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    Preview: Lynx (1-0) at Sky (1-0)
    Date: May 18, 2016 12:30 PM EDT

    The Minnesota Lynx proved they've still got the hunger in their season opener, while the Chicago Sky showed they can indeed succeed without Elena Delle Donne.


    Both look to build off impressive 2016 debuts in Wednesday's matchup at Allstate Arena, with Delle Donne expected to play after missing the opener with an illness.


    Chicago didn't look at all short-handed with Delle Donne sidelined by a stomach virus, cruising to a 93-70 victory over visiting Connecticut on Saturday. The Sky offset the 2015 WNBA MVP's absence with a dominant defensive effort, holding the Sun to 18 points in the paint, and 33.8 percent shooting and scoring 20 points off 18 turnovers.


    "A lot of good things, but a lot more to work on," coach Pokey Chatman said. "We've got an important game coming up on Wednesday, but overall pleased with the process and the outcome."


    The performance was indeed encouraging considering Chicago's defensive issues last season and its past struggles with Delle Donne out of the lineup. The Sky went 6-12 in games the star forward missed with Lyme disease complications in 2014 and allowed 78.8 points per game - the league's second-highest mark - last season.


    Wednesday's contest should provide more of an indicator of Chicago's progress on that end, as the defending champion Lynx possess considerably more established talent than the rebuilding Sun. That skill was fully on display in Saturday's 95-76 rout of rival Phoenix, regarded as perhaps the biggest threat to Minnesota's quest for a repeat.


    The Lynx overcame a slow start to build a lead as high as 24, receiving 27 points and 10 assists from Maya Moore and 21 points on 10-of-15 shooting from Seimone Augustus. Sylvia Fowles added 17 points and 14 rebounds to help Minnesota own a 40-24 rebounding advantage and a 42-26 edge in points in the paint.


    Minnesota, which downed Indiana in five games to claim its third WNBA title in five years in October, is attempting to become the first repeat champion since Los Angeles in 2002.


    "We want to take advantage of the special group we have right now, and we want to make sure we show it every time we play," said Moore, whose 20.6 points per game last season trailed only Delle Donne's 23.4 for tops in the league. "I'm glad it translated into execution and defensive focus. There are still ways we can improve. But I'm glad we were able to start off Game 1, (the) home opener doing the things we've been talking about all through training camp."


    The Lynx have won four of the last five meetings with the Sky but have lost three of four in Chicago, including a 90-83 defeat last season.
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    Preview: Mercury (0-1) at Fever (0-1)
    Date: May 18, 2016 7:00 PM EDT

    The Indiana Fever swept two games from the Phoenix Mercury a season ago, although they didn't have to face Diana Taurasi.


    Taurasi is now back for the visiting Mercury ahead of Wednesday night's contest against the Fever, who hope that guard Marissa Coleman makes her season debut in a matchup of teams coming off season-opening defeats.


    Indiana had lost four straight to Phoenix before winning twice in 2015. The Fever took advantage of the absence of Taurasi and Brittney Griner in a 77-74 home win June 12 behind Tamika Catchings' 27 points and 13 boards before they led by as many as 23 in a 75-63 road victory Aug. 16.


    Mercury star DeWanna Bonner totaled 21 points on 6-of-28 shooting in those games with Taurasi sitting out the season for rest.


    Taurasi returned Saturday with a team-high 18 points in a 95-76 loss at Minnesota. She made 7 of 17 shots while Penny Taylor also returned with 13 points after the Australian forward also sat out 2015.


    Those players are stars in overseas leagues along with Coleman, who hopes to be on the court after she wasn't ready to go for Saturday's 90-79 loss to Dallas. Coleman returned to practice Monday after finishing a season playing in Turkey.


    "I haven't touched a basketball since last Sunday, I just want to make sure that hopefully Wednesday I'm ready to play," said Coleman, who was a WNBA All-Star for the first time in 2015.


    Rookie Tiffany Mitchell scored 18 for Indiana and Erlana Larkins had 14 and 13 boards. Catchings struggled for six points on 2-of-9 shooting as the Fever were outscored by 14 in the second half.


    "It was the first game, we haven't really built chemistry with each other yet but there were a few bright spots," Larkins said.


    Larkins wasn't conceding anything as far as her matchup at center Wednesday with the intimidating Griner.


    "You have to approach her just like you do anyone else," Larkins said. "I'm pretty much undersized so I just have to use my strength to my advantage and keep her out of the paint because she's really efficient around the basket."
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    Wings-Mystics Preview




    Both the Dallas Wings and Washington Mystics are attempting to navigate challenging opening stretches while awaiting the returns of key players.


    The teams also enter Wednesday night's matchup seeking to bounce back from tough losses to the same opponent.


    Dallas (1-1) got its new era off to a soaring start with Saturday's 90-79 win at defending Eastern Conference champion Indiana, a result made more impressive by the absences of Skylar Diggins and Glory Johnson. The Wings couldn't maintain the momentum in Sunday's visit to Madison Square Garden, falling behind by 16 points early and trailing throughout a 79-71 loss to the New York Liberty.


    The Wings have one test remaining against another 2015 playoff participant before the relocated Tulsa Shock play their first game in their new home Saturday against San Antonio. They're also hoping for an imminent return from Diggins with the All-Star point guard in the latter stages of her comeback from July's ACL tear.


    "Still working it out. I have to go by how she feels," coach Fred Williams said. "It's day-by-day with her. Being on the road, I want her to be at least 99 percent. Never going to rush an injury for a player to get back."


    Dallas is also without Johnson, who is serving a seven-game suspension for a domestic violence incident involving Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner in April 2015. The two-time All-Star missed all of last season while pregnant with twins.


    Washington is dealing with its own injury issues with Ivory Latta recovering from a knee procedure performed last month. The veteran guard averaged a team-high 13.4 points per game last season.


    Latta's experience was missed down the stretch of Saturday's 87-76 home loss to the Liberty. After tying the game at 73 on Bria Hartley's three-point play with 2:39 left, the youthful Mystics missed their final five shots while outscored 14-3 thereafter.


    "I thought that for playing seven to eight players, we were tired," coach Mike Thibault said. "Nobody is going to feel sorry for us. We are going to have to figure out a way to do a better job. We did a decent job on the defensive end but we didn't on the offensive end."


    Hartley finished with 17 points and Tayler Hill had 20, but New York neutralized the frontcourt tandem of Emma Meesseman and Stefanie Dolson. The duo were held to a combined 15 points on 5-of-18 shooting as the Liberty recorded a 42-22 advantage in the paint.


    Courtney Paris could give Washington further trouble after compiling 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting and 12 rebounds Sunday.


    The Mystics have won five of six in the series but were dealt an 86-82 loss by Tulsa at Verizon Center last season.
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    Delle Donne, Moore Go Head-To-Head For First Time In 2016 On Wednesday


    May 17, 2016


    The last two MVPs, last year’s top two leading scorers, and two members of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team: that’s who will be squaring off tomorrow afternoon in Chicago when the Sky welcome the visiting Minnesota Lynx.


    Elena Delle Donne and Maya Moore are two of the brightest stars the league, and Wednesday they’ll meet for the first time in the 2016 season.


    Thanks to impressive wins on opening weekend, both teams will enter the game at 1-0. While Delle Donne missed the Sky’s opener due to an illness, Chicago ultimately cruised to a win over the Connecticut. As for Moore, she was in prime form against the Phoenix in the league’s showcase game on ESPN on Saturday night, dropping 27 points and dishing out a career-high 10 assists as the Lynx also pulled away for an easy win.


    With Delle Donne and Moore going head to head, Wednesday’s matchup will have a primetime feel despite being played in the middle of the afternoon. Delle Donne, of course, is one of the most unique talents to ever play in the league. Her athleticism and ability to play both inside and outside have made her, at times, simply unguardable. Last season’s MVP campaign, in which she put up averages of 23.4 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks was one of the best in league history.




    Moore, who won the MVP in 2014, put up 20.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 3.5 assists last season and might have come away with a second straight MVP if not for Delle Donne’s legendary year. Moore’s smooth jumper and indefatigable drive to win has helped her lead the Lynx to three titles in just five seasons. On the way to the third of those championships last season, she sunk an iconic buzzer beater on the road in Game 3 to help turn the series in Minnesota’s favor.


    The Sky and Lynx split their two meetings last year, with each team winning at home. In those two games, the marquee stars came to play. EDD averaged 19 points and 9.5 rebounds a night, while Moore averaged 29.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 5.0 assists. Will the two stars live up to their reputations and deliver a brilliant matchup Wednesday afternoon? All signs point to yes, but you’ll have to tune-in to WNBA League Pass at 12:30 p.m. ET to find out for yourself.
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    Armadillo: Thursday's six-pack


    Westgate Superbook's odds on random football games this coming fall..........


    -- Week 8: Packers (-3.5) @ Atlanta


    -- Week 9: Broncos @ Oakland (-1.5)


    -- Week 10: Seahawks @ New England (-3.5)


    -- Week 11: Bears @ NJ Giants (-4)


    -- Week 12: Vikings (-1) @ Detroit


    -- Week 13: Colts @ NJ Jets (-2.5)


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    Armadillo: Thursday's List of 13: Doing some thinking out loud......


    13) Warriors 118, Thunder 91-- No one on Oklahoma City had more than 9 points, other than Durant/Westbrook. They need a third double figure scorer to compete.


    12) Knicks are apparently going to name Jeff Hornacek head coach; good coach, good basketball guy, but kind of feel about him the same way I felt when the Mets hired Art Howe as manager-- not very New York-ish. Sometimes that matters.


    11) Chicago White Sox turned their second triple play of the season last night; they are first team since '07 Phillies to turn two triple plays in same season.


    10) A's 8, Rangers 1-- Khris Davis has nine HRs, 20 RBI in first 18 days of May.


    9) NBA playoff favorites of 8+ points are 19-6 vs spread this season.


    8) Why is the price of gasoline 45 cents a gallon cheaper in New Jersey than here in New York? Is Crhis Christie that good a governor that his constituents don't get ripped off like we do? By the way, in New Jersey they put the gas in your car for you.


    7) NBA Summer League will be July 8-18 at UNLV and on TV every day on NBA TV. Solid entertainment; I'll be out there for the AAU tournaments later in the month.


    6) Illinois got good news: big man Mike Thorne got a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA, very important for John Groce's team.


    5) More transfers, as number approaches 600 this year (there are 351 D-I teams):
    -- Anthony Livingston goes from Arkansas State to Texas Tech.
    -- Kendall Stephens goes from Purdue to Nevada


    4) This will be the sixth NFL season for 49er QB Blaine Gabbert, who will have his sxith different head coach, sixth offensive coordinator, sixth QB coach. Oy.


    3) Why would the Ravens intentionally break the NFL rule about not using full pads during rookie minicamps? Sounds like they did just that.


    2) Minnesota Twins are 4-2 against the Cleveland Indians, 0-15 against the rest of the AL Central. No bueno. Minnesota is 5-12 in games where the winning run scores from the 7th inning on.


    1) Werid story about Robert Griffin III and his relationship with his coaches in Washington; if that story is remotely true, Daniel Snyder is the worst owner in the NFL and the Browns may have made a colossal mistake acquiring RGIII, who appears to be a complete jerk if you believe the article, which is excerpted up above.
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    Thursday, May 19


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    CONNECTICUT (15 - 19) at SAN ANTONIO (8 - 26) - 5/19/2016, 12:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    SAN ANTONIO is 9-1 ATS (+7.9 Units) on Thursday over the last 3 seasons.
    CONNECTICUT is 10-2 ATS (+7.8 Units) in road games against Western conference opponents over the last 3 seasons.
    CONNECTICUT is 27-15 ATS (+10.5 Units) after a division game over the last 3 seasons.
    CONNECTICUT is 10-2 ATS (+7.8 Units) in road games in non-conference games over the last 3 seasons.


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


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    12:00 PM
    CONNECTICUT vs. SAN ANTONIO
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Connecticut's last 5 games on the road
    Connecticut is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Antonio's last 5 games
    San Antonio is 1-11 SU in its last 12 games




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    Connecticut @ San Antonio


    Game 651-652
    May 19, 2016 @ 12:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Connecticut
    103.901
    San Antonio
    109.328
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    San Antonio
    by 5 1/2
    154
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Connecticut
    by 3 1/2
    148 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    San Antonio
    (+3 1/2); Over
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    Sun-Stars Preview


    The first matchup of the year between top rookies drafted from the University of Connecticut is already here.


    Morgan Tuck and her Connecticut Sun visit former college teammate Moriah Jefferson and the San Antonio Stars on Thursday with both teams seeking their first victory.


    One of the stories of the 2016 WNBA season was how Geno Auriemma's UConn program produced the top three picks in the draft, most notably with Breanna Stewart selected first overall by Seattle. Stewart has already drawn comparisons to the greats of the game.


    It's been underreported that Jefferson went second to San Antonio and Tuck third to Connecticut. Tuck was second on Auriemma's Huskies in scoring with 13.7 points per game this past season while the sharpshooting Jefferson was third at 12.6.


    Both rookies had rough debuts Saturday. Jefferson made 2 of 10 shots for six points in a 73-63 overtime home defeat to Atlanta while Tuck was 1 of 6 for five points in a 93-70 defeat at Chicago.


    The rookie who outshined both of them was the Sun's Rachel Banham, chosen fourth out of Minnesota. Banham scored 13 points in 15 minutes as she made a case for a starting spot.


    The Sun showed they are in dire need of offense after shooting 33.8 percent in their opener. Alex Bentley made just 6 of 19 shots for 14 points. Connecticut was also outrebounded 46-33.


    Chiney Ogwumike had four points in 16 minutes for the Sun in her first game since missing the 2015 season due to knee surgery.


    The Stars were led Saturday by Kayla McBride, who scored 24 points on 10-of-17 shooting while Dearica Hamby added 14.


    Connecticut won both meetings a season ago, including a 73-72 victory at San Antonio. These teams were among the worst in the preseason AP WNBA Power Rankings, with the Stars last at No. 12 and the Sun at No. 10.
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    5/18 - YESTERDAY'S RESULTS: 4 - 2
    OVERALL : 13 - 5



    THURSDAY, MAY 19


    GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS


    CONN at SA 12:00 PM

    CONN -4.0


    U 150.5
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    Armadillo: Friday's six-pack


    Golden Nugget sportsbook's college football over/unders for this coming fall..........


    -- Clemson Tigers, 10, over -$120


    -- Alabama Crimson Tide, 9.5


    -- Florida State Seminoles, 10, over -$120


    -- Oklahoma Sooners, 10, under -$130


    -- LSU Tigers, 9.5, over 9.5 -$140


    -- Michigan Wolverines, 9.5, over -$120


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



    13) I'm tired of hearing people whine about baseball games lasting too long, as if an extra 8-10 minutes is going to ruin someone's day. Want to eliminate 8-10 minutes a game? Eliminate coaches/managers visiting the mound, that will do it. Whether a game is 2:52 or 3:05, baseball is great. Nothing wrong with spending more time having fun.


    12) Saw couple of amazing catches in 9th inning of games last night; Minnesota CF Danny Santana made a fantastic catch, keeping the game 2-2 with the go-ahead run on second base and Rafael Ortega of the Angels made a sliding catch down left field line to help the Halos hold off the Dodgers 7-4.


    11) Nationals 9, Mets 1-- Matt Harvey is 3-6, 5.77 and terribly overrated. Last year, New York media had him getting inducted in Cooperstown before he turned 27. Last night, Harvey went over the 500 innings mark in his career- he is 30-24.


    10) Austin Russell, better known as Chumlee on Pawn Stars, somehow avoided jail time after at one time having 19 felony drug charges against him. Hope he realizes how lucky he is; when I was in Las Vegas in April, it seemed apparent that he was going to jail and maybe for a very long time.


    9) Pro Bowl is moving from Honolulu to Orlando this comng year; for some reason, it was mentioned that Sydney, Australia was interested in hosting it. Why?


    8) Orlando Magic gave Frank Vogel $22M for four years- first Magic-Pacer game next fall should be interesting.


    7) Buck Showalter once managed a team in the NY-Penn League, a short-season farm team. He went 114-41 in Oneonta, hometown of ESPN's Mark May, and also the place where John Elway played his minor league baseball.


    6) In case you are wondering, Elway hit .318 with a .432 OB% that year, for a 43-33 Oneonta team that was managed by former White Sox CF Ken Berry.


    5) Drew Pomeranz has pitched well for San Diego but they haven't hit much for him; in Pomeranz' last four starts, a total of seven runs have scored.


    4) Stan Musial hit three homers in a game at age 42, the oldest player to do so.


    3) Angels are 22-1 in Mike Trout's career when he scores 3+ runs in a game.


    2) Not only did Texas A&M's basketball team lose four senior starters this year, three of their assistant coaches also bolted for other jobs, so Billy Kennedy is totally rebuilding his program- he hired Don Maestri, who coached Troy State for 30 years and will now be someone Kennedy can lean on for advice. .


    1) Chargers signed Zach Mettenberger as a backup QB; Giants/Bengals also had interest n the former LSU signal-caller. Backing up Philip Rivers seems like good duty; Rivers has started every San Diego game for the last decade.
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    Friday, May 20


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    LOS ANGELES (15 - 22) at WASHINGTON (19 - 18) - 5/20/2016, 7:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    LOS ANGELES is 16-28 ATS (-14.8 Units) as a favorite over the last 3 seasons.
    LOS ANGELES is 80-110 ATS (-41.0 Units) after a win by 10 points or more since 1997.
    LOS ANGELES is 153-194 ATS (-60.4 Units) after scoring 75 points or more since 1997.
    LOS ANGELES is 2-10 ATS (-9.0 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 2 seasons.
    WASHINGTON is 17-7 ATS (+9.3 Units) after a non-conference game over the last 3 seasons.
    WASHINGTON is 279-336 ATS (-90.6 Units) in all games since 1997.


    Head-to-Head Series History
    WASHINGTON is 3-1 against the spread versus LOS ANGELES over the last 3 seasons
    WASHINGTON is 3-1 straight up against LOS ANGELES over the last 3 seasons
    3 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


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    ATLANTA (15 - 19) at INDIANA (26 - 19) - 5/20/2016, 7:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    INDIANA is 15-6 ATS (+8.4 Units) off an upset win as an underdog over the last 3 seasons.
    ATLANTA is 14-5 ATS (+8.5 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.


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


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    SEATTLE (10 - 24) at PHOENIX (22 - 16) - 5/20/2016, 10:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    SEATTLE is 5-15 ATS (-11.5 Units) in road games in May games since 1997.
    SEATTLE is 14-28 ATS (-16.8 Units) in road games when playing with 3 or more days rest since 1997.
    SEATTLE is 69-96 ATS (-36.6 Units) in road games after a division game since 1997.
    PHOENIX is 13-25 ATS (-14.5 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    PHOENIX is 9-18 ATS (-10.8 Units) as a favorite over the last 2 seasons.
    PHOENIX is 12-29 ATS (-19.9 Units) in May games since 1997.


    Head-to-Head Series History
    PHOENIX is 8-1 against the spread versus SEATTLE over the last 3 seasons
    PHOENIX is 9-0 straight up against SEATTLE over the last 3 seasons
    4 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


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    7:00 PM
    ATLANTA vs. INDIANA
    The total has gone OVER in 8 of Atlanta's last 12 games on the road
    Atlanta is 8-16 SU in its last 24 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Indiana's last 5 games when playing Atlanta
    The total has gone OVER in 14 of Indiana's last 17 games at home


    7:00 PM
    LOS ANGELES vs. WASHINGTON
    Los Angeles is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Los Angeles's last 5 games when playing on the road against Washington
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Washington's last 10 games when playing Los Angeles
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington's last 5 games


    10:00 PM
    SEATTLE vs. PHOENIX
    Seattle is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Phoenix
    Seattle is 1-8 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Phoenix
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Phoenix's last 6 games when playing Seattle
    Phoenix is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games




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    Seattle @ Phoenix


    Game 605-606
    May 20, 2016 @ 10:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Seattle
    101.466
    Phoenix
    115.372
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Phoenix
    by 14
    153
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Phoenix
    by 11 1/2
    160 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Phoenix
    (-11 1/2); Under


    Los Angeles @ Washington


    Game 601-602
    May 20, 2016 @ 7:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Los Angeles
    112.032
    Washington
    110.103
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Los Angeles
    by 2
    150
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Los Angeles
    by 6
    155 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Washington
    (+6); Under


    Atlanta @ Indiana


    Game 603-604
    May 20, 2016 @ 7:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Atlanta
    114.656
    Indiana
    110.667
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Atlanta
    by 4
    157
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Indiana
    by 6
    162
    Dunkel Pick:
    Atlanta
    (+6); Under
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    Storm's Bird not ready to walk away yet


    SEATTLE (AP) Sue Bird understands the Seattle Storm are evolving.


    They are moving away from the time when the team was defined by the combination of Bird and Lauren Jackson, arguably the most recognizable set of teammates in the WNBA for nearly a decade, to the period where the team's next generation of No. 1 picks, Jewell Loyd last year and Breanna Stewart this year, are coming to the fore.


    None of this needs to be explained to Bird, even as she remains one of the premier players in the league.


    ''She's a legend,'' Stewart said.


    Bird began her 15th WNBA season last week in Seattle's season-opening loss at Los Angeles. She's now 35 years old, surrounded mostly by young players as the Storm continue to rebuild around Loyd and Stewart, who should eventually be the reason the Storm rediscover success.


    But Bird still remains the American standard for point guards. It's why she's on yet another Olympic team bound for Brazil later this summer. And it's why Bird will be the one to decide when she's ready to walk away from the professional game.


    When she re-signed with Seattle in the offseason, Bird made certain she had a multi-year deal. She didn't want her contract status to determine when the final year of her career arrives.


    ''Truthfully, the way I view it is a one-year plan. Everybody has their own (way). Tamika Catchings is an example of somebody who announced her retirement early. Then Ray Allen is somebody I communicate with and he is somebody that never announced it. Just stopped. But that was what was right for him,'' Bird said.


    ''I think every player when it comes to their retirement only knows how they are going to feel and how they want to do it. And right now what is working for me in my own little mind is a one-year plan. So I'm going to take it one year at a time and see how I feel health-wise and see how I feel mentally even and just go small little portions of time at a time. The multi-year deal, all that really did was not have my retirement (dictated) by a contract. What if I signed a one-year? Everybody would be asking about it. Multi-year just gives me the room to make the decision on my own.''


    Even with Seattle's potential after rebuilding through the draft, Bird has been exposed to a level of losing the past two seasons that she's never faced before in her career. When she arrived in the WNBA as a rookie in 2002, the Storm started on a run of 10 straight seasons of finishing with a .500 record or better, including two league titles. Bird and the Storm won at least 16 games in each of her first 12 seasons in the league.


    The last two years, Seattle has won 22 combined.


    ''Even though last year through all the losing it was still an enjoyable experience, and I knew we would be better and I knew it would be more enjoyable,'' Bird said.


    Bird has started preparing for when the time comes to step away. She did not go to Europe for the second straight offseason and started working as a television analyst for women's college basketball games on ESPN. Bird already sees that as a way to stay connected whenever she decides to retire.


    ''The ESPN stuff has been awesome,'' Bird said. ''It definitely gets your juices flowing. Live television; you have to be on and ready. It's kind of cool in that way.''
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    WNBA Betting Recap: 5/14-5/15
    May 17, 2016


    League Betting Notes (Saturday, May 14 through Sunday, May 15)


    -- Favorites went 6-1 straight up
    -- Favorites went 6-1 against the spread (ATS)
    -- Home teams posted a 4-3 SU record
    -- Road teams posted a 4-3 ATS record
    -- The 'over' went 4-3


    Team & League Betting Notes


    -- Six of the seven outcomes in the first weekend were decided by double digits.


    -- The largest margin took place on Sunday May 15 with the Los Angeles Sparks dominating the Seattle Storm 96-66 in wire-to-wire fashion.


    -- The New York Liberty opened the season with back-to-back victories, beating Washington 87-76 on the road before knocking off Dallas 79-71 at home.


    -- The anticipated showdown between the defending WNBA champions Minnesota Lynx and Phoenix Mercury ended in a blowout. The Lynx hammered the Mercury 96-76 as a four-point home favorite and the ‘over’ (154) connected with help from a big first-half (94 points).


    -- The Dallas Wings, formerly the Tulsa Shock, earned its first win of the season with a 90-79 victory on Saturday over Indiana. The Wings were the only underdog (+4) to cash over weekend.
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    Preview: Sparks (1-0) at Mystics (0-2)
    Date: May 20, 2016 7:00 PM EDT

    The Los Angeles Sparks opened this season in dominant fashion behind a sparkling performance from Candace Parker.


    The Sparks try to continue that momentum in Friday night's opener to a four-game road trip while dropping the Washington Mystics to 0-3.


    Los Angeles blew out Seattle 96-66 on Sunday with Parker scoring 34 points on 12-of-20 shooting. She also had five rebounds, four assists and three steals as the Sparks forced 24 turnovers.


    Parker is perhaps trying to show why it was a mistake to leave her off the United States' Olympic roster for the Rio Games this summer. Los Angeles will try to harness that potential motivation into a successful trek.


    The Sparks are already off to a better start than last year's 0-7 mark, the worst in franchise history, and Parker rested for the first 16 games in 2015. The team also played without Alana Beard, Kristi Toliver and Nneka Ogwumike at times during that miserable beginning.


    Among Los Angeles' early losses last season was an 84-80 defeat at Washington on June 23.


    The Sparks, though, ended a three-game losing streak in the series with a 93-91 victory Sept. 3. Parker registered 26 points, 11 rebounds and six assists while Ogwumike had 24 points and 10 boards.


    This time, they face a Mystics team that struggled to contain its two opponents in a season-opening three-game homestand. Washington fell 87-77 to Dallas on Wednesday and 87-76 to New York on Saturday.


    The Mystics faced a manageable three-point deficit with 3:44 remaining against the Wings but gave up baskets on three straight possessions.


    "We do not have time to dwell on the past because the next (game) is right in front of you," coach Mike Thibault said. "We just have to try and be better next time. I am frustrated with some of the mental breakdowns that have occurred that I think are correctable. I have faith we will figure this out."


    Tayler Hill has scored 20 points in each of the first two games after averaging 7.5 in 2015. Emma Meesseman tallied 19 against Dallas and totaled 39 in last season's series against Los Angeles.


    The Mystics haven't started 0-3 since dropping their first eight games in 2007.
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    Preview: Dream (1-0) at Fever (1-1)
    Date: May 20, 2016 7:00 PM EDT

    It didn't take long for Layshia Clarendon to win over her new teammates and now she can show her former team how much she has improved.


    The Atlanta Dream guard returns to face the Indiana Fever for the first time Friday night after an impressive debut with her new club.


    Atlanta (1-0) acquired Clarendon from Indiana on May 10 in exchange for a second-round pick. She spent her first three seasons with the Fever after being drafted ninth overall in 2013.


    Clarendon came off the bench for 12 points in Saturday's 73-63 overtime win at San Antonio, including a three-point play to start the extra session that put the Dream ahead for good.


    She said there's been no jealousy from Atlanta with the newcomer quickly becoming a key figure.


    "The girls believed in me too, it's not like they're, 'who's this kid who just came in and we're giving her the ball all of a sudden,'" Clarendon said. "I worked really hard in the offseason so I think this is my chance to be (in) my fourth year and really make a name."


    Atlanta held a 12-2 scoring advantage in overtime. Angel McCoughtry led the Dream with 15 points.


    "Overtime it was just about coming out and doing the things that we've been doing," coach Michael Cooper said.


    Rookie first-round pick Bria Holmes had a busy weekend, scoring seven points in her debut one day before she graduated from West Virginia.


    The Fever (1-1) posted their first victory, 97-93 over Phoenix on Wednesday. Shenise Johnson, Erica Wheeler and Devereaux Peters all scored 16 points and Erlana Larkins had 11 and 10 rebounds for her second straight double-double.


    Indiana finished with a franchise-record seven players scoring in double digits.


    "We try to play unselfish offensively and the result is seven players in double figures," Johnson said. "And you know, it won't be that every night but the important thing is that we're moving the ball and that we're playing together."


    Indiana captured three of four 2015 meetings with Atlanta, splitting two at home.
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    5/19 - WNBA THURSDAY'S RESULTS: 1 - 0 - 1
    OVERALL : 14 - 5 - 1



    FRIDAY, MAY 20

    GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS


    ATL at IND 07:00 PM


    ATL +7.0


    U 164.0





    LA at WAS 07:00 PM


    LA -7.0


    O 157.0





    SEA at PHO 10:00 PM


    PHO -11.5


    O 164.0
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    Armadillo: Saturday's six-pack


    Golden Nugget sportsbook's college football over/unders for this coming fall..........


    -- Houston Cougars 9, under -$150


    -- Notre Dame Fighting Irish 9, under -$125


    -- Ohio State Buckeyes, 8.5, over -$115


    -- Tennessee Volunteers, 10


    -- Baylor Bears 9, under -$125


    -- Michigan State Spartans 8.5, under -$130


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    Armadillo: Saturday's List of 13: College football knowledge, and DDLohaus handicaps the Preakness Stakes........


    The Kentucky Derby is behind us and the race really ended as we had expected. Nyquist was all he was said to be; looked great winning the race in a very solid time. The top four favorites covered the top four spots with Exaggerator again the runner up. We couldn't collect on our big bets as Mohaymen could only manage fourth. We did hit the saver exacta but not much joy there....


    The Preakness comes quickly and welcomes a host of newcomers trying to not only beat the Derby winner, but launch themselves into the summer spotlight as the racing season continues to crank up. As I sit here in Delaware, the weather forecast for Saturday is BAD; 90% chance of rain all morning into the afternoon and COLD with a high of 57 degrees. The weather forecast certainly requires a bit of restraint in wagering but also introduces a whole other set of variables when handicapping the race.


    Nyquist is still the horse to beat. As I've said before, he has done nothing wrong and look really good in the Derby. I am convinced that Exaggerator is as honest as they come and he keeps Nyquist honest. If Nyquist doesn't show up, Exaggerator will turn the tables. These two (Nyquist and Exaggerator) are clear standouts in the 3yr old category so far this year; I just don't see a very deep crop of 3yr olds (yet). The problem is that they are both very short odds AND the weather conditions are sure to make conditions anything but ideal. Talent alone, these two run 1-2 but I challenge anyone to say, for sure, how they will respond to adverse conditions on Saturday.


    As is customary, I will throw out a wildcard for you to consider. This runner may be worth a small wager and given the expected weather and track conditions is not a complete reach. Abiding Star is on a bit of a hot streak coming into the Preakness. He has won five in a row and has had success over wet tracks. He will likely be close to the front if not on the lead and may not look back. Distance is a concern and he may be a notch below many in here but horses do get brave sometimes and if he finds himself in front turning for home, the track is heavy and tiring, and the others don't fire their best he may shock at a big price and he would be a nice play underneath the two favorites.


    Selections:
    Nyquist: Deserving favorite and a notch better than the rest (just cant bet a 3/5 in adverse conditions)
    Exaggerator: Honest, hard knocker capable of winning if top one doesn't fire his best (just cant bet a horse that has lost 4 times to top one and short odds)
    Abiding Star: Longshot being tested for class and distance but may get brave on the front end and has handled off tracks.


    The Bets:
    $5WPS Abiding Star
    $5EXBX Abiding Star/Nyquist/Exaggerator
    $2TRIBX Abiding Star/Nyquist/Exagerator


    Total Bets: $57.00


    College football knowledge..........
    13) LSU's new defensive coordinator last worked at Wisconsin; Tigers, who have 18 starters back, open the season Sept 3 against the Badgers at Lambeau Field.


    12) USC plays Alabama, Stanford, Utah in September, none of them at home.


    11) Urban Meyer has a 154-27 record, 50-4 at Ohio State; his defensvie coordinator this year is former Rutgers/Bucs coach Greg Schiano.


    10) Texas A&M recruited only two of the top 20 recruits from the Lone Star State this year- they're on their fourth offensive coordinator in the last five years. Aggies are 16-10 overall the last two years, 17-15 in conference play the last four years.


    9) Contrast that to Oklahoma State, which is 27-12 the last three years; their OC is in his fourth season in Stillwater, their DC is in his sixth season. Continuity helps.


    8) UCLA's freshman kicker JJ Molson is the grandson of Montreal Canadiens' owner, beer magnate Geoff Molson; wonder if they'll be selling Molson beer at the Rose Bowl this year. Having a freshman kicker can drive you to drink.


    7) Michigan State is 36-5 the last three years, but lost top two WRs and their QB who started for three years. Spartans play Notre Dame/Wisconsin on back/back early on in season. Mark D'Antonio is 7-2 against rival Michigan.


    6) Tennessee hasn't won SEC East since 2007; they haven't won the SEC since '98, the year after Peyton Manning left. Vols' over/under win total in Las Vegas this year is 10, so with 18 starters back, Butch Davis' team has high expectations.


    5) Mack Brown was 25-14 his last three years at Texas; Charlie Strong is 11-14 his first two years in Austin. Longhorns gave up 30.3 ppg last year.


    4) Florida State is 49-6 the last four years; only one of their four September games is at home. RB Dalvin Cook won SEC rushing title by 164 yards LY.


    3) Oregon went 9-4 LY, after going 48-5 the four years before that; they lost their bowl game after leading 31-0 at the half. Once again, the Ducks' QB will be a transfer from a I-AA school, this time Dakota Prukop from Montana State.


    2) Ole Miss has its first-ever two-game winning streak over Alabama, which is hard to believe. Rebels play Florida State, Alabama and Georgia, all in September. Oy.


    1) Michigan is 2-14 against Ohio State/Michigan State the last eight years.
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    6:00 PM
    LOS ANGELES vs. NEW YORK
    Los Angeles is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against New York
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Los Angeles's last 5 games
    New York is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Los Angeles
    New York is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games

    7:00 PM
    WASHINGTON vs. CONNECTICUT
    Washington is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Washington's last 16 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Connecticut's last 8 games
    Connecticut is 5-11 ATS in its last 16 games when playing Washington

    8:30 PM
    SAN ANTONIO vs. DALLAS
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Antonio's last 5 games
    San Antonio is 1-3-2 ATS in its last 6 games
    Dallas is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against San Antonio
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Dallas's last 7 games when playing at home against San Antonio
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    LOS ANGELES (15 - 22) at NEW YORK (26 - 14) - 5/21/2016, 6:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    LOS ANGELES is 81-110 ATS (-40.0 Units) after a win by 10 points or more since 1997.
    LOS ANGELES is 154-194 ATS (-59.4 Units) after scoring 75 points or more since 1997.
    NEW YORK is 27-14 ATS (+11.6 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    NEW YORK is 14-5 ATS (+8.5 Units) in May, June, or July games over the last 2 seasons.
    NEW YORK is 10-2 ATS (+7.8 Units) against Western conference opponents over the last 2 seasons.
    NEW YORK is 10-2 ATS (+7.8 Units) in non-conference games over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    NEW YORK is 3-1 against the spread versus LOS ANGELES over the last 3 seasons
    NEW YORK is 3-1 straight up against LOS ANGELES over the last 3 seasons
    3 of 4 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    WASHINGTON (19 - 18) at CONNECTICUT (15 - 19) - 5/21/2016, 7:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    WASHINGTON is 279-337 ATS (-91.7 Units) in all games since 1997.
    WASHINGTON is 176-221 ATS (-67.1 Units) vs. division opponents since 1997.
    WASHINGTON is 13-4 ATS (+8.6 Units) as a road underdog of 3.5 to 6 points over the last 3 seasons.
    CONNECTICUT is 1-8 ATS (-7.8 Units) in home games after a non-conference game over the last 3 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    WASHINGTON is 5-4 against the spread versus CONNECTICUT over the last 3 seasons
    WASHINGTON is 7-2 straight up against CONNECTICUT 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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    SAN ANTONIO (8 - 26) at DALLAS (18 - 18) - 5/21/2016, 8:30 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    SAN ANTONIO is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) as a road underdog of 9.5 to 12 points over the last 3 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    DALLAS is 7-1 against the spread versus SAN ANTONIO over the last 3 seasons
    DALLAS is 5-4 straight up against SAN ANTONIO over the last 3 seasons
    5 of 9 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons
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    Saturday, May 21


    Cleveland @ Toronto

    Game 709-710
    May 21, 2016 @ 8:30 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Cleveland
    132.452
    Toronto
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    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Cleveland
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    194
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
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    Cleveland
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    198 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
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    (-5 1/2); Under
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    Preview: Sparks (2-0) at Liberty (2-0)
    Date: May 21, 2016 6:00 PM EDT

    The New York Liberty have not opened a season with three straight wins in almost a decade.


    It's been even longer since the Los Angeles Sparks accomplished that feat.


    Both have the chance to do so Saturday night when the Liberty try for their first four-game winning streak over the visiting Sparks.


    Paced by star Tina Charles and fourth-year guard Sugar Rodgers, New York is aiming to go 3-0 for the first time since beginning the 2007 season with five consecutive victories.


    "We're just playing hard," Charles said. "It's just hard work you're seeing. We know our roles. It's great."


    Charles and Rodgers have combined for 91 of New York's 166 points, and both scored 24 in Sunday's 79-71 victory over Dallas. Charles pulled down 11 rebounds for a second straight contest to record her 111th double-double in her 200th game.


    Rodgers, who never averaged more than 8.1 points in her first three seasons, has gone 9 of 16 from 3-point range. She led the Liberty with 41 3-pointers in 2015.


    "I'm not surprised, I knew I was capable of doing this it was just about the opportunity," Rodgers told the WNBA's official website. "I have the opportunity now, and I'm just taking advantage of it.


    "I go hard at practice, sprinting the floor. Just always in game mode."


    Rodgers scored a then career-high 23 points in a 79-70 home win over Los Angeles on June 28.


    New York took both 2015 meetings to sweep the season series for the first time since 2010. However, the Liberty didn't have to deal with Candace Parker in either matchup.


    Parker will likely go head-to-head with Charles, who scored 20 when the pair last squared off during the Sparks' most recent win in the series, 68-54 at Madison Square Garden on July 11, 2014. Parker had 14 points in that contest.


    "L.A. presents some tough matchups," New York coach Bill Laimbeer said. "Candace Parker is hard to matchup in herself."


    Looking to open with three straight victories for the first time since going 9-0 in 2003, the Sparks totaled 193 points while winning each of the first two by 30.


    Kristi Toliver went 5 of 6 from beyond the arc to finish with 19 points in Friday's 97-67 rout of Washington. Parker, who opened with 34 points against Seattle last week, scored eight but added nine rebounds and six assists.
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    Preview: Mystics (0-3) at Sun (1-1)
    Date: May 21, 2016 7:00 PM EDT

    The Washington Mystics are off to their worst start in nearly a decade.


    They'll try a fourth time to earn their first victory in this initial road contest Saturday night against the Connecticut Sun.


    With veteran guard Ivory Latta (knee) yet to play and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt and Ally Malott both easing their way back into form from early injuries, Washington (0-3) has struggled to be competitive out of the gate. After dropping the first two by a combined 21 points, the Mystics committed 21 turnovers and allowed Los Angeles to shoot 56.1 percent in Friday's 97-67 defeat.


    Washington lost its first eight in 2007.


    "It's trying to find five people together right now who are playing well at both ends of the court and we're searching a little bit," Washington coach Mike Thibault told the WNBA's official website.


    Tayler Hill tied a career high with 20 points each in the first two games, but went 2 of 9 from the field to finish with eight Friday. Emma Meesseman had 13 points with 11 rebounds.


    Though Hill struggled Friday, Thibault expects the fourth-year guard to play more to form of those first two games.


    "Confidence and doing work, players feel that way when they have put in the work to be good," he said. "She put in the time during the offseason to be a better player. And it shows."


    After totaling 17 points in Washington's first three games against Connecticut in 2015, Hill set her career high with 20 on 7-of-10 shooting off the bench in an 84-73 win Aug. 9.


    The Mystics went 3-1 last season against the Sun (1-1), who open the home portion of their schedule following Thursday's 72-68 victory at San Antonio.


    Despite shooting 41.8 percent and scoring only two points in the first four-plus minutes of the fourth quarter, the Sun prevailed by scoring on three consecutive possessions in the final period. Camille Little scored a team-high 13 in 24 minutes off the bench while Kelsey Bone had 12 points and 10 rebounds.


    "I loved our fight," coach Curt Miller, whose squad regrouped nicely from a 23-point loss at Chicago, told the Sun's official website. "I like the way that we finished."


    Bone averaged 16.8 points in the four games with Washington last season.
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    Preview: Stars (0-2) at Wings (2-1)
    Date: May 21, 2016 8:30 PM EDT

    The WNBA has a major part of its history in the state of Texas with the now-defunct Houston Comets winning the first four titles and the San Antonio Stars coming into existence after moving from Utah in 2003.


    Now the Dallas/Fort Worth area is finally getting a chance to experience all the excitement the league has to offer.


    The Dallas Wings are off to a strong start and play their first home game Saturday night as they seek to drop the Stars to 0-3.


    Dallas (2-1) is the third reincarnation of the franchise that began as the Detroit Shock and moved to Tulsa before the current move to Texas. The franchise is expected to flourish with one of the league's most marketable stars in Skylar Diggins and a region teeming with outstanding girls' basketball that produced current San Antonio rookie Moriah Jefferson, the second overall pick out of the University of Connecticut.


    The Wings enjoyed a successful three-game trip to start the season despite playing without Diggins, who is recovering from ACL surgery. Her status for Saturday is not known.


    Odyssey Sims scored 22 points and Erin Phillips added 16 in Wednesday's 87-77 victory at Washington.


    "I thought tonight was a good challenge for us," coach Fred Williams told the club's official website. "Very pleased how the young ladies stepped up on this road trip."


    Sims, averaging a team-high 16.7 points, is another local product who starred at MacArthur High School in nearby Irving.


    She had a stellar prep career as did Jefferson, who was born in Dallas and played her high school basketball under unusual circumstances since she was home schooled. Jefferson became the first Texas recruit to play at UConn for legendary coach Geno Auriemma.


    Jefferson has totaled 15 points on 5-of-17 shooting while making the adjustment to the next level. She and the Stars are still seeking their first victory after falling 72-68 to Connecticut on Thursday.


    Dearica Hamby scored 16 points to lead San Antonio, ranked 12th in the AP WNBA power poll.


    The Wings are ranked seventh. They won three of four meetings last season from San Antonio as the Shock.
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    Six of the my favorite baseball announce teams to listen to on the baseball package


    -- Brian Anderson/Bill Schroeder, Brewers


    -- Victor Rojas/Mark Gubicza, Angels


    -- Don Orsillo/Mark Grant, Padres


    -- Dick Bremer/Bert Blyleven, Twins


    -- Drew Goodman/Jeff Huson or Ryan Spliborghs, Rockies


    -- Jason Bennetti/Steve Stone, White Sox


    Other analysts I think are very good: Ron Darling (Mets), Bob Brenly (Arizona) and Ray Fosse (A's). Not that fond of their play-by-play partners, though.


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


    13) Milwaukee Brewer TV announcers were telling a story about last July 31, when the Mets/Brewers almost made a trade at the deadline. Milwaukee brass told Carlos Gomez he had been traded to the Mets, he was shaking hands with teammates, saying his goodbyes but then the trade fell through.


    12) Mets wound up trading for Yoenis Cespedes instead, which worked out really well for them, as they got to the World Series. Gomez wound up getting dealt to the Astros, where he has struggled greatly.


    11) As far as baseball eliminating the four pitches for the intentional walk, last year in the major leagues there were 951 intentional walks in 2,430 games, so eliminating those four pitches isn't going to be a huge time-saver.


    10) Ichiro Suzuki had his 253rd game with 3+ hits last night, most amongst active players. Ichiro now has 2,954 hits in his 16 big league seasons.


    9) I've got no idea why, but people in Chicago do not like ketchup on hot dogs. White Sox announcers were discussing this the other night and back in 2003, a friend of mine actually got mad at me for asking for ketchup at a Chicago hot dog stand.


    I dislike mustard and relish but if I knew the ketchup was going to cause a problem, I would've eaten the weiner plain.


    8) A batter who hits a sacrifice fly isn't charged with an at-bat, but a batter who knocks in a run with a ground out is-- why is this? Whats the difference?


    7) Marlins 3, Nationals 2-- Washington had bases loaded, no one out in ninth inning but couldn't tie game. Miami is now 3.5 games behind Washington in NL East.


    6) Jim Baron is retiring as basketball coach at Canisius at age 62; he has been a very good coach at a number of places: Canisius, St Bonaventure, URI, St Francis, PA.


    Few years ago, I was sitting in front of coach Baron at an AAU tournament here in Albany- his son was playing. It was a close game against a local team, and at the end of the game, the hometown refs gave the local team a couple calls and they won.


    Coach Baron had been pretty low-key during the game but when his son's team got hosed at the end and lost, he was steamed and he went after the offending ref to give him a piece of his mind. He did quickly and fairly quietly but believe me, the guy who made the calls deserved to get ripped.


    Anyway, good luck in retirement coach. Canisius will miss you. .


    5) 164 undergraduates declared for this year's NBA Draft; many have returned to college, but there are only 60 picks in the draft, so add in seniors and kids from other countries and a lot of kids are going to wind up very disappointed.


    4) Toronto's Bismack Biyombo is going to make a fortune as a free agent this summer and when he does, remember this: last night in Game 3 against Cleveland, Biyombo had 15 rebounds before he took his first shot of the game. Guys like that are worth their weight in gold, if you want to have a winning team.


    3) Jack McDowell threw 10+ complete games three years in a row, the last pitcher to do that and that was back in 1991-93. Will probably never happen again.


    2) Major league baseball wants more balls in play; approximately 30% of plate appearances are ending in walks/strikeouts. Baseball's head honchos want more action, so they're going to raise the strike zone some, hoping it'll result in more balls put in play, which makes the game more interesting. We'll see how that goes.


    1) RIP Alan Young 96, the actor who played Wilbur Post on the classic TV show Mr Ed, passed away this week. It is not easy to be a straight man for a talking horse; that was one of my favorite TV shows as a kid. Yes, I said a talking horse, but he only talked to Wilbur, which caused problems with Wilbur's wife Carol.


    Just loved Mr Ed, whether he was driving a delivery truck or taking batting practice against Sandy Koufax (yes, Koufax tossed a meatball to a horse, with manager Leo Durocher watching). Spent many hours laughing with this show. RIP, sir.
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    CHICAGO (22 - 15) at ATLANTA (15 - 19) - 5/22/2016, 3:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    CHICAGO is 2-10 ATS (-9.0 Units) after a non-conference game over the last 2 seasons.
    CHICAGO is 16-31 ATS (-18.1 Units) after allowing 75 points or more over the last 3 seasons.
    CHICAGO is 8-17 ATS (-10.7 Units) after scoring 75 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
    ATLANTA is 20-8 ATS (+11.2 Units) as an underdog over the last 3 seasons.


    Head-to-Head Series History
    CHICAGO is 7-5 against the spread versus ATLANTA over the last 3 seasons
    CHICAGO is 8-4 straight up against ATLANTA over the last 3 seasons
    8 of 12 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


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    MINNESOTA (29 - 15) at SEATTLE (10 - 24) - 5/22/2016, 7:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    MINNESOTA is 1-8 ATS (-7.8 Units) in road games when playing with 3 or more days rest over the last 3 seasons.
    SEATTLE is 111-77 ATS (+26.3 Units) in home games vs. division opponents since 1997.
    SEATTLE is 33-53 ATS (-25.3 Units) off an upset win as an underdog since 1997.


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


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    3:00 PM
    CHICAGO vs. ATLANTA
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 6 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
    Chicago is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
    Atlanta is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Chicago
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Atlanta's last 7 games when playing Chicago


    7:00 PM
    MINNESOTA vs. SEATTLE
    Minnesota is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
    Minnesota is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Seattle
    Seattle is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Seattle's last 5 games


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    WNBA
    Dunkel


    Sunday, May 22




    Chicago @ Atlanta


    Game 601-602
    May 22, 2016 @ 3:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Chicago
    116.734
    Atlanta
    110.309
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Chicago
    by 6 1/2
    173
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Chicago
    by 4
    169
    Dunkel Pick:
    Chicago
    (-4); Over


    Minnesota @ Seattle


    Game 603-604
    May 22, 2016 @ 7:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Minnesota
    121.729
    Seattle
    107.515
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Minnesota
    by 14
    153
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Minnesota
    by 9
    158 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Minnesota
    (-9); Under
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    Preview: Sky (1-1) at Dream (1-1)
    Date: May 22, 2016 3:00 PM EDT

    Elena Delle Donne's usual high-powered performance in her return from an illness wasn't enough to keep the Chicago Sky unbeaten ahead of their first road game this season.


    The Sky seek to bounce back Sunday while spoiling the Atlanta Dream's home opener.


    Delle Donne had 28 points on 12-of-20 shooting Wednesday in her season debut, but Chicago lost 97-80 to reigning champion Minnesota. With 18 points, Cappie Pondexter was the only other Sky starter in double figures and one of three overall for the team.


    Chicago (1-1) opened the season with a 93-70 victory against Connecticut on May 14 while Delle Donne, last season's league MVP, sat out.


    Delle Donne, who led the WNBA with 23.4 points per game in 2015, averaged 32.7 and 9.7 rebounds in her three games against Atlanta (1-1). She tallied a career-high 45 points and 11 boards in 100-96 overtime home victory June 24.


    Chicago won the final three of its four matchups with the Dream and earned a 98-96 victory in Atlanta on Aug. 29 while Delle Donne sat out because of an ailing foot. The Sky have won in four of their last five visits, including two in the 2014 playoffs.


    The Dream also dropped their latest game, 94-85 to Indiana on Friday, and couldn't overcome a 15-point deficit in the final seven minutes. Layshia Clarendon scored a career-high 19 points while matching Tiffany Hayes for the team lead.


    The two players also combined for 10 of Atlanta's 21 turnovers, and the Fever registered 17 steals.


    "It was our inefficiency to come down and make the right play," coach Michael Cooper said. "I think we were just throwing the ball in too loose. When you do that, good teams capitalize on it."


    Angel McCoughtry has scored 15 in each of the first two games, including a 73-63 overtime win against San Antonio on May 14, and is off the pace from her 20.1 per game in 2015. She averaged 24.8 points in the four games against Chicago and had a season-high 34 in the overtime loss.


    She also had 33 points and 11 rebounds in the final matchup in 2015.


    Atlanta was 9-8 at home last season and finished 15-19 overall while missing the playoffs for the first time since its inaugural 2008 campaign. The Dream were 13-4 on their own floor in each of the previous two campaigns.




    WNBA HEAD TO HEAD


    Aug 29, 2015 Score ATS Results
    CHI 98 Over: 194
    ATL 96 Cover: 0
    Tools: Recaps


    Jul 21, 2015 Score ATS Results
    ATL 92 Cover: 4.5
    CHI 97 Over: 189
    Tools: Recaps


    Jun 24, 2015 Score ATS Results
    ATL 96 Cover: 4.5
    CHI 100 Over: 196
    Tools: Recaps


    Jun 19, 2015 Score ATS Results
    CHI 73 Under: 147
    ATL 74 Cover: 4.5
    Tools: Recaps
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