dallas
                      The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Dallas's last 6 games when playing at home against New York
                      Dallas is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against New York

                      4:00 PM
                      CONNECTICUT vs. LOS ANGELES
                      The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Connecticut's last 7 games when playing on the road against Los Angeles
                      Connecticut is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Los Angeles
                      Los Angeles is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
                      The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Los Angeles's last 8 games when playing Connecticut

                      4:00 PM
                      WASHINGTON vs. MINNESOTA
                      Washington is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Minnesota
                      Washington is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
                      Minnesota is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
                      Minnesota is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games at home

                      4:00 PM
                      ATLANTA vs. PHOENIX
                      Atlanta is 2-10 ATS in its last 12 games
                      The total has gone OVER in 12 of Atlanta's last 18 games
                      Phoenix is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Atlanta
                      The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Phoenix's last 6 games at home

                      6:00 PM
                      SEATTLE vs. CHICAGO
                      Seattle is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
                      Seattle is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Chicago
                      Chicago is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Seattle
                      Chicago is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Seattle

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                      • Preview: Liberty (21-12) at Wings (16-17)
                        Date: September 03, 2017 2:00 PM EDT


                        The New York Liberty have come a long way this season.

                        The Liberty rode what amounted to nothing more than a roller coaster of mediocrity for the first two months of the 2017. There was a 15-point loss to Los Angeles and an embarrassing defeat to the Washington Mystics when they scored 54 points.

                        Sandwiched between those losses was a four-game win streak. Coach Bill Laimbeer always knew the pieces were in place to be elite, but getting his squad to play as a team, to focus on defense and come together as one were other questions.

                        And then August happened and the Liberty returned to Madison Square Garden with a 12-12 record after taking another one on the chin against the Sparks.

                        Maybe it was an omen that Chelsea Clinton sat courtside signing copies of her book, "She Persisted."

                        The Liberty persisted that night against the Fever and won 81-76. And they've been persisting and imposing their will against their opponents ever since.

                        After beating the Dream next time out, there was a new-found confidence that helped the Liberty beat the Sparks, Mystics and Suns back-to-back-to-back.

                        "We've come a long way," Shavonte Zellous said as the Liberty put a nine-game winning streak on the line in their final regular season contest against the host Dallas Wings on Sunday. "I think you're starting to see where our chemistry is starting to get better. Our defensive execution is getting better. Our offensive execution is getting better. There's not one player on this team that's living in a selfish moment."

                        That's not good news for whomever New York will face in the postseason. By finishing as one of the top four teams, the Liberty have earned a first-round bye. They can tie a franchise record for consecutive wins Sunday.

                        But the Liberty know what their coach thinks of records and just making the playoffs.

                        "Making the playoffs? It doesn't mean a damn thing," Laimbeer told Newsday last week. "We were expecting to make the playoffs. ... Big deal. There are bigger things out there."

                        Making the playoffs is a big deal for the Wings (16-17). It's the first time the franchise has made the postseason since moving to Dallas.

                        The Wings earned the right to celebrate after being the Chicago Sky 99-96 on Wednesday.

                        After a slow first half, the Wings came back behind Skylar Diggins-Smith and Glory Johnson. Diggins-Smith led the team with 28 points, along with eight assists, while Johnson chipped in with 25 points.

                        No one was happier than Johnson to be part of the playoff clinching win. It was Johnson who was suspended for one game after getting into an altercation in Atlanta on Aug. 19.

                        "Now that we're in that position that we can make that push and it looks like that's the way we're going to go, I'm really excited," Johnson said. "I'm glad to be a part of it."

                        The Wings lost to Connecticut without having Johnson and her 14.9 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. That loss could have been devastating, but the Wings bounced back and have won two straight heading into Sunday's playoff tune-up.


                        WNB HEAD TO HEAD

                        Jun 16, 2017 Score ATS Results
                        NEW « 102 Cover: 7.5
                        DAL 93 Over: 195
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                        Jun 2, 2017 Score ATS Results
                        DAL 89 Over: 182
                        NEW « 93 Cover: 0.5
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                        • Preview: Sun (21-12) at Sparks (25-8)
                          Date: September 03, 2017 4:00 PM EDT


                          LOS ANGELES -- Although the Connecticut Sun and Los Angeles Sparks wrapped up playoff berths weeks ago, there is still plenty for the teams to play for in Sunday's regular-season finale at Staples Center.

                          The Sun (21-12) are tied for first place in the Eastern Conference and for the WNBA's No. 3 playoff seed with New York after an 86-66 loss Friday night in Phoenix. The Liberty, which plays Sunday at Dallas, holds the tiebreaker against the Sun.

                          The Sparks (25-8) are just a game behind league-leading Minnesota. They defeated the Lynx 78-67 last Sunday to take two of three games in the season series and own the tiebreaker between the teams. Minnesota closes its regular season at home Sunday against Washington.

                          "We're just all going to be gearing up for playoffs now," Sparks coach Brian Agler said after last weekend's victory. "If we happen to get that top spot, we'd be happy. But our goal is to just finish off this regular season strong."

                          The Sparks won their sixth in a row Friday night, defeating Atlanta 81-56 as Candace Parker scored 15 points.

                          "I hope things are clicking going into the playoffs," Parker said. "I know that I have to be aggressive and assertive and I'm able to do that now. I'm healthy, moving well and I feel good."

                          The Sun went 7-2 in August to move atop the Eastern Conference. Second-year forward/center Jonquel Jones leads Connecticut in both scoring (15.5 points per game) and rebounding (11.9). She is five rebounds shy of tying Tina Charles' WNBA record for most in a season.

                          "I had confidence coming into this year that we had a lot of young talent," Sun general manager/coach Curt Miller said after his team wrapped up a playoff berth. "Knowing there were still some unknown pieces, it may have come a year earlier than I thought."

                          The Sparks won the two previous meetings against the Sun this season -- 87-79 on June 27 at Connecticut and 87-77 on July 13 in Los Angeles. The Sparks' Nneka Ogwumike is averaging 25.0 points in the season series.


                          WNB HEAD TO HEAD

                          Jul 13, 2017 Score ATS Results
                          CONN 77 Under: 164
                          LOS « 87 Cover: 3
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                          Jun 27, 2017 Score ATS Results
                          LOS « 87 Cover: 5.5
                          CONN 79 Under: 166
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                          • Preview: Storm (14-19) at Sky (12-21)
                            Date: September 03, 2017 6:00 PM EDT


                            The Chicago Sky will sit out the WNBA playoffs as they close out a disappointing 2017 season on Sunday hoping to avoid a season-ending four-game losing streak.

                            Chicago (12-21) saw its slim postseason hopes dashed with Friday's 110-87 blowout loss at league-leading Minnesota.

                            The Sky will host the playoff-bound Seattle Storm (14-19) in Sunday's season finale. The Storm secured the eighth and final berth despite a 110-106 overtime loss at Washington on Friday night.

                            Losses by Chicago and Atlanta put the Storm in the playoffs.

                            "Everyone is kind of mad about the season and what we could've done earlier on to be in a better position right now," Chicago guard Allie Quigley said. "But we do have a good future and hopefully we can take some time to get over this and get back to working."

                            On Friday night, the Lynx jumped to a 29-19 lead over the Sky after the first quarter and extended the advantage to 16 by halftime. Minnesota center Sylvia Fowles, a former Sky standout, led the Lynx with a 20-point, 10-rebound game.

                            The Storm clinched a playoff berth as Sue Bird broke the WNBA career assist record, passing Ticha Penicheiro with her 2,600th career assist. Bird's total sits at 2,610.

                            "If you are at the top of any statistical category, it says something about you as a player," Bird wrote on her Twitter account after the game. "(I) would be remiss if I didn't thank all the people that helped make this possible -- my teammates."

                            Seattle has four players averaging double figures in scoring, led by Breanna Stewart at 19.6 points. Jewell Loyd follows at 17.5 points, Crystal Langhorne is at 12.4 and Bird averages 10.2 points and a team-high 6.6 assists.

                            Quigley tops the Sky with a 16.4-point scoring average and Stefanie Dolson is next at 14.8 points. Courtney Vandersloot is also in double figures at 11.4 points.

                            Seattle would open the postseason at Washington next Wednesday according to a WNBA playoff scenario.

                            Chicago, meanwhile, missed the playoffs for the first time since 2012. The Sky reached the WNBA semifinals last season.


                            WNB HEAD TO HEAD

                            Aug 20, 2017 Score ATS Results
                            SEA « 103 Cover: 39
                            CHI 66 Over: 169
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                            Jul 18, 2017 Score ATS Results
                            CHI « 94 Cover: 17
                            SEA 83 Over: 177
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                            • Preview: Dream (12-21) at Mercury (17-16)
                              Date: September 03, 2017 4:00 PM EDT


                              With their playoff fates decided, the Atlanta Dream and Phoenix Mercury meet Sunday to close out the regular season at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix.

                              The Mercury (17-16) clinched a home game in the playoffs with an 86-66 win over the Connecticut Sun on Friday. Phoenix star Brittney Griner scored 31 points, 20 in the first half, to fuel the rout of the visiting Sun.

                              Griner missed nearly a month, from mid-July into August, recovering from a bone bruise in her left knee and a right ankle sprain. She had her best performance since returning against the Sun, adding eight rebounds and handing out five assists to go along with her 31 points.

                              "I'm getting back into the groove," Griner told reporters.

                              Atlanta (12-21) was eliminated from postseason contention in an 81-56 loss at Los Angeles on Friday. The Dream fell behind early to the Sparks and never recovered. Atlanta trailed 26-12 at the end of the first quarter and was unable to mount a serious comeback, despite 19 points from Tiffany Hayes.

                              Hayes emerged as the Dream's leading scorer this season, after veteran star Angel McCoughtry decided to step away from the game last offseason. Hayes has averaged 16.3 points this season and was an All-Star.

                              "Tiffany is learning what a lead player has to do to help their team," Atlanta coach Michael Cooper told reporters after the loss to the Sparks on Friday.

                              The Dream and Mercury split their two previous meetings this season. Both games were close, with Phoenix winning 89-84 at home on July 12, and Atlanta avenging that loss with a 99-91 overtime win at home on July 25.

                              The Dream reached the playoffs every year from 2009 to 2014, but have now missed the postseason in two of the last three seasons. Cooper still believes the future is bright for the Atlanta franchise.

                              "Bright, bright, bright future for this team, and organization," Cooper said. "You know we're just going to have to take those steps to get there. It's about winning a championship, that's what I've been about since day one coming here, and that's not going to change."


                              WNB HEAD TO HEAD

                              Jul 25, 2017 Score ATS Results
                              PHO 91 Over: 190
                              ATL « 99 Cover: 2
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                              Jul 12, 2017 Score ATS Results
                              ATL 84 Cover: 2
                              PHO « 89 Over: 173
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                              • Preview: Mystics (18-15) at Lynx (26-7)
                                Date: September 03, 2017 4:00 PM EDT


                                One of the biggest reasons the Minnesota Lynx are one win from clinching the top seed in the WNBA playoffs has been the play of center Sylvia Fowles.

                                Fowles, who signed a contract extension with the team Friday, and the Lynx host the Washington Mystics on Sunday at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., with a chance to finish the season in first place.

                                Minnesota (26-7) can clinch home-court advantage for the playoffs with a win or a Los Angeles Sparks loss Sunday afternoon. The Sparks host Connecticut.

                                Fresh from signing a new contract, Fowles scored 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Lynx overwhelmed Chicago 110-87 on Friday evening.

                                Minnesota fans chanted "MVP" when Fowles touched the ball in the fourth quarter.

                                Fowles' teammates agreed.

                                "We are all convinced," Maya Moore said of Fowles' MVP chances. "With what she's been doing on the best team, it's pretty unbelievable."

                                Fowles, who leads the team in in scoring (19.4 points per game), rebounds (10.5), blocks (2.0) and field-goal percentage (66 percent), said she hasn't let the MVP talk be a distraction.

                                "I tried not to think about it much throughout the season," the center told the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune. "But as we start winding down, it's on the top of your head. I must say, it has not been easy. But I'm loving the journey I'm taking."

                                The Lynx lead the Sparks by one game in the standings, but the Sparks, having beaten Minnesota twice in three tries this season, would get the No. 1 seed if the teams end up in a tie.

                                "We said we'd rather be in our locker room looking down the standings and knowing if we win, there's nothing anybody else can do," Reeve said.

                                The Mystics (18-15) on Friday secured a home game in the opening round of the playoffs.

                                Elena Delle Donne scored a season-high 37 points as Washington beat Seattle 110-106 in overtime. The Storm clinched the eighth playoff spot despite the loss.

                                The Mystics will host the Storm or the Dallas Wings in the first round of the playoffs.

                                Fifth-place Washington has lost five of its past seven games.

                                "The biggest thing for me is to be playing better basketball with some rhythm going into the playoffs," Mystics coach Mike Thibault told the Wasington Post. "We've had no rhythm at all. It's just been disjointed really."

                                But part of the Mystics' struggles can be blamed on late-season injuries.

                                Delle Donne missed two weeks in August after undergoing surgery on her left thumb.

                                The 2015 MVP is averaging 20 points and seven rebounds per game for Washington.

                                "I'm all right," Delle Donne said. "Obviously all of our bodies are a little tired."


                                WNB HEAD TO HEAD

                                Jun 23, 2017 Score ATS Results
                                WAS 76 Over: 169
                                MIN « 93 Cover: 7.5
                                Tools: Recaps

                                Jun 9, 2017 Score ATS Results
                                MIN « 98 Cover: 17
                                WAS 73 Over: 171
                                Tools: Recaps

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