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  • 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




    SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3

    GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS

    NY at DAL 02:00 PM

    NY -3.0

    O 166.5


    WAS at MIN 04:00 PM

    WAS +11.0

    O 160.0


    ATL at PHO 04:00 PM

    PHO -8.5

    U 161.5


    CONN at LA 04:00 PM

    LA -8.0

    U 161.0


    SEA at CHI 06:00 PM

    SEA +1.5

    O 170.5

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    • WNBA Capsules
      September 3, 2017


      ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Maya Moore scored 26 points and Renee Montgomery added 18 to help the Minnesota Lynx secure the top seed in the playoffs with an 86-72 victory over the Washington Mystics on Sunday.

      Minnesota (27-7) finished the season a game ahead of Los Angeles (26-8). Both teams have byes until in the semifinals on Sept. 12.

      Washington (18-16) is the sixth seed and plays the Dallas Wings on Wednesday.

      Kristi Toliver hit a 3-pointer with 4:28 remaining to pull Washington within 80-71, but Moore answered at the other end and the Mystics didn't score again until the 2:09 mark.

      Toliver led Washington with 20 points. Elena Delle Donne added 12 points in just 18 minutes and Krystal Thomas grabbed 14 rebounds.

      It was Minnesota's final game at the Xcel Energy Center as the Lynx will play their home playoff games at the University of Minnesota's Williams Arena. The team is moving to accommodate the Minnesota Wild's preseason schedule.

      SPARKS 81, SUN 70

      LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nneka Ogwumike scored 21 points, Candace Parker had a double-double and the defending champion Los Angeles Sparks closed the WNBA regular season with a win over Connecticut.

      Los Angeles (26-8) went 15-1 at home, but finished a game behind Minnesota for the top seed in the playoffs. The Sparks have a bye until the semifinals. The Sun (21-13) are the fourth seed and have a first-round bye.

      Parker had 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Sparks and Odyssey Sims had 16 points.

      Courtney Williams led the Suns with 19 points. Jonquel Jones had 10 rebounds to finish with 403, the first player in league history to surpass 400. Tina Charles held the old record at 398. With 10 points, Jones had 20 double-doubles this season.

      LIBERTY 82, WINGS 81

      ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Tina Charles had 18 points and 18 rebounds to help New York clinch the third seed in the playoffs with a win over the Wings and extend the Liberty's winning streak to 10 games.

      The Liberty (22-12) matched the franchise record for longest winning streak and have a first-round bye. The seventh-seeded Wings (16-18) play at No. 6 Washington in a one-game playoff on Wednesday.

      Trailing 82-79 after a Charles putback with 22.1 seconds to play, the Wings missed, but forced a turnover and Aerial Powers scored on a putback with 3.7 seconds left. When the Liberty inbounded the ball in the frontcourt after a timeout, they had a backcourt violation, giving Dallas one last shot. Skylar Diggins-Smith's attempt from the 3-point line bounced off the rim at the buzzer.

      MERCURY 84, DREAM 70


      PHOENIX (AP) - Brittney Griner scored 30 points and the Phoenix Mercury closed the regular season with a victory over the Dream on Sunday to secure the fifth seed in the playoffs.

      Phoenix (18-16) will host Seattle on Wednesday night.

      Griner reached the 30-point mark for the sixth time in her career with a reverse layup with 1:23 remaining in the fourth quarter. She blocked Elizabeth Williams' shot at the other end. All six of her 30-point games have come this season.

      Leilani Mitchell added 18 points for Phoenix and Diana Taurasi was held to nine points on 3-of-12 shooting.

      Rookie Brittney Sykes scored a career-best 33 points for Atlanta (12-22). She was 12 of 19 from the floor and made seven free throws. Tiffany Hayes added 15 points, and Camille Little moved into a tie with Lauren Jackson for 12th place in WNBA history with 2,447 rebounds, passing Yolanda Griffith.

      STORM 85, SKY 80

      ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) - Breanna Stewart scored 29 points, making two free throws with 15.6 seconds left for a three-point lead, and Seattle beat Chicago.

      The Storm rallied to take a 79-78 lead with 3:11 left as Jewell Loyd's open 3-pointer from the corner capped a 9-0 run.

      After Stewart's makes, Allie Quigley curled around a high screen but her long 3 was off the mark. Seattle's Noelle Quinn sealed it by making two free throws with 11.2 seconds left.

      Loyd added 25 points for Seattle (15-19), which plays at Phoenix on Wednesday night in the first round of the playoffs. Stewart made 10 of 12 at the stripe as the Storm only missed three free throws in 27 attempts.

      Kahleah Copper paced Chicago (12-22) with 18 points. Courtney Vandersloot set a WNBA record in the third quarter for the highest single-season assists average. Her eight assists per game surpassed Ticha Penicheiro's 2002 mark of 7.9.

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      • Monday’s six-pack

        Since 1980, the 10 largest pointspread upsets in college football history:

        +43— Howard over UNLV, 9-2-17

        +39— Stanford over USC, 10-6-07

        +36.5— Texas State over Houston, 9-1-12

        +36— Syracuse over Louisville, 9-22-07

        +36— UTEP over BYU, 10-26-85

        +36— Temple over Virginia Tech, 10-17-98

        +35.5— Central Michigan over Western Michigan, 11-11-00

        +35— Oregon State over Washington 10-19-85

        +33— Appalachian State over Michigan, 9-1-07

        +33— Liberty over Baylor, 9-2-17

        — Florida State QB Deondre Francois is out for the year after his knee injury Saturday nite.
        — UCLA 45, Texas A&M 44— Aggies led 44-10 in 3rd quarter. Really, they did.
        — Virginia Tech 31, West Virginia 24— WVU was on the Tech 10-yard line when game ended.
        — USA 81, Argentina 76— Americans were down 20 in third quarter. Jeff Van Gundy’s team comes home with the gold medal from the AmeriCup tournament— a great road win.

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

        Monday’s List of 13: Clearing out a cluttered mind…….


        13) If you have season tickets for an NFL team, you buy 10 games at regular season prices; the obvious problem is this: 2 of those 10 games are exhibition games.

        NFL should reduce the price of those two unwatchable preseason games to $25, which would allow people who don’t normally go to exhibition games to go. At some point, the owners have to stop sucking every last dollar from the consumer. Its not good business. Greed isn’t good.

        12) 37 Buccaneers sat out their exhibition game Thursday night; assuming all of those guys are making the squad, that means only 16 players who will be Bucs in Week 1 played vs Washington.

        11) NFL owners get stadiums built for them; they’re rich people with a sense of entitlement that is out of control. At some point, NFL owners need to give something back to their communities.

        10) Seahawks acquired defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson from the Jets on Friday. In return, Seattle sent WR Jermaine Kearse and a 2018 2nd-round draft pick to New Jersey.

        9) A professional golfer named Kelly Kraft (#64 in FedEx Cup standings) made a 12 on the par-5 second hole Friday, shot a 44 on the front nine, then withdrew with a foot injury. Oy.

        8) Nigel Williams-Goss transferred from Washington to Gonzaga, sat out 2015-16, then helped the Zags make the Final Four last year. He skipped his senior year at Gonzaga, was drafted in the second round by Utah, but instead of getting a two-way contract with Utah, he is off to Serbia to play ball for $130,000 this season. Curious decision.

        7) 49ers cut QB Matt Barkley, who figures to get picked up by someone (Buffalo??). Browns cut Brock Osweiler, who still banks $16M from Cleveland— Osweiler is headed back to Denver with a hefty bank account, but with very little success on the field.

        6) Baseball players who are September 1st call-ups making minimum MLB salary ($535,000 a year) will earn $90,628 for the rest of the season.

        5) Was reading where Justin Verlander approved his trade to Houston one minute before the trade deadline. Supposedly there was a chance he would be traded to the Cubs, but that fell thru.

        4) UL-Lafayette 51, SE Louisiana 48— Ragin’ Cajuns ran two kicks back for TD’s; Lions ran a punt back for a score. With 0:42 left, SE Louisiana scored a TD to make score 49-48- they went for two points and the win, but their QB fumbled and ULL ran it back for two points of their own. Game was 35-35 at halftime.

        3) Cleveland Browns’ three QB’s (Kizer-Kessler-Hogan) have a total of zero NFL wins to their credit. Browns are paying Brock Osweiler $15M+ to be a backup in Denver.

        Dolphins signed K Cody Parkey, which means RPI alum Andrew Franks is out of a job, at least for now.

        2) Indians 11, Tigers 1— Cleveland has won 11 games in a row.

        1) Jets, Jaguars, Browns picked up five guys each off the waiver wire; Ram picked up three, the Colts four. Most of the better teams didn’t add anyone— you can get a little bit of a feel of who the better teams are by seeing which teams add which players.

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        • Playoff Schedule (subject to change)

          FIRST ROUND – Elimination games; hosted by Seeds 5 and 6


          Wednesday, Sept. 6: Dallas @ Washington, 8 PM ET (ESPN2)
          Wednesday, Sept. 6: Seattle @ Phoenix, 10 PM ET (ESPN2)

          SECOND ROUND – Elimination games; hosted by Seeds 3 and 4


          Sunday, Sept. 10: TBD @ Connecticut, 3 PM ET (ESPN2)
          Sunday, Sept. 10, TBD @ New York, 5 PM ET (ESPN2)

          SEMIFINALS – Hosted by Seeds 1 and 2 (2-2-1)

          Minnesota vs. TBD
          Game 1: Tuesday, Sept. 12 — TBD @ Minnesota, 8 PM ET (ESPN2)
          Game 2: Thursday, Sept. 14 — TBD @ Minnesota, 8 PM ET (ESPN2)
          Game 3: Sunday, Sept. 17
          Game 4*: Tuesday, Sept. 19
          Game 5*: Thursday, Sept. 21

          Los Angeles vs. TBD
          Game 1: Tuesday, Sept. 12 — TBD @ Los Angeles, 10 PM ET (ESPN2)
          Game 2: Thursday, Sept. 14 — TBD @ Los Angeles, 10 PM ET (ESPN2)
          Game 3: Sunday, Sept. 17
          Game 4*: Tuesday, Sept. 19
          Game 5*: Thursday, Sept. 21

          FINALS – Hosted by top Seed (2-2-1)
          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

          *game if necessary

          Tiebreakers

          Phoenix holds the tiebreaker over Washington on the basis of their head-to-head record.

          Playoff Format

          Effective with the 2016 season, the WNBA implemented changes to playoff seeding and qualification procedures as well as the postseason format. Under the new postseason structure, the eight teams with the highest winning percentages regardless of conference qualify for the playoffs and are seeded based on their record.

          Additional features of the reconfigured playoff structure are as follows:

          The number of playoff rounds increased from three to four. The top two seeds receive a bye to the semifinals (third round), and the third and fourth seeds receive a bye to the second round.

          Teams will be re-seeded after each postseason round.

          The first and second rounds are single elimination. In the first round, the No. 5 seed hosts the No. 8 seed and the No. 6 seed hosts the No. 7 seed. In the second round, the No. 3 seed hosts the lowest-seeded first-round winner and the No. 4 seed hosts the other first-round winner.

          The semifinals feature a best-of-five format, with the No. 1 overall seed playing the lowest remaining seed and the No. 2 overall seed meeting the remaining team. The Nos. 1 and 2 seeds will host Games 1, 2 and 5, and the lower-seeded teams will host Games 3 and 4 in their respective series. The WNBA Finals remain best-of-five and follow the same 2-2-1 format.

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          • Lynx secure No. 1, WNBA playoffs set
            September 3, 2017

            NEW YORK (AP) The WNBA playoffs are set - finally.

            Minnesota secured the top spot in the postseason while Los Angeles will be the No. 2 seed. Those two teams, who met for the WNBA Finals last season, have byes again until the semifinals. The Lynx had to beat Washington on the final day of the regular season to secure the top spot as the Sparks were a game behind them and held the tiebreaker. Minnesota finished with the league's best record for the fifth time in seven years.

            ''That was crucial getting the top seed,'' Lynx center Sylvia Fowles told The Associated Press in a phone interview Sunday. ''We understood we made it hard for ourselves, but we came in and got those last three games.''

            New York and Connecticut had already clinched byes to the second round before Sunday's play. The Liberty earned the No. 3 seed by beating Dallas on Sunday and matched a franchise record with a 10th straight win. Both New York and Connecticut will host the winners of Wednesday's first-round games on Sunday, Sept. 10.

            ''You control what you can control,'' Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer said. ''We're just trying to peak at the right time heading into the playoffs.''

            The Sun, who have been the surprise team this season, lost two of three heading into the postseason.

            ''To our players' credit, there was a real belief in the locker room that we could overachieve,'' Connecticut coach Curt Miller said. ''We had some special chemistry that we could be better than what many predicted us finishing. They never wavered after the start and the close losses that accumulated at the beginning of the year. I can't be more pleased. It's disappointing that we didn't come up with an Eastern Conference championship, but hats off to New York with 10 straight wins at the finish to catch us.''

            Seattle clinched a postseason berth on Friday, finalizing the eight teams in the playoffs. The Storm and seventh-seed Dallas were the only teams who knew their playoff position going into Sunday. Neither knew who it would face until the late afternoon.

            The Storm will visit the Mercury in the first round Wednesday while the Wings play at Washington in the other playoff game that night.

            The WNBA changed its format last season taking the top eight teams to the postseason instead of going with four from each conference. The league also changed the format so that the first two rounds are one game each. The semifinals and championship round are best of five.

            The semifinals will begin Sept. 12 in Minnesota and Los Angeles with the WNBA Finals starting Sept. 24.

            ''It's going to be good to have some rest,'' Fowles said. ''We had two of our starters that have been out. Lindsay Whalen's still trying to get her way back. That will be big to get her back and (having the time off) will help with that.''

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            • Cheat Sheet - First Round
              September 4, 2017


              The first round of the WNBA playoffs begin on Wednesday with a single-elimination format. The winners of these games will travel to either No. 3 New York or No. 4 Connecticut for second round matchups on Sunday.

              Those games will be single-elimination as well with the winners advancing to the semifinals against either No. 1 Minnesota or No. 2 Los Angeles for a five-game series.

              No. 7 Dallas at No. 6 Washington (ESPN2, 8:00 p.m. ET)

              -- The Wings went 2-1 both straight up and against the spread versus the Mystics this season.

              -- The road team went 3-0 in the three regular season encounters and the visitor has win eight straight meetings in this head-to-head series.

              -- The ‘under’ went 2-1 in the three meetings this season and the low side cashed in both matchups from D.C.

              -- Dallas went 6-11 SU as a visitor this season but managed to produce a winning record (9-8) at the betting counter.

              -- The Wings saw the ‘over’ go 12-5 in their away games.

              -- Washington went 11-6 SU and 9-8 ATS at home while the ‘over’ went 9-8.

              -- The Mystics closed the season with a 2-5 (1-6 ATS) record and one of the losses came versus Dallas.

              -- The Wings finished 3-2 SU and 4-1 ATS in the final two weeks of the season and the two losses came by a combined seven points.

              -- Dallas went 9-9 versus the Eastern Conference this season while Washington was just 6-12 against the West.

              -- Washington hasn’t had much success in the playoffs, going 4-16 overall since the 2002 postseason. They are a combined 1-4 in their most recent trips (2014, 2015) and bettors should note that the ‘over’ has gone 10-2 in the last 12 playoff battles.

              -- This will be the first playoff game for the Wings since they moved the franchise to Dallas.

              No. 8 Seattle at No. 5 Phoenix (ESPN2, 10:00 p.m. ET)

              -- Phoenix won and covered two of its three meetings against Seattle this season.

              -- The Mercury won both of those games on the road, but the Storm earned a 98-89 win at Phoenix on Aug. 12 as a five-point road underdog.

              -- Including those results, Phoenix is 7-3 in the last 10 encounters versus Seattle and the ‘over’ has gone 6-4 during this stretch.

              -- Among the eight playoff teams, Seattle owns the worst road mark at 5-12 SU and 7-9-1 ATS.

              -- The Storm did close the season with a 3-2 mark both SU and ATS as visitors and the offense helped that cause by averaging 95 points per game.

              -- Phoenix went 9-8 SU and 8-10 ATS at Talking Stick Resort Arena this season.

              -- After mired in a 2-7 slump, the Mercury ended the regular season with three straight wins and covers. The defense only allowed 69 PPG during this stretch, which helped the ‘under’ go 3-0.

              -- Seattle stopped Chicago 85-50 last Sunday in their road finale, which snapped a three-game losing skid.

              -- Phoenix went 2-0 in last year’s playoffs, winning both single-elimination games before getting swept by Minnesota in the semifinals.

              -- Seattle dropped a 94-85 decision at Atlanta in the first round of last year’s playoffs.

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              • Armadillo: Wednesday's six-pack

                Odds to win this year’s Super Bowl:

                New England Patriots +385

                Green Bay Packers +950

                Seattle Seahawks +1000

                Pittsburgh Steelers +1050

                Dallas Cowboys +1225

                Atlanta Falcons +1400

                Buccaneers, Dolphins both have their bye week in Week 11; play this week’s game on November 19 and let teams/families stay together during Hurricane Irma this week.


                **********

                Armadillo: Wednesday's List of 13: Mid-week musings…….

                13) From the New York Times:

                “Investigators for Major League Baseball have determined that the Boston Red Sox, who are in first place in the American League East and likely headed to the playoffs, executed a scheme to illicitly steal hand signals from opponents’ catchers in games against the second-place Yankees and other teams, according to several people briefed on the matter.”

                So the Patriots and now the Red Sox are cheaters? Terrific…….

                Red Sox, by the way, are claiming that their rivals from New York are doing the same thing as far as stealing signals go. The A’s? Our guys can’t afford Apple watches.

                12) Tennessee 42, Georgia Tech 41 OT— Great ballgame; has a team ever rushed for 535 yards and lost? Tech went for 2 points and the win in the second OT— I HATE THIS STRATEGY. Here is why I hate this strategy:

                — Tennessee was favored; all the pressure to win was on them.
                — Georgia Tech has the better QB; the longer you play, the better off you are.
                — It is free TV exposure (for recruiting purposes)!!!!! There was nothing else on TV.
                — To me, there is no point in putting the whole game on your offense’s shoulders. Your team played a great game— now they feel like they screwed the game up.
                — If you had Tennessee -4 (I did not), you also hate this strategy, because it cost you any chance to win your wager, but that really isn’t relevant, unless you gave the four points.

                Terrific ballgame; great fun to watch. But the better team lost this game.

                11) Georgia Tech ran the ball for 535 yards; they ran 96 plays, Tennessee 59. It’ll be a long time before another team runs the ball for 535 yards and loses.

                10) Umpire Will Little guided the Bronx Bombers to victory again Monday; last 3 years, New York is now 7-0 with Little behind plate, allowing 17 runs in the seven games.

                9) If you had Texas A&M on the moneyline Sunday night, you feel as if God hates you, since the Aggies led 44-10 in the third quarter- they lost 45-44 at UCLA.

                8) Random stat: Since beginning of the 2015 season, ACC teams are 15-11 vs spread when playing an SEC opponent.

                7) Now that Deondre Francois is out of this season, it will be interesting to see if Florida State has any WR’s/RB’s who were high school QB’s who could run a Wildcat-type offense in the red zone. With a totally inexperienced freshman QB at the helm now, a more mobile QB near the goal line could be a big help for the Seminoles. We’ll see how creative Jimbo Fisher gets.

                6) More than 20,000 acres of Oregon’s landscape is currently on fire; it is also unseasonably warm in Oregon— those two things have poisoned the air around Eugene, forcing the Oregon Ducks to move their practices closer to the Pacific Coast. Ducks play Nebraska Saturday.

                5) Only 18 players have hit four home runs in a major league game, making JD Martinez’ feat against the Dodgers Monday even more impressive.

                4) JJ Watt has now raised over $20 million to help the people in Texas. His original goal was $200,000. Amazing.

                3) I have to laugh when Dodger fans or Red Sox fans go into a panic when their team loses 2 or 3 games in a row; I root for the Oakland A’s, who were eliminated from the pennant race the day after I got my income tax return, and I file my return early.

                2) Former New Mexico coach Mike Locksley’s 25-year old son Meiko died Sunday night after he was shot in Columbia, MD. Mike Locksley is now WR coach/co-offensive coordinator at Alabama. Very sad thing; our thoughts/prayers go out to the family.

                1) What happens if some of these 800,000 “dreamers” are carrying a gun in Iraq or driving a tank in Afghanistan? Will they be kicked out of the military in six months? These people are protecting American interests, if not America itself.

                At some point, hopefully common sense and common decency will win out here.

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                • WNBA
                  Dunkel

                  Wednesday, September 6


                  Seattle @ Phoenix

                  Game 679-680
                  September 6, 2017 @ 10:00 pm

                  Dunkel Rating:
                  Seattle
                  107.319
                  Phoenix
                  114.958
                  Dunkel Team:
                  Dunkel Line:
                  Dunkel Total:
                  Phoenix
                  by 7 1/2
                  172
                  Vegas Team:
                  Vegas Line:
                  Vegas Total:
                  Phoenix
                  by 4
                  164
                  Dunkel Pick:
                  Phoenix
                  (-4); Over

                  Dallas @ Washington


                  Game 677-678
                  September 6, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

                  Dunkel Rating:
                  Dallas
                  104.146
                  Washington
                  115.521
                  Dunkel Team:
                  Dunkel Line:
                  Dunkel Total:
                  Washington
                  by 11 1/2
                  176
                  Vegas Team:
                  Vegas Line:
                  Vegas Total:
                  Washington
                  by 5
                  172 1/2
                  Dunkel Pick:
                  Washington
                  (-5); Over





                  WNBA
                  Long Sheet

                  Wednesday, September 6


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

                  DALLAS (16 - 18) at WASHINGTON (18 - 16) - 9/6/2017, 8:00 PM
                  Top Trends for this game.
                  DALLAS is 21-32 ATS (-14.2 Units) after scoring 75 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
                  DALLAS is 10-19 ATS (-10.9 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game after 15+ games over the last 2 seasons.
                  DALLAS is 5-13 ATS (-9.3 Units) in road games versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game after 15+ games over the last 2 seasons.
                  WASHINGTON is 14-7 ATS (+6.3 Units) as a favorite this season.
                  WASHINGTON is 309-369 ATS (-96.9 Units) in all games since 1997.
                  WASHINGTON is 59-84 ATS (-33.4 Units) when playing with 2 days rest since 1997.
                  WASHINGTON is 5-13 ATS (-9.3 Units) against Western conference opponents this season.
                  WASHINGTON is 5-13 ATS (-9.3 Units) in non-conference games this season.
                  WASHINGTON is 3-13 ATS (-11.3 Units) revenging a loss versus opponent this season.

                  Head-to-Head Series History
                  WASHINGTON is 4-4 against the spread versus DALLAS over the last 3 seasons
                  WASHINGTON is 4-4 straight up against DALLAS over the last 3 seasons
                  5 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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                  SEATTLE (15 - 19) at PHOENIX (18 - 16) - 9/6/2017, 10:00 PM
                  Top Trends for this game.
                  SEATTLE is 9-25 ATS (-18.5 Units) in road games on Wednesday since 1997.
                  SEATTLE is 38-62 ATS (-30.2 Units) off an upset win as an underdog since 1997.
                  SEATTLE is 9-17 ATS (-9.7 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game this season.
                  SEATTLE is 12-4 ATS (+7.6 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record after 15+ games over the last 2 seasons.
                  PHOENIX is 3-11 ATS (-9.1 Units) after 3 or more consecutive wins over the last 3 seasons.

                  Head-to-Head Series History
                  PHOENIX is 6-4 against the spread versus SEATTLE over the last 3 seasons
                  PHOENIX is 7-3 straight up against SEATTLE over the last 3 seasons
                  5 of 9 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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                  WNBA

                  Wednesday, September 6


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                  8:00 PM
                  DALLAS vs. WASHINGTON
                  The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Dallas's last 23 games when playing Washington
                  Dallas is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games on the road
                  Washington is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Dallas
                  Washington is 0-4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Dallas

                  10:00 PM
                  SEATTLE vs. PHOENIX
                  Seattle is 5-14 SU in its last 19 games on the road
                  Seattle is 4-11 ATS in its last 15 games when playing Phoenix
                  The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Phoenix's last 6 games when playing at home against Seattle
                  Phoenix is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Seattle

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                  • Preview: Wings (16-18) at Mystics (18-16)
                    Date: September 06, 2017 8:00 PM EDT


                    WASHINGTON -- The Washington Mystics faded over the final weeks of the WNBA season, and they enter the playoffs as the sixth seed. That means Elena Delle Donne and crew host their first-round matchup Wednesday.

                    The problem is, the visiting Dallas Wings have had no issue playing at Washington this season.

                    The seventh-seeded Wings (16-18) finished 6-11 on the road, but they won both meetings at Washington (18-16) this season, including an 83-78 triumph Aug. 26 behind 20 points from Skylar Diggins-Smith. Dallas led the league in scoring at 86.1 points per game.

                    "I think we played pretty well against Washington," Wings coach Fred Williams told the Dallas Morning News ahead of the Wednesday night game. "So it'll be a pretty good matchup all the way around."

                    Expectations soared for the Mystics after they acquired Delle Donne in a blockbuster trade with Chicago during the offseason and signed guard Kristi Toliver. Injuries to Delle Donne, Tayler Hill and Natasha Cloud played a factor in Washington never quite finding a rhythm. Washington went 2-6 over its final eight games.

                    The Mystics lost four of five following the return of Delle Donne from a lengthy absence caused by thumb surgery. Delle Donne finished the season tied for third in the league in scoring at 19.7 points and shot 95.3 percent from the free-throw line. She scored 12 points in 18 minutes Sunday during the regular-season finale, an 86-72 loss at Minnesota.

                    "I thought it was a great game to have right before playoffs," Delle Donne said of the matchup against the regular-season champion Lynx. "Definitely a good game to get under our belt."

                    Delle Donne dominated in Washington's final home game of the regular season with 37 points on Friday in a 110-106 overtime victory over Seattle. The Mystics went 11-6 at home.

                    "We had some good moments and we had some lulls, but other than that, it's time for playoffs now," Delle Donne said. "It's a clean slate, and we are excited about the opportunity."

                    Emma Meesseman, who missed 11 games playing overseas, ranked second on the Mystics behind Delle Donne with an average of 14.1 points.

                    Diggins-Smith ranked seventh in the league in scoring at 18.5 points per game and finished fourth in assists at 5.8 per game. Against Washington, the point guard upped her averages to 20.6 points and 7.3 assists.

                    "I just try to do what I do naturally. I don't think it's forced -- any of the responsibilities," Diggins-Smith said following the Wings; previous win over Washington. "Being a leader in this locker room and being with Fred for as long as I have and being in this league for as long as I have ... It's a team effort. It's a team full of everyone stepping up."

                    Washington ranked third in rebounding this season, led by Krystal Thomas' work inside (third in the league at 9.6 boards per game). Dallas has its own premier rebounder in Glory Johnson (fifth at 9.1).

                    The winner Wednesday will meet either the New York Liberty or the Connecticut Sun in a road game Sunday. The winner of that contest moves onto the best-of-five semifinals.


                    WNB HEAD TO HEAD


                    Aug 26, 2017 Score ATS Results
                    DAL « 83 Cover: 9.5
                    WAS 78 Under: 161
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                    Jun 18, 2017 Score ATS Results
                    DAL « 87 Cover: 12
                    WAS 83 Under: 170
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                    Jun 6, 2017 Score ATS Results
                    WAS « 101 Cover: 8.5
                    DAL 89 Over: 190
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                    • Preview: Storm (15-19) at Mercury (18-16)
                      Date: September 06, 2017 10:00 PM EDT


                      Last season, as the No. 8 seed, the Phoenix Mercury won their first- and second-round, single-elimination playoff games en route to the semifinals.

                      This year, the Mercury enter the playoffs three spots higher.

                      Phoenix, which hosts the Seattle Storm on Wednesday evening at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, Ariz., jumped into fifth place on Sunday with its 84-70 win over Atlanta and Washington's loss at Minnesota.

                      The Mercury and Mystics both finished the regular season 18-16, but Phoenix held the tiebreaker.

                      "We wanted to finish fifth, that was our goal," Mercury coach Sandy Brondello told the Arizona Republic after the win. "But we know every game from here forth is hard, just like it was tonight. The first half was a free-throw show, but in the second half we kept it to 27 points. That's fantastic for us.

                      "We did a good job executing the (plan), and that's important for the playoffs. Every possession counts for us."

                      Mercury center Britney Griner scored 30 points -- the sixth time she reached that plateau this season -- and wrapped up the WNBA scoring title. She averaged 21.9 points, two points better than the Storm's Breanna Stewart.

                      "Everybody is finding their niche, shooting the ball well," Griner said. "It's going good right now for us."

                      While Griner called her scoring title "just a number," her coach had more effusive praise.

                      "No disrespect to the other players because they're great," Brondello said. "I get to see (Griner) day in and day out. Just for me, what she has to do. She carries this team. She's a playmaker, not just a scorer. We put a lot of emphasis on her and what she does and how she changes things at both ends of the floor."

                      To advance, the Storm will have to figure out a way to slow Griner.

                      Phoenix took two of three games from Seattle this season -- interestingly, the home team was 0-3 in the series -- and Griner had a combined 54 points in the two wins.

                      Seattle (15-19), the No. 8 seed, clinched the final postseason spot on Friday when Chicago and Atlanta both lost.

                      The Storm lost to Washington later that evening but beat Chicago on Sunday, the final day of the WNBA regular season.

                      Stewart and Jewell Loyd combined for 54 points in the 85-80 win at Chicago.

                      In an overtime loss to Washington on Friday, Seattle point guard Sue Bird became the WNBA's all-time assists leader.

                      "What makes it special is that with an assist there's two or more people involved, so it's something that as a point guard I know I take very seriously -- and I'm sure a lot of point guards do -- about getting your teammates involved and trying to get the ball in the right spots," Bird said.

                      If Seattle wins Wednesday, it would play at third-seeded New York on Sunday. Phoenix, with a win, would play at No. 4 Connecticut.

                      Washington, the sixth seed, hosts No. 7 Dallas on Wednesday in the other first-round matchup.


                      WNB HEAD TO HEAD


                      Aug 27, 2017 Score ATS Results
                      PHO « 75 Cover: 9
                      SEA 71 Under: 146
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                      Aug 12, 2017 Score ATS Results
                      SEA « 98 Cover: 14.5
                      PHO 89 Over: 187
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                      Jun 23, 2017 Score ATS Results
                      PHO « 85 Cover: 8
                      SEA 82 Over: 167
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                      • WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6

                        GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS

                        DAL at WAS 08:00 PM

                        DAL +5.0

                        U 171.0


                        SEA at PHO 10:00 PM

                        PHO -4.5

                        U 164.0

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                        • Delle Donne leads Mystics by Wings
                          September 6, 2017


                          WASHINGTON (AP) Elena Delle Donne had 25 points and 11 rebounds, Emma Meesseman added 16 points and 10 boards, and the Washington Mystics beat the Dallas Wings 86-76 on Wednesday night in the first round of the playoffs.

                          Washington opened the second half on a 21-7 spurt, with eight points by Delle Donne, to take a 55-41 lead. But Dallas went on a 9-0 run in the fourth, capped by Skylar Diggins-Smith's fast-break layup, to pull to 71-67 with 3:13 left.

                          Washington's Tierra Ruffin-Pratt missed two free throws with 43.2 seconds left, but Krystal Thomas hustled to the offensive rebound. Delle Donne was fouled and put the Mystics ahead by six at the 38.7 mark. The Mystics went 7 of 8 from the line the rest of the way to seal it.

                          Thomas added a franchise playoff record 17 rebounds for Washington (19-16), which had lost both its home games this season to Dallas. The Mystics await the outcome of the Seattle-Phoenix game later Wednesday night to learn their next opponent.

                          Aerial Powers scored 21 points for Dallas (16-19) before being ejected with 1:11 to play by picking up a second technical foul. Glory Johnson added 15 points and 14 rebounds, and Diggins-Smith was held to 15 points on 6-of-18 shooting.

                          Powers capped Dallas' 13-0 run to close the first half with a steal and fast-break layup to tie it at 34.

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                          • WNBA Playoff Record:

                            09/06/2017 3-1-0 75.00% +9.50

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                            • Preview: Mercury (18-16) at Sun (21-13)
                              Date: September 10, 2017 3:00 PM EDT


                              Diana Taurasi has had so many proud basketball moments in the state of Connecticut.

                              Sunday, the former UConn star has a chance to add another one.

                              Taurasi, the WNBA's all-time leading scorer, takes a 10-0 record in deciding league playoff games into the Mohegan Sun Arena when she and her Phoenix Mercury teammates visit the Connecticut Sun in the second round of the playoffs.

                              The fifth-seeded Mercury advanced with 79-69 victory over former UConn star Sue Bird and the Seattle Storm while the fourth-seeded Sun had a bye.

                              The winner of this game advances to a 3-of-5 semifinal against either the No. 1 Minnesota Lynx or the No. 2 Los Angeles Sparks.

                              The teams played three times in the regular season -- the Sun winning both games in Uncasville, Conn. while the Mercury romped in the Sept. 1 game in Phoenix behind 31 points and eight rebounds from league scoring leader Brittney Griner.

                              She will be matched up in this game against Jonquel Jones, the league rebounding leader who was voted most improved player in the league.

                              "It's a very tough matchup," said Connecticut coach Curt Miller, the league's coach of the year. "Phoenix made a concerted effort late in the year to play through Griner. She's a unique player that no one in the league sees, so you have to plan for Brittney Griner.

                              "You have to have a contingent plan, and a contingent upon contingent plan when she starts to hurt you. When you have two of the most elite players the game has ever seen in Taurasi and Griner, it poses a lot of problems, but they're not the only players that can hurt you."

                              Jones broke the WNBA rebounding record -- previously held by Tina Charles, then of the Sun, in 2010, finishing with 403 -- and she tied the league record of 20 double-doubles.

                              "Jonquel Jones is going to be a problem in this league for a long time," Taurasi said at this year's All-Star Game. "With her stature and the way she can handle the ball, shoot the ball, and work so easy on the court, I just think she's got a really bright future."

                              This was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Sun, especially after losing star Chiney Ogwumike for the season before the year even started. But after a 1-5 start, Miller's team got hot -- especially at home, where it is 12-5.

                              The Mercury, 3-0 in single elimination games, finished the season 9-8 both home and on the road before winning their home playoff game.

                              The three-time WNBA champions (most recently in 2014) have a distinct experience edge in this game. While the Sun players have totaled 875 minutes and 302 points, Taurasi, a three-time champion, has 1,566 minutes and 1,009 points. She cleared the 1,000-point mark with her first basket of the second half of the first-round game.


                              WNB HEAD TO HEAD


                              Sep 1, 2017 Score ATS Results
                              CONN 66 Under: 152
                              PHO « 86 Cover: 20
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                              Aug 20, 2017 Score ATS Results
                              PHO 66 Under: 160
                              CONN « 94 Cover: 23
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                              Aug 4, 2017 Score ATS Results
                              PHO 92 Cover: 7
                              CONN « 93 Over: 185
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                              • Preview: Mystics (18-16) at Liberty (22-12)
                                Date: September 10, 2017 5:00 PM EDT


                                New York has played in the WNBA Finals four times, yet the Liberty still do not have a title.

                                On Sunday, the Liberty take the first step this postseason with the hopes of raising a championship flag when they host the Washington Mystics in a second-round, single-elimination game at Madison Square Garden.

                                The winner advances to a best-of-five series against the Minnesota Lynx with Game 1 at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday.

                                The Mystics advanced out of the first-round by beating the Dallas Wings 86-76 on Wednesday. Elena Delle Donne and Emma Meesseman both compiled double-doubles in the victory.

                                Delle Donne, in only her sixth game back after suffering a thumb injury, recorded 25 points and 11 rebounds while Meesseman notched 16 points and 10 boards.

                                The Mystics twice had leads of 13 points against Dallas, but still had to hang on for the win in what turned out to be a physical battle. Washington dominated the glass and kept its composure when the game got chippy.

                                To beat the Liberty, the Mystics will have to continue to hit the boards and play with an edge, which is easier said than done.

                                "We got so many big offensive rebounds and I think that's a huge growth thing with our team," Washington head coach Mike Thibault told reporters after the game. "That's a sign that we embraced how the game was being played."

                                The Mystics will be challenged to repeat their dominance on the boards. The Liberty led the league in rebounds, averaging 38.7 a game.

                                And for the third straight season, New York led the WNBA in defensive field goal percentage, holding teams to 40.8 percent from the field for the year.

                                The Liberty won two of three during the regular season and both games at The Garden against the Mystics. The Liberty also have had a week off since closing out their regular season with a win against Dallas.

                                "We were fortunate to win that," New York head coach Bill Laimbeer said after his team made numerous errors down the stretch.

                                "We didn't play well," he added. "We played hard. We made some bad mental decisions. But we got our taste of mental blunders out of the way right now. If we do that in the playoffs we will lose."

                                The Liberty haven't lost since early August and have reeled off 10 straight wins with contributions from all facets of the team.

                                "We've been in all types of situations all season long," Tina Charles said. "These 10 wins, all of them have been different, but everyone has had an imprint on each game."

                                Among the players singled out by Charles for such contributions were Shavonte Zellous, Kia Vaughn and Epiphanny Prince.

                                Sunday's key matchup pits MVP candidate Charles against Delle Donne. Charles averaged just 11.3 points and 7.3 rebounds in the three meetings against the Mystics, down from her season averages of 19.7 and 9.4 rebounds.

                                Charles' might have a stronger supporting cast with Prince, who was named Comeback Plyer of the Year, and Sugar Rodgers named Sixth Woman of the Year.

                                Prince averages 12.0 points to go along with 3.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.3 steals.

                                Rodgers, who was at the center of a midseason lineup change, is one of the best 3-point shooters in the league, knocking down 63 attempts, which ranks sixth best in the WNBA.

                                "We have a solid foundation. We have won 10 in a row," Laimbeer said. "Any team is going to be a tough out in the playoffs. It doesn't matter how you play, it's going to be a war."

                                Thibault concurred.

                                "In general, playoff games are more physical, more things are allowed to happen, and if you can fight through that and still keep your defensive presence about you, then that's great," Thibault said.


                                WNB HEAD TO HEAD


                                Aug 25, 2017 Score ATS Results
                                WAS 66 Under: 140
                                NEW « 74 Cover: 3.5
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                                Jul 16, 2017 Score ATS Results
                                WAS 55 Under: 140
                                NEW « 85 Cover: 23.5
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                                Jun 29, 2017 Score ATS Results
                                NEW 54 Under: 121
                                WAS « 67 Cover: 6
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