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    Preview: Sky (6-12) at Wings (9-11)
    Date: July 16, 2017 4:30 PM EDT


    Allie Quigley and the Chicago Sky look to keep the WNBA's longest winning streak going when they visit Skylar Diggins-Smith and the Dallas Wings on Sunday afternoon at College Park Center in Arlington, Texas.


    Although Chicago (6-12) owns the worst record in the Eastern Conference and the second-worst mark in the league, the Sky have won three in a row -- including a home win over Dallas (9-11).


    Quigley, the league's 12th-leading scorer averaging 16 points per game, had 22 points to lead Chicago past Dallas 90-84 on Wednesday. Jessica Breland added 12 points and 12 rebounds.


    Diggins-Smith, whose 17.9 points per game ranks eighth in the league, paced the Wings with a team-high 20 points and Allisha Gray added 18 in defeat.


    Dallas was held to 39.2 percent shooting and allowed Chicago to make 12 of 25 3-pointers. The Wings were done in by a poor third quarter in which they were outscored 32-13.


    Quigley was limited to 10 points on 4-of-13 shooting in Friday's game in New York, but that didn't keep the Sky from topping the Liberty 78-68.


    Stefanie Dolson led the way with 23 points and Courtney Vandersloot, back from overseas playing commitments, added 13 points and nine assists to keep Chicago's win streak rolling.


    "It's big going into this four-game road trip we have," Vandersloot told reporters. "We were running out of time. We were saying we'd put it together and now it seems like we are."


    Vandersloot is averaging 16.7 points and 11.3 assists during the team's winning streak.


    Chicago's winning streak began with a surprising 100-76 win over the Western Conference powerhouse Minnesota Lynx on July 8, marking the Sky's first home victory of the season.


    Dallas has dropped two straight and three of four entering its matchup with Chicago, but is still averaging the fourth-most points in the league at 84.3.


    Chicago is fourth-to-last in the league in scoring, averaging 78.7 points.


    The three-game season series between the Sky and Wings concludes Aug. 30 at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill.




    WNB HEAD TO HEAD


    Jul 12, 2017 Score ATS Results
    DAL 84 Over: 174
    CHI « 90 Cover: 9.5
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    Aug 28, 2016 Score ATS Results
    CHI « 92 Cover: 8.5
    DAL 85 Over: 177
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    Jul 15, 2016 Score ATS Results
    DAL 0 Cover: 6
    CHI « 0 Under: 0
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    May 29, 2016 Score ATS Results
    CHI « 92 Cover: 3.5
    DAL 87 Over: 179
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    Preview: Mercury (11-7) at Lynx (14-2)
    Date: July 16, 2017 7:00 PM EDT


    There will be no battle of elite centers sequel on Sunday in St. Paul, Minn.


    Brittney Griner, Phoenix's star center, will miss three to four weeks after being injured Friday in the fourth quarter of the Mercury's 88-71 home loss to the Minnesota Lynx.


    The two teams meet again on Sunday at Xcel Energy Center.


    Griner, the WNBA's leading scorer (22.3 points per game), sustained "a left knee bone bruise and a right ankle sprain," according to the team's website.


    Griner left the game with 8:49 left. She had 15 points and four rebounds for the Mercury.


    Angel Robinson is expected to replace Griner in the starting lineup. The 6-foot-6 Robinson had eight rebounds in her debut, a June 30 loss to Minnesota.


    "I love rebounding and defense," Robinson told the paper. "We have a great offensive team with BG (Griner) and Diana Taurasi. It's just do your part and don't overdo it."


    "All the post players have to step up," Phoenix coach Sandy Brondello told the Arizona Republic. "No one person is going to replace Brittney. We need all three of them to bring different looks and rebounding every single game. It's a great opportunity for Angel. She's still trying to find her feet and get more integrated into our system. That will happen the more court time she gets.


    "I believe in this team. We have enough depth, but we're replacing a pretty special player. The next few games will tell. These girls will compete hard. Hopefully we can hang in there until BG gets back. That's all we can do."


    Friday's loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Mercury (11-7), who had not lost since the previous matchup with the Lynx.


    Minnesota's elite center, Sylvia Fowles, had 18 points and 10 rebounds in the win.


    "The physicality that she receives every night, the attention that she's going to draw because of how well she's playing, it's much harder than it even appears for you to keep your head in those situations," teammate Maya Moore said of Fowles, according to the Star Tribune. "We always try to be there for her and remind her, 'It's going to come, it's going to come.' That's just a testament of who she is."


    The Lynx (14-2) bounced back from their second loss of the season -- a 100-76 thrashing at Chicago that came on the heels of their showdown win over the Los Angeles Sparks, who beat Minnesota in last season's WNBA Finals.


    "After our disappointing effort last weekend, we just got back to the basics," Moore told the Star Tribune, "and really just ... reminded ourselves of who we are in some of the staples on defense."


    Minnesota now has nine straight wins against Phoenix. The Lynx hold a two-game advantage in the Western Conference over second-place Los Angeles, with the Mercury another two games back in third.


    Both teams play Wednesday -- Phoenix at home against Indiana, Minnesota hosting Dallas -- prior to next weekend's All-Star break.




    WNB HEAD TO HEAD


    Jul 14, 2017 Score ATS Results
    MIN « 88 Cover: 10.5
    PHO 71 Under: 159
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    Jun 30, 2017 Score ATS Results
    MIN « 91 Cover: 0.5
    PHO 83 Over: 174
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    Oct 2, 2016 Score ATS Results
    MIN « 82 Cover: 13
    PHO 67 Under: 149
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    Sep 30, 2016 Score ATS Results
    PHO 86 Over: 182
    MIN « 96 Cover: 3
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    Sep 28, 2016 Score ATS Results
    PHO 95 Over: 208
    MIN « 113 Cover: 12
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    Jun 7, 2016 Score ATS Results
    PHO 81 Cover: 2.5
    MIN « 89 Over: 170
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    May 25, 2016 Score ATS Results
    MIN « 85 Cover: 3
    PHO 78 Under: 163
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    May 14, 2016 Score ATS Results
    PHO 76 Over: 171
    MIN « 95 Cover: 15
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    SUNDAY, JULY 16


    GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS


    SA at CONN 03:00 PM


    SA +14.0


    O 161.5



    WAS at NY 03:00 PM


    NY -2.5


    U 155.5



    CHI at DAL 04:30 PM


    CHI +6.5


    O 172.0



    PHO at MIN 07:00 PM


    MIN -14.5


    U 163.5
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    July 16, 2017



    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Sylvia Fowles scored 18 points and the Minnesota Lynx used an 18-0 run in the third quarter to beat the Phoenix Mercury 81-66 on Sunday night.


    Minnesota (15-2), off to the best start in franchise history, beat the Mercury 88-71 in Phoenix on Friday night.


    Jia Perkins scored a season-high 13 points, Rebekkah Brunson added 11 and Plenette Pierson and Renee Montgomery had 10 points apiece for the Lynx.


    Fowles converted a 3-point play and then made a layup to give Minnesota the lead for good and spark the decisive run that made it 67-51 when Renee Montgomery hit two free throws with 50 seconds left in the third quarter. The Lynx led by double figures the rest of the way.


    Phoenix (11-8) shot 58.3 percent from the field and hit 10 of 12 free-throw attempts in the first half but made just 10 of 36 (27.8 percent) shots from the field after the break.


    Rookie Yvonne Turner scored a career high 18 points for the Mercury. Brittney Griner and Diana Taurasi, who combine to average more than 40 points per game, did not play for Phoenix. Griner was injured in the fourth quarter of Friday's loss and is expected to miss 3-4 weeks. Taurasi didn't travel with the team in order to rest.


    WINGS 112, SKY 106, 2OT

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Skylar Diggins-Smith had 26 points, Kaela Davis added a career-high 23 and Dallas overcame an 11-point deficit to beat Chicago in double overtime.


    Karima Christmas-Kelly scored 17 points, Glory Johnson had 12 points and nine rebounds, and Kayla Thornton added 11 points - all in the fourth quarter and overtime - for Dallas (10-11).


    Chicago's Stephanie Dolson made a layup to tie it with 2:34 to play, but Davis and Theresa Plaisance made layups and Diggins-Smith hit two free throws as the Sky went scoreless down the stretch.


    Dolson had a career-high 26 points and 10 rebounds, Jessica Breland scored a season-high 23 points and Allie Quigley added 22 for Chicago (6-13). Courtney Vandersloot had 10 points, 10 assists, seven rebounds and a career-best tying five steals.


    Dallas took its first lead when Glory Johnson's putback made it 81-80 with 2:34 left in regulation and Thornton's offensive rebound and layup with three seconds to go forced overtime. Diggins-Smith hit a contested 3 to tie it with 2.3 seconds left in overtime.


    Chicago had its three-game win streak snapped.


    SUN 89, STARS 75


    UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) - Courtney Williams scored 15 points to lead a balanced Connecticut offense and the Sun beat San Antonio.


    Jasmine Thomas, Jonquel Jones and Alyssa Thomas added 13 points apiece, Alyssa Thomas had nine rebounds for the Sun (12-8). They have won 11 of their last 14 after losing five of six to open the season.


    Kayla McBride's layup gave San Antonio (2-17) a seven-point lead 30 seconds into the second half, but Connecticut used a 26-4 run - during which the Stars went scoreless for nearly 3 1/2 minutes - to take a 61-46 lead seven minutes later. Williams scored 10 points during that stretch and the Sun led by double figures the rest of the way.


    Isabelle Harrison led San Antonio with 17 points, McBride had 14, and Kelsey Plum added 11. Plum, the first pick in the draft and the NCAA career scoring leader, has scored in double figures in three of the last four games after failing to do so in the first 12 games of her career.


    LIBERTY 88, MYSTICS 55


    NEW YORK (AP) - Bria Hartley scored 15 points to help New York beat short-handed Washington.


    Sugar Rodgers added 14 points coming off the bench for the Liberty (9-9), who jumped out to a 16-point lead at the end of the first quarter.


    Emma Meesseman scored 19 points for the Mystics (11-9). They were missing star Elena Delle Donne because of right ankle injury.
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    Monday’s six-pack


    — Nationals 14, Reds 4— Washington outscored Reds 29-11 the last three days.


    — Dodgers 3, Marlins 2— LA won its last nine games, is now 64-29


    — Cubs 8, Orioles 0— Quintana had 12 K’s, allowed three baserunners in seven IP


    — Braves 7, Arizona 1— Atlanta has found its way back to .500 (45-45).


    — A’s 7, Indians 3— Trevor Bauer threw 43 pitches, never finished the first inning.


    — RIP Martin Landau 89, who passed away Sunday. A great actor; he played the law professor in Rounders. His scenes with Matt Damon were tremendous.


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    Monday’s List of 13: Wrapping up a sports weekend……



    13) Being an A’s fan isn’t as fun as it used to be; Oakland had a great walk-off win Saturday night- they’re 6-2 in their last eight games, but then Sunday they traded Doolittle/Madson to Washington, for two Class A prospects and Blake Treinen, who if he was any good, this trade wouldn’t have happened.


    I mentioned the other day how the A’s had roughly $24.5M on the books for 2018-20, total; well, dealing Doolittle/Madsen eliminates about half of that amount.


    It is now an annual event, like the swallows returning to Capistrano; the A’s don’t contend, then they sell some of their decent players for minor leaguers in July, then are lousy the rest of the year, they make excuses about being a small market team. Oy.


    On July 31, 2014, the then-contending A’s traded Yoenis Cespedes for free agent-to-be Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes- since that genius move, Oakland is 200-270, but no one in the front office gets fired. Coaches on field get fired; they don’t create the roster. Go figure.


    12) A’s social media was working overtime after the trade was announced, liking every positive tweet that ran after the walk-off win Saturday night, trying to create positive vibes.


    Positive vibes come from having a contending team, or at least trying to have one.


    11) NL Wild Card race is going to get crazy; Rockies are 6-15 in their last 21 games; Arizona is 3-11 in its last 14 games, as the Dodgers pull away in the NL West. The Wild Card pack is going to catch up quickly unless the Rockies/D’Backs wake up.


    10) Christopher Kamka on Twitter pointed out that Jose Quintana is 9th guy to pitch for both Cubs/White Sox in same season; last one was Matt Karchner, in 1998.


    9) I’m adamant that when a player assists on a 3-point basket, he should get 1.5 assists; just like if a pass leads to free throws, he should get half an assist for each foul shot made.


    8) Phillies-Brewers wore late 70’s/early 80’s throwbacks this weekend; Phillies wore light blue road unis, which lot of teams wore back then.


    They closed the roof at Miller Park in the 2nd inning, which according to Brewers’ TV guys, changes how fly balls carry in the park. Ryan Braun struggled on a fly ball right after the roof closed. Once the roof is closed during a game, it cannot be re-opened during the game.


    7) 7-foot and 8-foot high outfield fences are awesome in baseball, because guys can rob home runs. Marcell Ozuna made a great catch Sunday, robbing Kike Hernandez of a homer in the sixth inning. Check out MLB Network for highlights; you worry when a fielder climbs a chain-link fence- you don’t want his cleats to stick in there, but this was a tremendous play.


    6) Chris Paul’s AAU team won the Peach Jam tournament in Augusta this weekend, which is a very good tournament. Decent amount of NBA players sponsor AAU teams.


    5) Jordan Spieth’s brother Steven is on the Dallas Mavericks’ squad in the Las Vegas summer league. Steven went to college at Brown; he had 5 points against the Celtics Saturday night.


    4) Odd Stats of the Day: The Cubs have won their last 13 games played on July 15.


    Mets won their last 18 games when one of their pitchers homers in that game.


    3) Seattle Mariners’ catcher Mike Zunino grew up in Florida; was he destined to play for Seattle? He played for Mariner High School is Cape Coral, FL.


    2) Jed Lowrie makes $6.5M; he is now the Oakland A’s highest-paid player, which means he will be gone too, soon. Sonny Gray makes $3,575,000 a year; he better not get traded unless they get back really, really strong prospects in return. Good starting pitchers are invaluable.


    1) Another Bastille Day passes with no mention of Sebastian Cabot, who played Mr French on the 60’s sitcom Family Affair. Who was more French than Mr French?
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    SCHEDULE FOR MONDAY JULY 17, 2017
    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    10:30 PM Indiana Fever Los Angeles Sparks Staples Center

    SCHEDULE FOR TUESDAY JULY 18, 2017

    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    11:30 AM San Antonio Stars Atlanta Dream McCamish Pavilion
    9:00 PM Chicago Sky Seattle Storm KeyArena

    SCHEDULE FOR WEDNESDAY JULY 19, 2017

    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    11:00 AM Connecticut Sun New York Liberty Madison Square Garden
    11:30 AM Atlanta Dream Washington Mystics Verizon Center
    1:00 PM Dallas Wings Minnesota Lynx Target Center
    3:30 PM Indiana Fever Phoenix Mercury Talking Stick Resort Arena

    SCHEDULE FOR THURSDAY JULY 20, 2017

    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    3:30 PM Chicago Sky Los Angeles Sparks Staples Center
    8:00 PM Indiana Fever San Antonio Stars AT&T Center

    SCHEDULE FOR SATURDAY JULY 22, 2017

    Time (ET) Away Home Site
    3:30 PM East All Stars West All Stars KeyArena

    Updated Mon Jul 17 12:04 AM EDT



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    LEAGUE STANDINGS


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



    #1 Minnesota Lynx15 2 0.882 - 9-0 7-1 8-1 8-2 W 2


    #2 Los Angeles Sparks13 5 0.722 2.5 5-3 8-0 5-5 8-2 W 1


    #3 Connecticut Sun12 8 0.600 4.5 6-3 5-3 7-5 7-3 W 1


    #4 Phoenix Mercury11 8 0.579 5 4-6 6-5 5-3 6-4 L 2


    #5 Washington Mystics11 9 0.550 5.5 8-2 7-2 4-7 4-6 L 1


    #6 New York Liberty9 9 0.500 6.5 2-5 6-4 3-5 4-6 W 1


    #7 Dallas Wings10 11 0.476 7 5-5 6-5 4-6 6-4 W 1


    #8 Seattle Storm9 10 0.474 7 4-3 7-5 2-5 4-6 W 1


    #9 Atlanta Dream8 10 0.444 7.5 4-6 5-3 3-7 4-6 L 2


    #10 Indiana Fever7 11 0.389 8.5 4-4 5-5 2-6 4-6 L 4


    #11 Chicago Sky6 13 0.316 10 3-7 2-7 4-6 4-6 L 1


    #12 San Antonio Stars2 17 0.105 14 0-10 1-8 1-9 2-8 L 1
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    WNBA July Record:


    Date.................... W-L-T................... % ...................Units Record


    07/16/2017............7-0-1...........100.00%......................+35.00
    07/15/2017............2-0-0............100.00%.....................+10.00
    07/14/2017............0-6-0................0.00%......................-33.00
    07/13/2017............0-2-0................0.00%......................-11.00
    07/12/2017............0-2-0................0.00%......................-11.00
    07/09/2017............1-3-0...............25.00%.....................-11.50
    07/08/2017............4-2-0...............66.67%......................+9.00
    07/07/2017............2-2-0...............50.00%.......................-0.20
    07/06/2017............0-4-0.................0.00%.....................-22.00
    07/05/2017........... 5-1-0 ...............83.33%................... +19.50
    07/02/2017........... 2-2-0............... 50.00% ......................-0.20
    07/01/2017........... 0-4-0................. 0.00%.................... -22.00


    Totals:...............23 - 29 - 1...........44.23%%.....................- 37.40
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    Monday, July 17



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    INDIANA (7 - 11) at LOS ANGELES (13 - 5) - 7/17/2017, 10:30 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    LOS ANGELES is 2-18 ATS (-17.8 Units) as a home favorite of 12.5 to 15 points since 1997.
    LOS ANGELES is 5-25 ATS (-22.5 Units) as a home favorite of 12.5 to 18 points since 1997.
    LOS ANGELES is 6-25 ATS (-21.5 Units) as a home favorite of 12.5 or more points since 1997.
    LOS ANGELES is 61-90 ATS (-38.0 Units) in a home game where where the total is greater than or equal to 150 since 1997.
    LOS ANGELES is 91-121 ATS (-42.1 Units) after a win by 10 points or more since 1997.
    LOS ANGELES is 172-220 ATS (-70.0 Units) after scoring 75 points or more since 1997.
    LOS ANGELES is 10-20 ATS (-12.0 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 2 seasons.
    LOS ANGELES is 85-118 ATS (-44.8 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game since 1997.

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

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    Trend Report
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    10:30 PM
    INDIANA vs. LOS ANGELES
    Indiana is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
    Indiana is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Los Angeles's last 7 games when playing Indiana
    Los Angeles is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Indiana




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    DUNKEL'S HIGHLIGHTED GAME


    Indiana at Los Angeles - Monday July 17, 2017



    The Fever head to Los Angeles tonight where they are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games versus the Sparks. Indiana is the pick (+15) according to Dunkel, which has the Sparks favored by only 11. Dunkel Pick: Indiana (+15).




    MONDAY JULY 17, 2017


    Indiana
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    Game 601-602
    July 17, 2017 @ 10:30 pm


    Dunkel Rating: Indiana
    104.789
    Los Angeles
    115.670
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total: Los Angeles
    by 11
    153
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total: Los Angeles
    by 15
    159 1/2
    Dunkel Pick: Indiana
    (+15); Under
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    Preview: Fever (7-11) at Sparks (13-5)
    Date: July 17, 2017 10:30 PM EDT


    Los Angeles Sparks coach Brian Agler is beginning to see something familiar in Nneka Ogwumike.


    "I think the last couple of games, you're starting to see the games she had a year ago when she was MVP," Agler told the website Swish Appeal ahead of the Sparks' game against the Indiana Fever on Monday at Staples Center in Los Angeles. "Where she was just so persistent around the basket, she was so tough to defend, she was on the boards, and she can hit threes now. She can step out, stretch the defense and hit 3-point shots."


    Ogwumike had 29 points for the Sparks in an 87-77 home win over the Connecticut Sun on Friday. Connecticut had won five in a row before Los Angeles (13-5) overcame a 14-point, first-half deficit.


    "They were hitting shots early and they put us on our heels a little bit," Agler said. "We dug down a little bit better defensively, got some stops, started playing in transition and were able to take a one-point lead. I was really proud of how we showed a lot of persistence and resiliency."


    Candace Parker, who the previous night won an ESPY award for Best WNBA Player, had a bounce-back performance with 20 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Parker had been held to two and 10 points in her previous two games.


    "When (Parker is) really engaged, she's a facilitator as much as she is a scorer and a rebounder," Agler told the website. "The way I look at things is that the real elite players play elite, but they also make their teammates better. That's what Candace does. She can get shots for other people -- just like that big three that Riquna (Williams) hit. So, she sees the floor so well and of course the combination of her and Nneka. They bring the best out of each other."


    The Fever (7-11) will arrive at Staples Center on a four-game losing streak. Indiana, which lost to the Sparks 84-73 at home on June 24, are 10th overall in the league standings.


    In its most recent loss, 72-58 to the Washington Mystics on Friday, Indiana shot just 27.3 percent from the field.


    "It's easy to look at the stat sheet and talk about the shots you didn't make, but the next layer is to think about the shots you did not take because you turned it over 18 times and they scored 24 points off of them," Fever coach Pokey Chatman told the Indianapolis Star. "This is not coach-speak, this is just peeling back the layers, and facts only. You can be a fan and look at percentages, or you can be an elite-level player and look at areas of the game that you can affect and take away."


    The Fever's western swing will take the team to Phoenix on Wednesday, San Antonio on Thursday and Dallas on July 25.


    Los Angeles, in the middle of a four-game homestand, hosts Chicago on Thursday afternoon.




    WNB HEAD TO HEAD


    Jun 24, 2017 Score ATS Results
    LOS « 84 Cover: 5
    IND 73 Under: 157
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    May 24, 2017 Score ATS Results
    LOS 90 Over: 183
    IND « 93 Cover: 9.5
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    Sep 4, 2016 Score ATS Results
    IND 81 Cover: 1.5
    LOS « 88 Over: 169
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    Jul 19, 2016 Score ATS Results
    LOS 82 Over: 174
    IND « 92 Cover: 15
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    Jul 6, 2016 Score ATS Results
    IND 88 Cover: 5.5
    LOS « 94 Over: 182
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    MONDAY, JULY 17


    GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS


    IND at LA 10:30 PM


    IND +14.5


    U 158.0
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    Sparks hand Fever 5th straight loss, 80-62
    July 17, 2017



    LOS ANGELES (AP) Chelsea Gray scored 16 points while Nneka Ogwumike added 14 points and 12 rebounds to help the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Indiana Fever 80-62 on Monday night.


    Odyssey Sims' three-point play capped Los Angeles' 16-2 second-quarter run to build a 42-29 lead and Indiana only scored 12 points in the third. The Fever went on a 7-0 run in the fourth to pull to 68-59 but Gray answered with a jumper, and Riquna Williams' steal and fast-break layup extended Los Angeles' lead to 13 points.


    Candace Parker had 14 points and nine rebounds for Los Angeles (14-5). Alana Beard scored five points to reach 4,500 career points.


    Briann January scored 12 points for Indiana (7-12), which has lost five straight. The Fever made six of their seven 3s in the first half.


    It was the first regular season game on a Monday since these two teams played each other on July 28, 2014.
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    Tuesday’s six-pack

    Odds to win the British Open this week……..


    12-1— Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth


    15-1— Sergio Garcia, Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm


    20-1— McIlroy-Matsuyama-Rose-Fleetwood


    25-1— Jason Day, Henrik Stenson


    30-1— Scott-Koepka-Mickelson-Casey


    40-1— Thomas-Ossthuizen-Pieters-Noren


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    Tuesday’s List of 13: Nobody asked me, but…….


    13) Carolina Panthers fired their GM Monday, 8 days before training camp opens. Panthers had a 40-23-1 record while Dave Gettleman was the GM, playing in the Super Bowl two years ago.


    Former Panthers Steve Smith/DeAngelo Williams openly gloated about the firing on Twitter. Gettleman was (obviously) not well-liked by the players on the Panthers.


    Must be an interesting story behind all this, then again, Carolina owner Jerry Richardson also fired his two sons when they worked for the Panthers.


    12) Kansas City Chiefs fired their GM last month; also odd timing. You would think this is a down time for NFL teams, just before camp starts, yet two teams canned their GMs. Go figure.


    11) Houston Rockets’ owner Leslie Alexander put the team up for sale Monday; he’s owned the Rockets for 24 years. No one saw this coming, not even people who work for the team.


    Rockets just traded for Chris Paul, gave James Harden a huge contract extension- they’re the most popular NBA team in Asia (because of Yao Ming) so that inflates the value of the franchise a decent amount. Last thing I saw had them ranked the 7th-most valuable NBA franchise.


    10) Red Sox have been shut out eight times this year; five of the eight games were Rick Porcello starts. Boston-Royals-Angels-Giants have all been shut out eight times, most in MLB this year.


    9) As of late Sunday night, Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas had taken 56 bets on whether or not the Lakers will make the playoffs this coming season. All 56 bets were “yes”.


    8) Nationals 6, Reds 1— Washington sweeps 4-game series; they had a 5-0 lead in all four games. Daniel Murphy scored from 2nd on a sac fly in this game- the RF made a lunging catch in right-center, fell down, and Murphy kept going. Rough weekend for Cincinnati.


    7) Milwaukee Bucks’ prospect Thon Maker fouled out of a 40:00 summer league game, when the foul limit was 10 per player. Thats not easy to do.


    6) Mets’ TV analyst Keith Hernandez made a cryptic comment during Sunday’s game. His partner Gary Cohen was talking about manager Terry Collins, and Hernandez chimed in, “Terry has a lot more to deal with than the fans know about.” Wonder what he meant?


    5) Golden State Warriors’ over/under win total for next season: 66.5.


    4) Redskins’ QB Kirk Cousins will play under the franchise tag again this year, will try to get by on his $23.94M salary and likely will be playing elsewhere (SF?) in 2018.


    3) Indiana’s new basketball coach Archie Miller signed three top 100 recruits over the weekend, and kept the three recruits Tom Crean had coming in to Bloomington this fall. Miller is a very good coach.


    2) Texas Rangers were 36-11 in one-run games last year, finished 95-67, won the AL West by nine games……..this year, the Rangers are 7-15 in one-run games, are 45-46, 16.5 games behind the first-place Astros. Little things make a big difference.


    1) Roger Federer banked $2,880,240 for winning Wimbledon; his on-court winnings in his great career have now grown to $107,325,425. That is before endorsements.


    By way of comparison, Dwight Howard has earned just around $190,000,000 in salary in his career.
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    SCHEDULE FOR TUESDAY JULY 18, 2017
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    9:00 PM Chicago Sky Seattle Storm KeyArena

    SCHEDULE FOR WEDNESDAY JULY 19, 2017

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    11:30 AM Atlanta Dream Washington Mystics Verizon Center
    1:00 PM Dallas Wings Minnesota Lynx Target Center
    3:30 PM Indiana Fever Phoenix Mercury Talking Stick Resort Arena

    SCHEDULE FOR THURSDAY JULY 20, 2017

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    8:00 PM Indiana Fever San Antonio Stars AT&T Center


    SCHEDULE FOR SATURDAY JULY 22, 2017
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    Updated Tue Jul 18 1:04 AM EDT


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



    #1 Minnesota Lynx15 2 0.882 - 9-0 7-1 8-1 8-2 W 2


    #2 Los Angeles Sparks13 5 0.722 2.5 5-3 8-0 5-5 8-2 W 1


    #3 Connecticut Sun12 8 0.600 4.5 6-3 5-3 7-5 7-3 W 1


    #4 Phoenix Mercury11 8 0.579 5 4-6 6-5 5-3 6-4 L 2


    #5 Washington Mystics11 9 0.550 5.5 8-2 7-2 4-7 4-6 L 1


    #6 New York Liberty9 9 0.500 6.5 2-5 6-4 3-5 4-6 W 1


    #7 Dallas Wings10 11 0.476 7 5-5 6-5 4-6 6-4 W 1


    #8 Seattle Storm9 10 0.474 7 4-3 7-5 2-5 4-6 W 1


    #9 Atlanta Dream8 10 0.444 7.5 4-6 5-3 3-7 4-6 L 2


    #10 Indiana Fever7 11 0.389 8.5 4-4 5-5 2-6 4-6 L 4


    #11 Chicago Sky6 13 0.316 10 3-7 2-7 4-6 4-6 L 1


    #12 San Antonio Stars2 17 0.105 14 0-10 1-8 1-9 2-8 L 1
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    Hayes leads Dream against Stars


    All-Star Tiffany Hayes and the Atlanta Dream are looking to bounce back from a disappointing two-game road trip when they return home to host the struggling San Antonio Stars for a Tuesday matinee at Atlanta's McCamish Pavilion.


    The Dream dropped back-to-back close games at Phoenix and at Seattle last week. Atlanta had leads in the fourth quarters of both games, but couldn't hold on and fell to 3-7 on the road this season.


    Hayes scored 19 points and five players finished in double figures, but Atlanta got beat on backboards and allowed the Storm to shoot 51.5 percent from the floor in a 90-84 loss Saturday night.


    "Our goal is to get back to .500 after this week," Dream coach Michael Cooper said after the loss to Seattle. "It will be tough, but we can do it."


    The Stars enter Tuesday's game at 2-17, by far the worst mark in the league, but did pick up their first road win of the season at Indiana on Wednesday. They couldn't back it up at Connecticut on Sunday, though, faltering in the second half of an 89-75 loss to the Sun. San Antonio was outscored 33-10 in the third quarter against Connecticut.


    "Getting our first road win of the season was amazing," Stars coach Vickie Johnson told the Hartford Courant after Sunday's loss. "We worked so hard in practice, so I'm glad it carried over. These past few days were very important for us with the work we put in and it showed."


    Hayes, in her sixth year, is headed to the All-Star game for the first time. She was voted a starter for the Eastern Conference. The WNBA All-Star game tips off Saturday at KeyArena in Seattle. She leads the Dream in scoring at 16.5 points per game, good for 10th in the league, and is averaging 1.6 steals.


    San Antonio won two of three meetings with the Dream last season, but dropped the first meeting with Atlanta this year.


    Hayes scored 16 points to lead the Dream past the Stars on May 31. San Antonio committed 23 turnovers in the loss.


    Tuesday's game at McCamish Pavilion on the campus of Georgia Tech University tips off at 11:30 a.m. ET.
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    Sky descend on Seattle for matchup with Storm


    SEATTLE -- The Seattle Storm moved into the WNBA's eighth and final playoff position with a win Saturday over Atlanta.


    But closing quickly in the rear-view mirror are the Chicago Sky, the team the Storm will host on Tuesday night at KeyArena.


    The Sky (6-13), which got off to a slow start after trading All-Star Elena Delle Donne to Washington in the offseason, had a three-game winning streak snapped Sunday with a 112-106 double-overtime loss at Dallas.


    Center Stefanie Dolson had a career-high 26 points and 10 rebounds in the loss and was named Monday as the Eastern Conference's player of the week.


    Jessica Breland scored a season-high 23 points and Allie Quigley added 22 for Chicago. Courtney Vandersloot had 10 points, 10 assists, seven rebounds and a career-best tying five steals.


    "(Vandersloot's) a point guard for a reason," Dolson told The Summitt. "She sees things other people don't. She'll pass me the ball sometimes when I don't even know I'm open. It's fun to play with a player like that."


    Seattle forward Breanna Stewart had 24 points, nine rebounds and six assists as the Storm defeated the Dream 90-84 on Saturday at home. Stewart received the league's Western Conference player of the week award.


    Teammate Crystal Langhorne added a season-high 20 points against Atlanta, going 9 of 9 from the field.


    Langhorne has made 18 straight field-goal attempts in the past three games, five makes shy of the WNBA record set by Los Angeles' Nneka Ogwumike last year.


    "It's who she is," Storm coach Jenny Boucek told The Seattle Times. "Consistency is her middle name.


    "We don't call many plays for Lang. (It's) so different from what she's grown up with, and for her to have the character to accept that, it just warms my heart that she's getting some reward now from humbling herself and playing whatever role we need her to play."


    The Storm (9-10) will be looking to win back-to-back games for the first time since late May and reach .500 at the All-Star break.


    "Things haven't gone the best for us," Langhorne told The Times. "But hopefully we can end our halfway point with a win."


    This will be the first of three meetings between the Storm and Sky this season.
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    WNBA July Record:


    Date.................... W-L-T................... % ...................Units Record


    07/17/2017............1-1-0.............50.00%.........................-0.50
    07/16/2017............7-0-1...........100.00%......................+35.00
    07/15/2017............2-0-0............100.00%.....................+10.00
    07/14/2017............0-6-0................0.00%......................-33.00
    07/13/2017............0-2-0................0.00%......................-11.00
    07/12/2017............0-2-0................0.00%......................-11.00
    07/09/2017............1-3-0...............25.00%.....................-11.50
    07/08/2017............4-2-0...............66.67%......................+9.00
    07/07/2017............2-2-0...............50.00%.......................-0.20
    07/06/2017............0-4-0.................0.00%.....................-22.00
    07/05/2017........... 5-1-0 ...............83.33%................... +19.50
    07/02/2017........... 2-2-0............... 50.00% ......................-0.20
    07/01/2017........... 0-4-0................. 0.00%.................... -22.00


    Totals:...............24 - 30 - 1...........44.44%.....................- 37.90
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    Tuesday, July 18



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    Trend Report
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    11:30 AM
    SAN ANTONIO vs. ATLANTA
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of San Antonio's last 6 games
    San Antonio is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
    Atlanta is 14-5 SU in its last 19 games at home
    Atlanta is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games

    9:00 PM
    CHICAGO vs. SEATTLE
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games when playing on the road against Seattle
    Chicago is 6-14 SU in its last 20 games
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Seattle's last 8 games when playing Chicago
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Seattle's last 6 games at home




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    WNBA
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    Tuesday, July 18




    Chicago @ Seattle


    Game 605-606
    July 18, 2017 @ 9:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Chicago
    106.474
    Seattle
    115.445
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Seattle
    by 9
    160
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Seattle
    by 7
    166 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Seattle
    (-7); Under


    San Antonio @ Atlanta



    Game 603-604
    July 18, 2017 @ 11:30 am


    Dunkel Rating:
    San Antonio
    104.107
    Atlanta
    110.307
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Atlanta
    by 6
    161
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Atlanta
    by 9
    157 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    San Antonio
    (+9); Over









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    SAN ANTONIO (2 - 17) at ATLANTA (8 - 10) - 7/18/2017, 11:30 AM
    Top Trends for this game.
    SAN ANTONIO is 9-1 ATS (+7.9 Units) in road games this season.
    SAN ANTONIO is 9-1 ATS (+7.9 Units) in a road game where where the total is greater than or equal to 150 this season.
    SAN ANTONIO is 9-1 ATS (+7.9 Units) in road games in May, June, or July games this season.
    SAN ANTONIO is 11-3 ATS (+7.7 Units) in road games against Eastern conference opponents over the last 2 seasons.
    SAN ANTONIO is 11-3 ATS (+7.7 Units) in road games after a non-conference game over the last 2 seasons.
    SAN ANTONIO is 11-3 ATS (+7.7 Units) in road games in non-conference games over the last 2 seasons.
    SAN ANTONIO is 7-1 ATS (+5.9 Units) in road games revenging a loss versus opponent this season.
    SAN ANTONIO is 24-13 ATS (+9.7 Units) after allowing 75 points or more over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    SAN ANTONIO is 5-1 against the spread versus ATLANTA over the last 3 seasons
    ATLANTA is 3-3 straight up against SAN ANTONIO over the last 3 seasons
    5 of 6 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    CHICAGO (6 - 13) at SEATTLE (9 - 10) - 7/18/2017, 9:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    SEATTLE is 61-38 ATS (+19.2 Units) in home games after a non-conference game since 1997.
    SEATTLE is 61-39 ATS (+18.1 Units) in home games versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game since 1997.
    CHICAGO is 16-6 ATS (+9.4 Units) in road games versus poor defensive teams - allowing 77+ points/game over the last 3 seasons.
    SEATTLE is 2-9 ATS (-7.9 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game this season.
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    TUESDAY, JULY 18


    GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS


    CHI at SEA 09:00 PM

    SEA -7.0


    U 164.0
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    SEATTLE (AP) Allie Quigley scored 25 points and Keisha Hampton had a season-high 14 to help the Chicago Sky beat the Seattle Storm 94-83 on Tuesday night.

    Chicago trailed 31-11 early in the second quarter but got within 42-41 after Tamera Young's back-to-back jumpers to close the half.


    The Sky took their first lead, 43-42, on Young's basket early in the third and Quigley scored 11 points in the quarter. She matched her career-high with six 3-pointers. Kahleah Copper's three-point play gave Chicago an 81-72 lead and after a Seattle offensive foul, Copper made a hook shot in the lane.


    Young finished with 11 points for Chicago (7-13), which outscored Seattle's reserves 42-8.


    Breanna Stewart had 25 points and 11 rebounds for Seattle (9-11), which turned it over 18 times. Crystal Langhorne entered needing five straight field goals to tie Nneka Ogwumike's WNBA record of 23. She made her first three shots before missing an open jumper near the free-throw line.

    DREAM 88, STARS 75



    ATLANTA (AP) - Tiffany Hayes scored 25 points and Brittney Sykes added a career-best 20 to lead the Dream over the Stars.


    Atlanta trailed by 10 after one quarter before rallying behind Hayes. She had 12 of her points in the second quarter as the Dream (9-10) cut its deficit to 39-37 at the half.


    Sykes, who has scored in double figures in nine straight games, took over in the second half as the Dream pulled away from the Stars (2-18).


    Isabelle Harrison scored 22 points to lead San Antonio despite rolling her ankle in the first half. San Antonio was missing Kayla McBride, who injured her ankle in the team's last game.


    The Dream head to Washington to play the Mystics in their final game before the All-Star break.
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    SCHEDULE FOR WEDNESDAY JULY 19, 2017
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    11:30 AM Atlanta Dream Washington Mystics Verizon Center
    1:00 PM Dallas Wings Minnesota Lynx Target Center
    3:30 PM Indiana Fever Phoenix Mercury Talking Stick Resort Arena


    SCHEDULE FOR THURSDAY JULY 20, 2017
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    SCHEDULE FOR SATURDAY JULY 22, 2017

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    SCHEDULE FOR TUESDAY JULY 25, 2017

    Time (ET) Away Home Site
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    7:00 PM Chicago Sky Connecticut Sun Mohegan Sun Arena
    7:00 PM Phoenix Mercury Atlanta Dream McCamish Pavilion
    8:00 PM Indiana Fever Dallas Wings College Park Center
    8:00 PM New York Liberty Minnesota Lynx Target Center
    10:30 PM Seattle Storm Los Angeles Sparks Staples Center


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    LEAGUE STANDINGS


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



    #1 Minnesota Lynx15 2 0.882 - 9-0 7-1 8-1 8-2 W 2


    #2 Los Angeles Sparks14 5 0.737 2 5-3 9-0 5-5 8-2 W 2


    #3 Connecticut Sun12 8 0.600 4.5 6-3 5-3 7-5 7-3 W 1


    #4 Phoenix Mercury11 8 0.579 5 4-6 6-5 5-3 6-4 L 2


    #5 Washington Mystics11 9 0.550 5.5 8-2 7-2 4-7 4-6 L 1


    #6 New York Liberty9 9 0.500 6.5 2-5 6-4 3-5 4-6 W 1


    #7 Dallas Wings10 11 0.476 7 5-5 6-5 4-6 6-4 W 1


    #8 Atlanta Dream9 10 0.474 7 4-6 6-3 3-7 4-6 W 1


    #9 Seattle Storm9 11 0.450 7.5 4-3 7-6 2-5 4-6 L 1


    #10 Indiana Fever7 12 0.368 9 4-4 5-5 2-7 3-7 L 5


    #11 Chicago Sky7 13 0.350 9.5 3-7 2-7 5-6 5-5 W 1


    #12 San Antonio Stars2 18 0.100 14.5 0-10 1-8 1-10 2-8 L 2
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    Wednesday’s six-pack


    Odds on non-favorites to win the British Open this week……..


    60-1— Rafael Cabrera-Bello


    80-1— Charl Schwartzel


    100-1— Jason Dufner


    125-1— Bill Haas


    150-1— Bubba Watson


    200-1— Billy Horschel


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


    13) TheMMQB.com ran a very interesting feature this week— an all-time draft of NFL players, with some veteran NFL minds drafting the players. Bill Polian, Ernie Accorsi, Dan Fouts, Gil Brandt were four of the 12 people picking teams.


    None of this solves anything, but it is great fodder for debate. Here are the 12 QB’s who were taken, in the order they were selected.


    1) Unitas 2) Brady 3) Otto Graham 4) Montana 5) Elway 6) Staubach 7) Manning 8) Bradshaw 9) Rodgers 10) Favre 11) Marino 12) Aikman


    12) Other highlights of the draft:
    — Lawrence Taylor was the first player taken. I have a friend Scott who knows more about football than anyone I know— when he reads that, he is not going to like it.
    — Dan Fouts drafted Terry Bradshaw; he should’ve drafted Dan Fouts, who was better than Bradshaw and Aikman.
    — Fouts drafted Ray Guy in the first round; I don’t have an explanation for that.
    — Sammy Baugh got drafted, but as a punter, not a QB.
    — Each team also drafted a coach; here are the 12 coaches picked, in order:


    1) Lombardi 2) Walsh 3) Levy/Dungy (co-coach— Bill Polian did that) 4) Noll 5) Shula 6) Gibbs 7) Landry 8) Belichick 9) Coryell 10) Paul Brown 11) Curly Lambeau 12) Madden


    No Parcells is weird; picking your buddies Levy/Dungy over Belichick is plain stupid. George Allen could be in this group of 12, but some of these guys just took their friends. Then again, if I was picking a team, my coach undoubtedly would’ve been Dick Vermeil. ��


    Again, the whole draft is on TheMMQB.com. It is kind of fun to look through.


    11) Best coaches who were left out: Parcells, Vermeil, Hank Stram, Bud Grant, Jimmy Johnson, Tom Flores, Sid Gillman.


    10) Best QB’s who were left out: Bart Starr, Drew Brees, Ken Stabler, Kurt Warner, Jim Kelly, Fran Tarkenton, Steve Young.


    9) Dodgers have swept 11 series this year; Clayton Kershaw didn’t pitch in 3 of the 11 series.


    8) Announced attendance in Oakland Monday night was 9,736, a very quiet 9,736. It was the A’s smallest home crowd in six years.


    When you start selling off players, it may be good business over the long haul, but it sends the message that “we’ve quit for this year.” People don’t like to shell out money to watch teams who have quit for the season.


    White Sox are 0-4 since dealing Jose Quintana; A’s are now 1-1 since trading the two relievers to the Nationals. I’m going to track this as teams sell off guys the rest of this month.


    7) Former big league 1B James Loney is off to Korea to play for the LG Twins on a $350,000 deal. Eric Thames played over in Korea for three years and now he is back in the majors with Milwaukee.


    6) Weird Story of the Day: Cowboys WR Lucky Whitehead is asking for help locating his pitbull Blitz, who was abducted; the thieves are demanding a $10,000 ransom. Seriously, they are.


    5) I wish they’d legalize online poker in this country so ESPN would start showing the World Series of Poker again (no one will buy commercial time if online poker is illegal). First prize this year is $8.1M; the final table is set, but I’ve never heard of any of the nine guys.


    If you’re the first guy eliminated at the final table, you still bank $1M, so thats not too bad.


    4) NBA season is starting October 17 this year, earlier than usual, as the league tries to reduce the amount of back/backs each team plays.


    3) Astros’ SS Carlos Correa is out 6-8 weeks (thumb), another victim of the headfirst slide. Guys need to wear that hand protector Mike Trout is wearing now if they want to slide headfirst.


    2) White Sox traded Todd Frazier, David Robertson and Shaker High’s Tommy Kahnle to the Bronx for Tyler Clippard (???) and two prospects. According to someone on Twitter who says they know a lot about the minor leagues, White Sox have 10 of the top 68 prospects in the minors, but top prospect Yoan Moncada is now headed to the Windy City.


    1) Arizona acquired free agent-to-be JD Martinez from Detroit for three prospects. Guy on MLB Network said the three prospects aren’t that great, and that Arizona got off cheap on the deal.
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    Preview: Sun (12-8) at Liberty (9-9)
    Date: July 19, 2017 11:00 AM EDT

    It's been a while since the Connecticut Sun have been taken seriously. After all, their win totals the past four seasons -- 14, 15, 13 and 10 -- have kept the Sun near or at the bottom of the Eastern Conference.


    The 2017 season started and it was business as usual for head coach Curt Miller as the Sun lost their first four games.


    Then something happened along the way to another uninspiring season -- the Sun won five straight games, twice, and now sit atop the Eastern Conference with a 12-8 record heading into the All-Star break.


    But first the Sun have some business to take care of before the All-Star break as they look for a season sweep of the New York Liberty in a matinee affair Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.


    The Sun already defeated the Liberty 96-76 at home on June 14 and at the Garden on June 23 by a score of 94-89.


    Connecticut is led by All-Stars Jonquel Jones and Jasmine Thomas, both first-time selections. Jones has quietly established herself as one of the premier frontcourt players in the league. She is just one of two players -- Minnesota's Sylvia Fowles is the other -- to average a double-double (15.9 points, 11.8 assists).


    Thomas is the engine that makes things go, averaging 5.2 assists to go with her 15 points per game.


    "We feed off of her energy," fellow guard Courtney Williams told the New Haven Register. "Her and Jas (Jasmine Thomas), when they have it I think we have it going as well."


    To say the Liberty (9-9) have underachieved in the first half of the season would be an understatement. New York opened the season winning seven of 11 but then the offense went into a funk and the Liberty dropped five of their next seven, forcing head coach Bill Laimbeer to tweak his starting lineup.


    The initial result -- an 85-55 win over a shorthanded Washington squad -- snapped a two-game losing streak.


    Sugar Rodgers was benched in favor Bria Hartley and the third-year guard pumped in 15 points. Rodgers added some much-needed firepower off the bench and finished with 14 points


    "We gave it our best shot with having (Epiphany Prince) and Sugar out there on the court at the same time," Laimbeer told the New York Daily News. "It just didn't give us the pace of play that we were looking for, getting up and down a little more. ... We felt we needed to get more easy baskets."


    The Liberty entered the game averaging less than 15 bench points per game. Against the Mystics, New York erupted for 41 points by the backups.


    The Sun will be a better barometer to determine whether the Liberty offense has come of its doldrums. The Mystics were missing All-Star Elena Delle Donne (sprained ankle) and second-leading scorer Tayler Hill (torn ACL).


    "I think (Connecticut's) a true test just to see where we are," said New York All-Star Tina Charles.


    WNB HEAD TO HEAD


    Jun 23, 2017 Score ATS Results
    CONN « 94 Cover: 9.5
    NEW 89 Over: 183
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    Jun 14, 2017 Score ATS Results
    NEW 76 Over: 172
    CONN « 96 Cover: 18
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    Sep 9, 2016 Score ATS Results
    CONN 82 Over: 171
    NEW « 89 Cover: 1.5
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    Jul 17, 2016 Score ATS Results
    CONN 76 Cover: 1
    NEW « 83 Over: 159
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    Jun 16, 2016 Score ATS Results
    NEW « 80 Cover: 0.5
    CONN 72 Under: 152
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    Preview: Dream (9-10) at Mystics (11-9)
    Date: July 19, 2017 11:30 AM EDT


    The Washington Mystics are coming off their worst loss of the season, but two recent injuries are causing more suffering.


    The Mystics (11-9) will face the Atlanta Dream (9-10) on Wednesday afternoon at the Verizon Center in Washington without Elena Delle Donne (right ankle) for a second consecutive game. Washington's top scorer sat out Sunday's 85-55 loss at the New York Liberty, and a recent MRI revealed the 2015 WNBA MVP's injury is a sprain.


    The Mystics already knew second-leading scorer Tayler Hill will miss the season after tearing the ACL in right knee in Friday's win over Indiana.


    "We have the All-Star break coming up, we have one game. We have to figure out a way to win on Wednesday against Atlanta," Mystics coach Mike Thibault said. "We don't know how long Elena is going to be out. We know that we're not going to have Tayler. Other people are going to have to step up. We've been playing a certain kind of lineup for five games now, and now we have to adjust, so we'll see. I thought we had a couple people play well, but not enough."


    Emma Meesseman paced Washington with 19 points against New York, but she was the only Mystic to score in double figures. The Mystics trailed 30-14 after the first quarter and shot 27.7 percent from the field overall.


    "Obviously it's not easy playing without them because they are major pieces, but I think in professional sports, you can't use that as an excuse," Meesseman said. "You have to keep playing... you have to keep trying. It's true that it's been a really short time (since their injury) so I'm sure we'll try to adjust to that in practice now for the next game."


    Atlanta must deal with its own kind of adjustments, specifically travel and tired legs. The Dream headed to Washington after Tuesday's 88-75 home win over San Antonio.


    After trailing by 10 points following the first quarter, the Dream outscored the Stars 47-28 over the second and third quarters. Tiffany Hayes had 12 of her 25 points in the second quarter and Brittney Sykes finished with 20. Atlanta attempted 41 free throws and outscored San Antonio 41-13 from the free-throw line.


    The win stopped a two-game slide.


    "Our goal is to get back to .500 after this week," Dream coach Michael Cooper said following Saturday's loss at Seattle. "It will be tough, but we can do it."


    Washington defeated Atlanta 78-72 at home on June 4 behind 23 points from Delle Donne, who will also miss Saturday's WNBA All-Star game. Hayes, a college star for powerhouse Connecticut, is slated for her first appearance.


    "I just feel like I finally joined the pack," Hayes told The Ledger (Ga.). "Everybody comes from UConn and comes to the league and does great things. Most of them are All-Stars. I finally get to say that I was one of the UConn people that were elected as an All-Star and I earned it."[/I][/B]

    The Washington Mystics are coming off their worst loss of the season, but two recent injuries are causing more suffering.


    The Mystics (11-9) will face the Atlanta Dream (9-10) on Wednesday afternoon at the Verizon Center in Washington without Elena Delle Donne (right ankle) for a second consecutive game. Washington's top scorer sat out Sunday's 85-55 loss at the New York Liberty, and a recent MRI revealed the 2015 WNBA MVP's injury is a sprain.


    The Mystics already knew second-leading scorer Tayler Hill will miss the season after tearing the ACL in right knee in Friday's win over Indiana.


    "We have the All-Star break coming up, we have one game. We have to figure out a way to win on Wednesday against Atlanta," Mystics coach Mike Thibault said. "We don't know how long Elena is going to be out. We know that we're not going to have Tayler. Other people are going to have to step up. We've been playing a certain kind of lineup for five games now, and now we have to adjust, so we'll see. I thought we had a couple people play well, but not enough."


    Emma Meesseman paced Washington with 19 points against New York, but she was the only Mystic to score in double figures. The Mystics trailed 30-14 after the first quarter and shot 27.7 percent from the field overall.


    "Obviously it's not easy playing without them because they are major pieces, but I think in professional sports, you can't use that as an excuse," Meesseman said. "You have to keep playing... you have to keep trying. It's true that it's been a really short time (since their injury) so I'm sure we'll try to adjust to that in practice now for the next game."


    Atlanta must deal with its own kind of adjustments, specifically travel and tired legs. The Dream headed to Washington after Tuesday's 88-75 home win over San Antonio.


    After trailing by 10 points following the first quarter, the Dream outscored the Stars 47-28 over the second and third quarters. Tiffany Hayes had 12 of her 25 points in the second quarter and Brittney Sykes finished with 20. Atlanta attempted 41 free throws and outscored San Antonio 41-13 from the free-throw line.


    The win stopped a two-game slide.


    "Our goal is to get back to .500 after this week," Dream coach Michael Cooper said following Saturday's loss at Seattle. "It will be tough, but we can do it."


    Washington defeated Atlanta 78-72 at home on June 4 behind 23 points from Delle Donne, who will also miss Saturday's WNBA All-Star game. Hayes, a college star for powerhouse Connecticut, is slated for her first appearance.


    "I just feel like I finally joined the pack," Hayes told The Ledger (Ga.). "Everybody comes from UConn and comes to the league and does great things. Most of them are All-Stars. I finally get to say that I was one of the UConn people that were elected as an All-Star and I earned it."




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    Preview: Fever (7-12) at Mercury (11-8)
    Date: July 19, 2017 3:30 PM EDT


    The Phoenix Mercury, without injured star center Brittney Griner and coming off back-to-back losses, hope to get back on track Wednesday afternoon against visiting Indiana.


    The Fever (7-12) lost five consecutive games and are the second-lowest scoring team in the WNBA at 76.8 points per game. They have failed to reach 70 points three times during their five-game skid, including an 80-62 loss at the Los Angeles Sparks on Monday night.


    Phoenix (11-8) lost Griner -- the leading scorer and shot-blocker in the league -- to a left knee bone bruise and a right ankle sprain during Friday night's home loss to league-leading Minnesota. The Lynx also beat the Mercury in St. Paul two days later.


    Indiana won't mind not seeing Griner, who posted a total of 70 points and 19 rebounds in two games against the Fever this season, both victories for the Mercury.


    "She's carried us in a lot of games this year," Phoenix guard Diana Taurasi said of Griner, whose injuries were expected to keep her out three to four weeks. "Now, the people who have been working hard behind the scenes can hopefully come in and help."


    Taurasi, who will be an All-Star starter for the West, did not travel to Minnesota on the weekend in order to rest. She is eighth in the league in scoring at 17.9 points per game. The WNBA career scoring leader will have to do even more with Griner out of the lineup.


    Indiana has four players averaging double-figure points, led by forward Candice Dupree at 13.9. She also averages a team-high 5.5 rebounds. Dupree is in her first season with Indiana after seven seasons with the Mercury, who sent her to the Fever in a three-way trade in the offseason.


    "She's calm. She knows the game inside and out, so for her to be able to work her way in was very easy and made my job a whole lot easier," Indiana point guard Briann January said on WNBA.com. "I have one eye on her all the time when we're on offense. She does a lot on defense as well. Her leadership has just helped our team. We are very happy she's here."


    The replacement for Griner on Sunday was 6-foot-6 post player Angel Robinson, signed late last month after she finished a commitment playing for Montenegro in the FIBA EuroBasket Championships. She last played in the WNBA with the Seattle Storm in 2014.


    Robinson had eight points and six rebounds in 20 minutes on Sunday.


    "We've got to try to scrape out some wins and have the mindset that every game is a playoff game," said Phoenix coach Sandy Brondello said.




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